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Last update: November 2023

Pauntley Court offers exclusive use, from a Friday until a Sunday, for you and 22 family and friends, across 10 beautiful bedrooms. Grand in nature and intimate by design, it is perfect for the smaller weddings up to 40. Mid week Elopements are also very special in this tranquil haven in Gloucestershire.

Pauntley Court is a family owned private estate in Gloucestershire, on the edge of the Cotswolds. This much-loved Grade II listed house boasts a warm, characterful and charming atmosphere. Set in 20 acres of grounds with stunning, magical formal gardens, a tennis court, croquet lawn and a petanque court, Pauntley Court is a hidden gem. The lake, with its resident swans and the rolling countryside beyond, allow for the perfect back drop for your photographer to capture the Big Day in all its glory.

It is a secluded and very beautiful 'home from home' venue, that can be exclusively yours for a whole weekend, from midday on Friday to the Sunday afternoon, sleeping up to 22 of your guests across the 10 gorgeous bedrooms. It is also the Birthplace of the real Dick Whittington!

Pauntley Court specialises in exclusive, intimate and bespoke weekend weddings, as well as mid-week Elopements. They also offer a limited number of large weddings each year with a marquee style of your choice.

Facilities and Capacity

As you crest the hill, you will just glimpse the house, with its unique pinkish-reddish glow, nestled amongst trees with only a Norman Church and The Dovecote as its neighbours.

For your marraige ceremony, there is the Norman church next door, only a stone's throw or there are two indoor licensed spaces; the light-filled Ballroom for up to 40 people or the cosy Panelled Room for up to 20 people. For an outdoor ceremony, choose from one of 6 stunning outdoor licensed garden spaces. A celebrant-led ceremony could be down by the lake or out between the yew hedges with incredible views out across the Leadon Valley.

Afterwards, why not have drinks and canapes overlooking the sunken garden with its clipped box and yew hedges, medlar trees and ornamental pond. Perhaps enjoy a game of croquet and petanque with your friends and family, followed by a stroll down to the lake.

For your wedding breakfast, dine under the fabulous hornbeam arches and feel like you are in Italy or France, or alternatively choose to feast under the glittering chandeliers in the elegant Ballroom for your wedding breakfast.

The Tentickle stretch tent, situated on one of the flat formal lawns, could also provide a brilliant canopy for your bar and reception drinks or as an outdoor dining space, should the weather be inclement on your big day.

Dance and laugh the night away in the Ballroom and enjoy cocktails and drinks at the 'Wild Duck Bar' in the Panelled room in front of the open fire. As newly weds, you can then retire whenever you wish, to the private wing of the house, Elinor Fettiplace. Close family and friends will be staying on site too, in our beautiful, individually-designed bedrooms in the Main House and Dovecote.

You and up to 22 close family and friends can arrive on the Friday at midday and make yourself at home, have tea in the gardens and a pre-wedding dinner on the terrace or the Flower Room. You and your guests will have exclusive use of this private estate, until Sunday afternoon, a whole weekend in this country house and private idyll.

Services Offered

As a family-owned venue, they have a restricted number of weddings each year. Melissa and her professional and friendly Pauntley Team will work closely with you to help you create your unique three day wedding experience. No two weddings are the same, and nor do they want them to be! Offering a multitude of options and a flexible approach, designing a bespoke and personal celebration here at Pauntley Court, is made super simple.

Depending on your guest list size, the Pauntley Court offers a fantastic choice of weddings, ranging from mid week Elopements to 16 person 'Micro' weddings, 'Petite' weddings of up to 24 or the 'Intimate' wedding from 30-40 people. Melissa will always meet with you and give you a personal tour of the house and gardens, talking you through the endless ideas and possibilities. Your wedding coordinator will be with you on your wedding day as well as providing help and support in choosing your suppliers and planning in the run up to your wedding day.

Rachel, the Housekeeper, can also help support you over the weekend, doing anything from Friday night supper, cooking breakfasts, turning down beds, washing up, and even baby-sitting.

