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Wotton House
  • Hotel wedding venue in Dorking, Surrey
  • Delightful 17th-century country mansion
  • Set in stunning gardens and grounds
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Lavish receptions for up to 200 guests
  • 121 luxurious ensuite bedrooms
  • UK Wedding Awards: Best Country Venue
  • Inspired England's first Italian garden

A palatial mansion which was the inspiration for England's very first Italian Garden and now serves as a hotel, Wotton House in Dorking boasts all the facilities you need for a perfect wedding day. The 17th-century edifice is simultaneously awe-inspiring and welcoming; as you travel up the sweeping driveway you'll be amazed at the surroundings, yet feel immediately at home.

With Roman-style temples licensed for civil ceremonies and 13 acres of luxuriant grounds which include John Evelyn's Italian Garden, your wedding day will proceed against a backdrop of sheer serenity and blissfulness. Alternatively, you can choose to host your ceremony in The Old Library, which, with roaring fires and seasonal décor, is quite perfect for a winter wedding.


In 1620, Wotton House was the birthplace of John Evelyn, the diarist, landscape gardener and creator of England's first Italian Garden here between the years of 1643 and 1652. The house was enlarged in the 18th century and was the family seat of the Evelyn family for centuries. After the wars it was used as a Fire Service College. The gardens were Grade II*-listed in 1984 and Wotton House itself and its garden grottoes soon followed suit, becoming listed in 1987.


Old Library

If you dream of a chapel-style ceremony, the Old Library could be your perfect setting. With original features, including vaulted ceilings, pillars and marble fireplaces, the room presents a truly stunning location to recite your vows and exchange your rings.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 138 Guests

Walled Garden

Amaze your guests as they walk down the stunning pathway to the secret walled garden, which boasts a 17th-century temple licensed for civil ceremonies. The temple can seat 138 guests.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 138 Guests

Italian Garden

England's first ever walled garden, designed by John Evelyn, is a highlight of Wotton House and available for civil ceremonies.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 138 Guests

Evelyn Suite

This light and airy suite has neutrally decorated walls, making it adaptable to wide-ranging colour schemes or wedding themes.

Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 150 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 200 Guests

Late Availability And Exclusive Offers

Wotton House from time to time can offer exclusive promotional specials and late availability deals. Contact the team for details.


The skilled hotel chef team will work with each wedding couple to create a delicious menu which is tailored to individual tastes or budgets. They are experienced in observing special dietary requirements, adapting the menu to suit these needs. Because every wedding menu is created uniquely, you can rest assured you'll find something to tickle your tastebuds at Wotton House.


Wotton House boasts 121 stylish ensuite bedrooms, all of which contain comfortable beds with superluxury pillows and mattress toppers. The rooms combine classic features with modern and contemporary facilities, ensuring that you will have a luxurious night's stay whilst still enjoying the heritage of the house. There is a designated bridal suite - Room 301 - in which the bride and bridesmaids can quietly prepare themselves on the morning of the wedding and the newlyweds can spend their wedding night.

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Wotton House
Guildford Road


  • Mr and Mrs Richardson –29/12/2016

    Thank you sooooo much for making our wedding day just perfect. Every single one of you played a massive part in making our 2016 end in the most perfect way ever imaginable. It was our absolute dream.

    We literally cannot stop talking about our day. I wish I could do it all over again...and if we did. I wouldn't change one thing! Thanks to your 5* service our day was better than we ever could have imagined. We are so happy we choose Wotton as our wedding venue, we are even more in love with it now then we were before. I am very jealous of those who are due to get married there!!

    I can't even begin to say what a wonderful and dedicated staff you have at Wotton. Every single one of you played a massive part. We cannot thank you enough. You should be very proud of your smash it out the park compared to other venues!!! Lucky us!! Thank you just does not even cut it.

  • Mr and Mrs Lee – 10/12/2016

    Hope you are well and had a great Christmas and New Year. The wedding was amazing and exceeded even our expectations. The comments from friends and family were so complimentary. Right from the venue, to the room decoration, the food, drink. Literally everything had the wow factor. Suzy of course looked amazing. The old bride cliché but Suzy’s dress was something else. Do you have Amanda’s email as we wanted to thank her.

    Thanks for all your help getting everything ready. Having that running order ensured everything was perfect. We honestly couldn’t have wished for more. Since we booked Wotton it has certainly upped its game and the décor now is top class.

  • Mr and Mrs Malin –10/09/2016

    Dean and I just wanted to send you a note to thank you and the team at Wotton for helping to make our day so special. Every step throughout the day a member of staff were on hand to help and assist with our every need. We had the most perfect day and thanks to the amazing work of every member of the Wotton team, and the dedicated hands on support of Jodey and Robert Gee the day ran perfectly.

    Kat you were a huge help in the run up to the day and assisted to make the planning process as stress free as possible. Your personal approach made us realise we had made the right choice in choosing Wotton House for our wedding and thank you all so much for making our day simply perfect.

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