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Mapperton

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Starting at £5,450
30 to 400 Guests

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Exclusive and romantic, Mapperton offers outdoor and indoor ceremony options, guest-pleasing gardens with views over the valley, stately home heritage and a superb rustic yet modern rustic barn.

Nestled in the rolling hills near Beaminster stands Mapperton House & Gardens, Dorset’s finest country wedding venue.

Our venue is perfect for couples who are looking for a personalised approach to their wedding with plenty of wow factor as well as practical solutions for every element of your day.

Wake up in the double-aspect master bedroom of Garden Cottage at Mapperton on the morning of your wedding in the Garden Cottage, knowing at the end of the party you’ll stroll back across the lawn hand in hand reflecting on a wonderful celebration.

We have four beautiful outdoor ceremony locations and two indoor licensed areas, all with flexible styling options. After your exchange of vows, celebrate with drinks and canapes outside the chic vintage Orangery and enjoy far-reaching views through the gardens into the tumbling countryside beyond, a favourite spot for showstopper photos. Your guests will love wandering through the award-winning gardens and truly relax in the peaceful atmosphere at Mapperton. Lawn games welcome!

As the afternoon lengthens lead your party over to our Coach House, where your Wedding Breakfast has space for up to 120 seated guests. This rustic barn has a modern tonal feel as well as retaining heritage charm with original features. Banqueting tables and crossback chairs are included in your package although do hire round tables if preferred. We include a 9x12m marquee in our package and this is often set up beside the Coach House creating a mini fiesta feel to your evening party, especially with fire pits and festoon lights.

There is additional space on the Croquet Lawn for a larger marquee reception.

A Mapperton Weddings Co-ordinator will seamlessly oversee your day, allowing you to relax and enjoy every moment.

Mapperton is an unsurpassable location for your country wedding. Visit Mapperton to meet our approachable team and tell us more about your vision for the perfect wedding day.

Getting to the deails - your exclusive hire of Mapperton includes:

• Exclusive use of the site on the day of your wedding from 10am to 12am (earlier access may be available on request)
• Access the day before your wedding from 5pm at the latest, usually far earlier
• Exclusive use of the luxury three bedroom Garden Cottage for the night before and night of your wedding
• Choice of stunning indoor and outdoor locations for your ceremony
• Exclusive use of the Gardens and outside the Orangery, perfect for drinks and canapés
• Exclusive use of the Coach House for your wedding breakfast and evening party
• 9x12m marquee to provide outside cover
• Spectacular variety of stunning locations for your wedding photography
• Trestle tables in a banqueting layout and crossback chairs
• Spaces to erect additional marquees if desired
• Fully stocked and staffed bar (prepaid or cash)
• PA and 4K video projection system in Coach House for wedding speeches and toasts
• Space for a live band and DJ
• Parking

SNAPSHOT INFO

  • Voted ‘the nation’s finest manor house’ and Historic Houses Garden of the Year 2020, Mapperton is a stunning country house wedding venue located near Beaminster, Dorset
  • The Garden Pavilion, Coach House, Orangery and Garden Grottoes are all licensed for civil ceremonies
  • Our chic Orangery is the perfect backdrop for your drinks reception, overlooking one of England’s most celebrated gardens
  • Rustic barn Coach House provides flexible entertaining space for up to 120 seated guests, with licensed bar and breakout space, plus sound and lighting systems
  • Main lawn can accommodate marquee for up to 400 guests
  • Exclusive use of venue

Frequently Asked Questions

Venue Type:

Exclusive Use
Chapel on Premises
In the Country
Unusual Weddings
Stately Home
Historic
Marquees and Tents
Civil Ceremony Licence
Church
Barn
Outdoor License
Unique Weddings

Dining Options:

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

Evening Entertainment:

Marquee Available
Dance Floor
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:

Hairdresser
Beautician

Other Features:

Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Helipad
Confetti Permitted
Pets Welcome
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    Charlotte E. Married on 09/07/2022
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    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!
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    Bal K. Married on 29/07/2021
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    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.
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    Emily Married on 15/04/2019
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    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.
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    Johannie H. Married on 23/07/2022
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    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!
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    Rachel N. Married on 16/04/2022
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    Spring wedding dream

    We chose Mapperton for our wedding in April of this year (2022) and had the most perfect day celebrating at this dreamy venue. The gardens look gorgeous in just about every season, but were particularly stunning for our Spring wedding. The blossom and flowers everywhere make a gorgeous backdrop and our guests were blown away with the venue and grounds. Mapperton has many options for personalisation, which is one of the reasons we selected the venue. We chose a chapel ceremony, afternoon marquee and evening dinner in the coach house. We were able to choose our celebrant, caterer and other suppliers, with a few recommendations provided for the local area. We loved this flexibility to create a truly personalised and bespoke celebration that reflected who we are as a couple. The Mapperton team are really friendly and professional and we felt like nothing was impossible to achieve with their help. Our whole experience with the team was seamless and on the day, our wedding co-ordinator Kat worked tirelessly behind the scenes keeping everything running smoothly. Our friends and family are still talking about our day and how stunning Mapperton was as a backdrop for a truly special and unique celebration. We cannot recommend this gem of a venue highly enough.
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    Emily S. Married on 02/10/2021
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    Stunning, no matter the weather!

    Mapperton is not only the most beautiful setting with their stunning gardens and gorgeous Coach House but it allows you to have the day you dream of!

    Their thorough communication, professionalism and calm manner gives you the confidence to relax and fully enjoy your day. Being adaptable and understanding throughout Covid and other situations such as the weather, created an easy lead up to the day and with experienced staff you're able to trust them with any task!

    The options for where to get married is one of the best parts with so many lovely little places to choose from. The gardens themselves are so peaceful we immediately felt calm when visiting which we knew would be a lovely addition for the day.

    Although most of the pictures show the gardens on a sunny or dry day, it absolutely chucked it down with rain on our day but we can honestly say it didn't matter. The ceremony was held in the coach house and the additional marquee meant we had somewhere for our guests to enjoy the reception drinks. When the rain calmed down just a tad, they were able to quickly pop out with their umbrellas to see the gardens which still looked incredible! We honestly couldn't recommend Mapperton enough!
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    Lucy S. Married on 31/07/2021
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    Could not have asked for better for our perfect day!

    From seeing the beautiful setting that Mapperton had to offer and the range of areas that we could use throughout our weddind day, we knew this would be the place for us. From the start, we felt like it was truly just about us and they were able to get back to us about any queries we had or meet us for an update along the way.
    A particular addition to the package which we loved, is the garden cottage. Not only was this perfect to get ready in on the morning of the wedding but the fact that we can return at a later date through air bnb is something that really appealed to us to celebrate and reminisce further down the line.
    The afternoon before the wedding day, we were able to set up and Kat was on hand to answer any questions or to offer advice and then on the day, she remembered all the little details we went through with her which made things flow even better!
    The team of suppliers that we had (Taddle Farm Tents, The Hungry Mule, The English Florist, Liz Baker Photography, Mammoth - band) worked seamlessly with Mapperton and us to enable an all round incredible day.
    Our wedding day was perfect and we owe a lot of that to the team at Mapperton to ensure that things were all in place and creating a stress free environment leading up to and during the event. We would highly recommend Mapperton as a wedding venue.
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    Thomas R. Married on 17/07/2021
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    Beautiful One of a Kind Venue and Amazing Team at Mapperton

    Absolutely stunning venue and wonderful team. Very flexible both in dealing with Covid and even allowing us to hold our legal ceremony on the grounds the day before when we couldn't get the time we wanted on the wedding day itself. A delight to work with and also a source of fantastic contacts within Dorset to solve any and every problem that pops up during the planning of the wedding. We had such an amazing experience and would very highly recommend!
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    Emma W. Married on 26/06/2021
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    A Covid restricted wedding that still felt like a magical normal one

    Like so many other couples Covid made the run up to our wedding a bit of a nightmare. Mapperton where so unbelievably helpful. From offering alternative dates, being understanding to just being there to listen on the phone.

