Recent Guest Comments


Thank you so much for your email, we absolutely loved our day at Tissington Hall…it exceeded our expectations and they were pretty high!!! (Partially aided by the great weather!).

You were absolutely brilliant, the food was superb and your team were so professional, we couldn’t have asked for more.  The gardens, hall and marquee looked amazing and we just wish we could do it all again! Please pass on our thanks to Sir Richard and all the Red Olive Staff!!!”

Claire & Steve, 6th July 2013

“Dear Phoebe and Team,

We would like to thank you sooooo much for a fabulous day that you laid on for our son’s wedding Jaime, to Lauren on Saturday 22nd June. We had an amazing day, so much so it’s all a blur now, so we wish we could do it all again!

Phoebe, you were an excellent host to all our guests, switching from the formal parts to the informal parts. Your team were excellent too and we could not fault the day. Nothing was too much trouble for you.

Everybody at the wedding we spoke to commented on the beautiful location, the stunning venue, the food, the music, the service you provided and of course the beautiful wedding couple, with what it was all about. It was truly amazing!

So Phoebe you made our day and we would have no hesitation in recommending the venue to all future wedding couples.

Thanks again, can’t wait to come back and reminisce.

With our very best wishes to you, your team and to Sir Richard for allowing us to spend a memorable day at his house and gardens!”

Jenny and Roger Cox, 22nd June 2013

“Dear Phoebe,

Just a quick note of thanks for all your help during our wedding reception and throughout the months leading up to it. So many of our guests commented on how smoothly everything ran and how much they enjoyed the day – especially the beautiful surroundings here at Tissington. It really couldn’t have gone any better and it truly was a wonderful day.”

Claire & James, 15th June 2013


Thank you so much for all of your help, you were absolutely fantastic. Many of our guests have commented on how you made the day run effortlessly smoothly and were on hand to help with anything needed. The whole day was perfect and ran incredibly smoothly, and we have no doubt that that was thanks to you and your team and the incredible effort behind the scenes. 

You have been so brilliant helping us from the minute we chose Tissington as our venue and on the day itself, we can’t thank you enough. You are an absolute credit to Tissington and Red Olive. Please also thank you team very much, we have so many comments already on the wonderful organisation and service of the team.”

 Georgina & Alastair, Saturday 18th May 2013

“Dear Phoebe,

 I really don’t know where to start! I know some people do their job well but you have exceeded that with how hard you have worked. You really have gone that extra mile and we will appreciate that forever! Everyone commented on how good you were and you really helped me from start to finish! We really could not have asked for anything to go differently and were so lucky with the weather as I type this looking out to a grizzly rainy day!

Everyone commented on how lovely the food was and that they didn’t feel like they were waiting around at any point. We have heard comments like “it’s the best wedding we have been to” and that was down to all your help and the stunning venue of Tissington.

Thank you so much, we cannot tell you in words how much we enjoyed the day and it really was the best day of our lives.

Best wishes from Mr and Mrs Shortland, Friends and Family xx”

Olly & Sarah, Sunday 5th May 2013

“Christina and I would like to thank you and the staff at Tissington Hall for making our Wedding such a memorable occasion. The venue for the wedding ceremony was superb, hitting the right note of formality and grandeur in a warm and gloriously sun filled room. Most important of all though was the help and attention from you and the staff on the day. We’ll always remember our wedding at Tissington Hall, and thank you again for giving us a memory to treasure.”

Christina and Mike

“Thank you so much for our wonderful day, it was truly magical. Your attention to detail was fantastic, absolutely faultless. Our guests are still taking about it!”

Louise and David

“Tissington Hall has proved to be the perfect choice for our wedding. The service was absolutely first class – friendly, professional and incredibly helpful. All requests were willingly accommodated and arrangements well taken care of, leaving us to enjoy our special day”

Kim and Pete

“Tissington was absolutely the right choice as our wedding venue; it is stylish, has character and charm, yet is also intimate and welcoming. No other venue in the Midlands comes close; as far as I’m concerned it was an easy choice. We felt like film stars all day.”

Louise and Dan

“Phoebe thanks very much from Kate’s parents, family and friends. You worked tirelessly all day, nothing was too much trouble. Everyone has commented on your professionalism. Kate and Tom really appreciated all you did for them.”

Shirley and Dave

“Dear Phoebe,

We wanted to pass on our thanks to you for helping make our daughter’s wedding such a wonderful experience.

We felt that you did your job perfectly. You dealt with queries efficiently, you were always there when needed and you always had a smile!

Your easy manner and approachable attitude made it a pleasure to work with you. It meant we could all enjoy the wonderful day without any worries. The event and venue was everything we hoped it would be.”

Rosemary and Ian


We just returned from our honeymoon yesterday which was fantastic thank you and we are very much enjoying married life. I will send a proper email soon, but just wanted to say a quick thank you to you for everything. Our wedding was truly fantastic and we have had so many lovely compliments from friends and family, saying it really was the best wedding they have ever been to.

The number of compliments about the beautiful hall and marquee, the fantastic service from you and the Red Olive team and the whole seamless flow of the day. Many people have complimented you by name and I can only echo their feelings about the amazing service, support and first class experience you provided us with, not just on the day but on the lead up to our wedding also.

