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Exclusive and romantic, Mapperton is a charming wedding venue located in Bowood, Dorset. Boasting guest-pleasing gardens with views over the valley, stately home heritage, and a superb rustic yet modern rustic barn, the property will make the perfect backdrop for your celebration.

Facilities and Capacity

Mapperton is ideal for couples looking for a personalised approach to their wedding with plenty of wow factors as well as practical solutions for every element of your day. They have four beautiful outdoor ceremony locations and two licensed indoor areas with flexible styling options. After you exchange vows, you can celebrate with drinks and nibbles outside the Orangery and take in the stunning views of the gardens and further countryside. The property encourages guests to wander through its award-winning grounds and discover gorgeous photo opportunities. You and your guests can relax in the tranquil surroundings while sipping on a few cocktails. For your wedding breakfast at the Coach House, there is a capacity of up to 120 seated guests. The venue retains its heritage charm with original features while having up-to-date amenities. Event rentals such as banqueting tables and crossback chairs will be included in your package. If you would prefer an outdoor wedding, they offer a 9x12m marquee to pitch up on-site. With the event tent beside the Coach House, it will make your special occasion an even bigger one!

Services Offered

At Mapperton, a wedding coordinator will seamlessly oversee your day, allowing you to relax and enjoy every moment. Wake up in the bridal bedroom of Garden Cottage on the morning of your wedding. At the end of the festivities, you can stroll back across the lawn to the room hand in hand, reminiscing on your wonderful celebration. You and your guests can play fun lawn games for outdoor celebrations. Visit Mapperton to meet our approachable team and tell us more about your vision for the perfect wedding day.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue Type:

In the Country
Unusual Weddings
Stately Home
Marquees and Tents
Outdoor License
Unique Weddings

Ceremony Options:

Chapel or Temple on site
Civil Ceremony Licence

Dining Options:

Seated Meal Facilities
Corkage Option
Allows Private Catering
Alcohol Licence
Buffet Meal Facilities

Evening Entertainment:

Marquee Available
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
Evening Reception Facilities
DJ Facilities
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted

Overnight Accommodation:

Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests

Venue Staff Assistance:

Wedding Coordinator

Venue Leisure Facilities:


Other Features:

Exclusive Use
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Confetti Permitted
Pet Friendly
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5.0 out of 5 rating
Hitched Wedding Awards 2023 Winner
28 reviews
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99% Recommended by couples

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28 reviews
Louise H. Married on 21/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful - Mapperton is very special

We are delighted to have got married at Mapperton. Holly the wedding co-ordinator was very responsive and helpful and made us feel like No.1. She is confident and truly knows her stuff, covering bases we hadn't even thought of.
The grounds and venue are stunning - even though it rained on our day, we barely noticed because we were having so much fun. Holly was even armed with brollies as my bridesmaids and I approached the coach house for the ceremony. There is nothing I would have changed about our wedding and Mapperton certainly was the solid foundation of what made our day amazing.
Leah K. Married on 23/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect wedding venue!

We got married at Mapperton in September and couldn’t have imagined a more perfect day, it was everything we could have dreamed of! We were torn between two venues when we first viewed but Hollys amazing knowledge and customer service swayed it for us, she is incredible at what she does and made our day so smooth! We cannot thank her and Amy enough for all the effort they put in for us!
They made the whole planning process stress free and the venue is just beautiful! All of our guests loved looking around the gardens and the Garden Cottage is the perfect place to get ready!
Thank you again for making our day so special!
Charlotte E. Married on 09/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect venue

Our wedding at Mapperton this July was everything we could have dreamed for and more. Not only are the grounds absolutely stunning (which our guests loved) but a huge part of why the day was so joyous and calm was down to the staff at Mapperton and many of their brilliant recommended suppliers.
Kat was fantastic throughout our planning and on the day itself. She was incredibly responsive and helpful when it came to putting our day together and putting our mind at rest when scheming what our rain plan would look like if we needed one.
Staying on site at the garden cottage was incredibly special. A tip for all future couples is to stay an extra night on the Sunday. By the Monday morning it was tough to leave but it is lovely to know that we can return to visit the gardens anytime and have anniversary stays in the cottage.
Shout out to the bar staff who were good fun and ensured the evening party ran seamlessly!
We can't thank Mapperton enough, we just wish we could do it all again!
Emily Married on 07/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

