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Shilstone

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Shilstone

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  • Georgian manor house with barns and marquee
  • Set within 500 acres of Devonshire countryside
  • Traditional setting with contemporary twists
  • Licensed for civil ceremonies indoors and outside
  • In-house kitchen team using local ingredients
  • Accommodation for up to 36 guests on site
  • Exclusive hire and use on your wedding day
  • Gorgeous manicured gardens and hidden gems

A lovingly restored Georgian manor house with surrounding barns and gardens, Shilstone is a quiet jewel in the heart of the beautiful South Hams countryside. The Grade II-listed venue has medieval gardens with delightful photography spots, and cool colours inside to draw attention to house's own architectural beauty.

The Mughal marquee in the gardens is a wonderful spot for a summer wedding breakfast and reception after a civil wedding ceremony in the contemporary Rustic Barn. Tuck into a delicious meal made with local ingredients and, at the end of a very special day, rest overnight in one of two modern barns.

History

When Lucy and Sebastian bought a Grade II-listed Georgian manor in 1997, they set about trying to restore it to its former glory. After years of lovingly renovating and discovering new surprises in the beautiful landscaped gardens, they decided that the house was too good to keep for themselves, and opened it up at a wedding venue in 2012.

Some of their finds included terraces, medieval fish ponds, a courtyard of barns and even a walled garden. They discovered that an original house stood on the site in the fourteenth century, owned by a prominent water engineer who worked on Hampton Court Palace. The restoration has resulted in a series of awards including people's choice "Restoration of the Century" from Country Life Magazine.

Now, the manor, barns and marquee are enjoyed by brides and grooms every year as they marry in the historic house and gardens.

Facilities

Shilstone is vast and offers plenty of options for your summer or winter wedding. They can offer civil ceremonies in either the wonderful East Garden outside, or indoors in the Rustic Barn, or point you in the direction of some quaint local churches for a religious ceremony before returning to Shilstone for a delightful reception.

Rustic Barn

Tall white walls with original stonework are topped with a high, vaulted ceiling with charming wooden beams in the Rustic Barn. Large doors and windows let in plenty of natural light to your special ceremony. Although there is plenty of space already, additional ceremony guests can sit or stand in the adjoining Terrace Room so all of your friends and family can watch you tie the knot.

Civil ceremony capacity - 135 guests
Wedding breakfast capacity - 80 guests
Evening reception capacity - 80 guests

Terrace Room

Overlooking the Georgian manor and the spectacular gardens, the Terrace Room makes an ideal space in itself, or can be used with the Rustic Barn to expand the size of your wedding party.

Wedding breakfast capacity - 80 guests
Evening reception capacity - 80 guests

Botanical Atrium

Surrounded by plant life and natural light, the Botanical Atrium is perfect for a slightly smaller ceremony, and can be decorated with greenery and fairy lights to create a whimsical setting no matter the time of year.

Wedding breakfast capacity - 60 guests
Evening reception capacity - 60 guests

Mughal Marquee

In the summer, make the most of the beautiful surroundings and have your wedding breakfast and reception in the grand marquee at Shilstone. With delicate fabric walls and a wooden floor, the space has all the luxuries for a romantic venue.

Wedding breakfast capacity - 220 guests
Evening reception capacity - 220 guests

Catering

The Shilstone kitchen team work with local suppliers to bring the best ingredients to their dishes. They come up with creative menus to wow couples and their guests on their special day.

They have a range of three course menus to choose from depending on the sort of food you want to serve, as well as a vegetarian and vegan menu. They also have an extensive list of options for canapés and for evening food.

The catering team think of everything, also offering comprehensive drinks packages featuring some fantastic local wines and tipples from £16.95 per head.

To give an idea of dishes that the Shilstone kitchen team create, some examples are listed below:

Canapés

Sesame Coated Sweet Potato Wedges with a Peanut Butter Dip
Mini Chinese Style Spring Rolls with a Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce
Fresh Devon Crab on Crostini with a Lime Mayo
Lamb Polpettini with Yoghurt Mint Dip

Starters

Chilled Courgette and Cream Cheese Soup
Country Terrine with Ciabatta Toast and Rustic Chutney
Garlic and Herb Creamy Mushrooms on Bruschetta
Crumbled Goat's Cheese with Roasted Beetroot, Toasted Pine Nuts and Mixed Leaves with a Walnut Dressing
Garlic and Herb Courgette Ribbons with Feta and Rocket
Roasted Aubergine with Tahini Sauce

Mains

Chargrilled Chicken Baked with Tomatoes, Chorizo and Cannellini Beans served with New Potatoes
Retro Coq au Vin on a bed of Mash served with Savoy Cabbage
Lamb Tagine with Giant Jewelled Cous Cous
Fillet of Beef with Red Wine or Wild Mushroom Sauce, Dauphinoise Potatoes and Wilted Spinach
Devon Blue Cheese and Leek Tartlet on a bed of Rocket, served with New Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables
Thai Sweet and Spicy Tofu Risotto

Desserts

Sharing Style Italian Trifle
Raspberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake
Apple and Amaretti Tart with Vanilla Mascarpone
Dark Chocolate and Hazelnut Delice with Raspberries and Vanilla Ice Cream
Spiced, Baked Apples with a Dried Fruit and Hazelnut Crumble

Evening Food

Cheese Buffet Table
Freshly Made Cornish Pasties
Home Baked Pizza
Pick 'n' Mix Sweetie Bar
Street Food

Accommodation

Shilstone has two fantastic barns to accommodate 36 guests the night after the wedding.

