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The Bear of Rodborough Hotel
  • Traditional 17th-century coaching inn hotel wedding venue located just south of Stroud
  • Licensed to host civil wedding ceremonies with up to 90 guests
  • Capable of hosting up to 100 guests for a reception
  • Exclusive use available for the cost-effective fee of £500
  • Wedding parties of all sizes welcome, from 2-100!

If you are looking for a Cotswold wedding venue that can offer all-inclusive services under one distinctly unique roof, then The Bear of Rodborough is a perfect match for you! Situated within an immaculately and faithfully restored 17th-century coaching inn, the hotel hosts some of the area's most enchanting events. Whether you want an intimate affair, or a larger, more traditional wedding, the venue and its highly experienced wedding coordinator can help you achieve your dream.

The venue boasts three individual rooms in which couples can get married, and is ideal for all kinds of wedding celebrations of between 2 and 100 people. The warm, modern-yet-traditional interior design offers various atmospheric and vibrant features including stone walls, pillar candles, portraits, artwork and an overall glowing orange finish - all topped off with fabrics and wallpaper inspired by the late 19th-century Arts and Crafts Movement. Add to this 46 luxurious accommodation suites!

History

This fascinating and traditional-looking Grade II-listed building used to be an old coaching inn, and offered a welcome respite for weary travellers braving the long, slow, uncomfortable and hazardous road from London.

Created during the 17th century, the inn became an important part of the affluent Niblett family's 'Carrying' business. With many refurbishments occurring through the subsequent centuries, the inn has recently been restored and enhanced to the excellent and unique form that it presents today.

The exterior of the building retains all the rustic charm of an old coaching inn, and the interior of the venue well and truly embraces rural and countryside ideals - as far as featuring a high proportion of fabrics and patterns inspired by the celebrated Arts and Crafts Movement, and much of 19th-century artist William Morris' distinctive floral and nature-influenced work.

The hotel is part of the Cotswolds Inns and Hotels Group, who own other historic hotels and venues across the area, including The Swan Hotel, The Manor House Hotel and The Bay Tree Hotel

Facilities

Hire of The Bear of Rodborough for your wedding day in any capacity will invariably include the services of a dedicated wedding coordinator, use of the grounds and lawns for photographs, white table linen and napkins, reception room hire during the day and use of the Garden Room for canapés and champagne.

The Library Restaurant

Licensed to host civil marriage and partnership ceremonies, and ideal for wedding receptions/breakfasts, this atmospheric and flexible space is the perfect place either to tie the knot or to celebrate doing so!

Ceremony Capacity - 90 guests

Reception Capacity - 100 guests

The Terrace Room

Overlooking the gorgeous gardens at the rear of the hotel, the Terrace Room also is licensed to host wedding ceremonies, and can seat a modest number of guests for a formal reception meal.

Ceremony Capacity - 70 guests

Reception Capacity - 50 guests

The Tower Room

Ideal for more intimate celebrations, the third of The Bear of Rodborough's available rooms for hire is the Tower Room, a rather cosy and inviting space discreetly tucked away in this great building.

Ceremony Capacity - 26 guests

Reception Capacity - 25 guests

The Croquet Pavilion

A fantastic place to get married, this space offers the perfect country alfresco wedding for ceremonies up to 70.

Ceremony Capacity - 70 guests

Accommodation and Catering

The Bear of Rodborough operates as a well-reputed and welcoming hotel all year round. Each of its 46 bedrooms is individually designed to match the fascinating décor and warming atmosphere of the rest of the building. All rooms boast private ensuite bathrooms, television, radio, tea and coffee making facilities and more.

If you decide to host your wedding celebrations at The Bear of Rodborough Hotel, your guests will receive the benefit of a special accommodation rate to boot!

Catering

The hotel runs a very successful restaurant all year round, which is noted by locals and visitors alike as being a truly atmosphere-rich culinary delight. The catering team behind this renowned establishment have plenty of experience in dealing with larger events, and are guaranteed to produce excellent results on the day. After booking The Bear for your occasion, you will be working alongside your wedding coordinator and the head chef to conjure up a delicious wedding menu you will be delighted with.

Address
The Bear of Rodborough Hotel
Rodborough Common
Stroud
Gloucestershire
GL5 5DE

Reviews

  • Emma and Paul – 11/2016

    We had a wonderful day for our recent wedding at the Bear of Rodborough. Sharlene was brilliant and didn't fluster even when i was possibly the most laid back bride she'd had dealings with, leaving all of the finer details of the wedding to a few days before the event! All details were sorted quickly and the Bear was able to accommodate my idea of a 'Mad Hatters tea party' for the wedding breakfast which was phenomenal!!! The day went very smoothly under Sharlene's watchful eye so every detail was perfect even if I was late to the ceremony!

    The venue is stunning full of rustic charm and set in a beautiful location on the common, which was just what I wanted for my rustic/autumnal wedding and all the guests had a wonderful day with the only complaint that the wedding didn't last longer!

  • Bec and Dan – 11/2016

    We got married at The Bear of Rodborough in November 2016 and couldn't fault the service of the staff and the hotel on the run up to, and during our big day. Sharlene was fantastic and always at hand to answer any questions and was so friendly and accommodating. Her and the team at The Bear dressed the rooms beautifully and exactly how we wanted them, the food was delicious and we had so many comments on how great the menu was. The hotel itself is beautiful and the location perfect. We would recommend a wedding at The Bear of Rodborough to anyone seeking a local venue as for us it was perfect and we couldn't have asked for more.

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