Chapel House Estate takes home Start Up award

Bride and groom captured from behind as they look out over their guests seated at their wedding breakfast at Chapel House Estate
Credit: Willam Harley Photography

Less than a year after opening its doors, Kent wedding and events venue Chapel House Estate has been named Hospitality and Events Start Up of the Year at the South East finals of the StartUp Awards 2023.

Located in Minster, this 732-year-old chapel, surrounded by 35 acres, opened as a luxury wedding and events venue in July 2022. Nestled amongst romantic gardens and orchards, it’s fast become a popular destination for couples to wed, and this award gives it the recognition it deserves for its successful first year in business.

Built from the ground up by owner Darren Ellis, Chapel House Estate has everything you need for your perfect wedding day, from the lovingly converted old malt granary where you can hold your ceremony, to the sympathetically restored 13th-century chapel, which now boasts luxurious accommodation with five bedrooms. The on-site No 9 Restaurant with a changing locally-sourced menu provides catering for weddings and events, and there’s even nine hideaway lodges, enabling up to 34 people to stay at the estate.

“I’m so proud of everything my team and I have achieved in such a short space of time,” says Darren Ellis, owner of Chapel House Estate. “The award goes to everyone involved in the project from contractors to front and back of house staff.

“I feel very proud to open such a beautiful venue and to become a custodian of such a charming, precious and ancient Grade II listed flint and stone-built building. We can’t wait to welcome you to our new award-winning venue in Thanet, Kent!”

Learn more at at https://chapelhouseestate.co.uk

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