Lucy the Gardener

We have been serialising some of the history of The Heath House and last time we talked about the new Heath House that was built by Joanna and Burton Philips and filled with artefacts and paintings from their travels around the world.

Two generations later, Lucy Madeline Martin married John Burton Henry Philips and it was now that the gardens and grounds at The Heath House began to take shape – which we enjoy to this day especially in the Autumn with it’s wealth of gorgeous colours.

Lucy was a passionate gardener and introduced the formal gardens and new pergola and terracing. At the height of the transformation of the grounds, Lucy employed 8 gardeners to help her realise her vision.

These gardens and grounds are the centrepiece of many of the weddings we host today including the formal gardens in front of the Orangery and the terracing and pergola that stretch out to lawns in front of the house. This area has been grass tennis courts and ideal for croquet but Lucy may never have imagined that this area of the garden would make a great landing area for our guests who arrive by helicopter.

 

 

The new Heath House – a place to gather & entertain

In the last post of our history of The Heath House series, we learnt that from 1834 it was decided that there need to be a transformation when the throughly modern wife of John Burton Philips, Joanna Freeman Capel Cure, engaged builders & architects to modernise the house & estate.

After much decision making it was decided that the original house need to be demolished to make way for a new, and very fashionable, ‘tudor’ style house just to the east of the original. With Joanna’s own additions including the tower, the new house was ready to move into in June of 1840. The orangery and stables survived the transformation and still exist today, hosting weddings and family gatherings.

It wasn’t long before the ‘new’ Heath House was the location for gatherings and celebrations including the Nightingale family whose daughter, Florence, became so famous 24 years later during the Crimean War. During the following couple of years, the house was filled with paintings, sculptures and ornaments, brought back from travels to the continent. Much of these are still in the house, having witnessed weddings, parties and celebrations for generations.

 

The beginnings of The Heath House

In the first of our blog posts about the history of the Philips family and The Heath House, we are focussing on the first recorded members of the Philips family.

The first records we have are of Francis Phylippe, born in 1552. He was married to Margaret and, as far as we are aware, it was this generation of the Philips family first lived in the Tean Valley. Their wealth was built on land and large estates that they acquired in the district.

The Heath House estate itself was bought by Nathaniel Philips in around 1690 after he married Elizabeth Stubbs, daughter and heiress from a neighbouring estate, The Shawe at Kingsley. We believe that it was this couple who built the first Heath House in the Georgian style in about 1720. The ground floor exterior was created with an ionic style colonnade.

This first version of the Heath House was lived in for 3 generations with little alteration. It wasn’t until 1834 that plans were put in place for The Heath House we know today…..

 

A Stunning Boutique Wedding by Jon Thorne

Jon Thorne is a fabulous photographer that has a magic touch when capturing special moments at The Heath House. The wedding of Mark and Shaun recently was no different. Read Jon’s blog post about the wedding itself when he shares some of the stunning photography from the day….

Think English. Then think of something really English. Then add a dollop of Englishness on top. Right, now add a sprinkling of style, sophistication and a pinch of elegance. Top it all off with a teaspoon of fun and laughter, then sit back and enjoy. Mark and Shaun’s wedding day was exactly this. An English countryside wedding, with touches splendour and excitement… oh, and a jazz fueled, vintage railway station…

Read more & see the beautiful images from the day.

New Heath House history series…

Over the past weeks and months we have been sharing some the history of The Heath House & the people who have lived, loved and worked here. Everything from discoveries in the attic, the renovation of Walker’s Pantry to brilliant memories of weddings past and village fetes in the 1980’s!

We know many of you love to see and hear the history of The Heath House so we thought we would bring you along for the journey as we re write our family history brochure which we produce for tours and visitors. Over the coming months we will be updating our brochure to include some of the more recent developments to the house and grounds as well as some gorgeous new images.

