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Last update: April 2024

The Great House at Sonning is a hotel wedding venue located in Kings Ride, Berkshire. Located in the heart of the Berkshire countryside, this award-winning venue offers a sweeping setting, with manicured lawns and stunning scenery. Conveniently, it's within easy reach of both Reading and London. Tucked away in the picturesque village of Sonning, on the river, this venue is a true hidden gem.

Facilities and Capacity

The Great House provides a beautiful location and delicious food, whilst everything else is yours to design exactly to your liking. A range of settings are available for ceremonies and receptions. The Dining Room is naturally lit and surrounded by its own terrace overlooking the river. It can host a ceremony for 100 and an evening reception for up to 200 people. All rooms overlook the river, providing the perfect backdrop for a romantic celebration. If you're looking for a blend of historic, country charm with luxurious contemporary styling, then look no further than The Great House at Sonning. As the lawns lead down to the river, they provide the perfect photo opportunity. Guests can also have the option of arriving by boat for a truly memorable experience.

Services Offered

The Great House at Sonning allows you the freedom to customize your day to your liking. Comfortable overnight accommodation is available for you and your guests, and the dedicated team will do everything possible to make your stay extra-special. During your visit, you can explore the surrounding countryside on foot, bike, or boat, and enjoy a picnic if desired. What's more, the venue is pet-friendly, so your four-legged friends can come with you.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for The Great House at Sonning

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45 reviews
99% recommend it
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Lyndsay Sent on 30/09/2019
5 out of 5 rating

The most amazing day

We had the MOST AMAZING DAY and I just wanted to share the below with you.

Right from the first phone call I made to you, through to after the wedding, you were always super friendly, super efficient and passionate about everything detail we discussed.
Nothing was ever too much trouble.

Every supplier I spoke to, spoke so highly about Corrina and I couldn't agree more with them. She is an asset to The Great House and we couldn't have wished for anyone else to help plan our wedding day. You made the whole experience enjoyable and as stress-free as it can be.

The day itself was truly magical, which we also thank Kate and the team for too.
A special thanks to Kate for ensuring our special day run like clockwork and for bringing a fun and a relaxed feel to the lead up and on the day. Exactly what we needed.

THANK YOU once again from both of us.
Lyndsay & Tom xxx
Leisha W. Sent on 13/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Our special day made even more special at this amazing venue!

Our wedding at The Great House was absolutely incredible and would HIGHLY recommend the venue!!!
There are no words to really explain how fabulous the staff were in the lead up our wedding and throughout the day.
Firstly, Natalie who helped me plan the day and made sure we were able to include all the details we wanted to make our day extra special and perfect. Natalie was absolutely amazing, very efficient - always getting back to me so quickly and always had the answers! She was so incredibly friendly and easy going, exactly what we needed.
Jen co-ordinated the entire day, and did the most incredible job! The day would not have been the same without her. Everything ran like clockwork, nothing went wrong - not that I was aware of anyway! It was utter perfection. Jen made sure our special day was just perfection!
Clare, who managed the catering staff was so fabulous! She did a great job in managing it all, nothing was too much and she was just so effective and super friendly!!
Last but not least the food! It was delicious. I also have to make a special mention to how well they catered for allergies and special dietary requirements. My little girl has several allergies and they managed it all so well.

I can’t thank everyone that worked so hard to bring it all together enough. We will never ever forget it!
What a beautiful venue with absolutely incredible staff!
Thank you all SO much!

Leisha & Dominic xxxxxx
Jodi S. Sent on 03/05/2021
4.6 out of 5 rating

The best Little & Local COVID wedding!

We decided to have a Little & Local wedding last September, instead of the BIG Cornwall plan, and chose The Great House as our venue. Such a lovely location and a laid back vibe which was exactly what we wanted, and we’re so happy we made that decision as the team were amazing!! So flexible with our many wants and changes, able to cope with all our different dietary needs and on the day, the team were BRILLIANT! Everything went according to plan, from the table settings to the delicious wedding breakfast and we can’t thank them enough! The absolute perfect day and eight months on, we’re still on a high! Big shout especially to Corrina, Charlotte, Amy Claire and Clare who helped our vision come to life!
Libby Sent on 14/07/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Magical day despite covid derailment

