Awards & Testimonials

We are delighted to announce that Clearwell Castle has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Castle Wedding Venue’ category at both Hitched’s UK Wedding Awards 2019 AND the British Wedding Awards 2019!  We were voted ‘Best UK Wedding Venue’ in the British Wedding Awards 2018 by our couples & readers of Wedding Ideas Magazine for the third year running – fingers crossed we can make four in a row!

We were finalists for the same awards in 2015. In addition, we were shortlisted as ‘Best Castle Wedding Venue’ at the UK Wedding Awards 2017, were regional winners at the English Wedding awards 2016, and were overall winners of the Wedding Ideas Awards in 2012 and 2010.

6th December 2019
Wedding Guest

The accommodation was stunning, the food amazing. A truly magical place for a winter wedding!

6th December 2019
Adam & Yasmin

Absolutely amazing venue! So happy that I chose to get married here. My wedding manager Tally was absolutely fantastic! I couldn’t have picked anyone better. I could write a massive essay on how attentive and helpful she was, not only on the day but in the lead up to it as well. All the staff were amazing though. Food service was fabulous and quick! The Christmas tree was just amazing. Thank you so much to everyone at the castle for the wedding of my dreams but that special mention to Tally for everything she did for us.

2nd December 2019
Marc & Charlotte

From start to finish I had the greatest day my life. Thank you to Tally & the team. You made our day so wonderful.

23rd November 2019
David & Armela

That’s a truly stunning venue! The ground area of the venue is lovely as well. The staff, the service, the food, the decorations, the music played by the DJ, the setting are just lovely. We would like to thank you our planner as well Aimee for looking after us the whole day and being so on time & punctual with everything! We can’t thank this venue & the stuff enough for such an amazing day!

9th November 2019
Richard & Alice

Lottie, I just wanted to say thank you again for a gorgeous weekend. It was completely perfect and ran so smoothly. Everyone complimented everything all day!

31st October 2019
Karl & Patti

Me and my beautiful bride got married at clearwell on the 31st October 2019. It was an absolutely fantastic day and we wouldn’t of changed anything. Lottie our wedding planner was amazing and so organised, she made our day unforgettable! 100% would recommend this beautiful venue!!

26th October 2019
Brides Parents

We just wanted to express our warmest thanks to your wonderful team at Clearwell Castle where our daughter Emma and son-in-law Josh had their wedding on Saturday. Despite the most horrendous continuous heavy rain that threatened to dampen the day, we had just the best time. The Castle was cosy, welcoming and friendly with a perfect space and layout to relax, chat to old friends and meet new. The whole day was filled with fun, love and laughter, and was organised brilliantly with seamless transitions that perfectly executed the wedding that Emma and Josh had envisaged.

In Em’s words – it was perfect in every way, I’m still getting goosebumps thinking about it’.

The Castle Team absolutely did make their Dream Wedding come true. Thank you so much to each and every one of them.

26th October 2019
Josh & Emma

We fell in love with Clearwell Castle from the moment we first saw it. The castle, with its sweeping drive and beautiful beech trees, took our breath away, and we loved that charming St. Peter’s Church was nearby, as well as lots of excellent accommodation options for our guests.
It meant a huge amount to us to celebrate in the beautiful Forest of Dean, and our day surpassed our wildest hopes and dreams. It truly was more special than we could ever have imagined, and the castle and its fabulous staff had a huge part to play in that.
We loved how friendly and welcoming everyone was, right from the beginning, and how relaxed and understanding they were about little touches we hoped to incorporate.
Emily was wonderful at helping us plan; very efficient and her diligence made bringing our plans together as seamless and stress-free as possible.
Our wedding manager, Ann, was exceptional, and it felt like having a family member with us on the day. Ann is incredible; very friendly, professional, calm, organised, kind and the safest pair of hands. Ann blended perfectly into our day, making sure we were in the right places at all times, acting as a toastmaster, and taking care of all of the tiny details that made our day so special.
We really relaxed and fully enjoyed ourselves, as did our families, knowing everything was completely taken care of. We will never be able to thank her enough.
We really felt that the castle was our home for the day and cannot recommend it highly enough. It is such a beautiful venue on the inside and out, and the castle team are absolutely exceptional.
Do not hesitate to visit or book the castle for your own wedding. It truly is very special.

19th October 2019
Alex & Sarah

Fabulous location. Wonderful team, so friendly but professional at the same time. Food was amazing too. Special thanks to Michelle, the wedding planner for my son and new daughter in law, you did such a great job Michelle you actually felt like part of the family! Thank you everyone.

6th October 2019
Jodie & Chris

We had such an amazing day with you all at The Castle – everyone said what a fantastic day it was and have even asked when we’re getting married again so they can go back!