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Last update: April 2024

Owlpen Manor is a rustic-meets-refined wedding venue situated near Stroud, Gloucestershire. Set within a 215-acre estate, this romantic venue is the perfect venue for exclusive, private wedding celebrations, plus accommodation on the estate for 40 people. With stunning surroundings, romance and intimacy, the venue can offer all you need for a wonderful, unforgettable wedding. The venue’s fantastic team of professionals will work closely with you to design your very own bespoke wedding package and will be on hand to take care of every detail.

Facilities and Capacity

Owlpen offers a number of beautiful locations within the estate for wedding receptions. The estate is available for your exclusive use for the entirety of your wedding weekend, or for three days midweek. With stunning barns, indoor and outdoor ceremony venues, photography locations and reception spaces, the estate is an extremely flexible setting for your day. The venue can accommodate receptions with between 20 and 120 guests. All areas are licensed and we can offer a fantastic variety of selected wines and a pay bar when required. The Old English formal gardens offer a delightful setting for champagne and canapes, with space for up to 200 guests.

Services Offered

If you’re planning a smaller wedding, the Great Hall in the Manor House provides a wonderful setting for civil ceremonies for up to 50 people. There is a parish church next to the manor house, which can seat over 120 people. The Owlpen team can arange all sorts of add-ons for you, such as glamping, outdoor activities, wild swimming, and barbecues. The nine holiday cottages on the estate are spread out across the valley, so you are hiring an entire Cotswold hamlet for a wedding weekend in one of the most beautiful valleys in the Cotswolds.

Please enquire at the estate office for more information. We are always happy to help!

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Unusual weddings
Stately home
Historic
Landmark
Marquees and tents
Woodland and festival
Church
Barn
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Chapel or temple on-site
Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Private catering allowed
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:

Health suite

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Changing room for wedding guests
Pet-friendly
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4.9 out of 5 rating
59 reviews
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98% Recommended by couples
Tommy
Tommy L. Sent on 29/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Tommy & Hannah 2022

Owlpen Manor is a beautiful venue in the Cotswolds with accompanying cottages which was fantastic and enabled close friends/family members to stay in for our wedding weekend.
More so than this, the team at Owlpen have been absolutely amazing from Day 1. Bella, Hugo and everyone else working at Owlpen went the extra mile and a half to ensure that our special day ran smoothly and without issue!

The “Ethos” from the team that a Wedding should be a weekend, rather than just a single day was one that really resonated with us from the very beginning. Being able to have a relaxed meal the night before our special day with family members in the cottages was lovely. Also, having access to the venue the day before and after meant that set-up and takedown were relaxed (As much as it can be the day before a wedding!)

All in all, the experience that we had at Owlpen Manor was absolutely amazing. Thank you again to the incredible team there.

Would 100% do it again

T&H xxx]
Katherine
Katherine Sent on 24/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Just wonderful

Thank you for having us Owlpen! The most beautiful setting for our boho wedding! Leading up the the day the comms was great. On the day Mel and Christy both looked after us all so well. I wish I could do it all again
Lizzie
Lizzie F. Sent on 10/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely magical

I honestly don’t know where to start with writing a review for Owlpen, I feel emotional even trying. Start to finish, the team at Owlpen were the most well organised and professional team you could hope to work with, whilst somehow managing to also be the most friendly, kind, good humoured and accommodating people you could meet. There is a real family feel when working with the team and they have gone above and beyond, whether it be allowing countless visits, responding quickly and informatively to my barrage of emails for the last 1.5 years, to looking after us so well on the wedding day. So many of our guests commented on how well organised the day was, and that was down to the well oiled machine that is the Owlpen staff!
The place itself is a piece of magic that it really takes seeing in person to appreciate. Set in a Cotswold valley, there is a real sense of intimate privacy whilst also projecting a vast feeling that comes from having the full run of the place; there isn’t anything like looking down on the beautiful gardens filled with your friends and family bustling around in their finery, that is an image that will stay with me forever. Being able to have a portion of our guests stay the night before and the night of was incredibly unique, and again, the team went well out of their way to accommodate for every last detail. I could never of dreamed that we could have our friends swimming in a lake with a picnic on the bank the day before our wedding, and have a house dedicated to after party fun around a firepit.
I’ll never be able to thank Owlpen enough for giving us the best day of our lives.
Ian
Ian B. Sent on 17/08/2021
5 out of 5 rating

a Wedding Photographer's perspective...

