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On Hitched.co.uk since 2022

Last update: May 2024

Here at the Matara Centre we host bespoke wedding celebrations, working with couples to help you create your dream day. From rustic woodland areas to formal settings Matara truly has something for everyone

Whether you are looking for an intimate ceremony inside the Grade II listed Regency home, a larger gathering under the cloisters in the courtyard, on the front lawn, or indoors in the Hilarium, Matara is licensed to hold civil ceremonies and unions. With the new laws you can get married anywhere at Matara - think the rustic woodlands, a ceremony among the wildflowers in the strolling gardens to name but a few.

For those wanting a more traditional ceremony, the Church of St John the Baptist, Kingscote lies at the edge of the property.

Alfresco or a full sit down dining experience, a traditional hog roast or a vegan feast, Chef Luke takes great care to delight the most discerning taste buds.

Our menus offer seasonal, freshly prepared dishes and Chef loves to create a bespoke menu to fully reflect your tastes. The foundation of our food is based upon the farm to fork principles. The primary ingredient is love and care.

The Hilarium at Matara transforms into the perfect dance floor after the wedding breakfast. There are also 5 ante rooms that are included in your exclusive hire of the venue, giving you and your guest lots of space to take a breather from the revelry and catch up with each other.

For weekend-long celebrations, the venue offers accommodation for up to 30 people within the Grade II-listed Kingscote Park House, the Honeymoon Lodge, and converted haylofts.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unusual weddings
Woodland and festival
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

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:

Hairdresser

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for Matara

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Hitched Wedding Awards 2024 Winner
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282 reviews
100% recommend it
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Robyn
Robyn B. Sent on 12/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

A beautiful and unique venue.

Dear Abbie and the incredible team at The Matara Centre.
I don't even know where to begin because words cannot describe how amazing our wedding day was. We both had the best day of our lives and are still enjoying our 'post wedding bubble' today. We were lucky to have glorious sunshine, and Abbie put us at ease by being well organised, calm, and focused the day. We felt we were in capable hands from the very beginning, and this followed through all the planning stages and the wedding day itself. Abbie helped enable our wedding to feel personal to us.

Everything from the beautiful and unique venue to the food (our guests are still commenting on the pizzas) and service were top-notch. We also rented the house, which was beautiful, and I would highly recommend this to any couples who wish to extend the wedding celebrations across a whole weekend.

The Matara Centre truly is a very special place. Thanks again,
Mr and Mrs Bignell-Swinburne
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Jessica D. Sent on 13/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The Perfect Venue

The most incredible Venue! My husband and I recently got married at The Matara Centere and cannot praise this beautiful place highly enough! We knew from the minute we first visited that it was the perfect place to celebrate our special day and absolutely loved the amazing sense of peace that seems so apparent the moment you set foot on the lovely grounds! The gorgeous gardens, the fabulous staff, the inspiring eclectic spaces and the delicious food are just a few of the things we loved! The accommodation was fantastic and everyone was impressed when they arrived on the day. A huge amount of gratitude to Olivia, our wedding coordinator, and truly went above and beyond ensuring our day went so smoothly! We loved every minute and cannot wait to visit again. Thank you to everyone who made the day so extremely wonderful for us and our guests, and for making Matara a truly one of a kind place!
Eleanor
Eleanor P. Sent on 20/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Our wonderful wedding at Matara

We got married at Matara in May and we are so happy that we chose this amazing venue! It was an easy decision to book Matara because as soon as we visited it last year, we both knew straight away that this was where we wanted to get married.

Abbie was our wedding coordinator and she was brilliant throughout - we had a couple of planning meetings with her in the runup to the day, and she was also always so responsive when we had any questions or requests. She has so much experience of how to make the day run smoothly and it felt like nothing was too much trouble. On the weekend itself, she did such an amazing job of taking any stresses away from us, setting things up beautifully and handling everything behind the scenes.

We had our ceremony in the cloistered courtyard which is so unique and peaceful. It gives you the feeling of having an outdoor ceremony whilst at the same time putting our minds at ease that we and our guests would be under cover in case of rain (although we were very lucky in the end that it was beautiful sunshine all day!)

We also booked Kingscote House for the weekend which I would highly recommend if you can, it was a lovely way for the family and close friends to gather together and relax the evening before the wedding - also it is a perfect location for getting ready, with many different rooms and beautiful natural light. There is even a hot tub in the garden! My husband and I also stayed in the honeymoon lodge on the night of our wedding, which is a beautiful secluded cottage that feels like a little haven in the middle of the grounds.

