Happy New Year

Welcome to 2018 and we want to wish you all a Happy New Year.

2017 was a really lovely year for us. We shared in the joy of so many weddings, making new friends with lots of love, laughter, and happiness. We also welcomed back couples to celebrate and stay in the cottage for anniversaries and Birthdays – we love being a continued part of their lives.

We would like to say a huge thank you to you all for your continued support – we couldn’t do it without you!

The New Year brings new happiness to many of you with new betrothals and wedding plans – as my favourite festive film, Love Actually, says ‘love is all around us’! Justin and I are really looking forward to a busy new year, booking show rounds and planning new weddings.

Although we have limited weekend wedding dates left through this summer, we are happy to discuss bookings for Christenings, Anniversaries, House Parties or simply get-togethers with loved ones. 2019 is also booking up fast, so do get in touch if you are planning your special day.

Talking of parties, we would also like to say a huge thank you to all of you who attended our Christmas parties. A huge success and fully booked, you will find some fabulous photos over on our Facebook page. Stay tuned for our plans for Christmas 2018.

Justin & Sophie xx

 

Christmas & House Parties at The Heath House

Christmas is almost upon us and we are in full, festive swing! Decorating, hosting some stunning December weddings and preparing for our sold out Christmas Parties this weekend. It is times like this that we remember that The Heath House as we know it today was built for entertaining.

Not only are we hosting our annual Christmas Parties with stunning live music from Mis K Copeland (see below), we have recently been the location for a brilliant 40th birthday celebration. The house provided the perfect combination of rooms and spaces for a fabulous celebration.

House Parties and Country House Weekends aren’t just consigned to history – still hosting house parties that will blow the socks of your guests. This house was built for entertaining and despite its size is very homely, in fact we encourage all our guests to treat the house and grounds as if they are your own. We  can accommodate up to 33 guests in the house and the estate cottage so kick of your shoes and settle in in front of the fire in the Library. Visit our website for details.

With parties & festivities in mind, all that’s left is to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Justin & Sophie xx

Magical Country House Weekends

Imagine staying in a stunning, family owned country house set in a 127 acres of beautiful gourds and gardens. Picture the scene as you and up to 32 of your loved ones gather to celebrate a special occasion or simply be together somewhere special – a country house with stunning reception rooms including a newly refurbished Dining Room, gorgeous new kitchen (for you or the caterers!), large rooms for cocktails and intimate sitting rooms for board games, drinks & relaxing – all with roaring fires.

There are gorgeous walks from the door with plenty of space for muddy boots & your four legged friends too.
Exclusive hire of The Heath House provides you with a stunning location and beautiful surroundings to be together, celebrate and enjoy while feeling relaxed in a home from home atmosphere.

You can self cater in our beautifully new kitchen or bring the caterers in. We are on hand to help you with any arrangements or special requests to help you plan the perfect Country House Weekend.

Justin & Sophie xx

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.

 

Summer celebrations at The Heath House

Celebrations have been at the heart of this summer at The Heath House from a fabulous wedding in our Dutch Barn & the Red Arrows making an appearance to finalising our party plans for the festive season 2017!

Find out more about the fabulous wedding we recently hosted in the Dutch Barn in the grounds of The Heath House – innovative, inspirational and simply beautiful.

You can also find out why the Red Arrows put in an appearance recently – seeing them fly directly over the house was a real celebration.

In other news, we have finally finished our beautiful new loos! These are a perfect addition for our wedding and event guests and feature gorgeous historic tiles that now look fresh and gorgeous.

Finally, we want to mention our festive Christmas parties at The Heath House. You can now head over to our website and book your places at one of only two party nights in 2017. There will be live music, dancing & delicious food – so book today to avoid disappointment.

Justin & Sophie xx

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.

Life & love through the ages at The Heath House

Over the last few weeks we have been exploring old photographs and archives, discovering some fabulous pictures of weddings and country house weekends from years gone by.

One of our first couples to be married this spring were Kealey and Tom in April.

Find out how you can enjoy a Country House Weekend at The Heath House or a cosy weekend in our very own Stable Yard Cottage in the grounds.

Justin & Sophie xx