Spring wedding themes for 2016

A dash of Spring yellow on the ushers boutonnieres

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Using accent colours is a great way to theme your marquee

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A romantic white umberella all adds to the atmosphere of a shower








We absolutely love it when Spring arrives here at Crogen. Although long winter nights, crisp frosty mornings and roaring log fires all have their charms there is nothing like the first appearance of snowdrops, daffodils and our flowering quince to lift the spirits.  We particularly love a Spring wedding and here are a few pictures of some that have been held here and some ideas we love on how to bring the freshness of Spring to your wedding.   Take a look at some more ideas for a seasonally themed events

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A colour packed wedding theme

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We were so lucky to host a wedding for Phil and Sarah earlier this year.  This great fun couple really knew what they wanted from their wedding, a relaxed atmosphere, lots of fun and plenty of colour.  If you would … Continue reading

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Hen Weekend Heaven

The first official Hen Weekend complete with Spa Day has been – and gone: everyone left with high spirits, relaxed backs and all limbs intact! I could try and sum it up from our perspective, but actually, the Chief Hen says it best….

“What a wonderful weekend…. I can safely say we all had a ball. The Coach House was beautiful and we couldn’t have chosen somewhere more perfect. Thanks for everything you have done to make the stay as special as it was. The feedback from all the gang has been immense. We are thinking at 2014 reunion is in order! I don’t think we could pinpoint one highlight as it was all so magical.

After an exhausting but thoroughly enjoyable time frolicking with 15 hens – rafting down the river (thanks to Jon at Get Wet!), drinking our own body weight in cocktails and playing a plethora of party games – there was noting more appealing than a morning of relaxing spa treatments.

We had all chosen a range of treatments including massages, facials and manicures and the beauty therapists did not disappoint. We were all so chilled out afterwards it was an effort to move from the cosy surrounds of the Coach House but the mother of the bride gave us a kick up the bum and we headed off to Tyddyn Llan for a Michelin Starred lunch! I’ll be recommending it far and wide……..”

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Feet up!

So, you’ve decided you want to venture to North Wales on holiday – and you’re not sure if you want to put your feet up or go activity mad. Well, you’re lucky with us: you can do both!


We have relaxing activities within the gardens – fishing (with or without guidance), tennis, walking, clay shooting if you’d like. If you want to go slightly more adrenalin mad, we are really lucky to be in partnership with Get Wet literally on the edge of the estate. They have the highest High Ropes course in the country, plus paintballing, gorge-walking, raft building – you can book as individuals, or groups; be competitive or just enjoy! If you want to try other activities in the area, they can book those for you too.

And, once you’ve had a go at everything, and need a cuppa, a slice of cake and a stiff drink and to warm your muscles in front of a roaring fire, you can meander back to Crogen and make yourself right back at home. http://www.get-wet.co.uk/

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Blogging near Bala

River Dee

“Everything on your doorstep” – we’re so lucky to work here, because it really is the case. The forests lead your eye away from the river valley up through the Berwyns and beyond (if you’ve walked up high enough!) to Snowdonia. And, nestled at the base of that wonderful National Park is Bala, directly linked to Crogen by the River Dee that runs through the lake and down through our garden.

Working and living in the area means Bala is part of daily life – fabulous butcher who can supply everything for barbeques or Sunday lunch, groceries, proper hardware shops, sports and activity shops, the famous lake, golf course – even a dry cleaner who deals with muddy mountain bike gear! Everything you need is in the one town – just as it used to be before out-of-town-shopping changed the shape of towns across the country.

If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could even bring your shopping back from Bala by canoe – though we’ll be honest: it’s not a route we use on a daily basis!


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Comments from the Visitors Book

As many people know, you can chase your tail coming up with marketing ideas – from property to possessions, business to personal. You can also chuck money at the issue, hoping that one of your brainwaves will get your product rave reviews and visitors aplenty.

