Venues Hamswell House
Hamswell House
  • 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 standing 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.


For those smaller weddings of up to 40 guests, Hamswell House has devised an all inclusive package. It includes the ceremony, a drinks reception and time after to take beautiful photos of memories that will last forever.

Weekday package rate- £1850

Weekend package rate- £2300


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

All companies have plenty of experience in operating at Hamswell House, and know how to work efficiently and 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, but please note that this will incur a supplementary fee.

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


  • Damian and Liquarice Keeling

    Your venue really made our incredible day that bit more special.
    It looked absolutely stunning and everything just went so smoothly, so thank you.

  • 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.

  • 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 - 24/03/2014

    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 - 24/09/2016

    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 - 20/08/2016

    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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