Venues The Orangery Suite
The Orangery Suite
  • A gorgeous rural Dorset idyll
  • Landscape of striking natural beauty
  • Specialises in garden weddings
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Marquee for reception entertainment
  • Outdoor activities aplenty
  • Flexible range of catering options
  • Truly unique and historic venue

This scenic wedding venue in Dorset presents an absolutely perfect spot for an idyllic garden party. A short distance from Wimborne, the country house features landscaped grounds, a grand marquee and a range of activities to entertain your wedding guests.

The Orangery Suite is licensed to host civil wedding ceremonies, with the house itself featuring a wide illuminated ceremony room holding 75 seated guests. In the gardens, a pagoda-style marquee will accommodate up to 85. With Grade II-listed historic walls to enclose your memorable day, there are very few Dorset locations quite as unique.


With history reaching back over two centuries, The Orangery Suite used to serve as a walled garden for Merley House, just a short distance away. It was within these walls that many exotic birds were exhibited by the Willett family, resident owners at the time.

Overseen by architect John Nash, who designed Buckingham Palace and Brighton's Royal Pavilion, The Orangery Suite still remains under national heritage protection as a Grade II-listed site and continues to be a visual wonder for brides and grooms-to-be.


Inside the walled grounds there are three acres of beautifully landscaped gardens to meander through, artistically punctuated with quaint wooden gazebos, polished river bridges in Oriental style, ornamental decorations and a rich bounty of natural flowers.

The spacious interior room which floods with natural sunlight presents a cosy area for wedding ceremonies, whilst the impressive pagoda-style marquee, the centrepiece of the garden, serves as the larger of the two spaces for a glamorous wedding reception. The fully-stocked bar is also situated within the grounds for the use of wedding guests.

These spaces are not open to the public and thus the wedding party enjoys exclusive access to all areas of the grounds. Pets are allowed if you wish them to join in the fun.

Catering and Activities

Much variety of cuisine has been served at The Orangery, thanks to its wide selection of expert caterers. Anything from hog-roasts or barbecues to afternoon teas or formal wedding breakfasts are welcome, and the staff will be happy to coordinate your ideas.

In terms of entertainment activities, there is an extensive repertoire of games available within the walled garden area. Equipment can be supplied for giant chess, pétanque, table tennis, crazy golf or croquet, as well as additional options that can be arranged.

Due to the peaceful nature of the venue, Discos or similar styles of loud entertainment will not be allowed. However, background music is welcome at wedding celebrations.

Should you wish to learn more about weddings at The Orangery Suite, either click the 'Email this business' tab above, or dial the telephone number.

The Orangery Suite And Gardens
Merley House Lane
BH21 3AA


  • EW

    I was blown away by the Orangery Suite when I first saw it and I'm so glad Matt and I chose it for our wedding venue. The Orangery and the grounds are absolutely stunning and the marquee is lovely. The children at the wedding were able to just run free and enjoy the activities in the garden whilst the adults could relax and also enjoy what the venue had to offer. The crazy golf, croquet and volleyball proved very popular!

    Thank you Graham for all of your help. A truly wonderful venue!

  • FG

    It couldn't have been a more perfect day! Our guests commented on the beautiful gardens and the children loved the games. I can't wait to see our professional photos as there were so many gorgeous areas around the garden. For us, we didn't want a registry office as our local wasn't as special as we imagined, and the over priced hotels limited us greatly. The Orangery Suite was a perfect middle ground and amazingly priced.

    Graham was incredibly helpful and nothing was too much to ask.

  • CJF

    Wish I could give more stars! This place is beyond amazing! We had our wedding here this Saturday, and it was perfect. All the guests were stunned with the grounds, and loved every minute. The kids were fully entertained by the garden games (which meant a lot as nearly half of our guests were kids!) . Graham was so helpful leading up to and on the day of the wedding and it meant a lot that he replied to any of my questions within a short period of time through email or phone which was very much appreciated. I loved the fact I could decorate myself. It's a day I will never forget. The Orangery Suite is a hidden gem. And I really couldn't recommend it enough!

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