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Orchardleigh House

Distance from the centre of Somerset: 18.79 miles
Orchardleigh House
  • Licensed to host ceremonies with up to 144 guests
  • Formal reception meal capacity of 165 guests (up to 600 in a marquee)
  • Accommodation for up to 173 wedding guests
  • On-site 18-hole golf course
  • Winter wedding package from just £3,900, find out more
  • Late-night evening receptions

This decidedly grand manor is one of very few across the entire South West that can offer literally everything the typical British wedding needs. Featuring not just one, but two churches within the estate, Orchardleigh is able to offer both Christian and civil ceremonies, the latter taking place in the magnificent Victorian stately home.

With an experienced events team, a light-aircraft runway and helipad, a fleet of exclusive wedding cars, an 18-hole golf course, locally-sourced cuisine acquired from their very own livestock, and accommodation for up to 173 guests, the entirety of this family-owned, multi-faceted wedding venue is available for the exclusive use of marrying couples and their guests.

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  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset
  • Orchardleigh House - Venue - Somerset

History

The Orchardleigh Estate consists of 550 acres of largely unspoiled parkland and lakes, and its extensive history predates the Domesday Book. The stunning current principal house was built between 1855 and 1858 to replace its ageing, outdated Tudor predecessor.

You could easily find yourself delightfully lost in the pastoral and tranquil expanses of the Orchardleigh Estate. With its parklands, lakes and hidden niche areas and landscapes, this superb wedding venue is constantly full of surprises.

The estate also has various claims to fame. Poet Laureate Sir Henry Newbolt was inspired to write some of his finest works from his love of Orchardleigh, and several movies and TV series have been filmed here, including Into The Storm, Tess Of The d'Urbervilles and Miss Marple.

Facilities

It's worth reiterating that use of the Orchardleigh House is exclusive to couples who hire the venue for their wedding celebrations. This could include a civil ceremony with up to 144 guests within the house, and unrestricted use of the stunning function rooms, namely the Ballroom, Library, Morning Room, Billiard Room, Main Hall and the Vestibule. A formal reception meal can be arranged for up to 165 guests, or up to 400 if you decide to make use of their marquee outside.

Cuisine

Orchardleigh's award-winning Head Chef Gareth Burgess has a glowing history with 3-Rosette restaurants, using only local ingredients and produce of the highest quality. And when we say local, we mean local! Developing further this estate's considerable 'polymath' qualities, Orchardleigh rears its very own herds of Aberdeen Angus cattle, Saddleback sows and Pietriene boar pigs and Shetland-cross sheep! For sure, few other wedding venues in the country can claim to source their meat this locally.

The Chapels

The Orchardleigh Estate features two unique and beautiful little churches. St Mary's 'Island Church' is a Grade I-listed 13th-century chapel, now Church of England. This characterful building is surrounded by a lake, features no electricity, and offers those planning a religious wedding service a truly unmatchable experience. St Mary's seats up to 100 guests for a marriage service.

The Norman All Saints Church in the hamlet of Lullington is Orchardleigh Estate's other Christian venue, and accommodates up to 130 guests for a marriage service.

Extra Facilities

The 18-hole golf course, the fleet of classic cars, the airfield and its collection of helicopters and planes, together with the facilities for shooting or horse-riding, are just a few of the further aspects which add to this wedding venue's comprehensively all-inclusive nature.

Late Night Bar

Orchardleigh can keep its bar open for you and your guests all night long!

Accommodation

The Orchardleigh House Estate is able to accommodate up to 173 wedding guests, and besides being able to sleep up to 101 within the house, also offers a range of inexpensive cottages and lodges within its grounds. This splendid venue is absolutely ideal for couples wishing to make a whole weekend out of their wedding.

The Main House

Bedrooms in Orchardleigh House itself are distributed across the first and second floors, and feature luxurious and lavish furniture - many of these rooms showcase four-poster and king-size beds.

The Cottages And Lodges

If you need to accommodate in excess of 101 guests, then you will be able to hire some of Orchardleigh's lodges or cottages, the majority of which are self-catering. The lodges and cottages together can accommodate up to 72 people.

The Garden House is a stunning 16th-century building with its own private gardens, five bedrooms and self-catering facilities.

The Garden Cottage is a lovely house constructed from local stone, and features four luxurious bedrooms.

How about the Gloucester Lodges, the handy collection of accommodation near the estate's Lullington entrance, or the Murtry Lodges at Orchardleigh's main entrance?

The Orchardleigh Village is an interesting development consisting of nine individual buildings, and from the charming Clock Tower to the Penthouse Bell Tower, there are plenty of extra accommodation options here.

Address
Orchardleigh House
Orchardleigh Park
Frome
Somerset
BA11 2PB

What our customers say

  • Natalie & Hugh

    We had a magical weekend and all our guests have said what a wonderful venue and what a great party! Thanks for everything you did to make it such a great day.

  • Alex & Heather

    We would like to say a big thank you for a picture postcard venue, fantastic food. wonderful weather and most of all making our day one to remember for many years to come. Our guests were blown away by everything!

  • Charlie & Nicola

    Thank you so much for making our wedding day AMAZING! It really was fantastic and never to forget.

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