In our case, we have holiday houses that we know are special, in a glorious and unspoilt part of North Wales – but how do you compete with everyone else? How does your advert, or website, get to the attention of potential customers? How do you tell everyone how amazing it is without everyone thinking “well, they would say that, wouldn’t they?”

Here’s the brainwave: let our visitors do it for us… So, here you are – comments from the Visitors’ Books. Our best advertisement by far.

“We had an amazing time… hopefully we can come again!”
“Fantastic from start to finish”
“A fab, cozy place to return to after Snowdon”
“Lovely comfortable house. The Estate is peaceful and the owners’ friendly and helpful. SO much to see and do in North Wales.”
“A tranquil, idyllic location with the added bonus of excellent accommodation”
“We had a wonderful stay in the most beautiful house in Wales”


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Party planning

Well, a brand new sunshiny week has arrived. In our diary, we have meetings marked up: “Wedding Meeting” or “Party planning meeting” (in addition to the daily entries of health & safety, maintenance, and housekeeping)!

It’s all “work”, but when you have the sort of meeting to attend that is all about how you can add to the excitement and anticipation of someone else’s special day, it doesn’t feel like a meeting at all.

It’s really the best job in the world – working in stunning surroundings, meeting suppliers of everything from music to marquees, canapes to choirs – all of whom love their work too. And then, to top it all off, we get to meet brides and grooms, party planners, and families planning celebrations of every sort, and we get to help to make sure that their perfect day is – well – perfect!


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Spring Cleaning

It’s been some start to the year: we have been spring cleaning every aspect of Crogen. We have started with all the admin, health and safety – updating and simplifying procedures, updating forms, organising visits from the council to make sure we’re all shipshape for the new holiday and wedding season (excellent report, thank goodness!) It hasn’t been so bad – at least we’ve been stuck in the office whilst the weather has been doing it’s worst!

Next job, full deep clean of our Coach House: when it’s full of 16 happy holidaymakers, brides, grooms and wedding parties, and family celebrations, it needs our full attention at the start of the year. We have been cleaning from top to bottom – every curtain, every lightbulb – even the dried flowers!! It’s been deeply satisfactory and we hope that the added sparkle adds to the enjoyment of our Coach House guests.

Now, if only we could have spring weather to go with our spring cleaning…

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Spa Packages


New to Crogen! Having enjoyed a few hen parties here this year, we’ve decided to bring a little extra to the party… we’ve done a little research and seen that once Hen Participants have finished being energetic, the next “tick in the box” is complete and utter relaxtion, with some spoiling thrown in for good measure. So, we are bringing Spa Treatments to you at the Coach House: massage, reflexology, Reiki, make-up, facials… and all without you having to move a muscle – well, except to refill your glass!

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Last wedding of 2011

Craig and I were looking for something a little different for our wedding. Craig wanted it to be a more relaxed intimate occasion whereas I wanted it to still be magical. When I first saw Crogen Hall it was exactly what we were looking for, it was perfect.

All our close friends, family & the dog came and stayed with us in the Coach House, we had a BBQ on the Thursday night altogether and it was lovely, so relaxing! On the Friday the wedding preparations began. Craig and all the men stayed in the comfy living room, playing cards whilst the girls and I took to the main bedroom for a girlie sleepover. It was exactly what we had both wished for.

The Saturday morning arrived and we were so lucky with the weather. The whole day was absolutely perfect. It was so relaxed: everyone was drinking Pimms on the lawn whilst the kids were running freely around in all the open space. It was such a nice feeling the next day to know that we didn’t have to check out in the morning and we could carry on the celebrations an extra night. Most of the wedding party stayed with us and we enjoyed a big family feast.

Leading up to the wedding Griff and Sarah were fantastic, anything I needed help with, they were there. By the time the wedding day arrived I felt as though they were more friends than anything else. Also, Sarah’s daughter helped out by entertaining all of the children. They all loved her and still today say how nice she was.

We are so happy that we decided to have our wedding at Crogen Hall, it was a magical weekend, one of which we will never forget. Crogen Hall is a very special place.

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