Ashridge House – Facilities
Ashridge House makes a wonderful venue for private parties and functions, from intimate candlelit dinners to lavish parties to celebrate in style; you can enjoy award winning bespoke cuisine and impeccable service in luxurious surroundings. Walk in the footsteps of royalty through the spectacular Main Hall with its stunning stone staircase or indulge in a banquet fit for a King or Queen in the magnificent Wyatt Room, after all, Queen Elizabeth I owned Ashridge House until her death in 1603, with the house playing host to many splendid social occasions with the Dukes of Bridgewater in residence.
Ashridge House is in a wonderful private estate surrounded by beautiful countryside yet is just 30 miles from London, with superb accessibility from the national motorway network and close to several international airports. Berkhamsted train station is just 2.5 miles away and there is a complementary shuttle service to and from the station for guests of Ashridge House.
There are a variety of stunning State Rooms to cater for any size gathering, from the elegant Old Library overlooking the Italian Garden to the opulence and splendour of the Lady Marian Alford room, all with exquisite original features and beautiful furnishings. Up to 250 guests can be accommodated for formal dining, and up to 400 guests for a drinks reception.
Drinks receptions can be held in a second room, or in good weather why not enjoy a champagne reception in the beautiful grounds, listed as Grade II by English Heritage and one of the most stunning examples of Capability Brown and Humphry Repton’s work. For all day events, we can arrange a wide range of activities both in the house and the grounds, and to finish your festivities with a bang why not enjoy a spectacular fireworks display, which can even be set to your favourite piece of music.
At the end of the evening, retire to one of the 190 en-suite bedrooms, comfortably furnished for a truly restful experience. Guests are also welcome to make use of the extensive leisure facilities at Ashridge House, including the indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gym, table tennis, and squash courts which is complementary for guests at Ashridge House. Outdoors you will find three all-weather tennis courts, a nine-hole pitch and putt golf course, a croquet lawn and football and cricket pitches, along with mountain bikes and golf equipment available. We can also arrange spa treatments such as massage or reflexology at an additional cost, and there are two 18 hole golf courses nearby for keen golfers.
For a truly special experience, enjoy the exclusivity of all the State Rooms within the main house with a dedicated team of butlers to cater for your every whim. Pick and choose which room to enjoy pre-dinner drinks, and perhaps post-dinner you and your guests could enjoy a casino in one room, a classical pianist in another and perhaps a DJ or live band in another room, to cater for whatever mood takes your fancy. Please do note the reception and the bar would be shared with the conference centre, however a bar can be arranged in one of the reception rooms to ensure your privacy.
Whether you choose just one room or the entire house in which to celebrate, you can be sure of a mesmerising setting, outstanding bespoke cuisine, wonderful service and a truly memorable event to cherish for years to come.