Wedding Showcase – 15th March 2020

Autumn Gardening Tips from Head Gardener, Anna Chaffey

Following our wonderful Late Summer Garden Tour, a number of you asked us to share some of our best gardening tips as we move into autumn. With the September equinox marking the official start of autumn, and the ivy on the Hall turning its beautifully distinct rust red, we sought out Head Gardener, Anna, who was delighted to accommodate the requests. Below are a few of her top tips for any gardeners out there wishing to prepare their plots for autumn, winter and beyond…

“Autumn is the perfect time to get planting, the soil is warm and the moisture levels increase to allow plants to get comfortably established – all great gardeners know that planning well in advance is the key to creating a garden that is beautiful 365 days a year.” 

  • Consider what bulbs you want to plant this season, this will make for a truly rewarding spring display.
  • Collect and sow seed from perennials – seeds sown quickly fare better than those stored and sown later on.
  • For early blooms next year of sweet peas/ Ammi majus or other annuals sow in a greenhouse now.
  • Sharpen your secateurs ready for cutting back winter pruning (or send them off to a company for sharpening) – you’ll thank me when there’s a lot of pruning to be done!
  • Prepare a compost area for leaf collecting – it can be turned into beautiful leaf mulch for your garden. Leaf mulch prevents runoff by soaking up water and shelters plant roots from harsh sun. Trace minerals, such as magnesium and calcium, are also found in leaf mulch. It improves soil texture, too, making it friable and hospitable to helpful organisms.
  • Clean out cold frames ready for autumn and use them for any newly propagated plants.
  • In the vegetable patch, pick autumn raspberries, dig up any remaining potatoes to prevent slug damage and harvest and store onions to prevent them from becoming rotten.
  • If any dry periods occur (not that likely here in Yorkshire!) remember to keep watering new trees and shrubs with rain or grey water where possible. 
  • As the weather cools water indoor pot plants less, check to see if they need a water by seeing how light the pots feel or how dry the soil is to avoid overwatering.
  • For lawncare apply an autumn lawn feed (high in potassium) after scarifying and aerating.
  • Now is the ideal time to create a new lawn from either turf or seed!
  • If you suffer from vine weevil insects in your garden/greenhouse, now is the time to apply biological controls such as nematodes which are very easy to water on to problem areas.

Make sure you post any pictures of the Estate gardens with the hashtag #bowcliffehallgardens so we can share them, and look out for future dates for our garden tours and winter wreath making over on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Autumn / Winter Weddings at Bowcliffe Hall in Yorkshire

N. Peal Cashmere Collection Video Shot on the Beautiful Laudale Estate

As many of you may already know, Bowcliffe Hall is part of The Bayford Group – a number of diverse entrepreneurial companies run by people inspired to make a difference. One of these businesses is the spectacular Laudale Estate, nestled on the southern shores of picturesque Loch Sunart on the west coast of Scotland. So rugged and beautiful in fact, that luxury clothing brand, N.Peal, decided to film a significant part of their latest Cashmere Campaign to the backdrop of Laudale and its never-ending beauty. In the video, two iconic brands celebrate over fifty years of Bond style with the 007 cashmere collection. Featuring thirteen separate ‘looks’, N Peal has covered all six actors who have played Bond during the last 50 years. Styles that are not just inspired by Bond, but worn by Bond in Skyfall and Spectre.

Watch the video (and spot our glorious Estate), below…

N. Peal has always offered a piece of London to its customers; incorporating city glamour and timeless style. Cherished by urban dwellers, world travellers, Hollywood stars and royalty alike.

If you’re thinking of heading to Scotland for a getaway, then why not talk to us about hiring Laudale House or one of the five beautiful Laudale cottages. Offering the very best in Scottish hospitality for up to 22 guests in the main house, each offer comfortable accommodation and a great sense of tranquillity.

Memories Made – John & Isabelle at Bowcliffe Hall

Isabelle and John Bowcliffe hall Weddings

THE BRIDE

John and I met through an introduction by a mutual friend. After a month of talking we finally met for a date and have been inseparable since. We got engaged around 2 years later on the day we were completing on our first house. I unlocked the door, stepped inside to see a picture saying “The Lloyds” and as I turned around John was down on one knee. I wanted our wedding  to be elegant and feminine with lots of flowers and a white/blush colour scheme. The most important thing for me was to have a relaxed day with lots of laughter, dancing and for everything to run smoothly which the Bowcliffe team made sure was the case!

Isabelle and John Bowcliffe Hall Weddings

In the end I chose a Martina Liana dress which was a fitted mermaid style with lots lace detailing and beading. I also got the most beautiful Sophia Webster heels that everyone complimented me on.

