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Dear Chloe
When we first came to visit your beautiful house we instantly knew that this was the place where we wanted to get married - elegant and simple with wonderful views and a beautiful garden. The whole process from then on was a pleasure - quick and uncomplicated with great recommendations for the local area. But I was most surprised on the day before our wedding. We arrived with arms full of things that we wanted at our ceremony and all we had to do was to 'leave it with you’. After a quick run through of the finer details for the big day we were gone again and could spend time with our families. And what a wonderful feeling it was to arrive in the morning and to see all our things put up beautifully and the house prepared just as we wanted - maybe it is experience but perhaps it is also a sensitivity for your guests wishes. I could enjoy getting ready because I knew everything would be taken care of. During the ceremony and the celebrations afterwards I did not notice anything going on in the background. Everything just magically appeared at the right time in the right place. Wonderful. We could not have wished for anything more. Discretion and professionalism mastered to perfection. And maybe that’s just me but when I got my home-made bunting back the next day and it was neatly folded rather than in one big mess, I thought this care and attention was worth every penny. If we had to choose again, we would choose you again without thinking about it. Thank you for the wonderful feeling of looking back at our wedding ceremony and not wanting to change one little thing!

Yours, Julia & Matej September 2015

Dear Alex and Chloe
Thank you so, so, so much for everything. Your support leading up to the wedding and on our wedding day was out of this world. You kept us calm and made us feel so welcome. It was the perfect day, in the most perfect setting. We can't thank you enough.

Love Claire and Paul September 2015

Dear Chloe
Our wedding ceremony at Craigmar was the most emotional and beautiful experience of my life. Nothing quite captures what matters the most more than a terrace filled with smiling friends and family, tucked in by rolling green fields and hills and topped off by the man I look forward to spending the rest of my time on earth with, beaming at me as I turned the corner.

Chloe and Alex were completely flexible allowing us to make use of the venue for myself and my bridesmaids to get ready in the morning. We were able to have a live harpist and bring our own home made canapes and cocktails. The two of them exuded calm which kept the worst jitters at bay and helped us to kick off our day with a truly memorable ceremony.

Thank you! Annie and Toby. X July 2015

Dear Chloe (and family)
We feel exceptionally fortunate to have been able to hold our wedding at Craigmar. It provided us with an intimate, elegant, personal and refined venue, and totally surpassed the hopes we had for our wedding day.
Chloe and Alex were exceptionally calm and extremely helpful, flexible and responsive throughout the lead up to our wedding and answered any questions we had promptly and gave us as much information about local services as they could. On the days immediately before the wedding and on the day itself they really went over and above to make the day just as we wanted it to be. To the extent of plucking flowers from their garden for us!
Craigmar is a unique house in a beautiful part of the country, we are not local to Yorkshire and organised our wedding at a distance, and found everything we needed within the local villages.
For our day at Craigmar we used the local coach company Hargreaves to transport our guests to/from Craigmar and onto the Cruck Barn in Appletreewick for our evening reception, which meant our guests could relax and enjoy the entire day. We had Afternoon Tea from the Old School Tea Rooms in Hebden, which was exceptionally good. There are plenty of local hotels, holiday cottages and B&Bs and we would recommend Ben & Jerry’s Cottages and The Hayloft, and the B&B at the School House Tea Rooms.
We were fortunate enough that the terrible weather forecast changed, and at the last minute Chloe changed the seating so we could hold our ceremony outside, as we really wanted. This was just perfect, the sun was shining and one of my lasting memories is looking out over the serene Yorkshire Dales hearing the curlews and sheep during our wedding ceremony! We also held our speeches outside, which was not planned, but this was the impromptu flexibility provided by Craigmar.
We received so many wonderful comments from our guests about Craigmar with a number saying it was the ‘best’ wedding venue they had been to!
Overall we wanted a relaxed, elegant, beautiful and fun wedding day, which Craigmar delivered.
Our sincere and great thanks to Chloe and Alex.

