Some Recommendations for Symondsbury Manor

We all had an absolutely wonderful time at the manor – thanks very much for letting us use it.Everyone remarked on how nice the house was, as well as the convenience of the Symondsbury Kitchen next door for breakfast. I know several of the group have said that they would like to book the venue for future family events, so hopefully it will lead to more bookings for you.


We had a wonderful weekend celebrating two 70th birthdays. The house was lovely and quirky with interesting artwork.
The ballroom came into its own she we staged our own version of ’Strictly’. Also the‘Illchester Arms’ provided us with a hearty meal on Saturday.
A good time was had by all.


Again, thank you for a lovely stay in Symondbury – we had a lovely time. We look forward to staying again.


We are on our way back from the Manor and just wanted to say thank you – we had a wonderful time. The manor is stunning. It was a perfect venue and we all loved the art, decor and ambience.

The recommendations for the walk and caterers worked very well so thank you for those.

Jane Overbury

“Symondsbury was absolutely superb and in a perfect location for all the walking we like to do”.
Lucy Creedgan

“Just a quick note to thanks you for such a lovely weekend at Symondsbury Manor. This house was beautiful and there was more than enough room for all of us. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will be returning in the future.”
Nick Austen

“Thank you for your splendid
William Barnes. Poet 1881 to John Udal (the then owner)

“I feel bound to send a line of thanks for your great hospitality”
Thomas Hardy 1885 to John Udal

“Fantastic weekend yet again (third Visit) love the atmosphere and child friendly environment”

“What a wonderful place. I want to stay there.”
Simon Callow filming “The Scarlet Tunic” at Symondsbury Manor

“Fantastic party, weekend and house. The perfect place to have such a wonderful last weekend seeing my sister free and single.”
M Ky Wilson

“Oh yes my family have lived here for years”
Lady Caroline in the T.V. series “Harbour Lights” Filmed at Symondsbury

“Weekend Extraordinaire.”
Arabella Monro

“We’ll be back.”
M O’Kelly

“I invited certain of the farm labourers belonging to the same West Dorset parish – Symondsbury – in which the ceremony was performed in 1873, after they had attended the now usual harvest festival service at the old parish church, to do their “whooping” on the lawn in front of the Manor House close to the church.”
John Symonds Udal “Dorsetshire Folklore”

“Have had a glorious time, relishing the house in all it’s aspects. It’s very sad having to leave.”
Vivien Asquith

“Thank you for providing such a wonderful Venue! We hope to see you again for anniversaries, Christmas etc, etc!”
Thanks again & Kind Regards.

Thank you so much for a wonderful wedding weekend at Symonsbury… It was so stunning, unforgettable “happening”, and everyone present a celebration we will all remember. The manor, the amazing gastronomical delights, and relaxed groovy atmosphere were quite addictive…so maybe our paths will cross again soon!”
All the best from Nicholas & Anne Marie

“Thank you very much for letting us stay in your wonderful house – we all enjoyed our weekend tremendously and will recommend it to all our friends who we feel would appreciate all that it here”. 

With thanks Ruth

“Thanks so much for a fabulous weekend – we had an amazing time”.
Many thanks again, Fredde Simptich

“Many thanks again for a fantastic weekend. We all loved the manor”.
Kind Regards Emma P

“Many thanks for facilitating what has been a magical weekend. The ambience of the house and general atmosphere of peace & quiet enhanced our party, making it a truly memorable event”.
Richard & Lisa Rawlings