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!
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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Wonderful - Mapperton is very special
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.
Perfect wedding venue!
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!
The perfect venue
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!
An Extraordinary Venue
Amazing dream wedding
Best Day of Our Lives
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!
Amazing Mapperton wedding with Holly in the team
Excellent venue manager & delightful venue
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.
Mapperton House Wedding
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
A Perfect Day at Mapperton
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.
The wedding of our dreams and more
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!!
Beautiful Wedding Venue
Mr and Mrs Horlock
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!
Beautiful venue in Dorset
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