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Marden Park Mansion

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Marden Park Mansion

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  • All-inclusive wedding venue in Surrey
  • Imposing 19th century Gothic mansion
  • Convenient location near Caterham
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Chapel for Catholic ceremony or blessing
  • Ceremonies with up to 130 guests
  • Evening reception parties for up to 250
  • Primarily available out of school term-time

Located between Woldingham and Caterham, right in the heart of the North Downs, and within the stunning Marden Park Mansion, this unique all-inclusive wedding venue is situated within a historic 19th century mansion and boarding school. Able to seat up to 130 for a civil ceremony and formal reception and up to 250 for evening parties, there's plenty of room for exclusive weddings!

The venue is more than capable of hosting weddings for much of the year, with a talented in-house catering team producing delicious cuisine and evening buffets and a fully-licensed bar including staff at your disposal. Owing to its scholastic function, the house is typically available for exclusive hire during school holidays throughout the year, including Christmas, Easter and the long summer break.

History

Marden Park Mansion is an Independent Roman Catholic Church boarding and day school for girls, now located in Marden Park.

The school as an entity was founded in 1842 by the Society of the Sacred Heart, an organisation promoting girls' education which harks back to the time of the French Revolution. It was originally located at Berrymead in the Acton district of London.

The imposing mansion which now houses the school was built in 1888 by J W C Fegan, and the girls subsequently moved in!

Notable Woldinghamians include Vivien Leigh, Caroline Wyatt, Louise Mensch, Clarissa Dickson Wright and Carey Mulligan.

Facilities

Stephens Room

Simply perfect for a civil wedding ceremony followed by drinks and a canapé reception, this room leads onto its own terrace.

Civil ceremony capacity - 85 guests

Wilson Room

Your party can then head over to the gorgeous, oak-panelled Wilson Room for your formal reception and wedding breakfast.

Formal reception capacity - 130 guests

Nicholson Room

Next to the Wilson Room, this space serves as the venue's bar.

Goddard Room

Finally, host the evening reception party in the Goddard Room, with space for a band, disco and plenty of happy dancing feet. You could also hold your ceremony here with up to 130 guests.

Civil ceremony capacity - 130 guests
Evening reception capacity - 250 guests

Pergola Walk And Gardens

Be sure to take advantage of the lovely gardens and a magical Pergola Walk. This unique pathway meanders gently through the rear gardens towards the Pergola, and is punctuated by tall stone Doric columns - perfect for photographic opportunities!

The Chapel

There is also a chapel with lovely stained-glass windows onsite which is available for Roman Catholic wedding ceremonies and blessings. Get in touch with the coordinators to find out more.

Catering

The delicious wedding cuisine at Marden Park Mansion is rustled up by a talented in-house catering team. Extremely flexible, the chefs will work hard to accommodate your needs and create a perfect bespoke wedding menu for you and your party to enjoy.

Accommodation

Accommodation is possible outside of term times, when the on-site dormitories are empty of course! This typically includes the Easter and summer holidays.

To find out more and to book Marden Park Mansion for your wedding, get in touch using the contact buttons below and to the right.

Address
Marden Park Mansion
Marden Park
Woldingham
Caterham
Surrey
CR3 7YA

Reviews

  • Mr & Mrs P – December 2021

    Thank you for arranging my wedding so beautifully. The venue looked lovely and we have been inundated with texts and emails from everyone who came saying how much they enjoyed the food and the setting.


  • Mr & Mrs S – October 2021

    As for the wedding itself we’ve had so many friends and family members tell us how stunning the venue was and we wholeheartedly agree, we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful place for our special day (and the weather hugely helped). The ability for us to have a catholic ceremony on-site was truly fantastic and was such an important thing for us, the fact everything could happen in one place was more than we could have asked for.

    Faye, you as events coordinator were so helpful and understanding especially given how difficult the planning with us being far away and unable to visit that frequently during the pandemic.
    Overall it was a stunning day and I cannot recommend the venue enough. Everyone was so friendly and attentive it made me relax and feel like I could be completely hands off on the day.


  • Mrs & Mrs A

    We just wanted to say the biggest biggest thank you for everything you both did to make Saturday so special. It was honestly the most amazing day (all of our friends who are getting married soon keep saying they don’t know how they’ll top it!) and you and all the team were just fantastic. Please pass on our biggest thanks to everyone - it genuinely exceeded expectations (except the weather!) in every way.


