Marleybrook House

(48 reviews) 48 4.94
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
Barn
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
Beautician
Hairdresser
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
Helipad

Marleybrook House Reviews (48)

Best day of our lives
Venue Service

By Becky and Alex, on 16 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 15 Aug 2019

From start to finish we couldn't fault Marleybrook! Through the whole lead up nothing was too much trouble- no matter how many inane questions I asked! Our coordinator Tanith was always so friendly and helped us organise everything! The day flowed so smoothly and nothing went wrong (that we knew of). The venue itself is beautiful down to the last detail- if you can get some of the funfair then definitely do as it makes everything just a bit more special. Many of our guests commented on the uniqueness of Marleybrook and how it's the best wedding they've been to! Everything is thought of down to the last detail and we felt really at home here- like it was made for us. Loved everything and would do it all again if we had the chance! Overall- the perfect place! Thanks Everyone!

Unparalleled Perfection!
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By Justine O'Keeffe, on 14 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 09 Aug 2019

No amount of words could do justice to express how wonderful our wedding experience has been with Marleybrook House. The venue is without a doubt, the most unique, magical and inspirational place. Backed with a flawlessly professional, caring and heartfelt team… It truly is a place where dreams come true. Kris and the whole of his team couldn’t have done any better at realising our wedding vision and making our day one of the best of our lives. We were especially blessed to have Tanith as our wedding co-ordinator… From the second we first stepped into this magical venue, to the moment we left the morning after our wedding; our 2 years of planning our wedding here with Tanith has been accompanied by a unique level of attention, care and compassion that is unparalleled to anything we ever imagined we would experience. Marleybrook House is the most incredible, bespoke wedding venue you could find but that is only the start. With an unbelievably wonderful team and a wedding co-ordinator like Tanith, Marleybrook House is also a friendship, a family and never ending memories of love. (The funfair is pretty awesome too.) Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. We can’t wait to visit you all again. Much love, Justine & Myles.

The Best Day!
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By Stuart and Ben, on 20 Aug 2019Date of Wedding - 04 Aug 2019

When we first started looking at venues, we were disappointed with the same old venue popping up left, right and centre but when we found Marleybrook House, we found something so incredible, unique and quirky, we knew we had found the venue for us. From our first meeting with Chris back in October 2017 to the ladies in the office being on the end of our endless phone calls and emails, they really did make the day so so special and spectacular. As a couple, we had ideas of how we wanted to do our day and many of the venues we previously visited didn't even want to entertain them but Marleybrook House ran with them each time and made sure it could work. The changes to the venue were communicated to us in advance and we were able to tour these when we visited making us feel comfortable and relaxed that the venue had our best interests at heart. Everything ran smoothly before and on the day and this is down to the fantastic planning and accessibility of the ladies to discuss and forward plan our ideas. Tanith, who was our wedding co-ordinator on the day, made sure we felt very loved, very special and very unique and she was a dream to have as our wedding co-ordinator. What came from it was the most spectacular wedding day we could ever ask for. Every single guest loved the uniqueness of the venue and every one commented on how amazing the fayre was (even if we did get a few injuries on the dodgems but hey that's the nature of the ride), we couldn't have asked for more from the day. If you want something unique and special then choose here, you won't regret it at all! :)

Extraordinary Venue, Incredible Staff!
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By George & Matthew Greenaway-Poole, on 21 Oct 2019Date of Wedding - 03 Aug 2019