Sarah and Matt July 2015

Dear Chloe (and family)
We just wanted to write and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the way you supported us with our wedding.
From the moment we booked with you, you were always responding to emails and were very reassuring. I was a very nervous bride, but you were so supportive and there with me right until I walked down the aisle.
We had the most amazing wedding from start to finish but you really set the day off. Thank you for ordering the weather for our perfect outdoor wedding, looking after Darcy, and helping where possible. We had our dream day and you played a part in it.
Thank you again for doing us proud.
With warmest wishes

Mr. and Mrs. Duncan (and Darcy) July 2015

Dear Chloe and Alex,
Just a short note to say thank you so much for all that you did on our wedding day.
Everything ran perfectly and all our guests commented on how lovely your home is. It was the perfect venue for us and we are so glad we chose to get married at Craigmar.
Love Joanne and Gareth

(Mr and Mrs Smith) June 2015

Dear Chloe,
We arrived on the doorstep of Craigmar, unannounced, on New Year's Eve, 2013. We had just visited The Cruck Barn at The Craven Arms in Appletreewick and they had recommended Craigmar as a possible venue for our ceremony we wished to have in the Autumn. Immediately we were blown away by Chloe's friendly welcome and the stunning grounds of beautiful Craigmar. We were convinced straight away that this was going to be the perfect venue for our special day and also that we could trust Chloe to help us make it everything we wanted and more, so much so that we never even looked anywhere else. What a decision we made! The day was perfect and all of our guests were impressed both with Craigmar and how helpful Chloe and Alex were. Whether it was recommending places to stay in the village, replying to countless emails I sent in the run up to the wedding, helping to put out decorations or making our day run as smoothly and wonderfully as possible, Chloe went out of her way to help. We could not be more grateful for this. Despite the weather threatening to be a little grim, we managed to capture the beauty of our day thanks to the stunning architecture and the beautiful backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales. We only wish we could do it all again!
Many thanks for everything you did.

Rachel and Jonathan (Mr and Mrs Hull!)

Hi Chloe,
We've just arrived back from Austria - fab Christmas and New Year with lots of snow!
Thanks again for all your help for the wedding. It went seamlessly and everyone enjoyed it. They loved your house and were extremely impressed with the way everything went. We had a fantastic time and couldn't recommend yourselves enough.
Happy New Year and all the best,

Amy. Dec 2014

Dear Chloe,
Chris and I were married at Craigmar on the 7th November 2014. Chloe and Alex were incredibly professional, warm and helpful and Craigmar is a beautiful location. The venue is set in the stunning Yorkshire Dales and both the house and grounds are incredibly elegant. All of our guests loved the venue and it is a lovely size for an intimate wedding. Chloe was incredibly relaxed and calm which was very brilliant on the day. She corresponded quickly to emails and gave lots of helpful advice before the big day - even down to the fact that we needed more drink the evening before so that the guests did not go without!! She was right, we needed it all!! The photos at Craigmar were also beautiful, the colours in November were perfect for what we wanted. We looked at other venues in the area, but we feel that Craigmar won hands down on beauty and the excellent professionalism offered there. Thank you Chloe and Alex,

Love Charlotte and Chris. Nov 2014

Dear Chloe,
We had a wonderful wedding at Craigmar. The venue was ideal for a small wedding and the quiet efficiency of Mr. and Mrs. McGowan made everything run smoothly. The catering staff were delighted with the facilities and many excellent comments were received from our guests.
We were all able to take full advantage of the wonderful position of the house as we were fortunate enough to have a sunny day. The grounds and terrace of the house were put to full use. Older members of the family enjoyed the beautiful views from the terrace whilst the children played in the lovely gardens below.
Craigmar is a unique house in a glorious position in the Yorkshire Dales – perfect!

Kindest regards from Jan and Paul. July 2014 – thanks for the memories!!

Dear Chloe,
Thank you so much for making our day so special. We are extremely glad we had our ceremony at Craigmar, your home is beautiful and it was the relaxed, informal day that we dreamt of. Yourself and Alex were the perfect hosts, being probably the most well organised and relaxed people we have met! You managed to keep me calm throughout the morning, and everything ran smoothly.
Thank you for answering my endless emails so quickly and helping us with all aspects of the planning from catering to babysitters! Living in Norway and having to organise everything through emails wasn't a problem at all, and our 28 guests who flew in from Norway absolutely loved the location. They are still talking about how stunning The Yorkshire Dales are and many are planning a return visit. I was so proud to show off what I consider to be the most beautiful part of Britain. It was really important to us to use local businesses and the quality and choice available was excellent, we didn't need to look anywhere else! Your friend, Fiona, looked after our family and friends so well in her holiday cottages (Jerry & Ben's) and it wasn't a problem to find accommodation for all our fifty guests in the area, the standard was excellent.
The whole wedding couldn't have been more perfect, and our photos look fantastic. We would highly recommend Craigmar!

