2020 has been a year like no other. Nobody could have prepared us for what happened. It was certainly not the year that anybody had planned, particularly if you were a couple due to marry this year. At Merrydale Manor, we were all looking forward to 2020, but how quickly the rug was pulled. Our thoughts go out to our couples with postponed weddings, suppliers who have had a challenging year and those that have been personally affected by Covid.
We are glad to say there are some positives which came out of the year too, and at Merrydale Manor we are looking ahead with renewed vigour for 2021.
Firstly, some of our Merrydale couples did decide to go ahead with their weddings in 2020. We were able to adapt to the new and ever-changing guidelines quickly and provided a covid-safe environment for them to tie the knot. We were in awe of these resilient couples who went ahead with their intimate weddings and how they made the very best of their day. Congratulations to every one of you.
Secondly, both ourselves and sister venue Colshaw Hall, have used the time wisely to further invest in our venues to strengthen our position of some of the best wedding venues in Cheshire. There are some lovely additions for Merrydale brides and grooms to look forward to in 2021.
We have an elegant new Makeup Room which is now perfectly positioned alongside the Bridal Suite to provide a lovely area for the bride and bridal party to get ready before the ceremony. This beautiful space is spacious and has everything you need to make the final preparations!
Also new for Spring 2021 is our Groom’s Room. This incredible space is the ultimate area for the groom and groomsmen to relax before the ceremony. You can have a drink to steady any last-minute nerves, play table football, relax on leather sofas and enjoy the chilled vintage vibe. This new feature is bound to be a hit with our grooms.
Summer 2021 will also see the addition of five luxury Eco Pods will be nestled in the woodland area beyond the lake. These new lodges will provide more overnight accommodation for family and friends who wish to stay on the estate. They are eco-friendly, cosy and contemporary and are available to book now.
Finally, we are delighted that our nearby pub, The Dog at Peover, is now open once again in line with guidelines. Extra refurbishments have taken place throughout 2020, and our gastro pub with lovely rooms is ready more than ever to take on 2021!
So we move on to a new year with new hope, and I am sure new challenges too! I would like to say a special thank you to our team who work their socks off each day, our talented suppliers who are part of the fabric here and thank you especially to our couples at Merrydale Manor. We look forward to making your day extra special next year.
For now, we wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and all the best for 2021.
Michal Irlam and The Team
Pictures Kindly Supplied by Lesley Meredith Photography