About Tredudwell Manor
The history of Tredudwell makes for fascinating reading – a sprawling family history stretching back centuries, involving inheritance, marriage and confusing name changes. At least four of Justin’s male ancestors married heiresses for money and had to take their names.
The estate included 14,500 acres; the main accommodation was Ethy House, at nearby Lerryn, but this was sold by Justin’s great-aunt. His grandfather, Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Shakerley, made Tredudwell his home; the current house was built in 1705, but parts are thought to date back to the 14th century. Peter donated a good deal of land to the National Trust, including the famed Hall Walk from the Bodinnick Ferry, and coastal acreage to Project Neptune in the 1950s.
Justin inherited the Estate from his father, it was in poor shape and in needs of extensive and expensive repairs. Justin took out a small bank loan and opened up three rooms on a bed and breakfast basis, running it by himself. It was quite a challenge, as the roof was so bad, Justin had pots and pans in the attic to catch the drips, and had to dash upstairs to make sure they didn’t overflow in bad weather.
Justin & Valerie met in Cornwall. Valerie grew up in the Alpine ski resort of Valmorel and having worked for a record company in Paris, she had come to Plymouth to improve her English.
Together, we made the decision to gut one side of the house, making good previous quick fixes: concrete repairs to chimneys were putting huge pressure on the roof, while dormer windows were close to collapse. We lived in the attic, which had no glazing in the windows. Having done one side, the other had to match. We did most of the donkey work ourselves, and the professional help we needed came from within the immediate vicinity. We project managed the whole thing, which was very satisfying.
We just did not know then, that this was just the start of the most beautiful adventure.
We achieved what we had always wanted for the house; a luxury B&B that everyone can enjoy, creating happiness from dust and rubble, revealing the beauty and allowing everyone to share it with us. However, it was not quite enough; we had so many enquiries for hosting weddings on our marquee lawn that our garden could not recover quickly enough between weddings.
We have hosted weddings for about 10 years, marquee weddings were our thing then and proved to be quite a challenge with our great British weather. However, we really liked it, so much so that we wanted to carry on developing our experience and working on offering the best bespoke approach without being limited by the change of seasons.
Photography by Liberty Pearl Photography
It was the time to really go for it! Let’s build a state of the art, purposely designed wedding venue! We opened the wooden doors of our Pavilion, our barn wedding venue sits in an elevated position alongside the house, in harmony with the surrounded landscape and the listed manor house.
Photography by Dan Ward Photography
We feel so privileged to be part of the start of your married life journey! We love hearing your ideas and letting your creative side develop to make your wedding day dream a reality. We provide the blank canvas and you provide the colours, the theme, the fun! We are just here to assist you in achieving the most perfect day!
We also love hearing your love story with Cornwall and why it is such a special destination for you but also why it is such a great place to live. To hear about how much you enjoy food and how important local and fresh produce are for you! A bespoke approach is fundamental to the way we work and we cannot wait to introduce you to the best producers and caterers! So, it is really important for us to be able to offer you the possibility to escape to the coastline, to be located so close to this paradise of azur is ideal!
Making People Happy is What We Love To Do
Making people happy is the most gratifying way to lead a busy professional life and develop a sustainable project. We feel so blessed to be in Cornwall and love ever more its people, the talents of creative, chefs, and our wonderful it is to meet gorgeous couples, to take the time to get to know them and work alongside them to create something unique and memorable.
Photography by Liberty Pearl Photography
Following more than a decade of experience, we can help you find the most suited wedding suppliers for your dream wedding. We are very happy to introduce few of our beloved suppliers.