Shillingstone House

£2000 - £3500 for Venue Hire
Up to 150
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We offer 4 exclusive days for your hire and help with planning, budgeting and assistance on your wedding day.
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Flexible Rural Country House wedding venue, licensed for inside and outside ceremonies. Sole use of large beautiful grounds for 4 days. Glamping/Camping space available.
Pricing & Costs

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Prices Start At
Maximum Price
£3000 venue hire – this includes the use of all the gardens, a field for parking, a site upon which a marquee can be placed, the use of the kitchen garden and playground area for camping if required and the use of the Gazebo or dining room for a civil ceremony (small only in dining room). £2,500 venue hire – this includes the use of the main two lawns, a field for parking, a site upon which a marquee can be placed and the use of the Gazebo or dining room for a civil ceremony (small only). You can always add the walled garden or camping area later if you wish. Both include our help from the moment you visit to the moment you depart!
What is included in this pricing:
Day before set up available
Choice of preferred caterers
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Exclusive use
Features & Capacity


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


Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Marquee Permitted
Disabled Access
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space

Ceremony & Reception

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

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol

Cultural Specialists

Full Description
CURRENTLY TAKING BOOKINGS for 2024 - Mid May to Mid September- fully booked for 2022 but one space in 2023 Shillingstone House is the family home of Sir Michael and Lady Salt and is the perfect venue for a country house wedding. Set in a secluded position and surrounded by the rolling hills of Dorset, the beautiful extensive grounds are yours for the 4 days of your wedding. A day for the marquee to go up, a day for decorating, a day for your ceremony and party and a day for brunch or barbecue with friends who have travelled far. The fourth day the marquee goes down. The gazebo in the garden is fully licensed for outside Ceremonies and the dining room for small inside ones. Rain is catered for in many ways!!! Space to glamp/camp on Friday and Saturday night is available and a fully furnished bell tent can be hired for the bride and groom to spend their wedding night in the walled kitchen garden. We only hold 6 weddings a year and like each one to be individual. You choose your own suppliers from Marquee company to catering service but we are here to advice throughout your journey. We do not charge corkage. You can decorate the marquee/gazebo/grounds etc. as you choose and we like to feel that Shillingstone becomes your home for the 4 days of your wedding. If you look at the blog on our website - - you will find pictures of our past weddings with links to their suppliers. You can see that we have held every type of wedding here with catering from hog roast and fish and chips to full sit down dinner - everything is possible - even a blowup football pitch! Fireworks are allowed and please bring your favorite pet but we need to know in advance so as to make arrangements for livestock. Get in touch and come and visit - We are open with Covid precautions in place - we would love to see you. Also look at the video on our website. You really need to see the grounds to realise their full potential.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Caroline
We would love to welcome you to Shillingstone House and show you round our beautiful grounds and gardens and very much hope that we can become the venue for your wedding. We will be here to support you from your first visit to waving you goodbye ant the end of your journey and like to think that Shillingstone becomes your home for the four days of your celebrations. You really need to visit to realise Shillillingstone House's full potential. Many couples return to have an anniversary picnic!


