Venues The Manor at Old Down Estate
The Manor at Old Down Estate
  • Beautiful Victorian Country Manor House
  • 66 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland
  • Located in Thornbury, near Bristol
  • Civil ceremony license
  • Exclusive venue hire from just £2,299
  • House-only hire also available
  • Overnight accommodation available
  • Formal reception capacity for up to 120

The impressive restored Victorian manor house, built in 1856, is set amongst 66 acres of lovely formal gardens and crisp woodland. The venue’s magical atmosphere, with sweeping staircases, bright atrium and landing allows you and your guests to feel a million miles away, absorbing all the luxury and enjoying all the excitement of your wedding day's unfolding events.

Elegant, venerable and prestigious, The Manor at Old Down Estate offers the perfect place to stage dream wedding days of all shapes, sizes and budgets - the former being thanks to exclusive use weddings starting at only £2,299. Add to this its ability to host ceremonies, its gorgeous grounds, charming period features, a friendly team of staff and luxurious accommodation, and this splendid house has everything you could wish for in the perfect dream wedding venue.


The Old Down Manor House has four superb rooms available for you to choose from to host your special day.

The Orangery
The ideal and most popular setting in which to conduct both receptions and ceremonies. Holding up to 120 guests for receptions, and 150 for ceremonies, its floor-to-ceiling windows allow a light and airy space, with outstanding views over the River Severn to the Black Mountains of Wales.

Ceremony capacity - 150 guests

Reception capacity - 120 guests

The Grand Hall
The hall has many breathtaking features, such as the sweeping staircase and a glass ceiling, filling the entire room with sunlight during the day and showering you with the beautiful night sky throughout the evening. You can even host your ceremony here!

Ceremony capacity - 60 guests

The Bernay's Room
This room simply oozes The Manor at Old Down Estate's historic roots, and is named in honour of the house's previous owners. With traditional features, such as a crackling open log fire and high ceilings, the room has a warm and homely ambience, perfect for a graceful, elegant civil wedding ceremony.

Ceremony capacity - 65 guests

The Piano Room
The Piano Room is a haven of sophisticated relaxation. With charming views across the surrounding grounds, it imbues you and your guests with a real feeling of peace, tranquillity and happiness, making for the perfect wedding atmosphere.

Ceremony capacity - 35 guests

The Gardens
These can easily accommodate marquees for couples preferring an outdoor wedding during the summer months. The Manor also provides facilities such as a dedicated power hook-up.


The Manor at Old Down Estate employs a professional and talented catering team who undertake to serve you and your guests flavoursome wedding menus that will not only match but exceed your expectations.

Using only fresh, high-quality locally-sourced ingredients, their team of chefs serve up a selection of delicious dishes for you to choose and enjoy. They also offer a choice of drinks packages, suitable for all tastes and budgets and have a fully licensed and fully stocked bar.

Late Availability Offer

Late availability offer - £500 Off Venue Hire for any new Wedding bookings up to 31st March 2018
  • £500 off Venue Hire for any new wedding bookings.
  • Any date (subject to availability) up to 31st March 2018.
  • We can also tailor your wedding to your specific requirements.
  • Address
    The Manor at Old Down Estate
    Foxholes Lane
    BS32 4PG


  • Jaimie and Lisa

    Old Down delivered everything we required perfectly. No details were missed. Everyone loved the venue, food, drinks and service. Rooms are amazing. Great value.

  • Mr and Mrs Vaughan

    We wanted a small intimate wedding, making it as relaxed as possible for everyone. This was achieved amazingly, the staff were non-intrusive but on hand when required. The grounds...well words can not explain how amazing they are and what beautiful photographs we had taken in them. The views from the balcony are vast and unobstructed. The food was just as requested and plenty. The rooms/bedrooms are amazing. We honestly could not find fault! It definitely was our fairytale wedding.

  • Kirsty and Ashley Powell

    We first saw Old Down Manor at one of their wedding fayres and fell in love immediately. The house itself is a beautiful mix of traditional manor house with modern clean interior that makes it perfect for adding lots of colour or can be kept as it is for a real white wedding.

    Outside, the view is absolutely stunning and on the day our guests had the best time just relaxing on the lawn and exploring the country park. The staff at Old Down were fantastic, we especially loved how they always remembered our names each time we visited a wedding fayre so we never felt like just another name on a list. They went out of their way to accommodate us when we couldn't make the organised food tasting, opening up the manor house for just the two of us, which just felt really special.

    In the days leading up to the wedding, we discussed our decorations with them and they created exactly what we wanted - the venue looked absolutely stunning on the day. The food was spectacular and we had so many compliments from our guests. All of the timings ran smoothly and it was just the best day ever. The overall service was brilliant and certainly worth the money, this is a special place that we'll be able to visit lots in the future thanks to the surrounding country park. We only wish we could experience our perfect day all over again! Thanks Old Down!

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