Somerley is a privately owned Country Estate located on the Hampshire/Dorset border, just 25 minutes from Bournemouth, 30 minutes from Southampton and 90 minutes from London.
Somerley House is a hidden jewel; not open to the public, it offers that perfect mix of luxury, elegance, style and grandeur - whilst never feeling intimidating or impersonal. The House is home to Lord and Lady Normanton and their family, so comfort and a warm welcome are always at the forefront of every guest’s experience, along with utmost privacy and a meticulous attention to each detail.
Somerley is available to hire for weddings and private parties. The House itself can comfortably accommodate a wedding ceremony for 160 guests, a seated wedding breakfast for up to 140 guests and a drinks reception/evening party for up to 200 guests. Alternatively, the gardens make the perfect setting for a marquee reception for up to 200 guests. The House offers 9 large and beautifully appointed bedrooms with spectacular views of the surrounding gardens, woodland and rolling parkland for guests or family groups who wish to stay. An additional 12 guests can also stay within the Estate at a newly refurbished Georgian Farmhouse, named Ellingham Farmhouse, located only a 5 minute drive from the Main House.
Set in 7,000 acres of glorious Hampshire countryside, Somerley offers couples a venue for almost every style of wedding or celebration. Whether a bit of stylish luxury is your heart’s desire or you have dreams of a more relaxed boho celebration, a woodland wedding or a glamping gathering, the Somerley Weddings Team will give you a friendly welcome and work with you so that every detail of your special day is just perfect.
27 Reviews for Somerley
Recommended by 100% of couples
Rula · Married on 07/03/2020
Somerley Rivals London 5 Star Venues
From the moment I met with Alex Dollin Webster, the Events Manager at the beautiful Estate that is Somerley, I knew we were in safe hands.Sent on 30/04/2020
A warm, professional and hospitable welcome awaits one upon arrival.
Together with her Team, Alex ensures that your wishes and vision are bought to life. With effortless execution on the day and with a knowledgeable, friendly and helpful Team, it was an absolute pleasure working with Somerley.
The history, and the artwork which once rivalled the King’s collection, are truly magnificent with every room revealing a jaw dropping view onto the Estate and its grounds. The Picture Gallery is fit for Royalty and dining in it makes one feel just that. Indeed you are made to feel like it is your home for the day with endless possibilities whatever one’s taste and Party theme.
Having worked in so many 5 star venues in London, around the country and beyond, I cannot recommend Somerley highly enough. It is just sensational! It makes one not only feel you are sharing in a very quintessentially English part of history, but that you can rest in the knowledge that your Event will be splendid!
Thank you Alex and Somerley for being a total joy to work with! I know that my client has been left with the most wonderful memories to treasure forever.
Paul · Married on 23/11/2019
Huge Thank You!
I just wanted to take a few minutes to say a huge thank you to yourself and your team for your help with Becky and Matts wedding.Sent on 19/12/2019
Right from our very first meeting, nothing was too much trouble and your organisation was second to none.
It was an absolute pleasure going though this process with you, which I`m sure resulted in the wedding of their dreams. Well actually I know that as they have not stopped smiling about the whole day.
I'm sure if they could do it all again they would at the drop of a hat and probably would not change a thing.
Please pass on our thanks to your team and let them know they contributed to a very special day for our family, to which we are very grateful.
Best Wishes, Paul and Susan.
Mr · Married on 18/04/2019
We made the very best decision to book Somerley
As soon as we became engaged, Somerley was top of our list of venues to visit. That very first impression sealed the deal for us and sadly for all other venues, nothing else compared!Sent on 30/05/2019
We made the very best decision to book Somerley as our wedding venue, as it offers so much history, opulence and grandeur; as well as feeling utterly homely, warm and welcoming. There is no end to the space that the house offers, from the magnificent Picture Gallery, the beautiful gardens and multiple rooms offering great areas for dancing, enjoying a drink at the bar or sitting quietly to catch up with family.
If it could even get better, a diamond in Somerley’s crown is the wonderful Alex. Alex has been like a friend to us in the run up to our wedding, with her calm and friendly manner, offered alongside professional advice and guidance. Alex made sure that we had no concerns leading up to the wedding day because we knew she had it all covered with her fantastic eye for detail. Thank you so much Alex, for all that you helped us with. You were always contactable and offered helpful and practical advice – even if it was Sarah’s umpteenth email of the day.
We also felt incredibly reassured by Somerley’s approved suppliers list and our chosen Caterer, Ginger, along with the bar supplier, NJac, ensured that all aspects of the day ran according to plan. Everything went so smoothly and all of the staff on hand were helpful, friendly and faultlessly professional.
It's such an intensely pressured day, but having our wedding at Somerley House with Alex there with us made it all the easier.
And we feel incredibly lucky to have celebrated our wedding at Somerley House.