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Located down near Christchurch in rural Hampshire, the historic Grade II-listed Sopley Mill is licensed for civil ceremonies and is available for gorgeous DIY wedding receptions. It is situated on the stunning Avon watermeadows, affording splendid panoramic rustic views, and the sturdy 18th century watermill building itself displays authentic interiors with an intimate and evocative aura.
On three floors, Sopley Mill has a capacity for 100 guests for the ceremony and formal reception, up to 140 for an evening party or a standing buffet. Sopley Mill is a DIY venue, allowing you to choose your preferred caterers and other suppliers. Alternatively the owners can provide you with a food, drink, music and coordination package, leaving you more time to pick your decorations and fine tune your perfect event. Sopley Mill has a licensed bar, but doesn't impose a charge for corkage.
Sopley boasts an abundance of history. There has been a mill on the site over the Avon watermeadows since before 1066 and the Grade II-listed building that stands today was constructed in 1780. It has been owned by the Benton-Jones family since 1870 and was a working mill up to the 1950s. Since then, it has been open to the public, and recently established as a wedding venue.
Sopley Mill's hospitality facilities are spread over three storeys.
This light, spacious room is ideal to serve a sumptuous wedding breakfast for your guests, or an informal buffet meal if you prefer.
Capacity - 100 for a formal meal, 140 for an informal buffet
Seating 100 guests, this area is perfect for ceremonies, readily transforming to a dancefloor for greater numbers in the evening.
Capacity - 100 for the ceremony, 140 for the reception party
Ground Floor And Bar
Drinks on arrival can be served if you wish to set up a paid bar, or this area can function as a quiet place to relax in the evening. Alternatively, the mill offers inviting log fires for a winter wedding.
The picturesque mill exterior overlooking the watermeadows is ideal for a summer BBQ or alfresco wedding breakfast. There is space for marquees - the Mill can recommend a local company.
Sopley Mill offers full disabled access, and is equipped with a lift that can transport one wheelchair. It is pet and children friendly.
Sopley Mill is a DIY wedding venue that takes food very seriously - after all, it is one of the most important parts of your day! Therefore, they have a list of recommended caterers from which to choose from for your dream wedding breakfast. Alternatively, you can book a package wedding from Sopley Mill to have the food, drink, music and a coordinator all supplied for you, leaving you more time to plan your flowers and decorations to your own taste. Moreover, there is no corkage charge, so you're free to supply your own drinks at no extra charge.
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Guy & Amy
We had the most perfect day at Sopley Mill, everything was seamless and the venue was just stunning. Thank you so much for everything.
Elouise & Steve
To the wonderful team at Sopley Mill, We just wanted to say a big thank you for our wedding on 18th March 2016. We had an absolutely brilliant day and absolutely loved having our big day at The Mill. It is truly beautiful and clearly very well thought out and organised. We will certainly recommend you to any of our friends who may get engaged locally!
Tom & Amy
We can honestly say we had the most amazing wedding day at Sopley Mill and find it very hard to fault. The entire venue including the grounds fitted were beautiful and fitted our original plan of wanting a rustic/countryside venue. We did have concerns over having the venue split out over multiple floors as we thought this might segregate guests but on the day it worked perfectly. The main ceremony room was simply beautiful and a good size for an intimate wedding. All in all we could not rate this venue enough as we had the most amazing wedding day we could have ever wished for.
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