The Bryant & May fortune was founded on a very simple, everyday necessity – the matchstick. Millions of matches bought the Bryant family an imposing Victorian mansion – one of the first houses in the UK to have electric lighting. Stunning grounds, opulent interiors & easy access to both the M25 & M3 make this a popular wedding venue, while the ornately panelled Oak Room restaurant is considered a local gastronomic asset. It makes a smooth backdrop for cooking that is full of quirky touches. Ballottine of organic salmon come with chard salad, rump of English lamb is paired with stuffed aubergine & ratatouille-style vegetables, while desserts could include warm pineapple & mango samosa with guava sorbet.