Clearwell Castle

(44 reviews) 44 4.98
Church Road Clearwell Forest of Dean Gloucestershire GL16 8LG
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About Clearwell Castle

Church Road, Clearwell, Forest of Dean
Gloucestershire, GL16 8LG

Clearwell Castle is one of Gloucestershire’s finest wedding venues. Set within the enchanting and tranquil Forest of Dean, the venue offers an idyllic, fairy-tale setting for a truly memorable wedding day.

The spectacular Ballroom is licensed to hold civil ceremonies and offers a grand setting. The impressive 75ft aisle and the leaded glass windows create a unique and peaceful setting, usually found in elegant churches. The Ballroom can accommodate up to 150 seated guests for your ceremony and your wedding breakfast. For the evening reception, the newly transformed Vaulted Cellar Bar can accommodate up to 250 guests.

You and your wedding party can enjoy exclusive use of the Castle for a wonderful and private wedding celebration.

The Castle also has 15 stunning bedrooms which can be reserved for the night of your wedding. The superb rooms offer a delightful night’s stay after the excitement and emotion of your big day. In addition, there are 3 beautiful cottages within the glorious grounds providing the bridal party and groomsmen with a wonderful place to stay ahead of the wedding. Finally, just a short stroll away from the castle, Crosswell House now provides an additional 24 bedrooms (and bar facilities!) making it the ideal night-before solution. If one night is not enough, why not upgrade and stay for two?

Clearwell Castle is just 20 minutes from the Severn Crossing and 45 minutes from Bristol, Cheltenham and Gloucester.

Over the years, Clearwell Castle has been the proud winner of numerous awards. Most recently, this fantastic venue earned the title of the British Wedding Awards’ “Best Wedding Venue” in 2018 for the THIRD year running! They are committed to maintaining high standards so you can relax knowing that you’ve chosen the perfect venue.

• Exclusive use available of the Castle & Grounds for your wedding • Beautiful marriage room with a 75ft aisle and leaded bay windows • The stunning lawns and reception rooms are perfect for drinks and photos • Can seat up to 150 guests to dine • 39 bedrooms for your overnight guests + 3 estate cottages • Night before event facilities at Crosswell House

Facilities at Clearwell Castle

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Stately Home
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Capacity :
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
150 to 250 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster

Clearwell Castle Reviews (44)

Perfect in Every Way
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By Kyle & Charlotte, on 17 May 2019Date of Wedding - 15 May 2019

My wife and I married at Clearwell Castle in May 2019 and we could not possibly have been happier with the venue, food, events management and everything inbetween. If you are looking for a venue for your big day before you look at any other venue I would highly recommend looking at Clearwell Castle first. We drove over 100 miles to get to the venue but it was worth it. Our wedding planner, Ann, was absolutely outstanding ensuring the day ran as smooth as possible. The venue is perfect in every way and I could not possibly sing their praises enough.

The Perfect Wedding Venue
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By Mr & Mrs Fulford, on 17 May 2019Date of Wedding - 15 May 2019

My wife and I married at Clearwell Castle in May 2019 and we could not possibly have been happier with the venue, food, events management and everything inbetween. If you are looking for a venue for your big day before you look at any other venue I would highly recommend looking at Clearwell Castle first. We drove over 100 miles to get to the venue but it was worth it. There was not a second of the day where "nothing" was happening. Guests of ours had made many comments throughout the day that it was the best wedding they have ever attended and the messages are still flooding in 2 days later. Our wedding planner, Ann, was absolutely outstanding ensuring the day ran as smooth as possible. The venue is perfect in every way and I am struggling to put into words how to sing their praises enough.

Absolutely Incredible
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By Simon & Kayleigh, on 14 May 2019Date of Wedding - 12 May 2019

We had our big day at Clearwell on the 12.05.19. What can I say! absolutely incredible! The venue is amazing! The rooms were perfect! The staff both front and back of house work so hard to make your day perfect. The food is incredible! If you are looking to book Clearwell for your wedding 100% do both you and your guests will be grinning ear to ear. Amazing day, Thank you for making it possible!

Nicole and Tims wedding
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By Geoffrey Lloyd, on 03 Mar 2019Date of Wedding - 01 Mar 2019

Glearwell Castle is a fantastic place to have your wedding everything about our day was perfect. Every member of our party had a perfect day. I can recommend Clearwell to anyone looking for a well organised wedding in perfect location. Well done Clearwell ?

A wedding day that made us feel like royalty
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By Kate and Philip Browne, on 27 Feb 2019Date of Wedding - 19 Feb 2019

Many of our wedding guests told us it was the best wedding they'd ever attended. We first came across Clearwell through a bridal forum, and happened to be passing so thought we'd give it a visit. We were blown away and every other venue we visited (and there were lots!) felt inferior. They offered everything and more at a price we could afford! Michelle worked tirelessly to ensure every detail was thought out and the day would run seamlessly. The day itself was the best day of our lives. We did not have to worry about any of guests enjoying themselves, as Clearwell had more than enough to enchant and entertain them. The food was outstanding, not just the main meals, but also the beautifully presented canapes, wedding wine and the best evening buffet at any wedding we've attended. Our guests cleared it! They catered excellently for those with dietary requirements. The day was topped off by the luxury of the bridal suite - full jacuzzi, beautiful four poster bed. We really did feel like Royalty. The morning after the wedding a lovely full course breakfast was provided. We cannot thank Clearwell enough. They thought of everything - from keeping back a tier of our wedding cake and some wedding wine for us to enjoy on honeymoon and decorating the table, putting out the guestbook and table plan etc- they did it all! All I had to do was leave my place cards, wedding favours and table plan in the night before accommodation and they did everything else! They even tied ribbon around each of the napkins which looked beautiful. We had the fire lit, candles all through the venue- everything was just seamless. Most stress free wedding experience I think there could have been! Thank you!!