    In the run up to the wedding I felt like we had covered everything we needed to together, which stopped some of the anxiety. The day before the team could not have been more helpful with setting up. I handed everything over on the Friday evening secure in the knowledge that I didn't need to do anything else.

    The bridesmaids and I had a wonderful night in the garden cottage. The place is beautiful and the beds where super comfy. Getting ready there in the morning was an absolute joy.

    On the day itself, the team where unobtrusive and made everything flow so well. The gardens in my opinion are the perfect place to allow guests to connect with each other and have beautiful photos.

    Even with restrictions making having a bar in the evening a lot harder. Emma and Kat worked their magic and made table service happen. Despite everything it felt like a normal, magical wedding. The best day of our lives. That would not have been possible without the beautiful location and the wonderful team of super helpful people.
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    Cat D. Married on 01/06/2021
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    Beautiful venue and unforgettable day

    We had the most beautiful day at Mapperton and it was all possible due to the great staff and facilities. They were extremely flexible and kind during the worries of whether or not we'd be able to hold the wedding on the original date due to covid. We also keep getting compliments on both the stunning location and the food from our wedding even weeks later - so it left a lasting impression on guests!
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    Truest magical and stunning venue!

    We visited so many venues as we are we’re so picky with a long list of things we wanted out of a venue for our special day. Mapperton ticked all of those boxes and more boxes that we didn’t even realise! They don’t need to sell this place, the gardens just speak for themselves of how stunning they are, the rustic barn and the stunning house backdrop. The mapperton team were amazing in answering all our questions, reassuring on our reservations and being so flexible from the start when we booked all the way up til the day before on 25th June 2022. they don’t see weddings as ‘just another wedding’ they really care and want to make it bespoke to you. All of the local suppliers were incredible and were so flexible too in what exactly we wanted. All of our guests were blown away by the venue. If you’re looking somewhere with the wow factor, that isn’t pretentious, that really doesn’t need much decoration and where your photographer will be so excited (like ours was) to take your photos there - this is the place!
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    Amanda Married on 20/07/2019
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    Dream Day!

    Dream Day - I would have no hesitation recommending Mapperton Estate for your upcoming wedding. We had our wedding in July this summer and it was an absolute Fairytale. The venue is stunning and I couldn't have been happier with my overall experience before and during. Laura Bell was so helpful and easy to work with. I was unable to physically be there to do most of my planning and she assured me that everything would be taken care of and in place to make the day as easy as possible. Laura and the rest of the team put us at ease immediately and continued throughout the day itself. I would suggest that if you do book your wedding that you would book the cottage along with it. It was an absolute game changer having that space the night before and the day of. Not to mention, it was beautiful as well! I wish I could already repeat this day!
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    Jane Married on 06/10/2018
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    Dear Claire, Laura & everyone at Mapperton. Thank you so much for helping us to realise our Perfect Wedding day and working behind the scenes to ensure that everything ran smoothly. Claire you saved my sanity on the Thursday before the big day, offering a fantastic wet weather plan amidst my sheer panic. Mapperton provided the most wonderful setting. The autumnal light & colour captured in our photos are incredible. We wish you all the best with future weddings!
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    Holly Married on 24/08/2018
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    Beautiful Gardens

    We had the most amazing day thank you. You both work so hard and we really appreciate all of your help and advice given on the run up to the wedding. Everything was perfect! Of course the venue is absolutely stunning and everyone commented on your beautiful gardens.
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    Catherine Married on 21/07/2018
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    Beautiful Venue

    All of our guests commented on what a beautiful venue Mapperton is and we both feel very privileged to have had our reception there.

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