  • Mrs & Mrs K – July 2021

    Getting married at Woldingham School was an utterly magical event. The beautiful driveway, handsome mansion and gorgeous grounds are an incredibly lovely setting. You feel as if you are in the heart of the countryside, yet it is actually really easy for people to reach from London by train or elsewhere by car. Having the entire venue and being able to use several stunning rooms was a key attraction and it really paid off. We loved the versatility and flexibility of being able to use the different rooms for the key events of the day plus several different evening entertainments. The staff at the school were phenomenal from start to finish, both with the planning and on the day itself. Everyone was so helpful. It was genuinely the best day of our lives and the school played a huge part in achieving that. We wish we could do it again and we are so so happy that we chose the school.

    Thank you so much for all your help Faye with the planning. You were fantastic and we appreciate all of you patience, suggestions and advice. But we had a phenomenal day and are so grateful to you and all the team at the School.


  • Mrs & Mrs D – July 2021

    We cannot thank the amazing team at Woldingham for making our wedding day so perfect. We couldn't have imagined a better venue and the service was first class. It's very stressful planning a wedding mid-pandemic but Woldingham made everything as easy and calm for us as possible. The venue itself is absolutely stunning and the food was delicious. We particularly loved all of the different rooms available which meant the different parts of the wedding felt special and different in their own space especially with the torrential rain we had. Could not recommend any more highly!

  • Mrs A (mother of bride) – July 2021

    I just wanted, rather belatedly thank you, to all the staff who made K & J’s wedding such a special event.
    The whole day was perfect, the wedding breakfast and evening buffet delicious and many of our friends also commented on the staff who were discreet, yet efficient and charming.

  • Mr and Mrs F - 03/08/2019

    Just wanted to thank you and Sandra for being absolute stars! Joe and I couldn't have asked for two better people to organise our day for us. You both went above and beyond and we can't thank you enough for making our day so special.

  • Mr and Mrs P - 26/10/2019

    Now the dust has settled we just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the Woldingham team - our wedding day was everything we wanted it to be. We've had so many kind words since the big day, our guests absolutely loved the venue, the food and the service. You were so supportive throughout the planning and did everything you could for us on the day. As cliché as it sounds, it really was the best day of our lives and we've made some fantastic memories and we have you to thank.

  • Mr and Mrs R - 25/05/2019

    From the moment we looked round Woldingham School, we knew it was special and the ideal place in which to have our wedding reception. As practising Catholics, as are so many of our guests, we were blown away by the history and beautiful interior of the mansion. The staff couldn't do enough for us in the preparations leading up to the big day and it was always very easy to get in touch with Faye to make any tweaks to our plans and to ask the umpteen questions we had!

    The location is spectacular and everyone commented on the beauty of the grounds and the time in which they had to explore them in between eating, drinking and dancing! Many of our guests have said how amazing the food was, especially the trio of lamb. Everyone was so at ease, which is what we wanted on our wedding day. Having the whole mansion ensured people could move around freely and it was great for both the party animals as well as those who wanted some quiet time in the lounge/bar area.

    We cannot speak more highly of Woldingham School and would highly recommend it to our friends as being a wonderful venue for a wedding.

    Thank you to all who made our day complete.

  • Sam and Dave Gajlewicz – 30/07/2016

    As the old cliché goes, you had me at “hello”, Woldingham School had us as we drove down the drive the very first time and the school came into view. We just knew. By the time Clare (Events Manager) was two minutes into the tour we were ready to pay the deposit! Clare was extremely helpful and absolutely lovely from the first day we met her and throughout the wedding journey. Jane (Catering Manager) was very helpful in the lead up to our big day and all her staff were superb on the day. All our friends and family absolutely loved the venue. A magical place which has given us wonderful memories. Thank you!

  • Chelsey and Robert Street – 23/07/2016

    The staff were absolutely phenomenal. If there was any question or query it was always answered extremely quickly. A lot of pressure planning the wedding was taken away as the staff were extremely helpful and attentive through the entire process. Jane (Catering Manager) was fantastic throughout the tasting and especially on the big day, and the catering staff were extremely professional. It was great to watch our guests enjoy the silver service experience. The entire venue was absolutely magnificent. During the wedding, guests only had praise and were blown away by the venue and grounds.

  • Nadia and Howard Watson - 16/07/2016

    Clare, Jane and the catering staff at the school couldn’t have done more during the lead up to the wedding, or on the day itself. Nothing was too much trouble, and the staff were so attentive on the day. The food was outstanding…many of our guests have since commented on the quality of the food. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the venue to others.

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