Whitmore Barn is set near the main gate entrance. It is a beautiful contemporary barn with a luxury bridal suite inside. Prices for a double bedroom start from £50 per person per night. Two unique Shepherd's Huts in the courtyard can sleep a further eight guests. Each double room is named after a local breed of sheep and costs £115 per night.

In an ancient farm holding in Shilstone's Valley, Meadow Barn is Shilstone's second contemporary barn accommodation. In a beautiful location, there is a second luxurious bridal suite here, this one with a Hollywood lit vanity station, from £205 for the night. A series of double bedrooms named after local flowers start from £125 per night, with a family room accommodating up to four guests.

If you are looking to host more guests in the area, Shilstone can recommend yurt companies to provide beautiful tents to be placed on the lawn in front of the Whitmore Barn. There are also hotels and various bed and breakfasts in the local area which the team can help you find.

If you want to find out more about Shilstone and book your wedding here, contact the wedding team using the contact buttons below.

Address
Shilstone
Modbury
Devon
PL21 0TW

Reviews

  • Geraldine and Adrian

    Thank you so much for all your hard work and energy expended on our behalf! The event passed off seamlessly from reception and canapés through wedding breakfast to the last dance and departures. The organisation was quiet and efficient, the food simply delicious (thank you so much to Chef and her staff – just great!) and the venue magical – rendered even cosier by the worsening weather outside!

    Thank you to everyone who had a hand in making this such a memorable day for our joint families and friends: the administrative and events teams who carefully planned so many elements beforehand and all the staff on the 28th both behind the scenes and front of house. Please know how appreciative we are. We placed this unique event in your hands and you delivered everything we wished for.

  • Molly and Chris

    Thank you so much for all your hard work in making our wedding day such a fantastic day. We truly had the most incredible day and can’t thank you and the staff enough. All our guests commented on how smoothly things ran, and it was such a joy as the bride and groom to know everything was in such safe hands. The decoration, food, service and everything in between were more than we could have hoped. Thank you for helping us pull it off! We feel very lucky to have found Shilstone and luckier still that the sun shined on us all day!

  • Emma and Mark

    If you are looking to get married in Devon you MUST visit Shilstone. The surroundings are stunningly beautiful and the venue and gardens are pristine.

    The wedding events team are an absolute credit to themselves, efficient, great communicators and really helped us feel more at ease during what can be stressful planning. Clearly very experienced at what they do. Every single member of staff we encountered seemed genuinely invested in making it the best day ever for us and we were so grateful and now we have so many fantastic memories.

    The food and drink were really impressive, and I had loads of positive comments from our guests who really enjoyed the day.

    Thank you Shilstone for helping make our dream wedding come true!

  • Tu Chi and Matt

    We got married on 24th August and what an amazing day we had. Shilstone is an absolutely beautiful venue, from the ceremony to canapés and the wedding breakfast the setting was just perfect.

    Hollie was the best, I’d always receive a response within 24 hours and she was extremely helpful. I can’t fault the staff on the day either, everything went seamlessly and a special mention to Tara who really stood out on the day with her organisation.

    Thank you Shilstone, we had a wonderful day.

  • Lauren and Ben Martin

    There are no words to describe just how wonderful our day was at Shilstone, but we’ll give it a go!

    You and the entire team completely exceeded all expectations. From the planning stages, receiving an instant reply to every email we sent, to answering all questions and providing information that I didn’t even know I needed, through to the pack up the following morning, every single person at Shilstone was more helpful and accommodating than we could have ever asked for.

    Everything was so slick on the day of the wedding, but just a few highlights:

    The accommodation was beautiful, spacious and so well maintained. The bridal room has been thought out so well, with the light-up stations and super large full length mirror, it was perfect!

    My dad was blown away at how coordinated the traffic was, from the staff directing cars, stopping them so my dad could pass in his truck, and helping with directions. He was also so impressed when the team kindly offered to unload items from the truck for him during the breakfast.

    I was in awe watching the service of your waiting team. Having worked for a Michelin starred property, I’m always super impressed when a venue/restaurant nails service and you guys absolutely smashed it. One of the most exciting parts of the wedding breakfast was watching all the waiting staff put the plates down on the table at the exact same time!

    The food was fantastic, or at least all my guests told me so, I was too full of nerves/adrenaline/excitement to eat, unfortunately, but it looked wonderful and we’ve had loads of great feedback about the canapes through to the evening food. People especially went crazy for the pasties!

    The venue is just beautiful, even in the pouring rain, there was still plenty of space for our guests to be sheltered and for us to have some perfect photos taken.

    There’s so much more I could say, but in all honesty, writing this has made me feel quite emotional! It was honestly the most perfect of days and I would do anything to be able to relive it all again and again.

    We cannot thank you enough for all of your hard work and professionalism, it was executed just seamlessly and made it a completely stress free day for us both.

    We are so thrilled to have found Shilstone House and honoured to have hosted the most magical day of our lives there.

    All the very best wishes,

    Lauren and Ben Martin

    (aka, the Biscoff Bride!)

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