This month I was lucky enough to receive an invitation to Quendon Hall’s Corporate Dinner. I have for a long time admired the beauty of the place so jumped at the chance to have an exclusive tour, dinner and entertainment.
Knowing that I was going to be spending my evening at this fabulous venue I decided to carry out a bit of background research. I discovered that Quendon has history going back more than 900 years as far as Edward the Confessor (1042-1066) The Essex Doomsday Book records, that after the Conquest, Quendon was one of the 25 manors granted by William to his trusty steward, Eudo Dapifer, the builder of Colchester Castle. At that time the manor house would have lain near to the church in the village. At some unrecorded date in the middle ages, a deer park was created on the high ground above, and this approximates to the fenced area of parkland – the only medieval deer park in Essex to have survived still with its deer.
For hundreds of years this beautiful building and grounds have been acquired and lived in by many, however after a period of refurbishment, Parklands opened as an exclusive use wedding venue in 2003. The house can accommodate between 30 and 120 guests for a wedding breakfast, and 200 with a dance floor for evening entertainment. Larger weddings can be accommodated in the permanently erected pavilion. 22 bedrooms, including a beautiful bridal pavilion, are available for guests on the night of the wedding. More recently Parklands are now able to offer fabulous corporate packages.
My evening started off driving up the mesmerizing driveway of the Parklands. The sun was just going down and a slight mist covering the ground, in the distance I could see the great hall surrounded by stunning grounds. Once parked up I followed an archway of enchanting fairy lights up to the main entrance where I was greeted by welcoming staff and a nice glass of cold bubbly. The entrance hall was buzzing with people; it was clear how comfortable everyone felt conversation was flowing just as well as the drinks that were being provided. While waiting to be introduced to our guide for the evening, I waited in the cosy lounge area with roaring fireplace. I couldn’t help but imagine how gorgeous this room would look at Christmas time. Finally I was introduced to Ned, the owner of Parklands and the Tabor Group Estates. Ned was clearly very passionate about this spectacular building showing us around the grounds, the grand pavilion and luxurious bedrooms in the main house of Parklands. I couldn’t help but think this place would be perfect for any grand occasion, and let’s face it how many excuses do you really need to have a suite with a king size bed and Jacuzzi tub!
After our fabulous tour we were taken to the dining room for dinner and entertainment. The room set out with round tables and covered chairs. In the centre of each table a stunning crystal candle holder. Our food was immediately served for starter a chicken liver pate, dressed salad and Melba toast. Not particularly a fan of pate (so therefor unbiased) I can honestly say it was stunning. Each flavour accompanied each other perfectly and portion sizes for a starter were certainly generous. For main we had a tender chicken breast stuffed with leeks and bacon accompanied by potato and vegetables. Again another large portion beautifully presented and full of flavour the chicken was far from dry and vegetables cooked to perfection. To be honest by this point I was well and truly fit to burst, but couldn’t resist a generous portion of the Vanilla Cheesecake. During our meal we were treated to the delightful sounds of Hollie, she had us singing along to a few old time classics and even had a few people up dancing. It was such a great atmosphere and was clear that everyone was enjoying every minute of the evenings activities.
Parklands proved they can certainly put on an exceptional event. Their staff were always smart, polite and approachable, all this accompanied by the enchanting atmosphere provided by the historic surroundings provides a faultless venue for any occasion. I thoroughly recommend paying them a visit and seeing for this yourself.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and would like to thank Karis & Ned for my invitation, and thank you to everyone that made the evening so enjoyable.