Matara is a very beautiful place, with many wonderful areas throughout the grounds that you could spend hours exploring - giving lots of options for places to have your ceremony, drinks reception, photos etc - you can really make the day your own.

We also wanted to emphasise how delicious the food is at Matara - Luke the chef is very talented and many of our guests were commenting on how this was the best food they've had at a wedding! We had a food tasting with him beforehand and he was really helpful in answering questions and providing suggestions. He was very flexible with catering for various different dietary requirements of the guests which was a great help.
He also cooked a delicious informal meal for our guests at Kingscote House the night before which was the perfect way to bring everyone together before the big day!

Another of our favourite parts of the day was having the opportunity to dedicate a tree in the grounds - we brought our guests along and made it part of the day, which everyone loved. We can't wait to go back and visit our tree in the future!

If you are currently thinking about wedding venues then I couldn't recommend Matara enough - go and have a look around and you will fall in love with it!

Thank you so much Abbie and everyone at Matara for making our day so perfect.
Emma
Emma H. Sent on 07/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

September wedding

I can’t really put into words, how wonderful Matara is! It has an extremely special vibe of joy, happiness and peace. We had the most wonderful wedding there and all of our guests loved it.
Gemma
Gemma Sent on 12/04/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Matara is magical

Literally the most amazing, incredible, perfect venue. All you have to do is visit and you'll know you will be getting married there! Everything about Matara is magical.
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James H. Sent on 13/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Beyond Expectations

It’s difficult to find the right words to do justice to the beauty of Matara. It’s entirely unique in its ability to conjure feelings of tranquillity and serenity. The myriad of spaces that Matara boasts is what felt made this venue so special. Every single space has its own beauty and personality that we will forever hold incredible memories of, whether that be exchanging our vows in the cloistered courtyard, or sharing our first dance under the most spectacular dome in the hilarium.

Yet perhaps the most remarkable aspect of Matara was the warmth, hospitality, and professionalism of its team. From our initial inquiry to the final farewell, they went above and beyond to ensure that our special day was nothing short of perfection. Nothing was too much trouble, from co-ordinating the vendors on the day to setting up the personalised decorations, the team ensured the day ran seamlessly. At every turn we were met with kindness, support, and guidance.

Our experience from the entire team was nothing short of exceptional, every single person brought an energy and enthusiasm to their service that set the tone for the entire event. Not only were they incredibly efficient, but they also exuded a warmth and genuinely hospitality that made our guests feel welcome and cared for throughout the entire day.

I can’t finish this, without a mention of the food. From the moment we had our first bite of a delectable canapes we knew we were in a for a treat. The entire culinary experience all the way through from that first bite, to the woodfired pizzas in the evening was both delicious and beautifully presented.

The passion, professionalism and unwavering dedicated of everyone associated with Matara is beyond compare. It is the small touches by those people, that demonstrates the genuine care they have in making sure that every couples day, is one that they will never forget.

We are forever grateful for the memories that Matara, and the people who make it what it is, have helped create.

If you are seeking a unique, elegant venue with unparalleled natural beauty, sustainability at its heart and a team of people that will put their heart and soul into making sure your big day is one you will never forget, Matara is the one.
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Mollie C. Sent on 18/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding of our dreams!

Wow! Already a year has gone by and we still can't get over how incredible our wedding at Matara was.

We hired the venue and house for a weekend which allowed us to take our time celebrating with family and friends, which was something extremely important to use when looking for a venue. The setting and facilities were just perfect for before, during and after the big day. Being in April, we were extremely lucky to have such beautiful weather, but the blossom and never ending greenery made it even more special/unique.

Luke, the chef, made the best (may be biased!) wedding food us and our guests have ever had - generous portions and inclusive off all dietary requirements! And our wedding coordinator was very patient and flexible with all of the random last minute changes and requests.

We have been back to the venue twice since to see our tree and walk around the grounds. We would do anything to redo our magical weekend at Matara and it will forever hold a special place in our heart!
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Joanna S. Sent on 30/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect - beautiful place, smooth experience, delicious food

The venue is incredible, pictures online don’t do it justice. It’s such a unique and beautiful place to have a wedding. Staff are excellent, Holly made it run so so so smoothly, they made all our dreams come true. Also, Luke, the chef, is amazing. We had SO many guests come up to us and say it was the BEST wedding food they have ever had!!!! And we agree! Amazing amazing amazing. We will forever be grateful. Our wedding was the best day ever.
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Alison A. Sent on 16/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible venue and a wonderful team to work with

