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Last update: February 2024

Situated in the centre of the city of Ely, Cambridgeshire, Poets House is a stylish hotel wedding venue offering a distinctive setting steeped in history. Grade II listed, this Georgian property formerly homed one of Ely's most beloved writers and poets in the early 1900s. Today it stands as an intimate wedding setting, lovingly renovated and lavishly designed. Boasting outstanding cathedral views, elegant interiors, and luxurious suites, the team is confident it will be love at first sight.

Facilities and Capacity

Poets House is a dream for those with a creative eye, offering an abundance of visual delights that will elevate any wedding theme. The property can host up to (non excluisve ) 50 guests for a civil ceremony, wedding breakfast, and up to 60 for the evening reception.. With exclusive hire, you and your guests can relax in the full privacy of the hotel and its gorgeous grounds. Welcome friends and family with a drink in the quaint walled garden before letting your day unfold in The Writing Room. Cosy and chic, this versatile setting can host from 50 to 120 guests for the nuptials and up to 40 in the evening. Meanwhile, the Sonnet Bar and Lounge is the perfect spot for a Champagne reception with its sunny aspect and easy access to the gorgeous courtyard. After the formalities, you can relax into your evening celebrations and dance the night away.

Services Offered

With its special blend of friendly service and attention to detail, Poets House is a wonderful choice for you to create the most special wedding day memories. The events team aspires to help you maximise this charming, innovative space regardless of your wedding size. With exclusive or non-exclusive packages available, you are free to add as much of a personal touch as desired. No matter which you choose, you will have the talents of the in-house culinary team at your disposal, who have a range of delicious menu options ready to go. The team invites you to get in touch without hesitation for more information on the kinds of weddings this boutique hotel can host.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Small hotel
Pub or restaurant
Unusual weddings
Historic
In the city
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Hairdresser

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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100% Recommended by couples
Clare
Clare N. Sent on 01/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Made our day perfect

Fantastic service, made our special day even more special.
I would recommend the Poets House if you are wanting an intimate wedding. Beautiful venue and the staff made our day perfect.
Cameron
Cameron R. Sent on 04/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding August 2023

Christine and the whole staff at the Poets house were a welcome gift, they helped us plan the best day and were so willing and helpful to bring together all of our ideas and requests to make our wedding day a truly memorable one.
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Elizabeth M. Sent on 02/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The most obvious choice for a wedding venue !

Thank you Christine & your team for making our wedding day truly memorable, the day was absolutely flawless, ran like clockwork & everyone had a fabulous time.

Right from the start Poets House catered for our every need, unlike other wedding venues Poets House, arranged everything the way we wanted it, with no 'set packages' to choose from.

The food, wine, garden, staff, table decorations, drinks & canapes looked & tasted fabulous, the flow of the day, with the use of the garden, could not have been better.

Christine & her team liaised with our photographer (Chris Boland) & our florist (Wild Clover) all I had to do, as the bride, was turn up & say 'I do' !!

Fabulous location, fabulous food & drinks, fabulous staff - I can't praise them enough !
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Victoria S. Sent on 10/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding reception June 2023

My partner Sarah and I had our wedding reception here in June 2023. Christine and the team were brilliant in supporting our celebration. We had a present set menu and finger buffet for the evening alongside a beer and wine package which was exactly the right size for our smaller guest list by the afternoon and evening. Guests could order cocktails, softies and hot drinks from the bar which was popular guests of different ages.

The room backed out onto the garden which was cordened off for our privacy. This allowed our guests to play garden games and enjoy the sunshine.

The location was perfect as it allowed some of our guests to walk into town and explore some of the local sights like the river and cathedral before the evening food.

We have since been back for afternoon tea and it is one of the best in ely.

The venue was also very accessible for my mum who uses an electric wheelchair and the floor lips were perfect levels for easy entrance and exit from the building.
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Stephanie A. Sent on 04/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect venue for our small and intimate wedding!