Isabelle and John Bowcliffe Hall Weddings

THE GROOM

We met through my best friend who had known Isabelle for years. I worked at a Car Dealership at the time and knew I wanted to impress her so asked my boss if I could borrow the best car I available to pick her up in. Obviously, I said it was mine! Around two years later I wanted to make the first day in our first home extra special so planned ahead to propose once we had collected the keys. Safe to say one of us cried, and it wasn’t her! I didn’t really know what to expect from the wedding day but I think I wanted what everyone does; sunshine, to be surrounded by family and friends enjoying themselves and to marry the love of my life.

ARRIVAL

We were really lucky to know lots of people with beautiful cars. The best man had a Mercedes C63 which the groom and groomsmen used. My bridesmaids and my parents travelled in our Porsche Cayenne & Bentley Continental, with my Step Dad and I following in his Aston Martin.

THE VENUE

We were looking in two areas for a venue. Whitby – where we live, or around Bramham where my Mum lives. I found Bowcliffe Hall online and had passed the sign lots. I am SO glad we finally decided to visit the venue after being disappointed with every other one we’d seen. It ticked every single box, and trust me I was fussy.We wanted somewhere that felt grand but unique rather than just another manor house. Somewhere memorable. Bowcliffe Hall certainly delivered on all aspects. Once we visited it was the easiest decision of the whole wedding planning! The Drivers ‘Club was perfect for a more masculine touch, whilst the elegance of the Bowcliffe Room and Ballroom impressed all the ladies. The Blackburn Wing speaks for itself and is definitely what puts the venue into another league. All of the guests kept asking “what’s that in the trees?” throughout the day and absolutely loved getting to spend the night do drinking and dancing away in it.

THE DÉCOR/THEME

The great thing with Bowcliffe is that the venue and rooms are stunning without having to do anything much to enhance them. We added white petals, family photos and white ruffle chair covers to the Bowcliffe Room for the ceremony and lots of white flowers, candles and diamantes to the tables for the Wedding Breakfast in the Ballroom. We left the Drivers’ Club & Blackburn Wing pretty much as they were except for a corner with all of the guest book bits, and we moved the flowers from room to room – great money saving tip!

The outside of the Blackburn Wing was also turned pink come night time, with multicoloured strip lights inside, ready for the party. The attention to detail was just amazing and no request was too much.

THE FLOWERS

For me, the flowers were really important to create the look I wanted and they certainly gave the WOW factor. So that they could be easily moved and used throughout the venue I wanted mostly white flowers to match all of the different decor. We had white Open Garden Roses, Hydrangea’s, Ranunculus & Lisianthus, lots of greenery and lots of Gypsophila. Dreamy. In my bouquet my Mum added a spring of Heather as a surprise, in memory of John’s Mum which was really special.

THE BRIDESMAIDS/GROOMSMEN

I had five bridesmaids and John had four groomsmen. I opted for pink multiway dresses for my girls. The groomsmen rented dark navy suits to match the groom, with a dark grey waistcoat and pink cravat tie to match the bridesmaids. We also managed to find our son a matching toddler suit!

THE CEREMONY

My Dad walked me down the aisle to “The One” by Kodaline which our live singer played. The words were just perfect for us. We then danced out to Danza Kuduro. We loved every second of it. It absolutely flew by.

Isabelle and John Bowcliffe Hall Weddings

THE FOOD AND DRINK

Food was such an important part of the day. We had a menu tasting beforehand which was AMAZING so knew this part was well taken care of. We had canapés at the Drink Reception, the most incredible food at the Wedding Breakfast, a selection of fudge made by the Chef before the evening do and a hog roast/graving table for the night. The cake was four tiers with a different design and flavour for each.

THE ENTERTAINMENT

Throughout the day, we had a live singer who was just brilliant. We chose the Blackburn Wing for the evening do and it was incredible. For our first dance my Mum surprised us with two of my brother’s singing L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole – the funny part being neither of them are singers. The rest of the night our DJ kept everyone dancing. We had a photobooth at the entrance to the Blackburn Wing for extra entertainment and my Mum had arranged a surprise firework show for us!

Isabelle and John Bowcliffe Hall Weddings

THE TEAM AT BOWCLIFFE HALL

Having Laura from the Bowcliffe events team there to keep me in line was brilliant. Anything I needed help sourcing she organised and nothing seemed an issue. She was such a a calming influence. We were able to pop by to see the venue a few times and on the actual day everyone kept things running so smoothly. We had forgotten to bring the meals for the toddlers and only realised as the main course was being served! It was sorted so quickly by the Bowcliffe team that I think I was the only person who was aware of the mishap (until now!). I can’t thank everyone enough.

FINAL THOUGHTS…

We just cannot recommend Bowcliffe Hall enough (with the added bonus of becoming a member of the Drivers’ Club if you get married there). It was just so different to any other venue we had seen. Can’t wait for our vow renewal party in 10 years!

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