Potential Venue No. 2..

… was massively disappointing.  So much so, that I didn’t even bother taking any pictures, not even to show how disappointing it was.  The venue was Uplands House Hotel near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.  They were holding a wedding fair, run by ‘Guides for Brides‘, and it was possibly the emptiest wedding fair I’ve ever seen, and when I say empty, I mean of suppliers.  About 5 minutes and we were done!

So here we go..

First impressions as we drove up were quite good, nice grounds at the front of the old bit of the hotel, and a lovely view over the valley, lots of fields and greenery.   The car park then goes all the way round to the left of the venue, and there’s a lot of car park!  The newer parts of the hotel are the majority of what you see.  They aren’t in themselves ugly or particularly out of step with the rest of the venue, apart from one thing – they’ve all got bright blue window frames.  Plastic window frames.  And door frames.  And it just looks odd.  Really odd.

From where we parked the car, in the second bit of car park, although there was a sign to the wedding fair and reception, it wasn’t actually all that clear where we were heading.  And the way we arrived at the marquee was through what could only be described as the ‘trades man’s entrance’, but what lead directly into the marquee.  The kitchen was on the right hand side, so imagine mid-morning kitchen smells, and through the window, the kitchen didn’t look particularly .. erm.. appetising!!  The marquee itself is a permenant fixture, and is situated in a courtyard of the newer building, with all of the hotel rooms looking onto it.  There’s no nice areas for photos outside the marquee, and the whole area just looked like the back-end of a hotel.  Not like a dream wedding locations.

However the marquee itself is lovely on the inside.  It’s all white panelled with the white draped ceiling, and is suprisingly big.  There’s hard, carpetted floors throughout, and then a wooden style dance floor, with a black ceiling with twinkly lights.  There’s a bar at one end, and the whole thing looked very nice, a total blank canvas for us to put our stamp on.

At one end, there were double doors which led through to the outside, a pretty wall with gravelled steps going up, leading to the back gardens of the hotel.  However when you get to the top of the steps, the first thing you see is a very run down, manky looking basketball / tennis court on the right hand side.  Ignore that, and look to the left, and there’s a very cute little band-stand type structure in amongst landscaped gardens and gentle rolling slopes.  But what’s that in the background, framing the band-stand in any pictures?  Yes, that’s right, it’s the car-park.  Stand in the car park to take the pictures, and you’ve got the basketball court in the background.  Really disappointing.

So overall, we weren’t very impressed.  The marquee was lovely, and the venue is very competitively priced.  But there’s quite obviously a reason for that.  The fact that they were holding a wedding fair today didn’t seem to have encouraged the venue to brush up at all, the whole place looked like it needed a very thorough tidy up and spruce up.  And, they didn’t have the ceremony room open for people to look at either, so we couldn’t even go a nosy inside the house to get an idea if there would be a nicer space for pictures in there.

I think I can safely say, that Uplands House is off the list of potential venues.  Lets hope the next few are much better!!

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