I was a guest at a wedding at St Audries in December. It was a perfectly beautiful wedding and an exceptional venue.
The main function rooms are decorated beautifully and inkeeping with the age of the house. It also appears to be well maintained. If you do stray off the beaten path, the house does become a bit less grand. However, this can be said of all stately homes.
My room was in the old coach house, it was well decorated, perfectly clean and functional. There wasn't a TV which was a bit worrying at first. Having said this, I was completely drunk when I went to bed that night, it was lights out as soon as my head hit the pillow, so TV not useful anyway.
The wedding itself was held in the Orangery, again it was decorated beautifully. The service was well executed etc.
Drinks were held in the main hall after, we were offered winter punch or red wine. The punch was delicious. If you didn't want the free drink you could buy yourself an alternative in the bar. Bar was a bit expensive but I'm starting to find that all big or grand hotels offer 'London prices' for drinks.
All during this time, the staff were milling around and always happy to help. I didn't find anyone who unifmored and I certainly didn't find any rude staff. I'm sorry but I usually find reviews that staff were rude a bit suspicious. Having been in the hospitality trade myself, I never came across anyone who went out of their way to upset people (I'm sure there probably are) so i'm inclined to believe the reviewer who moans about rude people, was proabably not very polite and friendly to the staff themselves. Quite frankly, if your attitute stinks, don't expect respect in response.
Anyway, the meal came in the afternoon, as usual. Service was speedy and the food was really quite good. Usually the food at weddings (purely because of the numbers) the food is a bit boring and when I saw the menu I wasn't excited. However, it was very nice. Very tasty and well presented Even the childrens meal was good.
There was a Disco in the evening and a buffet, but I didn't really participate in this so can't really give an opinion.
I spent most of the evening in the bar with friends before finally falling into bed late. Breakfast was served at 10.30am and was of a good quality. Everything catered for, cooked brekkie, cerials etc. Again, I don't have any complaints. Only praise.
All in all, St Audries seems to be a wonderful wedding venue. I wish I had the money to have had my wedding there but, ces la vie. I can see that some people may have had issues with this venue. There are ALOT of stairs to get from A to B, so if you have mobility problems, you may have experienced difficulty. But apart from that, a totally top notch venue.