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Welcome to Carlton Manor, our luxury wedding venue in East Yorkshire, near Beverley. The historic site in the hamlet of West Carlton has recently been renovated to an exceedingly high standard in order to fulfill our goal of making dreams come true.

This blog will lead you step-by-step around our venue. From the beautifully renovated manor house, to the Carlton Tipi and extensive grounds, we can’t wait to show you what we have to offer…

Step inside the manor house

The manor house, built in 1901, has recently been renovated to the highest level, whilst still preserving the property’s stunning infrastructure. It hosts eight wonderful guest suites, including a two-double bed suite on the ground floor which is perfect for accessibility. With both twin and double rooms, the house sleeps up to 18 guests in total, making it ideal for weddings, group getaways and family retreats.

Upstairs, the bridal suite is our pièce de résistance. Sleep in a luxury super king bed, soak in the indulgent copper roll-top bath with a glass of fizz, and fling open the french doors to take in gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside.

Downstairs, curl up with a book in our cosy sitting room, or come together for a meal in our modern country kitchen. Carlton Manor is a beautiful place to be together, so the spacious kitchen, including the leather seating booth, is designed to host family and friends, whatever the occasion. Cook yourselves a delicious meal on a midweek trip away, or use it as an informal space for your event.

Our bespoke wedding facilities

We are excited to say that our current ceremony space is soon to be extended into a breath-taking ceremony barn. This glorious space will provide the most romantic backdrop for our couples to say their vows in front of their loved ones. Seating up to 100 guests, the ceremony barn will flood light through the elegant glass windows overlooking the landscaped courtyard.

Just beyond the courtyard is the Carlton Tipi, where you can entertain up to 200 of your chosen guests. This standout ceremony or reception venue delivers the wow-factor and can be decorated to suit your chosen wedding theme. Magnificently unique and at one with nature, our tipi is perfect for weddings and other events, whatever the weather!

The manor grounds

If the british blue skies present themselves, your guests can enjoy our terrace seating and two acres of exquisitely manicured grounds. Not to mention 360 views over rolling, peaceful Yorkshire countryside.

Ramble through the picturesque surrounding countryside (we recommend the Trans Pennine Trail!), pop to the charming seaside towns of Aldbrough, Hornsea, and Withernsea, or swap the peaceful countryside for the bright lights of Hull and hit the boutique shops of Humber Street for some retail therapy.

To see our luxury venue in person, check out retreat or wedding availability or enquire now for a wedding consultation with our general manager.


Summer 2021 is set to be unforgettable in the world of weddings, as many couples across the UK host their wondrous celebrations.

In this blog, our wedding venue near Beverly predicts this year’s summer wedding trends.

Relaxed and informal

A well-known wedding day tip is to take a few moments to yourself, away from the hustle and bustle, to soak in the occasion. But, imagine if there was no hustle and bustle, and no stress.

This summer, couples will choose to whisk their guests away from reality, to blissfully isolated locations such as the countryside or a quiet beach. The only formality needed will be the exchanging of vows, with the rest open to your own personal desires.

Best of British

The coronavirus pandemic has been incredibly hard on local businesses in the UK, and they need support this summer more than ever. For this reason, many couples will opt to help the economy on their doorstep, rather than look further afield.

This summer, more couples will take advantage of Britain’s wealth of suppliers, bridal boutiques and independent businesses. There will also be a rise in local weddings, particularly in our country’s best beauty spots.

Pastel Shades

Whether it be on bridesmaid dresses or intertwined within the decor, pastel shades will be embraced at weddings this summer. Lilac, pink, yellow, peach and mint colours will be a common sight.

If we take into account colour psychology, pastels can have a calming effect on those that see them. This can help to make a wedding venue a hub of tranquility, whilst still being exceedingly fashionable and on-trend.

Mid-week weddings

This summer is set to be one of the busiest yet for special occasions, due to cancelled 2020 weddings spilling over into 2021. Because of this, many couples will look to book a mid-week wedding.

As well as the advantage of increased availability, mid-week weddings can really cut down costs of the venue, accommodation, travel and suppliers. And, your guests can enjoy a well-deserved day off work filled with celebrations.

