Athelhampton House and Gardens

(15 reviews) 15 5
Athelhampton Dorchester Dorset DT2 7LG
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About Athelhampton House and Gardens

Athelhampton, Dorchester
Dorset, DT2 7LG

Athelhampton is one of Dorset's finest Wedding venues. Whether you choose in indoor our outdoor wedding celebration, you can take your pick of beautiful spaces throughout our country house and gardens.

During sunny summer days, our Grade 1 listed gardens are an idyllic setting for your guests to relax and celebrate with you.

With beautiful features including yew pyramids and a sunken lawn (the ideal space for a game of croquet). Explore further and you’ll discover our subtropical gardens - the ideal backdrop for your wedding photographs.

Athelhampton House itself is just as glorious as its gardens. We can host your romantic wedding ceremony in our historic great hall and serve your sumptuous wedding breakfast in our lavish period dining room.

We pride ourselves on individuality and will create a bespoke offering for each of our couples. Our top chefs will prepare your unique menu using seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients.. 

The fun doesn’t stop after the wedding breakfast, we can also lay on evening entertainment to suit your wedding style, and bring out a buffet for hungry revellers later on into the party.

Perfect weddings don’t come together by chance. They’re meticulously-planned by experienced events managers. Our team of professional staff work hard to ensure your experience is perfect from the first planning meeting through to the last dance. Whether your guest list is 12 or 300, our wedding planners will work with you to ensure a stress free, relaxing planning for an equally delightful day

To discuss having your wedding in our private and historic setting, drop us a line to discuss your requirements and how we can make your dream day happen.

• Grade 1 listed garden • Exclusive use • Bespoke menus created for your day • Dedicated event planner • Subtropical garden and croquet lawn

Facilities at Athelhampton House and Gardens

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Stately Home
Outdoor License
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking

Athelhampton House and Gardens Reviews (15)

Thank You!
Venue Service

By Mr & Mrs De Angelis, on 25 Oct 2019Date of Wedding - 08 Jun 2019

To Michela, Owen & Laura. Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding day at Athelhampton so special. It would not have been the same without your superb organisational skills, guidance and help in answering all our questions beforehand and bringing everything together on the day so smoothly. the House and Gardens are so beautiful and we still can't believe how lucky we were to catch the sunshine for an outdoor ceremony! The food was fabulous and we had lots of positive feedback on it from our guests, as well as how much they loved the venue.

The Most Amazing Day
Venue Service

By Jo & Steve, on 29 Apr 2014

Thank you so much Laura, Marcus and Owen for all your help and advice with the planning of our wedding. We had the most spectacular day in the most perfect venue. Everything ran so smoothly and we were able to just enjoy the day! Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding so special.

Absolutely Stunning
Venue Service

By Nicola & Matthew Wells, on 29 Apr 2014

We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to Laura, Marcus and Owen for the spectacular job you all did on our wedding day from the start of all the planning 18 months before, to the finish on that most magical day. You were ALL fantastic and we felt in VERY safe hands! The venue and food we had was ALL just divine, the whole day just flowed amazingly and the service you all gave us was outstanding. We will treasure are special day forever!

Magical place, lovely staff, incredible service
Venue Service

By Rachel and Gregg, on 03 Jan 2014

Thank you so much to Laura, Owen and the team at Athelhampton for a truly magical wedding from start to finish. The day itself was wonderful, everything ran perfectly and the staff were kind and flexible - accommodating our guests' needs at every point. Even so, what really stood out was how easy and pleasant Athelhampton made our wedding preparations, taking a lot of the stress out of the whole process. Athelhampton was open for my mum to arrange flowers and decorate the ceremony hall the day before, and the staff even moved the flowers miraculously (we are talking a lot of plants) from the ceremony to the reception so we could enjoy them all day. Likewise, table decorations, food and wine were beautiful and took account of every detail we requested. What's more, our photographer, my hairdresser and the DJ were all local recommendations from Athelhampton and were all brilliant. We couldn't recommend Athelhampton more highly.

