RURAL WEDDINGS IN A HIDDEN GEM
If you're looking for an idyllic country retreat to bring your family together for your wedding day, then look no further than the beautiful Oaklea in Lydiate.
Set amid 30 acres of stunning private gardens and rolling Lancashire countryside, Oaklea Barns Guest House in Lydiate is an oasis of tranquility. It's the perfect bolthole for brides and grooms who want to find some moments of calm and relaxation for their wedding day.
Spacious and elegant guest rooms “We had this beautiful converted barn that we decided to turn into a guesthouse,” says Mandie Magee, who runs Oaklea Barns with her partner Paul Green. we've had great interest from local couples,” she adds.
The six luxurious guest suites at Oaklea Barns are both spacious and elegantly decorated to Mandie's stylish tastes. No expense has been spared to ensure that guests enjoy the finest home comforts, from the solid oak furniture, to the memory foam mattresses, flatscreen TVs and sleek ensuite bathrooms.
Every room can sleep up to four people, with comfortable sprung sofa beds in most of them – perfect for families, and especially bridal parties. The versatility doesn't stop there either, many suites can transform into a twin or family room with a cot and the top floor Sunflower Suite comprises two adjoining rooms that can accommodate a family of two adults and four children or four adults, such as the bride and her bridesmaids.
The finest standards of hospitality
“A young couple from Maghull were getting married and they came and checked us out,” continues Mandie. “His wife booked it for the night before the wedding, the family stayed over, and they had a fab time. The whole top floor was for the bride and bridesmaids, and they left for the church from here it was beautiful to see.
“They had a champagne breakfast and then I laid on a buffet lunch for them. I put marquees up, so that all the family could come and congregate here. It was just amazing, and that's what sparked it off for me to think that weddings are the area we want to be in. We like looking after people and they enjoy being here,” she adds.