Amanda & Heine. June 2014

Dear Chloe and Alex,
A big thank you for helping to make our wedding so special. It was the intimate and relaxed wedding that we always wanted, with the most perfect views. Thanks for all the help the day before and on the big day.

Rory and Louise Turnbull. March 2014

Dear Chloe and Alex,

Vic and I thoroughly enjoyed the most personal, elegant and informal wedding.
Your home was an idyllic setting, with stunning surroundings.
You are unflappable hosts, working magic behind the scenes, to make the day flow seamlessly.

Thank you so much; was fabulous.

Jan and Vic. Sept 2013

Dear Chloe and Alex,

A big thank you from us for making our wedding day so special. We feel very lucky to have found you and to have been able to use your beautiful home as our wedding venue. Many of our guests were surprised when they heard it was a private house and loved both the house and its setting. You are very lucky people to wake up to those views every day.

Chloe - a special thank you for your calming nature! When we came to see you the night before the wedding you made me feel like there was nothing to worry about and I was able to relax and enjoy our day.

Alex - you have the perfect spot to stand and wash your dishes and I didn't recognise you with your suit on!

Thank you both again
Much love

Jo & Adam. Nov 2013 xxx

Dear Chloe,

We have finally let the dust settle on what was a hectic but hugely enjoyable wedding month, and we really can't thank you enough. The day itself was perfect, full of laughter and tears. All our guests loved Craigmar.
It was intimate, surrounded by stunning scenery and it made the day as special as it deserved; we wouldn't have changed a thing. Your help throughout the day was just fantastic. As cliché as it sounds, it was the happiest day of our lives,
thank you.

Matthew and Sarah. March 2013

Hi Chloe and family!!

I would like to say a MASSIVE thank you for everything you did for me and Rob. You were all amazing! Thank you for all the help during all the preparations, all the reassurance you gave me and the marvelous job you did on the day.
You helped 100% to make our wedding day extra special. It went without a hitch, and went so well, thanks to you guys! I thought at least one thing would go wrong but it didn’t! We are truly happy and proud of every second of the day. Thank you for keeping me sane and calm and doing everything possible to help.

The photos turned out to be PERFECT. The setting was beautiful and I’m glad the weather held out for the day. Great thanks from all the guests too, they all agreed that they were very well looked after and everyone commented how kind and lovely you were.
They loved your house!!!

Thank you so much again for making our day so memorable and absolutely perfect.

I’m so glad we will have perfect memories for the rest of our lives.
Lots of love,

Danielle and Rob. July 2012 xxx

Dear Chloe,

I just wanted to say thank you for everything. Mark said you were fantastic upon arrival and the flowers in jars and other little attentions to detail and efforts you made. The whole experience was fantastic, all our guests we're blown away by your beautiful home and the sun even shone for us!

Our photos look great thanks to the location! We couldn't be more delighted with how the day went and thank you so much for your personal contribution to it.

The new website looks great! I'm so pleased our photos made it onto the gallery.
All the best for future weddings at Craigmar - you have the best job in the world!

I'll recommend you to anyone and everyone!
All the best,

Juliet. June 2012

Hi Chloe,

We just wanted to say thank you so much to yourself, Alex, and your staff for looking after us so well at our wedding. We got back from a fantastic honeymoon just this weekend, so back to work this week which is a shame! All our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the ceremony in such a perfect setting.

Best wishes,

Matthew and Abby. April 2012

Hello Chloe,

I just wanted to let you know how grateful we are for the opportunity to have the wedding at Craigmar and all the help and support you provided us. The day was perfect and everyone said how fantastic the venue is.

Again, a huge thanks to you both.
Kind Regards

Katie and Ed. April 2012

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Alex or Chloe McGowan,
Craigmar, Hebden, Skipton, BD23 5EB
01756753885 or 07771680084

Hebden, Skipton, BD23 5EB.

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