Venues Maunsel House
Maunsel House
  • Charming and friendly family home in Somerset
  • Ideal for traditional countryside weddings
  • Situated within a historic 100-acre estate
  • Can host civil wedding ceremonies - up to 102 guests
  • Receptions for up to 150 guests
  • Exclusive hire
  • Accommodation in 17 bedrooms plus 3 estate cottages
  • Outdoor wedding ceremonies in the bandstand

Widely thought of as the very epitome of a country house, the hundred-acre Maunsel Estate has long played an important role in the economic wellbeing of the local area. Situated within luscious countryside near North Petherton, Somerset, this venerable and fascinating building exudes abundant charm on a variety of levels, and features its very own Saxon Chapel.

With its roots in the 13th century, Maunsel House boasts not only a wealth of historic and visually exciting features, but also an extremely welcoming and down-to-earth atmosphere. Bask in the ultimate in archetypal countryside weddings - sit by roaring log fires, lose yourself strolling around duckponds, and have your guests toast your health, wealth and happiness on the sprawling lawn. All of these simple delights can be exclusively yours for your big day.

History

Mentioned in The Domesday Book, Maunsel House still retains surviving structural elements predating the 13th century. Since that time it has undergone a prodigious number of renovations or reworkings, especially throughout the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, to arrive at its present-day state.

Renowned poet, literary author and polymath Geoffrey Chaucer was known to have taken up residence within Maunsel House during his occupation as Deputy Forester for the Royal Forest of North Petherton.

Today the mansion is home to Sir Benjamin Slade, Maunsel House's Baron, whose family has occupied the estate since the 18th century - you will observe a number of references to the family history throughout the house.

Facilities

Maunsel House is licensed to host civil marriage and partnership ceremonies as well as wedding receptions, adding to this exclusive venue's all-inclusive appeal.

The magnificent Regency Ballroom can seat up to 102 guests for your ceremony, and features an array of historical portraits and a set of ceiling-high French windows, which when opened can allow the room's capacity to extend to 120 for receptions (utilising a marquee outside), and leads out to a magnificent ancient cedar tree.

The Bar is reckoned to be the earliest wing of the building (pre-Domesday), featuring charismatic grey flagstone floors, and houses an impressive, atmospheric collection of the various weaponry of the Slade family collected over the years. It all makes a fine ambience for your guests to get stuck into a selection of top-quality ales and wines.

Other facilities of which you can take advantage are the intimate Dining Room, which seats up to 26 guests, and the Library.

Roofed Pergola In The Walled Garden

Able to seat up to 200 for alfresco-style dining, the delightful outside space that is the Pergola is perfect for those sunny, summery afternoons. Imagine yourselves and your guests chatting and toasting with golden champagne in the amber evening sun, accompanied by the sweet intermingling smells of climbing jasmine, honeysuckle, rose and wisteria. Dine by the orchard and dovecote, to the (sometimes rather vocal) accompaniment of peacocks, fantailed doves and rare-breed chickens.

Maunsel House's bandstand is licensed to host civil ceremonies - so you can hold your entire wedding celebration outdoors!

Accommodation

Maunsel House can now offer luxurious accommodation for your wedding party. You can choose from a selection of thirteen handsome and traditionally-designed bedrooms in the house, from four of the brand-new rooms in the South Wing or from the estate's three nearby cottages.

Luxury In The Mansion

Many of the Maunsel House's bedrooms come complete with four-poster beds, and a number of other lavish facilities ideal for pampering. Add to this luxurious soft bath robes, flowers and fresh fruit, scrumptious biscuits, chocolate and tea and coffee-making facilities with a difference (fine bone china), and you have a great room to 'crash' in after the exhausting celebrations of your special day.

All of this contributes to the inescapable overall impression that Maunsel House is absolutely perfect as an all-inclusive and exclusive wedding venue.

The Chapel

Maunsel House's 100-acre estate includes one of the smallest churches in Britain, the medieval Church of St Michael. This beautiful, bijou, candlelit chapel can seat between 40-50 guests for a religious marriage ceremony. As this is a CofE church, permissions as to whether you are entitled to tie the knot in this building are subject to the usual restrictions, ie your residential or other connections with the local parish.

Find out more about hiring this venue exclusively by getting in touch with Marcus or another member of the team; simply click the 'Email this business' button above, or reveal and dial the telephone number.

Address
Maunsel House
North Newton
Near Taunton
Somerset
TA7 0BU

Reviews

  • Emma Wood

    Excellent venue. Perfect for a wedding. We spent the weekend in the Barn Owl cottage which is modern and very tranquil. The main house is so grand and the grounds are amazing. The staff are very friendly and helpful and we even met the owner who seems very proud of the house. The wedding was beautiful and organised so, so well by the planners. In all honesty it couldn't have been better.

  • Julie Osborne

    My daughter and son in law married here in July this year, it is a magical place so special, house is inviting and very comfortable. A beautiful setting in Somerset . We all loved the staff at Maunsel house they all helped make Harriett and Tom's day perfect. Will never forget it.

  • Maggie Hall

    We wanted to say a huge thank you to Emma and all of the staff at Maunsel House for the most wonderful wedding day. The whole team were so professional, bringing experience, wisdom and guidance throughout the planning and organisation of our wedding. They made it a really personal, easy and enjoyable experience. Emma went above and beyond to ensure individual details special to us were made possible (including the attendance of a Labrador)... Nothing was too much trouble. We had the best day of our lives, and team at Maunsel made it possible for us to relax, have fun and enjoy ourselves, knowing they had it all sorted. Our guests had so much fun exploring Maunsel and absolutely loved our venue- they are still raving about the party! We’re truly delighted we chose to hold our wedding at Maunsel and it was an absolute pleasure to share our big day with them. We cannot thank the staff at Maunsel House or recommend the venue highly enough.

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