Fishermen’s tales and wedding hats at Greetham Valley

How big???

I always thought fishermen were telling tall tales about the one that got away, but judging by the whoppers I have been asked by our Hotel and Lodge guests to put in the Hotel fridge over night I’m now not so sure.

It has been really great to see our trout fishermen returning for another year of pleasure and competition fishing on Rutland Water,  many of whom have booked accommodation for the rest of 2012 season, as we are only a few minutes’ drive away from this fabulous fishing venue. It would also appear that Palm Springs Salmon Fishing are landing some giants this year.  Our resident salmon fishermen are also helping with the Receptionists’ weight lifting program as we are asked to store their catch in the fridge. 


Spring has finally sprung and the wedding season is now upon us.  Oh the dresses, the hats!!! (slightly different to those of our fishing friends!!). Even on a grey day the smiling faces of the wedding party are enough to cheer us all up.

I was asked the other day by a bride’s father how we all keep up the enthusiasm on a 2, 3 or 4 wedding weekend, well – how can you not? A hotel full of happy smiling wedding party faces, it really is contagious.  As the Reception shift goes on, if the enthusiasm starts to wane we just open the door at the back of Reception and enjoy the entertainment that is the bride’s dad dancing the funky chicken after too much champagne….

And then there’s the bright and breezy breakfast parade……enough said!  The morning after can be just as entertaining as the night before….

 Well, that’s a small slice of the variety of customer that brightens up our day on Reception – when are you coming to visit? We look forward to welcoming you!

A Christmas winter wedding in Rutland

Winter weddings at Greetham Valley in RutlandThinking of a Winter Wedding later this year? Make the next festive season extra special by arranging your big day at Greetham Valley ‘twixt Christmas and the New Year!

From 2012, for the first time, Greetham Valley is opening for special occasions at this lovely time of year. Phone our friendly wedding co-ordinator Mitch and he can talk you through all the options, from a warming glass off mulled wine on arrival to a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings for your wedding breakfast!

The minimum number of guests for a wedding between Christmas and New Year is 50, to enjoy a full wedding package of £62.50 per person. Dates available for 2012 are 27th and 30th and for 2013 are 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th December. 

We look forward to hearing from you on (01780) 460444 or by email.

Wedding reception guest seating at Greetham Valley

Mitch BardwellAfter Greetham Valley’s hugely successful Wedding Fayre back in February – 2012 is shaping up to be a bumper wedding year, our busiest yet! We have seen a 13% increase from 2011 with 5 of the weddings for this year being booked since January! In my first full season as Greetham Valley’s wedding co-ordinator I am really looking forward to seeing the culmination of many months of planning with all of my brides.

I am asked constantly for advice and tips about planning various aspects of this very special day – it is easy to offer suggestions but each bride and groom are unique so variations on the theme are very interesting to watch develop! One such aspect is the seating of guests at the wedding reception: many brides choose to name their wedding tables as an alternative to numbering them. It’s a great way for your guests to break the ice, and will save you worrying that Aunty Susan will be upset if she’s on table 12 rather than table 3!

Since starting at Greetham Valley nearly 5 years ago I have seen many different ideas, each as good and as unique as the next. We have had tables named after retro sweets with the favours also being those sweets in a jar on the table; places in New York that the couple were going to visit on their honeymoon; Ibiza clubs (don’t ask!), cartoon characters; the word ‘love’ in different languages; Rutland villages; breeds of sheep (two of the local Rutland farming families joined clans for this wedding!); significant dates or places that the couple first met/dated/lived etc; and even things that the couple had argued about, like putting the bins out! One of my favourites – naming tables after relatives who cannot be there, such as their grandparents. I look forward to seeing what this year’s brides have decided upon for their own wedding day.

The Wedding Venue in Rutland That Ticks All The Boxes

When it comes to organising a wedding or special occasion, one of the most important considerations has to be the venue. For the bride-to-be, this may be a choice she made when she was a child dreaming of that fairytale wedding ceremony she used to read about at bedtime. In which case, the decision is much simpler. Brilliant news! But for other soon-to-be brides it might be a case of choosing between several beautiful churches, hotels and registry offices, (not so brilliant!) Fortunately there is one wedding venue in Rutland that ticks every box on the list.

Hidden away in the countryside just a few minutes from Rutland Water, Greetham Valley has become one of the most sought after wedding venues in the area, offering happy couples the perfect setting for their big day. With beautiful suites, luxury accommodation and a picturesque setting, Greetham Valley is the location to make your wedding truly memorable.

