LAST UPDATED:   18 May 2015 at 2:44pm

This Grade-I listed royal hunting lodge, which was originally built in 1550, shoots straight to the top of the character list. Expect wisteria-draped, 200-year-old bridges, creaky floorboards, and having to hunch to pass through ancient low-slung doors. Despite its age, though, the place is immaculately maintained.

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Post-breakfast, once all your guests have left, take a dip in the outdoor (heated!) pool and explore the magnificent grounds, which feature a Saxon moat, sunken rose garden, grassed amphitheatre and no fewer than four secret gardens.

Ceremony capacity: 150; Package cost per head: £67; www.greatfosters.co.uk

LAST UPDATED:   24 July 2014 at 10:01am

You might have a few wedding crashers if the local swans choose to glide by during your ceremony on the Archery lawn at Great Fosters.

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The rest of the gorgeous grounds are as scenic - secret gardens, a wisteria-draped Japanese bridge, a lake and plenty of perfectly trimmed box hedges. There's a 14th-century barn for receptions, plus you're only a 20-minute drive from Heathrow for a swift honeymoon exit.

Ceremony capacity: 160; Plate cost per head: £68; www.greatfosters.co.uk