£3250 - £4750 for Venue Hire
Up to 130
9 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
Dreaming of a country wedding? Then you may have to look no further- this 17th century stone barn near the coast in West Dorset might be the ideal venue for you!
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
Maximum Price
Standard Lowest price starts from £3250.00 for midweek Weddings in 2022
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Day before set up available
Choice of preferred caterers
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
No. of Bedrooms
Sleeps No. of People
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Usual Access Time
Usual Finish Time

Ceremony & Reception

Wedding Licence
Confetti Permitted
Outdoor Ceremony Available

Food and Drink

Alcohol Licence
In-House Wine List
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
External Catering Permitted


Marquee Permitted
Outdoor Reception Space
Disabled Access
Landscaped Gardens
Open Flame Permitted
Bridal Changing Facilities
Exclusive Use
In-House Wedding Coordinator
On-Site Parking

Cultural Specialists

Full Description
Our beautiful 17th century stone barn is situated in its own pretty secret valley is just 2 miles from Abbotsbury on the Jurassic Coast. The light and airy Barn has underfloor heating, a south facing sunny terrace area, an outside and inside staffed bar, a large kitchen suitable for your choice of caterer to work in comfortably and well appointed toilets with wheelchair accessibility ensuring Gorwell Barn gives you a venue for your wedding which enables you to relax and enjoy your perfect day. You have the chance to make your day unique, and so with the freedom to work to your style and flexibility of allowing your imagination to create for you your wedding at Gorwell Barn gives you the opportunity to have your dream wedding. Gorwell Barn itself and the Pagoda in the grassy wooded area surrounded by trees and the natural environment are both licensed for legal ceremonies giving you the option of an indoor or an outdoor wedding. The spacious grounds around the Barn or the gardens of the cottages and the private road and entrance to Gorwell provide so many lovely photo opportunities. The bluebell filled woods are stunning in the spring . Looking down from the entrance to Gorwell you have far reaching views of the rolling countryside and Jurassic coast either towards Portland or turn around and look towards Golden Cap and Lyme Bay so giving a unique backdrop to your photos .

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Mary
Hi Thank you for your interest in Gorwell Barn. Gorwell is a family run business which means we are passionate about working with you from day one through to your big day to ensure your wedding is exactly what you planned. Please contact us to book a viewing and see what we can offer you here at Gorwell. We look forward to meeting you.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Steve and Rachael google reviews
Happy couple married in August
March 2022
A stunning wedding venue
5/5 a year ago on Google A stunning wedding venue in the beautiful Dorset countryside. Mary was a pleasure to deal with throughout our wedding planning despite all that 2020 threw at us. Would highly recommend Gorwell Barn to anyone looking for a barn style wedding venue with the opportunity to add as many personal touches as you wish thanks to Mary’s flexible approach.
The Toxic Spear Google reviews
Wedding: June
March 2022
Cousins wedding
Had my cousin's wedding there on the 26th June, absolutely brilliant service. Couldn't have asked for a better reception
Emily @LotusPhotographyUK
Wedding: October
February 2021
Amazing Venue
I photographed a wedding at Gorwell Farm on the wettest day in the UK since 1891. You'd think that would have put a damper on the day, but honestly, it was still beautiful. The day started in the self accommodation on site, which was a huge bonus as the bride didn't have to worry about getting stuck in traffic to get to the wedding. A quick run to across the courtyard (it was pouring with rain) to the barn and the ceremony could begin. First thing I have to mention is that although I expect the barn to be freezing, it has underfloor heating and stayed cosy and warm throughout the whole day. The couple had moved their wedding indoors and due to Covid restrictions, only had a handful of guests. The barn didn't feel overpowering, big and empty though, it felt intimate and cosy. We did venture outside very briefly for photos under the gazebo. Even in the pouring rain, you could see it would be a beautiful location for an outdoor wedding. The team there really did go above and beyond, and the couple raved about how accommodating they had been with the changes due to covid. Whether you're planning a summer festival vibe or an intimate winter wedding, this is a beautiful venue.
Adam google reviews Gorwell Farm
Wedding: July
March 2022
Went to a friends wedding
Went for a friend's wedding and it was absolutely amazing, the setting was incredible. The barn and surrounding area was beautiful. The cottages are spacious and very comfortable. Fantastic shower too 👍
Becky and Neil
Happy couple married in June
November 2018
Personal, beautiful venue
Gorwell Farm is a stunning venue where you get to choose everything for yourselves. We found it so much more personal than other venues we viewed. Mary is amazing, and allows you to have the venue from the Thursday until the Sunday which means you have loads of time to set up. It does mean you have to find suppliers for lighting, furniture, sound system etc...but Mary knows some amazing suppliers who have worked there many times, so know exactly what they are doing. The cottages on site are great for family members too.
Linus Moran Google reviews
Happy couple married in July
March 2022
Beautiful converted Barn
Beautiful converted barn, perfect for any family celebration or wedding. Set amongst beautiful Dorset countryside a short distance from Abbotsbury, its secluded, nestled between rolling hillside. Mary is wonderful and certainly does everything she can to accommodate guests!
Location & Contact Details


Gorwell Farm, Abbotsbury, Dorset, DT3 4JX, England

Travel Notes

Nearest Town

Weymouth and Dorchester

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M5 Taunton or M3 Southampton

Nearest Train Station


Nearest Airport

Southampton or Bournemouth

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Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

To be completely honest each time we host a wedding I think that is my favourite as our venue gives everyone to be completely unique with their wedding and styling choice and I haven't yet seen one I don't love. You have the chance to be individual and that makes each one the best for each occasion.

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

Once you have booked the venue then make sure all the basics are in place ie registrar booked and the the main stress will be reduced for you to enjoy organising all the fun extras you may want to have

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

There have been so many from homemade bunting, homemade paper flowers a complete fairground with props and homegrown flowers.

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

stunning private scenic secret rural

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

in the bluebell woods when the bluebells are in full flower in late April or early May

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

yes a record producer

What’s your favourite canapé?

anything with smoked salmon or fish

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Cheese Toasties

What is your venue's most unique feature?

The situation of the Barn in its own quiet scenic and private valley

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Our ethos of making sure the day is as relaxed and fits with the couples plans and ideas as much as possible.

Bridebook Benefits

Bridebook GiftFree Bottle of Champagne
Bridebook Special OfferBottle of Champagne for Head Table