We had the most incredible wedding at The Matara Centre. We feel in love with the venue right from our first visit and it will always hold a special place in our hearts. The space worked brilliantly for us and we made a full weekend of it with our family staying 2 nights in the house and Zen rooms. The team, headed up by Olivia, were wonderful to work with, helpful, positive, super flexible and nothing was too much trouble both in the lead up to and on the day, even with our somewhat usual requests. Luke, the chef if is a genius. The canapés and meal was delicious and plentiful and we had so much lovely feedback about the food. Matara is more than just a venue, it has a heart and soul, a beauty and a serenity that was felt and enjoyed by all of our guests and embodied by everyone who worked to make sure we had the best wedding ever!
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David A. Sent on 27/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful setting, beautiful wedding day

Our wedding at Matara was absolutely perfect! The venue itself is stunning. We got married by the main pond and it is a wonderful setting.
Our wedding coordinator, Holly, is fantastic. She was always on hand when we had questions and asked for meetings. And if she wasn’t available Abby took over and was just as good. We always felt in safe hands.
On the day, Holly did everything we asked for and more!
The chef (Luke) is amazing. From the first day we visited for tasters of the food we knew he would smash it. The food is incredible. All our guests commented on it. They also commented on the venue and how beautiful it is there!
We were extremely lucky with a hot sunny day in September but the venue is stunning for a wedding any time of year.
Thank you to the team at Matara for our wonderful day.
R
Ryan R. Sent on 15/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect wedding at Matara!

We got married at Matara in September and the day was amazing from start to finish!
We both knew we wanted to get married at Matara from the moment we viewed the venue and visited a number of times before the wedding to discover something different every time.
We booked Kingscote House the night before the wedding to spend with family and this was a wonderful place to relax the night before.
Olivia was our wedding coordinator and she made sure the day ran smoothly and was always on hand for anything we needed! The whole day run like clockwork and our guests had an amazing time! A big thank you also to Luke for the incredible food, we got so many positive comments from our guests and the pizza in the evening went down particularly well!
Matara is a unique venue which we would highly recommend to everyone! We cannot wait to visit when we can and see our tree planted to commemorate the day!
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Rhiannon W. Sent on 11/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The most beautiful place...

We fell in love with Matara straight away and loved that they had a really varied and exciting food offering. The communication we received from the point of enquiry to post-wedding has been excellent and the organisation of the day went very smoothly. Luke, the chef, gets a special mention for excellent quality of food and massive portion sizes - our guests were blown away! We can't wait to visit our tree that Matara planted for us and to relive our perfect day!
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Tess Sent on 29/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Unique beautiful wedding venue

When we were looking for our venue I searched for “unique wedding venues”. The Matara Centre popped up and you can see why. The cloistered courtyard, hilarium, grounds and house ticked every box. After the first visit in Christmas 2021, no other venue even came close. We got married in august 2023 and had family stay in the Kingscote House, & my husband and I stayed in the honeymoon suite both the night before and the night of the wedding. This was the best decision for us to give the wedding a much more relaxed feel, something we were really passionate about. We did things a little different, arriving to welcome drinks before the ceremony together and walking into the ceremony with our guests. Olivia, our wedding coordinator, was amazing at bringing our vision to life. Every email & many many questions were answered quickly and clearly and she was just incredibly helpful. The Matara Centre will always have a special place in our hearts, and we will deffo be back to visit our tree regularly
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Gillian H. Sent on 04/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The BEST Wedding Venue

We had our wedding here August 2022. Not only is the venue stunning, but the staff are incredible and enabled us to completely relax and enjoy our day knowing that everything was taken care of. They are flexible with packages so we could adapt things to suit our budget and make the day our own. It's such a unique venue with a wonderful story, we knew it was right for us straight away. We can't wait to return and visit our tree!
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Charlotte Sent on 13/07/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Dreams Alive

We were due to get married at Matara in May this year but sadly the C-thing struck. I have to say that Matara and our planner, Holly, were absolutely fantastic in supporting us to make the right decision at the right time about postponing and supported us all the way through this process. I can't tell you how much anxiety was reduced by the support we got from Holly and Matara. We wanted to make sure we could celebrate our day in the way we wanted at such a beautiful location like Matara and, wtih Holly's support, everything has now been arranged for us to do just that this time next year. Matara doesn't often feature in the glossy bridal mags which is an absolute travesty as you don't know how much of a gem this place is. I urge you to visit and see for yourself! Thank you Holly and Matara for keeping our wedding dreams alive xx
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