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 recommend trustworthy local companies. 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.
Catering And Accommodation
Sopley Mill is a DIY wedding venue, so you are welcome to bring along the caterer or other suppliers of your choice. Alternatively the owners can recommend local companies. Accommodation is not currently available onsite, but there's plenty in the local area.
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