Sarah Beeney thinks that the Hall was built by architects Watson and Pritchett between 1815 and 1820 for the High Sheriff of Yorkshire, Richard Bethell. It remained the Bethell family seat until after the Second World War when it was leased to St Philomenas Convent School. After the school closed, the house stood empty and in an increasingly derelict state for a number of years until Sarah and her husband bought it in 2001.
Rise Hall has been Sarah and her family’s home for 11 years.
I was lucky enough to be able to speak to Sarah about Rise Hall.
When our eldest son was at the age where he needed to attend nursery we very soon realised that for stability we had to be in one place. As we needed to be in London for work most of the time the decision was made to move there.
We wanted Rise to have a purpose, and as we had our wedding there it seemed like the perfect solution. It is located in a great part of the country and a lot more accessible than you would think! It needed to be full of people who would enjoy it as much as we have. Rise is a magical place and perfect for weddings.
Rise offers genuine sole usage; you rent the house and it is yours for the entire time you are staying there. So it is almost like being on holiday, but getting married there as well! The maximum stay is a week, but most couples opt for weekend use. There are no restrictions at Rise; we believe that the Bride and Groom should be able to have what they want on their special day. So we have a range of catering options to cater for all tastes and budgets.
We have a team based at Rise who is on hand with any information needed. Most couples who have been married at Rise have wanted to organise their own wedding, but if a Wedding Planner is needed there are a couple that we work with.
Lastly, I was keen to find out from Sarah whether she has any plans to renovate anymore wedding venues in the future?
Sarah replied that she doesn’t have anymore plans to develop this any further and another TV series just relating to weddings may not be as interesting. At the moment they just want to increase the usage of Rise Hall and to ensure that anyone getting married there has a truly magical day.
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