Testimonials
A lovely testimonial received this weekend 03.03.13

Down Hall 1st December 2012

Hi Mark,

I hope you are well and having a fantastic weekend.

I believe we will be seeing you next weekend at Vicky and Steve's wedding at Downhall and it made me remember I had some lovely photo's to share with you.

Ian and I would like to thank you so sincerely for all your help and support throughout our wedding, you really did make our day so special and complete.
Your kind and welcoming nature not only put us at ease but relaxed us both and enabled us to enjoy our day to the fullest.
Our guests commented several times on your professionalism and how well you controlled the day, there is no doubt that due to the smooth flow of the day everyone had a day to remember.
From the planning meetings, wedding fairs and of course the big day your smile never fell and we would not hesitate to recommend you to all of our friends and family!
Thank you again and we wish you all the best for 2013

Kind Regards

Vicky and Ian x
 
Posted By: Mark Greatbatch
Down Hall Country House Hotel
Dear Mark,

We wanted to say thank you for being part of our special day on 21/07/2012 at Brocket Hall. You made our day even more special with your talented and professional approach to everything. We were nervous undoubtedly but you took away all the worries from us. You made sure everything was running smoothly on that day. We were impressed with your skill to oversee things, such as changing the cake location where it could be seen better, photographed well and more suitable for bride and groom to cut the cake. You changed plans last minute for the bride and groom to enter the dining room from another entrance which made photos look well, with my big dress and a long train I could get to top table easily without getting the guests to move. Also, you have organised and presented in such a professional manner the moments such as first dance, throwing the bouquet, starting up the fireworks. You were helpful in every aspect, even finding last minute just before the bride's entrance the lost buttonhole of the bride's father! You were truly amazing.
Every guest has told us the wedding was so organised that you couldn't find even a small mistake. Looking back and watching the wedding video, we realize we couldn't have made it without you. You delivered your promise, in fact you have exceeded our expectations.
If anybody is thinking of a Toastmaster, I would highly recommend Mark Greatbatch.
Thanks again.
Zarina & Niyazi Oztoprak.
 
Posted By: Zarina & Niyazi Oztoprak
21/07/2012, Brocket Hall
A lovely testimonial received this week

We got married in November 2012. We were wowed by the building and also how the staff just seemed to love the venue and had so much confidence that you wouldnt find a better venue. They were absolutely right! The wedding itself was spread over 3 days we had a private dinner with family and friends who stayed the night. That was amazing, the food was lovely and included in the room price. Jo was great, he looked after us all that night.
On the day, we had Mark the toastmaster to look after us, he was out of this world, an absolute legend! Nothing was a problem for Mark and he made sure everything ran so smoothly.
The building and grounds were so impressive and so many people told us that they could not believe that they had never been there before, but would be definately be returning. We honestly felt like royalty for the entire time we were there. The morning after the wedding we had a private breakfast for all the guests who stayed and again this was included in the price of their rooms. People also had more time to use the facilities swimming pool, sauna, grounds etc before they checked out.
We took advantage of staying another night just to take everything in. This was great, we had lunch walked the grounds and had a delicious dinner before returning to our room. Marie had sorted out that we kept our bridal suite for the second night, which was a bonus. Honestly i wish i could do it all again. Thanks again Anna, Marie, Mark and Jo first class!

Carly and Nick Banks
 
Posted By: Mark Greatbatch
Down Hall Country House Hotel

A lovely testimonial posted on Down Halls Hitched page this week.

01 Feb 2013, Laura & Peter Collins rated Down Hall Country House Hotel

The most perfect day!
Our wedding day at Down Hall was the mmost amazing day and even more perfect than we could have wished for! We got married on August 18th, 2012, and now the wedding fervour is gone (we have just got back from our belated honeymoon in December) we wanted to thank everyone at Down Hall for this incredible memory we will treasure forever. Anna and Marie’s wedding team were always so helpful, patient and knowledgeable, and Mark, the Toastmaster, just wowed everyone, always on top of everything, keeping us informed of what was next throughout the day. The Team were great in coordinating suppliers, setting up, room turnaround, we were in great hands! We had people flying in from all over the world – Brazil, Germany, Spain, US – and the whole staff at the hotel made sure to accommodate everyone’s requests. We are so happy everyone could be in the same venue and we were made to feel relaxed, welcomed, and happy throughout. So, knowing we could rely on the staff to deal with the details, we could concentrate of making our "Big Day" the best it could be!
 
Posted By: Mark Greatbatch
A lovely e-mail received at Down Hall fro Peter and Kathleen O'Conner today. Their wedding was on Sunday 13th January 2013

Hi Nichola,

Now that the madness has finished and things are starting to settle
down, we just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for all you have
done for us over the lead up to and the day of our wedding.

