Amelia · Married on 27/05/2020
We haven't had our wedding at Matara Centre yet, however we were booked for October 2020. With all the uncertainty surrounding weddings due to COVID-19 we rescheduled for October 2021. We were lucky to find a venue that was kind enough to let us reschedule far in advance, this has taken a load off our mind. It is quite rare to find a venue that is so accommodating and we are thankful to Holly and her team at Matara. We now look forward to our wedding in 2021 :)Sent on 13/07/2020
Matara's reply:Thanks for taking the time to leave a review pre-wedding. Such difficult times, we do our best to make sure our couples have their dream day.
Charlotte · Married on 21/05/2020
Wedding Dreams Alive
We were due to get married at Matara in May this year but sadly the C-thing struck. I have to say that Matara and our planner, Holly, were absolutely fantastic in supporting us to make the right decision at the right time about postponing and supported us all the way through this process. I can't tell you how much anxiety was reduced by the support we got from Holly and Matara. We wanted to make sure we could celebrate our day in the way we wanted at such a beautiful location like Matara and, wtih Holly's support, everything has now been arranged for us to do just that this time next year. Matara doesn't often feature in the glossy bridal mags which is an absolute travesty as you don't know how much of a gem this place is. I urge you to visit and see for yourself! Thank you Holly and Matara for keeping our wedding dreams alive xxSent on 13/07/2020
Matara's reply:Thank you for the kind words. We are glad to be able support you through what can only (we hope) be a once in lifetime year!! Look forward to hosting you wedding in 2021
Richard · Married on 22/02/2020
We got married here over the weekend and the venue is absolutely stunning! Everyone spoke about how unique.Sent on 24/02/2020
However, the communication from the venue wasn’t great and they changed some of the venue layout the week before our wedding without telling us so when I arrived to set up the day before the wedding we realised we could no longer have the pictures we wanted and had to call our photographer less than 24 hours before and try and scout a new area with lighting. They kindly said we could use the big house and there are some lovely settings for big pictures in there. However, when we went to go in after the ceremony someone had locked the house up so we couldn’t access it leaving all our guests standing in the rain whilst we located a member of the team or found a way in.
The evening members of the team were lovely but the handover didn’t go very smoothly so we ended up having a lot of food put out that shouldn’t have been done so and cost us a considerable amount of extra money we weren’t expecting. Chairs were also put in front of our cake so the evening guests missed it and didn’t have any as people were sat in front of it!
The chef on the day was amazing and the food was perfect for the main meal and the canapés. His kitchen is so clean you could eat off the floor!!!
The accommodation is fantastic but a little over priced for what you get. The breakfast was served at the pub but was very poor (hard cooked poached eggs and over an hour to be served!)
So yes, an amazing unique venue, but they have some hiccups they needed to sort out.
Matara's reply:Olivia, we are so sorry that you were not 100% satisfied with your day at Matara. Thank you for taking the time to make us aware of some things. Our apologies that we didn’t inform you prior to your day that one of the features in the secondary courtyard was removed. It was not a planned removal that we were aware of until the week of your wedding and we were unaware this was a prominent feature in your wedding photos. We have now informed all couples who have booked at Matara about this change.
Lucia · Married on 11/01/2020
Thank you all for an absolutely wonderful wedding! The venue was everything we'd hoped for and you all worked so hard to accommodate our vision and requestsSent on 10/03/2020
It was such so special to have the weekend in the house too, with the family -John's uncles hadn't been reunited in 10 years! Special mention to Luke, who not only made an incredible wedding breakfast & canapes (were still getting comments about the duck rolls!) but also made a delicious Friday dinner (best lasagne ever!)
Your whole team on Saturday were great, and attention to detail - when removing the table decor, they re-arranged it for the night.
All in all, Thank you for all the love and joy you put into Matara - we had the perfect day and will treasure the memories always.
Matara's reply:So glad you had a wonderful wedding. It was our pleasure to be part of your day. Will pass your compliments onto Chef. Hope you will come back and visit.
Naomi · Married on 21/11/2019
What can we say. From the moment we even looked at the website to setting foot at Matara for the first time. We were blown away. The only venue that asked us what we wanted rather than tell us what to do! Holly and Olivia were amazing throughout And Jean with the evening shift!! An exquisite venue for our special day in November. I could walk around for days in awe of its beauty. Our guests were blown away with Matara and the food.....Sent on 18/12/2019
Luke is a master in the kitchen! We are foodies and from day one he worked with us to get the menu to what we had dreamed of. Our dreams came true. The canapés and wedding breakfast were outstanding. Our guests said it’s the best food they have ever had at a wedding!