We couldn’t recommend the Poets House enough!! Their service was incredible from start to finish, The team worked so hard to ensure our day ran smoothly and nothing ever seemed to be problem in the run up to the big day!
We are so happy we chose this venue, the rooms are stunning, the food was delicious and the event rooms are beautiful.
Many thanks poets house for a fabulous day!
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Noel Sent on 04/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Poets House venue and staff were amazing!

Absolutely amazing, the venue was perfect for our small and intimate wedding, the staff were brilliant, really friendly and went above and beyond to make our day perfect, can’t recommend them enough.
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Laura Sent on 21/09/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing

Wonderful service from Poets House from start to finish! We had a fabulous time - the team, food, rooms and venue were brilliant. Excellent support from Christine - we couldn’t have asked for more and would highly recommend.
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Iain Sent on 17/11/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely Perfect!

We held our wedding at The Poets House on 27th Oct 2018. We booked it a year in advance and worked with the Events Manager to create our very special day. The hotel delivered - and more. It was amazing. The facilities, including the bedrooms, are top class and the staff are incredibly helpful. Indeed, one guest commented that the staff kept smiling throughout and that makes all the difference. When we entered the Writing Room for the wedding breakfast, it had been dressed to perfection and would have done justice to any elite hotel in the world. The food was superb - everyone loved it. But above all, the ambience of this gem of a hotel made it perfect for us. We can not recommend it highly enough.
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Rachel Sent on 06/08/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing wedding venue & hotel

We held our wedding reception and party at the lovely Poet's House. Christine was extremely accommodating and ready to help us realise our vision. The food was fantastic, as were the bar staff, and we had a perfect day. We hired the rooms out as part of a wedding package and everyone was blown away by how beautiful the rooms were, and very excited about using the copper baths! Thank you very much x
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Nicola Sent on 07/10/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful, personal venue in the heart of Ely

My husband and I got married and had our reception at Poets House in Ely, in July 2018.

Christine and her team were extremely attentive and organised, right from when we first looked around to the day after our wedding.

We had exclusive use for our wedding, which came with all 21 rooms. We all had a fantastic time and guest were extremely impressed with the rooms and the quality of the food on the day. Breakfast the day after was included for those guests that stayed, and was excellent!

Christine made our day run so smoothly and we couldn't recommend this venue more highly.
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Amy Sent on 25/09/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful!

We spent a long time after we got engaged looking for our perfect venue and we were so pleased to find it at Poets House. We had a large Sikh wedding on the Saturday of a bank holiday weekend, followed by a more intimate ceremony and celebration at the lovely Poet's House on the Sunday. It was the ideal size for our 60-something guests and wonderful to have the run of the hotel for a relaxed and fun occasion, as well as the convenience and luxury of having most of our guests staying at the hotel overnight in the beautiful rooms.

We first came to Poets House for lunch, and the high quality of the food was a big influence on our making the decision that we'd found the right venue for us. The only difficult part was choosing what to have to eat on our big day because we enjoyed everything at our tasting!

The team at Poets House are fantastic - Christine in particular was so helpful in the run up to the wedding and keeping everything moving on the day. She was happy to accommodate our requests, including for outdoor games in their courtyard - I recommend giant Jenga! - and would always provide a reassuring response to my last minute panics. The team even created table numbers to match my "art deco" theme.

I recommend Poets House for any couple looking for an elegant venue, which offers the flexibility to make your wedding special and personal to you.
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Georgia Sent on 29/08/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent!

The team at Poets House were fantastic and made our wedding day so special from start to finish, Christine the events Manager helped out so much from the moment we enquired. The team did a great job in laying out the writing room and changing the room around quickly. The food was excellent and all of our guests thoroughly enjoyed it. We would highly recommend Poets House as a wedding venue.
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40-44 St Mary's Street Ely Ely (Cambridgeshire)
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