Apparently, the Juliet balcony at this Stratford-upon-Avon country pile was the inspiration for Shakespeare's famous scene in Romeo & Juliet. Yes, it's a local rumour, but it's a good one.

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Bagsy all 48 of its rooms, marry in the extensive grounds, dine in the spectacular Long Gallery, with its arched timber ceiling and, since you have exclusive use, party as late you like with your guests.

Ceremony capacity: 150; Package cost per head: £90; www.handpickedhotels.co.uk