Amazing wedding venue
Venue Service

By Marie and Matt, on 05 Jul 2013

We would definitely recommend Athelhampton as a wedding venue. It is really the best place to get married. Laura, Owen and their team were the most professional people, they did everything to make us happy. It was very tricky for us as we were organising our wedding from abroad but Laura made it all very easy for us. The food was excellent. We just gave the chef a few ideas and she came up with a great menu (the chocolate fondue for dessert...we can't forget it!! So good!). All our guests were delighted and people are still talking about it. The house looks amazing and nobody got bored as there was so much to see. The photographer was able to take lots of pictures outside as the garden is beautiful and we have to say it looked very glamorous! We will never forget that day, it was very special and we really felt like a prince and princess!

Wedding Day Truly Special
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By Laura and Vish Skinner, on 18 Sep 2012

To the team at Athelhampton. Just a little note to say thank you so much for making our wedding day truly special. You all worked incredibly hard and we are very grateful to you. Many of our guests have told us that it was one of the best weddings they had been to! Thanks again.

Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts
Venue Service

By Stephanie and Tom Bowen, on 18 Sep 2012

Well what can we say about our wedding at Athelhampton House..... Firstly, we remember the house and the grounds, there couldn't have been a better place to get married. Secondly, the utter professionalism of every member of staff that was present on our day - superb! Thirdly, that we had a reliable, professional, friendly and calm member of staff to help put our day together. Laura - you were simply awesome! Our guests have not stopped talking about Athelhampton; the food, the venue itself, the staff and the spectacular flow of the day. You made our day so perfect and for that we will be forever grateful. Lots of love Stephanie and Tom Bowen.

Thank you!
Venue Service

By Jo & Martin Randall, on 06 Jan 2012

Dear Laura, Owen and Athelhampton staff, Thank you very much for an absolutely wonderful reception, everything was perfect. So thank you for all of your hard work. Best wishes Jo and Martin Randall

Absolutely Perfect!
Venue Service

By John & Janice Sloyan, on 06 Jan 2012

Laura and everyone who worked on the day of our wedding. Thank you all so very much for everything that you did. our guests felt so looked after, the food was wonderful and the service impeccable. Nothing was too much trouble. You helped make our day absolutely perfect! John and Janice Sloyan x P.S You all coped really well with all the children!

Many thanks
Venue Service

By James & Eli, on 06 Jan 2012

Dear Laura, Owen and the fantastic team at Athelhampton, Thank you very much for everything in the lead up to and on our wedding day. We had an absolutely wonderful day and we felt so relaxed with your seamless team operation. Our family and friends were blown away by the beautiful setting and everyone enjoyed the choice of food and flowing fine wines. Laura's comment that it was 'quite loud' while guests were eating said it all- everyone was in high spirits! We are so happy with all the arrangements and now have plenty of reasons to return to Athelhampton House and Gardens for years to come. It was a pleasure to meet you all, many thanks again. Eli & James xx

Thank You!
Venue Service

By Ben & Nicole Lewis, on 06 Jan 2012

To Laura, Owen and the Athelhampton Team, Thank you so much for all you did to make our wedding day so special. The staff were fantastic on the day, we were very well looked after and I felt like a Princess all day! Laura, thank you for helping me plan the best day of my life and turning my Bridezilla moments around! All our guests commented on how amazing Athelhampton is, especially the food! Laura and the team are an asset to Athelhampton and we could not have wished for a better day! Thank-you - Love Ben & Nicole (4th June 2011)

Fantastic Wedding Day Oct 2010
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By Thom and Nat, on 24 Nov 2010

We had the most amazing wedding day at Athelhampton in October. The staff were amazing and the day ran amazingly smoothly. It is a beautiful location with a lovely ceremony room and dining room. The gardens are beautiful and we have some very memorable photos. The food was amazing, we have had great feedback from our guests and everyone had such a great day!! The entire day as well as all of the planning and preparation with Laura and Owen leading up to the day was perfect!

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