The Landscape Man: Matthew Wilson at Hedingham Castle

Hedingham Castle in Essex was the subject of the second Landscape Man series.The owner’s wife, Demetra Lindsay, a garden designer, thought ‘something a little more formal would be a bit of contrast’. So they converted the swimming pool into ‘formal pond’ and put in a semi-Islamic water channel edged with granite cadged from a sponsor. Granite is of course a traditional material – for tomb stones. Matthew Wilson made the un-profound remark that the grounds were being ‘restored to their former glory’. The owners’ design objective was to generate dosh by letting the place as weddings venue. The estate also contains a really fine Norman keep (dating from 1140) as well as a decent eighteenth century mansion. What should they have done? Something better: less costly, more imaginative, more beautiful, more romantic, more appropriate – and designed to create amazing opportunities for wedding photographers.

2 thoughts on “The Landscape Man: Matthew Wilson at Hedingham Castle

  1. Helen Moorhouse

    I want to quote your view:
    “The owners’ design objective was to generate dosh by letting the place as weddings venue.
    What should they have done? Something better: less costly, more imaginative, more beautiful, more romantic, more appropriate – and designed to create amazing opportunities for wedding photographers”
    And then mine.
    Hedingham Castle was an amazing wedding venue, and far more genuine than some country houses we considered for our wedding. Unlike Knebworth, Hatfield and Ickworth (which we also considered), we actually got married in the keep of the castle, and had our drinks reception in the main house – at no extra cost.
    At the other houses we considered we would have been charged extra to spend time in the historic parts of the grounds and architecture that were advertised as the USP of the venue. At Hedingham, the key photo opportunities included areas of the grounds we actually had our wedding in and spent time with our guests in – in other venues you would pay a premium to pose in front of a building you didn’t actually spend any time in (at all in some venues, or unless you are willing to pay an extra £3k for 1 hour in others).
    Hedingham was a beautiful an amazing wedding venue, we feel very privileged to have been married there, the recent landscape developments were beautiful, and we have some very breathtaking photographs of our wedding that were real reflections of how we spent our day rather than what we would have had in other venues.
    H Moorhouse

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