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Scarlet Hall | Exclusive Manor House Wedding Venue | Cheshire

Weddings at Scarlet Hall

Malpas, Chester, Cheshire, UK

Festooned with greenery and surrounded by sweeping lawns, Scarlet Hall offers a magical setting for the dream country wedding in Cheshire. Once a fleeting home for a visiting Prince, this exclusive private venue includes a rustic wedding barn; both timeless and fanciful in its fairy-tale romance.


By taking hire of Scarlet Hall and its 12 acres of private estate, couples have exclusive access to the entirety of this unique country house wedding venue which promises a quintessentially romantic setting come rain or shine. Equally as perfect for both small intimate ceremonies and larger affairs, this private country home can play host to any style or whimsical desire in which to read your vows. A rustic barn for late-night dancing, extensive grounds for dreamy wedding photos, and softly styled interiors combine at this stunning property to ensure everything is perfect for your magical day.


Spread between the main building and separate coach house, Scarlet Hall sleeps up to 22 of the wedding party between 11 bedrooms. With the bridal party pampering, chatting and sipping bubbles between the farmhouse kitchen's exposed-wood beams and tiled floors, the groomsmen can take advantage of the pool, sauna and games room to relax and unwind. On the big day, seat up to 80 guests in the rustic barn under a canopy of twinkling fairy lights and flower garlands and lay trestle tables of delicate finger food and desserts.


In the heart of rolling Cheshire countryside, Scarlet Hall has timeless romance in abundance. Wander through the meadow hand in hand, lean in for a kiss under the orchard or simply take a moment to watch family and friends laughing in the sun. With grounds a-plenty to discover (including five acres of sweeping lawns), there’s a wealth of space for secret outdoor-living rooms sprawled under trees, treasure hunts and games. Weddings of all seasons will find the rustic barn to be a beautiful venue, while the sweeping lawns provide a gorgeous backdrop for an al fresco affair.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 22, with 58 wedding guests
  • Alternative group optionUp to 22 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThe main house boasts six bedrooms, five of which are on the first floor (three double en suite; two large zip-and link en suite) and one on the ground level (with en suite shower room). There is also a separate ground floor WC. The adjacent coach house holds two double bedrooms and three zip-and-link bedrooms, two of which share a Jack and Jill shower room. Three further shower rooms, a WC and a family bathroom are spread among the coach house and pool house.
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  • FeaturesWedding barn, indoor heated pool (water and air temperature heated to 32 degrees), sauna, games room, cinema room, table tennis, croquet, rounders
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £120 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome. One cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is parking available for up to 30 cars in the adjacent field in summer and 20 on the courtyard in winter. The venue is booked on a dry-hire basis, a list of recommended suppliers will be shared upon initial enquiry. Additional day guests can be accommodated if requested in advance, please note there are maximum guest numbers that apply and each additional guest will be charged at £100 per person. Should wedding couples wish to use a marquee on the front lawn in addition to the wedding barn, a charge of £1,500 will be applied. There is also a large woodburner within the barn; perfect for atmospheric winter weddings which is charged separately. Access to the wedding barn is from 12pm midday on the day of arrival to allow for set up. Access to the main house is from 4.30pm. We politely request that by 10am on the day of your departure all suppliers have collected their kit and vacated the property. For your own privacy, we advise that the property should be locked on your wedding day. Please note that amplified music must end by 10.30pm for midweek weddings, and 11.30pm at weekends. A wheelchair ramp is available. If arriving by air, helicopters are welcome to land on the grounds by prior arrangement. For weddings over 22 guests, a wedding planner will be included to ensure your special day runs smoothly (available six weeks prior to your wedding day).
  • Ceremony spacesThe property holds a wedding license for up to 80 guests in Scarlet Hall´s beautiful barn and gardens.
  • Homestay includesGuests staying at the manor house can enjoy a luxury welcome hamper, Prosecco, Sky TV, Netflix, five large LCD TVs and DVD players, Sonos multi-room sound system, underfloor heating, WiFi internet, Heston Blumenthal barbecue, Original Jerk charcoal barbecue, linen, pool and bath towels, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Private cateringDiscover your options for private dining and fully catered breaks.
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
  • Eco-friendlyTwo electric car charging points
  • RestrictionsFireworks, sparklers and lanterns are not permitted due to the close proximity of livestock
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Such a perfect backdrop to the celebrations<br /><span>© Bethany Stanley Photography</span>
Arrive in style<br /><span>© Bethany Stanley Photography</span>
An al fresco wedding breakfast at Scarlet Hall<br /><span>© Bethany Stanley Photography</span>

