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Last update: November 2023
Matara is a unique country wedding venue outside Tetbury, Gloucestershire, hosting tailored wedding celebrations that reflect the personal meaning of each incredible union. Set on a 28-acre retreat in the Cotswolds, this distinctive setting offers exclusive hire for couples to embrace their own communal spirit. In this place of beauty and tranquillity, the team is committed to supporting you in creating a joyful, authentic wedding, readying you for the fulfilling marriage to come.
Facilities and Capacity
Matara is an open space for creativity, where you can feel free to make the venue your own, adorning its walls in your desired colour scheme and theme. The centre offers six licensed areas for civil ceremonies and partnerships—three indoors and three outside—affording you an unparalleled opportunity to make your day truly extraordinary. The Asian-inspired Cloistered Courtyard is perhaps the more popular choice with its vibrant foliage and koi-filled waters. Affixed with a glass dome at its centre, the alluring Hilarium is both a banquet and dance hall, complete with five anterooms and extensive gardens. In between toasts and milestones, you are free to explore the renowned grounds with ample backdrops to choose from for those wedding photos. From the Stableyard to the Rose Garden, there is much to see, with many scents to enthral and inspire. For weekend-long celebrations, the venue offers accommodation for up to 28 people within the Grade II-listed Kingscote Park House, the Honeymoon Lodge, and converted haylofts.
As part of your exclusive hire, Matara is pleased to provide access to their incredible in-house catering team. Led by a talented head chef, they delight in producing seasonal dishes that cater to the wildest of imaginations. From alfresco dining experiences to vegan feasts, all food is made local, fresh, and organic. To ensure the setting matches your bespoke menu, in-house wedding coordinators will be on hand to help you prepare and organise your day. This includes access to a wonderful selection of preferred vendors, covering beauty, entertainers, photographers, florists, and more. Full details are available now on the Matara website, including video walk-throughs and a tantalising gallery.
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Our wonderful wedding at Matara
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.
Matara is magical
Perfect - beautiful place, smooth experience, delicious food
Perfect wedding at Matara!
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!
The most beautiful place...
Beautiful setting, beautiful wedding day
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.
Incredible venue and a wonderful team to work with
Unique beautiful wedding venue
The BEST Wedding Venue
Wedding Dreams Alive
However, the communication from the venue wasn’t great and they changed some of the venue layout the week before our wedding without telling us so when I arrived to set up the day before the wedding we realised we could no longer have the pictures we wanted and had to call our photographer less than 24 hours before and try and scout a new area with lighting. They kindly said we could use the big house and there are some lovely settings for big pictures in there. However, when we went to go in after the ceremony someone had locked the house up so we couldn’t access it leaving all our guests standing in the rain whilst we located a member of the team or found a way in.
The evening members of the team were lovely but the handover didn’t go very smoothly so we ended up having a lot of food put out that shouldn’t have been done so and cost us a considerable amount of extra money we weren’t expecting. Chairs were also put in front of our cake so the evening guests missed it and didn’t have any as people were sat in front of it!
The chef on the day was amazing and the food was perfect for the main meal and the canapés. His kitchen is so clean you could eat off the floor!!!
The accommodation is fantastic but a little over priced for what you get. The breakfast was served at the pub but was very poor (hard cooked poached eggs and over an hour to be served!)
So yes, an amazing unique venue, but they have some hiccups they needed to sort out.
It was such so special to have the weekend in the house too, with the family -John's uncles hadn't been reunited in 10 years! Special mention to Luke, who not only made an incredible wedding breakfast & canapes (were still getting comments about the duck rolls!) but also made a delicious Friday dinner (best lasagne ever!)
Your whole team on Saturday were great, and attention to detail - when removing the table decor, they re-arranged it for the night.
All in all, Thank you for all the love and joy you put into Matara - we had the perfect day and will treasure the memories always.
Luke is a master in the kitchen! We are foodies and from day one he worked with us to get the menu to what we had dreamed of. Our dreams came true. The canapés and wedding breakfast were outstanding. Our guests said it’s the best food they have ever had at a wedding!
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Matara Real Weddings
They are pleased to announce their next open day is Sunday 18th February from 2 pm – 5 pm. This event will be an open door event, the venue will be subtly styled with the help of some fantastic local suppliers, and visitors are welcome to wander the venue, accommodation and gardens at their leisure not to mention their coordinators will be on hand to answer any questions.
This is the perfect opportunity to view without the distraction of suppliers, should you be looking for a wedding venue or have booked Matara already and need to refresh your memory or show it off to family and friends.
Booking is not required, you're welcome to drop in anytime from 2 pm until 5 pm, there is no entry fee. Refreshments and nibbles will be provided by their very own chef.
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