We have a list of preferred caterers and an exlusive bar company, all of which provide the top quality service we are passionate about here at Pauntley Court.


Pauntley Court can accommodate up to 24 family and friends across 10 beautiful and individually designed bedrooms with 9 modern bathrooms. The bedrooms have sumptuous white company linens, fluffy towels and slippers, luxurious '100 Acres' toiletries, and fresh flowers from the gardens, spoiling you for the wedding weekend.

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Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Unusual weddings
Asian wedding
Stately home
Marquees and tents
Woodland and festival
Outdoor license
Tipis and yurts
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Chapel or temple on-site
Civil ceremony licence
Religious ceremony license

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Private catering allowed
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities

Evening entertainment:

Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:


Other features:

Exclusive use
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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Lucy A. Sent on 04/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Simply perfect

We had simply the most magical wedding at Pauntley Court. The venue truly is absolutely gorgeous and has everything you could possibly need for your wedding weekend. We were initially drawn to the house itself but the rest of the grounds and the church being so close sealed the deal for us!

On our wedding weekend, we checked in on Friday and were warmly welcomed by Melissa, Jilly and Rachel and then spent the day setting up bits and pieces ready for our big day. We just loved being able to have our family stay over for the whole weekend and really get to relax and enjoy the celebrations.

Jilly was our wedding co-ordinator and was so helpful during the whole process, from planning right through to the big day. She took away the stress of having to make decisions on the day and was just so helpful and warm to all of our guests. Jilly is extremely knowledgeable and nothing is too much trouble. We were so lucky to have her!

If we could do it all again, we wouldn鈥檛 change a thing!

Love Lucy and Ryan
David R. Sent on 30/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing! A true fairytale wedding.

We knew Pauntley Court was the place for us when we saw it online. Offering a two-night package, with wonderful accommodation for our friends and family, we felt that the setting was ideal, and that the wedding day day itself would not feel too rushed or frenetic. We wanted a fairytale wedding, and if that's what you're looking for then look no further than the beautiful Pauntley Court and its stunning grounds.

Melissa was extremely helpful during the whole process. We were unwell for our scheduled tour, but she gave us an extensive virtual tour instead. She was communicative throughout and helped us form a bespoke package for our particular needs. We attended her well-organised 'inspiration' day so that we could meet suppliers, and we booked our cake maker, catering company, Alicia the videographer and the amazing Matt Bee (wedding guitarist) that day. It was such an easy process, taking all the hassle out of finding suppliers ourselves, and we knew when seeing the grounds on a beautiful, sunny, late winter morning that we had absolutely made the right choice.

Jilly, our wedding coordinator and part of Melissa's team, was fantastic in the lead-up to the wedding and was always on hand to answer any questions we had. Come the wedding itself, we were unsure about the weather, and a late change to move the ceremony inside was no problem for the team. Melissa was brilliant, shuttling around all day to ensure we had the best time possible, even pushing water puddles off the marquee roof to ensure we didn't all get drenched!

We cannot speak highly enough of the quality of the accommodation. One friend said 'this room is almost as big as our whole flat.' The beds were so comfy, and the bridal suite was the perfect place to relax before and after the ceremony. It felt at once homely and grand, and I think that is an incredibly rare combination to find.

Melissa was so enthusiastic about our wedding (and our cosplay party the night before) and really went the extra mile to make us feel special. To work in the industry, but retain such an infectious enthusiasm for it, is another incredibly rare trait, and something which we are thankful for. We will always be grateful to her and the team for making our day truly the best of our lives and we will always stay in touch.
Cicely H. Sent on 16/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

