A WEDDING venue known for its bow-tie wearing llamas has been named one of the top 30 in the country.

The Wellbeing Farm in Edgworth was featured in the recent national round-up by the London Evening Standard this week.

In the article, the venue was praised for its unique free-roaming llamas and described as a 'fun, relaxed and decidedly quirky wedding venue for couples looking for a truly unique and magical day'.

Celia Gaze, who is the manager of the Wellbeing Farm wedding venue, was overjoyed with the news.

The 47-year-old said: "It is just ridiculously incredible to be honest. To be mentioned in the same list as The Ritz is amazing.

"I just think there are a few things we do that just stick out, including our llamas obviously. It is just about distinguishing yourself from other venues and offering something completely unique.

"I just can't believe it. The fact that we have been in one of the top 30 wedding venues in the country is just unbelievable."

The farm held its first wedding in 2014 and has quickly grown, with 80 weddings already on the books for next year.

Ms Gaze lives at the farm with her partner Stephen Whitehead, who owns the property and runs Whitehead Butchers.

She was working for the NHS before she asked Mr Whitehead if she could transform the farm.

She undertook research and travelled around the country visiting 195 venues to get inspiration for her venture.

Many of the features were sourced by spending hours on Ebay and scavenging reclamation yards and auctions.

It took two years to transform the farm and the venue launched in 2013 during British Butcher's Week.

Ms Gaze said: "To go from two to 80 in that time is just unheard of. It has brought a lot of people to Edgworth. It has been really good for the area."

The full top 30 was:

  • Moor Park Mansion, Hertfordshire.
  • Iscoyd Park, Shropshire.
  • Yogurt Rooms, West Sussex.
  • Holkham Hall, Norfolk.
  • Woodhill Hall, Northumberland.
  • Wood Hall Hotel and Spa, West Yorkshire.
  • Queen Mary University of London, London.
  • The Wellbeing Farm, Manchester.
  • The Vineyard, West Berkshire.
  • The Ritz, London.
  • The Monastery, Manchester.
  • The Mansion, Leeds.
  • The Imperial Tenby, Wales.
  • RSA House, London.
  • Quantock Hills, Somerset.
  • Penton Park, Hampshire.
  • Oxleaze Barn, Gloucestershire.
  • One Aldwych, London.
  • Notley Abbey, Oxfordshire.
  • Leez Priory, Essex.
  • Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire.
  • Heaton House Farm, Cheshire/Staffordshire.
  • Fulham Palace, London.
  • Elmore Court, Gloucestershire.
  • East Quay Venue, Kent.
  • DUKES London, London.
  • Dodmoor House, Northamptonshire.
  • Coombe Trenchard, Devon.
  • Busbridge Lakes, Surrey.
  • Brookfield Barn, West Sussex.