Eynsham Hall is a popular wedding venue in the Oxford, Oxfordshire area and I took the opportunity to look around while doing a reccy for a wedding reception I am photographing there in August. I always like to visit the venues I’ll be photographing at in advance as it gives me a chance to find all those interesting rooms and locations in and around the house for shots – and be prepared for eventualities (British weather being like it is… :-) ).
Although Eynsham Hall has a history dating back the early 1700’s, the present 3 storey Jacobean style hall was completed in 1908 replacing the original Georgian house with Greek style columns.
As you drive up to Eynsham Hall you are immediately struck by its grandeur. Car parking is to the side, so the sight of parked cars do not detract from the view of the house down its graveled drive, which is as it likely to have looked like when it was created in 1908.
The inside of the house is a careful blend of original architectural and decoration accented in places with art that is more modern, such as the carved crest over the fireplace in the reception accented with a motto written in neon tubing. Rooms around the house continue this blend of old and new and the bar in the old Gun Room with its bright yellow Chesterfield chairs and featured in some of the images above won the European Hotel Design Award in 2007. Lacey 2 is also a blend of old and new with its dark glass topped conference table and modern art on the wall. Other rooms are more traditional such as the library with its beautiful paneling and the red room. The bridal suite on the first floor is another room that has had a contemporary make over with an emphasis on green accenting.
The back of the house is south facing (south, south east if you want to be pedantic) and just as impressive as the front. Overlooking well kept formal gardens with statuary, a central long pond with fountain and two smaller water features either side of the garden and extensive lawns beyond this.
The staff are very helpful and friendly and I’m looking forward the wedding and of course the images I’ve already got in mind for the bride and groom in and around the house. Looks like it could be a lot of fun and some great images.
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