Sopley Mill

(121 reviews) 121 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
Pets Welcome
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
121 4.97

Sopley Mill Reviews (121)

The venue was simply perfect
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By Lisa Griffiths, on 11 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 26 Oct 2018

The Venue was simply perfect and so many comments were made about how beautiful the venue is. We had the most magical day & couldn't have asked for anything more. Thank you so much.

I could go on and on with the positives
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By Katie & David, on 11 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 29 Apr 2018

We truly had the most amazing day, everyone loved the Mill and it's settings. For us the flexibility in choosing our suppliers and the quality of those recommended meant we were able to personalise our day to make it everything we wanted. The mill is absolutely beautiful and the privacy it offers is great. The fact we had so much space but didn't feel the need to go crazy on decorations really worked for us and the relaxed, less formal day we wanted. We opted for the all inclusive package with Toms bar, including the clearaway package, however I did struggle a little with leaving everything for someone else to pack up as i was worried something might be missed or worse thrown away. Thankfully we didn't have anything to worry about and were able to quickly collect the next morning from the downstairs kitchen without interruption to the next bridal party; however we had a few people from the previous party popping by on our morning asking about items they were looking for. This wasn't a problem but something to note. I could go on and on with the positives, we were extremely happy with our choices and didn't want the day to end. The mill, staff, suppliers all made our day extremely special ... thank you!

Non corporate thats what makes you special
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By Sian, on 11 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 20 Apr 2018

Our day at the Mill went swimmingly. Your suppliers are fantastic at working with each other ensuring everything works in the way the Mill likes it to. if the couple getting married there are organised, there should not be any logistical issues at all. It was lovely to be able to do things as we wanted (as long as it was checked and OK’s by the Mill!) The only thing that caused confusion prior to the day was about the chairs. As the Mill has grown, the responsibilities have changed and I had a moment of panic about how the chairs would be moved around. With Jasmine there, it was made clear that the Mill always had 100 chairs in the ceremony room and there were another 100 chairs upstairs in the food part, which would be placed around the tables for us. 7 months down the line and I was being told you would “take the chairs from the ceremony room upstairs for the meal but would not put them out.” Caused a moment of anxiety which actually the catering company were able to quell. They advised that the chairs were always up there, they were happy to put them round the tables for us if we did not have time I think with the turnover in staff over the year, the Mill done incredibly well in trying to keep some consistency with the clients. I certainly never felt as though I had to re-explain things or had any issues, which proves that handovers must be good. I was impressed with the paperwork and how well the contract was laid out, all the information we received at the time of booking. I was very happy to be left alone with the suppliers.

Sopley Mill was the perfect location and venue
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By Chris & Manni, on 11 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 15 Apr 2018

Sopley Mill was the perfect location and venue for our wedding. The staff of Sopley mill were always very helpful when we had questions and on the day they did all they could to make sure the day ran smoothly. We loved the river running though the mill, the beautiful grounds and the lovely rooms. We had a fantastic day and we are very happy with our choice of venue. Only the weather could have been slightly better but we were glad to get some sun in the afternoon.

Id highly recommend the Mill as a beautiful venue
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By Becky & Robert, on 11 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 14 Apr 2018

I cannot say anything but good things about your venue and the day we had. I loved how laid back and helpful you all were and how you made the planning of the day that much easier and more relaxed. If anyone asked me, I’d highly recommend Sopley Mill as a beautiful venue.

Great value for money
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By Verity, on 11 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 08 Apr 2018

Everyone commented on how beautiful the venue was. We thought the venue was stunning and great value for money. I liked the extra decorations that were available that saved us providing everything. You were on it with the ceremony too making sure we were all ready and helping us get down the aisle. There weren't many things that we felt strongly about in terms of improvements. Just a comment about the music equipment, maybe state that a long AUX is preferable so the person operating the equipment can watch the ceremony? Also having people viewing the venue whilst we were getting ready wasn't ideal but I understand that the hire doesn't start till 11am. I hope that's helpful and thank you again for all your help. It really was a dream day.

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.

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