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On since 2022

Last update: April 2024

Hamswell House is an outstanding wedding venue located near Bath, Somerset. For a truly magical wedding day, it offers the perfect setting. Situated among natural beauty in the Cotswolds, the venue boasts a beautiful rural setting and spectacular views. They have what it takes to help you create your dream wedding!

Facilities and Capacity

Boasting 50 acres of gorgeous grounds, gardens, and breathtaking country views, the historic Hamswell House has stunning surroundings that will provide beautiful backdrops for your all-important wedding photography. The venue is available for exclusive use - your special day will be the only wedding taking place here on that day. Ceremonies can be held in or outside the romantic 18th-century orangery. Alternatively, there is a 400-year-old lime tree that makes a whimsical location for your outdoor ceremony.
Afterward, you and your guests can go onto the terrace for a relaxing evening reception with refreshing drinks. The terrace is a wonderful spot as it overlooks the Hamswell Valley with the Westbury white horse off into the distance. You can explore the delightful walled gardens, the C18 water garden with its waterlilies and Neptune fountain, and the knot garden before heading to the marquee for your delicious wedding breakfast. They can accommodate up to 200 guests in the marquee for a sit-down dinner.

Services Offered

From your initial meeting and throughout your wedding preparations, the passionate team at the Hamswell House will be on hand to offer help and support. They can help with everything from recommending caterers to ensuring the big day itself runs like clockwork. Although the venue enjoys an inimitable rural setting, Hamswell House is located near Bath and Bristol and is easily accessible from the M4, making it convenient for your travelling guests.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unusual weddings
Asian wedding
Stately home
Marquees and tents
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Fire ceremony
Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Private catering allowed
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Dance floor
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Horse baraat permitted
Orangery on site
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Reviews for Hamswell House

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Jack F. Sent on 01/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The most beautiful wedding venue imaginable!

The most beautiful wedding venue imaginable! We had an incredible day and Rupert was so helpful throughout - always available to answer questions, etc. Couldn't recommend the place more highly!
Hatty S. Sent on 02/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful wisteria blooming and Stunning grounds

What an exceptional day at Hamswell House! We hosted our wedding reception at this glorious location at the end of May - looking down Swainswick Valley, with beautiful wisteria blooming and stunning grounds this provided our guests from abroad with more than a taste of a truly English wedding. Would highly recommend and the owner was a delight and quick to respond to all our queries.
Alice U. Sent on 01/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Georgeous gardens, Wonderful views

We got married here in June 2023 and would highly recommend it as a venue! Gorgeous gardens, wonderful views and Rupert is an incredibly knowledgeable and helpful host.
Sarah C. Sent on 24/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

An absolutely perfect venue

Hamswell House was an absolutely perfect venue for us to get married, and I couldn't recommend it enough to anyone considering it! We knew as soon as we drove down the drive that it was special, but then we completely fell in love with it when Rupert pointed out the beautiful 400-year-old lime tree (under which we ended up having the ceremony), the gardens that hosts the oldest wisteria in England (!) and we saw the unreal views over the countryside. The house itself is also absolutely stunning, creating a beautiful backdrop for the day.
As it is a home and not solely a wedding venue, there are a limited number of weddings hosted there a year which makes it feel all the more special, and means you have the days before to set up and you aren't rushed out of there afterwards. We even had the option to host a lunch there the day after the wedding to debrief with our guests and extend the celebrations, which was such a highlight.
Rupert was incredibly helpful throughout the whole process, answering all of our questions and sharing his experience to help us with logistics, it made the whole process of planning the wedding SO much smoother, particularly as we were doing so from abroad!
We couldn't have hoped for a happier day and we are so thankful we trusted our instincts and booked this amazing venue. If you are thinking about it definitely do it you won't regret it!
Eleanore S. Sent on 19/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Hamswell House made all our wedding dreams (and more!) come true.

