Meet Carlton Manor’s New General Manager

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.

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