We get very excited when an email lands in our inbox with pictures of a styled shoot or event at The Duke of Cornwall. So you can imagine our delight when we were invited to stay at the hotel and experience it for ourselves. So, last month we set off to Devon for our stay at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel.

Victorian Grandeur

Dating back to 1863, The Duke of Cornwall Hotel was Plymouth’s first luxury hotel; and luxury it is. Over the years the hotel has undergone considerate restorations and improvements. When you walk up the steps of the grand entrance you feel like you are stepping back in time.

Bride and groom outside entrance of The Duke of Cornwall Hotel

If you appreciate architecture then you will love The Duke of Cornwall. Described by Sir John Betjeman as “one of the nation’s best examples of Victorian architecture”, it really is spectacular.

Beautiful pillars, intricate detail and an abundance of Victorian grandeur feature throughout the hotel. Also, right in the heart of the hotel is a fabulous, sweeping staircase that leads up to the four floors. It is the perfect place to have some incredible wedding pictures taken.

Stairs in Duke of Cornwall Hotel

Weddings at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel

The Duke of Cornwall is the perfect setting for the wedding of your dreams. Toni, the wedding co-ordinator for the hotel, showed us around the choice of rooms available for weddings.

The hotel can accommodate weddings from 10 to 300 people, from the Grand Ballroom, perfect for larger weddings, to the light and spacious dining room. With a beautiful domed ceiling, it has quite frankly the most beautiful chandelier we have ever seen. Then, for smaller weddings, there’s the more intimate Millbay Suite, and Hayward Room with far-stretching views across the city. The recently refurbished Hayward Room features in this 1950s Glamour Inspired Wedding Shoot we recently featured. The wedding team will work with you to create any room layout you desire, and no request is too big.

Bride and groom of 1950s glamour wedding shoot at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel

Staying at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel

The bedrooms at the hotel are the perfect sanctuary to relax before and after your big day. There are 72 bedrooms, each one individually designed with designer wallpapers, chic vintage furniture and accessories.

Bride sitting on bed at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel

As it’s your wedding night, why not stay in one of the hotel’s luxury bedrooms with a four poster bed? We were lucky enough to stay in one of these rooms, which was recently redecorated. The great thing about the room was that it had its own separate lounge space, which was a great chill out area.

City Centre Location

Just a short walk from Plymouth city centre, The Duke of Cornwall Hotel is in a great location. We took a walk around the city and then down to The Waterfront and The Hoe. If you are looking for a backdrop for your wedding pictures away from the hotel, The Hoe is breathtaking.

Plymouth Hoe

Plymouth is a great place to visit, so even if you’re not local this could still be the venue for you. Think how lovely it would be to have a few days or a week together with your friends and family, visiting the beaches, Eden Project and Dartmoor. Plymouth really is the heart of Devon and Cornwall.

We were totally blown away by The Duke of Cornwall Hotel. The warm welcome, grandeur, facilities and location — it really is very special.

To find out more visit thedukeofcornwall.co.uk

Plymouth Hoe image Copyright Ian Capper and licensed for reuse under CC BY-SA 2.0 Licence