Lots of DIY

There is no better way to add a personal touch to your wedding day than showcasing some homemade crafts. Having gained inspiration from Pinterest, IGTV and YouTube tutorials over lockdown, couples will be sure to bring DIY to their weddings this summer.

From invitations to centrepieces, visions can become a reality when you create exactly what you want to. Crafting is also a great way to unwind and de-stress on the run up to your special day!

Carlton Manor currently has availability for midweek and weekend weddings. Enquire today to get in touch with our team.


Do you desire an unforgettable wedding day that you can tailor towards your heart’s greatest wishes? Then an untraditional venue could be for you.

In this blog, our wedding venue in Beverley lists seven reasons why you should consider a tipi wedding.

1. A blank canvas

When you book a traditional wedding, there are many aspects of the decor that you lack control over. If the carpet, furnishings or wallpaper of the venue is not to your taste, you must overlook this and compromise.

However, a tipi is a space that can be transformed into your own idea of the perfect wedding venue. At some venues, you even have the freedom to choose your own caterers, entertainment and suppliers, so you can create your dream wedding in its whole entirety.

2. Be at one with nature

A tipi wedding allows you to immerse yourself in the alluring outdoors. Being undercover also enables you to enjoy the best benefits of nature, whilst still being sheltered from the weather’s elements. Come rain or snow, your day shall commence unaffected.

Location is everything, which is why many tipis are situated in the rolling countryside, standing proud amongst the wild flowers and complimenting the eloquent landscape. In the daytime the sun beams on it with honour, and on an evening a dressing of fairy lights effortlessly mimic the stars of the night.

3. Step away from stress

The best weddings are those where the guests feel incredibly at ease in their surroundings. A tipi wedding offers the perfect alternative to a traditional wedding in a church or registry office, which some could find high-pressured.

Tipis also offer escapism for the bride and groom, away from the hustle and bustle of a city location. And, it is needless to endure the upheaval of travelling from one venue to another on the day, as the wedding ceremony, breakfast and evening reception can take place inside the tipi.

4. The WOW factor

It is extremely likely that most of your wedding guests will have attended a standard wedding venue, such as a church. Supply them with a unique experience and fill their faces with awe and wonder as they gaze upon your wedding venue.

Guests may have witnessed many weddings, but yours will be the one that they will be sure to remember. With the help of your creative touch, the venue has every possibility to be as breath-taking as the saying of your vows.

5. Food vans

Many features of a tipi wedding are impossible to include in a standard indoor venue. One of these features is food vans, which are becoming increasingly popular at bespoke venues across the UK, including Carlton Manor.

From wood fired pizza to fish and chips, food vans can deliver a range of dishes to cater to any guest’s palette. Far from the set menus found at traditional wedding breakfasts, the vans give guests the option to choose the food they truly desire.

6. Instagram worthy backdrop

Photography is a brilliant way to encapsulate and preserve memories of your special day. However it is styled, the Carton Tipi is picture-perfect from every angle, outside and in. Whether it appears in professional family photos or phone camera selfies with friends, you will be sure to gain images worth sharing far and wide.

Sometimes, guests can float away into the magic of your wedding day, and must be reminded to take photographs. We recommend leaving disposable cameras on each table, which can be used to capture every moment.

7. Perfect all year round

With a robust outer layer, wedding tipis are a cosy space that can keep guests warm even in the colder months. Equally, in spring and summer, guests can relax into the evenings outside of the tipi.

Designed to the highest quality, the Carlton Tipi can be custom-fit to meet the British polar winters and warm summer days. With capacity to seat 150 guests and hold an additional 50 for your evening celebrations, the Carlton Tipi is the perfect stage for the bride and groom.

The Carlton Tipi is currently available for midweek and weekend weddings. Enquire today and get in touch with our Beverley team.


There are an array of people working behind the scenes to make our venue the perfect place for your wedding, event and retreat.

In this blog, we caught up with Carlton Manor’s new General Manager, Sarah Bolson.

How long have you worked in the industry?

Over the years I have worked for well known brands such as Whitbread and Holiday Inn Express, as well as smaller businesses such as The Feathers Hotel in Helmsley.

I’ve overseen hundreds of weddings and events and I’ve not managed to keep a dry eye at one of them! They are each so beautiful in their own right and really bring out my emotional side.

What will your role be at Carlton Manor?

