IN FULL BLOOM
Sweeping gardens and elegant suites make the Gibbon Bridge Hotel the perfect place for a classically beautiful wedding
From the muslin-draped bandstand and sunlit orangery to its 23 acres of lushly planted landscape gardens, The Gibbon Bridge Hotel offers an album-full of picture-perfect settings, making it one of the most popular wedding locations in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland. “Creating the perfect day for a couple is a personal thing for our team,” says proprietor Janet Simpson. “It’s not just about the wedding day itself, but about creating a lifetime of special events. We have brides marrying here whose parents married here before them.”
Gibbon Bridge was, in 1995, the first hotel to host civil partnership ceremonies in Lancashire, and staff have put their decades of experience into tailoring weddings year round. Janet personally greets every bridal couple and has been known to chauffeur brides to church in her vintage Bentley. Annual wedding fairs at Gibbon Bridge are a chance for prospective couples to meet Janet and her staff as well as carefully chosen independent photographers, cake makers and florists. “These are professionals who we know can be completely relied on.”
When Janet and her late mother, Maggie, set about transforming the family farm into a hotel, it was Janet’s skill as a chef that first made Gibbon Bridge’s reputation. As the hotel has prospered, she has established a thriving kitchen garden for fresh produce as well as an on-site bakery.
The hotel’s 30 bedrooms and split-level suites have been individually designed by Janet, each one an original combination of warm traditional and fresh contemporary styles. Many rooms offer views of the gardens and sweeping lawns. “My mother designed the gardens to flow naturally over the land,” says Janet. “We planted 300,000 trees and plants before we opened.” The gardens have won numerous trophies including the 2018 North West in Bloom award.
When not choreographing weddings, Gibbon Bridge hosts gala dinners and family celebrations and offers conference facilities – complete with helicopter pad. In 2015, it hosted the Yorkshire Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club, one of many classic and vintage car events encouraged by Bentley enthusiast Janet.
The Gibbon Bridge Hotel is set to turn 40 in 2022, a worthy cause for celebration in a venue that has flourished over the years doing just that – celebrating in style.