Far from the Madding Crowd....
Wedding Receptions at Symondsbury Manor
Symondsbury is a very special venue. It suits those who want to enjoy a small intimate event in a romantic and atmospheric setting. The style and budget of your wedding is entirely up to you.
You can tailor your wedding exactly as you wish. For example, some Symondsbury Manor weddings have been entirely made by family members contributing food, decoration and music.
Some of our couples have held an informal family barbecue on Friday night, for example, as they meet relatives arriving from far afield, before celebrating in traditional style on Saturday, followed by a leisurely brunch on Sunday.
To learn more about weddings at the Manor please see the Frequently Asked Questions below.
Make your wedding reception a destination event with family and
Two nights accommodation for
Oak panelled ballroom and gardens for a welcome party and reception for up to 40 guests
No corkage or locked in catering
Freedom to decorate to your style
Beautiful countryside setting
What size wedding is possible at Symondsbury Manor?
Symondsbury Manor can accommodate weddings of up to 40 guests. We have an 18th century panelled ballroom which is ideal for either buffet catering or a seated meal.
There is plenty of space on the upper lawns for guests to mingle and take their own photographs with the gardens and magnificent ancient trees as backdrop. There are plenty of Lloyd Loom chairs that can be dotted around too, for guests to take a rest.
What kind of reception can we have?
The ballroom can be used for dancing and DJs. Because the house is yours for the weekend, any guests who would rather find a quieter spot in the evening have use of a comfortable sitting room from which they will still have views of the garden. Acoustic music only is permitted in the grounds (i.e. no amplified sound), as the Manor is located in the centre of a small village.
Please note there is a curfew at 11.00pm for all music and noise. Please consider whether this would affect your enjoyment of your wedding: unfortunately, if noise continues after 11.00pm, your deposit is forfeited.
Frequently Asked Questions...
What help can you provide for a ‘DIY’ wedding?
Firstly, we are always delighted to meet you, to show you round, and to hear how you envisage your wedding. If you think Symondsbury Manor is for you, we have a list of reputable companies, from budget to luxury, to help you put your wedding together. However, you are free to find your own companies too. Glasses, wine and other catering requirements can generally be delivered in the week running up to the wedding and safely stored on site.
Can Symondsbury Manor plan my wedding?
We can give lots of help and suggestions, especially about what works well here, but would recommend a wedding planner if you would rather hand over the organisation! Again, we can provide some contacts for you.
Does Symondsbury Manor have a civil licence?
Unfortunately, we don’t have a civil licence but there is a charming registry office in a Georgian building in the nearby town of Bridport. A little further away, the Guildhall in Lyme Regis has views of the sea. We would also highly recommend ‘The Chapel in The Garden’ in Bridport – a Unitarian church providing multi-faith/no faith ceremonies, which do have a civil licence.
What accommodation is available?
The Manor has 11 bedrooms, and sleeps up to 18 (plus 2). Wedding couples often choose the four-poster room overlooking the garden, which is en suite with a freestanding bathtub. The other bedrooms consist of 5 doubles (3 en suite) and 5 twin rooms (one en suite). There is a large sitting room, a kitchen with an AGA and a dining table that seats 24.
There is parking at the Manor for 10 cars. Three minutes walk from Symondsbury Manor there is additional parking for 100 cars.