£1000 - £6295 for Venue Hire
Up to 100
On-Site
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
shortlisted
A stunning, renovated watermill. Exclusively yours, the Mill provides privacy and flexibility for you to create your own unique wedding or event.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
£1,000
Maximum Price
£6,295
What is included in this pricing:
Furniture included
Exclusive use
Choice of preferred caterers
Features & Capacity

Overview

Dining Capacity
100
Reception Capacity
140
Usual Access Time
09:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00 AM

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Sound System Available
Dancefloor Available
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Wedding Licence

Venue

Exclusive Use
Water View
Marquee Permitted
Bridal Changing Facilities
Pet-Friendly
Disabled Access
Grade I/II Listed Building
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
Full Description
Sopley Mill still has the stunning original features of the watermill with its oak beams, incredible views over the Avon water meadows and flanked on both sides by the river Avon. The wild location is stunning and completely private without a house in view – and just minutes from Bournemouth and Christchurch! There are 3 main floors to the building linked by a lift. The top floor (3rd floor) has seating space for 100 and a kitchen. The 2nd floor has a dance floor and ceremony room on it and the ground floor is a chill out/drinks area. We have two rooms which are licensed for weddings. There is also a bridal suite for your use on the day. In the summer months, the huge terrace is the ideal reception spot but in case it rains there is plenty of room on the ground floor for 100 people to have drinks inside. And in the winter months two log fires, plenty of candles and twinkly lights make the Mill warm, cosy and very romantic. Although the Mill fits 100 for a sit-down wedding breakfast it can fit 140 for a more informal style wedding or if you want more evening guests. Whether your wedding is small and intimate or a larger affair, the Mill is the perfect venue. We offer two different options for couples wanting to use this incredible building for their wedding. Option 1 is just hiring the building and creating your own fantastic day. This is for couples who want to design their own wedding and make sure it is completely unique. Option 2 is for those who want a bit more help and guidance and would like the Sopley Mill team to organise your day with you. For anyone wanting to organise their own day we have a list of well-known local suppliers who can make planning your big day a breeze. But that is up to you, you may prefer to do it yourself.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2013
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
true
Reviews
(21)
Anita & Robert
Married in March 2020
June 2016
The best day we could have imagined
A huge thank you to everyone on the team for your amazing communication, helpfulness and kindness that enabled our wedding day at The Mill to run so smoothly and be the best day we could have imagined.The venue was so beautiful and everyone made our day feel special even though you see so many couples marry.
Heidi & Jack
Married in March 2020
June 2016
Keep doing an amazing job
we were so happy with how things have been from day one. The communication and organisation, everything!! . All staff I had spoken to either email or in person were so lovely and helpful, especially when we did not have a clue what we were doing ! With such a beautiful setting and friendly staff it really makes the difference, as it did calm our nerves and we had the best day, better than we could have possibly hoped for. I honestly hands down can not give anything negative to say because the service and quality top class. All I can say is keep doing an amazing job .
Andie and brad
Married in October 2018
November 2018
Just beautiful
Fantastic service -A blank canvas to express yourself in any way you want to. Th rustic vintage feel of the venue means there is very little decorating you need to do for it to look stunning beautiful exposed brick and beautiful furniture too. Would recommend a thousands times over nothing like a beautiful setting near a river with swans swimming and near by fields with wild horses to really get your photos to look stunning.
Lucy Waddell - Lucylou Photography
Wedding: August 2018
November 2018
Love Sopley Mill, such a stunning venue!
I have had the pleasure of photographing many weddings at Sopley Mill and I can honestly say that it is one of my very favourite venues! It's absolutely stunning in every way, from the beautiful landscape and water meadows surrounding the mill, the rustic brick work, the quirky layout, it is everything you could ever want for your wedding. It is a complete blank canvas for you to decorate as you wish, but it's honestly so beautiful already that you'll barely need to do anything. The staff are lovely too and I always look forward to my weddings at Sopley Mill. See you again on 17th! :)
B&R
Married in August 2018
November 2018
Our Wedding 2018
Our wedding was absolutely stunning and part of that was down to our beautiful venue, Sopley Mill. When searching for a venue we were so lucky to find this place as it was exactly what we wanted. Booking and all communication was very simple and easy to understand. There’s so much to think about with a wedding but Sopley made it very easy. The grounds are beautifully looked after and there’s hundreds of photo opportunities. The only reason this didn’t get 5 stars is because in the evening, we continually had a man working at the Mill (we never actually found out who he was) push his way through the dance floor interrupting my friends and family enjoying themselves to complain at the band being too loud. This would be understandable if the band had increased the volume limit but they were well aware of that and followed the rules. The man was very rude and knocked a table of glasses at one point causing them to break. Luckily our band and friends and family took it all in good humour.
Sian & Timothy
Married in April 2018
June 2016
I have to say – our day at the Mill went swimmingly.
Your suppliers are fantastic at working with each other and ensuring everything works in the way the Mill likes it to. And if the couple getting married there are organised, there should not be any logistical issues at all. It was lovely to be able to do things as we wanted (as long as it was checked and OK’s by the Mill!) The only thing that caused confusion prior to the day was about the chairs. As the Mill has grown, the responsibilities have changed and I had a moment of panic about how the chairs would be moved around. With Jasmine there, it was made clear that the Mill always had 100 chairs in the ceremony room and there were another 100 chairs upstairs in the food hall part, which would be placed around the tables for us. 7 months down the line and I was being told you would “take the chairs from the ceremony room upstairs for the meal but would not put them out.” Caused a moment of anxiety which actually the catering company were able to quell. They advised that the chairs were always up there, and they were happy to put them round the tables for us if we did not have time (I did though, so this was not an issue). I think with the high turnover in staff over the period of a year, the Mill has done incredibly well in trying to keep some consistency with the clients. I certainly never felt as though I had to re-explain things or had any issues, which proves that the handovers must have been good. We had 4 different people! I do think that consistency with a single point of contact is a good thing though, especially with the type of clients the Mill attracts (Jasmine filled this role so well with her quiet efficiency and manner) and do hope the Mill manages to retain a member that will stay for the foreseeable future. 😊 I was impressed with the paperwork and how well the contract was laid out, and all the information we received at the time of looking and booking. And I was very happy to be left alone with the suppliers on the day, but to also have you there to oversee things. Thank you Sopley for an amazing wedding! I look forward to seeing you go from strength to strength, but do hope that you don’t get too big or important, or price yourself too high, so as to keep that personal touch which is what attracted us in the first place. Non corporate!! That’s what makes you special.
Location & Contact Details

Address

Mill Lane, Nr Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 7AU, England

Travel Notes

Nearest Town

Christchurch

Nearest Motorway & Junction

Nearest Train Station

Christchurch

Nearest Airport

Bournemouth

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