Attended a lovely family Wedding at Birling Manor, East Dean at the weekend. As part of our wedding gift I engraved this picture of the manor house, with Belle Tout in the back ground (where the newly weds spent their wedding night).
Birling Manor is the most perfect manor house, nestled in the rolling South Downs. It has an old barn, converted in the 1920's (as a celebration of the coming of age of the next in line to the Gilbert family seat) Now resembling an ancient baronial wood paneled hall as its licensed wedding venue (more details can be found here: http://www.birlingmanor.co.uk/).
My cousin and her fiance chose it as their venue for their autumnal wedding. It really was a perfect venue, with beautiful gardens providing a lovely backdrop for the wedding photo's, and a contrasting haven of peace and quiet away from the exciting hub bub of the day. At one point in the afternoon I was in the gardens and noticed dozens of house martins wheeling and swooping above (8th Oct. '11), stocking up on the last of the days bounty before leaving our shores and crossing the channel for sunnier climes, the dramatic chalk cliff lined coast not half a mile away, with Beachy Head to the east and the iconic Seven Sisters to the west. Dominating the views from the gardens is the original light house that warned of the perils of of these milk white cliffs, Belle Tout. The light house was rendered unusable by the regular low cloud that shrouded it's warning light, forcing the authorities to build the present day light house off shore at the foot of the Beachy Head cliffs. It has now found a role as a unique B&B, which is where the nearly wed couple spent their wedding night, a most perfectly romantic, secluded spot (more information on this incredible B&B can be found here: http://www.belletoute.co.uk/ ).
I decided to engrave a picture of the manor house for their wedding present. The engraving includes the barn (its huge roof can be seen to the right of the main house) with Belle Tout siting on the hills above.
It is engraved into a Lemon Wood Block measures 120mm x 85mm. It is 1 of a limited edition of 75 individually hand printed onto acid free, hand made paper. Further editions can be bought direct from me, contactable via the details here on this web site.