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Smedmore House

£375 - £3300 for venue hire
Up to 200
8 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding licence
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Smedmore House, a stunning Georgian seaside manor house on the Jurassic Coast, for the most perfect Dorset country wedding. Civil Wedding Licence, Accommodation, Exclusive-Use, Marquee Site, Gardens.
Features & Capacity
Venue Type
Country House / Manor House
Reception Capacity
# Bedrooms
Sleeps # of People
Usual Access Time
09:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00 PM
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Bridal Changing Facilities
Disabled Access
Exclusive Use
Grade I/II Listed Building
In-house Wedding Coordinator
Landscaped Gardens
Marquee Permitted
On-site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
Water View
Ceremony and Reception
Outdoor Ceremony Licence
Wedding Licence
Food and Drink
Asian Catering
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
External Catering Permitted
Halal Catering
Kosher Catering
Pricing & Costs
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The above is the facility fee for holding a wedding at Smedmore. Accommodation is additional and it is expected that 2 nights minimum...
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Wonderful wedding weekend
A huge thank you for the most wonderful wedding weekend possible! We loved staying here again and can’t wait to visit again.
By Laura Dugdale on 21st December 2017
A happy couple
Married in September 2016

Magical Wedding
We have had the most magical wedding at Smedmore House. I can’t begin to describe the pure beauty of the house and gardens and how very ... 
By Laura Dugdale on 21st December 2017
A happy couple
Married in May 2016

Piece of Heaven
A huge thank you from both families for what has been the most perfect wedding weekend for Dan and Abi. This really is a little piece o... 
By Laura Dugdale on 21st December 2017
A couple's parents
Wedding: June 2016

A National Trust type house without the ropes
Wow! a National Trust type house without the ropes! Thanks so much for the use of your ‘grand” home. A very memorable occasion and the s... 
By House Guest Book on 15th August 2107
A couple's parents
Wedding: August 2107

Best venue we could ever have imagined
This was the best venue we could have ever imagined for our beautiful wedding. Our immediate family all stayed in this stunning house fo... 
By House Guest book on 19th August 2017
A happy couple
Married in August 2017

The best day ever
Thank you all for making our wedding the best day ever. … I never dreamt my wedding day could have been this fantastic
By House Guest Book on 18th August 2017
A happy couple
Married in August 2017

Full Description
  • Smedmore House is a unique and very special, exclusive venue for your wedding reception or Civil Ceremony. Hidden away in the Dorset countryside, nestling among rolling hills with views to the sea, Smedmore offers the opportunity for an wonderfully romantic and memorable occasion. Ceremonies can take place either in the Summer House in the Walled Garden or in 3 of the elegant rooms inside – the Front Hall, Dining Room or Drawing Room. The lawn at the front of the house is an excellent marquee site with the Georgian west face of the house behind and sea views to the side. There are many different options available when planning your special day at Smedmore House. •Civil Ceremony in Smedmore House (up to 60 guests) •Civil Ceremony in Summer House: (unlimited) •Drinks Reception in Walled Garden •Drinks Reception in front of the house. •Marquee Reception on front lawn •Accommodation for up to 16 people in the house •And where to take your photographs? On the beach, in the house, on the stairs, in the garden. The possibilities are endless. The house also offers accommodation in the historic house for a minimum of 2 nights to wedding groups and can sleep up to 16 people in the 8 attractive bedrooms.
  • Personal Message from the Manager
    Name of Wedding Contact: Laura Dugdale 0207 792 4565
    The photographs do not begin to do justice to the beauty of the setting and friendly atmosphere at Smedmore House. We would be delighted to show you round. Look forward to hearing from you soon.
  • Experience
    Year Business Was Established
    # Of Weddings Hosted
    Between 10 and 30
    # Of People In Team
    Public Liability Insurance
Press & Awards
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Press and Awards (1)
World of Interiors, Country Life, France 24, Channel 4, BBC and many newspapers
Accreditations / Associations (1)
Historic Houses Association
Location & Contact Details
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  • Directions
    • Address
    • Kimmeridge, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5PG, England
    • Nearest Town
    • Wareham
    • Nearest Motorway & Junction
    • M27
    • Nearest Train Station
    • Wareham
    • Travel Notes
    • Smedmore is roughly 2 to 2.5 hrs by car from London, down the M3 and M27 to Wimborne and Wareham, then turn right off the Wareham bypass for Kimmeridge. Do not go to Corfe Castle. Follow the signs to Kimmeridge and just before you drop down into the village, turn left up up the private drive to Smedmore. Do not trust Sat-Nav for the final minutes of your journey, as the private drive is often not shown. Also do not rely on Google maps or The as they will take you through Kingston and Encombe along a bridleway which is not accessible to vehicles. Public Transport Directions By Rail There are trains direct from Waterloo, London, to Wareham twice an hour every day. The trip takes around 2½ hours with South West Trains. Taxis Rural Dorset has good taxi cover. Taxi firms will wait to collect passengers at Wareham Train Station and will collect from Smedmore House and there is also a local firm in the village. Taxis can also be booked for airport collections / departures from London Heathrow and Gatwick. See our website for further taxi Information.
    • Nearest Airport
    • Bournemouth & Southampton
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Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
The sun shone, the sky was endlessly blue, and everyone had a wonderful time admiring the stunning location.
What’s your #1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Don't book an open car in case it rains!
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
Beautiful hand sketched table numbers.
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
Stunning, historic, warm, beautiful, unique.
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
Too many to choose from. At the top of the vista to the sea? in front of the Georgian facade? In the Walled Garden?
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
Every bride is a celebrity.
What’s your favourite canapé?
Anything with Smoked Salmon.
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
A Bacon Roll.
What is your venue's most unique feature?
It's sense of timeless beauty.
What part of your business are you most proud of?
All of it