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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 a 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. Think tin-trailing getaways down the driveway and moonlit speeches cocooned in the red apple orchard; all brought together by a dedicated wedding planner.



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.


We like to think of it as “the wedding estate”. Spread between a manor and coach house, Scarlet Hall has blushing bedroom suites, easy breakaway spaces, and convivial rooms to suit every matrimonial mood. While some get busy swapping stories, sipping bubbles, and barefoot dancing beneath wise wooden beams, others will take to the pool, sauna, and games room for a spot of pre-vows R&R. On the big day, seat up to 80 guests in the rustic barn under a canopy of twinkling fairy lights and flower garlands, while the caterers pile up the trestle tables with pistachio macarons and goat's cheese crostini.


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

  • CapacityUp to 80 wedding guests
  • SleepsUp to 22 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 Time: 4.30pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • PracticalitiesFor weddings over 30 guests, a wedding planner will be included to ensure the day runs smoothly (available six weeks prior to your wedding day). The property is licensed, so couples can have a civil or humanist ceremony on-site in the barn or gardens. It is also possible to have an idyllic off-site church ceremony in St Edith’s in Shocklach or St Mary’s in Tilston, followed by a celebration at the venue. Scarlet Hall welcomes wedding parties of up to 80 wedding guests; if you wish to host larger celebrations for up to 120 guests, or to host pre/post-wedding events, prior permission will be required from the owner and additional fees will apply. The venue is booked on a dry-hire basis, and a brochure of recommended suppliers will be sent to you on enquiry; the venue prefers that guests utilise their highly recommended local caterers and bar service, and permission is needed for caterers not included on the supplier list. It is possible to use a marquee on the front lawn for an additional fee of £1,500. There is parking available for up to 50 cars; due to the rural location, taxis must be booked in advance. If arriving by air, helicopters are welcome to land on the grounds by prior arrangement. Music must be turned down by 11:00pm and end by 11:30pm with carriages at midnight on weekends, and turned down by 10.00pm and end by 10:30pm with carriages at 11pm during the week. Only overnight guests may access the property and pool house, which must both be locked on your wedding day; we request that guests remain in the wedding barn and dedicated outdoors spaces. Please be advised that the owners live next door and are happy to be contacted if needed. A three-night minimum stay is required.
  • 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
  • Private cateringSeeking a celebratory dinner or fully catered escape? Our recommended caterers will work with you to create personalised menus for your stay. Details are shared through our house book on confirming your booking.
  • RetreatsFrom foraging weekenders to crash courses in cold-water therapy, our bespoke retreats bridge the gap between luxury and back-to-nature philosophies. Create a hand-crafted stay that puts connectivity at the fore.
  • Eco-friendlyTwo electric car charging points
  • RestrictionsFireworks, sparklers and lanterns are not permitted due to the close proximity of livestock
  • Other informationProperty terms and conditionsFrequently asked questionsView floor plan

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Scarlet Hall boasts a variety of picturesque settings for a blessing<br /><span>© Bethany Stanley Photography</span>
Take exclusive hire of this luxury wedding venue near Chester<br /><span>© Bethany Stanley Photography</span>
Erect a marquee on the lawn for dreamy garden weddings<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

There are no words to describe how exceptional Scarlet Hall is. You have created such a magical place for family and friends to congregate, celebrate and make memories that will last us a lifetime. You are the most perfect hosts and we will always remember you, and this beautiful weekend as the most perfect bubble in time. You have created something so special and we will forever be grateful. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We are already discussing a reunion so we shall be in touch!

How can we say in just a few short words what an amazing week we have had. We couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate our wedding and become Mr and Mrs! We’ve made some special memories in a truly special place, and we can’t thank you enough.

Wow! We cannot even begin to express how incredible this weekend has been, Scarlet Hall is simply sensational! We are devastated to be leaving and already planning our return. We couldn´t have wished for a more perfect setting to get married and to have all of our friends and family here together has been so special. The owners are the most wonderful people. Thank you so much for allowing us to live in a magical fairytale for the weekend.

An amazing stay. The owners have excelled in providing the most incredible venue for any special event. A beautiful home, surroundings, just everything you could possibly want. Every one of our group agreed it was the most enjoyable wedding weekend ever, thank you so much!

Everything we could have dreamed of and more! The house and wedding barn are stunning. Attention to detail is impeccable, we cannot thank you enough. A wedding venue and homestay like no other, you have produced the most amazing place and it´s very clear how much love and care you take in everything. Thank you for being the most accommodating venue we could have imagined. We don´t want to go home and already want to come back.

What a gorgeous setting! We are so pleased we chose Scarlet Hall as the venue for our wedding. It made it so special at every point. We arrived the day before our celebration ceremony and our friends and family helped us to decorate the barn area. We held our legal ceremony in the main house with just our immediate family we did this in the main hallway surrounded by flowers and it really was stunning. We really had the best week.

Tom and I would like to say a huge thank you for allowing us to use your venue for our wedding, it really did make for the perfect weekend for us both. Your house was beautiful, the setting is gorgeous and our photographer said it was the best wedding in 20 years! We will send some pictures of your fabulous venue once we receive them all.

We just wanted to say a huge thank you for having us at Scarlet Hall for our wedding. We have had the absolute best day and felt so lucky to celebrate at the perfect venue, it really is stunning. We also loved the build-up week there and every detail was perfect from the beautiful garden and flowers to the amazing brownies and scones you left us. Thank you for all of your help and support along the way, you really helped to ensure that our day was perfect and we´re super grateful.

We had the most special week here, especially the wedding day and we wouldn´t change a thing about it. You have absolutely nailed it with this stunning house and barn- every single person commented on how beautiful it was. The garden and flowers really are the icing on the cake and we felt so lucky the wisteria was out for us. Every little detail has been perfect and we´re already thinking about what the next occasion we could come back for could be!

We have stayed and enjoyed our wedding. It has surpassed all our expectations and ticked every box. Our group loved the house and we all relaxed into the stay immediately. We are already planning to come back and can´t wait for more memories here. The recommended suppliers for our big day absolutely smashed it and delivered our perfect stay. Thank you for being such brilliant hosts and for maintaining such a beautiful home!

Where to begin?! We wanted to write to express our deepest gratitude for lending us your beautiful home, not only for our wedding day but a very special week with those we love. From our first visit, we knew Scarlet Hall was the place for us, not just because of the house and barn but because of you both, too. Your gentle approach was so welcome, we were able to have the ´home´ wedding we dreamed of and that´s in part down to all your lovely touches- you have thought of it all! A huge and heartfelt thank you for everything- keep doing what you´re doing!

We were immediately wowed by Scarlet Hall and its rustic charm and how it is immaculately well kept. As a wedding venue, it has an all-season aesthetic that is truly hard to beat. We were incredibly impressed by the communication and information provided in the lead up to the wedding from the owners, which really helped put our minds at ease. The barn allows for every couple to create their own unique wedding and it was really warming to see how the owners engaged with that. We managed to create our dream wedding in the exact style that we were looking for and it fully exceeded our expectations.

I leave with a deep feeling of completion and contentment. The whole week has been one extraordinary experience for us all. Scarlet Hall is magical and added so much to our time together. Heartfelt thanks to the owners.

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.

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 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!

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From private chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and adrenalin-fuelled retreats, once you’ve booked your stay we’ll introduce you to our owner-recommended suppliers to create a truly bespoke, memorable escape.


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