An Extraordinary Venue

Hard to know where to begin with praising this incredible venue and it’s team! Mapperton ticked all of our boxes and then had so many extra things that we didn’t even know we wanted but made the day perfect (the orangery for photos springs to mind!). The grounds are absolutely stunning and offer so many options for each bit of the day, and the Coach House has been so well thought through as a venue. Every single member of the team from the head gardener Susie, to the bar Manager Emma is dedicated and lovely, and the support from the wedding coordinator Kat is just amazing. Having Kat involved with developing our plans, communicating with our suppliers and running everything flawlessly on the day made sure that everything went entirely perfectly. Her “I’ve got this” manner and warmth shone throughout, and made an already brilliant venue the perfect package. The added bonus of being able to stay in the beautiful Garden Cottage on site before and after the day made things extra special. Mapperton offers something really extraordinary and we couldn’t recommend it more highly to others as the perfect venue for a celebration; we and our guests loved every moment of our time there.
Bal K. Married on 29/07/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing dream wedding

After few false starts thanks to the pandemic, we finally had our wedding in Mapperton! The mapperton team were lovely and flexible over dates. The venue is absolutely stunning and all the guests loved the garden and having the flexibility to roam and explore during canapés. This is a unique venue and would recommend anyone wanting to create a special day here.
Meg P. Married on 09/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Best Day of Our Lives

We had an amazing experience planning our wedding at Mapperton, Holly was incredible, staying late to have meetings with us, and thinking of all the little things we may have forgotten.
On the day Holly insured everything ran smoothly, she was always there just when we needed her. All our guests had the most amazing time! They were all very complimentary about the setting, and local suppliers that Mapperton suggested.
We could not have wished for a better day!
Gabriela W. Married on 19/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Mapperton wedding with Holly in the team

Holly and the Mapperton team were truly amazing to us. Holly played a key role in both our wedding day and the one prior. When our wedding planner failed to deliver everything we needed, Holly and her team seamlessly stepped in, assisting us with every detail and providing me with much-needed peace of mind. On the wedding day, they were not only a fantastic help in ensuring the smooth flow of the event but also provided valuable assistance with my bridesmaids and other wedding details. Their dedication and support made our special day truly memorable. We are genuinely grateful for their outstanding service and professionalism. Additionally, the catering by Jo was incredible, ensuring everything was perfect. I would definitely recommend Holly and the Mapperton team for your wedding!
Charlotte T. Married on 01/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent venue manager & delightful venue

From the beginning of organising our wedding, we wanted to find an idyllic venue to reflect our personal values. We were looking for multiple areas with multiple uses so that we could make the most of the money we were spending. Not just a barn without accommodation or gardens.

Mapperton Estate provides, a coach house (barn), multiple gardens, and many places to party and build activities. Spending a hefty wedge of money on a venue is fine, if it provides multiple things. Included in the summer fee, there's selection of where you can marry, a large marquee for outside lawns, and accommodation included for two nights—which is excellent value and of a really high standard!

The venue manager, Holly is just absolutely insane. Without her, we wouldn't have known where to start, as I had never been to a wedding but my own one. Not only that, since I have attended my wedding (obviously!) and two others this summer, I have noticed that Holly's service is second to none. She is great at her job, and probably should get a lot more credit, in my opinion just a silent hero!! The day flowed so naturally, and it was as though she was one of our guests. Can't thank her enough.

The venue is a must-do. There's loads of local airbnb's all of reasonable prices and good hotels around the area.
Sam H. Married on 10/06/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating


From the moment we visited we had a wonderful experience with Mapperton. Not only a stunning beautiful and dynamic venue but a highly engaged, friendly, committed and professional team from our first visit through to post wedding. We could not recommend the venue enough due to the amazing team and venue, so many friends and family couldn't stop commenting on what an incredible location it was!
Jamie W. Married on 03/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Mapperton House Wedding

Where do I start? I rarely write reviews but felt Mapperton deserves a very special mention.