As the new General Manager of Carlton Manor, combined with making sure day to day running of the manor is of a high standard, my main responsibility will be to make dreams come true!

I will be by our brides’ sides from their initial enquiry at the manor, up until their big day. And I’ll always be on hand for advice, support and help if things go wrong! In my past roles I have fixed collapsed wedding cakes, sewn brides into wedding dresses and been on hand with forgotten jewellery.

What drew you to Carlton Manor?

I was initially drawn to the venue by the countryside location and the vision of Carlton Manor owner, Nic. I also love the manor’s ethos to embrace our Yorkshire location and support local businesses. I am a Yorkshire girl at heart, and always will be!

What is your vision for Carlton Manor?

I wish for Nic’s vision to be realised. By the end of this year, we want to have completed the majority of the work on the venue inside and out. We are working with local Yorkshire designers Matthews Mee, who will be working on the interior design for the house.

It would also be nice if Carlton Manor was to be amongst the top Yorkshire wedding venues and private retreats. I would love it to be the ‘go to’ destination.

Most importantly, I aim to create hundreds of happy memories on the grounds. I am so excited for when we can start to hold weddings and events, and meet our guests. Carlton Manor will be somewhere that we are so proud to welcome people to.

What are you most excited about for the next year?

As well as seeing the refurbishment and plans come together, I cannot wait to see the looks of joy and love on the faces of our guests!

Why should couples choose Carlton Manor for their wedding day?

Carlton Manor will be a breathtaking venue, with a picture perfect backdrop for all weddings.

We give the freedom of choice to the bride and groom, so they can put their own creative stamp on our grounds. The manor can cater to an array of different weddings, from grand and traditional to relaxed and intimate.

They can also choose their own catering facilities; the fact that you could have a fish and chip van at your wedding is fantastic!

Could you please tell us a little about your own wedding?

I got married in Seaton Carew on the North East Coast, in 1999 – a long time ago!

One piece of advice I would give to the bride for her wedding day would be to wear comfortable shoes. On my big day, I was in agony as I didn’t break my satin heels in and wore them straight out of the box. Luckily, my mum brought me a pair of flip flops, and I changed into them straight after the ceremony. Trust me, wearing flat shoes is the most sensible thing you’ll ever do!

Also, try and proof-read your father’s speech before he reads it aloud to all of your friends and family. My dad totally embarrassed me – and I’m not going into those details!

What do you think is the secret to a happy marriage?

Never ever go to sleep on an argument! You never know what is going to happen in this life, so always make sure your disagreements are resolved.

Overall, I think the secret to a happy marriage is all about respecting each other, talking things through and enjoying life together. Make sure that you treasure every moment.

Get in touch today to book your dream wedding day, event or private retreat.


According to the 4th annual UK Wedding Report, published by wedding app, Bridebook, 43% of couples in their study opted for a non-Saturday wedding date. Kelly Mortimer, wedding expert of more than 20 years, expects this trend to continue and predicts a bumper year in 2021.

For those of you currently planning your special day therefore, a mid-week date could be well worth considering. Here at our opulent East Yorkshire wedding venue, Carlton Manor, we can help you to create your fairytale wedding on any day of the week, so why not explore all the possibilities?

Here are five reasons why a mid-week wedding can be a great way to add that bit of extra to your special day:

It can cut the cost

According to Bridebook, the current average cost of a wedding in the UK is now £16,005. Mid-week weddings are often far more negotiable when it comes to price and it is believed they can work out about a third cheaper. As well as packages being cheaper per head, many venues also require a lower minimum guest number during the week. This cost saving extends to wedding suppliers and guests are also likely to benefit by paying less for their accommodation and travel.

If you are planning to head straight off on your honeymoon after your wedding, then data from Skyscanner revealed that in 2020, Friday and Wednesday were the cheapest days to fly, so you could also reap the benefit here.

Couples sometimes worry that a mid-week wedding might seem like a ‘budget’ option to their guests, but think instead about using the money saved from your budget to put towards some indulgent extra touches to your day, like some spectacular fireworks or a sophisticated cocktail party. Hiring the right wedding band can make a big difference in the way you and your guests perceive the evening or hook into the fast-growing wedding trend of interactive wedding features with fun extras such as a photo booth, caricaturist or table magician.