Hamswell House made all our wedding dreams (and more!) come true. We got married in July 2023 at Hamswell House. I am from Hawai’i and my husband is from Chepstow, so it was important to us to have a venue near his hometown. We also had guests traveling from Hawai’i and Australia, and we were keen to give them a feel for the beautiful English countryside, while also staying in the vicinity of a city where our guests could overnight. Hamswell House is perfectly located, roughly 15mins from the center of Bath, with Taxis serving the venue.
We both knew from the moment we drove down the beautiful lane into the driveway of Hamswell House that we had to have this venue, and it was easily one of the best decisions we have ever made! Rupert limits the number of weddings at the venue, so couples are given a lot of flexibility to plan their wedding and make it unique to them. It really felt like we had a blank canvas to begin with, and we appreciated this SO MUCH, having visited numerous other venues (both in Hawai’i and in the UK) that felt more like wedding factories with no space for couples to personalize. The limited number of events also allows the lawns and gardens to really flourish, which completely enhanced their charm and character.
We had our ceremony in front of the historic and gorgeous lime tree with the stunning house as the backdrop when Kiran and I pulled up in our car. Our guests enjoyed strolling around the grounds, checking out the herb gardens, walking along the fountain, and posing for photos under the breathtaking wisteria pergola walkways. We really wanted to give our guests a variety of settings to enjoy. Of course, Kiran and I (and our photographer 😉) loved all the different and stunning backgrounds for our photos as well. We had roughly 110 guests, and we received endless compliments from them throughout the evening on the venue!
Lastly, and most importantly, Rupert was an absolute dream to work with. He was quick to respond to inquiries, and his hospitality and kindness is truly out of this world. Rupert came to the rescue of one of our elderly guests even though he had no obligation to, and he treated them with so much respect and compassion. He also put us in touch with our fantastic wedding planner, Olivia Riddiford.
We are so grateful that we were able to book Hamswell House – If you are looking to get married in South West England, please trust us when we say you do not need to look any further than this perfect venue.
Jack S. Sent on 23/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

To picture our wedding day without Hamswell House is to not picture it at all

To picture our wedding day without Hamswell House is to not picture it at all. Hamswell was the first and last venue we viewed. It is large, versatile, and picture-perfect. Rupert is a helpful, honest, and very knowledgeable ally as you plan and hurtle towards your wedding day. We hope many more will have the pleasure of holding their wedding at Hamswell.
Evelyn C. Sent on 24/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

We couldn’t have asked for a more enchanting and magical setting for our day.

We were married at Hamswell in early June and we couldn’t have asked for a more enchanting and magical setting for our day.

We had a the official ceremony under the lime tree which worked really well - many cited this as their favourite part of the day, as it felt unique and non-traditional. The gardens and views are absolutely beautiful and the perfect backdrop to every photo.

The whole venue has an excellent flow to keep guests moving to different areas, finishing in the marquee. We would also highly recommend Epic Caterers.

Rupert could not have been more helpful and responsive throughout - it is well worth leaning on his expertise during planning as he knows what works.

We would highly recommend Hamswell House for what one of our guests called “a destination wedding in England”.
Querine B. Sent on 06/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

We couldn't have wished for a more romantic and intimate setting

We got married at Hamswell House in August and enjoyed a dreamy weekend on its stunning grounds. Overlooking the Somerset hills on a sunny summer day, the view was picture-perfect and we couldn't have wished for a more romantic and intimate setting. Rupert and team have been helpful throughout the wedding preparation, recommending local suppliers and supporting us in realising our desired set-up for an alfresco lunch. Highly recommended!
Sarah J. Sent on 13/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

It was an absolutely magical day in a magical setting - our guests said it was the best wedding venue they had been to.

My husband and I married at Hamswell House in July. It was an absolutely magical day in a magical setting. We couldn't have wished for a more perfect day. Rupert and the whole Hamswell team are great and helped us with making sure the day went smoothly. A truly unique and special place and a day we will never forget. Our guests loved it and said it was the best wedding venue they had been to!
Lucy F. Sent on 11/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely perfect

My husband and I recently got married at Hamswell and all I can say is that it was absolutely perfect. The house and its grounds provide the most beautiful backdrop to be able to create your dream wedding and have ultimate creativity and flexibility. We had so many compliments on the venue and it felt very special and intimate.
Chalini L. Sent on 10/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Our guests absolutely loved it

A stunning venue! We had our wedding over two days at this gorgeous site and our guests absolutely loved it. It's evident how much time and care Rupert invests into the venue and it shows. You won't be disappointed by this venue!

Benjamin A. Sent on 09/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

We had guests come from 7 different countries and all commented on how stunning the grounds, house and views were.

We had our wedding at Hamswell House in August. We had guests come from 7 different countries and all commented on how stunning the grounds, house and views were.
Rupert was exceptionally helpful, giving us suggestions and tips as well as connections to local suppliers.
Would definitely recommend as a Wedding venue!
Talia L. Sent on 08/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Such a special, unique and intimate place to get married - the most magical and perfect day ever!

We got married at Hamswell in August and it was the most magical and perfect day ever! Both Rupert and Henry from Bath Marquees were so helpful and always responsive with our questions, and our day ran so smoothly. All of our guests said it was the most beautiful wedding location - the views are truly stunning and it’s such a special, unique and intimate place to get married. I would highly recommend getting married here!!
Henry A. Sent on 30/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible and special.

We absolutely loved Hamswell house as our venue. It was so gorgeous, the place is so varied with different areas for different elements of the day, and also so flexible so we could customise everything.
Natasha K. Sent on 23/12/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Wedding

We had an amazing wedding at Hamswell House! The fact you can personalise your day was the main selling point for us and it did not disappoint. Rupert was helpful in wanting to make our day special. The venue is beautiful and our guests gave us great feedback about it.
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