We appreciate your great help and guidance. The whole experience at Down
Hall was wonderful and the little touches such as flying our flags were
hugely symbolic.

Please pass on our compliments to the staff and management. We are
delighted to have chosen Down Hall and our guests were very impressed
with the facilities and the overall experience.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Mark for the way he made our
guests feel at home and the way he got everyone involved in the whole
process. Many compliments were made regarding his professionalism and
great way he led the day.

We would recommend Down Hall as the perfect wedding venue and once again
thanks to you Nichola in particular for all your wonderful help.

We have taken some wonderful photos across your beautiful venue and more
than that we have taken away some treasured memories that will stay with
us forever.

Hope to speak with you again soon.

Kind Regards

Peter & Kathleen O'Connor
 
Posted By: Mark Greatbatch
Down Hall Country House Hotel
A lovely thank you card received over Christmas which read as follows.

" Dear Mark,
Thank you so much for being so brilliant in helping to make our wedding day as great as it was. You were everything we wanted, needed and requested our Toastmaster to be, and in making us feel relaxed we were able to throughly enjoy the day.
We cant believe that we have done it! It was amazing and we feel fortunate to have had such a professional team around us.

Best Wishes

Fiona and Paul
 
Posted By: Mark Greatbatch
Hanbury Manor
Anonymous testimonial submitted to the Wedding Industry Awards 2012.

Mark really did make our day special, he took all the pressure off us, got to know us and what we wanted and delivered. He entertained our guests, who also thought he was amazing. Our day ran so smoothly and we are completely aware that most of that is because of Mark. He understood our family and friends and their sense of humour and played to that so well. At no point did my wife or I have to stress or worry as we knew Mark was on top of it all. His relationship with the staff at Downhall proved to be invaluable too as it allowed a seamless flow. My whole wedding party are still raving on about him now- 8 months later.
 
Posted By: Mark Greatbatch
Thanks so much for all of your help on Saturday. You did a great job organising and coordinating everyone and were a real comfort to Abbey and I throughout (stopping us from getting too stressed!). The entrances were brilliant, thanks so much for arranging them, we will remember them forever.<br /><br />
Everyone we spoke to was so complimentary about you so thanks again!<br /><br />
Love Abbey & Pete<br /><br />
 
Posted By: Peter Bingel
8th December 2012, Down Hall
Thanks so much for all of your help on Saturday. You did a great job organising and coordinating everyone and were a real comfort to Abbey and I throughout (stopping us from getting too stressed!). The entrances were brilliant, thanks so much for arranging them, we will remember them forever.
Everyone we spoke to was so complimentary about you so thanks again!
Love Abbey & Pete
 
Posted By: Peter Bingel
8th December 2012, Down Hall
Email received from Gary Bond on 1st December 2012

Hi Mark,

Just a quick email from us to say thank you so much for helping to make our day so special!

We always knew we were going to be in good hands from the moment we met you at Down Hall, and you certainly delivered! No request was too big and everything ran smoothly from start to finish.

I cannot count the number of guests who commented on how fantastic you were! We also felt like we were entering our own concert in the evening, and we'll never forget that moment! People have said that they had 'Licence to kill' by Gladys Knight in their heads all weekend!!
 
Posted By: Gary Bond
24th November 2012, Down Hall Country House Hotel
Dear Mark.

Thank you for everything yesterday.

You are a wonderful toastmaster and you made Martin and I feel relaxed all day.

You kept everything running smoothly and was ever the professional! We cannot imagine our big day without you!

If anyone is thinking of using Mark as their toastmaster we would recommend him highly. You will not regret choosing him!!

THANK YOU MARK - You are truly amazing!! xxx
 
Posted By: Claire Goode
10th November 2012, Down Hall Country House Hotel
Mark,

Thank you so much for all your help on our wedding day, you were amazing. We both felt you really looked after us and our guests. Everything ran so smoothly, it all was seamless.

You are a delight to deal with and the planning call before the wedding was very useful and I was very grateful for your advice and talking to someone who has dealt with many weddings.

We have received many positive comments from guests and people involved in the wedding about great they thought you were.

It is clear you enjoy your job and it is a job you do very well!

Have a very happy Xmas.

Many thanks

Emily and David
Mr and Mrs Gambling
 
Posted By: Emily Gambling
19th October 2012, Down Hall Country House Hotel
Hi Mark,

We just wanted to send you a quick message to say 'Thank You' for making our wedding so special. The day would not have been quite the same without you. We thank you for your kindness, your patience, your ability to put us at ease and most of all to make us laugh. Our guests have also commented on how great you were. We had a fantastic day and are pleased that you were able to be part of it. We hope we get the opportunity to meet with you again sometime in the future.

