History The Orchardleigh Estate consists of 550 acres of largely unspoiled parkland and lakes, and its extensive history predates the Domesday Book. The stunning current principal house was built between 1855 and 1858 to replace its ageing, outdated Tudor predecessor. You could easily find yourself delightfully lost in the pastoral and tranquil expanses of the Orchardleigh Estate. With its parklands, lakes and hidden niche areas and landscapes, this superb wedding venue is constantly full of surprises. The estate also has various claims to fame. Poet Laureate Sir Henry Newbolt was inspired to write some of his finest works from his love of Orchardleigh, and several movies and TV series have been filmed here, including Into The Storm, Tess Of The d'Urbervilles and Miss Marple. Facilities It's worth reiterating that use of the Orchardleigh House is exclusive to couples who hire the venue for their wedding celebrations. This could include a civil ceremony with up to 144 guests within the house, and unrestricted use of the stunning function rooms, namely the Ballroom, Library, Morning Room, Billiard Room, Main Hall and the Vestibule. A formal reception meal can be arranged for up to 165 guests, or up to 400 if you decide to make use of their marquee outside. Cuisine Orchardleigh's award-winning Head Chef Gareth Burgess has a glowing history with 3-Rosette restaurants, using only local ingredients and produce of the highest quality. And when we say local, we mean local! Developing further this estate's considerable 'polymath' qualities, Orchardleigh rears its very own herds of Aberdeen Angus cattle, Saddleback sows and Pietriene boar pigs and Shetland-cross sheep! For sure, few other wedding venues in the country can claim to source their meat this locally. The Chapels The Orchardleigh Estate features two unique and beautiful little churches. St Mary's 'Island Church' is a Grade I-listed 13th-century chapel, now Church of England. This characterful building is surrounded by a lake, features no electricity, and offers those planning a religious wedding service a truly unmatchable experience. St Mary's seats up to 100 guests for a marriage service. The Norman All Saints Church in the hamlet of Lullington is Orchardleigh Estate's other Christian venue, and accommodates up to 130 guests for a marriage service. Extra Facilities The 18-hole golf course, the fleet of classic cars, the airfield and its collection of helicopters and planes, together with the facilities for shooting or horse-riding, are just a few of the further aspects which add to this wedding venue's comprehensively all-inclusive nature. Late Night Bar Orchardleigh can keep its bar open for you and your guests all night long!