About Tredudwell Manor
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!
Tredudwell has been in the family since 1810 and we are so happy to have dedicated this last decade to put the Estate back on track Renovating the house, adding new buildings and projects, turning the farmland organic and really creating a little hub of activity within our little rural community!
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 & 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.
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.
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.
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.
We are passionate about the Estate and the natural world we live in.
The main reason for us getting up every day is the preservation of an exceptionally beautiful and unspoilt area.
We want to keep it this way and improve it for as long as we both shall live.
The farm is farmed organically by Tom Tolputt and High Level Stewardship (HLS), using organic ways of farming, and an added land management plan to preserve wild life and that would include for example ditch management, enhanced hedgerow management and Slylark plots. It translates to an observed increase number and variety of butterflies, birds, bees, etc.
Our wedding plans go hand in hand with our present and future natural project, for instance the creation of a pond and a fountain allowing dragonflies to thrive and Housemartins to bathe under the hot sun and enjoy the cool water dips!
And of course, to our couple exchanging their vows in a truly idyllic spot!
To read more visit how we make our Cornwall wedding venue eco-friendly
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.
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.