Reflections on 2021

2021 – what a memorable year it’s been!

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It started with a lockdown… #3. January is normally our busiest month for enquiries and bookings with all of those festive and New Year proposals so we didn’t get to meet lots of lovely engaged couples in person. Instead, thanks to the wonders of modern technology we welcomed them virtually into our Devon wedding venue. It was certainly different showing them around via Zoom but luckily the beauty of our regency manor still shone through.

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As the Spring flowers began to appear and the weather got a little warmer the house and parkland really bloomed. Our driveway meanders around the edge of the parkland and ends up right in front of our majestic country house wedding venue in Devon, passing through hundreds of established trees which popped with colour as the brand new leaves emerged.

Spring at Rockbeare Manor in Devon

Spring at Rockbeare Manor in Devon

Rockbeare Manor wedding venue in Devon

It wasn’t until 17th May when we could finally host weddings indoors. Although weddings for only 30 guests were allowed, we welcomed a surprising number of our couples that decided that above all else – being married together in front of their closest family and friends was the most important thing. 

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On July 19th 2021, after 16 months of heavy restrictions (484 days to be exact!) we were once again allowed to host ‘normal’ weddings, free from any restrictions. The relief on that day was immense and our guests could PARTY!!! Up until that point, the most we had been able to do since March 2020 was to welcome 30 guests for a wedding with no dancing or entertainment.

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It’s fair to say that it was tough… but the tenacity and compassion that our wonderful Brides and Grooms displayed during this time was nothing short of remarkable and there is no doubt that this kept us focused on the end goal – getting through the challenging time and making sure that we delivered amazing, unforgettable events along the way. And we did!

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Thanks to the amazing team at Rockbeare Manor

It wouldn’t have happened without our incredible team and so a heartfelt thanks must go out to every single one of them. The Events Team lead by our Director of Events Davy and Events Office Manager Helen, our Kitchen team led by Head Chef Ben and Senior Sous Chef Troy, our troop of Housekeepers led by Lisa Wise and the all-important Maintenance team led by Jason Thackray. We’d love for you to meet them so please do take some time to head to our Meet the Events Team and Meet the Kitchen Team blogs where you will be able to find out all about them!

 Bluebells at Rockbeare Manor in Exeter

Here are some fun facts from 2021 for you!!

- Due to all the postponements as a result of the restrictions we have completed a whole years’ worth of weddings in just 7 months!
- Over the course of the year over 10,000 wine and champagne corks have been popped!
- 30,000 canapés have been served
- Each of our Event Managers have walked about 225k every month (the equivalent of 5 marathons!), making sure that they are always in the right place at the right time, ensuring hot food reaches your tables and working their magic to ensure that our Brides and Grooms have the most epic day. They don’t stop!

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We really have enjoyed every minute of creating special moments and memories for all of our couples and thank you to everyone involved in making it happen, including all of the wonderful suppliers that work at our beautiful wedding venue on a regular basis. 

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Recently Engaged?

For those of you that found something sparkly underneath the Christmas tree this year – CONGRATUATIONS ! You must be deliriously happy and we would absolutely LOVE to meet you to share in the excitement and give you a personal guided tour of Rockbeare Manor, our pretty wedding venue in Devon. We are open for visits every day of the week, weddings dependent so call us on 01392 797444 to book your viewing now!

Finally, from Andy and I as well as the whole team at Rockbeare Manor in Exeter – we’re wishing you the best health and every happiness for 2022!

Aimée Carveth – Director


Huge thanks to Nick Wilcox-Brown for the incredible images used in this blog. All taken in Spring 2021.  

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