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History runs through the ancient city of Chester and its Roman remains, Tudor charms and signs of Victoriana are all still evident within the sandstone walls.

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Getting there

  • On the Map This wedding property is located in the village of Shocklach, just 12 miles from Chester, 38 miles from Liverpool, 51 from Manchester and 65 from Birmingham.
  • By Car Scarlet Hall is 30 minutes from Chester, a one hour and 20 minute drive to central Manchester or Liverpool and an hour and a half from central Birmingham.
  • By Train The best and most direct station is Chester and Crewe, with regular train services to London and the rest of the country. 
  • By Air The nearest airports are Manchester and Liverpool John Lennon, an easy one hour drive. Birmingham airport is one hour and 45 minutes away. Helicopters are welcome to land on the grounds of Scarlet Hall by prior arrangement.

From the owner

“The house has a lovely homely feel, it´s amazingly bright and sunny for a 17th century timber-framed building! Cleverly re-designed, it creates a feeling of space and flow. Wedding parties will enjoy views from all sides, all day, right through to the magnificent sunsets.”

From the owner

Scarlet Hall was originally built circa 1640; it is a timber-framed building with close boarded timber panels which were used in this period as a sign of affluence! Over the generations, the house has been encased with brickwork, much of this completed in the early 19th century, which was a huge benefit as it preserved the 17th century frame of the building.

We were fortunate enough to purchase this gem in 2004. We were looking for a project to create a family home in the country to bring up our two children. So, when this came up for auction we jumped at the chance, probably not thinking too much about the enormity of the project!

Although this house has origins from the 17th century, it has many modern-day touches which provide a light, bright and very comfortable environment for families, celebration parties and of course, weddings.

As the inscription found in an old chimney says, "Ye Friends Meeting House" and that is what this house represents to us.

Chris and Gail

Guest Testimonials

Magical few days with our family and friends from across the world. Our special day would not have been the same without this perfect venue, we will be back! The owners were brilliant hosts and guardians at this stunning home.

Best week of our lives, what a fantastic home! The owners have left no stone unturned, many thanks for your help. All of our family and friends will never forget our time together at Scarlet Hall.

Having waited for three years to get here because of the restrictions we were beyond excited to eventually get here. We stayed a full week so we could get in family and friends. The weather was glorious. We had the most spectacular time. I could not have thought of one thing that would have improved it. The memories of me spending quality time with our young ones will stay with me forever and brighten the darkest of days. We are so very happy to have had the opportunity. Thanks to the owner´s for making it happen.

Thank you for the best weekend we have ever had. Scarlet Hall was the perfect place to have our wedding and loved by all of our family and friends! Every part of the house and grounds is stunning and thank you to the owners for all of their help in the lead up to the big day!

Thank you for an amazing week; Scarlet Hall is a spectacular venue! We enjoyed a really special week with our loved ones followed by a perfect wedding day. The owners are wonderful and could not do enough for us. We will definitely be back!

