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Various images of the Linton Hotel include the outside and sunset showing the wheelchair ramp and second entrance directly into the Carriages restaurant, plus pictures inside including the reception area and a buffet set up

Wedding Venue View: Linton Hotel and Spa, Luton. Beds.

As wedding venues go hotels are always going to be popular with couples. The Linton Hotel and Spa (opening soon hopefully) is a little diamond of a hotel on the edge of Luton in Bedfordshire. Affordable luxury and with lots of Italian features, the Linton Hotel has bags to offer wedding planning couples.

Situated a short distance from Junction 10 of the M1, a short taxi ride from the airport and railway links, opposite the gorgeous Stockwood Park with its golf course, the Linton Hotel is a superbly conveniently located wedding venue. Unfortunately, they're not currently licensed for ceremonies though, however you could in theory still use the venue for a celebrant ceremony if you wanted to.

Don't let the lack of a ceremony license put you off though, especially if you're planning a smaller more intimate wedding, as this venue has lots to offer couples. The location is obviously a key draw, the nearby park is a perfect spot for your wedding photographs with its rambling fields, mature trees and the gorgeous gardens of the Stockwood Discovery Centre. But the Linton also offers a level of Italianate sophistication and luxury that is only otherwise found at their sister venue the Icon Hotel in Luton town centre.

The Linton Hotel offers 3 specific wedding reception packages: Milan, Rome and Venice, but they're also flexible in terms of your needs so don't be afraid to ask. The packages are all based on wedding breakfast and evening reception, with different menu options, drinks and certain added extras. All packages also include DJ hire until 11.30pm with the most expensive option (Rome) also including fresh flowers for your reception room display, toastmaster and the bridal suite with breakfast the next day.

The wedding reception packages are based on 50 guests daytime with up to a maximum of 60 people but evening receptions can accommodate up to 150 guests maximum. With the maximum number of guests you're looking at using all three available linked spaces; it's worth bearing this in mind as that means all 150 guests cannot be in the same room at the same time. If you're planning speeches, cutting of the cake or first dance pictures, the single room capacity will mean you'll need to make allowance for you, the photographer and some potential disappointed guests.

The packages aren't cheap, however they pack in a lot of extras, making their wedding offer unique. However, as mentioned above they are open to negotiation, so if you want a bespoke package that reflects the needs of the two of you, then get in touch with them for a detailed chat. If you don't want a sit-down wedding breakfast or want to add a humanist ceremony, you can do so, and at very reasonable rates. Something worth bearing in mind that food standards at the Linton Hotel are very high and prices reflect this - menus can be found on their website (link below).

I've eaten at The Carriages restaurant several times now and not been disappointed. I've also had snacks and drinks from the bar. They have an extensive range of gins available currently but can also offer all the usual drinks you've come to expect from a hotel venue. Their breakfasts are also the full range and very tasty. They've just introduced a portable bar for larger events, which can be installed in one of the event spaces, and will help avoid overcrowding of the main bar/reception area.

The Linton Hotel has a charm all its own. The owners are passionate about details, and when it's finished, I just know that the spa will also reflect this. In 2019 they updated their patio area and where improvements can be made, they're keen to do them. One of their sister venues is the gorgeous Icon Hotel (also in Luton), which is just a short taxi ride away, should you need additional rooms for your wedding guests.

The exterior sets the scene for your guests with plenty of parking and mature planting. And the welcome is always warm and professional. The Linton Hotel is in a residential area on the edge of town, so there are some restrictions in terms of noise and licensing. You won't be allowed to have a firework display here and a late license is unlikely to be agreed, so if you're hoping for an extended party into the wee small hours, this won't be the venue for you. That said there is so much more available at this intimate wedding venue it's well worth considering for your small but perfectly formed wedding day.

And if you need any advice and support for your big day planning, I'm here to help you plan your Linton Hotel and Spa wedding X