Everyone seems to be in agreement that when the sun shines, there's simply no better place to be than the gardens of England. There's not a landscape on earth that can appeal more to the senses than our own back yards. The weeks of hot blue skies experienced earlier this year are testament to that.
So when you want to bask in the glorious but unreliable British summer, you need a reliable team who can respond to every eventuality. A great example is the small but perfectly formed Holdsworth House Hotel in the heart of West Yorkshire.
Well-known as a wedding and private dining venue, the Jacobean manor of Holdsworth House nestles in ornate, landscaped walled gardens, complete with sunken box hedge Parterre garden, year-round borders and a lawn fit for croquet.
The 39 bedroom venue is Halifax's first and only four-star hotel and has held 2 AA Rosettes for its dining function for the last 14 consecutive years. Now the team, who occupy the number one position on Tripadvisor, are offering guests the chance to experience outdoor dining under the blue Bronte skies. Swathed in white linen and with the glassware and cutlery sparkling in the sun, a banqueting table has never looked so pretty and many brides, grooms and party planners are loving the fact that this outdoor option is available without having to jump on a plane or pay through the nose.
So what happens if the sun doesn't last? As there is only one wedding permitted each day at Holdsworth House, brides needn't worry about the function rooms being taken. So if the skies do cloud over, the operations team is geared up move the party indoors. If there was ever an example of 'nothing's too much trouble' then this is it.
For parties and functions up to 120 guests, Holdsworth House in Halifax is simply unique.