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Hamswell House

Hamswell House

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Hamswell House

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  • Exclusive 16th-century Grade II*-listed building
  • Orangery licensed for civil ceremonies for 40 guests
  • Up to 240 guests for a wedding reception in a marquee
  • Stunning grounds and walled gardens
  • Catering provided by a trusted selection of suppliers
  • All inclusive package available for smaller weddings

Found nestled into a patchwork of rolling hills, streams and woodlands in the Swainswick Valley, just north of Bath, this secluded wedding venue offers a 16th-century Grade II-listed manor, an intimate Orangery licensed for civil ceremonies, and space for receptions under a marquee for up to 240 guests in the landscaped grounds.

With no hotel guests to navigate around, no tacky modern conference facilities and no excessive fees, this family-run wedding venue stands out from the crowd not only for its beauty, but also for the fact that you won’t have to fritter away your budget on extra charges. Having recently received a civil ceremony license, the enchanting Orangery and the house's grounds and breathtaking views are entirely yours for the duration of your festivities.


Hamswell House can be found perched atop the southern slope of the Swainswick Valley, in a region fabled to have once hosted the exiled Britannic King, Bladud. Working temporarily as a swineherd, he noticed that his pigs would wander off and bathe in some nearby warm muddy springs in the winter. After himself bathing in the murky spring water, he found he was cured of leprosy. Later, after his elevation to the kingship, Bladud returned to found the city of Bath!

This historic country house had its foundations laid early in the 16th century, and one of Dick Whittington's descendants, Robert Whittington, purchased the lease to the house as far back as 1543. After 79 years of paying rent on the lease, his grandson William Whittington bought the house and estate, and subsequent generations of the family owned Hamswell House for over 300 years.


Civil Ceremonies in the Orangery

Rupert and the team at Hamswell House have recently added the option to host a civil ceremony within the lovely Orangery - with its Cotswold stone roof and large oval windows. Able to seat up to 40 guests within the Orangery itself, and the option for having more outside, Hamswell House is now the ideal all-inclusive wedding venue!

Ceremony capacity - 40 guests (more outside)

Receptions in the Marquee

Hamswell House's formal wedding reception meals are usually served in the large and luxurious marquee, which is set up to the rear of the building. This very comfortable outdoor venue is fully heated and weatherproof, and can accommodate from 40 to 240 people; the company who organise it can provide portable toilets too.

Reception capacity - 240 guests

Parking is provided in the form of an 8-acre field to the rear of the house.

The Walled Gardens

The Hamswell House gardens offer a charming enhancement to the atmosphere of any wedding day. With original features such as a pergola, 'monk's window', elaborate and well-maintained topiary and a gorgeous herb garden, you could lose yourself for hour after hour soaking up this tranquil environment.


When hiring Hamswell House for your ceremony and wedding reception, you have exclusive use of the whole estate. The competitive prices to hire this beautiful venue for the day can be found below:

Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Price

£3000 up to 100 guests

£3500 up to 150 guests

£3850 up to 200 guests

£4200 up to 240 guests

If the ceremony is also being held, a £500 supplement will be charged.

Midweek weddings are subject to a £750 discount on the above rates.


Catering at Hamswell House is provided by three approved and trusted suppliers:-

  • Cherry Picked Catering
  • George Goes Out
  • Clever Chefs

Each company has a dedicated wedding planner who will act as your trusted point of call and who can discuss menu options, table settings and plans for the day with you. The catering teams work effectively in tandem with the marquee company and are fully familiar with the environment of the venue itself.

You are welcome to invite your own preferred catering company to provide cuisine for your guests instead for an additional charge of £350.

Find out more about weddings at Hamswell House by getting in touch with Rupert Legge via the contact details provided on this listing.

Hamswell House


  • Sarah and Andrew Morrison

    The absolute best day of our lives, in the most perfectly beautiful setting. We couldn't have imagined getting married anywhere more picturesque! Thank you to Rupert for making everything run so smoothly xxx

  • Chloe and Simon Arnoldi

    Really had such a truly magical experience in your lovely garden and would like to say a big thank you again! Our guests thought it was the most beautiful venue they had ever seen.

  • Gemma and Raymond Rodgers

    We had a great wedding here in August 2018. Amazing views, beautiful gardens, and really good recommendations from Rupert and his wife for Bath Marquees and Cherry Picked Catering who were brilliant (highly professional, extremely friendly and accommodating to our needs). Thanks for everything.

