Minterne House

£6,000 - £7,500 for Venue Hire
Up to 100
20 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
Late Availability
Last Minute Dates Available
Just £6000
Minterne is a private House nestled in the Dorset countryside which is licenced for Civil Ceremonies and Wedding Receptions. With excellent transport links, we offer exclusive hire for your wedding.
Minterne House Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
Maximum Price
Exclusive use of Minterne House. Reception in the House (Dining room for Wedding Breakfast) or in a Marquee for numbers over 100. Evening party in the Trafalgar Hall or marquee.
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Day before set up available
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Choice of preferred caterers
Couple accommodation included

In-house catering
(price per head)

Prices Start At
Maximum Price
We have 4 preferred caterers, all of whom know Minterne & the standards we expect. Contact them directly for individual quotes as £65 - £90 is a guide prices only and catering requirements are always a personal choice for the bridal couple.
What is included in this pricing:
Bespoke menu available
No corkage fee
Minterne House Features & Capacity


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

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Fireworks Permitted
Dancefloor Available
Wedding Licence
Confetti Permitted


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

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol

Cultural Specialists

Minterne House Full Description
At Minterne House we pride ourselves in offering an unforgettable and bespoke day for you and your guests. A unique country house in an unequalled setting, Minterne offers the perfect backdrop for your wedding with exclusive use of the house and gardens. Understanding that every wedding is unique, we are proud to work with our couples offering the flexibility and support to create your perfect day, from ceremony start to starlit end. Our private rooms were conceived with entertaining in mind from our exclusive rooms that can be adjusted to your every need, to sumptuous gardens to host the ultimate al-fresco experience, Minterne House has it all; and all right in the heart of Dorset. Whether you are looking for stately home style, or to design your very own marquee venue, we are here to help create your perfect day. We are dedicated to working with you on an individual basis to provide the most flexible arrangements for your day.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Emily
Minterne can promise you the day of your dreams. This stunning manor house nestles in the Cerne Valley with a lake and water features providing an exquisite backdrop. Drinks on the East Terrace overlooking the lake is just one of several options; a house for all seasons, Minterne is an equally romantic setting for a winter wedding with log fires in the Drawing Room, Trafalgar Hall and Garden Room.


No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 30 and 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Philippa & Callum
Happy couple married in June
July 2023
Everything we could wish for in a venue
Minterne was relatively new to the wedding industry when we booked it back in 2021 following many failed COVID-effected dates with our original venue, and so finding Minterne was a true aligning of the stars (thanks Bridebook!). I cannot express how wonderful the team are - we truly felt welcomed by Lord Digby and his team into his home as special guests. This venue is not a wedding factory - they will make you feel at home and do everything they can to make your day the best day they can. From accommodating our toddler to the most impressive breakfasts, to helping find a string quartet the day before the wedding when the original group cancelled(!), to the genuine care that the venue managers had to get it right for us. They accommodated our requests so happily and it was a relief to hear “yes” rather than “no” as we had done from our original venue. The guests all said how stunning the venue was (in fact some said it was the best they’d ever seen) and the fact that 40 of the guests could stay on the estate was just amazing. Every room received a box of chocolates and a handwritten card welcoming them - this is 5* accommodation service. We honestly feel a bond to the estate now and we hope to rent a cottage there for our first anniversary. PS there is even a pool for guests staying the morning of the wedding! Thank you thank you thank you!
Rob Demambro
Wedding: September
December 2021
Exquisite house
I came here and celebrated a friends wedding and was enchanted by the house, its owner - Lord Digby- and the team. What a special home and place to get married.
Wedding: August
December 2021
First class
Celebrated my daughter’s wedding at the beautiful Minterne House in Cerne Abbas, Dorset. The venue is truly amazing. Accommodation was superb. The grounds stunning. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful and accommodating, especially Sarah who was there from start to finish and nothing was too much to ask, and always done with a smile. They ensured the happy couple, family and friends left with a smile and many happy memories. We can’t thank you enough. I would strongly recommend anyone thinking of holding a wedding or special event to contact them. First class service. 😁
Simon and Vicky
Happy couple married in September
February 2021
It was perfect
We couldn't have hoped for a better venue to celebrate our wedding than Minterne House, it was the perfect setting for our big day.
David and Viviana
Happy couple married in September
February 2021
We loved every minute
We loved every minute of our wedding, Minterne House was beautiful. The atmosphere at Minterne instantly put everybody in a relaxed and happy mood.
Ross and Rebecca
Happy couple married in September
February 2021
Spectacular backdrop
This is to say a huge thank you for making our wedding at Minterne House such an immensely special occasion. We really could not have hoped for more in any way.
Minterne House Location & Contact Details


Minterne House Minterne Magna, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7AU, England

Nearest Town

Dorchester or Sherborne

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M3 or M5

Nearest Train Station

Dorchester south, Dorchester west or Sherborne

Nearest Airport

Bournemouth, Bristol, Exeter

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Minterne House Press & Awards

Press & Awards (2)

The Conduit
Dorset Magazine

Industry Awards (1)

Trip Advisor 2019
Frequently Asked Questions

Describe the best wedding that happened at Minterne House?

Each wedding is special as we work with each couple to ensure their day reflects them.

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

Take time for yourselves and make sure that you enjoy your day - there is so much going on that you can get swept up by everything and miss those magic moments!

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

One couple used a tree stump from our grounds as their guest book. Guests hammered coins into the stump and it is now a feature in their garden.

Describe Minterne House in 5 adjectives

Stunning, Unique, Flexible, Romantic, Friendly.

Where’s the best photo spot at Minterne House?

On Eleanor's Bridge

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at Minterne House?

Yes, but we wont say who!

What’s your favourite canapé?

Crispy curried crab cakes with coriander dipping sauce

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Pizza, always pizza!

What is Minterne House most unique feature?

The atmosphere. We are still a family home and so the Houses a very special feeling and atmosphere

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Weddings & Events - we excel at them!

Bridebook Benefits

Bridebook Special Offer Complimentary champagne toasting drink if you book through Bridebook. Valid until 1st December 2022!