One of a kind venue

Pauntley Court is a truly unique and magical place to get married. As soon as we visited for the first time, it felt like we鈥檇 been transported into a fairytale, from the beautiful terracotta coloured house, the far-reaching countryside views and gardens, the homely rooms - each with their individual character - to the welcoming and friendly arms of Melissa. We couldn鈥檛 believe the venue we had stumbled across and our wedding was more than we could have ever dreamed of. Our family stayed with us at Pauntley Court for the weekend, making it feel like a home away from home. Pauntley Court is rare in that it can organise very intimate ceremonies, which we had in the beautiful ballroom, and hosting our wedding across the weekend meant we could spend quality time with our closest friends and family. We can鈥檛 thank Melissa and the Pauntley Court staff enough, who went above and beyond to ensure our wedding day went smoothly and we could really live in the moment. Pauntley Court will always be a treasured place for us and we鈥檒l certainly be back to stay in Elinor Fettiplace once more. To anyone considering this venue, don鈥檛 hesitate and book a visit - you won鈥檛 turn back!
Laura C. Sent on 08/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The most incredible wedding weekend!

We couldn't have imagined a more perfect place to get married than Pauntley Court. The first time we went we both instantly knew it was the right place for us, it has a special feel about it as soon as you arrive. The house is amazing, decorated beautifully throughout with so many nice touches. The gardens are incredible, and we loved that there are so many different areas to use within it over the weekend. We loved having the venue for the whole weekend as it meant we were able to celebrate with friends and family on Friday and Sunday too which made the weekend even more exciting.

We really wanted our wedding to be as personalised to us as possible, and we were able to achieve this so easily - choosing our catering company/bar company/where we wanted different aspects of the day to take place etc. This all meant that our wedding had a bespoke feel to it and we loved how our day was different to all others before.

We were lucky enough to have amazing weather on our wedding day and had our ceremony outside on the ceremony lawn. It truly felt like we were at a destination wedding due to it being such a beautiful venue and location - so many guests said they felt like they had been transported to Italy or France! Melissa the owner is so lovely and always happy to help. Rachel the housekeeper is an amazing asset to the team and definitely saved the day at one point! We had Holly as our wedding coordinator and she was absolutely incredible, she made me feel so calm and comfortable on the day knowing it would all run smoothly in her safe hands. We honestly couldn't recommend getting married at Pauntley enough - thank you so so much!
Louise W. Sent on 18/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

April Wedding at Pauntley

Gareth and I got married at Pauntley in April 2023, we loved the house when we had visited the year before and knew we wanted a small low key wedding with just our closest friends and family and loved that they could all stay with us for the two nights, on the day everything ran smoothly meaning we could just concentrate on each other and our guests and appreciating being together. We were so lucky to have some sunny weather on the Saturday, but it really didn't matter when it rained, there are so many beautiful spaces in the house and outside under the stretch tent. We are so grateful to Melissa and Jilly for their support and help with everything and hope we can visit again in future.
Charlotte W. Sent on 13/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Please can we do it again?

Still absolutely floating on cloud nine after our wedding at Pauntley in May. I can't express how perfect the day, and the whole weekend, was! We had the most wonderful day filled with love, joy and laughter. Pauntley Court was a huge part of this. It's just the most beautiful location and we will think so fondly of it forever!

We've had so many comments from all our guests about how fabulous the venue was! I've even had a few people passing the venue onto their friends to consider for their weddings, which I would 100% recommend. I can't believe how well our flowers went with the house and gardens, the bright colours were exactly how I wanted, and beyond!

Melissa and Parky are so warm, welcoming and lovely. It was a pleasure organising the day with you in the lead up to the wedding day.
Thank you ever so much for everything! It truly was the best day of our lives, I'm not sure my words are sufficient to explain this!

Holly, who coordinatated the day was so amazing! She was on top of everything, just as I thought of something she had already done it! Just the perfect person to help run your day absolutely flawlessly and a lovely person to top it off! Can't thank her enough.

Rachel's, the housekeeper was invaluable, she helped so much with the house and meant we could focus all our time on the day and spending time with friends and family, knowing she was there was such a big bonus. The breakfast Sunday morning was great!

All in all the most wonderful day, I would love to do it all over again!
Amy D. Sent on 20/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Early May at Pauntley Court

When we were planning our wedding we chose to have an intimate celebration (28 people) and as soon as we found Pauntley Court we knew it was the only place we would want to get married.

