Cornish hotel offers private island nuptials

23 September 2009

'Islands in the Stream' is widely recognised as a first dance for many a couple across the UK. Cornish bolthole hotel, Barclay House, is quite literally putting the lyrics into action with the chance for couples to take their vows on their very own private island.

In collaboration with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Barclay house is offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to marry on legendary St.George’s Island. The island is known to date back to 1139 and includes the ruins of a Benedictine chapel, legend also states that Joseph of Arimethea landed here with the child Christ. The island was inhabited by two sisters who lived in the stunning surroundings until 2004. Channel 4 recently featured St George's Island on Time Team due to its significant archaeological appeal.

The 22 acre island is now preserved as a nature sanctuary with weddings limited strictly to 12 per year, making it one of the most coveted venues in Cornwall. The unique package means that guests can take advantage of the awe-inspiring scenery of their own private island, with the bride and groom arriving separately by boat from the mainland historic fishing town of Looe. Ceremonies are especially intimate, with numbers strictly limited to no more than 32 guests.

After the ceremony, couples can celebrate with friends and family and keep in the Cornish spirit with a sparkling wine toast from Camel Valley vineyard. Guests are then escorted from the island to the reception and wedding breakfast at Barclay House in Looe which boasts an AA rosette award winning restaurant, six acres of ever changing gardens and woodlands, accommodation of 11 bedrooms and eight luxury self catering cottages.

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