Rownhams House & Gardens

£3600 - £4950 for Venue Hire
Up to 108
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
Bridebook Deal
Midweek Offer Available
Just £1295
Bridebook Deal
Offer Available
Engagement Shoot Location
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.
What is included in this pricing:
Menu tasting included
Table linen included
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Cutlery included
No corkage fee
Bespoke menu available
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Country House
Manor House
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
Usual Finish Time

Ceremony & Reception

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


Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Water View
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

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

Cultural Specialists

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.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Nigel & Helen Owens
Dear Couples, we would love to help you plan your perfect wedding, unique to you and you guests. Come and enjoy our beautiful surroundings, the enchanting architecture of the Coach House and Main house rooms as well as our rolling lawns, lake, woodland and outdoor bar. Work with us and our fantastic caterers to create your day. Enjoy hours of relaxed set up time before your wedding leaving you at ease to enjoy your special day knowing everything is just as you had imagined it.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Mica & Drew
Wedding: October
October 2022
A wonderful day of celebration, love & joy
Thank you for so much for hosting Mica & Drew's special day. A complete success, a wonderful day of celebration, love, joy and family coming together. Your home is beautiful and I recognise the extreme hard work you have both put into making a successful business. I wish you well and may your business continue to flourish. With kindest regards Tracy (mother of the bride)
Mica Washbourne
Happy couple married in October
October 2022
We cannot thank you enough!
What a sweet couple! I recently had my wedding this Autumn at Rownhams House. If you are looking for a hidden away Manor House this is the place for you! We cannot thank Nigel & Helen enough for looking after us and our guests on our wedding day, thank you...
Tracy ( Mother of the Bride )
Wedding: October
October 2022
A wonderful day of celebration, love & joy
Thank you so much for hosting Mica & Drew's special day. A complete success, a wonderful day of celebration, love, joy and family coming together. Your home is beautiful...
Charlotte & Aaron
Happy couple married in September
October 2022
Beautiful venue
Thank you again for an amazing wedding day at your beautiful venue..
Katrina & Sam
Happy couple married in August
October 2022
It was flawless, the most perfect setting
Sam & I had a vision of what we wanted our wedding celebration to be, and oh my goodness, it was delivered. My heart is bursting. You all made our day. The party was where we wanted to be, it was absolutely perfect, we were basking in the love and fun of the day! Guys take a bow. You made our day and we will never ever forget it! Helen & Nigel, we chose your venue for a reason. It was flawless. The most perfect setting. You guys were so helpful and you helped create our vision. Even running to Bookers on the morning of to pick up extra things for us
Sharon Hannah
Wedding: July
July 2022
Fantastic wedding venue
Held my daughter and son-in-law’s wedding reception at Rownhams House on 16th July. An absolutely beautiful venue, with stunning grounds. Everything was perfect. Nigel and Helen were so helpful with the preparations and their guidance and tips were invaluable. We really couldn’t have choose anywhere better for such a special day and we have had so many of our guests compliment us on the beautiful venue.
Location & Contact Details


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

Travel Notes

Rownhams House & Gardens is 10 minutes by taxi from Southampton city centre and the airport. 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 (4)

Global Wedding Awards 2021 - Best Country House Wedding Venue - South England
Global Wedding Awards 2022 - Most Beautiful Country House Wedding Venue - South
International Wedding Awards 2022 - Best Wedding Venue & Wedding Planners
English Wedding Awards - 2018, 2019 & 2022 Most Romantic Venue Hampshire

Bridebook Awards (2)


Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

Every wedding is unique and special to us. If we had to choose one from this wedding season - it would have to be the one that was filmed for a new ITVBe series on singles at weddings. We were chosen as one of 8 venues nationally for a new program to air in the Autumn. So looking forward to viewing this Love island type series and seeing the venue looking its best.

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

Do not produce your seating plan until the last minute. Chose a venue and suppliers that you like and really understand how you want your big day to look, feel and run.

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

Every wedding has something we think is special to only that couple. Be it the favours, the flowers, the clothes the table setting or the food. We are all about working with our couples to make their special day perfect.

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Relaxed, historical, beautiful grounds and buildings, bespoke.

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

In front of the medieval Coach House arch and on the lawns leading to the lake.

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

Cannot say sorry....

What’s your favourite canapé?

Sticky sausages and wheat beer shots.

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Late evening bacon butties always go down well or a cheeky cheese board.

What is your venue's most unique feature?

The architecture - with it's Coach House complete with working clocktower, the Georgian grandeur of the Main House and the rolling lawns and lake.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Our personal service and high standards and our fantastic feed back from our happy couples and their guests.

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