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Last update: December 2023

The Dower House Hotel is an elegant and intimate country house hotel, full of character and charm, located in the lovely village of Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, England. The venue offers a delightful choice of settings, whether your wedding is a small intimate affair or a larger celebration. Inside, the atmosphere creates a sense of romance and charm. Outside, the grounds provide the ultimate lush backdrop for your wedding photography.

Facilities and Capacity

The fabulous Folly on the verdant hotel grounds is licensed for civil ceremonies from between 60 and 80 people. This breathtaking, Grecian-style gazebo is surrounded by magnificent Weeping Willows that add to the dreamy ambience. It also has a stone terrace in front of it where your guests can sit during the ceremony. Meanwhile, the Orchard Suite will accommodate up to 120 loved ones for your delicious wedding breakfast meal. This room has elegant hardwood floors, quaint wainscoting and a beautiful and warm-toned colour palette. You can then dance the night away under the stunning sparkly ceiling with as many as 180 of your friends and family.

Services Offered

The Dower House Hotel staff will take care of every detail, from the initial preparations through to the final dance. The team provides packages carefully designed to ease your planning worries. If these don't suit your dream day, the experienced in-house event planner will create a bespoke package just for you. The venue also only hosts one wedding per day, meaning that the hotel will be exclusively yours on your special occasion. After the festivities, 21 bedrooms are available for your guests to book for overnight accommodation.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Historic
Outdoor license

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities
Outdoor fireworks permitted

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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5.0 out of 5 rating
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52 reviews
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100% Recommended by couples

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52 reviews
Ann
Ann E. Sent on 18/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Could not have chosen a better venue

Approachable, friendly staff.
Beautiful venue inside and out.
Good value for money.
Great food.
Friendly relaxed day , private gardens.
Beautiful spacious rooms for your guests.
Amy
Amy M. Sent on 16/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing venue and staff

I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved with the planning and execution of our wedding on the 29th of April. It was everything we could have hoped for. A special thank you to Carolyn who has been absolutely amazing from day 1, Ethan who is an asset to the Dower house for putting up with our drunken guests (bridesmaids). Professional, friendly and approachable everything you need from a place hosting your big day.
Jackie
Jackie W. Sent on 03/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect wedding venue

From the initial enquiry to leaving on the morning after the wedding, everything was perfect. Carolyn's help with planning and organising the wedding was exceptional. The whole team on the day, whether front of house or behind the scenes couldn't have done more for us. We would unreservedly recommend The Dower House. So many of our family and friends commented that this was the best wedding venue they have been to.
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Kelly-Anne L. Sent on 19/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Best Day Ever!!

Can not recommend this venue enough! From the very beginning, Carolyn and her team made us feel so at ease and made the whole process so easy and stress free. The venue itself is absolutely gorgeous and the photos we got were incredible. All the staff throughout the day were so helpful and made the day run so smooth. All of our guest raved about how amazing the venue and staff were. If you're thinking about getting married here then please do! You won't regret it!
Lora
Lora R. Sent on 29/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Best day of my life!

at the Dower House. From the initial through to check out after the big day the experience was perfect. Carolyn and her team were brilliant they host weddings week in week out and we’re able to pass on all that knowledge to make sure our day went off without a hitch. Carolyn gently reminded me if I had forgotten any deadlines and kept us on track arranging a hassle free date about a month before to meet and go through all the finer details, to check we knew what was going to happen and that nothing had been forgotten. On the day the managers kept checking in with us throughout with out it feeling obtrusive and let us know if they were ending their shift. Even though they see so many weddings the staffs energy was brilliant and it never felt like just another wedding. The night bar staff especially were great having a little dance behind the bar and keeping the shots flowing. The food was incredible we do enjoy our food and aren’t easily impressed but the meal was great and all our guests were happy. I’m a vegetarian and usually feel like my food is an after thought but I was very happy with my Orzo. The venue it’s self is stunning and a perfect back drop to all the photos. We were allowed to set up the night before as as we had opted to decorate everything ourselves and arrange all the flowers this meant we could take our time and there was no pressure and it looked stunning. We are busy and by using the Dower house meant that everything was arranged and we made little else to do. I stayed the night before and then was allowed to get ready in the amazingly spacious bridal changing room. We got married in the folly, had our reception, dinner and party there, stayed the night along with many of the guests and then met up for breakfast in a private room. Had we had to arrange cars, caters etc it would have meant a lot more stress. Our wedding day was magical and much of this was down to the choice of venue nothing was to much bother and we had the time of our lives. I just wish we could do it all over again it was so much
Vicky
Vicky T. Sent on 18/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Best Day Ever!