It can ensure availability

The impact of the pandemic on the 2020 wedding season has meant that the race for 2021 dates is already being fiercely contested. For couples still hoping that this year will see their dream wedding, mid-week could be the answer to your prayers. Registrars, venues and suppliers will all be in high demand, so picking a mid-week date could help you to still be able to realise your vision and often has the added bonus of giving you their exclusive attention. For suppliers in particular, this means longer to spend at your venue, rather than rushing off for their next appointment and can mean you get that extra bit of quality.

Couples tend to worry about their guests having to take time off work, but with enough advance notice this should not be a problem and picking a date in the school holidays overcomes issues for friends or relatives who work in education and allows children to easily be part of your special day. You will also avoid the risk of clashing with other weekend engagements, of which there will be many once we are able to return to some sense of normality.

You can have your day, your way

Losing the strict parameters of Friday to Sunday means you are able to instead choose a date that is meaningful to both of you, such as an anniversary or birthday. It is also likely to give you more choice over what time you get married, giving you better control over the shape of your day. More things will become negotiable with a mid-week wedding, so for those who like to do things in your own unique way, this could prove to be a real bonus.

Here at Carlton Manor, we offer you the ultimate freedom to get those creative juices flowing, with the ability to select your own caterers, entertainment and suppliers, (although we do have a list of talented local suppliers that we will gladly recommend) Our site can also accommodate a magnificent master tepee, which provides a stunning canvas for you to put your own distinct stamp on and can hold up to 200 guests.

It can reduce stress

Opting for a weekday wedding can significantly help to alleviate the stress of planning. As well as making it easier to secure your dream wedding venue, other suppliers such as hair and make-up artists, entertainment and florists are also likely to be more widely available. There is nothing worse than having your heart set on a certain photographer or live band, only to find out that they have no weekend availability for the year!

Many wedding venues can be distractingly hectic at weekends and a weekday means you can relax, enjoy and run your day exactly in line with your own vision. This is never an issue for our newlyweds as our magnificent 8-bedroom manor house is always exclusively yours, to do with as you please for your special day. However, many larger venues can often have a variety of functions taking place on any weekend, which can risk taking the edge off the magic you have planned so hard to create.

You can extend your celebrations

There is a growing trend for extended wedding celebrations, with smaller gatherings set over longer periods increasingly becoming the go-to for many couples. After all, why just have one day when you could have four? Monday and Thursday weekday weddings can often be popular choices therefore as they allow you and your guests to more easily extend your celebrations into a glorious long weekend, incorporating things such as an indulgent spa afternoon, a round of golf or a farewell brunch or barbeque.

Carlton Manor is set in the idyllic East Yorkshire countryside, with easy access to the quaint market town of Beverley and also Beverley Racecourse, which hosts flat racing from April until September, all of which presents plenty of options.

Whatever day of the week you end up choosing, our team of friendly staff will work with you to create a package that makes your dream day a stunning reality. Our luxurious wedding venue, near Beverley and Hull, has recently undergone stunning renovations and all eight manor house bedrooms are flawlessly finished to accommodate up to sixteen guests, surrounded by two acres of tranquil gardens.

To start planning your wedding at Carlton Manor, get in touch with our expert team using the contact form below.


According to the 4th annual UK Wedding Report, published by wedding app, Bridebook, 43% of couples in their study opted for a non-Saturday wedding date. Kelly Mortimer, wedding expert of more than 20 years, expects this trend to continue and predicts a bumper year in 2021.

For those of you currently planning your special day therefore, a mid-week date could be well worth considering. Here at our opulent East Yorkshire wedding venue, Carlton Manor, we can help you to create your fairytale wedding on any day of the week, so why not explore all the possibilities?

Here are five reasons why a mid-week wedding can be a great way to add that bit of extra to your special day:

It can cut the cost

According to Bridebook, the current average cost of a wedding in the UK is now £16,005. Mid-week weddings are often far more negotiable when it comes to price and it is believed they can work out about a third cheaper. As well as packages being cheaper per head, many venues also require a lower minimum guest number during the week. This cost saving extends to wedding suppliers and guests are also likely to benefit by paying less for their accommodation and travel.