A truly stunning place to photograph a wedding. I've been shooting weddings at Owlpen Manor for a number of year's now and and never tire of it's beauty, both inside (the house, Cyder Barn and wonderful new Pole Barn...) and out. There are so many 'wow' shot locations to choose from (my favourite is in front of the Grist Mill with the lake reflections which looks like a Constable painting!) and they're all within a couple of hundred yards or so which is great when timings are tight.

If you are looking for something 'quintessentially Cotswold's' with gorgeous photography locations then Owlpen Manor, with it's wonderful new Pole Barn and brilliant team, is up there with the very best wedding venues in the country.
Elizabeth
Elizabeth R. Sent on 25/03/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Gorgeous place, lovely staff!

I was recently one of the bridesmaids at a wedding here and I would 100% recommend it! The venue itself is absolutely gorgeous and the perfect backdrop for photos. All of the staff were so lovely and they really helped to make the day extra special.
Daisy
Daisy C. Sent on 29/09/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Best day EVER!!!

Look, I’m not very eloquent but hear me out.
I’ll take you back to 28/09/2020 newly engaged and excited. I had always wanted a really low key wedding however my (now) husband was keen for something a bit bigger.
I had looked around online and nothing was hitting the spot.
My mum.. (obviously - she’s a babe), sent me the link to owlpen. We arranged to have a little look around and instantly fell in love with the venue and Bella.
Organising things During lockdowns and all that stuff, they were amazing.
Now.. fast forward to 21/09/2021. Me, my partner, our kids, family, friends are all having a bbq the night before the wedding, chilling and sorting everything out for the next day on site.
Cottages were really cute and well equipped, made it feel like a real little holiday!
THE WEDDING DAY.. let me tell you, with Tonya, Bella and Theo there I did not need to worry about a thing! It all went so smoothly and they had our back the whole time!
All of our guests had the same thing to say to us “I’ve never been to a more relaxed wedding, it’s so chill” this is down to the venue and staff in my opinion.
It all just felt amazing and relaxed, ‘well seasoned catering’ were also incredible. The food was amazing and the staff were next level great!
It’s a week later and I want to go back already! Xx
Henry
Henry G. Sent on 06/09/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Email I sent following our wedding weekend

The email I sent to the Owlpen team following our wedding:

''First of all an enormous thankyou for the weekend just passed, self induced stress aside, it was one of the best weekends I’ve ever had and a large chunk of that was down to you guys as a team. We had many, many comments about how fantastic the venue was and that the cyder barn looked amazing as well! Furthermore even to the last minute you guys were so incredibly helpful and supportive and we are both incredibly grateful.''
Sushma
Sushma P. Sent on 02/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Owlpen made our wedding one of the best days of our lives, thanks to their professionalism, love, kindness and compassion.

After a long and dissatisfying search for a venue for our wedding, we stumbled across Owlpen manor. From the second we spoke with Bella, the wedding planner, we knew it was the right place for us. Her warmth, kindness and love is overwhelming. She was able to quickly find out about us, and offered a package that was very bespoke to our needs. The location speaks for itself; it is simply stunning and we were blessed with sunshine on our special day, this meant we were able to get married outside in the grounds of the manor.
Bella and the entire team, could not have made it more special for us, we were looked after so well, and everyone that works at Owlpen are so professional and kind, it really was the most spectacular experience. Nothing is too much trouble for them, and Bella even helped me get into my wedding shoes!
We had 40 guests at our wedding, and they still rave about our wedding today, saying it was the best wedding they've ever been to! Our guests stayed at all of the cottages available and thoroughly enjoyed the quirkiness of them all, they are full of character and comfortable.
The good was amazing, we ordered the vegetarian sharing board for starters and it was beautiful, as was the rest if the meal. The mud week package is excellent value for money.
We often think about returning, for a weekend, it is such a beautiful place.
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Abby S. Sent on 01/07/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Worth the wait!

We booked our original wedding date back in 2018 after falling in love with Owlpen after our viewing. The fact that we could use the venue for the whole weekend was a big positive for us as many of our guests had to travel from across the country.

Unfortunately we had to postpone our wedding last year due to Covid and Bella and Hugo were so supportive. They constantly kept us updated on the guidance and what this meant for our wedding day. Without their support, the lead up to our wedding would have been much more stressful, given all the uncertainty with the restrictions for weddings. They worked with us to make our wedding day perfect despite the Covid restrictions in place.

