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Bradbourne House, a luxury wedding venue, has clinched the coveted title of 'Heritage Wedding Venue of the Year' at the Kent Wedding Awards.
The announcement was made during a glittering black-tie gala awards ceremony at the Mercure Maidstone, Great Danes Hotel. Dating back to 1590 and recognised as a Grade 1 listed Queen Anne Country House, Bradbourne House earned this prestigious accolade in acknowledgement of its rich heritage. The house, originally constructed between 1712 and 1715, underwent significant transformations from its Tudor origins in the late 1500s, with some of the original features still preserved in its kitchens.
The house occasionally offers guided tours to the public and has become a popular wedding venue amongst the 7,000 couples annually who choose the Garden of England region as their destination. Renowned for its dining offerings, Bradbourne House's catering team, made up of dedicated professionals from leading hospitality business BaxterStorey, was honoured for its culinary excellence, which prioritises local and sustainable ingredients and bespoke menu options.
What sets Bradbourne House apart is its small yet dedicated team, ensuring that couples have the opportunity to personalise every aspect of their wedding day. From the Head Chef and General Manager to the Event Manager and Sales Manager, each team member contributes to creating an experience which gives lasting, magical memories. The team takes great joy in hearing the couples' proposal stories and honeymoon plans while supporting them in planning their special day.
Kevin Logan, Operations Director at BaxterStorey, said: "We're thrilled to be announced as Heritage Wedding Venue of the Year. At Bradbourne House, our exceptional team is wholeheartedly committed to transforming wedding dreams into memorable experiences. This award is a testament to the unwavering dedication of every team member, from our event managers to our talented chefs, who work tirelessly to guarantee a delightful and memorable experience for all."
Nestled in the heart of the Kent countryside, Bradbourne House is a luxury, exclusive-use venue surrounded by 20 acres of picturesque land. Located in the quaint village of East Malling, the property has been owned by East Malling Trust since 1938, a registered charity set up to support the East Malling Research Station – an independent research organisation dedicated to supporting UK fruit growers.