If you or your partner have your hearts set on a beautiful wedding with your nearest and dearest in attendance, you want a location with a room big enough for a wedding reception which you can invite the world to. The Rutland Suite at Greetham Valley doesn’t only feature beautiful views from the lovely balcony, but it can accommodate up to 200 guests so everyone can enjoy your big day with you.

For something a little smaller, the Lakeview Suite gives guests a beautiful vista of the lakes and the valley with room for up to 60 guests, making the whole celebration feel much more intimate. You also have the option to move through to the Rutland Suite to carry on the celebrations into the night.

If you’re looking for a complete civil wedding package, Greetham Valley can put together a bespoke plan at a truly fantastic venue. The stunning Normanton Church on the southeast shore of Rutland Water is a sought-after venue for small, intimate weddings. The team at Greetham Valley can put together a package including the civil ceremony at Normanton church for up to 70 guests. Rutland Water weddings provide a lot of the elements of the dream wedding you or your fiancée may have imagined while growing up. Picturesque location – check, beautiful church – check, truly memorable day – check!

Greetham Valley can give you the definition of the dream wedding in Rutland, whether you choose to tie the knot in our suites, celebrate your big day into the night with our luxury accommodation or opting to let us handle the preparations. Our versatility and professionalism is second to none. To find out more information about our weddings and special occasion services contact us on 01780 460444.

The Perfect Location for Civil Weddings

A beautiful banqueting suite and stunning views make Greetham Valley the perfect location for any event; so if you’re looking for somewhere to hold your civil wedding ceremony, look no further. With seating available for up to 200 guests in our two suites, you can be assured that your special day will go just how you always dreamed it would.

The venue location and facilities are two of the most important factors in planning a civil wedding ceremony, and trying to ensure that the two are absolutely perfect can be a long drawn out procedure. Fortunately, a lot of the hard work can be taken care of by our staff, who have plenty of experience in hosting all kinds of ceremonies, celebrations and events to make sure that every little specification is met, from the positioning of the chairs and tables to the floral displays.

We think Rutland is one of the most beautiful places in the whole of the United Kingdom, and the stunning views available from the large Rutland Suite – which offers seating for up to 200 guests – and the intimate and picturesque Lakeview Suite at Greetham Valley ensures that your guests will agree!

There are plenty of locations out there that are windowless, and they can lose that special character that really sets off a civil wedding venue. Greetham Valley is certainly not one of those, with huge expanses of windows allowing beautiful views of the smallest county in Britain and the lakes and valleys of our fantastic golf courses.

Just a few miles from Rutland Water, Greetham Valley is one of the most sought after venues for civil wedding ceremonies and celebrations, and it’s obvious why. As mentioned, the views are stunning, and the banqueting suites can be tailored to suit the tastes and desires of the couple on their special day. We have a well-deserved reputation for providing mouth-watering meals and luxurious accommodation, making sure that you and your guests leave us with nothing but brilliant memories.

To find out more information about holding your civil wedding ceremony at Greetham Valley, you can contact us any time, and we will do our best to make getting hitched go without a hitch!

Planning my wedding – where do I start?

Start right here at Greetham Valley! Call Mitch our wedding co-ordinator on (01780) 461827 or email: to arrange a personal viewing of our banqueting and civil ceremony suites and guest accommodation.

Bring along if you wish:

  • any initial questions
  • your groom–to-be
  • mums and dads
  • your hopes and dreams for your special day

If you have an idea of preferred dates, Mitch can check availability while you are here. As we are a very popular Rutland wedding venue, he’ll be pleased to provisionally hold a date for you while you check availability of your church or registry office or the registrar should you wish to hold both civil ceremony and reception here.

Meet the Wedding Team!

Mitch is our Wedding Co-ordinator whose flair, imagination and organisational skills ensure our brides enjoy stress free planning of the most important day of their lives.

He will listen with empathy to your unique wedding day dreams ensuring that nothing is forgotten or overlooked throughout the planning stage.


Jonathan is our highly experienced Master of Ceremonies who will ensure that your wedding day runs smoothly. Prior to the big day he will meet you to discuss timings, speeches and any special requirements.

Jonathan’s organised and calm demeanour allows you to relax and enjoy your special day.

The professional, friendly Greetham team combine to make your dream wedding a reality.