A family-owned and run business with over 25 years' experience of delivering wedding day dreams.

Holmewood Hall is part of Country House Weddings Ltd, a family-owned and run wedding venue group that has collectively held over 10,000 weddings in its five exclusive-use venues since its conception. The chairman and founder, Harry Bramer, still presides over the business today, with the help and support of his family and an accomplished team, all of whom are dedicated to one thing: your perfect wedding.

The present day Hall was built by the distinguished Wells family, who bought the Manor of Holme in 1752. It is believed there were one or two previous houses on the site but William Wells commissioned the the hall as we know it, which is said to date back to 1873. Since then Holmewood Hall has had many uses including serving as a base for the training and supply of resistance fighters during World War II, and as a agricultural research centre by British Sugar. Today, under the stewardship of Country House Weddings, Holmewood Hall and its team serve just one purpose; to provide each and every one of its couples a wedding beyond their dreams.

The history of Holmewood Hall

James I sells Glatton cum Holme to Sir Robert Cotton - 1611

The land containing the present site of Holmewood Hall is sold by the crown to Sir Robert Cotton of neighbouring Conington Castle (pictured).

The draining of the fens - 1630

A group of wealthy landowners, often referred to as the ‘Gentleman Adventurers’, headed by the Earl of Bedford, set out to drain the fens, focusing on land that Holmewood Hall now occupies.

The first house at Holmewood - 1644

Documents relating to the Wells Family claim that the first house was built at this time. Its highly plausible that improvements from the ongoing drainage, meant that the site became dry in the winter, allowing for a possible farmhouse.

The start of the Wells legacy at Holmewood - 1749

The Cotton family sell the manor to Thomas Truman, a London merchant who traded in the West Indies.  Truman Dies in 1769, leaving his Huntingdonshire estates (including Holme) to his neice Elizabeth and her husband William Wells.

The second house at Holmewood - 1769

The Wells, who were a distinguished family of long established shipbuilders, set about building a new, much grander, second house (pictured), some of the sash windows of which are claimed to survive on North aspect of the hall today.

The Hall as we know it today is built - 1873

The present day Hall is commissioned by William Wells in 1873, who appointed William Young, a Scottish Architect, to alter and extend the house in a Tudor Gothic style. It was also during this period that several notable additions were made to the house & grounds including the Jacobean style great hall and staircase, the gold room which was adapted from the original drawing room, the gate house and upper floor used as a larder, and the water tower which was supplied by water piped from Stilton Common. The beautiful old laundry, stables and coach house found at the rear of the house, were also constructed during this period.

A change of guard - 1889

Upon Sir William Wells’ death in 1889, the house changes hands first to Lord de Ramsey, of Ramsey Abbey and then in 1902 to John Ashton Fielden – one of the richest men in England at the time, having inherited money from his family who owned one of the largest cotton manufacturers in the country.

Wartime at Holmewood - 1942

Holmewood Hall is utilised by the US office of Strategic Services (OSS) to help train and equip resistances fighters in occupied Europe. The estates proximity to the main London- Edinburgh railway and the A1 as well as the cover by the trees made it an ideal site. It was during this period at Holmewood that the OSS trained agents to lead a raid into Norway to blow up the Norrland Railway. An action that helped stop Germans serving in Finland from reinforcing its army in Norway.

The Wells return - 1944

The Americans leave the site in a terrible state in December 1944, and a descendent of William Wells, Sir John Wells, purchases it in an effort to restore the hall to its former glory. Unfortunately, the condition of the house was so bad that he did not have the means to do so.

British Sugar take over - 1951

In 1951, British Sugar buy the house and estate, to use as a seed and machinery trial headquarters, and then later as a conference centre. it’s during this period that the estate is sold off, mainly to the crown.

Wedding bells ring - 2019

Holmewood Hall becomes the most recent addition to the Country House Weddings portfolio, joining Leez Priory, St Audries Park and Clearwell Castle, and Gosfield Hall. To learn more about Country House Weddings, click here.

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