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On since 2020

Last update: February 2024

Old Down Estate is a stately home wedding venue located in Almondsbury, Bristol. Featuring splendid scenery, manicured lawns, and old-world architecture, this home offers a magnificent backdrop to the day's celebrations. The venue has all the ingredients needed to provide the couple and their loved ones with a beautiful wedding and memories to treasure forever.

Facilities and Capacity

Old Down Estate offers exclusive venue hire for the wedding with a capacity for 120 guests during the day and 200 for an evening soiree. The home is licensed for civil ceremonies in the Orangery, Bernays Room, and Atrium. A sweeping staircase and vaulted glass ceiling create a romantic ambience synonymous with a scene from the epic "Gone With the Wind." The wedding breakfast is hosted in the beautiful Orangery, overlooking the charming Victorian rose garden and the breath-taking panorama beyond. Take advantage of the gorgeous vistas and bring your photographer to the lakeside and woodland areas for incredible wedding photos. The evening reception commences in the Bernays room, with the bar open on a cash and card basis until 12.30 am. If you wish to continue the festivities beyond this, the Cellar Bar is available to hire and has an extended license for a 3.00 am finish. After an evening of dinner and dancing, you and your partner can retire to the wedding suite. The suite is adorned with crystal chandeliers and an eclectic mix of modern and exquisite antique furniture for a perfect end to a perfect day.

Services Offered

With a dedicated wedding coordinator at Old Down Estate, you will never feel lost throughout the planning experience. The coordinator goes above and beyond to see that your wedding vision is brought to life. The coordinator offers a suppliers list to assist with booking and liaising with outside providers, making for a low-stress experience. The venue also boasts a talented chef with years of experience, offering everything from melt in the mouth canapes, sumptuous wedding breakfasts and delectable evening buffets. A delicious children's menu is also available to ensure everyone is catered to on the all-important day. Dining packages are available with this team; however, the chef is more than happy to assist with tailored menus to suit your personal taste. The venue is also conveniently located for travelling guests, linked to the M4 and M5 motorways and Bristol city centre.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Stately home

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
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:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Swimming pool

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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100% Recommended by couples
Verity W. Sent on 08/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Old Down made our dreams come true!

The Old Down team made our wedding experience perfect from start to finish. Charlotte and her team were so super helpful and supportive giving us all the clarity we needed on the day and in the run upto to it. The food was fantastic and all the wonderful little details Old Down put in really helped make our day all we dreamed it would be! Would highly recommend Old Down to any couple looking for a bright, magical and personal venue!
S Sent on 18/10/2019
5 out of 5 rating

We would like to say a huge thank you to the whole

We would like to say a huge thank you to the whole team at Old Down for making our wedding weekend in August absolutely perfect. Throughout the whole year of planning, Joey has been absolutely fantastic, with no amount of questions or visits being too much for her, not to mention her help in coordinating things on the day. Joey was generally quick to respond, attentive and prepared us well for the running of the day, as well as coordinating logistics with our suppliers which meant that we did not need to worry about that. Her attention to our requirements for our wedding breakfast and pre-wedding dinner on the Friday night was exceptional and many of our guests commented on how great the food was, with the chefs going off menu to meet our wishes. Over the weekend itself, Warren and his team made sure everything went smoothly and exactly as planned. We felt super comfortable to simply enjoy the day, knowing that Warren had everything under control. The venue was beautiful and there was plenty of space for our 170 guests despite the weather not really allowing for much outdoor time. We wish we could do it all over again!
K Sent on 18/10/2019
5 out of 5 rating

It was absolutely perfect!

Cannot thank Joey and the team at Old Down enough for their work towards and on our wedding day! It was absolutely perfect! The whole day ran seamlessly (we got married at 3pm) with no gaps but also no rush! The added touch of staying in the Foxholes Barn the night before made the whole experience even more special and the breakfast the day after the wedding was lush!! Massively recommend this place to anyone looking for a wedding venue
B Sent on 18/10/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you so much Old Down

What an incredible venue. We are so pleased we hosted our wedding reception at the Manor House.
The views are amazing, the day ran like clockwork (special thanks to Joey and Warren) and we captured some fantastic shots by the lake.
All our wedding guests commented on how lovely the venue is.
Thank you so much Old Down.
S Sent on 18/10/2019
5 out of 5 rating

We had an amazing wedding day at old down

We had an amazing wedding day at old down. Joey, warren and the team were fab on the day, it is such a beautiful venue and we loved every minute of it!
Becca Sent on 04/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating
We just wanted to send you a quick message to say the biggest of thank yous for all of your hard work not only on our wedding day on Sunday, but throughout the whole of the planning process.