Many thanks once again and best wishes,

Gavin & Angela Riddle

Oh one more thing,..Thanks for lending me the wonderful red jacket
 
Posted By: Angela Riddle
Down Hall Country House Hotel
Posted on my Facebook page on Sunday 23rd Sept 2012

(http://www.facebook.com/pages/Your-Wedding-Toastmaster-Mark-Greatbatch/100922866622394)

Mark, I can't thank you enough for your efforts on our wedding day at Down Hall. Verity Miller and I had a perfect day on 6 September and you were such a big part of it for us. Personally, I will be forever greatful for your poise, calmness and especially for creating two special moments (amongst many others), where we entered the dining room to a crowd at fever pitch, which will truly stay with us forever. We hope to cross paths with you again and are sure you'll create so many magical moments for others in the time between.

Simon Minwalla
 
Posted By: Mark Greatbatch
Down Hall Country House Hotel
Posted on my Facebook page on Sunday 23rd Sept 2012

(http://www.facebook.com/pages/Your-Wedding-Toastmaster-Mark-Greatbatch/100922866622394)

Mark, Thank you so much for everything you did on our wedding day, 25th August 2012 at DownHall. From arriving at DownHall to the 1st Dance everything went so well, your calming influence & upmost professionalism was outstanding. We knew we didn't have to worry about a thing while we were having photos taken, which meant we were able to enjoy this time together as a newly married couple, while our guests were taken care of. The exhilarating feeling of walking into the Bridgeman Suite for the wedding breakfast & for the Evening reception is something we will always remember, & that is down to you.

Thank you Nat & Ian Glassock xx
 
Posted By: Mark Greatbatch
Down Hall Country House Hotel
Mark is what every wedding must have! He was the perfect Toastmaster for our wedding at Downhall and made the day run smoothly, keeping guests entertained and kept us relaxed and worry free. He has a very calming voice and manner that takes the stress out of the day! Everyone loved him on the day and he will certainly get our recommendation to all our friends and family that get married in the future. Thank you Mark!
 
Posted By: Graham and Emma Oddie
4/8/12, Downhall
We would just like to say a massive thank you to Mark for making our day so brilliant, he made everyone feel at ease throughout the whole day he was there when you needed him, two steps ahead at all times!! we had compliment after compliment about how professional he was and how he made such a brillliant day even more perfect than we thought it could be! thank you so much Mark for being there on our special day, we had a truly amazing day. the very happy newlyweds Mr & Mrs Malyon..!!x
 
Posted By: Nicole
10th august 2012, downhall country house hotel
We can't thank you enough for all of your hard work. We were truly impressed with your attention to detail and your willingness to accommodate our every request, no matter how strange or difficult they may have seemed. It was such a pleasure to be able to actually relax and enjoy our wedding day knowing it was in such good hands. We had no idea how invaluable a Toast Master would be until we met you. You made everything happen seamlessly and without us even noticing. Your experience and knowledge gave us a truly stress free day that we will treasure always.

Many thanks,

Catherine & Saul
 
Posted By: Saul & Catherine Segal
21st January 2012, Down Hall Country House Hotel
Hi Mark,

Just a quick Email to say thankyou so much for all the help you gave us on our special day (on the 7th July). It's been a little hectic with work since we got back so please forgive the delay. I would imagine you've had a few weddings since; I wonder if they, as we did, fail to appreciate just how much of a difference you made to our day.

'Mark made such a difference to our day. He did so much more than just keeping things running smoothly (which he did effortlessly). He helped us with every aspect of the day; whenever we needed anything he was there to assist or advise us. A perfect balance of traditional and modern, his personable approach made it more like a friend was guiding us. We cannot recommend Mark highly enough. Thank you for making our day perfect.

It wasn't (and wont be) forgotten.

Jay & Kimberley
 
Posted By: Jay Proven
Hi Mark,

Just a quick Email to say thankyou so much for all the help you gave us on our special day (on the 7th July). It's been a little hectic with work since we got back so please forgive the delay. I would imagine you've had a few weddings since; I wonder if they, as we did, fail to appreciate just how much of a difference you made to our day.

'Mark made such a difference to our day. He did so much more than just keeping things running smoothly (which he did effortlessly). He helped us with every aspect of the day; whenever we needed anything he was there to assist or advise us. A perfect balance of traditional and modern, his personable approach made it more like a friend was guiding us. We cannot recommend Mark highly enough. Thank you for making our day perfect.

It wasn't (and wont be) forgotten.

Jay & Kimberley
 
Posted By: Jay Proven
Down Hall Country House Hotel

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