It was sight for sore eyes at multi award-winning Peak District hotel and restaurant East Lodge recently, when there was an unusual visitor from a bygone age. A classic old Routemaster London Bus called in to East Lodge, but the driver wasn’t lost; it was all part of making someone’s fairytale wedding come to life in Rowsley.
Together with The Tower of London and Big Ben, the iconic red Routemaster Bus is recognised worldwide as a synonymous with English heritage and London in particular, so its arrival in Rowsley for an exclusive wedding at East Lodge excited a great deal of interest and admiration, as the bus majestically traversed the country lanes.
The classic double-decker was used to transport wedding guests to and from the church to the reception being held at East lodge, and its arrival added a distinctly retro theme to East Lodge for the day. The wedding went without a hitch and with no ‘Blakey’ in sight (!); the bus performed its role perfectly and added to yet another fairytale wedding experience at East Lodge.
“It was great fun, if a bit unusual to see a London bus in Rowsley,” said East Lodge director Iain Hardman. “We have had people arriving by every sort of transport imaginable in the past, even helicopters are not uncommon here, but a classic red London bus is a first! It has really got the public excited and it was sad to see it go when it finally weaved its way down the drive.”
East Lodge only conducts one wedding per day as part of its ‘Exclusively Yours’ package, so couples have the flexibility to arrange the wedding of their dreams, all the way down to having a London bus to transport the guests if necessary! The classic Routemaster bus seen at East Lodge has been largely phased out and only two are still in use on heritage routes around London, so to see one is a rare treat, particularly in Rowsley. Buses have a long history and have been on London’s streets since 1829, in tune with the construction of East Lodge itself, which can trace its history back to the early 1800s. Motorised buses were introduced into London in 1902.
Set in the heart of the Peak District National Park, East Lodge is the closest hotel to Chatsworth and has proved a popular pace to stay and dine for visitors to the region and the famous House and has become the first choice for couples seeking the perfect wedding venue.
East Lodge is owned by the Hardman family and has picked up a wide range of prestigious accolades over recent years. East Lodge has again achieved the coveted AA “Inspectors’ Choice” accolade with three red stars for 2010, placing it within the top 150 hotels in the UK and is one of just 48 hotels in UK presented with the Visit England Gold Award. For further information about how East Lodge Hotel can help you plan the wedding of your dreams, visit www.eastlodge.com
or call 01629 734474 to discuss your requirements.