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Deans Court
  • Historic wedding reception venue
  • Marquee in lovely garden setting
  • Georgian mansion in medieval estate
  • Convenient location near Wimborne
  • Evening parties for up to 150 guests
  • Exclusive use of semi-wild gardens
  • Grounds offer amazing photo-opportunities
  • Can use recommended caterers or BYO
  • Wedding-night accommodation on site

Deans Court is a splendid house with a fascinating history reaching back 1300 years, located in a gorgeous setting very close to Wimborne. Rebuilt in 1725, the Georgian house, surrounded by semi-wild gardens, stands right next to an ancient monastic lake. Deans Court basks in stunningly picturesque Dorset countryside, lending a rustic, tranquil atmosphere to weddings hosted here.

The team at Deans Court can offer their fantastic expertise in planning your wedding, or give you a completely free rein to design the day as you wish. Either choose from their recommended caterers or bring in your own preference, and feel free to embellish the venue according to a theme or your own specific tastes. You will be sure to have the gardens to yourselves exclusively for the whole of your wedding day, and can take advantage of several varied accommodation options once the celebrations are finished.

History

The estate originally belonged to the Abbess of Wimborne and dates back to the 8th century. It became the Deanery in the 11th century. At the Dissolution of the Chantries, it was given by Edward VI to John Hanham, and has stayed in his family ever since.

The present early Georgian house was built around the Saxon Hall in 1725; little survives of the medieval structures. Nowadays the grounds contain a marquee used as a wedding venue, vintage lifestyle shop, holiday cottages and an organic produce farm.

Facilities

Marquee

The grand marquee at Deans Court is available for formal wedding breakfasts and informal evening reception celebrations. The space is completely adaptable and is fully kitted out with tables, chairs and linen - use of which are included in the standard price.

Formal Reception Capacity - 140 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 150+ Guests

Catering And Accommodation

Dining at Deans Court can be wonderfully versatile to your specific tastes and requirements. Choose one of their recommended caterers, or bring in your own if you prefer. Alternatively, for an afternoon garden party, select from brochure suggestions, which include home-made delights like Dorset cream tea with scones, local clotted cream and jam, or traditional English tea and cake.

Also offered as an alternative to a traditional wedding breakfast is a 'Country Picnic', which involves quiches, coronation chicken, couscous, roasted vegetables, cheese and chutney, breads and more, all served in a relaxed fashion, perfectly complementing the rustic environment. For the evening party, some winning ideas are a cheese table, bacon butties, a barbecue or a hog-roast.

Accommodation

The Gate House is just a stone's throw from the marquee and sleeps 14 people. With 7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a dining room, breakfast room, drawing room and games room, there is ample space for a large group! The garden has a terraced dining area and its own fully-equipped barbecue. There are two charming alternatives - Plum Cottage and Apple Cottage - both of which are also within easy reach of the house. These quaint facilities are perfect for recovery after a long night celebrating in the marquee.

For more information, or to get in touch with the weddings team at Deans Court, please use the contact details below.

Address
Deans Court
2 Deans Court Lane
Wimborne
Dorset
BH21 1EE

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