Welcome to Ashfield House

Ashfield House is an elegant English country house, standing in its own landscaped grounds, overlooking the Douglas Valley. We are an independent family business.

The impressive period features include our original sweeping staircase, beautiful bay windows, ornate columns and panelled library bar. They create a wonderful feeling of elegance, rooted in the building’s 150 year heritage.

We have recently undergone a gorgeous renovation with new oak flooring and a bright, airy, neutral decor throughout the downstairs. Externally we have created a beautiful terrace overlooking the gardens.

Weddings, private functions, Sunday lunch, conferences and accommodation; all catered for with style and quality.

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NEWS & EVENTS

Christmas Menu

Our 2014 Christmas menu is now out. Catering to large parties throughout December, and open Christmas Day and with a special New Year's Eve Dinner, click here to download and place your order.


Open Evening

Our next open evening is on Wednesday 26th November 5pm - 9pm. Come take a tour around our suites, diningin rooms, bars and accommodation and get a real feel for what we can do for you.

Weddings

Yours for the day.

Our beautiful country house holds up to 140 guests for a ceremony and wedding breakfast, with up to 200 guests for an evening reception. Smaller weddings are hosted wonderfully in one of our smaller reception rooms.

During the day you will be the only guests at the hotel and you will be looked after by our small family team with friendly and personal service.

Getting ready in the bridal sitting room gets your day off to a lovely start. Overlooking the Douglas Valley and gardens, it is peaceful, elegant and very practical with sofas, dressing tables and dress hooks. It is yours for the night for relaxing and touching up your makeup!

Restaurant

The largest of our reception rooms, the restaurant holds up to 140 guests for your ceremony and wedding breakfast and adjoins the library bar. The restaurant has a definite air of grandeur with its oak herringbone floor, decadent wall panelling, original plasterwork ceilings and sparkly chandeliers. Its three huge bay windows flood the room with natural light and overlook the gardens, providing a stunning backdrop. For smaller wedding breakfasts and ceremonies you can use only one third of the room divided off. The restaurant holds up to 200 for your evening reception.

The Langtree Suite

A stunning square shaped room with beautiful stained glass roof light and ornate gilt framed oil paintings to add a touch of opulence. The Langtree has a large adjoining bar area crammed with gorgeous Chesterfield sofas, perfect for your guests to relax on. The Langtree holds up to 110 guests for ceremonies and wedding breakfasts. These rooms create the ideal setting for evening receptions up to 200 guests.

Eat & Drink

At Ashfield House our in-house kitchen and bar team provide everything to make your wedding extra special. Our Head Chef's menus are created using the finest seasonal ingredients sourced locally and he will put together a bespoke menu for your wedding date. You may offer your guests a choice of dishes to make the day special for each guest. Our bar team will help you choose wine and drinks to complement your wedding, from cocktails to mulled wine! With our evening buffet menus you wont be stuck for choice; from a chippy tea supper to a BBQ cooked outside, we can help you have a night to remember.

The Bridal Room

The elegant bridal sitting room overlooking the gardens and Douglas Valley has an en-suite bathroom, dressing tables, dress hooks and sofas. It is the perfect place to get ready in the morning with your bridal party and gives you somewhere to relax or touch up your makeup all day long.

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Functions

Our restaurant, Langtree Suite and music room are perfect for celebrating and dining. Whether it’s a Sunday lunch, birthday, christening or business meeting, you will be welcomed with friendly and attentive service.

The emphasis is on freshness, excellence and seasonal ingredients, brought together with modern cookery techniques and flair.

The beautiful restaurant provides a sophisticated setting for traditional Sunday lunch.

We will create a menu tailored to your private event; small to large, canapés to dinner, indoor to outdoor!

We play host to Christmas events including festive lunches, party nights and New Year's Eve celebrations. See our Christmas Brochure for more information.

Christmas at Ashfield House

From family get togethers to work do’s, hustle bustle dining to private functions, Ashfield is the place to celebrate Christmas. Our charming and sophisticated Christmas Decor, period features and beautiful décor create a special atmosphere.

