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Hamswell House

Distance from the centre of Bath: 4.59 miles
Hamswell House
  • Exclusive 16th-century Grade II*-listed wedding venue in the heart of the countryside
  • Cost-effective, superb value for money
  • Can accommodate up to 240 guests for a wedding reception
  • Stunning grounds and walled gardens
  • Catering provided by a trusted selection of preferred independent suppliers
  • No corkage charge

Hamswell House is brilliantly situated in a simultaneously accessible yet beautifully secluded position. Able to cater for up to 240 guests, the 16th-century Grade II*-listed mansion is located on the edge of the Avon Valley a few miles to the north of Bath and just ten minutes from the M4.

With no hotel guests to navigate around, no tacky modern conference facilities and no excessive fees, this wedding venue stands out from the crowd not only for its general aesthetic beauty, but also for the fact that you won’t have to fritter away your budget on supplementary charges in order to commandeer the facilities of the house exclusively for your wedding celebration. The orangery and the house's enchanting grounds and breathtaking views are entirely yours for the duration of your festivities.

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About

Hamswell House can be found perched atop the southern slope of the Swainswick Valley, in a region reputed to have once hosted the exiled Britannic King, Bladud. Working temporarily as a swineherd, he noticed that his pigs would wander off and bathe in some nearby warm muddy springs in the winter. After himself bathing in the murky spring water, he found he was cured of leprosy. Later, after his elevation to the kingship, Bladud returned to found the city of Bath!

This historic country house had its foundations laid early in the 16th century, and one of Dick Whittington's descendants, Robert Whittington, purchased the lease to the house as far back as 1543. After 79 years of paying rent on the lease, his grandson William Whittington bought the house and estate, and subsequent generations of the family owned Hamswell House for over 300 years. Since its inception, the manor has undergone at least three major restorations, in the 17th century and during the earlier and later 18th century, and further alterations were made in the early 20th century.

Appearance

As part of the 18th-century renovation works, the beautiful and modest gabled exterior of the Tudor edifice was remodelled in a subtle Palladian style more in keeping with much of the iconic contemporary architecture of the Bath area. Besides the 50 acres of prime estate, which include an abundance of beautiful countryside and a lake, the immediate grounds feature a number of ornamental surprises such as the pergola, the 'monk's window' and much more besides, which we will cover further down the page.

Facilities

With the added benefit of the house's stunning separate annexe, the Orangery, and extensive landscaped and walled gardens, hosting your reception at the illustrious Hamswell House would make a perfect backdrop for a sophisticated and luxurious wedding reception celebration.

Marquee

Hamswell House's formal wedding reception meals are usually served in the large and luxurious marquee, which is set up to the rear of the principal building. This very comfortable outdoor venue is fully heated and weatherproof, and can accommodate from 40 to 240 people; the company who organise it can provide portable toilets too.

Parking is adequately provided in the form of an 8-acre field to the rear of the house.

There is plenty of overnight accommodation available in the immediate local area.

The Walled Gardens

The Hamswell House gardens offer a charming enhancement to the atmosphere of any wedding reception. With original features such as a pergola, 'monk's window', elaborate and well-maintained topiary and a gorgeous herb garden, you could lose yourself for hour after hour soaking up this wonderfully tranquil environment.

Catering

Catering at Hamswell House is provided by three approved and trusted suppliers:-

Dine With Style

CaterCater

Aniseed Catering

Click on the links above to open our mini-sites for these catering companies here on The Wedding Secret in a new tab.

All three companies have plenty of experience in operating at Hamswell House, and consequently know how to work efficiently and effectively in tandem with the marquee company and are fully familiar with the environment of the venue itself.

You are welcome to invite your own preferred catering company to provide cuisine for your guests instead, but please note that this will incur a modest supplementary fee.

Find out more about weddings at Hamswell House by reading on, or get directly in touch with Rupert Legge either by clicking the 'Email supplier' button above, or by revealing and dialling the telephone number.

Address
Hamswell House
Hamswell
Bath
BA1 9DG

What our customers say

  • Naomi and Andrew Todd - 24/03/2014

    The most perfect and idyllic wedding venue, which played a huge part in making our wedding so perfect. Everyone commented on how beautiful the house, grounds and view were. The day went without a hitch. We will not hesitate to recommend Hamswell House as an ideal wedding venue.

  • James and Natasha Longman - 24/09/2016

    Hamswell House provided us with a fantastic setting on our wedding day this September: the far-reaching views of peaceful countryside, romantically lit orangerie and gardens together with the beautiful house itself all gave the most wonderful back-drop to our special day. We and our guests also had complete privacy to really enjoy the occasion. In addition Rupert and Victoria were experienced and helpful throughout the process, which made the planning stages all the more enjoyable.

  • Peter and Sara Lloyd - 20/08/2016

    All we can say is WOW! Myself and my Wife had our wedding reception here in August 2016 and it was perfect! Rupert and Victoria, the owners of Hamswell House, were fantastic people to deal with throughout the run up to the big day, always extremely quick to respond and always happy to show you round. The view across the hills is stunning, equalled only by the grounds themselves which are beautiful and immaculately kept. Perfect for marquee events as they have a large flat area that is sheltered away so that it doesn't get too hot and, luckily for us as it was apocalyptic weather on the day, sheltered from wind and rain. It truly was the only venue we could find that would allow us to have the reception of our dreams without the stress or worry of the English weather getting in the way. Rupert has also had a power supply set up for the area so no need to source a noisy/smelly generator to power the day. I could not speak highly enough of this venue. I strongly suggest going to have a look round if you are thinking of a marquee reception as you won't be disappointed. THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR MAKING OUR WEDDING RECEPTION PERFECT!

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