Athelhampton, a private country house with beautiful architectural gardens, handsome heritage buildings and professional service within a stunning location make Athelhampton the perfect choice for your Wedding celebration.

Athelhampton is ideally located 7 miles to the east of Dorchester in the heart of Dorset. You can enjoy private and exclusive use of our 12 acres of award-winning gardens, the historic Tudor house and our elegant Coach House

Whether you are planning a formal or informal wedding, our experienced wedding team will assist you to plan your perfect day



Every Athelhampton Wedding is unique, and carefully tailored to your personal requirements.

The Wedding Team will help you to plan your special day. From the first meeting, until we say good night on your wedding day, our team will be working hard to ensure your day is perfect.

Our onsite catering team will create a bespoke menu based on your preferences. A formal meal, a BBQ, a buffet, an afternoon tea, or your own idea? the choice is yours. 

We don't have seasonal hire charges,  Saturdays are the same price throughout the year (it seems fairer that way), all prices quoted include VAT there are no hidden charges.





Our professional and courteous service combined with the stunning venue adds to the magic of your wedding, but its the perfect planning that makes a truly successful day.

With three permanent wedding coordinators, we have the time to spend with you discussing what you want for your day. It's not our wedding its yours and we never loose sight of that.

Timings & organisation, Menus & wine are all planned specifically for you. We can advise on main suppliers and those little extras that you may want, any cake maker, photographer, florist that we suggest is simply because like us they do an outstanding job.




At the heart of the Tudor house are the Great Hall & Great Chamber, ideal for your Civil Wedding ceremony, Drinks reception or an intimate meal with family and friends


Twelve acres of Gardens, some architectural others natural and with a recurring theme of water throughout, stunning for photographs all year around.

The Coach House dates from the 1750, the Long Hall is the elegant oak-panelled room and adjacent the stunning enclosed courtyard with glazed apex roof and Purbeck stone floor, this is our larger rooms ideal for your reception and party. 




At Athelhampton we tailor the wedding to your specific requirements and we will always respect your budget. We act with honesty and integrity throughout the planning process.

Within our pricing we include:-

- The totally private use of Athelhampton.

- A Wedding co-ordinator who will meet, plan and deliver your wedding day.

- Crockery, cutlery, glassware, linen serviettes and tablecloths.

- The cake stand, cake knife, easels, candelabras, printed table menus.

- A wedding menu and wine tasting occasion.

- A room for your Ceremony if requred

- VAT is included at 20%

We also:-

- Set-up your tables with any favours, stationery & decorations.

- Dress tables for your cake, gifts and guest book.

- Offer a full cash bar with full choice of products.

Our hire charges are fixed throughout the year with no seasonal variations, its fairer that way.




Athelhampton is fortunate to be surrounded by an excellent selection of hotel, b&b, guest house, camping and rental accommodation.

On-site we have our own cottage that you can use, and as part of our regeneration project soon you will be able to stay in Athelhampton House's 10 luxury bedrooms with your family and friends.


Athelhampton already uses renewable electricity, but we plan to become even more environmentally friendly in the next year, so your wedding will be beautifully green. 



Our dedicated catering team have been looking after Athelhampton weddings for over 20 years.

We will plan a menu for you using fresh local seasonal produce, with many herbs, vegetables and fruits​ from our own kitchen garden.

We use a network of local butchers and fishmongers giving you and your guests the best Dorset produce available.

For almost 20 years we have used a single London shipper for our wines. Owned by one of the most prestigious Champagne houses we are delighted to offer a fabulous selection of wines and Champagne for your celebration.

If you want to bring your own wine, that is no problem, just ask the team and they will discuss our low corkage costs




We would be delighted to show you Athelhampton and discuss your requirements, however if you would like some more information first, then we are here to help.

Would you like to know more about the cost of an Athelhampton Wedding? then click the link below to open our wedding calculator.

Would you like to contact us so we can discuss your requirements before you visit? then click this link for our contact form and page.

Would you like to visit and take a look at all Athelhampton has to offer? then why not give the team a call on 01305 848363