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Purbeck House Hotel is a beautiful, family-run hotel wedding venue near the heart of Swanage, Dorset. Formerly a Victorian house and then a convent, the hotel is set on extensive grounds close to Swanage Bay and Swanage Railway Station, providing a choice of stunning backdrops for your photographs. Licenced to hold civil ceremonies, the venue offers you the comfort of celebrating your entire day here.

Facilities and Capacity

The Purbeck Room, formally a convent chapel, boasts a gorgeous handcrafted wooden wall, providing a unique setting for your wedding ceremony. The room features a Grand Piano for couples who wish to hire their favourite pianist. Up to 100 loved ones can witness you tie the knot in this romantic venue. The Garden Conservatory will set the scene for your wedding breakfast, filled with natural light and boasting views of the lush gardens. The room is self-contained with a bar and dance floor, providing complete privacy for your special day. Double doors lead out to the terrace and gardens, where you can indulge in an evening hog roast or some garden games. 100 guests can be hosted for your wedding breakfast and 120 loved ones for your evening reception. Both spaces will be your blank canvas, giving you the freedom to bring your vision to life. When your festivities end, this idyllic venue has 38 bedrooms that blend country charm with modern amenities for you and your guests.

Services Offered

Purbeck House Hotel is renowned for its hospitality and experienced staff, who strive to make every celebration unforgettable. A professional wedding coordinator will work closely with you to ensure your momentous occasion is planned and executed to your desires. The culinary team works with local suppliers, only using the freshest produce for their exquisite dishes so that you can enjoy an unforgettable dining experience.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Coastal weddings
Stately home

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Private catering allowed
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities

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:

Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Health suite

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for Purbeck House Hotel

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Bev T. Sent on 26/09/2023
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Welcoming venue

This is a lovely venue for a more intimate service. Emilie was wonderfully helpful and kept us all informed constantly about what to expect. We were very pleased with all aspects of our wedding here. Nothing was too much trouble and we highly recommend Purbeck House Hotel.
Saffron H. Sent on 28/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The PERFECT Wedding Venue

We found the Purbeck House on a bridal site when looking for venues. My husband and I love old, quaint little places with a lot of history, so we were keen to view this venue. As soon as we entered the grounds, we had a feeling it was going to be the one.
The Purbeck Room is stunning and looks very much like a chapel. The woodwork is stunning, and the room is very bright.
The Garden Conservatory overlooks the gardens and is an ideal size.
We communicated with Emilie from start to finish, and she was amazing. We couldn’t have asked for more. I liked to be in control and know how everything was going to look, Emilie understood this and was always open and honest. She catered to our needs, was honest and helped in every way possible.
On each occasion we visited the venue prior to the big day, we would bump into staff – from the manager to the breakfast staff. Everyone is incredibly friendly, and they have a wealth of knowledge about the history of the hotel. There wasn’t anything they wouldn’t do to make us feel welcome which added to the real homely feel that the Purbeck House has.
The day before the wedding, Emilie and Alex helped to set up the rooms for us and get everything ready.
The day of the wedding, Emilie was there early to help ease my nerves and help everything run smoothly, which it did. She dressed the part and was confident. The process of the day was explained prior, and she even ensured I stopped before walking down the aisle so she could adjust the train of my dress – it was little touches like this that made all the difference and helped everything to be so perfect for us.
Alex ran the bar for the night, and I cannot thank him enough, he was so busy! It didn’t help that the card reader went down which was a tad frustrating for some guests, but I’m pretty sure they still almost drank the bar dry! Everyone commented on how affordable the bar was and how great the bar staff were.
The rooms in the main hotel are lovely. As the bride, I stayed in the Superior Deluxe room which overlooked the grounds, it was beautiful and perfectly spacious for getting ready. The bed was comfy, and the room was clean.
The rooms in the Louisa Lodge were also spacious and clean, the beds were comfortable. There was no different in the standard of the rooms to those in the main house.
The breakfast was good! Food was tasty, heated well, and there were cereal alternatives and juices readily available.
If you’re looking for a wedding venue that is fantastically cheap, with character, a comfortable stay for you and your guests, and staff who will do absolutely anything they can to ensure your special day is perfect, I would recommend Purbeck House Hotel.
We look forward to bringing the children back once a year, maybe to stay or maybe just to visit the grounds as they grow up so we can reminisce about our perfect wedding day.
The only feedback we did receive, was only that people wish they could have paid for a one-night stay, but we explained that Swanage is a holiday destination, which is why it's two-nights only. People understood so it wasn't a problem.
To Emilie and the Team, thank you. We really cannot thank you enough, there are no words that will ever comprehend how grateful we are for everything you did for us over the two years of planning and on the day!
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