The Highfield House: A Stunning Paradise in East Yorkshire
Ohhhh my goodness, do we have a treat for you today. I mean, we always have treats for you, because And So To Wed is a curation of carefully selected and genuinely heartily endorsed wonderful people, thoughts, and things- but you’ll see exactly what I mean when I say we’ve got an extra special wedding supplier for you today.
A couple of months ago we were lucky enough to be invited to the launch night of The Highfield House, a beautiful restored and recently reopened wedding venue in Driffield. We say ‘in Driffield’, and whilst it is so close for transport and central, it’s also in its own totally private oasis. It’s seven acres of gorgeous lawns, woodlands, waterfalls and weirs; a fully enclosed slice of paradise.
We were absolutely taken aback by the stunning grandeur of the venue, but also the team who worked tirelessly behind it. One of the team, Ellen (of LND Events), gave us an exclusive run through of what makes Highfield so special.
“The Highfield House stands apart for so many reasons. Most other venues are of Georgian build, so very pale in décor and what one may typically think of as ‘weddingy’. Highfield is different: it’s been restored to the traditional arts and crafts style of the Victorian era it harks from. As soon as you arrive, you are greeted by a vivid blue reception hall, and this use of bold colour is used in a lot of the other rooms and areas in the house. I personally love it but I like to describe the house as a Marmite venue. You’re either going to love it or you’re going to hate it: but that’s ok, because mostly, you’re going to love it!
I also love the fact that it is such a welcomed venue within Driffield itself. Part of my role is to run the social media for the page, which I’ve done for other businesses in the past. However, I’ve never had so many people contact me to share brilliant memories about the house or wish us well because they’re so pleased to hear of its reopening as I have with Highfield! The Highfield House used to be the go to place in Driffield from the late 50s to 80s when it was run as a country club. People could get married or have functions here during this time, so it’s really touching to hear their stories and (perhaps controversially) be pleased that big events will be happening again. This has actually prompted us to start a ‘Friends of Highfield’ section on the website where we’ll be sharing stories from a past events that were relived to us and that we felt were too good to keep hidden! It’ll be going on the website really soon.”
As well as a memorable country club, the much loved venue has also been an Army base and a lavish Merchant’s house. It’s housed philanthropists, visionaries, villains, and Aristocrats – and now it’s open again to celebrating the love of the movers and shakers of the area. The Highfield House is so full of amazing stories and secrets – why don’t you add yours too?
We think we’ve probably convinced you it’s got character now, but what about the practicality of the venue for weddings? Incredibly, the house becomes exclusively yours for two days prior to your wedding to give you chance to set everything up without having to rush. The house stays open for full use even if you choose to move into a marquee on the lawn for the evening, all the way up 'til midnight on your wedding day. The newlyweds can also take advantage of staying in a gorgeous apartment in The Highfield House on the night of their wedding, with a late check out the next day. Next year, there’s going to be a new bridal suite, and by 2020 there’ll be four more bedroom suites available. All the rooms will be licensed for civil ceremonies and partnerships, but the House is also a few minutes away from the 12th Century All Saints Church too. They work exclusively with The Hog & Apple Catering Company to provide the best both in formal and informal dining – whatever best suits you.