Weddings, a Pagoda and a small mountain
3rd August 2014
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A historic hotel in Shropshire has created a new bespoke pagoda that will see weddings take place in the shadow of the county’s biggest landmark in the future.  

The Buckatree Hall Hotel in Telford has invested £10,000 in the structure which sits at the end of a landscaped garden, overlooking a lake, at the foot of The Wrekin. The pagoda has already become a favourite spot for wedding pictures but bosses hope to licence it as an outdoor wedding venue early next year. Wayne Jenson, General Manager at the family-owned hotel, said: “We shipped the pagoda in from America and we are so pleased with the outcome. It has already been used by a number of brides and grooms for pictures. We hope to get it licensed in time for next summer and then couples will be able to say their vows in the beautiful setting, just by our county’s most popular attraction.”  

The pagoda was constructed by hotel maintenance manager Phil Brown - he has worked at the hotel for five years and it took two weeks to construct the pagoda. But Mr Brown decided to go further ... “I installed decking around it which has the same appearance as an infinity pool so it will provide great pictures for the couples. I included power for music and LED lights too and then decided to build new steps leading down from the hotel to the lawns. We had guests who would come and sit watching me, they would go out on a coach trip for the day and be surprised when they got back as it was nearly done. I used to work on decking and fencing so it is a labour of love for me really, I wanted to make it the best I could. We have had lots of compliments about it and a few guests from places like London and Kent have even asked me to go to their homes and do their decking for them.”  

The hotel was bought by Grant Moon and his family in 2010 and the pagoda is the latest in a long line of investments which have included refurbishing bedrooms, building a new function room and creating a gym. Mr Jenson added: “We are in such a fabulous location with The Wrekin right on the doorstep, this is an important part of the world for a lot of people. It makes sense to be able to make the most of it, be outdoors and enjoy the surroundings. The pagoda is already proving great for pictures after Christenings, birthday parties and weddings - we have had a lot of different functions go out to explore it. It means guests have so much more choice.”

The 62-bedroom hotel has an 80-cover restaurant, a 50-cover bar and a 200-capacity function room for weddings, awards ceremonies and events.  

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