We hired Mapperton as our wedding venue for June 2023 and it was the best decision we ever made.

The team at Mapperton were absolutely brilliant and were so helpful during the lead up the wedding right through to the day itself. A special mention to both Holly & Amy the wedding coordinators. We couldn’t have done it without you.

All of the feedback from our guests said that it was the best wedding they have ever been to. The gardens at Mapperton are so picturesque and I would highly recommend any couple looking for a wedding venue to pay Mapperton a visit where you will truly get a feel for the place.

Jamie & Abbie
Hannah R. Married on 06/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A Perfect Day at Mapperton

We had what can only be described as a perfect day at Mapperton House & Gardens!

From day one of getting in touch, wedding coordinator Kat was so responsive and flexible around arranging a viewing for us. As soon as we walked around the house, across the pavilion lawn, and were presented with the stunning sunken gardens, we knew it was the venue for us!

The team were great with planning the day with us, and allowed us to visit as often as we needed in advance. We were even able to drop some decorations off in advance for storage as we were travelling some distance from home, something Kat and the wonderful bar manager Emma arranged for us the week of the wedding.

The venue were so flexible around our requirements. We could choose from a number of different ceremony, confetti, reception and meal location options to tailor our day. We opted for a pavilion ceremony, confetti under the pergola, drinks by the orangery, speeches on the central garden steps, and a meal in the coach house. It flowed well, and made the most of the whole venue. We also had the marquee as extra outdoor space for guests in the evening who wanted a more quiet space away from the music.

It was also lovely having the wedding cottage onsite as an option to get ready and stay in. It was great to just have a short walk to the ceremony area (and back to bed at the end of the evening!)

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Mapperton to any couple who would like an outdoor option. It really was the perfect day for us, and we couldn’t fault the team at all.
Daniela Married on 30/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The wedding of our dreams and more

We had our wedding day at Mapperton this July and it was truly the day of our dreams. The venue and the team surpassed all our expectations and everything went beyond perfectly.

First of all, Kat was outstanding through it all. She was really patient with us during the planning stage, always open to questions and zoom calls for any doubts we had, and on the day she really helped me stay calm and ensured everything ran smoothly. We are eternally grateful. The rest of the team was also absolutely amazing, the bar staff really welcoming and friendly.

The venue itself is what a fairytale is made of. It is simply stunning, every single detail. The gardens are breathtaking, everyone was in love with the views, and it really was so much fun to watch my younger brothers running around and exploring. And the garden cottage was a wonderful addition, it was also stunning, spacious and very clean.

We had our dream wedding and the most perfect day, thank you so much!!
Johannie H. Married on 23/07/2022
4.8 out of 5 rating

Beautiful Wedding Venue

Absolutely perfect venue for a British country wedding. The team at Mapperton are all very friendly and quick to respond during the planning process, and on the day they were excellent. All of our guests absolutely loved the place, as did we. If you're looking for a venue for your wedding look no further!
Greg H. Married on 11/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Mr and Mrs Horlock

We had the most amazing wedding day here. Everything was just perfect! The venue is stunning, all our guests agreed! Having it to ourselves was wonderful. We felt like we were in our own little world and to be able to wake up there the next day and still be in that bubble was just magical. We didn’t want to leave!
The team were very accommodating, nothing was too much for them, everything ran smoothly in the lead up and on the day. All their hard work enabled us to stay calm and enjoy our day. They were professional, friendly and helpful throughout. We cannot recommend this beautiful venue enough. Thank you to the team for making our dream day a reality!

Amy H. Married on 21/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful venue in Dorset

Mapperton is a beautiful wedding venue with lots of different areas to use. We had a marquee attached to the side of the coach house - this was great because we could have our wedding breakfast in the marquee and then move into the coach house for the band etc. We also had drinks/canapes in the gardens which was amazing on a sunny day in May as the gardens looked stunning! The team at Mapperton were very helpful and responsive. I would definitely recommend!
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