We had the most amazing Wedding at Dower House. From the moment we looked round the venue we knew that this was where we wanted to have our special day. From the first appointment we had with Carolyn until leaving the hotel the day after our wedding we couldn't have been treated any better. Carolyn and her staff went above and beyond and nothing was ever too much trouble. We were lucky enough to get married outside and it was was an absolutely perfect setting - equally the setting inside is just as nice. The food was absolutely amazing and was enjoyed by all. The bridal room was such a nice touch for the girls to get ready in together and made the morning a lot easier. The day ran smoothly thanks to all the staff and we would love to turn back time and do it all again. If you're thinking of getting married, look no further, Dower House is an absolute must!
Lyn
Lyn B. Sent on 19/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Just so perfect exactly what we dreamed of

We had the most amazing wedding day at the Dower House . From the stunning location , the amazing food and the smooth co-ordination of the day by Carolyn and her staff nothing was to much trouble . We couldn’t have asked for anymore our day was just perfect and the memories are unforgettable.
Angela
Angela P. Sent on 30/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Day

A wonderful place to get married and excellent service, all the staff are very attentive and an absolutely outstanding service.
All our guests had an amazing time and absolutely loved the Dower house.
They make you feel special with a very warm welcome.
Jenny
Jenny P. Sent on 04/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The best wedding day we could have hoped for

Our original wedding date was 6.02.2020. We had changed our date 3 times over the 2 years, and even though staff and management had changed over this time. The quality of service and the flexibility the Dower house showed us was amazing. The dower house was the first venue we looked around in 2019 when looking for a wedding venue, and we straight away fell in love for the place. It is the perfect size venue and a beautiful setting for a wedding. The food is top quality, and uses local produce and suppliers. The rooms are beautiful, and the lodge has a separate room which is great for the bridal party to get ready in, full length mirrors and hair and make up stations. Our day was managed so well, and we felt completely at ease and looked after from the pre planning stages to the day after the wedding. Everything was managed perfectly. The staff are friendly helpful and excellent people. There genuinely isn't enough i could say to do the venue justice, it is just simply fantastic and if you are planning a wedding i urge you to look at this venue.
Sam
Sam B. Sent on 02/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Highly Recommend!

The wedding coordinator was fantastic. She was nothing but helpful and quick to respond to any queries before the day. On the day the staff were helpful, friendly, and couldn't have been more spot on with everything. The venue was set up beautifully before hand and the staff were nothing but friendly and polite.

I would recommend this place to anyone that is planning their special day.
Elizabeth
Elizabeth R. Sent on 03/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent!

We wouldn't choose anywhere else to have our wedding. The Dower House was the first venue in that we looked at and were blown away straight away.
Carolyn from the first time we met was warm, welcoming, a great listener, excellent communication and understood what we were hoping to achieve for our big day. Through-out the planning Carolyn was responsive and always there to answer all questions that we had.
On the big day, all the staff were exemplary! The day went so smoothly, we loved it!! We must mention the food....oh my ...the FOOD! Delish!

We highly recommend the Dower House, its beautiful setting and wonderful team make it just the best day, we cant thank them enough!

Elizabeth and Mike
Tim
Tim A. Sent on 04/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing venue and team


From our very 1st visit with Carolyn through to the day after our wedding the whole team at the Dower House Hotel were absolutely amazing.

The venue is beautiful and the welcome we received was warm and caring. Nothing was too much trouble.

We were kept well informed and up to date during the build up to our big day by Carolyn. We had several visits, including the menu tasting (which was fantastic) and were made to feel welcome and valued everything. When we took our children to show the venue Chelsea was brilliant and made a big fuss of them.

The evening before we stayed over and had a few family members over and were given a room to dine in by ourselves where we could all be together. Max came to introduce himself as he would be looking after us in the evening on our big day.

On the day everything was perfect. Our guests were all welcomed with open arms and loved our choice of venue. The food was fantastic and everything was timed to perfection.

We would like to thank Carolyn, Chelsea, Max and the whole Dower House Team for making our stay fabulous.

Tim and Micheala
Wedding date 26th Feb 2022
Ellen
Ellen B. Sent on 08/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Fabulous venue, fabulous team!

The team at The Dower House really helped to make our wedding the most amazing day! The venue itself catered for every aspect from getting ready, to the ceremony and then the wedding breakfast. During our first meeting with Carolyn she was very clear about all of our options and then which plan and rooms would best suit our idea – to surprise our families with a wedding on my birthday!! Despite the November date I was adamant we were going to use The Folly for our service and Carolyn did everything she could to make sure this happened. She and her team helped us to come up with the plans to keep our families completely in the dark until we arrived all ready to go, and then ensured that the ceremony itself and the meal after were exactly as we had hoped.
I’d highly recommend both the venue and the team!
Claire
Claire F. Sent on 01/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect! Beautiful setting, great staff and food.

We had the most perfect day! Everything was handled for us professionally and we always felt confident our day would run smoothly which it did. The food was outstanding and our guests said it was the nicest wedding they had been to. Everything was tailored to our needs regardless of what we requested, honestly can't fault The Dower House.
Jayme
Jayme O. Sent on 01/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful wedding

We had an intimate ceremony and meal at The Dower House and couldn’t recommend it enough. They went over and above to accommodate us, which included on the day adjustments for bad weather. All the staff were attentive and helped add to our perfect day. The meal was delicious, and everyone in our party enjoyed it, and they were able to make amendments for individual requirements (the bride was 6 months pregnant). We felt like the only people in the hotel (even though the hotel was fully booked).
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