On our venue visit we fell in love with the charming building exterior, the immaculate gardens and the opulent, yet comfortable interior. Pauntely Court comprises the perfect mixture of history, character and modern features.

The 3 day stay, accompanied with the buildings terracotta walls, extensive gardens and the early May sunshine set deep in the English countryside gave our guests the feel of a European destination wedding without the hassle and expense of travelling.

The exclusivity of the house worked perfectly for our wedding party and all our needs were more than accommodated for. The entirety of the home was kept immaculate for the duration of our stay through the support of Rachel the housekeeper, she worked unobtrusively to ensure that all our needs were met. This was also mirrored in the hosts; Melissa and Mark, and our assigned wedding co-ordinator Rebecca. They worked efficiently to ensure that the day ran perfectly and was everything we鈥檇 hoped for.

We can鈥檛 thank the team at Pauntley Court enough and feel so lucky that we were fortunate to host our wedding in such an extraordinary piece of history. There really is nowhere else quite like it; it鈥檚 a truly magical venue that was enjoyed by our whole wedding party.
Jade D. Sent on 14/06/2021
4.6 out of 5 rating

Amazing Venue and Host

Melissa and her team made our special day the most amazing experience. The venue is beyond beautiful and the atmosphere was exactly as we鈥檇 hoped for. I can鈥檛 express enough appreciation!
Charlotte A. Sent on 28/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect wedding venue- book now!

We booked Pauntley Court for our intimate wedding weekend in June 2022 and we regret nothing! The venue is beyond beautiful with lovely, well kept gardens. The rooms are also very impressive, all individually decorated with their own character. All our guests commented throughout the wedding and since returning home about how lovely the venue was. Unfortunately, we weren't able to have our wedding outside as planned, thanks to the great British weather, but the team at Pauntley were so responsive, attentive and caring about swapping round our decorations to move us inside. We want to make a special mention to Rachel, who helped us throughout the weekend to keep the house clean and tidy and also cooked us an amazing breakfast on the Sunday morning. Also a big thank you to Rebecca and Melissa who were also fantastic, ensuring our day was perfect throughout. If you want a unique wedding venue, that no one will forget, book Pauntley court!
Charlotte and Greg x
M Morgan Sent on 02/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Would definitely recommend!

We were looking for an intimate venue where we could welcome family and friends to our ceremony, reception and offer rooms for them to stay. Pauntley Court allowed us to do this perfectly. Having the gorgeous house and grounds all to ourselves Friday to Sunday meant that guests could spend time together, and we were amazed just how quickly we felt at home.

Having Melissa and the Pauntley teams' support in planning on the lead up and being there to support us on the day meant that everything ran smoothly. We would like to say a huge thank you for helping us to have a wonderful wedding that we can look back on with beautiful memories.
Natasha D. Sent on 14/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful wedding at Pauntley

We recently celebrated our special day at the amazing Pauntley Court (the birthplace of Dick Whittington), and it's hard to find words that truly capture the beauty, elegance, and pure magic that this venue added to our wedding.

From the moment we set foot on the grounds, we fell in love with the breathtaking surroundings. The manicured gardens, the historic charm of the estate, and the overall ambiance created an atmosphere that felt like a fairytale.

The staff at Pauntley Court deserve accolades for their exceptional service. From the planning stages to the big day itself, every member of the team was not only professional but also genuinely invested in making our wedding day perfect. Their attention to detail and willingness to go above and beyond truly set them apart.

The wedding day itself was a dream come true. The September sun shone and the venue was transformed into a scene of pure romance. We got to eat under the hornbeam trees and just as we had envisioned and our guests were truly impressed. The seamless coordination by the staff ensured that everything ran like clockwork, allowing us to relax and fully immerse ourselves in the joy of the moment. The team's dedication to making our day special was evident in every aspect, and their positive energy added an extra layer of happiness to the celebration.

The beauty of Pauntley Court is not just in its physical surroundings but in the people who make it come alive. The venue and its team contributed significantly to the success of our wedding day, creating memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.