Fantastic service but.....
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By jenny wilson, on 05 Dec 2018Date of Wedding - 01 Dec 2018

We had an amazing experience here. The staff were fantastic. Food was an excellent standard. The surroundings were spectacular. The only thing I would criticise was the lack of Christmas Decorations. As our wedding was in December I would have expected copious amounts of traditional decorations. There was a stunning tree in the entrance hall, and another tucked away under the stairs but really nothing else to write home about. It certainly didn't ruin a marvellous day but I was just a bit surprised that a venue that would so perfectly lend itself to festive decoration was so neglected!

Dream Wedding
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By Laura & James, on 26 Sep 2016Date of Wedding - 02 Aug 2015

We got married here in August 2015 and had the most magical wedding day. Nothing was too much trouble and they were all very helpful on the run up to the wedding, and during the wedding itself. Cannot recommend highly enough, if we were to do it all again, we would still pick Clearwell!

The most memorable weekend of our lives
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By Brian Jones, on 17 Sep 2015

We married back in 2005 and it really was the venue of venues and something that has brought back smiles every time the wedding album comes out. The staff and the location really did make this the most memorable day of our lives. We loved the location so much that this year we moved lock stock and barrel to Clearwell. The Forest of Dean is such a magical place and this castle sits smack bang in the middle. Don't think twice if you are considering getting married here, its a fairy tale that you will never forget.

Belated review for brilliant venue!
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By P&J, on 06 May 2015

Very high praise for Clearwell Castle and all their staff! We got married last summer and it was truly the most wonderful and magical day of our lives. During the whole planning process, Clearwell's events managers were always on hand to answer questions (by phone or email right away!) and they provided some great recommendations for suppliers in the area. Being from out of town that was extremely helpful! Special thanks to Janet from 'Emily Rose Cakes' and Amy from 'Lavender Blue Flowers', these ladies were amazing :) We were so pleased with our cake and flowers! We had beautiful flowers in the church, on the reception tables, on the cake, and the bouquets were simply stunning. The most heartfelt recommendations to all future brides and grooms for Clearwell Castle! My only small negative is to be aware that if you have a large party, near the Castle's max capacity (160 people) for your wedding breakfast, there is bound to be delays. Despite their best efforts, it took the Castle staff much longer than expected to serve and clear all the tables. However, everyone enjoyed their food and front of house rolled with it when it came to getting the rest of the evening back on track, we never had to worry or get involved with anything on the day (which I think is the most important thing as newlyweds!)

Belated Review of our Magical Wedding!
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By Samantha and Darrell Moss, on 12 Apr 2015

From the very first contact with Clearwell Castle we knew we had chosen the right venue for our Wedding. On visiting the castle for our planning meeting we were overwhelmed by the setting, the décor and the intimacy. Clearwell castle was perfect for us. Planning was made so easy, Amy Teague talked us through everything and nothing was too much trouble. All staff at Clearwell were professional dedicated and passionate in their work, Fine details were the normal for them. On the day everything ran like clockwork no fussing around just discreet professionalism, with the added bonus of “FUN” We had a magical day, it was the party we dreamed it would be our quests are all still talking about it. Special thanks to Amy Teague, Alison Jopson and Emma Foster who made everything perfect. Amy Barnes of Lavender’s Blue Floristry of Mitcheldean needs a special mention, the flowers were perfect, delivered on the day personally, even fixed the button holes on the jackets, now that is above and beyond, “Highly recommended” Andrew Davis Photography, “Wow” how he captured our day can only be described as Magical, This guy will even climb trees for the best shot, recommended without hesitation.

The best day ever in a perfect setting.
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By Rowena Adams, on 11 Apr 2015

We got married at Clearwell Castle in November. It was a venue I had seen many years ago and when we went to view it, it was better than I remembered. Nichola, our co ordinator was brilliant, she made sure everything went perfectly. She organised us and nothing was too much trouble, she was with us every step of the day. Every member of the staff there was extremely helpful and made all of our family and friends feel very special. The food was amazing, most thought it was the best wedding food they had ever tasted. We used the castle's recommended florists Lavender Blue. Amy was excellent, I had no idea what I wanted in styles or which flowers to have so late in the year. She put together some beautiful arrangements, I even gave her carte Blanche to decorate my cake however she wanted and it was really lovely. She was really knowledgable and a delight to work with. I never appreciated how important it is to have the right people around you on the day - they were all fantastic. Thank you all.

A Stunning Venue
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By Rowena Adams, on 10 Apr 2015

We got married at Clearwell in November, it was a perfect day. Everything was planned fantastically by Nichola, she was so good. She arranged everything, everyone there made sure all of our guests were looked after and made to feel welcome and very special. We used their recommend florist Lavender Blue who are local to the castle. Amy was amazing! I had no idea where to start and she had great ideas and did all of the flower beautifully. I trusted her so much I left her to decorate my cake with flowers, using her own creativity. We had the best day ever thanks to everyone involved.

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