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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. You can have an idyllic outdoor ceremony within these walls.

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


  • Louise

    I photographed a wedding here on Monday and it was so lovely. We had all different types of weather, sun, rain, dark grey clouds, and it looked beautiful at every stage. It’s so picturesque and there are games on the ground to entertain everyone, from croquet, to chess, there are various seating areas for photographs, it’s a beautiful little place. The reception was in a lovely marquee, and they did a barbecue for the wedding party. There’s a little bar inside too. I highly recommend it

  • Rob and Ash

    We would just like to say a massive thank you to you and your team for everything you did to make our day go smoothly. Everything was perfect and you facilitated our needs perfectly. We really appreciated the time you spent with us before the day and your unobtrusive presence throughout the day. Everybody loved the venue, and its the perfect place for what we needed.

  • Stacey and Kate

    Kate and I just wanted to say a massive thank you for yesterday. It was the most perfect day and we are so pleased we picked The Orangery Suite for our wedding. Thank you!

  • Karen

    My daughter got married here August bank holiday last year and it was amazing. The staff were lovely, really friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble and the guests said it was not only a wedding but a day out for all too. A chance of fun for all. A real family and friends day.

  • Hayley

    We got married here just over 2 weeks ago. This was the first and only venue we viewed for our soon as we set foot in the gardens we knew it was the perfect venue for the relaxed summer wedding that we wanted! We didn't want a hotel or country house as we didn't like how the day was too 'structured' and we wanted something a bit different. We wanted to be able to choose how our day went and change the order of things as we pleased. The Orangery Suite lets you decorate things exactly as you want them and you have the whole venue to put your own stamp on. The huge range of garden games were an added bonus as free entertainment for our wedding guests and they were really popular on the day. Unfortunately, despite it being July, it was drizzly on and off throughout the day but it definitely didn't ruin anything and Graham was really helpful with changing things around for us, plus it still stayed dry at the times we needed it to and we got all our outside pics. I wish we could have our wedding all over again just to go back to the Orangery Suite, it really is stunning with so many great backdrops for photos. Thanks so much Graham! This is the perfect hidden gem for weddings and we will try to find any excuse to have another party here at some point.

  • Rebecca

    We chose The Orangery Suite in late May for the ceremony and daytime reception for our wedding because we wanted a fun wedding where our guests could relax and keep themselves entertained too. Needless to say, The Orangery Suite delivered! The grounds are beautiful and offered ample room for 60-70 guests to explore and discover various games dotted around. The ceremony room and the gazebo were great too, but the outdoor areas were the real stars of the show. Even for such a long reception (we had the venue booked for 7 hours), I was never worried that the guests would get bored and heard only great feedback from them.

  • 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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