Looking for a special event venue?

April 4th 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge

If you have a special event to plan this year have you looked at Rothamsted Manor? This hidden gem of Harpenden is set in 12 acres of landscaped gardens on a private estate, far from the bustle of daily life. The Grade I listed Rothamsted Manor, Harpenden, boasts 12 acres of exquisitely landscaped gardens and wooded Hertfordshire countryside. The unique manor house could provide the perfect setting and an unforgettable backdrop for any special day.

Whether it is a significant date party, a christening, a wedding, a celebration of life, a drinks reception or dinner, the magnificent drawing rooms and library provide a spectacular setting that will ensure your special event is unforgettable. For a seated wedding breakfast Rothamsted Manor, Harpenden can accommodate up to 76 in the wood panelled Great Drawing Room, perfect for smaller, more intimate weddings.  But if you require a larger space, it is possible to set up a marquee or tipi on the lawn taking in the colour and splendour of the beautiful borders and rose arches of the gardens. 

The first record of the Rothamsted estate was made in 1212 when it was owned by Henry Gubion. Much later the Bardolph family acquired it by the marriage of Edmund Bardolph to Elizabeth Cressy 1519. In 1623 the house was bought from the Bardolph family by Anne Wittewronge, the widow of Jacob Wittewronge, and the estate continued to be passed through the family until John Bennet Lawes, the founder of Rothamsted Experimental Station, was born in the house on 28th December 1814. Rothamsted Manor and Gardens were bought from the Lawes-Wittewronge family in the 1930s after public subscription raised the required £35,000 in seven weeks!
During the Second World War, it was requisitioned for the use of the military and became a listening post, recording and feeding messages to Bletchley Park for decoding. More recently it has been transformed into an exclusive venue in Harpenden. It is now a venue ready to accommodate any special event in Harpenden.