Location: Dorset
Venues Minterne House and Gardens

Minterne House and Gardens

Distance from the centre of Dorset: 8.96 miles
Minterne House and Gardens
  • Idyllically set in serene Dorset countryside
  • Beautiful gardens with rare flowers
  • Intimate onsite accommodation
  • Extensive list of trusted wedding suppliers
  • Family-run and personally hosted
  • Marquee capability for larger wedding parties
  • Impressive architecture with stunning interiors

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed into the grand entrance hall by the friendly Digby family with glasses of bubbly and platters of dainty canapés for you and your guests to nibble. Accompanied by your photographer, take a wander into the serene gardens, selecting the most beautiful scenery as the backdrop for your wedding photographs.

Licensed to host civil marriage and partnership ceremonies, this venue could provide a fairytale backdrop to your big day, accommodating between 50 and 100 guests in a variety of rooms - or for larger parties, a marquee can easily be set up in the grounds.

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  • Minterne House and Gardens - Venue - Dorset
  • Minterne House and Gardens - Venue - Dorset
  • Minterne House and Gardens - Venue - Dorset
  • Minterne House and Gardens - Venue - Dorset
  • Minterne House and Gardens - Venue - Dorset
  • Minterne House and Gardens - Venue - Dorset
  • Minterne House and Gardens - Venue - Dorset
  • Minterne House and Gardens - Venue - Dorset
  • Minterne House and Gardens - Venue - Dorset
  • Minterne House and Gardens - Venue - Dorset
  • Minterne House and Gardens - Venue - Dorset
  • Minterne House and Gardens - Venue - Dorset
  • Minterne House and Gardens - Venue - Dorset
  • Minterne House and Gardens - Venue - Dorset
  • Minterne House and Gardens - Venue - Dorset
  • Minterne House and Gardens - Venue - Dorset
  • Minterne House and Gardens - Venue - Dorset
  • Minterne House and Gardens - Venue - Dorset
  • Minterne House and Gardens - Venue - Dorset
  • Minterne House and Gardens - Venue - Dorset

History

Home to the Churchill and Digby families for over 350 years, this magnificent house is split into two halves; one section is divided into rented flats and the other is presently occupied and cared for by the Digby family - at a much more manageable size. Over the centuries of habitation by the Churchills and Digbys, some notable ancestors have resided here: Sir Everard Digby, a Jacobean occupant of Minterne House, was hung, drawn and quartered for the part he allegedly played in Guy Fawkes' Gunpowder Plot!

The current building has been standing since 1905, as the original, which had served as the inspiration for Thomas Hardy's 'The Woodlanders', was unfortunately destroyed by the ravages of dry rot: the present house has since been a popular filming location.

Catering and Accommodation

Although there is no in-house catering team at Minterne, the venue works closely with a number of highly recommended companies who would be delighted to cater for you on the day. You can find the brochure, with a list of trusted suppliers, on their website.

The Digby family at Minterne House are pleased to propose that the marrying couple spend their wedding night in one of the four decadently decorated ensuite bedrooms - the remaining three are readily available to members of the immediate wedding party.

Facilities

Minterne House is licensed to host civil ceremonies, so you can organise your whole day of celebration here with seamless transitions. If you choose to entertain a slightly larger reception, this can be accommodated in a luxuriously-adorned ivory marquee.

For a wedding during the winter months, how about requesting to have a fire lit in the fireplace before entering, welcoming your guests into an inviting, warm atmosphere.

Other than the stunning house, the most notable facility is the infatuating gardens that lie within the 1,600 acres of sprawling parkland. A series of streams and grassy areas interconnected by miniature bridges shelter some of the rarest plant species in Britain.

Treasure trails can be held here to add an hour or two of entertainment. If your guests are budding botanists, why not try the Nature Trail, identifying those rare plants, or for something more thought-provoking, perhaps the Murder Mystery Trail might provide a little after-dinner amusement - your guests can discover who done the dastardly deed!

Address
Minterne House and Gardens
Minterne Magna
Dorchester
Dorset
DT2 7AU

What our customers say

  • Simon and Vicky

    We couldn’t have hoped for a better venue to celebrate our wedding than Minterne House, it was the perfect setting for our big day. We both feel that what really made the day special, wasn’t just the spectacular surroundings, but the warm and friendly welcome which Maureen and the Digby Family extended to us and all our guests. Providing a professional but relaxed service, the day flowed with ease, and meant we were free to enjoy every moment. I only wish we could do it all again!

  • Mark and Hayley

    Dear Henry & Maureen,
    Thank you for making our day special. We really appreciate all of your input into making our wedding one that no-one will ever forget. You went above and beyond your duty, and exceeded all our expectations. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts.

  • Ross and Rebecca

    You made us feel so welcome in your beautiful house, you were so helpful & approachable, we really could not have hoped for more in any way. The house provided such a spectacular backdrop, we hardly needed to do anything in terms of decoration which made things so much easier. We fell in love with Minterne House when we first saw it, we knew it was the place for us to get married!

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