I have run out of superlatives to express just how incredible our entire wedding experience was with Marleybrook House. Kris, Tanith and the team couldn’t have made our day any more perfect and as full of love as it was for our guests and us. We will always look back on our wedding with pride and fond memories, thanks to their efforts. We were in the unique position whereby I organised our wedding day as a surprise for my husband, Matthew. This wouldn’t have been possible without the unwavering support, love and laughter from the Marleybrook team. During the 18 months of planning they were extremely friendly, fun, professional and inspiring to be around, I cannot thank them enough for making #GivingGreenaway one of the best days of both of our lives. A special thanks must go to Tanith who was an absolute superstar throughout everything; especially on the wedding day itself. She personally ensured everything ran smoothly (and kept me calm)! As a result, we have had so many compliments about lovely Tanith from our wedding guests and she has become a true friend. Marleybrook House is without a doubt is one of THE most unique and beautiful wedding venues I have visited, or even heard of! I initially saw it in the depths of winter, but it was clear to me then just how special the place was and how much time and care had gone into creating it. In particular, we found the funfair to be an absolute showstopper and many of our guests commented on just how special it made our day. Simply put, our wedding experience was beyond magical and what we wouldn’t give to do it all again tomorrow! From the bottom of our newly-married hearts, we cannot thank Marleybrook House enough.

The Perfect Day
Venue Service

By Natasha and Daniel Owen-Butcher, on 16 Aug 2019Date of Wedding - 28 Jul 2019

We had the most perfect Wedding day. We fell in love with Marleybrook House when we first had a look around and the venue did not disappoint us on the day. All of the staff from Kathryn, Amy, Tanith and Laura who was our coordinator on the day - were all soo accomodating and always answered any questions we had in the lead up. The venue is beautiful and soo vast. The fair, marquee, the barn , house and gardens make this venue very unique. We could not fault anything and wish we could back and do it all again.

Wonderful venue - a few staff improvements
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By Alice & Dom, on 11 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 20 Jul 2019

We had a truly magical day at Marleybrook House. So many of our guests have been raving about how wonderful the venue was and on the whole, all the hard work from the staff. We had a magical ceremony in the garden, delicious food and an absolute blast at the fairground. Tanith & Amy were very helpful wedding co-ordinators and had a real sense of fun too. We did have some feedback though…some of the fairground staff came across a little grumpy & sluggish. We are aware they are casual staff (and quite young) but they do need to be reminded that this is someone's wedding. The staff acted like they didn't want to be there. This did unfortunately affect the atmosphere of parts of the fairground. Also the in-house DJ offered by the venue came across as inexperienced, verging on incompetent. Our guests were making very simple, polite requests for songs, but in the end, the sister of the groom had to wade in. Had we known it was just a spotify playlist, we could have done a better job ourselves. (Although paying an extra £100 for the privilege still seems like a far stretch!) As a DJ, we assumed he would have a basic knowledge of popular music and be able to take normal requests such as Beyonce and S Club 7....wedding classics surely. Apparently not! Luckily spirits were high and we didn't let having an incompetent DJ spoil the evening. We loved Marleybrook House & had an unforgettable day. However, we feel we must be honest and mention some of these things - not wishing to complain - but hoping that with some small tweaks, you can make the venue even better.

Rude staff despised by us, guests and suppliers
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By The venue knows who we are, on 16 Jul 2019Date of Wedding - 15 Jun 2019

We loved Marleybrook when we visited. However, our wedding was not as we hoped due to awful staff. We were not told the vintage funfair was moving, and dodgems, a beach and festival stage being added. We revisited the venue and later told Tanith I was sad that the site had changed and she laughed and told me no one else minded. This should have been a red-flag for things to come. My bridesmaids returned to our room after the ceremony to find Amy shoving our things into bags into a lock box outside. She rudely said this should have all been done before the ceremony - something none of us were aware of. They were upset and made to apologise.When I went to retrieve my things so I could freshen up, I could not access anything. I felt rubbish in all our couple photos because I couldn't adjust my hair or makeup. Amy shoved our belongings into boxes after the wedding, crushing flowers and knocking over vases so the boxes were soaked through. I could go on and on. Simply put, Amy is rude and unkind. We hired a brass band for the funfair, who informed us that staff were extremely rude to them, including the man running the dodgems who refused to let them play so he could blare his own music. Our guests heard him shouting at the band and wildly gesticulating whenever they picked up their instruments. Not only was horrible music blaring throughout our whole reception, ‘We Will Rock You’ started playing loudly from the fair during our wedding ceremony. Having explained our issues to Amy, she insisted they only get good reviews. This review has a 300 word limit and I am writing a blog post to detail events further for anyone interested.