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 30 and 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Chryssie and Jonny Coombs
Happy couple married in August
September 2022
The perfect country garden wedding
We had our wedding on August bank holiday weekend and everything about it was just perfect. We had our ceremony on the lower lawn, followed by games on the main lawn and a clear span marquee on the field facing out to the beautiful house. Sir Michael and Lady Caroline Salt are clearly very proud of their grounds, and so they should be, everything is looked after so beautifully and with attention to detail. They were such lovely hosts and we felt like they cared as much about our day as we did. It's a perfect venue to put your own spin on it, it could be as formal, over the top, casual or laid back as you choose it to be. All our guests commented on what a beautiful venue it is and we could not recommend it more. We just wish we could do it all over again - we will definitely be visiting again for anniversaries.
Jack & Tabitha
Happy couple married in July
November 2022
Dream Venue
We wanted to have our wedding the way we wanted and were struggling to find a venue that would allow us the freedom we wanted... Untill we found Shillingstone house. The house and gardens are stunning and the absoultely perfect base to make your wedding your own. We were able to choose all our own suppliers and Caroline and Micheal are the most lovely hosts. Check out the blog of past weddings, on their website! I found it so useful for inspiration for our wedding.
Alex and Chris
Happy couple married in June
June 2022
The best day of our lives!
If you are looking for a beautiful venue with stunning scenery and accommodating hosts, then Shillingstone House is absolutely the place for you!! My husband and I had literally the best day of our lives, on a day that was magical from start to finish! We had high expectations but our expectations were completely surpassed and that's with thanks to Caroline and Michael! We honestly cannot thank Caroline and Michael enough for all the organising and effort they both put in behind the scenes, both beforehand and on the day. It didn't go unnoticed! Their help with laying the tables, rearranging the chair sashes, helping guests with tents, just everything, helped to ensure our day was the most perfect day it could possibly be and it was exactly that - perfect!!! All our guests complimented the venue and we had so many comments on how beautiful Shillingstone House is! We honestly couldn't have wished for a more picturesque setting for our special day! So like I said, if you're looking for a beautiful venue, then you needn't look any further than Shillingstone House! It's an absolute gem which we were incredibly lucky to find!!
Alice & Jerry
Happy couple married in June
July 2022
Beautiful Setting for a Wedding
Such a beautiful place for our blessing with close family and friends! The gardens are immaculate and the advice and guidance on aspects of the day was appreciated. So relaxed and welcoming 🥰
Bethany & Darren
Happy couple married in June
June 2022
The most magical day - 11/6/22
My husband and I looked at Shillingstone House as a potential venue for our wedding in June 2022. As soon as we arrived we knew that it had to be. Shillingstone House is a stunning ‘blank canvas’, the most romantic backdrop for your wedding. We, and all of our guests had the most magical and fantastic day. Even our suppliers commented on how beautiful Shillingstone House and the immaculate grounds are. Lady Caroline and Sir Michael were immensely welcoming and helpful throughout. Their communication was impeccable. Caroline was there to support me and to help when I was having a few wobbles due to postponing during covid-19, and issues with other suppliers. We cannot recommend them enough!
Alice Roberts
Happy couple married in May
July 2022
A very special venue
From the moment I saw it - I knew Shillingstone House was the one. We always wanted to get married and this was just the most perfect backdrop. It was so special and Caroline was so helpful from start to finish. We wish we could do it all over again.
Location & Contact Details


Shillingstone House, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 0QR, England

Travel Notes

We are two hours from London by car and about 40 mins from Poole and Bournemouth.

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction


Nearest Train Station

Gillingham Dorset

Nearest Airport


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Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

Our weddings are all so different that it is impossible to chose the best one. Some are planned on a tight budget and some are more lavish but all have been hugely enjoyable for us and more importantly for the couples who have taken the venue.

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

Make the day your own but don't overdo the decorations or you will be exhausted by the setting up! Set your theme and then look at Pinterest or your mind will boggle!

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

Too many to choose! They are all so different - from the bride who colour themed the things she made for the day to the bride who made her own cake, to the couple who made the tent reflect the countries that they came from to the one whose families had grown all the flowers banked around the marquee and now I can add a blow-up 5 a side football pitch on the Sunday!

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Country House/Rural/flexible/fun/beautiful

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

Again too many to choose - we ask that the photographer comes to the venue before the wedding to choose their favourite spots.

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

No but we did have the bank Reef playing at one wedding.

What’s your favourite canapé?

Again we have had so many different caterers here and each one produces something different and new

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Chatting round the fire-pit when the generator goes off, cooking marshmallows, lighting sparklers and continuing the party into the night.

What is your venue's most unique feature?

Its grounds and its ability to offer a blank canvas - each wedding is totally amazing and totally different

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Our relationship with the bridal couple and their families and the positive feedback we have received. "5 stars isn't enough for this beautiful setting. Sir Michael and Lady Caroline Salt made our wedding set up so easy and relaxed. They went above and beyond for us and are such lovely people."

Bridebook Benefits

Bridebook GiftCaroline at the end of a telephone or email for advice, planning help, support from your first visit and throughout your planning journey.
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