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Hilles House is a historic wedding venue in Painswick, Gloucestershire. This romantic Grade II-listed arts and crafts house is nestled in an extraordinary remote setting with far-reaching views of five counties. Hosting celebrations of love since 1914, it was built by architect Detmar Jellings Blow. From its start, Hilles House has enjoyed strong links to extraordinary creative talents, from William Morris to Alexander McQueen.

Facilities and Capacity

Hilles House has a licence to host civil ceremonies for up to 100 guests in the Great Hall. This charming space is in the main house, decorated with historic paintings, welcoming fireplaces, and bay windows looking out on the established gardens. If you dream of a celebration in the open air, you can also avail yourself of their bespoke yurt. One of the largest in Europe, it can accommodate up to 250 seated guests. With exclusive use of the home and wonderful grounds at Hilles House, you'll be free to tell your love story how you like. From drinks on the terrace and lawns to secret nooks, all with stunning views of the Cotswolds, there is no limit to the photo opportunities.

Services Offered

The wedding team for Hilles House and the Palace Yurt will offer our wedding couples support and flexibility to create a truly memorable day. Their goal is to ensure that each wedding is bespoke, with a relaxed and informal atmosphere. With a limited number of weddings permitted each year, they promise you their undivided attention. Upon booking, you'll also gain access to their list of recommended, high-quality suppliers to bring your dream day to life. The venue's team can also help arrange for camping on the grounds for overnight guests and accommodations at nearby hotels in Painswick. The village is known as the Queen of the Cotswolds, so you can expect a positively dreamy location. Some key amenities at Hilles House include the following:

  • Exclusive use available
  • Ideal for both intimate and large weddings with a magnificent marquee on the lawn
  • Dedicated team on-hand to help you plan
  • Licensed to hold civil ceremonies with up to 100 guests
  • Beautiful Arts and Crafts House boasting stunning views of five counties
  • Flexible for your choice of caterers and suppliers
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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Stately home

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Private catering allowed
Buffet meal facilities

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Evening reception facilities
Outdoor fireworks permitted

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Sophie Sent on 31/05/2019
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Unique Wedding Venue

We had our wedding at Hilles House on Saturday 11th May and it was more than we ever could have hoped for. I remember my Dad driving me down the long driveway in an old landrover through all of the wild garlic and seeing our guests making their way to the outdoor ceremony overlooking five counties. We had drinks on the terrace in the sunshine, a delicious meal by Cotswold Cooks in the Palace Yurt and watched the incredible sunset before an amazing party.

We saw lots of venues and so many felt like a 'package' or 'factory wedding'. Hilles gave us the flexibility to be creative and design the day we wanted. Emma was brilliant and we actually really enjoyed the day before decorating with all of our bridal party. We spent the evening before the wedding in the local village pub The Royal Oak which is lovely.

I would really recommend our suppliers as well, our incredible photographer Amy-Rose Photography, Cotswold Cooks and the Enchanted Florist. I wish we could do it again!
Vivien Sent on 10/07/2018
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My daughters wonderful day

I didn’t realise the trials and tribulations of arranging a wedding until recently when my daughter Rosie got married . A wedding should be a joyous occasion and therefore it is paramount that it is as stress free as possible . There are beautiful venues around the country and ‘’Hilles House’ is indeed a beautiful venue - the views - the gardens - the house - and the yurt are truly sensational . The mist important issue however was the delightful host Detmar who is absolutely charming and he is a calming influence during the whole event . Nothing is too much trouble for Detmar and his team are also a delight . The whole day was fabulous and we owe so much to Hilles House and the professional way that his team managed the day . I have had so many letters commenting on the wonderful venue and I am sure that the wedding photos will confirm this . Thank you Detmar - my daughter had her perfect wedding !!
Anthony Sent on 03/07/2018
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Wedding at Hilles

Detmar hosted our wedding at Hilles, the first in the magnificent palace yurt. The yurt is a beautiful structure, bright, light and with a spectacular view, visible from every seat. The yurt glowed in the evening as we partied and the wooden floor great for dancing on. The yurt's detailing makes it feel intimate whilst being able to host lots of guests. It was magical day and Hilles will always have a place in our hearts. There is nowhere like Hilles and I will always have the memory of guests in flowing dresses petting horses in the field below the house with the sun setting. Thank you to Detmar and Lucie for taking a personal approach to hosting and being so accommodating. Thanks also to Will, master yurt builder extrodinaire.
Darius Sent on 10/11/2017
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One of the best views in Britain

My wife and I got married at Hilles House in the summer of 2017. Quite simply it was the view and historical house that won us over. Envisage cocktails being drunk on the lawn with spectacular horizon views all the way as far as Wales and the ability to create a unique wedding with a white canvas just the way you want it to be. We had magicians, fire performers, even fireworks launched form the fields. Many of our guests told us it was the best wedding they've ever been to. Do check out Bowden Hall to accommodate the majority of your guests as well as Painswick. Detmar and Martha are delightful and we consider them friends.
This venue is not to be missed!
Susan Sent on 22/05/2013
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What a perfect day! Oct 2012

From start to finish our dreams became reality. We were fully involved with every aspectof the planning then on the day everything ran so smoothly. The caterers were top quality, and the venue absolutely breathtaking. Special thanks to Simon, Susan and especially Genevieve.
Genevieve Sent on 29/09/2011
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Absolutely Perfect

From start to finish this location and the people involved were the best we could ever wish for. I highly recommend.
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