If you are planning to head straight off on your honeymoon after your wedding, then data from Skyscanner revealed that in 2020, Friday and Wednesday were the cheapest days to fly, so you could also reap the benefit here.

Couples sometimes worry that a mid-week wedding might seem like a ‘budget’ option to their guests, but think instead about using the money saved from your budget to put towards some indulgent extra touches to your day, like some spectacular fireworks or a sophisticated cocktail party. Hiring the right wedding band can make a big difference in the way you and your guests perceive the evening or hook into the fast-growing wedding trend of interactive wedding features with fun extras such as a photo booth, caricaturist or table magician.

It can ensure availability

The impact of the pandemic on the 2020 wedding season has meant that the race for 2021 dates is already being fiercely contested. For couples still hoping that this year will see their dream wedding, mid-week could be the answer to your prayers. Registrars, venues and suppliers will all be in high demand, so picking a mid-week date could help you to still be able to realise your vision and often has the added bonus of giving you their exclusive attention. For suppliers in particular, this means longer to spend at your venue, rather than rushing off for their next appointment and can mean you get that extra bit of quality.

Couples tend to worry about their guests having to take time off work, but with enough advance notice this should not be a problem and picking a date in the school holidays overcomes issues for friends or relatives who work in education and allows children to easily be part of your special day. You will also avoid the risk of clashing with other weekend engagements, of which there will be many once we are able to return to some sense of normality.

You can have your day, your way

Losing the strict parameters of Friday to Sunday means you are able to instead choose a date that is meaningful to both of you, such as an anniversary or birthday. It is also likely to give you more choice over what time you get married, giving you better control over the shape of your day. More things will become negotiable with a mid-week wedding, so for those who like to do things in your own unique way, this could prove to be a real bonus.

Here at Carlton Manor, we offer you the ultimate freedom to get those creative juices flowing, with the ability to select your own caterers, entertainment and suppliers, (although we do have a list of talented local suppliers that we will gladly recommend) Our site can also accommodate a magnificent master tepee, which provides a stunning canvas for you to put your own distinct stamp on and can hold up to 200 guests.

It can reduce stress

Opting for a weekday wedding can significantly help to alleviate the stress of planning. As well as making it easier to secure your dream wedding venue, other suppliers such as hair and make-up artists, entertainment and florists are also likely to be more widely available. There is nothing worse than having your heart set on a certain photographer or live band, only to find out that they have no weekend availability for the year!

Many wedding venues can be distractingly hectic at weekends and a weekday means you can relax, enjoy and run your day exactly in line with your own vision. This is never an issue for our newlyweds as our magnificent 8-bedroom manor house is always exclusively yours, to do with as you please for your special day. However, many larger venues can often have a variety of functions taking place on any weekend, which can risk taking the edge off the magic you have planned so hard to create.

You can extend your celebrations

There is a growing trend for extended wedding celebrations, with smaller gatherings set over longer periods increasingly becoming the go-to for many couples. After all, why just have one day when you could have four? Monday and Thursday weekday weddings can often be popular choices therefore as they allow you and your guests to more easily extend your celebrations into a glorious long weekend, incorporating things such as an indulgent spa afternoon, a round of golf or a farewell brunch or barbeque.

Carlton Manor is set in the idyllic East Yorkshire countryside, with easy access to the quaint market town of Beverley and also Beverley Racecourse, which hosts flat racing from April until September, all of which presents plenty of options.

Whatever day of the week you end up choosing, our team of friendly staff will work with you to create a package that makes your dream day a stunning reality. Our luxurious wedding venue, near Beverley and Hull, has recently undergone stunning renovations and all eight manor house bedrooms are flawlessly finished to accommodate up to sixteen guests, surrounded by two acres of tranquil gardens.

To start planning your wedding at Carlton Manor, get in touch with our expert team using the contact form below.


According to the 4th annual UK Wedding Report, published by wedding app, Bridebook, 43% of couples in their study opted for a non-Saturday wedding date. Kelly Mortimer, wedding expert of more than 20 years, expects this trend to continue and predicts a bumper year in 2021.

For those of you currently planning your special day therefore, a mid-week date could be well worth considering. Here at our opulent East Yorkshire wedding venue, Carlton Manor, we can help you to create your fairytale wedding on any day of the week, so why not explore all the possibilities?

