The William Cecil

£2500 - £4250 for Venue Hire
Up to 120
27 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
COVID-19 Update
Kindly be aware that while we welcome enquiries for weddings in 2021 and beyond, for the safety of you and your guests, our ability to host them will be subject to government guidelines.
Standing on the edge of the Burghley Estate in the beautiful town of Stamford, The William Cecil is licensed for ceremonies indoors and outdoors in our stunning Garden Pavilion.
Pricing & Costs

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For your special day, we have two function rooms to choose from for your wedding breakfast. The first is our Marquee, which is set in our landscaped gardens and can accommodate up to 120 guests. The second, The Burghley Room, is situated in the main hotel building and can accommodate up to 60 seated guests. For your evening reception, we offer The Burghley Room with its own private bar and room for a band or DJ. With the hire of The Burghley Room, which will accommodate up to 120 evening guests, we include the adjacent Exeter Room, which offers a quieter space for those wanting to take a break from dancing and rest their feet.
What is included in this pricing:
External caterers not permitted
Couple accommodation included
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Private room(s) included (non-exclusive use)

In-house catering
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We know that a big part of what makes a wedding so special is being able to spend time with friends and family whilst enjoying some wonderful food and drink in gorgeous surroundings. The William Cecil is renowned for its exceptional cuisine and we have won awards for the quality of our food. Our head chef is passionate about using locally-sourced ingredients and he has used his creativity and skills to design an extensive range of menu options ready for you to discover. If you’d like a magnificent selection of canapés, an evening buffet with a wow factor, or just classic favourites, we can make it happen for you. Alternatively, if you don’t fancy a formal sit down breakfast then we can offer you a BBQ instead.

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Number of Guests Included
Sometimes organising a wedding can be overwhelming, so we’ve put together some packages to take away the stress and help you organise the day with the minimum of fuss! These packages are priced from £4996 for 60 day guests and 90 evening guests, including an arrival drink, a three course wedding breakfast with house wine, a drink for the toast and an evening buffet – and of course you can add elements to any of them to suit your plans.
What is included in this pricing:
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Wine / soft drinks allowance per guest
Furniture included
Couple accommodation included
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Private room(s) included (non-exclusive use)
Features & Capacity


Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
No. of Bedrooms
Sleeps No. of People
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Usual Access Time
07:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00 AM

Ceremony & Reception

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


Landscaped Gardens
Open Flame Permitted
Marquee Permitted
Bridal Changing Facilities
Disabled Access
Grade I/II Listed Building
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Food and Drink

In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Halal Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
Full Description
At The William Cecil, our entire wedding service is totally focused around you - you let us know what you want for your special day and we make it happen. We believe in a truly unique experience for each of our brides, whatever the style or size of day you're planning. A beautiful garden marquee awaits or you can take your choice of three stunning reception rooms in the hotel itself. Our wedding co-ordinator, Amy, will be there to support you in the planning, to talk you through the logistics, provide inspiration and offer advice. We pride ourselves on tailoring each wedding to your bespoke needs. We want you and your guests to be hit with the ‘wow’ factor and enjoy the wonderful ambience of the hotel while sampling some of our two AA Rosette award winning cuisine.


No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
Rebecca & Craig
Wedding: October 2019
November 2019
Perfect venue for a relaxed wedding
We had our wedding at the William Cecil just over a week ago & it was fabulous! We instantly fell in love with the original features and grounds. We also found Amy and her team to be super friendly and helpful throughout - nothing was too much. We wanted a laid back, relaxed wedding & that's exactly what we got. Wishing we could go back and do it all again.
Hannah & Patrick
Wedding: August 2019
October 2019
Everything was absolutely perfect
Thank you so much to everyone at The William Cecil for making our day so magical. We couldn't have asked for a better day, everything was absolutely perfect. We didn't stop smiling from start until finish and even now, we're both still smiling about how incredible the day was. We couldn't have asked for a better wedding and we really do look forward to coming to see you all again in the future.
Carol and Brian
Wedding: September 2019
October 2019
I would recommend The William Cecil to anyone
We could not have wished for a more helpful and thoughtful wedding planner than Amy. She was thorough, imaginative and professional - a pleasure to work with. The venue is fantastic, food delicious and the staff on the day of our celebration (led by Ria) were all brilliant. I would recommend The William Cecil to anyone for their wedding celebration.
Alison & Richard
Wedding: March 2019
April 2019
Best day ever!
We held our wedding here last week. Amy organised the wedding before hand brilliantly. Shane and Rhea on the day were fantastic along with all the staff. Nothing was too much trouble. Rooms lovely, food brilliant, atmosphere awesome. Can not say thank you enough for making the day so special. Thank you xxx
James & Sarah
Wedding: September 2017
March 2019
The best day ever
I husband and I celebrated our wedding here at the William Cecil and wow what a day. The hotel is simply beautiful and definitely has that something extra if that’s what you’re looking for. The food was delicious and everything seemed to run smoothly. Nothing was too much for the staff and the rooms were beautifully decorated and clean we simply had the best wedding day we could’ve ever asked for. We would deafly recommend William Cecil for your wedding day can’t thank them enough for the most beautiful day.
Hannah & Daniel
Wedding: September 2018
October 2018
Thank you so much for accommodating our day.
We had our wedding here on Saturday and we absolutely loved the venue. The garden pavilion looked beautiful. Weather was on our side, marquee stunning, and we had the best day. The staff were helpful and polite. Food was amazing.. canapes were so delicious, followed by our wedding BBQ. Everyone complimented the venue. Our room was beautiful, loved the bath!! Thank you so much for accommodating our day. Mr & Mrs Rosser x

The William Cecil Wedding Fair

15th March 2020
Join us at The William Cecil, where you will be welcomed with a complimentary glass of fizz and enjoy the opportunity to meet a variety of local wedding suppliers.
Location & Contact Details


High Street St Martins, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2LJ

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Press & Awards

Press & Awards (2)

Stamford Living

Industry Awards (1)

Two AA Rosettes for culinary excellence

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

The rose arch and pavilion in the gardens. It features in every wedding album, no matter the season.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Take some time off to relax for a week or so before the big day - it will be over before you know it so make sure you enjoy every second!

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

Topside Lincoln Red beef, Yorkshire pudding, horseradish! A mini bite sized roast.
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