Rownhams House & Gardens

£3600 - £4950 for Venue Hire
Up to 108
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
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
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
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.
Mica & Sean
Happy couple Married on August
October 2021
The best wedding venue
We could not have wished for a better wedding venue. Helen & Nigel were there every step of the way, from the planning stages to the big day. We loved the flexibility to pick our own caterer from their extensive list and to select our own drink choices. The library and grounds are also simply stunning, the perfect backdrop for our day. We loved how flexible the venue was which you don't get with some other venues. Thank you for making our day so special - we wish we could do it all again.
Jan & danny
Happy couple Married on July
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
Happy couple Married on December
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
Happy couple Married on November
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
Happy couple Married on November
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
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

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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