Amy , Wedding Coordinator at Marleybrook House responded to this review on 22/07/2019 17:24:04

Dear Laura and Matt, We are truly disheartened to receive these comments when so many of your guests complimented our staff and how beautiful the day was. This comes as more of a shock as Matt personally thanked me with a grateful hug and kind comments at the end of the evening. Our staff genuinely put their heart and soul into making your day special. Had we have been made aware of such problems on your day, we would of course done everything to resolve these issues at the time. It is thus very sad to receive these comments following your wedding day with no indication of any issues on the day. At Marleybrook House, we continually invest in making improvements to the venue to heighten the wedding experience to all our couples. We inform our couples of actual plans rather than those that are being proposed and yet to be decided. We regularly post on social media and personally write to each couple to invite them to our exclusive wine tasting event at the same time as informing them of any exciting updates. I have taken the time to look into whether you received this invitation and I can see you have replied to us on the 15th February. We are sorry to hear you feel you were also not informed about the removal of your bridesmaids belongings from the Wedding Suite. We kindly ask that these items are removed to ensure we are able to make up your room so it is comfortable for you to retire to after a long wedding day. This information is also displayed within the room itself, inside a frame that is visibly placed on the sideboard directly in front of you as you enter the room. It was Heidi who kindly packed up your bridesmaids belongings. She is extremely gentle natured and always takes great care in her work. Whilst it may have seemed to you that your belongings were not taken care of, please rest assured that due care will have been taken. Our kind and friendly staff are very passionate about everything we provide at the venue, which is evident across our many lovely reviews. As such, the 2020 launch of Waltzers within the fair is yet another improvement we hope will be well received by all our guests. Please visit our Facebook page that will enable you to see, and hopefully give you the piece of mind, that we are passionate in offering such improvements to the venue for the interest of all our guests. Whilst we appreciate you felt sad about these improvements, we trust you will realise our good intentions of working hard to improve the service we offer. We sincerely hope this response has provided you with some clarification. We sincerely hope you will visit us at the venue in person to not only lay to rest any bad feeling but also to reminisce about the magical moments you did enjoy on your day. We genuinely wish you well in your future together.

The most magical day we could have ever dreamt of!
Venue Service

By Lottie and Ross Drynan, on 25 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 14 Jun 2019

We got married at Marleybrook just over a week ago and I still can't quite get over how incredible it was. Before we found Marleybrook we viewed around seven or eight venues, and as gorgeous as they were, we could never quite imagine ourselves there; the spark was missing. When we were first shown around Marleybrook I felt like I was in a fairy tale; every single detail was perfect and the moment we finished the viewing I bawled my eyes out as knew it was the one! Being an events manager for a living, one of my big worries was the running of the day and how involved I'd want to be, however Tanith and Amy were absolutely amazing. Tanith looked after everything so well from the point of booking, right through to midnight of the big day. The girls had everything covered and their main priority was to ensure us and the guests had the best day ever, and they certainly delivered. We were unsure on the funfair due to cost but WOW, I can't recommend it enough. Sitting at the top of the big wheel with my new hubby, looking down watching all of our guests laughing, drinking and having so much fun on the rides is a moment I will NEVER EVER forget, and quite possible the best moment of my life. Also, a quick note on the food...UNBELIEVABLE! Marleybrook only use one caterer being Scott Anderson, and WOW, the food was INSANE! I can't thank all the girls enough for turning an already gorgeous venue into the most perfect day. We honestly couldn't have dreamt of it being better and I wish I could do it over and over again! Thank you so much for everything, lots of love Lottie and Ross x x

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
Venue Service

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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