From flowers and cake to your dress and photographer, planning a wedding comes with plenty of exciting decisions, perhaps none more so than the all-important wedding venue. And what better fairytale setting than a grand and spectacular mansion? Being organised and booking ahead is essential if you’re getting married during peak wedding season from May to October, so without further ado, we’ve discovered nine of the most beautiful wedding mansions and locations across the south west for you to consider for your special day.
1. Canford School – Wimborne, Dorset
A spectacular spot that is steeped in history, Canford School in Wimborne, Dorset, is a Grade I listed manor house wedding venue. Its Great Hall is ideal for larger ceremonies, featuring arched ceilings, dark wood décor and stained-glass windows. Alternatively, the Long Gallery makes for a great space for smaller parties. With exclusive use of the grounds, this wedding location is also ideal for couples planning an outdoor wedding during sunnier months, and you can host your reception by the sunken lawns’ fountain. To visit, hop on a train to Branksome station and travel 6.4 miles onwards.
2. Parish’s House – Timsbury, Somerset
With views of the sprawling Somerset hills and glorious grounds, Parish’s House is the perfect setting for an outdoor wedding. The team will work with you when planning your wedding to create a venue that works for you and your vision, whether you’re picturing a bright and airy marquee with romantic draping or a boho-themed wedding in its woodlands. When you book a wedding at this venue, you can choose to enjoy luxury accommodation, bespoke menus, exclusive hire of the grounds and a selection of scenic areas to take your wedding photos in. When travelling with South Western Railway, arrive into Oldfield Park station in Bath and head 7 miles to the venue.
3. Rockbeare Manor – Exeter, Devon
Situated in 100 acres of glorious parkland in Devon, Rockbeare Manor caters to your every need as an all-rounder of a wedding destination. With a Drawing Room for the bridal party to get ready in, an outdoor terrace for reception drinks and canapés, a Ballroom for your wedding breakfast and celebrations and so much more at this wonderful wedding mansion, you and your guests will have everything you need and more on your special day. Take a train to Cranbrook station, and find out what else neighbouring Exeter has to offer.
4. Lainston House – Winchester, Hampshire
After driving down the gorgeous tree-lined drive and arriving at its magnificent entrance, the breathtaking wedding mansion of Lainston House awaits. This Winchester wedding venue is a great choice all year round, with its magical outdoor pavilion for romantic summer weddings, and the seventeenth century Dawley Barn to dance the night away in at your reception, plus it’s ideal for indoor ceremonies in the cooler months. With glorious grounds that form the dreamiest of backdrops for your wedding photos and 50 luxurious bedrooms for your friends and family to retire to after the celebrations, you’re sure to love it here. When visiting by train, head into Winchester station.
5. Brympton House – Yeovil, Somerset
Prepare for your nuptials to be extremely memorable in the beautiful surroundings of Brympton House in Somerset. Its ivy-covered façade, divine architecture and chic spaces makes this wedding venue look like something out of a storybook– there’s even fireworks to top your celebration off. Begin your big day in the Honeymoon suite where the bridal party can get ready, while the groom, groomsmen and guests can mingle in the Library bar, Morning Room and Great Hall.
When it comes to saying ‘I Do’, there’s the stunning St Andrews Church for religious ceremonies, or for a rustic indoor ceremony opt for the Castle House and its long aisle, which leads from the South Terrace, another spot you can say your vows at – underneath the open pillared Temple. With phenomenal wedding photo, breakfast and reception options, you’ll be thoroughly spoiled for choice. Take the train to Yeovil Junction and travel 5.1 miles onwards.
6. Dartmouth House – Mayfair, London
For a truly classic and timeless wedding venue, Dartmouth House is the spot for you. You’ll be in awe of the elegant décor at this fabulous Grade II listed Georgian townhouse, located in the heart of Mayfair, and its show-stopping marble staircase. You and your guests will get exclusive use of the house for the day and can unwind in the outdoor courtyard during the summer. There are packages tailored to your every need, so that planning your wedding day is as stress-free as can be. With its handy London location, all you need to do is travel into London Waterloo with South Western Railway and take the Jubilee Line on the London Underground to Green Park, or hop in a cab for the 2.4 mile journey.
7. Pylewell Park – Lymington, Hampshire
From festival and carnival themes to rustic and traditional affairs, the team at Pylewell Park are on hand to create the dream ceremony for you. They welcome unique, fun and outright crazy ideas, along with ‘personality-filled Pinterest boards’, so you’re guaranteed a marvellous day in this glamorous Hampshire home. In summer, look out onto views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight during your outdoor nuptials under the waterproof canopy, or pick one of three delightful rooms indoors for winter weddings. A real bonus is access to the wedding venue the day before, for suppliers and any prep. Just under two miles from Lymington Pier station, it’s an easily accessible place to host your special day.
8. Botleys Mansion – Chertsey, Surrey
Not only is Surrey’s Botleys Mansion a charming and sophisticated wedding venue that provides a picturesque backdrop to any ceremony, but the in-house wedding planning team will help you throughout. Perfect for weddings at any time of year, the magnificent glass-roofed Atrium makes for a unique and memorable venue, with a grand staircase for you to make your grand entrance. You can also tie the knot in the Green Room, which gives a nod to yesteryear with its classical décor. With varying capacities depending on the spot you choose, you’re sure to find the ideal option for your wedding here. When travelling by train, you’ll find the venue just two miles from Chertsey station.
9. Pennsylvania Castle – Portland, Dorset
For the ultimate fairytale experience that you and your guests are sure to remember, Pennsylvania Castle is the dream wedding destination. A truly lavish setting for your big day, the castle is set atop the cliffs of Dorset’s enchanting coastline. Ideal for intimate ceremonies, the Dining Room can seat up to 60 guests, while summer ceremonies can welcome 100 guests in the banqueting room with vast glass windows making it a serene and bright space. With no shortage of wedding photo locations overlooking the Jurassic Coast and around the magical venue itself, as well as on-site accommodation for a selection of guests and a team to help you plan your wedding, you’ll have everything you need. To visit, take a train to Weymouth station and the castle is just 8 miles south.
Whichever wedding venue you opt for, each of these spots is easy to get to by train with South Western Railway, so your wedding planning visits and travel on the day for you and your guests couldn’t be more straightforward. To ensure you’re prepared for your visit, check train times and book your train tickets ahead of your trip.