Sopley Mill

(115 reviews) 115 4.97
Mill Lane Sopley Christchurch Dorset BH23 7AU
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About Sopley Mill

Mill Lane, Sopley, Christchurch
Dorset, BH23 7AU

A stunning newly renovated watermill surrounded on both sides by the Avon River with uninterrupted views across the water meadows.  Exclusively yours the Mill provides privacy and flexibility for you to create your own unique wedding.

We want Sopley Mill to be a blank canvas for you to create your own perfect wedding.  We will provide the stunning views, beautiful historic building and the privacy that is hard to find in other local wedding venues.   You can use the caterers from our extensive list, the photographers who’s style you like, the florist who you know, the wedding planner you trust, the decorations you have longed for – it is completely up to you.  As it's important to keep the costs down, we allow you to bring in your own drink without a corkage charge.  So you can have a glass of champagne without having to pay the earth for it.

The Mill has a top floor which is ideal for your wedding breakfast and can fit 100 people seated.  The 2nd floor is licensed for weddings (and can fit 100 people) and then it turns into a dance floor for the evening.  The ground floor and bar is the perfect place for drinks when your guests arrive and for those who want to chill out in the evening.

Although only 10 minutes from Bournemouth the Mill has a fantastic rural setting.  There are plenty of hotels within 5 minutes drive so guests wont have too far to travel.  

In the summer months your guests can enjoy the garden with stunning views across the unspoilt Watermeadows.  

With its log fires and cosy atmosphere the Sopley Mill is just as perfect for winter weddings.

• Licensed for Civil marriages • Sopley Mill is a very private exclusive use venue with stunning views • There is no corkage charge at the Mill • Onsite parking for 80 cars • Good local hotels for accommodation • Lift access for top floors

Facilities at Sopley Mill

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
DJ Facilities
Other Features :
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
Allows Private Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests

Sopley Mill Location

Sopley Mill, Mill Lane, Sopley, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 7AU

Mill Lane Sopley Christchurch Dorset BH23 7AU
01425 672586
115 4.97

Sopley Mill Reviews (115)

Autumn Bliss
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By Francesca, on 26 Jan 2018Date of Wedding - 26 Oct 2017

My now husband and I had been engaged 4 years before finally being able to have our dream wedding. That being said we originally started planning our wedding after a year of being engaged and Sopley Mill was one of the first venues we viewed. It was a cold, dark miserable night in January but the mill still blew us away. Fast forward 2 years after looking at pretty much every other venue in Dorset we decided Sopley Mill was the place we wanted to book. In the planning stages there was always someone on hand to answer my questions. I was able to phone or e-mail the office at any time with any questions I had and got an answer pretty much straight away. If I'm being totally honest, I was so worried that because I didn't have a wedding co-ordinator things would go wrong on the day but I can honestly say that everything went perfectly - that I know of and if it didn't well that just shows the staff did a good job of sorting any problems without my knowing! We had Tom's bars serving drinks for the whole day and Red Cherry as our caterers and between them the day ran smoothly. Nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff from either of these companies and the bar manager from Tom's bespoke bars even helped us sort a mini crisis with a marshmallow tree on the morning! Sopley Mill is a blank canvas where you can add any colours/themes/ideas and it will all come together and the mill itself is stunning without any added decoration! We had the most fabulous day and everyone commented on what a beautiful place it is.

Sopley Mill was absolutely beautiful and the whole
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By N/A, on 07 Jan 2018Date of Wedding - 08 Oct 2017

Sopley Mill was absolutely beautiful and the whole day ran very smoothly- mainly thank to you Emma.. You were very calm and made an anxious Bridezilla less stressed. So personal thank you to you. I would say the thing we loved the most is the venue is stunning and also you can make your wedding your own- from catering to decoration etc. So no wedding is the same! Leaving your own stamp on your big day for me is so precious.

Great Venue but sting in the tail!
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By Aidan Mills, on 14 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 19 Aug 2017

This is a review from the Father of the Bride. Sopley Mill great location, I would say every guest commented what a lovely location. Pre dealings all done by my daughter were handled professionally and promptly. My daughters wedding went all to plan and we had a fantastic day which the Mill certainly played its part in. Sting in the Tail? Toms Bespoke Bars not fulfilling their obligations on the day which we sorted with minimum fuss on the day. They then withheld my daughters £400 deposit due to a fabrication of lies and basically slander. I feel the need to make others aware of Toms Bespoke Bars and their improper business conduct. I await more lies and fabrication in any reply from them.

The Mill was absolutely beautiful
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By N/A, on 07 Jan 2018Date of Wedding - 09 Jul 2017

The Mill was absolutely beautiful and we fell in love with it more and more, each time we visited. All of our guests also told us they thought it made the most wonderful venue for our wedding. We were very lucky to have pretty much the only sunny day in July, but even if we were stuck inside the feedback I feel would've been of a similar nature. We loved the amount of outside space the most to be honest, and are so glad we got to use it to its full potential. I'd also like it noted we really appreciated the laid-back and flexible approach David and the team had in terms of bookings, viewings, preparation, decoration and timings. Weddings are a minefield and potentially very stressful times, especially when organising every aspect yourselves as we did. We are so grateful to the whole team as their friendly and approachable (and flexible!) nature meant we could concentrate on getting our day sorted in exactly the way we wanted. It didn't bother us in the slightest to have to rent picnic tables for our day, so we could eat outside. But, a lot of other venues do provide outside dining facilities as included should you wish to concentrate your reception or wedding breakfast outside. A small issue, but something we noticed both on the day and in photographs afterwards: the inside of the window which overlooks the water running through the Mill is quite dirty with cobwebs. I have no idea how this would be sorted however it is something we noticed. On the plus side, this means the mill is original and historic!