If you're seeking a venue that combines timeless elegance with impeccable service, look no further than Pauntley Court. Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone at Pauntley Court for making our wedding day not only beautiful but truly unforgettable. We wholeheartedly recommend this venue to anyone looking to turn their wedding dreams into reality.
Tia N. Sent on 05/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful intimate wedding

Pauntley Court is so beautiful and was the most perfect venue for our intimate wedding. Our ceremony between the quince trees was like something out of a fairytale and was truly magical!

Melissa and team were so welcoming, while Rachel and Holly were fantastic at supporting us throughout to make our day so special.
Cathy J. Sent on 13/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful venue

We couldn't have asked for a better venue for our wedding than Pauntley, a perfect mix of something special while still being able to create the more relaxed atmosphere we were looking for. The house itself is lovely, but it was the grounds that made it for us, giving the perfect setting for our outdoor wedding between the quince trees. The Pauntley team were also brilliant, right from meeting Melissa at the start, through Holly making sure everything ran so smoothly on the day, keeping us completely worry free on logistics, to Rachel who provides perfect support for all those around the day, making it an even more relaxed and enjoyable experience. It was a perfect few days and a time we'll always remember, we couldn't recommend Pauntley highly enough.
Bradley C. Sent on 16/07/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Glorious venue

We recently had the pleasure of hosting my wedding at Pauntley Court, and I cannot express enough how exceptional the experience was. From the moment we arrived at this stunning venue, we knew we had chosen the perfect place to celebrate our special day.
The location itself is simply breathtaking. Nestled amidst the picturesque Gloucestershire countryside, Pauntley Court offers a magical setting that exudes romance and charm. The beautiful gardens and grounds surrounding the venue provided the most idyllic backdrop for our ceremony and reception. Our guests were in awe of the stunning views and couldn't stop talking about the natural beauty that surrounded us.
What truly sets Pauntley Court apart, though, is the impeccable service and warm hospitality provided by the staff. From our very first meeting, the team was attentive, accommodating, and genuinely invested in making our wedding day unforgettable. They went above and beyond to ensure that every detail was taken care of, and their dedication to delivering an exceptional experience was evident throughout the entire planning process.
The team at Pauntley Court were not only professional but also friendly and approachable. They took the time to listen to our ideas, offer valuable suggestions, and work closely with us to bring our vision to life. Their expertise and attention to detail were invaluable, and we felt confident in their ability to handle everything smoothly.
On the day of our wedding, they exceeded all expectations. They were attentive, ensuring that both we and our guests were comfortable and had everything we needed. The service was seamless, with each staff member displaying a genuine passion for their work. It was evident that they genuinely cared about making our wedding day special, and their enthusiasm and friendliness added to the joyful atmosphere.
The venue itself is steeped in history and charm, with elegant spaces that can be tailored to suit various wedding styles and themes. Whether you prefer an intimate gathering or a grand celebration, Pauntley Court has the versatility to accommodate your needs.
Overall, I cannot recommend Pauntley Court highly enough as a wedding venue. The combination of the breathtaking location, exceptional service, and friendly staff made our wedding day truly unforgettable. If you're searching for a place that offers natural beauty, attention to detail, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere, look no further than Pauntley Court. It is a hidden gem that will leave you and your guests with memories to treasure forever.
Cindy P. Sent on 07/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fairytale Wedding Venue

Pauntley Court is a beautiful wedding venue and their staff is exceptional.

They also have a great list of vendors that make planning your wedding and reception stress free, even from the United States.

My daughter鈥檚 wedding was like a fairytale.

Thank you,

Cindy P.
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They would like to invite you to their Open House & Viewing Day. They will be giving personal tours of the bedrooms. Their wonderful housekeeper Rachel will be in the main kitchen serving refreshments. You can also enjoy the gardens and grounds taking in the beautiful scenery here at Pauntley Court.

Please do contact them to book a time slot.

Date: From 24/03/2024 to 24/03/2024 Schedule 10:30 - 15:30
Place: Pauntley Court Drive, Newent, Gloucestershire

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