Chris is one of the owners of Huntsham Court. He is most likely to take your call about all country house events. First and foremost, at Huntsham Court, we are keen to ensure that your experience of booking, and then using the house, is the best it can be. As much as possible, we always try to arrange a private tour when you view the house. What’s more, Chris is always available to answer questions about every aspect of your stay. Notably, the driving ethos of Huntsham is that the guests come first!
Clare joined the Huntsham Court country house events team bringing a wealth of wedding and event experience with her. Not surprisingly, with a press and PR background at The Savoy in London. After that, Clare went on to work in theatre production and subsequently in wedding and event planning. Clare has also worked as a consultant for Andrew Chance Entertainment, Somersault Festival. What’s more she has also been the resident wedding and events planner at various prestigious country house venues in SW. And finally, she has helped to organise the Castle Hill Car Festival, Outdoor Theatre Productions, Somersault Festival, Russell Watson in concert. The icing on the cake is that she is easy to work with as well as great at imparting her knowledge, enthusiasm and experience.
Clair is our Operations Manager and a wonderful country house events planner. Plus, she has the added benefit of first-hand experience of organising her own wedding at Huntsham Court. Her enthusiasm for the house is infectious. What’s more is her understanding of the property means that she can deal with all of the practicalities of your stay. This means, you and your guests can enjoy yourselves without a worry in the world. Before, Clair worked at Skibo Castle in the Scottish Highlands and, subsequently, has lived and worked in Somerset and Devon for the last ten years. Her knowledge of the area enables her to suggest suppliers and activities which can make your stay special and unique. Clair will happily deal with any of your queries and questions.
Claire loves ensuring everything is in the right place at the right time. She started her career in events 25 years ago and has never looked back. Originally from South Africa she has spent time as a Production Manager in film and video, before moving to the UK where she’s spent many years working for Private Wealth Management Conference organisers, followed by organising events both nationally and internationally for a major commercial banking institution. Her move to Devon has seen her take on a national event management role for a Sustainability Charity as well as having several years planning weddings for Country House wedding venues in both Somerset and Devon. Claire has a wealth of diverse experience and just loves to ensure your day is as relaxed as she can make it.
Damian is the other owner of the house. Primarily, he wants the house to be used and enjoyed in true country house style. This means the house has a purpose and guests can really enjoy themselves. Fundamentally, he oversees design, restoration and the interiors at Huntsham Court. Using his creative flair in conjunction with the rest of the team to ensure that the house is exactly how you want it. For extraordinary and special country house events.
Deby joined us as a freelance country house events consultant and planner. Unbelievably, she has over 17 years event management experience, having worked for a major music company in London. Deby has organised a wide portfolio of high profile events all over the world. With this, she brings a wealth of experience and has a great ability to help deliver amazing events. Firstly, they run incredibly smoothly. Secondly, they come in within the budget the client sets. Not just that, but she also organised her very own Devon wedding weekend here at Huntsham and has a real love for the house and country house events.
Elby & Coco are both rough-haired Slovakian pointers. When guests are not around they patrols the garden for rouge pheasants and in their opinion they have the most important job – keeping a keen eye on what the squirrels are up to. Never around when guests are in residence they are very friendly and more often than not asleep.
Emma has worked all over the UK, starting out performing on stage in the West End then moving into stage management and subsequently event management. She loves watching all of the moving parts of an event work seamlessly together and she is extremely creative ensuring her events run smoothly and look stunning! Unique is a word that is frequently used to describe Emma and her events are unforgettable (for all the good reasons).
What makes our country house events team work like clockwork? Surely, it’s all those incredible, but often invisible people. Our wonderful team includes experienced housekeepers, gardeners, maintenance persons and decorators. They are kept busy making sure the building is tip-top for all country house events. Never forgotten and always appreciated. Fundamentally, they are the camera shy dynamo behind the scenes. Ensuring the house is ready to become your home.
Probably, ‘creative’ is one word we would use to describe Jenny. Above all, she is in her element creatively problem solving with an aesthetic eye. It started with drawing, painting, making jewellery and cooking. Then, this evolved over the years to her becoming a brilliant event manager. She has an attention to timings. What’s more, she is passion about things looking good. This perfectionism about looking after the detail means she is a wonderful asset to all country house events.