Here are five reasons why a mid-week wedding can be a great way to add that bit of extra to your special day:

It can cut the cost

According to Bridebook, the current average cost of a wedding in the UK is now £16,005. Mid-week weddings are often far more negotiable when it comes to price and it is believed they can work out about a third cheaper. As well as packages being cheaper per head, many venues also require a lower minimum guest number during the week. This cost saving extends to wedding suppliers and guests are also likely to benefit by paying less for their accommodation and travel.

If you are planning to head straight off on your honeymoon after your wedding, then data from Skyscanner revealed that in 2020, Friday and Wednesday were the cheapest days to fly, so you could also reap the benefit here.

Couples sometimes worry that a mid-week wedding might seem like a ‘budget’ option to their guests, but think instead about using the money saved from your budget to put towards some indulgent extra touches to your day, like some spectacular fireworks or a sophisticated cocktail party. Hiring the right wedding band can make a big difference in the way you and your guests perceive the evening or hook into the fast-growing wedding trend of interactive wedding features with fun extras such as a photo booth, caricaturist or table magician.

It can ensure availability

The impact of the pandemic on the 2020 wedding season has meant that the race for 2021 dates is already being fiercely contested. For couples still hoping that this year will see their dream wedding, mid-week could be the answer to your prayers. Registrars, venues and suppliers will all be in high demand, so picking a mid-week date could help you to still be able to realise your vision and often has the added bonus of giving you their exclusive attention. For suppliers in particular, this means longer to spend at your venue, rather than rushing off for their next appointment and can mean you get that extra bit of quality.

Couples tend to worry about their guests having to take time off work, but with enough advance notice this should not be a problem and picking a date in the school holidays overcomes issues for friends or relatives who work in education and allows children to easily be part of your special day. You will also avoid the risk of clashing with other weekend engagements, of which there will be many once we are able to return to some sense of normality.

You can have your day, your way

Losing the strict parameters of Friday to Sunday means you are able to instead choose a date that is meaningful to both of you, such as an anniversary or birthday. It is also likely to give you more choice over what time you get married, giving you better control over the shape of your day. More things will become negotiable with a mid-week wedding, so for those who like to do things in your own unique way, this could prove to be a real bonus.

Here at Carlton Manor, we offer you the ultimate freedom to get those creative juices flowing, with the ability to select your own caterers, entertainment and suppliers, (although we do have a list of talented local suppliers that we will gladly recommend) Our site can also accommodate a magnificent master tepee, which provides a stunning canvas for you to put your own distinct stamp on and can hold up to 200 guests.

It can reduce stress

Opting for a weekday wedding can significantly help to alleviate the stress of planning. As well as making it easier to secure your dream wedding venue, other suppliers such as hair and make-up artists, entertainment and florists are also likely to be more widely available. There is nothing worse than having your heart set on a certain photographer or live band, only to find out that they have no weekend availability for the year!

Many wedding venues can be distractingly hectic at weekends and a weekday means you can relax, enjoy and run your day exactly in line with your own vision. This is never an issue for our newlyweds as our magnificent 8-bedroom manor house is always exclusively yours, to do with as you please for your special day. However, many larger venues can often have a variety of functions taking place on any weekend, which can risk taking the edge off the magic you have planned so hard to create.

You can extend your celebrations

There is a growing trend for extended wedding celebrations, with smaller gatherings set over longer periods increasingly becoming the go-to for many couples. After all, why just have one day when you could have four? Monday and Thursday weekday weddings can often be popular choices therefore as they allow you and your guests to more easily extend your celebrations into a glorious long weekend, incorporating things such as an indulgent spa afternoon, a round of golf or a farewell brunch or barbeque.

Carlton Manor is set in the idyllic East Yorkshire countryside, with easy access to the quaint market town of Beverley and also Beverley Racecourse, which hosts flat racing from April until September, all of which presents plenty of options.

Whatever day of the week you end up choosing, our team of friendly staff will work with you to create a package that makes your dream day a stunning reality. Our luxurious wedding venue, near Beverley and Hull, has recently undergone stunning renovations and all eight manor house bedrooms are flawlessly finished to accommodate up to sixteen guests, surrounded by two acres of tranquil gardens.

To start planning your wedding at Carlton Manor, get in touch with our expert team using the contact form below.