Multi award-winning Glewstone Court is a charming, Georgian Grade II listed, Country Manor House set in two acres of beautiful grounds with stunning views of the Herefordshire Countryside. Wye Life chats with husband and wife team Gary and Karen Homewood, who run this stylish country house hotel along with their daughter Amy and her partner Sam Nicholls.
It’s lovely to see you again, what’s new since we last saw you?
We’ve recently opened a ninth bedroom which is a cosy double room finished to a very high standard with underfloor heating, a walk-in shower, 32 inch plasma TV and all the other amenities you would expect. We’re also thrilled to have won ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Three Counties Wedding Awards on Saturday 10th September, so a huge thank you to all of our lovely couples who reviewed us and to our amazing team here at Glewstone Court.
Congratulations, that’s superb news. We can see how the impressive the country house is, and how its gorgeous setting makes Glewstone an exceptional venue for weddings.
Thank you. We had a busy few weeks at the end of August and start of September with weddings. We had a beautiful marquee wedding with a country theme, lots of lovely British blooms, bunting and a huge rustic fruit cake decorated with sunflowers.
We already have weddings booked into 2017 and 2018 which is great news. For us it is not simply about having a superb venue, it is much more about listening and understanding the specific needs and ideas of the couple, building on them, and then finally delivering the couples dreams for their perfect day. Personal touches and attention to detail are what our family and superb team believe make the difference. We care because we know how important it is to celebrate, enjoy life and create and capture all those special moments.
We know that local, seasonal produce is key for you; what can we look forward to in your autumn menus?
Our a la carte and lunch menus will be changing mid-October, dishes will be focused on the best fresh and local produce available for the season. We will also be introducing a seven course taster with matched wines on request. A preview of the menus will be available at the start of October on our website. If you love Halloween (like us!) then we do have a deliciously gruesome menu featuring Bobbing Apple Braised Pork Ribs, and Rocky Road Kill Ice Cream, this is available on Friday 28th October, full menu on our website.
That sounds spooky and spectacular. What are you planning for the festive season?
We have lots planned for the festive season, including a Mistletoe & Wine Dinner on 2nd December featuring a seven course menu with wines matches for each dish, a Christmas party night on 3rd December with a three course winter menu and disco by Pete Stead.
On 9th December our diners will be entertained by The Roaring Megs, who many people might know as Herefordshire’s home-grown choir! A set winter menu of three courses will be served everyday throughout December and will be available at lunch and dinner, alongside the a la carte menu in the evenings.
We will be open again this year on Christmas Day, champagne on arrival followed by a special five course menu, open at lunchtime only and booking is advised! All of the information for Christmas 2016 can be found on our website.We’re also taking bookings now for our New Year’s Eve dinner which includes a Champagne reception followed by a three course menu and tea/coffee and homemade petits fours; we’ll be entertained until 1am by the wonderful Bryn Yemm.
Do you have any plans for the future?
We will continue updating the bedrooms, and have some more exciting events planned for next year. At the moment we are very happy with what we have achieved since we took over ownership in November 2014; we have had huge support from our customers for which we are very grateful and sincerely hope will continue and grow. We look forward to welcoming our regular as well as new guests in 2017.