I have submitted my vote for the wedding awards and I really do hope you win, I can’t imagine a venue more deserving.”



“Thank you for everything you did in the lead up and on the day of the wedding. Everything was absolutely perfect, you even fixed the weather! We had an absolutely brilliant time and so did all our family and friends, I don’t think anyyone stopped smiling.”


“Just a little note to say thank you for helping to make our day truely magical. The day ran like clockwork and we really do appreciate all your hard work. It was a pleasure to plan our special day with you.”

Kate & Andy

“Sir Richard and Lady Fiona and a large number of the Tissington community, David from the Edwardian sweet shop, Ann Unwin, Ros Hunt, Martin, Rev Larkin and Rev Ossie Post all contributed in making my fairytale wedding come true. Guests have all commented it was the best wedding they have been to.”


Feedback from our 2012 newly-weds

“We knew immediately we wanted to book Tissington Hall when we were shown around. Phoebe Skeen Smith was absolutely fabulous & made the day run like clockwork.”

“Tissington Hall was the venue for our wedding & reception. We felt that the exclusivity of the venue along with the superb expertise of the staff was perfect for what we were looking for. The day went without a hitch and really was the wedding of our dreams. We really couldn’t have asked for more.”

“As the first wedding to use the new Pavillion we were very excited to see the progress as it went up. Phoebe was absolutely wonderful, before, during and after our wedding and our guests especially enjoyed being guided back to their cars by Sir Richard himself sporting high vis jacket and torch!”

“Tissington was a fabulous choice of venue, especially with the splendid sunshine we enjoyed for the whole day! Phoebe is brilliant and everyone loved her, we cannot fault her organisation and hosting abilities. Tissington is a very special place.”

“Tissington Hall is the most fantastic setting. We had the wettest July day in history for our wedding day yet the Hall it’s staff and Pavilion just made it perfect. Inside the main hall we had roaring fires lit which was magical for July! My dream wedding happened but only by the help from Tissington”

“From the moment of first contact they were friendly, helpful, professional and reassuring and not pressuring.”

“Tissington Hall was the perfect venue for our wedding. We didn’t want a ‘package’ wedding and Tissington Hall was completely flexible, making the wedding truly our own. The staff were impeccable and Phoebe was truly brilliant in every way. Our guests continually complement the service at the hall.”

“We had a truly lovely wedding at Tissington. The venue speaks for itself, it is beautiful and we hardly needed to arrange any extra decoration (only flowers in marquee). Staff personable, the presence of Sir Richard during our visits and at various points on the day itself added to the occasion.”

Why They Booked

“Because it’s impressive. We wanted a venue that blew people away when they turned up. We looked at a number of venues in the area and found Tissington to be the best. It allowed us to have a smaller and more intimate wedding with our best friends and family all having a superb time, and to be able to get married and have the reception in the same place was important.”

“Because of the beauty of the hall and grounds.”

“For us, Tissington Hall had everything that we were looking for: Gorgeous venue, beautiful gardens, a choice of options for where exactly to have the ceremony and one of the most lavish marquees I have ever seen. It had a sense of exclusivity and openess that we didn’t find at other venues. We were looked after extremely well from day one, up until the wedding day.”

“Beautiful venue, friendly, professional and flexible staff. Allowed us to do things our way. I would recommend the hall to everyone. I truly believe we could not have had a better experience anywhere else. There is not enough space to write how impressed we and our guests were with every aspect of the hall, the staff and the service and attention to detail we received not just on our wedding day but for the months and weeks leading up to the day. Phoebe our wedding co-ordinator was prepared to roll up her sleeves and help out, even helping us attatch hundreds of tiny petals to our wedding trees! Nothing was too much trouble for Phoebe and if there is an award for No.1 wedding co-ordinator, then she deserves it! We are honoured that Sir Richard allowed us the use of his beautiful home for our wedding. It was magical and our only complaint is that we can’t do it all over again!”

“Its location is stunning and very ‘English’, it is a historically interesting place we knew our guests would enjoy. It has a good capacity and it was possible to have everything, including the reception, on the same site. We liked the event staff we met, who seemed very down to earth and flexible right from the start. Places charging a similar amount were not as impressive in the same somehow understated yet beautiful way.”

“When we looked round the organisation was fantastic from Phoebe and Sir Richard they couldn’t  help enough also having Red Olive as our caterers was a definite winner for us! It is local to us and loved by so many locals. The grounds for photographs is perfect yet just as beautiful inside. We were made to feel very welcome and have since stayed in touch. Fantastic venue, fantastic food and people! Would highly recommend!!!”

“Tissington Hall is an absolutely stunning venue to be married and our guests were blown away by it on the day. It was lovely to have access to a number of rooms so guests could both relax and dance if they wished and this was one of our main priorities for our guests.”

“It is beautiful and quirky.”

“It was exclusive use of the venue, superb location with a beautiful church within walking distance. New pavilion/marquee on site and lots of safe areas for children to play in the grounds. With the warm welcome that we received from the start no other venue came close. My fairytale wedding came true.”

“They were available and made us feel individual, important and valued customers.”