Eltham Palace and Gardens was the dazzling home of a millionaire couple, whose lifestyle encapsulated the glamour of high society living on the eve of the Second World War. Virginia Courtauld was vivacious and chic. Her husband, Stephen, was her opposite, cautious and reserved. But they shared a vision of a life in luxury and, in 1933, Eltham was the place they chose to create it.
The medieval Great Hall, boyhood home of King Henry VIII, was their starting point. They built a striking Art Deco house attached to the hall, packed with all the latest mod cons. Friends would visit and
enjoy croquet and a drop of brandy in their afternoon tea, or twilight cocktails on the terrace. When the war broke out, life inevitably changed. But even as the couple retreated to their luxurious bomb shelter, the door always stood open for visitors.
Your wedding day will lead you and your guests over Eltham’s ancient bridge into this remarkable world. Emulate 1930s sophistication with a ceremony in the curved Entrance Hall. Whether you enter through the double doors, or down the curved staircase, you can stand together under the glass domed roof to make your vows. From here, lead your guests out for drinks on the terrace, where spring time wisteria tumbles over the pergola. Or step into the drawing room to gather around the marble fireplace and grand piano. As the evening draws in, head into the medieval Great Hall where you can dine in splendour as royalty once did, then dance into the night as a backdrop of stars appears through the double height bay windows.