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Deans Court

Deans Court

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Deans Court

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  • 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

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.


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.



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


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.


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.

Deans Court
2 Deans Court Lane
BH21 1EE


  • Wonge LJ

    Our wedding reception was held at Deans Court, May 2017. We fell in love with the venue and the people 7 months earlier when we had a viewing with Kelly-Marie early one misty October morning. The place is peaceful and romantic, a hidden gem! It didn’t matter where we looked there was another beautiful back drop in the grounds of this beautiful country house. You’ll have a lot of fun with the photos as there are numerous spots to create memorable shots.

  • Luke Draper-Scott

    My wife & I spent our wedding weekend at Deans Court, Wimborne from Friday 12th August to Monday 15th August 2016.
    We had our blessing ceremony on Saturday 13th August in the glorious grounds of DC.

    From just looking at the website of Deans Court my wife & I fell in love – I remember wanting to book our dates with Jonathan over the phone then and there. We did visit DC before setting it in pen, but it didn’t take much convincing. This was the place for us!

    Deans Court encompassed everything we wanted from a venue – everything in one place. Something which was made simple from the start and throughout – even having our guests stay in nearby hotels was no problem at all.

  • Lucy Moss

    This place is just magical...we had our wedding here this weekend followed by a 2 night stay in the cottages. I could not rate this place highly enough for a wedding. The staff are amazing, Jonathan Cornish is a credit to this place, he was professional, helpful, and had a calm personal approach throughout the planning process and on the day. And as for the flowers! Kelly did the most amazing job of decorating the marquee and all my guests were blown away by the beauty! Keep this place the hidden gem it is, and don't change a thing! Perfect

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