  • Sarah and Tom Speechly

    We got married at Hamswell house last bank holiday of May 2018. The weather was perfect and garden was green and thriving! We loved every minute of it! It is a beautiful venue and we fell in love with it as soon as we saw it. We loved its perfect mix of grandeur and relaxed elegance in the marquee and and gardens and incredible party space in the Orangery and surrounding gardens. The sunset and view of the gorgeous rolling Bath hills and countryside was also really special. The team made the whole process so easy and such good fun! They have so much experience and just thought of every little detail so effortlessly. If you are looking for a magical venue and people that will make planning your wedding a pleasure - Hamswell is the place and we feel so lucky we were able to have our party there! Go have a look for yourself, it's magical and feels very cosy and away from the world! Thanks Hamswell!

  • Julia and Matthew Body

    Had an amazing wedding day here. Rupert was very flexible with how we ran the day but still really helpful with suggestions. The setting is perfect for a wedding and all our guests we're in awe of the view.

  • Ben and Kate Meynell

    Thank you for such a fantastic day on Saturday. We could see ourselves celebrating at Hamswell from the first time we visited and our day was nothing less than wonderful.

  • Miranda Porter

    I can't imagine a more incredible setting or happier place for the best day of your and your family's lives.

    We had our wedding at Hamswell House on 6th May 2018 and I honestly can't imagine a more heavenly place for it. The house, gardens, rolling hills and woods filled with wild garlic are spectacular and our hosts, Rupert and Victoria, were so kind and supportive, it was like organising it with friends. From our first visit to the day, 14 months later, they were incredible.

    If you're considering Hamswell, you absolutely should go for it!

  • Pearl van den Ende

    The wedding venue of dreams! I organised a wedding for a gorgeous couple at Hamswell House earlier this month, the weather was perfect and we were able to make use of the incredible grounds.

    The house provides the most glorious backdrop for a quintessentially English country wedding. The host - Rupert, is a marvellous chap and very helpful, though you are free to organise the wedding that you/your client wants. I cannot recommend this stunning venue more highly. I am looking forward to organising many more at Hamswell House in the future.

  • Liz Porter

    If Jane Austin had married she would have chosen no better or more romantic place than 17th century Hamswell House set, as it is, above a wide valley overlooking the rolling countryside outside Bath, Hamswell is the perfect location for a wedding.

    Our daughter married here on the first weekend of May, the blessing staged between two ancient lime trees on the lawn in front of the house - after which guests spilled onto the terrace for speeches and music and the first drinks of the day followed by dinner and dancing on the ideally placed marquee to the side of the house.

    Throughout Rupert and Victoria could not have been more helpful or welcoming, their suggestions for caterers , marquees , musicians where without exception excellent. Hamswell is the ideal place to have a wedding and to everyone involved we have to thank you for making the wedding a supremely happy memory for us all.

  • Adam and Hermione Wookey

    An absolutely stunning setting for a wedding and Rupert and Victoria make the whole process run very smoothly - with suggestions for marquees, caterers and bands - and by adding those extra touches throughout your wedding day. We had a perfect day here and would not hesitate to recommend Hamswell House.

  • Naomi and Andrew Todd

    The most perfect and idyllic wedding venue, which played a huge part in making our wedding so perfect. Everyone commented on how beautiful the house, grounds and view were. The day went without a hitch. We will not hesitate to recommend Hamswell House as an ideal wedding venue.

  • James and Natasha Longman

    Hamswell House provided us with a fantastic setting on our wedding day this September: the far-reaching views of peaceful countryside, romantically lit orangerie and gardens together with the beautiful house itself all gave the most wonderful back-drop to our special day. We and our guests also had complete privacy to really enjoy the occasion. In addition Rupert and Victoria were experienced and helpful throughout the process, which made the planning stages all the more enjoyable.

  • Peter and Sara Lloyd

    All we can say is WOW! Myself and my Wife had our wedding reception here in August 2016 and it was perfect! Rupert and Victoria, the owners of Hamswell House, were fantastic people to deal with throughout the run up to the big day, always extremely quick to respond and always happy to show you round. The view across the hills is stunning, equalled only by the grounds themselves which are beautiful and immaculately kept. Perfect for marquee events as they have a large flat area that is sheltered away so that it doesn't get too hot and, luckily for us as it was apocalyptic weather on the day, sheltered from wind and rain. It truly was the only venue we could find that would allow us to have the reception of our dreams without the stress or worry of the English weather getting in the way. Rupert has also had a power supply set up for the area so no need to source a noisy/smelly generator to power the day. I could not speak highly enough of this venue. I strongly suggest going to have a look round if you are thinking of a marquee reception as you won't be disappointed. THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR MAKING OUR WEDDING RECEPTION PERFECT!

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