Location: Somerset
Venues Cleeve Abbey
Cleeve Abbey
  • Spectacular, ancient ruins of a medieval abbey
  • Located in Washford, Somerset
  • Civil ceremonies for up to 100 guests
  • Choose from seven different areas of the abbey for your ceremony
  • Three smaller rooms available for ceremonies of up to 50 guests
  • Marquee receptions possible
  • Accommodation options nearby

Just outside the quiet countryside village of Washford, sandwiched between the stunning Exmoor and Quantock hills, stands the magnificent Cleeve Abbey. This gorgeous structure offers seven beautiful, historic spaces in which you can hold a unique ceremony.

From the bright and airy Refectory Hall, with its beautifully-carved ceiling, to the Warming Room, with its unforgettable arched vaulting - each area of the abbey has individual charm and character. It is also possible to host a marquee evening reception on the lawns surrounding the abbey.


Cleeve Abbey was originally known as Flowering Valley. Founded by Cistercian monks eight hundred years ago, this is a truly historic setting for your wedding. You and your guests will walk in the footsteps of these monks, who once lived and worked within the abbey's impressive stone walls.

The Facilities

Ceremonies held at Cleeve Abbey can take place either during the morning or the afternoon. The following four spaces are available for your ceremony and drinks reception. There are also three smaller rooms for more intimate ceremonies of 50 guests.

The Refectory Hall

This magnificent hall is perfect for simple and elegant wedding ceremonies. When looking up, you'll see an amazing carved wooden roof, complete with intricate wooden angels who will oversee your ceremony. This part of the abbey was once used as the monks' dining room!

Civil ceremony capacity - up to 80 guests

The Dormitory

You can marry or enjoy reception drinks in the dormitory where monks would once have slept. The stone walls are lined with narrow, historic windows and a beautiful wood beamed roof sits above you.

After a ceremony here, the Warming Room below makes the perfect place for reception drinks, particularly if you're unfortunate enough to have rain on your big day, as you and your guests need not venture outside!

Civil ceremony capacity - up to 80 guests
Reception drinks capacity - up to 80 guests

The Warming Room

This historic space includes an impressive vaulted ceiling and amazing arched windows that fill the room with sunlight. The Warming Room is particularly brilliant for drinks receptions as it provides a sheltered space for serving drinks, while offering direct access to the Cloister if you and your guests would like to venture outside.

Civil ceremony capacity - up to 100 guests
Reception drinks capacity - up to 100 guests

The Chapter House

Originally, this gorgeous room would have been beautifully decorated however, it now features exposed stone walls that make a perfect blank canvas for your wedding flowers and other decorations. The spectacular vaulted ceiling, historic arched doorway and intricate triple windows make this another stunning space in which to hold your ceremony or reception drinks.

If you decide to hold a summer ceremony here, The Chapter House doorway takes you directly to the Cloister where you can enjoy your reception drinks. Alternatively, you can hold your drinks reception here while still allowing guests to soak up the sun at the Cloister.

Civil ceremony capacity - up to 100 guests
Reception drinks capacity - up to 100 guests

The Cloister

This peaceful courtyard is surrounded by ancient ruins, giving your photographer a perfect setting in which to capture a series of amazing photographs. The Cloister is an excellent spot for reception drinks, as it gives your guests access to the many different areas of the abbey. So, while you're posing for photographs, your guests can explore this historic site.

Reception drinks capacity - up to 100 guests


It is possible for evening receptions to be held within a marquee on one of the lawns surrounding the abbey. Please get in touch for more information about this.

Evening reception capacity - up to 100 guests


Cleeve Abbey is conveniently located near to many B&Bs and hotels. Additionally, you can easily reach the A39 from this venue.

For more information, or to book Cleeve Abbey for your wedding, please get in touch using the contact options at the top and bottom of this page.

Cleeve Abbey
Abbey Rd
TA23 0PS

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