We couldn’t be more thankful and appreciative of the service and event we held at The Great House, Sonning, on 12 July 2020. We were due to tie the knot in May 2020 but the pandemic prevented us doing so. We had about 2 weeks to get up and running for the 12 July but with the support of the events team and our families it was an event to remember. Superb staff, food and setting. Would highly recommend. We had just 10 for both the ceremony and meal. There is a beautiful small space for the ceremony. Thank you to the Great House and Team!
Debbie Sent on 07/10/2019
5 out of 5 rating
I just want to say a massive thank you to you and the team for making mine and Rays day on Friday such a wonderful experience. Everyone had nothing but good things to say and enjoyed every moment and a lot of that is to do with the help and support we had from the team. Izzy was brilliant, I am so pleased we chose The Great House to help host our special day. We will be back!!

Love Debbie and Ray x
Hannah Sent on 28/08/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you so much for everything.

I am just writing to say a huge thank you to you and the team at The Great House for everything that was done to make our wedding such an amazing day.

Our friends and family also thought the venue, catering and the team on the day were fantastic. The team went above and beyond all day even down one of your colleagues helping to walk my Grandad over to reception to check in to his room as he is very unsteady on his feet.

Kate was a very calming influence on the morning of the wedding. There was a lot of 'flapping' going on in the room with everyone trying to get ready and get over to the ceremony and Kate was amazing at letting me know she had everything under control so that I could focus on not falling over whilst walking down the aisle.

You were fantastic at answering all of our many queries and never made us feel that we were asking too much. The additional touches of the deck chairs, the igloo and the gin bar were great elements to our day and very much appreciated.

We will always rave about The Great House as a wedding venue as it is not only a beautiful venue to get married in but the team themselves are the stars of the show!

Thank you so much for everything.
Hannah Sent on 28/08/2019
5 out of 5 rating

It completely exceeded what we imagined.

We just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the team at the Great House. We had such an amazing day; to us it all ran so smoothly which I understand means that a lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes. The team were so attentive and fantastic so we are very grateful for this. It completely exceeded what we imagined.
And Corrina thank you so much for being so patient - nothing was every too much trouble and you made the whole planning process so smooth and easy - again we appreciate how much hard work goes on.
From the moment I spoke to you on the phone to book a look round you were so kind and open which was so refreshing from speaking to a few other venues.
So thank you again!

Our guests were really impressed with the venue, food, friendliness of staff and accommodation. Several friends and family members have mentioned that when they come up and visit that they will stay at The Great House instead of staying with us! (Not offended! ??)
Dave Sent on 30/05/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Time

Just a quick email to say thanks to you and all the team at The Great House for helping to make our wedding day so special. We had an amazing time and have memories we’ll cherish forever.

Kate and her colleagues were superb at making sure things flowed smoothly and constantly checked that we were ok throughout the day. They are a credit to the business.

Thanks again for everything.

With very best regards,

Dave & Andrea
Jennifer Sent on 23/05/2019
5 out of 5 rating

very successful wedding at your lovely hotel

We are back from our Honeymoon, which was wonderful, and wanted to write to you to say a huge thank you for everything you did for us to make our wedding at The Great House a success.

Your planning and advice was excellent, and your team were great on the day. Kate and her staff were brilliant! She kept us calm before the ceremony and kept us fully informed on what was happening. She and the team looked after us so well throughout the afternoon.

The Singing Waiters Masters were a hit! Thank you for keeping it a secret. Our guests (and I hope your staff) thoroughly enjoyed their performance.

All in all a very successful wedding at your lovely location.
Helen Sent on 11/05/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Day

"We just wanted to email to say thank you so much for all of your help with planning our wedding. We had the perfect day and it wouldn’t have been possible without you guys.

Lots of the guests were complimenting the venue, the food and the great service as well.

Please pass on this thank you to Emma, Claire, Ollie and the rest of the team who were working on the day.

Keep up the good work!
Daniel Sent on 06/10/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Truly a day to remember!

Thank you so much, and I can assure you we and all our guests absolutely loved the whole experience at Great House Lodge, from start to finish everything was perfect, I don’t think we would have changed anything, the lodge was immaculate, the table layout, service and food. We were very confident in your team.

I would like to pay special attention to Corrina, Ami and Ollie who were so good from start to finish! You made our day very smooth and coordinated, and were there to help at all times, and of course also the service (food/bar) staff who were impeccable and very polite and friendly.

