Venues Smedmore House
Smedmore House
  • Imposing Jacobean manor house
  • Licensed to host civil wedding ceremonies
  • Located in the rolling countryside of Dorset
  • On-site accommodation
  • Capacity for 60 guests
  • Marquee capability for larger weddings
  • Catering and waiting staff available
  • A range of activities nearby

Elegant, imposing and intriguing, Smedmore House occupies a central position in the Smedmore Estate. Surrounded by rolling countryside offering sea views the Jacobean manor house is just a gentle stroll from Kimmeridge Bay, on Dorset's Jurassic Coast.

Three exquisite rooms are at your service, with a capacity of 60 guests for a romantic, intimate civil ceremony. Marquees can be erected in the grounds for larger receptions.


The Smedmores owned the estate until 1391, when it was joined to the Clavell family.

Originally, the estate was devoted to mining shale, from which in later years gas was extracted to light street lamps in Paris. The Clavells were then put out of business by Sir Robert Mansel – whose relative John would eventually inherit the estate in 1830.

The house was built in 1610 and was over looked by the famous Clavell Tower which was though to be used to signal to smugglers, who brought in brandy to the next bay.


Smedmore House offers three large rooms in which you can host your civil ceremony. The Front Room, The Drawing Room and The Dining Room all have panelled walls and antique furnishings, large windows with exceptional views and open fireplaces.

A summerhouse is also available for your ceremony, and a marquee can be erected in the grounds, considerably extending the venue's capacity for an evening reception.

Explore the grounds in any spare moments and you won't be disappointed, with two flower gardens, orchards, a Mediterranean Garden and a beautiful walk through the woods, lined with sculptures and exotic plants, all the way down to Kimmeridge Bay.

And why not turn your wedding into a weekend-long affair? Boat-trips, wind-surfing, diving, fishing, shooting, falconry, horse-riding and paragliding can also be arranged.


Chefs, kitchen and waiting staff can be hired for your wedding, with the focus on fresh, local produce and talented cooks – and don't forget the award-winning Dorset wines! For their full list of recommended suppliers, please contact Smedmore House directly.


Smedmore House is proud to offer eight bedrooms spread over two floors, each with a spectacular view. Decoration is as traditional in fashion as possible without forgetting those modern-day essentials. Interconnecting rooms are also available for family use.

If you'd like to know more about Smedmore House, please get in contact with the events team by ringing the telephone number above.

Smedmore House
BH20 5PG


  • June 2016

    A huge thank you from both families for what has been the most perfect wedding weekend for Dan and Abi. This really is a little piece of heaven and we will never forget either the comfort and peace of the house and the location or the wonderful hospitality of Julie who looked after us so well. PS We could stay forever!

  • Sept 2016

    Purbeck in all its variety. Instant home for a family wedding. Special thanks to Julie, Laura and Team. Living a dream! Clavell Tower Open Day too! Extra wedding photos. Ian Jackason the wonderful vicar at church Knowle. Appreciation to everyone for such an opportunity to explore Mansel history too.

  • August 2017

    This was the best venue we could have ever imagined for our beautiful wedding. Our immediate family all stayed in this stunning house for the entire weekend. Every single person loved this house so much! It has so much character and interesting features everywhere you turn…. Every one of the wedding guests commented on how stunning the venue and location were. It was a dream weekend and we all cannot wait to come back.

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