Marleybrook House

(40 reviews) 40 4.98
Stourmouth Road Preston Canterbury Kent CT3 1HP
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About Marleybrook House

Stourmouth Road, Preston, Canterbury
Kent, CT3 1HP

Located just seven miles from the city of Canterbury, the picturesque Marleybrook House offers a gloriously secluded setting for a quintessential English wedding.

Hidden within five acres of stunning gardens and woodland, the surrounding grounds are idyllic.  Once home to star Eartha Kitt, the beautiful country house is full of quaint charm and historic character.

We are licensed to hold civil ceremonies on the premises.  The four ceremony areas you can choose from include; the romantic Walled Garden, the Oak Barn, the Fairy-Tale Gazebo, and the stone arch in the Grand Marquee.  Adjoining the marquee is our country-style Bar and Snug for you and your guests to relax in comfort and luxury.  After the ceremony, you and your guests are encouraged to make the most of the grounds and explore.

Our Vintage Fun Fair is guaranteed to keep your guests entertained!  The Fun Fair includes Victorian Swing Boats, Big Wheel and traditional side stalls, games and props.

Whether you’re planning the traditional English occasion or looking for something more personal, Marleybrook House is perfect.  Quirky features such as the vintage tractor and red telephone box are perfect photo opportunities and make a more unique setting for the day.

We have a luxurious Wedding Suite for the night of your wedding; facilities include an en-suite bathroom with romantic roll-top bath, large walk-in shower and Jacuzzi on the terrace.  We also have a Bridal Studio in which you and your bridesmaids can prepare for the big day in luxury.

You will have a personal wedding coordinator on hand from start to finish to ensure that your whole day runs like clockwork.  We look forward to meeting you and will be delighted to have the opportunity of hosting your special day at this whimsical wonderland wedding venue.

• Licensed for civil ceremonies, with four areas to choose from • Exclusive use • Create your very own Vintage Fun Fair! • Accommodation: Wedding Suite and Guest Carriage • Fully licensed bar • Wedding coordination service

Facilities at Marleybrook House

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Outdoor License
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Marquee Available
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Venue Leisure Facilities :
Health Suite
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
150 to 250 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking

Marleybrook House Reviews (40)

Wish we could do it all over again!
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By Amy and Dave Merrick, on 28 May 2019Date of Wedding - 04 May 2019

We got married at Marleybrook House on 4th May this year, and wow, we still can’t quite get over it! It really was the BEST day ever. As soon as we first saw the venue in person we knew it was the one. It is so gorgeous, with so many lovely, quirky details spread throughout – and to top it all, a vintage fun fair! We cannot thank everyone at Marleybrook enough, but in particular Tanith and Laura for all of their hard work on the day. Especially their grit and determination through the hail storms which started just minutes before our outdoor ceremony was planned. Despite the unusually bad weather, they did everything possible to make sure everything went ahead as planned and we couldn’t be more grateful! I didn’t have a single worry on the day, and if anything had gone wrong I certainly didn’t know about it. We were lucky enough to be able to book the dodgems as part of the fair for our day which were amazing and a huge hit with our guests (young and old!) We’ve had so many amazing comments from friends and family since our wedding day about how smoothly everything went, how beautiful it was and most importantly how much fun they all had. We both loved every single minute of our wedding, from arriving the day before and staying onsite with my bridesmaids, to checking out the morning after – it was perfect and I just wish we could do it all over again! Thank you so much again, and I’m sure we’ll back to visit again in the future. Amy and Dave xxx

The best day of our lives
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By Emma Wesley, on 30 Oct 2018Date of Wedding - 20 Oct 2018

We fell in love with Marleybrook as soon as we saw it. The venue is stunning with quirky features that sets it apart from its competitors. The Marleybrook team, especially Kathryn, Tanith, Laura and Kris were amazing, so organised and helpful and they felt like friends we’d known forever. Despite our wedding being late October we were blessed with perfect weather, which enabled us to have the Vintage funfair (yes you can fit a wedding dress into the Ferris wheel carriage lol) and canapés in the gardens- much to the delight of us and our guests. The catering by Scott Anderson was out of this world - we have had so many lovely comments from our family and friends about it. We’d love to eat it all again! My bridesmaids and I loved staying in the stunning Bridal Lodge the night before and loved being pampered in the Bridal Studio the morning of the wedding. The hot tub provided great relief to soothe our feet (which were aching from dancing) after all our guests went home. We didn’t even have to worry about tidying up the morning after the wedding- everything was packed away neatly for us. We couldn’t have imagined getting married anywhere else- Marleybrook was the perfect venue and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding day. We wish we could do it all over again! Thankyou Marleybrook House!

