Gloriously shabby chic with a welcoming lived-in grandeur, ivy-clad Hampton Court House is a school by day and venue and film set after the home-time bell rings.

The house was built in 1757 by the 2nd Earl of Halifax. A love token for his mistress, it includes romantic touches such as the heart-shaped lake and shell-clad grotto.

Sneak off there for a few moments together while guests sip champagne in the gardens (there are seven acres, surrounded by parkland, ensuring complete privacy).

Ceremony capacity: 300; Food cost per head: £48; House wine: £20; Corkage: £0; Marquee available; Countryside setting

Hampton Court House; 020 8614 0857; www.hchevents.com