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Macdonald Burford Bridge Hotel

Location for Weddings and Social Events

Macdonald Burford Bridge Hotel, Box Hill, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6BX

  • Max guests for group photographs
  • 120
  • Civil weddings catered for
  • Yes
  • Events photographed by Paul Martin
  • Wedding
  • Last event photographed by Paul Martin
  • Aug 02

Macdonald Burford Bridge Hotel is 4 miles from Junction 9 off the M25, on the A24 to Dorking. Situated at the Foot of Box Hill.
A map is available here and there is a website for this location.

Paul Martin has given Macdonald Burford Bridge Hotel a rating of 3 out of 5 for indoor photography and a rating of 4 out of 5 for outdoor photography.
Please note that these ratings only relate to the suitability for photography, and do not in any way relate to other facilities and services that may be provided by the Macdonald Burford Bridge Hotel.

Comments from Paul Martin:
Burford Bridge Hotel nestles at the foot of a famous beauty spot, Box Hill, with the Mole River running at the bottom of its spectacular gardens. Every brick of this ancient gem glows with history. It was here that Lord Nelson spent secret hours with his great love Emma Hamilton before going off to his last battle at Trafalgar.

The Hotel was founded in 1254 as the Fox and Hounds, and parts of the existing hotel date back to 16th Century. In 1882 the hotel become the Hare & Hounds (commonly known then as the Burford Bridge) when in 1905, Surrey Public Trust purchased it, it changed permanently to the Burford Bridge Hotel, later merging with Trusthouses in 1948.

The beauty to be found in this small section of Surrey inspired the poet John Keats. It has also provided sanctuary for many visitors weighed down by their responsibilities of the World: Queen Victoria, Jane Austen. Wordsworth, Sheridan and Robert Louis Stevenson have all frequented the Burford Bridge over the years.

The 16th century Medieval Tithe Barn with beams from the Ships of the Spanish Armada adjoined the Hotel in 1934. Before that was originally in the neighbouring village of Abinger Hammer. In the same year that the Burford Bridge acquired the Tithe Barn the outdoor swimming pool was open.

I thoroughly enjoyed photographing a wedding reception at this delightful and historic hotel. I was able to capture some beautiful portraits of bride and groom in the surrounding gardens, as well as a strong journalistic, informal content. Though rather tricky photographing inside because of the dark wooden beams and atmosphere, the Tithe Barn was full of character and charm, and I managed to capture some great candid photographs of the wedding guests, as well as some cameo’s of the after dinner speeches.

In summary, Burford Bridge Hotel is a fantastic Surrey wedding venue, and conducive for equally memorable wedding photographs.