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On Hitched.co.uk since 2022

Last update: May 2024

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 250 for an evening reception.

Services Offered

The Kingston Maurward team strives to ensure that the entire day is tailored to your individual requirements. The Events Team will be on ahnd from start to finish, the ensure your special day goes exactly as planned. We offer external catering, providing you with the opportunity to liaise with one of our three highly recommended caterers.

With its stunning countryside setting, excellent catering services, and unrivalled facilities, Kingston Maurward will provide a wedding day to remember forever.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Stately home
Historic
Marquees and tents
Outdoor license

Ceremony options:

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
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Helipad
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
Pet-friendly
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Reviews for Kingston Maurward

4.8 out of 5 rating
4.8 out of 5 rating
22 reviews
96% recommend it
  • Quality of the service
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Response time
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Value for money
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.8 out of 5 rating
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Keisha P. Sent on 07/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

23rd April 2022- best day of our lives

Wow. What a venue!
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.
Emma
Emma F. Sent on 23/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding 7th Oct '23 - Absolutely amazing experience

It was brilliant working with all the staff at Kingston Maurward, especially Danielle who was amazing, organised, fun to work with and nothing was too much trouble. The whole wedding (suppliers booked through KM) was excellent value for money and I highly recommend.
Caroline Northcott
Caroline N. Sent on 22/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A Fantastic venue

A brilliant place to have a wedding . A beautiful house and the grounds are stunning. We had a three course meal in the day which was delicious, beautifully presented & so many people said the food was amazing & the service. The staff go above and beyond to make your day so perfect. People say weddings can be stressful but honestly they took that stress away and not once did I feel that way. Constantly keeping in contact with me from start to finish for over a year. Our day was magical thank you so much for everything you all done to make our day so special it was perfect. A big thank you to our wedding coordinators Martha & Danielle who both played a massive role xx
Monica
Monica G. Sent on 19/05/2023
4.6 out of 5 rating

Our handfasting at kingston maurward

KM was a stunning location. Staff were very accommodating and professional. Once in a lifetime choice and we made the right one! Would highly recommend
Laura
Laura F. Sent on 02/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The Franks

Truly one of the best days of our lives. We had our hearts set on an outdoors wedding, unfortunately the weather had other ideas. This how ever did not matter by the day of my wedding, we had met up with Danielle and Martha the afternoon before. Which they explain the ground was too wet to hold the ceremony outside.
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.
Emma
Emma H. Sent on 28/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The most perfect venue.

Our wedding experience at Kingston Maurward in Dorchester....
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.
Karon
Matthew M. Sent on 16/05/2022
4.6 out of 5 rating

Stunning venue, very professional service

This is a beautiful venue, and it was a privilege to be able to hold the wedding in such a stunning setting. The wedding team were very professional and helpful and were able to advise on the various suppliers for items/services they did not supply. The wedding itself was very efficiently run with guests never being left unattended or at a loss as to where they should be. The food and service were excellent and I can’t compliment the wedding team enough on their attention to detail. All in all I can’t recommend Kingston Maurward highly enough.
J
John A. Sent on 26/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Danielle made this the best wedding it could possibly be!

Danielle absolutely made this for us. It was perfect. There was nothing she couldn’t do. It was the wedding we wanted and it was perfect. Ideal location, brilliant staff and perfect weather! I would highly recommend Kingston Maurward and Danielle.
J
James R. Sent on 02/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing venue!

We had a superb wedding at Kingston Maurward. Danielle & the team were incredibly helpful throughout, and nothing was too much trouble. The day itself went seamlessly and the venue itself is amazing. We are really glad that we held our wedding at KM!
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Verity B. Sent on 12/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Our dream wedding day

We had a great experience with Kingston Maurward who were the venue for our dream autumnal wedding.

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 ❤️
A
Annalie A. Sent on 30/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Best day of celebrating

We had the best day and Danielle went above and beyond to meet every need we had, she was so friendly that she felt like one of our friends and part of the day. Honestly the best place to go for a wedding or event, so much support and love from everyone working there
G
Gigi Sent on 16/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent!

From the wedding prep until our big day, I was amazed how organizes our wedding planner was. We were not on the UK so there must be some difficulties but I couldn’t find any problem to communicate with them. Emily was an excellent planner!!
The venue was totally incredible, all my guests said good things about the building and the area.
Highly recommended xx
B
Brian Sent on 03/08/2020
1 out of 5 rating

Shocking response to Covid wedding cancellation

My daughter had a wedding booked for August 2020 and paid £1,000 deposit as per the Kingston Maurward T&Cs. Unfortunately, the event could not proceed due to the Covid pandemic. Kingston Maurward offered to change the wedding arrangements to a future date but after considering the implications and money already lost through various bookings, travel and accommodation, it was decided not to rearrange a wedding at the venue.
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.
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Lauren Sent on 07/12/2018
5 out of 5 rating

The Most Amazing Day

We just wanted to say thank you so much for the most amazing day. You were brilliant beforehand and especially on the day. It went just as we had imagined it. The venue looked beautiful and we were so lucky to have gorgeous weather too!
G
George Sent on 10/10/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you!

My Wife and i got Married here on the 29th Sep. I can't recommend this venue enough if you're planning a wedding/civil ceremony.
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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