Overall - the setup of the lodge was great, it worked perfectly for us, with plenty of space for our guests to move around and talk to each other as well as have a dance later on, the outside space was great.

The food was really good, I remember how so many people were saying how good the food was, how well it was cooked and tasted, even Marianna and I realised it was even better than the menu tasting.

We loved the Riverview suite room, it is stunning. Overall the whole experience was magical, we look forward to coming back soon and seeing the staff and expressing our thanks personally.

Thanks again, for us and our guests it was truly a day to remember.
Jonathon Sent on 06/10/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing day, amazing venue and amazing food!

Your team were completely amazing! Everything went so well. With all of the elements we'd planned for the day I'm sure it was pretty complicated for the team and that there were lots of firsts for them in there in terms of planning but it was amazing.
The staff were totally brilliant. The coordination was fantastic, such professional and helpful attitudes and everyone had a smile on their face despite the 30degree heat! We never needed to remind anyone of anything, they were already on top of every detail.
The Lamb - what can we say!!! As Jonathan has said to me about seven times since Saturday - how the chef managed to get around 80 portions of perfect pink lamb out of the kitchen like that we will never know. Amazing and the guests raved about the food.
The breakfast on Sunday was superb. The spread was even better than we expected and it gave everyone the time to regroup, remember the day and say goodbye properly. Again the team, despite the late night, were on top of every detail.
The hog roast and boat trips went down a treat, everyone raved about them in fact all our guests repeatedly said it was the best wedding they'd ever been to.
Katrina Sent on 06/10/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Outstanding memories of our wedding day

We want to say a massive thank you to your team in allowing us the space and creative freedom to say yes to every crazy idea that I came up with for our wedding. Guests are still talking about it, saying it is the best wedding they have ever gone to
Corrina has been such an amazing liaison for the Great House Lodge. Communication has been outstanding. Her confidence in what the Great Lodge could offer made the planning process seamless and her connections with those in the local area helped extremely. As soon as I said the reception venue, they instantly knew Corrina and made that stressful situation flow with ease. Her assistance on arranging the helicopter landing was second to none.
Ollie’s assistance negotiating the set-up on the day before was phenomenal. His laid back but pro-active nature was just the right combination my “wedding team” needed. He allowed us to get what we needed done, answer questions clearly and anything that we needed he had already provided it before we had even asked. He was spot on with his knowledge of the resources the Lodge had to offer especially when an idea didn’t actually execute in practicality, he would have a solution.
The Event Manager ran a smooth ship with the waiting staff. Timings were executed to a tee, nobody complained about waiting for dinner. If anything, complements to the chef. He was able to provide a starter alternative to a fussy vegetarian with little hesitation which turned her frown, upside down.
You guys deserve the biggest thanks. The Great House Lodge has provided us with the greatest gift and that is OUTSTANDING MEMORIES of our wedding day!! The team went above and beyond our expectations and for that we say... Thank you!
Susan Sent on 06/10/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely delightful day!

Both Kevin & I were absolutely delighted with our day on the 28th May 2017 from start to finish.

We would like to pay special thanks to the GH Team and in particular Corrina who managed to alleviate our fears from the beginning, she was accommodating in everyway even though as an 'older bride & groom' who had pre-set ideas, which I am sure gave her some nightmares at times, ensured all went smoothly, came up with some great ideas which just worked! She responded to my questions in a timely manner and all in all went beyond our expectations! A wonderful lady.

The Events Manager was superb in every way. He was attentive while remaining discreet. Made us feel special and nothing seemed too much trouble. A superstar! Even my guests commentated saying he was a lovely kind man, very much a professional.

Ollie, a great character, from both behind the bar to operating the music system. A truly friendly and likeable chap!

The waiting staff, who were quiet, unobtrusive and professional.

Our bedroom was fantastic with beautiful views and a lovely touches.

The Events Team you have in place are a great credit to your company and we would not hesitate in recommending the Great House for any forthcoming events!

Well Done to you all!!
Victoria Sent on 06/10/2017
5 out of 5 rating

The staff genuinely wanted us to have the best day

Corrina gave a very good impression, she was very helpful and enthusiastic throughout the organisation of the event. On the day, guests commented on the high quality of the food being served. The Event manager on the day was very committed in ensuring an excellent service was delivered by his staff. The staff without exception were friendly and genuinely wanted us to have the best day ever. Many guests commented on how welcoming they were.
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