Wedding Venue Goals
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By Luke & Claudia, on 01 Oct 2018Date of Wedding - 21 Sep 2018

What a beautiful venue, from the moment we drove down the long driveway and saw the beautiful thatched roof cottage and fair ground we knew it was the venue for us. Then we met Chris the owner, an absolute gentleman who has a passion to ensure the wedding venue is perfect and that is an understatement for this place! Chris showed us around and every corner turned there was something cool, pretty and fun... We cannot fault Marleybrook House and would unbelievably recommend this place... Tanith our wedding coordinator of Marleybrook House was AMAZING, what a lovely and kind girl, nothing was too much bother and we had some extravagant requests... Tanith cracks the whip but she ensures your special day is perfect... The Marleybrook gang honestly become friends and make your experience so easy and fun... Beautiful venue, amazing staff and the perfect place for a wedding!

Still Smiling!!!
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By Stephen & Hannah, on 19 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 07 Sep 2018

Let’s start from the beginning, the website pictures look great but they really don't prepare you for the beauty of Marleybrook House, from the moment you first lay eyes on the venue you instantly smile and just walk around gawping. The place is filled with so much beauty and charm it’s hard to take in. We were shown around by the owner Chris who instantly gave the impression he loves what he does and has and I am certain will continue to spend time and effort making Marleybrook a place for people to enjoy and be mesmerised . On our wedding day every guest commented on how stunning the venue was and how quirky the bar and its memorabilia is, the wedding reception took place in what feels like the secret garden, again this was simply beautiful. Later in the evening our guests experienced the vintage funfair, this really was the cherry on the cake and was a great place for the photographer to capture them genuine smiles, it was also great to hear friends and family belly laughing and enjoying every moment of our big day not to mention it took away the pressures of feeling like your guests are left standing around bored whilst you have your pictures taken. One of the key factors of selecting a venue for me was the food and WOW did the caterers Anderson Scott deliver. In a nut shell Marleybrook House is Perfect you have everything you could dream of and want, if you are looking for charm and character then its perfect, if you are looking for simplicity and beauty then its perfect, if you are looking to have a wedding that people will not stop talking about its perfect. I honestly can’t sing there praises enough. I’m Still Smiling

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By Lucy Humphreys, on 02 Oct 2018Date of Wedding - 03 Aug 2018

From the moment we saw Marleybrook House we knew it was perfect for us. We met Chris when we viewed it and he showed us around pointing out all of the fantastic bits and pieces everywhere. After our first meeting with Kathryn we could see how our wedding day would be. Both Kathryn and Tannith were both amazing, accommodating our every want and need. They were brilliant throughout the whole build up answering all of our questions and being so readily available. The actual wedding day was just so perfect, We can't have imagined it any other way and we can't thank the team at Marleybrook enough. Every detail was thought of and no stone left un-turned. If you are looking for something extra special then Marleybrook is definitely the place!!

Amazing wedding!
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By Becky and Matt, on 24 Aug 2018Date of Wedding - 27 Jul 2018

We got married at Marleybrook House in July of this year, on the hottest day of the year, and it was amazing. From the initial viewing, right through to the day itself, the team at Marleybrook House went above and beyond to ensure our day was exactly as we wanted. The venue itself is stunning, and our guests continue to comment on how much they loved the venue - with many commenting that it was the best wedding they'd been to. There were so many places to explore, and the fairground was a hit with all ages! Despite the heat of the day, the team worked tirelessly to ensure the day was perfect for us and our guests. Nothing was too much trouble - and a spectacular thunderstorm in the evening did not dampen anyones spirits. We cannot recommend Marleybrook House enough, and are so glad we chose it for our wedding day!

The Best Wedding Ever!
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By Emma Dodd, on 07 Aug 2018Date of Wedding - 24 Jul 2018

Not only is the venue the most beautiful out of many that we had looked at, the fun provided at this venue for all your guests at all ages is more than you could ever hope for! We have received so many messages from friends and family stating it was the best wedding they have ever been to as the fun just didn't stop all day! Tanith, Chris and the rest of the Marleybrook team were so welcoming and made our day, both leading up to and during as stress free as possible - we really can't thank them enough!! Our day was absolutely perfect and we are so grateful that we get to cherish these memories forever x

The best place to say I do!
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By Katie Sturg, on 24 Jun 2018Date of Wedding - 09 Jun 2018

If your looking for something different to all the other venues then this is certainly the place for you! Everyone at Marleybrook House is so helpful and makes sure everything runs perfect on your special day! The grounds are so unique and lovely with lots of hidden excitement for children as well as the adults! The food well you couldn’t fault it! I wish I could relive my day at Marleybrook House over and over as it was certainly the best day of my life! Thanks to everyone who made it the best!

