Meet the Team

At Matara we appreciate the value of a strong team. We work tirelessly everyday so you can rest assured your day will go smoothly, even if there is a hiccup along the way.


Your Host

Geoffrey is a creator, dreamer and Celebrant. He believes that:

“Matara is a place to express your dreams and celebrate life’s magical moments with loved ones. That’s what I do. You are welcome to too.”

our Wedding Co-ordinators

Led by Holly Roberts our dedicated team of wedding co-ordinators are here to take care of all the details so that you can enjoy your day.
Holly believes: “Matara is my inspiration. It inspires me each day to slow down and appreciate what’s important. The uniqueness and calming atmosphere is the perfect place to work. I enjoy the spontaneity of my role and the flexibility that we can give to each couple to create their own celebration. I value the relationships we build with clients and feel passionate about helping them organise a ‘perfect to them’ day. I never planned to be a wedding coordinator I stumbled upon Matara after a year of travelling and after 9 years I couldn’t imagine doing this job anywhere else. It’s truly a very special place that has grown with me.”

Abbie Wand


Olivia Dibden



Chef Luke’s passion for food is abundantly clear when you taste his creations. Always looking for new ways to delight guests taste buds why not ask him to create the perfect seasonal menu for your big day?

“I strive for the best and to be the best chef I can be, to make sure the bride and groom have the best day of their lives and for them and their guests to rave about the food. There is nothing nicer than when someone pulls you to the side to thank you for doing a great job. 

I am also inspired to do my best when I look around the house and the grounds and see how beautiful this place is. I think to myself I’m the head chef here and work with really friendly, genuinely nice people. Finding that is hard in this day and age.”

The Dream Team

These two fabulous ladies keep Matara ticking. From house keeping, to floral arrangements, to finding an extra pair of nylons, they move heaven and earth to keep Matara stunning.


Kellie Stokes-Richardson

“I consider myself very lucky to be able to work in such a beautiful and peaceful place. Matara has given me the opportunity to be creative with flowers and venue decorations. Being here is helping me to grow and that has a lot to do with the people around me.

I also feel very honoured to say I was the first bride of Matara almost 14 years ago.”


Vicky Smith

“Matara is a very special, unique place. I feel very privileged and lucky to have been part of the team for over 11 years. 

Over those years Matara has helped me express my creative side, and grow in confidence.

Everyday I learn something new and new ideas from other brides and grooms, and it was from this that gave me some inspiration for my wedding at Matara 11 years ago.

Everyday I go to work I feel like I am home! And a job like that is very rare to find! 

Front of House

True leaders of the pack there are three fabulous members of our team that are there to greet your guest, make sure everyone feels at home, have what they need and that the rest of our event staff are where you need them when your glass is empty.


Jean Smith

“I’ve worked at Matara for 23 years and every time I drive into the carpark I marvel at the beauty of it. It’s like my second home and I love the very essence of it. I’ve seen Matara evolve over the years into this haven of peace and beauty. I played a part in making Matara a wedding venue and still enjoy working some of the weddings as evening supervisor. I’ve met lots of lovely people through the years and my three daughters got married here so it really does have a special place in my heart. I should of retired but can’t quite cut the ties, Matara is a part of me.”


“I enjoy meeting different people from different backgrounds and knowing I help their day run smoothly and play a big part in creating that special day is really very rewarding. The fact that Matara is such a stunning place in the perfect locaton is a real bonus I love working at Matara, the reason is simple, its great FUN.”

Steve Matthews

“Matara is a very special place in my heart, I truly enjoy working here,
It’s a very tranquil venue, So relaxing with positive vibes.
Whatever jobs I’m given, after completion, I stand back and say “job satisfaction “ achieved.
Through the guidance of Geoffrey Higgins (owner) Team MATARA is very special to me.”

Gardens & Landscapes

Liam Latham's greenthumb, love of landscaping, and foresight of the seasons keeps Matara colourful and bright no matter the season.

“At Matara I can fully indulge in my passion for gardening, creating new areas for guests to enjoy and maintaining areas to bring the most out of the garden and its special plants. The gardens are extensive and varied with so many different places to discover as they grow and change through the seasons. I love to watch and work with nature as it brings out the best in the garden and myself. I moved out of London to live here in the Cotswolds with my young family, I wasn’t sure what the next chapter would be. Through chance I found a place here and felt right at home (or in the garden) Matara is a truly unique venue and provides a special place for guests, and being a part of that is great! 


Will Eastbury’s aptitude towards construction is amazing. From digging trenches, to laying new floors, and finishing off plaster work we have yet to find something that he can not turn his hand to.