Only after your money
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By Kelvin willis, on 26 May 2017Date of Wedding - 26 May 2017

So days after booking our dream Wedding sadly my fiancée became seriously ill leaving us no option but to postpone to a later date, so at the first convenient time I called to give notice on our situation where I was kindly dealt with, as you could imagine we were unable to confirm a new date right then so we discussed sopley keeping the initial £500 deposit and refunding the other £1275 and that they would resell our date this was September 2016, after no contact from them A friend of mine was at the office February 2017 as inquiring on dates for there wedding he was told our date was no available so clearly not up for resell then to receive a email may 2017 we were asked pay the final payment of £1225 for our wedding the following month!! I have tried reasoning with them but for them to say that wages etc still needed to be paid but would credit me for a new date in the future so only seems it's only about the money, with partner still very ill this would of gone a long way to her recovery but they don't see this as special circumstances so leaves me no option but to start legal proceedings. Yes we should of taken insurance but at the time it would of been the last thing on our Minds

The perfect venue for our perfect day
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By Claire Pool, on 08 May 2017Date of Wedding - 15 Apr 2017

We got married at Sopley Mill on Saturday 15th April and it was the perfect venue for our perfect day. Our guests cannot stop telling us how stunning it is. It suited us perfectly and the freedom of the outside space and indoor space was exactly what we needed.

It is an absolutely AMAZING place
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By Laura Sidor, on 08 May 2017Date of Wedding - 06 Apr 2017

We got married at Sopley Mill in April 2017. It is an absolutely AMAZING place - we can't put into words how wonderful our day was and wish we could do it all over again!! The sun shone all day and everyone commented on our beautiful choice of venue. Can't recommend Sopley Mill enough!! Xxx

I highly recommend Sopley Mill as a wedding venue!
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By Emma Parsons, on 08 May 2017Date of Wedding - 10 Mar 2017

We got married here on Friday 10th March 2017 and are so so pleased we chose this beautiful venue for our reception!!! Everything was great, the venue was beautiful, they had just had a new decking put out and we were the first wedding to use it - it's gorgeous! I highly recommend Sopley Mill as a wedding venue, it is completely worth the money and the guests were commenting all night on what a great venue we had hired for our day. I'm hoping someone I know holds a function here again soon so I can return!! Thanks again! Mr and Mrs Parsons :) Sopley Mill

Full of character and beautiful views!
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By Steph Voice, on 08 May 2017Date of Wedding - 28 Feb 2017

We got married at Sopley Mill in February 2017. The venue is absolutely stunning and its much more reasonably priced then a lot of other venues that we looked at. We loved that they were able to offer us the freedom to do our own decorations, this was something we both wanted as it gave it a very personal touch for us, and they even let us set up the day before the wedding as they didn't have any back to back weddings that week. This was really kind of them and made the actual wedding day run really smoothly but also helped us cut costs and stay on budget. The the bar company the, Toms Bars was truly excellent and he catered to our every need on the day. The DJ company, WePerform was brilliant too and they really worked with us for our evening playlist and played as many songs as possible that we wanted. This venue is perfect for anyone who wants a stunning venue, and one that doesn't break your bank account either. We got so many good comments from our guests on how beautiful it all was! The views across the river are gorgeous and a perfect place for photos, we were very lucky with the weather, but even if its raining the building itself is full of character with plenty of rustic features like old wooden beams, the open fireplace and the window where the water wheels once was is so pretty and makes a stunning feature on the wedding day! We highly recommend to anyone wanting a place full of character and beautiful views! We had the most amazing day here!

Our day was perfect
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By Deborah Clark, on 08 May 2017Date of Wedding - 24 Oct 2016

We got married at Sopley Mill in October 2016 and had a wonderful day in a beautiful setting. We chose Sopley as it is a beautifully restored building, which gave our guests the space and freedom to spread over the 3 floors as they wished. Our day was perfect: even though it rained, it didn't matter! We are so pleased we chose Sopley for our wedding day and our guests loved the venue too. We would certainly recommend Sopley to future couples considering the venue for their ceremony and reception.

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By Sarah Butterfield, on 08 May 2017Date of Wedding - 12 Jun 2016

We had our wedding here on 12th June. It was amazing. We could not of had a more amazing day! Such a stunning place :)

Perfect venue for our perfect day!
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By Anna Doran, on 18 Nov 2015

We got married on August 4th 2015 and held our reception at Sopley Mill. We could not have chosen a better place. From the moment we arrived to view we knew that this was where we wanted to have our reception. It ticked all the boxes for all the requirements of our guests - a lift for Grandparents, wheel chair friendly areas, a beautiful dining area and lots of space for the band and dancing! One of the best features is, whatever the weather, there is plenty of room for your receptions drink. The downstairs is stunning with lots of nooks and crannies, and the garden and patio (which we made full use on of the day) is simply stunning with far reaching views of the river. Whatever the weather, this venue is perfect. The team were fantastic in helping us get ready for the day and I had LOTS of questions! Do be prepared to not be able to get in to the venue to decorate until the morning of the wedding as they are back to back with weddings every day of the week - especially in the spring/ summer months. It is not hard to see why. We knew this when we booked and already had a wedding planner to help us. I highly recommend this as they take all the stress out of everything. We had the most perfect day and I cannot recommend Sopley Mill enough.

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