The best wedding venue we could imagine!
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By Chris and Alexia, on 23 Sep 2017Date of Wedding - 09 Sep 2017

From booking the venue until the day of the wedding, Kathryn, Kris and the team at Marleybrook were amazing. Nothing was too much trouble and they helped us to organise and plan the day with some incredible suggestions. Having them as the team was a huge factor in choosing our venue as we looked at some much less helpful venues before booking. The venue is always evolving and there have been many exciting new additions since we first booked. The fairground is amazing and was a highlight with our guests. They allow fireworks which many places do not. Lots of quirky features which make for wonderful photography (Loo in a phonebox!). There is a bridal suite and studio that could cater for loads of bridesmaids. On the day, the team ran everything perfectly, very pro-active and organised which is a huge help and no idea how we could possibly have run things without them! We cannot recommend this venue highly enough!

A Wonderful Day
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By Michael Monk, on 29 Aug 2017Date of Wedding - 12 Aug 2017

We were guests at a wedding at Marleybrook House recently and what a lovely day we had. We have four year old triplet boys and a little girl of eight. They had such fun in the fairground and large, beautiful grounds that they keep asking when we can go back! We were able to relax and enjoy ourselves, knowing that they were happy and safe. The whole day was so well organised. The food service was superb; very professional and courteous. The meal was delicious. I thoroughly recommend Marleybrook House.

The Perfect Venue For Our Perfect Day
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By Becca and Sam Gardner, on 21 Aug 2017Date of Wedding - 09 Aug 2017

When we discovered Marleybrook House, shortly after getting engaged 18 months ago, we knew that it had everything we wanted in our wedding venue; the decor was unique, it had indoor and outdoor space and even came with a fairground! Little did we know, this was only the start of what it had to offer. From the moment we met Kathryn and the owners, we were made to feel so taken care of. At our leisure, we were able to visit the venue on a number of occasions- and the great thing about Marleybrook House is that it is ever changing. From a growing collection of fun, vintage fairground rides to lovely, intimate seating areas or intricate decorations, every visit wowed us with something new and exciting that we were able to include in our big day. Despite their catering sounding delicious, we opted to go with outside caterers as we wanted a picnic wedding breakfast by the vintage fairground. Marleybrook House was so accommodating with this, even liasing with the hamper company so that we didn't have to. On the day, as probably expected, the British summertime didn't exactly play ball. However, you wouldn't have known this at all. Kathryn and her team set up tables inside the beautifully decorated marque and helped our guests move the picnic indoors. The moment the rain stopped, our guests were notified that the fairground was open again and everyone was happily outside within minutes! The whole team made the running of the day seem effortless. We couldn't have asked for more. Not only were the team incredibly attentive but they were also friendly, kind and great fun. Perhaps our day would have been perfect wherever we held it but we can't help but think that Marleybrook House just made it so.

WOW....just WOW
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By Claire and Jamie Burr, on 14 Aug 2017Date of Wedding - 28 Jul 2017

From start to end Marleybrook House and the team were a dream. As soon as we walked in we knew this was the place for us - different, fun, exciting but without losing any elegance. Throughout the planning Kathryn and the team were amazing - always on hand to answer even my most silly questions without making me feel I was asking too much. All the little details make for the most wonderful wedding experience. Nothing is too much hassle for these guys. We were lucky enough to be able to include the fun fair in our day which was just exceptional and our guests had a brilliant time. We got married in the garden which was completely magical. I could go on forever about how fantastic this venue is but I think anyone who visits will know as soon as they walk in that this is a venue like no other! Quote from many of our guests 'best wedding we have ever been to'. Chris and his family have opened up their beautiful home for us to experience and I can't thank him enough for giving us the opportunity to do just that. You can tell he is passionate about what he does - investing so much into the venue, constantly adding new little touches continuing the magic. This venue is second to none - I would recommend this to any couple who its looking for something a little different, completely magical and somewhere that your guests and you will never forget. We couldn't have asked for more!!! Thank you Marleybrook you made our day more perfect than we could have ever hoped!

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