You have been an absolute superstar! You have made everything so easy for us. We haven't been stressed at all, even on the day, and that's all down to your reassurance and professionalism.

We had the most wonderful day, where we were able to totally relax and enjoy the magical moments. Warren and the whole front of house staff were absolutely amazing, please pass on our sincere thanks. We had a lot of comments from people about how smoothly everything ran - you were one step ahead of us all day, keeping us on track and keeping our guests happy. Amazing!
Heather Sent on 04/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating
Excellent venue with lovely staff, great food & a beautiful location..!!! Very highly recommended
Thankyou for a lovely day
Helen Sent on 04/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating
Thank you so much for all your hard work; the wedding was absolutely perfect and the most magical day. Send our thanks to Lucy and the team as well.
Jodie Sent on 04/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating
Thank you so so much for all of your help and we really did have the day of our dreams!! The whole team were incredible and we keep getting feedback from our guests saying how amazing the service was, you guys really made it the amazing day it was!
H Sent on 04/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating
I just want to say a giant thank you for Saturday. The team were absolutely exceptional and we genuinely had the best day of our lives. We are both sticklers for organisation and I thought there was no way I'd be able to spend the day not worrying about what was happening or feeling like I had to organise things myself - particularly when so much of my job involves this. But I was able to completely switch off and at no point did I feel I couldn't totally relax and feel like I was in the very safest of hands.

The guests said it was the best wedding they've ever been to, and you and your team have so much responsibility for that incredible compliment.

The smooth running, organisation, placement of decorations, co-ordination, attentiveness of staff and fantastic upkeep of the beautiful venue were second to none.

I feel so incredibly lucky that we were able to marry at the Old Down in the capable hands of you and your colleagues.
Emma Sent on 30/05/2019
5 out of 5 rating

A guest at a wedding

We have just attended the Paul and Susie wedding and I felt compelled to contact you and say what an amazing venue you have and how completely fantastic everything you did was. The attention to detail and the customer service was exemplary. Every need was catered for and nothing was too much trouble. In particular when my son was unfortunately ill within an hour of the bride arriving 鈥othing was an issue and I wasn鈥檛 made to feel awkward at all. I sincerely apologise for your housekeeping having to clean up after him.
The manor is out of this world location and view wise and your staff were amazing. I can鈥檛 complement you all enough.
Wendy Sent on 30/05/2019
5 out of 5 rating
Now I am back from holiday I just wanted to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for everything you and your team did to make their wedding day so perfect.

One thing that I would particularly like to call out is how wonderful you and your team were - especially would like to thank Jason and all of the waiting team and the barmen. They were all amazing, nothing was too much trouble, never have we experienced such wonderful, professional, friendly service like this at a function. YOU ALL MAKE SUCH AN AMAZING TEAM together.

- it was a wonderful, wonderful couple of days - and worth every single penny !
Kerry Sent on 30/05/2019
5 out of 5 rating
Just to say thank you so much for all your help throughout the last year in organising our wedding, we literally had the best day ever, it was just perfect! You, Jason & Molly make the best team so thank you all. Thank you to all the staff behind the scenes too
Tanya Sent on 15/08/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you again for everything!

We had the most amazing day I could ever have dreamed of! Emma, Jason and all the staff have been incredible!! I am sooo sad it鈥檚 all over. Thank you again for everything! You have been a dream! Loved the pictures you put on Facebook.
Anonymous Sent on 15/08/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Our wedding was so perfect from start to finish!

To Lucy, Jason, Chris, David, Louise, Molly and the whole team. WOW! I'm actually lost for words. Our wedding was so perfect from start to finish! As you know, Old Down means so much to me, so holding my wedding reception with you was a dream come true. From the planning to the day itself - so professional and our needs met at all stages. The Manor and grounds lend themselves perfectly to weddings. The space feels like home and with exclusive use you are not interrupted. You feel so relaxed and welcomed as soon as you arrive. I cannot fault anything about our day. A huge part of this was our venue and the team that served us. Nothing was too much trouble. The food was sensational with many guests commenting on the quality, taste and presentation. You were able to adapt a menu to suit our requirements which was great. The serving staff were helpful and efficient. The house was absolutely spotless Louise, from top to bottom and the grounds manicured to perfection. You even ordered us the sunshine! First class service at a first class venue. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts.
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