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Last update: November 2023
Kingston Maurward is a beautiful wedding venue in Dorchester, Dorset. This 18th-century house is situated in the heart of Dorset’s beautiful countryside, providing an idyllic location for the perfect wedding.
Facilities and Capacity
Discover the tranquil, peaceful and intimate setting of Kingston Maurward, surrounded by a scenic lake, extensive lawns and formal gardens. With its parkland approach and sweeping drive, the Georgian mansion and ornate rooms set the scene as a first-class venue for a civil ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception. You can host a memorable outdoor ceremony in the landscaped gardens with lush greenery and blossoming flowers as your backdrop. After, enjoy a cocktail on the terrace while your photographer takes those coveted group photographs on the ornate outdoor stairs. Upon entering the Grand Entrance Hall, your guests will be impressed by the high ceilings, sparkling chandeliers and marble fireplaces. End your day by celebrating your forever union in Maurward Hall, a sprawling event venue that can host up to 130 guests for your wedding breakfast or 230 for an evening reception.
The Kingston Maurward team strives to ensure that the entire day is tailored to your individual requirements. Their catering team will work with you to craft your perfect wedding meal that can be tailored to suit your tastes and dietary requirements, and their in-house floral design team will create exquisite arrangements to take your celebration to the next level. With its stunning countryside setting, excellent catering services, and unrivalled facilities, Kingston Maurward will provide a wedding day to remember forever.
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23rd April 2022- best day of our lives
We had an issue with our first venue and with only 6 months to go we had to change. All I can say is I’m so glad we did. Danielle, our wedding coordinator, was outstanding. She made us feel so comfortable and relaxed from the get go. Nothing was an issue and the day couldn’t have gone any better. Danielle told us on the night of the wedding we were her first wedding. We would never have thought that with how professional and brilliant she was throughout the whole process of planning to the end. Thank you so much for making our day as amazing as it could’ve been.
Wedding 7th Oct '23 - Absolutely amazing experience
A Fantastic venue
Our handfasting at kingston maurward
They showed us, how they decorated and set up the room for our special day. I fell in love with it straight away and started to get excited for the following day.
Danille and Martha had action plans in place, that put us at ease. We had hog roast and pizza van for our menu. This was cooked outside, but served inside to keep our guest warm and clothes wet free.
The bar staff were absolutely amazing!! We had a range of age groups, (22-70)who all got involved with downing shots.
Our daughter only 7yrs wanted to feel a part of the day with white wine ( this is my favourite).
Danille and Martha ordered in specially for Ella, non alcoholic wine. She was buzzing.
I have to say a Massive thank you to the team for making our day so special. We only had a 6 month wait to plan it all, and it was PERFECT.
I would recommend Kingston maurward to all my friends, family and colleagues.
Not only amazing grounds, and Manor House but wonderful wedding planners and staff.
Laura and Shaun.
The most perfect venue.
From the minute we met Danielle our coordinator, we felt totally at ease with the planning of our special day, that everything was taken care of and in hand, and it all was.
I was a little bit of a bridezilla if I'm honest, in the sense I was in control of everything down to the finest details, and I would panic over the smallest things, so thinking that on the actual day everything would be controlled by people other than me terrified me 😂 but it went off with a bang, our totally perfect perfect day, even with guests, staff and bride melting in the days' heat. Everything was organised and sorted behind the scenes and they set the venue up like a fairytale, I couldn't have wished for things to be better.
Danielle and Kingston Maurward gave us complete freedom of the venue, decorating it with our personalities, however we pleased. The menu and food were beautiful and I received compliments upon compliments for the days' food. Very skilled chefs and such polite waiting staff.
For the amount that you get with this venue. the gardens, the lake, the house, grounds, in house catering and floristry, and the staff that are there for your every need from start to 'I do's, the price was a steal. I could never have picked anywhere else, it was AMAZING.
Stunning venue, very professional service
Danielle made this the best wedding it could possibly be!
Our dream wedding day
Danielle and Natasha were our main contacts and were knowledgeable and professional at all times. Nothing was too much to ask and every little detail was done to absolute perfection. Everyone was warm and friendly and nothing was too much trouble.
Our guests commented on how fantastic the food was and we agreed.
We are so pleased that we chose Kingston Maurward for our special day ❤️
Best day of celebrating
The venue was totally incredible, all my guests said good things about the building and the area.
Highly recommended xx
Shocking response to Covid wedding cancellation
Kingston Maurward flatly refused to refund any of the £1,000 deposit that was paid over a year ago and repeatedly quoted the clauses within the contract. In essence we have paid £1,000 for the privilege of holding two meetings (approx 2 hours in total) to discuss very broad wedding plans, over 6-12 months ago. Despite written requests, KM have been completely unsympathetic in offering even a partial refund, even though it would not have been possible for them to provide the wedding that was intended, due to Covid. They have justified keeping the £1,000 ' to cover administration and related expenses.' within the terms of the contract. They have repeatedly rebuffed any and all requests for any kind of refund and have quoted back clauses within the contract that don’t even apply in this instance.
I would NOT recommend this establishment to anyone who is planning a wedding, due to the behaviours and attitude of the Management and would strongly recommend T&Cs are thoroughly read and understood before committing anything to KM, who clearly are not prepared to waver from the terms of the Contract, even in the unprecedented times of Covid.
The Most Amazing Day
For the price of hiring the venue vs. the amount of fatalities available to you we couldn't find anywhere better in Dorset.
The staff who arrange everything were very professional (thank you Danielle, Amy & all your staff) and on the day it all went off without a hitch.
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