Matara's reply:Thank you for such a lovely review.
Pip · Married on 16/11/2019
We were married at Matara on the 16th November and had the most wonderful day - the colours of the Acers, the twinkling lights, the water trickling in the background made for the most beautiful setting for our vows.Sent on 07/01/2020
Abby our coordinator was there on hand to help all the way through .
Our guests have said how wonderful the venue and say was
Thank you for making our event so special
Matara's reply:So pleased you had a wonderful wedding with us at Matara. We welcome you back anytime.
Katie · Married on 08/11/2019
Very Friendly & Helpful
The Matara Centre was the only venue that we viewed after searching for unique wedding venues online, we wanted somewhere a bit different and this venue was perfect for us and luckily only 20 minutes from where we live! It is so pretty and gives you the opportunity to get married outside all year round! We got married 8th November 2019 and it was the best day ever! We had so much fun, there was no stress, everything went perfectly thanks to the matara centre staff who were very friendly and helpful throughout the whole planning process and on the day itself! We also had a firework display which was a great suprise for our guests and perfect for a winter wedding. We also got a tree didicated to us which is a lovely gesture and we will be able to go back and visit our tree in the future and relive all the great memories! We would definitely recommend!!Sent on 07/01/2020
Matara's reply:Lovely review thank you! Winter weddings cane be so much fun with the fireworks and the courtyards looking magical at nighttime.
Mark · Married on 02/11/2019
We would like to thank Geoffrey and all of the Matara team for providing a brilliant venue for Mark and Maddie’s wedding on Saturday. Abbie was excellent before and on the day, finding first aid and keeping us all on track!Sent on 04/12/2019
The guests raved about the canapes, main meal and other food – so thanks to the chef
The atrium was perfect (and dealt with the rain), the hilarium was beautifully decorated and a perfect setting for the enjoyment.
The fireworks were splendid
Overall a great success – thank you.
There were a number of the guests who also loved the venue so maybe there will be more reasons than anniversaries to celebrate and see you all again.
5* for a 5* day!
Matara's reply:Thank you for your lovely review.
Chole · Married on 26/10/2019
Myself and my husband married at Matara in October 2019 but we first fell in love with Matara back in June 2018 and from our very first visit, we were incredibly excited to have our wedding there - and it didn't disappoint!Sent on 04/12/2019
Amidst the stress of planning a wedding, the Matara Centre was the ideal space of zen and tranquility that stayed with us throughout our special day.
What we loved so much about Matara was how incredibly unique it was, unlike any other venue we had ever visited. Throughout the planning, Geoffrey and his team were always so welcoming and attentive and Rebecca in particular on our special day was a huge help!
We married at the St John the Baptist church just along the wooded path from Matara and even in the pouring English rain, it was a magical landscape.
We stayed with friends and family for the whole weekend, occupying the house and zen rooms which took away any stress of logistics as everyone was already together in one place, and meant that the celebrations could begin even before the wedding did. The house in particular we all fell in love with and hope to return for celebrations one day again!
Everything from the food (the white chocolate mousse is heavenly!), the fairy lights, the fire pit in courtyard, the asian inspired walkways and colourful decorations meant our guests were truly relaxed and could enjoy a really magical day with us!
I wish we could get married at Matara again and again!
ps. the tree dedication is a really special touch and we hope to return every anniversary to visit our planting!
Matara's reply:Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased you had a wonderful wedding with us at Matara.
Nick · Married on 05/10/2019
From the moment we walked into Matara, it was clear that this was a special place. We decided to take the whole venue for our wedding weekend, surrounded by our family and close friends in the beautiful house, the pretty honeymoon cottage for our wedding night offering welcome privacy, and last but by no means least the venue itself which easily accommodated 150+ guests in a variety of different areas, rooms, garden, courtyards etc. The staff we the essence of cheerful helpfulness during planning and they all excelled themselves at the event. From seemingly endless canapes, to perfect timing, and efficiency which made the whole day run smoothly. We enjoyed a fairytale wedding celebration in October 2019.Sent on 04/12/2019
Matara's reply:Such a lovely review, thank you for taking the time to send this to Matara.