Located just outside Newbury, Berkshire, Donnington Grove is a country house wedding venue embraced by stunning grounds, enchanting views and a quirky, unique character. This 500-acre haven, nestled at the foothills of Donnington Castle, is a picture of bygone luxury. From its 18-hole golf course to the centuries-old artwork and handpainted wallpaper, this grand estate offers a traditional British setting that appeals to even the most diverse tastes.
Facilities and Capacity
Dating back to 1793, Donnington Grove has enjoyed an array of prestigious inhabitants, from the well-known to the eccentric. A Georgian trendsetter, esteemed historian, and 1920's heiress are just some of the figures to have graced its halls, each leaving behind their own distinctive mark. Today, the grounds contain an intriguing mix of ornamental gardens, secluded lodges, and a tranquil Japanese She-tennoji Temple, ideal for gorgeous wedding photographs. Amidst these enchanting exteriors, including the romantic bridge over the River Lambourn, couples can host an outdoor ceremony beneath the Japanese Pagoda. Up to 120 guests can continue the celebrations within the venue's heated Marquee. Adjacent to this is the Kennet suite, the largest function room in the property. Featuring a high ceiling, an original fireplace, and a patio, this majestic setting can comfortably host up to 100 people. Elsewhere, a choice of smaller areas is available for micro weddings, with the Cloud Room being a stand-out option. This elegant setting contains a soaring handpainted ceiling and large windows overlooking the grounds. The space is also licensed for civil ceremonies with the added benefit of connecting to the Kennet suite and Marquee. After the festivities, couples and their guests will have their pick of a varied selection of stylish rooms, including lake view lodges and the Manor House Suite.
Everything at Donnington Grove is aimed towards making the big day run without a hitch. A highly-experienced wedding coordinator will be available at every stage, from the first venue visit until the last guest leaves. This dedicated professional is well-versed in working around specific wedding themes, whether a traditional wedding or a Morrocan-style hideaway. Meanwhile, the on-site culinary team will do the utmost to ensure that each wedding dish is as delicious as it is memorable. Couples can choose from two main packages designed to meet more restricted budgets or act as a starting point for those who seek a bespoke day. Each one comes with exclusive hire and a complimentary stay in a luxury suite on the wedding night. Additional features include:
- Arrival drink of Pimms or champagne
- Canapés on arrival
- Set 3-course meal
- Half a bottle of house wine per person
- A choice of buffet or hog roast
- Resident disco
- Chair covers with sash and table runner
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Ian and Sarahs Wedding Day 21 MArch 2015
I would like you to know that we were absolutely delighted with the superb wedding celebration that Charlie and his team put on for us on Saturday. I cannot begin to tell you just how thrilled we were and how flawlessly everything went. The preparation was perfect, the service was outstanding, the food was delicious – what more can I say? Several people said to me that the food was the best they had ever had at a wedding.
I know that Ian and Sarah were delighted too and will want to thank Charlie themselves, but I wanted you to know what a great asset you have there – you should be very proud of him.
I’ve copied him on this note and won’t spare his blushes!
Many thanks again for a superb day.
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