A return visit to Scarlet Hall and again, the most memorable stay. Previously we celebrated a birthday, on this occasion, we celebrated multiple birthdays plus a wedding! We had a traditional party with balloons, cake and games galore, along with pool parties and shows put on by the children (and the big kids!). We also enjoyed beautiful dining every single day. A family with ages ranging from six to 82, there´s nothing that isn´t catered for, no matter the season. We´ve had a tremendous week!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! You have put a lot of love and nurture into this beautiful hall. As the parents of this party of 22 guests, we have lived like kings and queens for the weekend! The combination of old to new has been transitioned beautifully, and the oak! Such lavish oak! Each room has a personal touch and attention to detail; the book, flowers, the Christmas decor! Thank you so much!

We just wanted to say thank you again for allowing us to get married at your beautiful property! We had the most magical weekend and wedding day. Your home is truly breathtaking, it was everything we dreamed of and more! Thank you for the beautiful welcome - the scones were absolutely incredible! Hopefully it won´t be too long until we see you again.

The house is a dream; every single guest was blown away. Every room is unique and has been completed to the most incredible standard. The bridal suite is straight out of a fairytale! The property had enough room for all of our guests to dine and relax together, whilst also having many intimate smaller spaces where guests could escape to. The pool is fantastic and what can I say about the barn?! The backdrop to our magical wedding, the space was used for our ceremony, breakfast and dancefloor. I can´t express how fantastic the whole experience was.

There are no words that could do justice to the time we have spent here at Scarlet Hall. The venue wowed each and every one of our guests. It is so stunning and luxurious, yet so homely and comfortable. The stay at this house alone would have been incredible enough, but we also got married here. Our intimate wedding was nothing short of magical. It surpassed all of our expectations. It was a day we will remember and cherish forever and we can´t wait to come back and commemorate it with a future stay!

We can´t put into words how amazing our stay has been. From the moment we arrived, the owners were extremely friendly, helpful and accommodating. The venue is stunning and we had everything we needed and more. All of our wedding guests loved Scarlet Hall and we´ve created amazing memories with our family here. All we can say is, thank you!

Scarlet Hall - the one and only wedding venue we needed to see. We had the most amazing weekend celebrating our wedding with our nearest and dearest. We couldn´t have asked for more from a venue; the house, the rooms, the barn, the pool - just perfect. You really have created something special here. We can´t wait to return!

We´ve had an amazing time at this fantastic place celebrating our daughter´s wedding. The owners have been brilliant! The venue is simply top-class and so tasteful. We couldn´t have asked for more! Thank you so much!

We have so very much enjoyed a luxurious, restful celebratory break here. What a wonderful house with every little detail thought of! We have created many special memories here. Scarlet Hall is calm, welcoming, spacious, beautiful, cosy and so very lovely. Thank you for making this possible for us.

We feel so privileged to be the first to marry at Scarlet Hall. The venue, hospitality, location and setting was utterly perfect and we couldn´t have asked for more. Thank you for your help, generosity and time. You truly have a very special place which you have restored so beautifully and we hope that we can come back one day to celebrate again!

What an amazing venue to execute a truly magical wedding celebration experience! We truly couldn´t have asked for more, this house feels like it was tailor-made for us and our needs!

Chris and Gail, we cannot thank you enough for your hospitality and generosity. Both us and our guests are in awe of this amazing place. We have made such wonderful memories here and we are so grateful for all of the help you´ve given us along the way. We couldn´t have wanted anything more and can´t wait to be back.

It´s been a wonderful occasion in a fabulous venue. We have had many family holidays over the years but none have come near the standard and quality of this super home and the pool was a huge bonus for the young! Thank you both for all the thoughtful touches.

A wedding is always a special time, but the house and barn provided a wonderful place to stay and an amazing venue for the reception. Hannah and David´s will always be the first wedding celebration for this chapter of Scarlet Hall´s history!

Wow what a way to celebrate our marriage! Our September weekend at Scarlet Hall was nothing short of spectacular! Your home was quite remarkable and we are so glad we chose it to celebrate our surprise wedding with our 20 closest friends and family. In all, we had a wonderful stay and we are desperately trying to conjure up an excuse to visit again.

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