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Shillingstone House is the family home of Sir Michael and Lady Caroline Salt. Set in thirty acres of stunning Dorset countryside, in a secluded world of its own, this is the perfect place for a truly individual, beautiful wedding or event.

Facilities and Capacity

With only 6 weddings a year, each one is individual. We give you a blank canvas but are available to advise you throughout your journey. We like to feel that Shillingstone becomes your home for the 4 days of your wedding. Thursday for the erection of your marquee/Friday for decorating/Saturday for your ceremony and Sunday for lunch or brunch before tidying everyting away by 7pm.

The gazebo in the garden is fully licensed for outside ceremonies, and here you can seat several hundred on the lawn, and it can be incorporated into your marquee if you wish. The area is planted with roses and clematis and is set in beautiful gardens with uninterrupted countryside views. Alternatively, in the event of a rainy day, the dining room is licensed for small inside weddings or you can get married on the steps with your guests at the bottom under and awning. Since covid you can now get married by the Ha-Ha gate or under the trees in the field. Space to glamp/camp on Friday and Saturday nights is available, and a fully furnished bell tent Is available in the walled kitchen garden for your wedding night.

Services Offerered

There is no corkage charge. You choose your suppliers from hog roast and fish and chips to full sit-down dinner /from a tipi to a canvas pole tent/ and professional florists to farm flowers in jam jars - everything is possible Small Fireworks are allowed with permission and pets are welcome for your ceremony but need to be removed afterwards. If you are looking for that perfect country house wedding, Civil Ceremony or special event, Shillingstone House promises a venue to remember forever.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Stately home
Outdoor license

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Private catering allowed

Evening entertainment:

Outdoor fireworks permitted

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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