Athelhampton in Dorchester is a 15th century country manor house with spectacular gardens and breathtaking backdrops
One of England's finest Tudor manor houses, Athelhampton offers completely private use for wedding ceremonies and receptions throughout the year. On a fine day, the ceremony is followed by photographs in the stunning gardens. Twelve acres of formal areas, with amazing planting and structures, lead through to more informal areas with the River Piddle flowing under two photogenic bridges. In poor weather or in the winter, guests are accommodated inside the historic home, which features stunning panelled candelit rooms and a roaring log fire.
Civil ceremonies are conducted in the 500-year-old Great Hall or in the gardens. Full co-ordination, bespoke catering, full staff, and a personal service is offered at Athelhampton. You can be one of just 50 couples that Athelhampton hosts each year. The stunning architectural gardens, the exquisite function/dining rooms and totally private use make this venue unique. A private cottage in the grounds is available for accommodation.
Availability and pricing
Exclusive private use is available on Friday and Saturday, and some low season weekdays. Packages are bespoke and tailored to each couple; packages include:
- Wedding co-ordinator
- Wedding meal and wine tasting
- Food and drink
- Tables, chairs, cutlery and crockery
- Candelabras, cake knife and stand
Best spot for photographs
There are so many; favourites are The Iron Bridge or Oriel Window.
Team and catering
At Athelhampton you will be well looked after; a dedicated team of wedding co-ordinators and events and kitchen staff work hard to ensure that your day is well organised and professionally served. Your personal wedding co-ordinator can give great advice on friendly local wedding suppliers including photographers, florists, cakemakers and additional accommodation. Fresh seasonal food is sourced locally and the chefs will create a menu that is tailor-made to your specific requirements, likes and dislikes and, wherever possible, to your budget as well.
Access Bride's Online Venue Guide, featuring Athelhampton House & Gardens.