Love Our Locals – Tales of Enchantment @ Tissington Hall
For the next instalment of our “Love Our Locals” feature, I went to one of my favourite wedding venues just up the road, the stunning Tissington Hall, to see my friend Louise and owner Sir Richard FitzHerbert. I’ve been a regular at Tissington for many years now, shooting weddings there every year, I’ve photographed the holiday cottages in the beautiful village surrounding the hall and Archie and I have had the pleasure of staying in Gardeners Cottage. There are other cottages available to stay in around the village on the Tissington Estate, weddings and events are catered for in the Hall which has a large marquee in it’s amazing gardens and there’s also a fantastic and very popular tea room for well earned refreshments after you’ve walked the Tissington Trail which is 13 miles long.
Timing for this feature was perfect as the house had been dressed for Christmas with the “Enchanted Tales” theme, beautifully decorated with love by David Walker from Edward & Vintage in Tissington.
“Experience Tissington Hall by candle light, walk the rooms dressed from the tales of The Brothers Grimm, CS Lewis and Lewis Carol, then take your seats by the fireside in the old hall for classic Christmas Ghost stories, of a very Grimm nature.”
Tissington Hall was built in 1609 by Francis FitzHerbert to replace the moated fortification that guarded the Norman Church of St Mary’s in the centre of the village. For over 400 years the Hall has presided over this picturesque Estate Village which is five miles north of the delightful market town of Ashbourne at the southern tip of the Peak District. Sir Richard inherited the estate and hall in 1989. He lives there with his wife Fiona and it is a home to the four children, six dogs, two cats and a plethora of other animals. Tissington, with its rich history dating back to the eleventh century, is unique in that it is one of only 300 homes in the country that can boast the fact that the descendants of the original builder still live there, 400 years later. The Family welcome visitors from near and far every year and all the staff will ensure your visit is a special one.Tissington Hall 01335 352200 http://www.tissingtonhall.co.uk/