Hanbury Manor is a Marriot Hotel and country club with golf course attached, ideal as a wedding venue in Hertfordshire. It is to be found near Thundridge village, along Cambridge Road, Ware in Hertfordshire.
Now named after the family that built it, it was originally known in the 16th century as Poles. Sampson Henry passed on the property to his widow who bequeathed it to her nephews, who were partners in the Truman, Hanbury, Buxton & Co. brewery company.
By the late 19th century the house was uninhabitable. A replacement was designed in 1890 to 91 in the Jacobean style that we see today. It had electricity and central heating, which was, at the time, pretty special. Shortly before the Hanbury family sold it, they added a service wing and stables.
From 1923, the house was a convent with further facilities added in 1934, to meet its new needs, including a chapel. In 1974 the convent became 6th form school, which it remained for the next 12 years.
Finally, it was further redeveloped into a five star hotel and country club, adding a gym, swimming pool and related facilities. The Garden Court added 53 new bedrooms. After several changes of ownership Marriot International acquired Hanberry Manor.
We loved exploring the venue for its potential as a wedding venue. With its spacious halls, full of character, it is a charming venue for large functions, for example weddings. The tea room would serve as an ideal venue for a smaller party. On a good day, the grounds – including walled gardens, statues and a large scale chess set – are perfect for a garden party. With so much in the way of different building styles, there is plenty of scope for creative wedding photographers in Ware.