The perfect venue for your perfect day, we are a ceremony and reception venue.
Features & Capacity
Country House / Manor House
Sleeps # of People
Usual Access Time
Usual Finish Time
Late Night Extension Available
Bridal Changing Facilities
Grade I/II Listed Building
In-house Wedding Coordinator
Open Flame Permitted
Outdoor Reception Space
Ceremony and Reception
Church Within Walking Distance
Sound System Available
Food and Drink
Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
In-house Wine List
Pricing & Costs
Venue Hire Only
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Built in 1824 and set in 10 acres of beautiful woodland, East Dene Isle of Wight wedding venue is a tribute to Victorian splendour. The past home of Algernon Swinburne – Poet and Raconteur – it is a treasure trove of history, through its time as the Convent of the Sacred Heart and as a Country Hotel.
We will host a memorable reception for you and your guests; up to 50 inside the grade 2 listed mansion house and up to 150 in our marquee following a wedding at the church of your choice. Book a full wedding service package, with a civil wedding or partnership, in one of our four licensed rooms. From weddings of the rich and famous to the girl next door, our focus is you.
We will work with you to help create the wedding that you always imagined. With private use of the house and grounds you’ll get time to prepare for the big day, help us with any of the tiny details that will make a big difference, or maybe you’ll find time to relax in our hot tub… You’ll also benefit from our advice and contacts. We can arrange anything from flowers, cakes, marquee dressing, ordering wine, chefs. Even arranging activities such as a couples massage, pamper sessions, fishing boat trips, zorbing or golf.
Contact our Wedding Planner on 01983 852374 to arrange a viewing, meet our Chef and talk through
Personal Message from the Manager
Name of Wedding Contact: Stella Johnstone
Hello and welcome to East Dene, please do get in touch to design your own perfect wedding day with us. Come for a coffee and a no obligation viewing and have a chat with myself and our chef to create your perfect day.
Year Business Was Established
# Of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
# Of People In Team
Public Liability Insurance
Press & Awards
Press and Awards (1)
Hampshire Life, Isle of Wight County Press
Location & Contact Details
Bonchurch Village Road, Ventnor, Isle Of Wight, PO38 1RQ, England
Nearest Train Station
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Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
Other than my own wedding reception (which has to be the best of course), we hosted an Indian/English wedding and reception. There was a mandup erected on our lower field for 2 of the hindu ceremonies, there was also an english civil ceremoy follwed later that afternoon with a renewal of vows by the same registrars.
The meals were a traditional English ploughmans lunch with a local cheeseboard, then our chefs created the the brides grandparents family recipe of indian dishes.
What’s your #1 wedding planning tip for couples?
It's your day, have it the way you want it.
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
I encourage couples to add personal touched to their wedding and make it their own, not just any other wedding. Each one we do here is bespoke and has personal inputs from themselves and family members, from using grandma's vintage china for high tea right through to the home-made favours for the guests.
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
Magical, personal, special, flexible, awesome
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
There's so many, either with the sea views framing your perfect day or with the mansion house as a backdrop.
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
The closest to 'celebrity' we have had have been, one of the previous producers of 'The Basil Brush Show', we also hosted the ceremony and receptio for the 2 co-organisers of The Bestival.
What’s your favourite canapé?
Roast beef with caramelised red onion in miniature yorkshire puddings.
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
Cheese and crackers, not good of a night time I know but its my favourite :-)
What is your venue's most unique feature?
We've been told many times that what makes us unique is that we are down to earth, relaxed and flexible when needed. We put our own personal touch on each wedding as well as the bride and groom having the overall say so on how they want their day to be.