Rownhams House & Gardens

£2750 - £3995 for Venue Hire
Up to 120
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
COVID-19 Update
During the current lockdown we are open for wedding enquiries by telephone or email. Just request further details and prices, telling us which year you want to be married in. We are taking requests for face to face bookings to be organised as soon as we can, after lockdown finishes. We are happy to reserve wedding dates, until you are able to visit in person.
A beautiful Georgian house with twelve acres of garden and woodland. A magical place to have your special day.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
Maximum Price
Our hire only charge includes the following up to 10 6ft round tables to seat 120 guests, up to 116 chairs, wooden easel for seating plan, beautiful silver cake stand and knife, music system and red carpet for ceremonies, outdoor bar, fully licensed indoor bar with staffing for the evening only. Exclusive use of the Main House for ceremonies and a wedding breakfast and Coach house for the evening reception which includes a cool bar, chesterfield sofa room, food area and dance floor. You will have access on the Friday to set up, exclusive use on the Saturday for your wedding and access on Sunday morning to pick up your personal decorations.
What is included in this pricing:
External caterers not permitted
Furniture included
Exclusive use
Day before set up available
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Choice of preferred caterers

In-house catering
(price per head)

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Maximum Price
We have 6 approved caterers that are experienced at working at Rownhams House. Our caterers offer a range of price points and different menus / styles of food from BBQ's to 3 course dinners. You work directly with the caterer of your choice, and get to build a great relationship with them over the months leading up to your special day. You are welcome to supply your own drinks during the day only, and we do NOT charge a corkage fee, which offers a great savings to you.
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Country House
Manor House
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
10:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
11:00 PM


Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Water View
Marquee Permitted
Bridal Changing Facilities
Disabled Access
Grade I/II Listed Building
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
In-house Catering
Alcohol Licence
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol

Ceremony & Reception

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

Cultural Specialists

Asian Wedding Specialist
Full Description
We are a friendly and romantic hidden gem that can host civil ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and evening receptions all in one exclusive venue. We are licensed for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies for up to 120 guests. We offer post ceremony drinks and photographs in the stunning gardens with the amazing backdrop of the Medieval Coach House. Your wedding continues with a breakfast or high tea in the Grand Library or on the lawn. In the evening your guests up to 150 can retreat to the Coach House for an evening of laughter and fun on the dance floor, in the sofa lounge and vintage bar. We are full licensed and offer a cash bar service for guests in the evening. The Bride’s room is an intimate private room with dressing table and sofas for the stars of the day to relax and prepare yourselves for the day or evening. We do all we can to look after you before and during your wedding day. Many previous clients have particularly thanked us for offering help, guidance and generally reducing any stress. Nothing pleases us more than to be a small part of a beautiful day. Should you choose to hold your wedding with us at Rownhams House you can be assured that we only host one occasion a weekend. And unlike many venues, Rownhams House has always been a home. The existing house was built as a result of a shocking love story set in the mysterious Near East. And over the centuries it has seen its fair share of passion and intrigue. If you choose to celebrate your special occasion at Rownhams House you will be adding to this story. The house is owned and loved by a family who are there at a discreet distance should you need them. Since every wedding is different we do have a selection of choices and prices. We can also cope very well with ‘short notice’ weddings, provided it does not impinge upon another event.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Jan & danny
Married in July 2019
July 2019
Rarely say perfect,but only word that fits!
What an incredible venue ! Helen and nigel werent too shabby either(read fantastic) our wedding celebration could not have been any more perfect.their professianalism,attention to detail and personal help unbelievable.
The Forsters
Married in December 2018
December 2018
The Christmas decorations looked amazing!
Thank you both so much for all the help and effort you gave regarding our wedding. The Christmas decorations looked amazing! The house and gardens are beautiful and we are so glad we choose to host our wedding here. Thank you once again.
Rob & Alice
Married in November 2018
November 2018
Such excellent hosts
Thank you for being such excellent hosts for our wedding reception in September. We absolutely loved the venue from our first visit and you made everything so easy and we felt so welcome on our wedding day. Our guests complimented us on our choice of Rownhams House as well. Wishing you all the best Rob & Alice
Claire McErlean
Married in November 2018
November 2018
A Hidden Gem
Rownhams House was the perfect venue for our wedding. We knew as soon as we walked in and met Nigel and Helen it would be the place for us. Nigel and Helen were really helpful with planning the day, the build up and fantastic on the day too. All our family and friends commented on how unique and interesting the venue was and how the day ran so smoothly. We were lucky enough to have fantastic weather on an October Saturday so we could make the most of the beautiful outdoor space. The Coach House was the perfect evening venue with somewhere for everyone to relax or put on their dancing shoes. Rownhams House really is a hidden gem
Daisy Astill
Married in October 2018
October 2018
A Perfect Day
Nigel and Helen were absolutely amazing throughout planning our wedding and on the wedding day. They are not pushy, nor interfering, but helped us in making every decision needed for our wedding. They were so so supportive in everything we did and patient with us when we were unsure (or just slow at replying when weighed down by wedding admin!). Rownham's house itself is absolutely stunning. It was so beautiful and lovely to have different aspects of our wedding in different areas. We were lucky enough to have a sunny day so we could have our first dance and cutting of the cake on the lawn, with all of our loved ones around us, which was incredibly special. All of our guests loved the house and the feel of our day, because of Nigel and Helen. We couldn't have had a more perfect day if we'd tried. Thank you so much, Nigel and Helen, for everything you did for us and our day.
Mark Fisher
Married in October 2018
October 2018
We will definitely recommend the venue
Hi guys, we have just returned from our honeymoon. We just wanted to say a huge thank you for everything during our wedding day and build up. The venue is absolutely stunning and was the perfect surroundings for our day. It was so lovely to be able to have the blank canvas to make our wedding very personal and very special. Thank you Nigel and Helen for all your help and making the day perfect. We will definitely recommend the venue to anyone looking for that extra special place for that extra special occasion. Thank you so much!
Location & Contact Details


Betteridge Drive, Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 8LS, England

Travel Notes

Rownhams House & Gardens is 10 minutes by taxi from Southampton city centre. The House is off Betteridge Drive SO16 8LF.

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction

M3 Jt 3

Nearest Train Station

Southampton Airport

Nearest Airport

Southampton Airport

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Press & Awards

Industry Awards (1)

English Wedding Awards - 2018 & 2019 Most Romantic Venue Finalist.