Our food is focused on excellence and everything on our menus is home-made and freshly prepared, something we do not compromise on even during the busy festive period.

You won't find any set menus or carveries here… whichever event you attend you will have the chance to choose from a wide selection of gorgeous seasonal dishes.

Festive Lunch - £17.50
Party Nights with entertainment - from £19
Christmas Day - £69
New Year's Eve Dinner - £68
New Year's Eve Hog Roast - £40

Click here to download our festive menus.

Sunday lunch at Ashfield House >>

Sunday Lunch

Our charming and spacious restaurant is one of a kind, the sparkly chandeliers and huge bay windows create a special atmosphere. We have retained a style of private dining and a level of service which is hard to come by these days; friendly and attentive but not too stuffy or formal.

Our emphasis is on freshness, excellence and seasonal ingredients. Our Sunday Lunch menu changes weekly to offer the best of what's in season in modern and classic fine dining dishes and Sunday lunch. Our function dining menus offer options for events large and small and can be tailored to your budget.

Sunday Lunch is £13.95 for 2 courses and £15.95 for 3 courses and is usually served between 12pm and 4pm. Our private dining menus start at £15.95 per person.

We are happy to cater for dietary requirements and many of our dishes gluten free, our sauces being made with corn flour. If there is something you would like that isn’t on the menu please don’t hesitate to ask; we will accommodate wherever possible.

Our restaurant, private dining rooms and Langtree Suite are perfect for celebrations and private dining, small and large. See our functions page.

Our history >>

History

Ashfield House was built in 1755; named ‘The Fields’ the house was built by Felix Leach, the founder of Crawford House business in Wigan.

During the 1860s it was owned by John Lancaster liberal MP for Wigan, it was extended in 1872 to almost what you see now. He was the Chairman of Wigan Coal & Iron Co and entertained important politicians such as William Gladstone.

In the 1890s the house was home to Maskell W. Peace, a Wigan Solicitor acting for the Wigan Coal & Iron Co, Wigan’s Town Clerk and a Steward for the Haigh Estates.

Throughout the early 1900s it was home to the family of the late Nathaniel Eckersley banker, mill owner, mine owner, J.P., M.P., mayor and magistrate. (reportedly with eight servants!).

Around this time, legend has it that the term 'Wigan Pie Eaters' originated on our doorstep. It is reported that in 1926 Ashfield during a national strike a delegation of the Wigan miners came to the doorstep to tell the mill owner they were willing to go back to work, the miners reluctantly returned to work (on less pay than before) and the Leigh miners accused them of ‘eating humble pie’ hence the term ‘pie eaters’ for anyone from Wigan!

Ashfield House was also home to Mr. Harold Sumner, M.B.E., J.P., some time during the 1920s.

At the height of depression in 1935, the Lancashire Quaker organization 'Wigan & District Subsistence Production Society' purchased Ashfield House and 60 acres. They operated a smallholding for the unemployed where workers take home produce from the scheme equal to the time they put in without it affecting their dole. Trades included a bakery and joiners’, tailors’, butchers’, jam-makers’ and bacon-curing workshops, but the scheme was discontinued in April 1938 due to lack of financial support.

In December 1938, Standish Council sanctioned purchase of Ashfield House and grounds for use as new Council Offices and playing fields. During this time Ashfield House was used as offices for Surveyors, Public Health, and Finance upstairs. A welfare clinic took up part of downstairs which included a baby clinic and dentist, Wigan Technical College used part of downstairs with the remainder of the ground floor being used for social functions, including wedding receptions! Burt & Hilda Ryding were the proud caretakers of Ashfield House until their retirement in 1980, after which the building became derelict.

In 1993 work began to turn the house into a lavish hotel & restaurant and the rest, as they say, is history!

We are always interested to hear stories and facts about Ashfield House and our research doesn’t stop. If you know anything, Katie would love to hear from you.

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