All our guests commented on how wonderful the venue and accommodation was and how helpful and friendly all the staff were on the day. We’re so glad that we had Owlpen for our venue and would definitely recommend to any couples looking for a beautiful, secluded Cotswold venue.
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Amy M. Sent on 09/09/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Even better than we could have wished for

We held our wedding at Owlpen Manor on 29 August 2021 and we couldn’t have wished for a more beautiful venue or more fantastic people to help us plan our special day.
Owlpen feels like your own private slice of idyllic countryside, where you are able to create your wedding day exactly as you want it. We loved having the whole venue for two nights and having close friends and family staying on the estate in cottages meant we had time to really enjoy the whole weekend, setting the wedding up the day before and spending time with everyone who had travelled to be there with us.
Hugo, Bella and Theo were fantastic. They helped us to put together a weekend and wedding day which was even better than we could have imagined. They were so helpful in the run up, making sure what they could accommodate our plans, which we had total free rein on. On the day Bella and Theo went above and beyond to make our day special, with Bella even becoming chauffeur for the bridal party at the last minute! And Theo making sure the reception and party went without a hitch and that everyone felt free to let their hair down.. which they did! We had many compliments on the food, by Raoul from Well Seasoned Caterers, which was delicious and putting the menu together was a thoroughly enjoyable part of the wedding planning.
The formal gardens behind the house were a beautiful setting for reception drinks and the newly built Pole Barn was perfect for the wedding breakfast. The Cyder Barn was ideal for the party part of the night, with an expertly run bar in the barn which meant you didn’t have to leave the dance floor, and many people didn’t!
We couldn’t recommend Owlpen Manor enough, we can’t wait to go back and celebrate our anniversaries in this special place. Thanks to all of the team who helped us create such a memorable weekend.
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Emma D. Sent on 02/12/2023
4.4 out of 5 rating

Beautiful venue

Gorgeous venue, Manor House, church, gardens, lakes, barn and cottages for a hassle free and beautiful day all within walking distance.
D
Danielle Sent on 26/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect from start to finish

I can’t rate Owlpen highly enough. Hugo and Bella were fantastic, easy to get hold of and very kind and helpful from start to finish. On the day it went perfectly, everything was handled and all requests where met and dealt. Would recommend to anyone. Thank you again for the wonderful day
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Lucy H. Sent on 30/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible

Where to start, Owlpen was our dream venue. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, everything was exactly as we hoped and the staff were amazing. Book the recommended caterers (well seasoned) Raoul and the team will not disappoint! All our guests said how incredible the venue and food was.
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Lauren C. Sent on 17/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect effortless day

My husband and I were married at Owlpen last month. From the first time we visited until the day we left, the team have been absolutely outstanding. Bella and Tonya deserve special mention because they truly felt like friends, and we felt ever so comfortable in their presence. They went the extra mile to accommodate us and always got back to my barrage of questions. I was genuinely pleased to see them both when they dropped on the morning of our wedding.
Other than the fact everything did go absolutely seamlessly, we had lots of time to prepare, and even do a run through which was great fun - using the guys as bridesmaids was a highlight! We have nothing but praise and admiration for the Owlpen team, and so glad that we didn't see any other venues as we instantly knew this was the place. The onsite accomodations were quirky and different; no hotel corridors and rooms here. Many of our guests said it was genuinely the best wedding they had ever been too and being able to stay onsite with all our friends and even go wild swimming the day after the wedding (not for the faint of heart but definitely an unforgettable experience!) was just priceless.
We are so grateful to the team and all their hard work. Can we come back and do it again?
C
Ciaran Sent on 29/06/2022
1 out of 5 rating

If we could have put 0 stars we would have...

We booked our wedding for September 2023 in January 2022. After 6 months of making arrangements for our wedding day (including paying deposits for numerous suppliers) we received an email saying Owlpen had double booked our wedding day and we could no longer get married on that date. There was no other couple booked in the written diary at the time of booking and even so took Owlpen 6 months to realise the error. To reference a software issue is even more ridiculous.
Not only were we shocked to receive such news, but especially via email! After calling for clarification, we were met with an arrogant response with no accountability for their incompetence. Rather than being supportive it was instead implied that we were at fault for risking our deposits if we had not yet secured wedding insurance.
Owlpen offered us other dates but gave incorrect dates in their email when doing so. After offering us one alternative date in summer 2023 at a September rate (once pressed!) and no other discount, we decided we would be better off finding an alternative venue.
We would advise any couple getting married to steer clear of Owlpen. Our experience with them has been extremely stressful and disappointing.
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