Hensol Castle Wedding Photographer

front of the hensol castle with wedding guests mingling

There are many reasons why I love to be Hensol Castle wedding photographer. Hensol Castle is a castellated mansion built in a gothic style in an impressive estate in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. Located in the community of Pendoylan and just a few minutes away from junction 34 of the M4, giving easy access to Cardiff which is just 10 miles away.

Hensol Castle can be found at the end of a long, tree-lined driveway next to an impressive 15-acre Hensol lake, complete with a picturesque jetty. This is a perfect spot for Hensol Castle wedding photography at any time of the year.  Hensol Castle is a grade I 400-year former stately home, rich in history and grandeur featuring striking original architecture, Gothic towers, and sweeping staircases.

The castle is part of the luxury Vale Resort which is one of Wales’ favourite four-star resorts, set in over 650 acres of the beautiful Welsh countryside. The resort is also home to luxurious 143 bedroom hotel and Wales’ largest spa – which is perfect to relax with your wedding guests after your big day. Not to mention an award-winning AA rosette restaurant and two champion golf courses.

As you can imagine this place has lots of history. Hensol Castle was owned by the Jenkins family during the 17th century, and in 1664 it was passed to famous Judge David Jenkins. In the following years, the estate was owned by numerous distinguished figures; including Samuel Richardson, General Charles Talbot, and Lady and Benjamin Hall.

bridal party on the jetty at the serpentine lake next to hensol castle

Hensol Castle wedding photography

hensol castle wedding photographer

In 2003 the estate was purchased by a local businessman – Gerald Leeke and after a multi-million-pound refurbishment, which led to the restoration of the grand function rooms, the castle was officially opened as a wedding and conference center in 2015.

There are four licensed suites available for your wedding ceremony at Hensol Castle, each with period features and their own charming characters.

The most popular choice is the enchanting Oak Room, which offers stunning views of the serpentine lake and across beautiful grounds. Not to mention the original wood panelling and high ceiling which makes it the perfect place to exchange your vows.

The Garden room, that can hold up to 120 guests, benefits from its large windows allowing for plenty of natural light, which is very handy for Winter weddings. If you have an intimate ceremony in mind then the Morning Room would be a perfect choice for you.

Hensol Castle’s flagship room is the newly-built Courtyard Hall, which is in the heart of the castle, overlooking the landscaped courtyard. This eco-friendly hall has been expertly designed to save energy and is an impressive space for a wedding breakfast. Complete with a dance floor and bar area, Courtyard Hall can accommodate up to 180 seated guests (200 for the ceremony) and on summer nights your guest will be able to step into the adjacent courtyard and enjoy the warm air.

COURTYARD HALL AT HENSOL CASTLE SET UP FOR WEDDING BREAKFAST
evening picture of the weding couple in front of hensol castle

It’s worth mentioning that Hensol Castle would soon be opening its own distillery which will be located in the cellar (the South Wales first full-scale craft gin distillery). This will offer a unique and exciting experience for your wedding guests. Another interesting thing about Hensol Castle is that it was used as a movie set on a few occasions, including the filming of a few “Doctor Who” episodes.

To sum up, Hensol castle is a matchless venue in South Wales that can cater to your and your guests’ every need. If you are planning to get married here and are looking for Hensol Castle wedding photographer, please get in touch. I would love to hear about your wedding plans…

"Martin made us feel like we were working with a friend and that relaxed feel was reflected in our photos" - Layla & Chris

Hensol Castle, Hensol Castle Park, Hensol, Pontyclun, Vale of Glamorgan, CF72 8JX

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