Photography of Brocket Hall Estate in Hertfordshire frequently involves weddings.
The former country estate of two of Britain’s former Prime Ministers is often used as a wedding venue.
Located 22 miles north of London, the 543-acre estate was once the home to Lord Melbourne and later Lord Palmerston.
Photography of Brocket Hall Estate
Brocket Princess Victoria, who later became the Queen and Empress who defined an era, was a frequent visitor to Brocket Hall. Lord Melbourne helped prepare her for the duties that awaited her as monarch.
Brocket Hall Estate in Hertfordshire
Brocket Hall was built in the 1760s to a design by James Paine.
The ballroom is reputed to be the place that the waltz was first danced in England. It was introduced by Lady Caroline Lamb, the wife of Lord Melbourne.
Afternoon tea is served intermittently in the ballroom, in which a chandelier hangs above a table which can seat up to 54 guests. It was designed so that Lord Melbourne could host dinners whose guests included royalty. It’s said that, in England, only Windsor Castle has a longer table.
There’s a story that Lord Palmerston died in Brocket Hall’s Billiard Room after a ‘liaison’ with a servant. A gilt-framed portrait of the statesman, in rude health, peers down at the billiard table, on which he reputedly passed away, from one of its walls.
A popular wedding venue
The library at Brocket Hall features an original Adam fireplace and bookcases designed by Thomas Chippendale.
Seascapes are hung in the Morning Room, where a piano stands by the wall. The instrument is played during receptions.
Horse races were run on the estate during the 18th century. The Georgian-era stables now have the status of a Grade I Listed Building.
That brickwork building has been converted to hold 16 bedrooms and is now known as Melbourne Lodge.
The Auberge du Lac restaurant
The estate’s former hunting lodge is now used as the venue of Brocket Hall’s fine-dining Auberge du Lac restaurant.
Its terrace looks out towards Brocket Hall over the Broadwater lake.
A seven-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings is available in addition to the Auberge du Lac’s seasonal set menu of three courses.
Two 18-hole golf courses and a golf academy feature on the estate. The Palmerston Course was designed by Donald Steel. The Melboure Course was designed by Clive Clark and Peter Alliss.
When it comes to exploring the estate I’d rather take shots with a camera in my hand rather than a golf club!
For more information about accommodation in the Melbourne Lodge, playing golf at Brocket Hall’s The Melbourne Club, afternoon teas within the historic hall and the Auberge du Lac’s menus, see the Brocket Hall website.
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