As we travel on this historical journey, we’ll be picking out some of the highlights to create a new history series on the blog. You’ll read about family members, stories from World War 1, how the house came to be built and the family connection with Tean and the textile industry.

Country House Stays

Never a dull moment at The Heath House – our next project is to install a new snazzy kitchen that will the family refer to as ‘Walker’s Pantry’ (named after the butler!)

We plan to keep the name as a link to the past, which all forms an important part of the heritage of the House.  Within this room is the old bell system which we will also try to retain. When the House was re-wired in 2016, we discovered some of the ringers still work – this is handy when one of us need to get hold of the other!

 

 

Boutique 4-hour Wedding here at The Heath House

We have been reflecting on how successful all our Boutique Weddings have been in the past. Leslie and Chris decided to get married here and were accompanied by all their gorgeous family for their wonderful occasion. Leslie arrived and added the final touches to her preparations in the Bridal Suite before descending the staircase to music, escorted by her children, to get married to Chris.

After the wedding in the Drawing Room, the wedding party had drinks on the terrace and were then announced into the Dining Room for their delicious wedding breakfast.

Everyone departed with big smiles in a rocking ‘party bus’ to carry on the festivities at a nearby venue.

 

 

A Guest Blog from Jon Thorne Photography

We love beautiful images of weddings and Jon Thorne is just the man to capture stunning pictures. We thought we would share a recent Blog post from him about the beautiful wedding of Alicia and Jamie who got married with us this summer.

Read more here!

Jon Thorne Photography

5 Reasons to Marry at The Heath House

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We get so many lovely comments & testimonials from our couples and they share with us a whole host of reasons why they decided to host the most important day of their lives with us at The Heath House. For some, the most important part is the house itself, for some it’s the stunning location, others adore the flexibility to create a truly unique wedding that is all about them and many love the homely feel we create – a house for your wedding.

We thought we’d have some fun and try to bring all the feedback together to create a list of the best reasons to get married at The Heath House…so here goes!

Exclusive Use – at the centre of what we offer is to offer our home for your special day and, as such, it is yours exclusively for the time you have booked. There will be no other weddings at the same time, we will not be rushing you off to make way for the next couple and we will be able to focus all our attention on your most special, important day.

A Home for your Wedding – The Heath House is very much a home and we love to share it with you so that it become your home for your wedding. You can immediately relax with your loved ones and guests in the homely atmosphere we create – comfy sofas, gorgeous bedrooms, flexible event management, roaring fires, real candles are all a given.

A Truly Bespoke Experience – you wedding will last with you forever and you want it to be unique, personal, intimate & special. From day one of booking your wedding we work with you to make your dreams come true including making all your most innovative ideas become reality. We have accommodated everything from helicopters and full size carousels to welcoming much loved canine friends, creating games areas & so much more.

The Personal Touch – this might sound a little obvious but many times our couples say to us that it was our personal approach to them and only ever dealing with one event manager throughout the planning stage and the day itself is what made them choose us. We are there to hold your hand, share our extensive experience, support you and make your dreams come true right up until the last guest goes to bed on your wedding night.

Location, Location, Location – although we say it ourselves, we are located in a rather amazing spot! Not only are we surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and fields, formal gardens and lawns (perfect for every amazing photo of your wedding), we are also ideally situated for all your guests. Just 1.5hrs from London by train and only 30 minutes from both the M6 and M1 in the Midlands, The Heath House is convenient, easy to access & yet away from it all for your magic day.

Find out what Carla & Aurie said about their wedding with us and what made them choose us from day 1.

Makeover Magic at The Heath House

The paint brushes & ladders are out again at The Heath House and are so excited to finally be redecorating our beautiful Dining Room! We are surrounded by paint charts, mood boards & plans as we transform this great space into something amazing. However, as with all house projects, there’s plenty of prep first – removing precious paintings, taking down the old curtains and just a spot of messing about!

Follow out blog & our Facebook page to watch our progress as we head towards the ‘big reveal’….

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