Wedding venue with poetic overtones

Photographers looking for new ways in which to enliven their wedding portfolios and attract new customers need to look at new packages introduced by the impressive Georgian property of Wordsworth House, in the gem town of Cockermouth, Cumbria.

The sympathetically restored National Trust property has all the Georgian touches high up the wish lists of brides who have fallen for the romance of TV period dramas. The fact it was the childhood home of great romantic poet, William Wordsworth, merely strengthens the appeal of options now on offer.

The property is wooing photographers wishing to artistically arrange a variety of shots to create a wedding album with real talking points.

Three levels of photographic package are on offer ­ Bronze, Silver and Gold, the grading being determined by the level of access to the historic home included. All three packages allow photographs to be taken within both the gardens and interior of Wordsworth House.

The Bronze package enables the bride, or couple, to have photographs taken on the front step of the Georgian property, on its impressive staircase and on its terrace walk. It offers access to these areas for up to an hour.

The Silver package includes these areas, as well as the grand drawing room, plush dining room and best 1770s parlour, all of which have been sympathetically restored to offer historic authenticity, right down to the smallest detail. This shoot can last up to 1.5 hours.

Moving up to the Gold package allows the subjects and photographer to enjoy 2 hours in the property, in all of the areas covered by the Silver package, but with the added feature of having a Georgian costumed servant in the shots.

A Bronze package costs between £60-£80, a Silver £90-£110 and a Gold £120-£150.

This unique offer is available during the house’s season (March to October) for the Gold and Silver package, and all year round for the Bronze.

To add a historical and truly romantic backdrop to your clients’ wedding photos, either before or after their ceremony, call 01900 824805 or e-mail zoe.gilbert@nationaltrust.org.uk for more details.

Editor’s comments: these prices are typical of National Trust charges for ‘commercial use’ of properties, and apply to many Trust houses even when a reception of function has been booked by the couple. Photography is not automatically permitted, and some wedding clients have been dismayed to find their photographer has been asked to stop shooting or pay charges – which can be lower, or higher, than this as the fees are set by the property not the Trust nationally. Cockermouth has only recently become a gem, mainly because it had a high unemployment rate and failed to prosper for the best part of half a century, while original Georgian buildings slowly decayed. Like parts of Eastern Europe, it escaped the attention of 1960s-1990s developers and is gradually resurfacing as a pleasant restored Georgian town with a thriving drink problem. The Wordsworth House in Cockermouth should not be confused with Dove Cottage, the better-known home of the poet a bit further south.