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On since 2019

Last update: November 2023

A refined and relaxed boutique hotel and wedding venue at the heart of the North Wessex Downs, The Retreat is where quirky British sensibility meets elegant, authentic luxury. We blend the old with the new, the refined with the comfortable, and the local with the worldly.

Since opening in June 2022, The Retreat has become a destination of choice for guests from all over the world and was recently named Britain's Best Hotel by The Times and the Sunday Times, topping their list of the Top 100 Places to Stay in the UK. The perfect venue for your dream wedding.

Facilities and Capacity

Inside The Retreat, you can choose from 6 beautiful spaces to hold your Civil Ceremony. With our largest room accommodating up to 80 Guests for your Ceremony and our smallest accommodating up to 6 guests, there are lots of options for you both to think about! During the warmer months, we offer outdoor Ceremonies - what could be more beautiful than exchanging vows with views of the Wessex Downs as your backdrop! We also offer Exclusive Hire of The Retreat.

Once you've tied the knot, you and your guests will enjoy a delicious Wedding Breakfast and Toast as the new couple. A fun Evening Reception will then unfold whilst you mingle, sip wine and dance while the sun sets over the Wessex Downs.

Located on sixteen acres of gorgeous grounds, with a sweeping staircase and a grand fireplace, there are many beautiful backdrops for photos!

As well as 55 individually styled bedrooms and suites, two stunning restaurants and an indulgent spa, there’s also a heated outdoor pool, a charming courtyard with a wine cellar and TV Chef Clodagh McKenna’s first signature store, as well as a Hair & Nail Salon, perfect for the bridal party’s finishing touches.

Services Offered

The Retreat offers 3 comprehensive Wedding Packages for you to choose from, and our Weddings Manager will be on hand to make sure your planning and your Day runs smoothly. Should you be looking for a more intimate Wedding, then our team would be delighted to put together a bespoke package for you.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Stately home
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Swimming pool
Health suite
Fitness centre

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Orangery on site
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4.9 out of 5 rating
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97% Recommended by couples

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David J. Sent on 18/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Relaxed and beautiful setting

We had a tiny wedding, with the service at Shaw House before returning to Elcot for photos and the wedding breakfast in a private dining room. The team at Elcot were excellent and helped to make the day run smoothly.
Louise S. Sent on 18/12/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

A wonderful, intimate wedding celebration at Elcot

We had a two night stay and a micro wedding breakfast at Elcot in September. The room was beautiful, the food delicious, and the staff incredibly helpful and attentive. It’s a stunning venue for weddings of all sizes - I’d get married there every year if I could!
James D. Sent on 18/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible setting and lovely staff!

Rebecca and I wanted to have a small ceremony to legally marry prior to flying out to Lake Como to have our wedding with all of our friends. The setting was perfect and the team at Elcot Park were super flexible and helped make our special day run perfectly. Thank you!!
Jon A. Sent on 18/12/2023
4.6 out of 5 rating

Our Wedding - 4th August 2023

From the moment we signed the agreement to have our wedding at The Retreat, we were made to feel very special and at all times, had complete faith in our wedding planner Samantha and the perfect day she was creating for us.

The Retreat is local to us, and was the only place we wanted to get married, as it is very special to us. We often head to The Retreat for a lovely meal or a drink on the terrace.

We absolutely love the beautiful grounds and The Orangery that we had our ceremony in, it is a room full of light and once we had filled it with all our closest family and friends it was perfect.

The staff were incredibly attentive all day, there was never an empty glass, food was served quickly and without fuss, and nothing ever seemed to much for either us or guests to ask.

With the The Orangery having a lovely terrace and access to the gardens, it also meant guests could enjoy the outside, whilst having a drink, listening to the music or whilst the room was being changed for the evening.

The food for the Wedding Breakfast was first class and we have had many guests tell us how impressed they were with the quality of food, that was catered for on mass.

We had the most perfect day and wish we could do it all again!
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