The glorious Haldon Belvedere (Lawrence Castle) is an approved premises for Civil Wedding/Partnership Ceremonies and is probably the most popular venue for a civil ceremony in Devon and maybe even in the South West of England.
This unique historic building is a regular feature on TV and in national wedding magazines having hosted a civil ceremony for the popular television programmes Four Weddings and Don't Tell The Bride.
Its magical, fairy-tale presence makes the Haldon Belvedere the number one choice for the smaller, more intimate ceremony and the location gives you an exclusivity that few other venues can match. The rural setting offers stunning views across the lovely Devonshire countryside and beyond.
The ground floor, Lawrence Room, with Major-General Stringer Lawrence's statue, resembles a chapel with its period doors, windows and flagstone floor. This room is normally used for guests congregating before taking their positions for a ceremony upstairs and is also used where a champagne/drinks reception is required. It has access directly out onto the lawn at the back of the castle and has disabled access from the drive.
Up the spiral staircase to the first floor we come to the Ballroom (where King George III was once entertained). This must be one of the most sought after ceremony rooms in England.
It is bright and airy with a high ceiling, a chandelier, large gothic windows all around the room and baroque plaster-work. The beautiful original Indian mahogany paneled flooring is a fine example of the precision workmanship of classical 18th century carpentry. The breathtaking views from the windows will distract even the most attentive of brides! Fire regulations restrict the number of people we can have in this room which can seat quite comfortably up to 50 guests. With Bride and Groom, Registrars, photographer, musicians etc. the maximum people must not exceed 55. If numbers are proving a problem a further 15 people can be accommodated downstairs in the Lawrence Room while the ceremony is in progress. A video link between the two rooms allows these guests to watch the proceedings as they happen and keep them involved. Disabled or elderly guests, who may have a problem with the spiral staircase may wish to take advantage of a safe chair lift facility provided by local medical facilitators.
Type of Cuisine:
Champagne reception and canapes after ceremony
Location: You can find us by turning off the A38 at the Exeter Racecourse exit and following the Tourist signs for "Haldon Forest Park". Some 2 miles from the A38 you will pass the entrance to Haldon Forest Park but continue past this entrance and along the road until you come down a short hill. The Haldon Belvedere is ahead, by a junction named Haldon Gate. The drive leading to the castle is on the right a few metres beyond this junction. The entrance to the Haldon Belvedere visitors car park is on the right just before the drive gates.