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The Mill House Hotel & Restaurant

Location for Weddings and Social Events

The Mill House Hotel & Restaurant, Swallowfield (near Reading), Berkshire, RG7 1PY

  • Max guests for group photographs
  • 100
  • Civil weddings catered for
  • Yes
  • Events photographed by Paul Martin
  • Wedding
  • Last event photographed by Paul Martin
  • 10/09/05

The Mill House Hotel & Restaurant is is conveniently situated South of Reading, on Old Basingstoke Road, 8 minute drive from junction 11 of M4.
A map is available here and there is a website for this location.

Paul Martin has given The Mill House Hotel & Restaurant 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 The Mill House Hotel & Restaurant.

Comments from Paul Martin:

Situated on the banks of The River Loddon, set within stunning landscaped gardens the Mill House Hotel is a great combination of quality accommodation with modern facilities to suit the most discerning businessman to a tranquil retreat with fine dining in elegant surroundings for a relaxing and romantic weekend break.

The House itself dates back to 1823 and after careful restoration to its former Georgian glory, keeping the design of the high ceilings and large spacious rooms, the Mill House has lent itself naturally to become a renowned and fashionable restaurant and hotel whose charm and character is much in evidence.

You are assured you of a friendly and attentive service with spectacular food lovingly prepared by their chef, accompanied by fine wines to compliment your meal.

The Mill House Hotel is a perfect venue for your wedding. During the summer, the riverside marquee with views over the beautiful gardens and river, provides a great situation for wedding dinners and eveneing reception. During Spring, Autumn and Winter, weddings are held in our house. Cosy corners and roaring log fires create the perfect ambience to accompany the views over the floodlit gardens, making the Mill House Hotel the ideal venue for all seasons.

I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity when I recently photographed a wedding at the Mill House Hotel. The civil ceremony took place in the larger of the two licenced rooms (the conservatory), overlooking the garden. What I found particularly pleasing from a photographic perspective was the quality of daylight spilling into all the rooms. This enabled me to capture some great unobtrusive memories of the marriage ceremony, without having to employ the use of flash photography. The garden and the front entrance to the hotel, provided great opportunities for varied portraiture. In particular, I took some lovely photographs of the bride and groom with the river/weir in the bacakground. (The use of my step ladder came in very handy here, to get the right perspective!).

There are several suitable situations for group photography, and most notably, I was able to take a unique photo of all the guests with the bride and groom in the garden from a bedroom window on the top floor. The marquee lent itself to good wedding photography. Here again, and provided the daylight is bright, the quality of light filtering inside is good enough for naturally lit photographs.

Overall, my coverage of this wedding comprising 90 guests, was generally informal, thus enabling me to capture the spirit and atmosphere of the occassion; and, very much in keeping with my general style of informal photography. The Mill House management fully appreciate that all weddings are different and with this in mind, are very happy to tailor make a package to suit your individual requirements, for which I had the opportunity of witnessing first hand. They would be delighted to show you their facilities at a mutually convenient time and to discuss your wedding in more detail.

Needless to say, I have no hesitation in highly recommending the Mill House Hotel in Swallowfield as a great all-in-one venue for wedding events. Morevover, you are guaranteed to get some memorable wedding photographs at the Mill House Hotel & Restuarant.