Meet Carlton Manor’s New General Manager

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.

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.