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Athelhampton House and Gardens

Athelhampton House and Gardens

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Athelhampton House and Gardens

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  • 15th-century, Grade I-listed manor house
  • Near Puddletown in rural Dorset
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Ceremony, formal reception capacity - 120
  • Evening reception party capacity - 300
  • Main House ideal for smaller celebrations
  • Coach House perfect for evening reception
  • Accommodation for six in River Cottage

Nestled into the peaceful West Dorset village of Athelhampton you will find an elegant early Tudor manor house which offers a truly special wedding-day experience. Athelhampton House is a Grade I-listed, late 15th-century mansion with stunning gardens, showcasing many exquisite and original interior design features, including lovely oak panelling, paintings and other Tudor regalia.

The venue is ideal for wedding parties of any size up to 300, with formal meals served for up to 120. The divine cuisine is provided by the in-house chefs, and will be sure to impress. Ceremonies also often take place in the historic halls of this superb building.


Designated a Grade I-listed building, Athelhampton Hall (as it was originally called), is truly a mansion of some importance. Work began on the manor in 1493 by Sir William Martyn, and it was continued and extended by his heirs for centuries after.

Like a handful of other significant houses in this area of Dorset, Athelhampton has links to the celebrated local novelist Thomas Hardy, who appears to have been a regular visitor to the manor. His poem 'The Dame Of Athelhall' was conceived at the house.

Athelhampton House is constructed partly from gorgeous honey-coloured Hamstone, quarried from renowned Ham Hill at Yeovil.

The House

Athelhampton House offers a splendid range of function suites, set within various onsite buildings. The principal activities of the wedding day take place in the Main House or the Coach House.

The outstanding 15th-century Main House presents an idyllic venue to host your ceremony and subsequent drinks reception.

The Great Hall

Furnished with gorgeous oak panelling, original fireplaces and Jacobean antiques, The Great Hall can seat 80 for a ceremony.

Ceremony Capacity - 80 guests
Reception Capacity - 30 guests

The Great Chamber

The distinctive Great Chamber, although impressive, is a smaller and more intimate space, able to hold up to 30 for the ceremony.

Both the Great Hall and Great Chamber are available for smaller reception dining parties, though larger parties should move on to the Coach House for the rest of the day and the evening festivity.

Ceremony Capacity - 30 guests
Reception Capacity - 20 guests

The Coach House

This exquisite, thatched-roofed building is absolutely perfect for wedding breakfasts with up to 120 guests and evening reception parties for up to 300. The Coach House has its own bar, and is easily split up into the Long Hall and the spacious Conservatory.

The Long Hall

With its own minstrels' gallery and simple oak panelling, seating up to 80 for a formal wedding breakfast, The Long Hall is even licensed to host civil marriage ceremonies with up to 120 guests.

Ceremony Capacity - 120 guests
Formal Reception Capacity - 80 guests

The Conservatory

Athelhampton House's largest room, The Conservatory seats up to 120 guests for a wedding breakfast. Naturally light and airy in the day, it invariably comes to life during the evening celebration.

Formal Reception Capacity - 120 guests

The whole of The Coach House comes into its own during your evening reception party, with The Conservatory transformed into a spacious dancefloor - it now accommodates up to 300 guests.


Athelhampton House's head chef is pleased to arrange a delicious menu that your guests can choose from. The menu will be entirely bespoke - discussed with you and the Chef and will be made of locally-sourced, fresh and seasonal ingredients.

Unlike most wedding menus, your guests won't have to have made up their mind months before the wedding, they can choose from the menu on the day. You can also opt for a buffet, afternoon tea, canape menu or a la carte dining.


The Athelhampton grounds themselves contain a 6-person, self-catering cottage perfect for the bridal party or the wedding night. It offers three ensuite bedrooms.

There is also a wide range of accommodation within the nearby villages and hamlets, including; bed and breakfast, boutique hotel and self-catering farmhouse, so your guest won't have to worry about travelling far after the reception.

Get in contact with Owen, Laura or Natalie from the events and hospitality team at Athelhampton House to formulate your plans. Either just click the 'Email this business' button above, or reveal the telephone number and give them a call.

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  • Naomi & Steve

    Now everything is back to normal, we just wanted to write and say a huge thank you to all the staff at Athelhampton who helped towards our wonderful wedding.

    From all the preparation emails/visits to the trial dinner, then all the hard work everyone put in on the day, we truly are grateful.

    We have received so many lovely comments about the food also, so please pass on our special thanks to the chef and her team.

  • Ali & David

    Athelhampton House is a stunning venue and we were so pleased to have our Wedding reception there in December. We chose the venue as it was the only one we visited which could offer our guests a menu choice for the wedding breakfast and also because Laura made us feel confident that they would go above and beyond to make every little detail perfect.

    The grounds are beautiful for photos and the Great Hall with its stained glass window and open fire provides a very impressive location for the drinks reception. We had mulled wine, mulled cider and fruit punch, as well as five different canapés during our reception and all of our guests commented on how they always had a drink and a canape in their hand!

    Me and my husband were also followed round the gardens by a couple of staff members who held our drinks and made sure we got to try the canapés too... I wish I had got their names to thank them! The three course wedding breakfast was delicious with starters of scallops, duck or camembert and main course options of fillet beef, belly pork or baked squash with a trio of desserts for pudding.

    Many thanks to all of the staff, particularly Laura, Owen and Michela, we can't thank you all enough for making our Wedding day so special.

  • Charlotte & David

    Dear Athelhampton,
    Many Thanks to you all especially Laura for making the day run so smoothly.
    Athelhampton really is the best wedding venue, I can't wait to visit again!

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