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

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol


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

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
Lucy and Cam
Married in September 2021
March 2022
The BEST day!
We had the best day and we could not have picked a better venue! Both Caroline and Micheal were super helpful and on hand to help if we needed anything. It was such a beautiful venue, all of our guests loved it. Would totally recommend using the venue. We felt so at home there and it couldn’t have been better. All we can say is just a very BIG thank you to Caroline and Micheal for their support on the run up to and during the day. If we could give more than 5 stars we would! Thank you!
Deborah and Tristan
Married in September 2021
January 2022
With Thanks
With Thanks
Hannah & Andrew
Married in September 2021
March 2022
Stop scrolling you won't (in our humble opinion) find a better wedding venue!
Just the most perfect countryside venue, with the most accommodating hosts. We fell in love with Shillingstone House within minutes of arriving. We couldn't have imagined getting married anywhere else. We defy you to visit without feeling exactly the same. Visit the Venue website and read the blogs written by Caroline and let your imagination go wild.
Trevor Brain
Wedding: August 2021
December 2021
Google review
A beautiful place to have for a wedding. The couple who own the house are wonderful.
Linda Knox
Wedding: August 2021
December 2021
Visiting artist
Shillingstone House is a charming old country manor house with a lovely setting ideal for weddings. We went with an art group to paint "Plein Air". The gardens were full of colour with interesting plants for botanical studies. The kitchen garden was delightful in its assortment of plants and blooms. The house itself is full of charming architectural angles and loads of character and makes for a great artistic opportunity to capture its charm. There are beautiful old trees and lovely wide lawns, the host and hostess were very friendly and accommodating.
Deborah and Tristan
Married in August 2021
May 2022
Our Beautiful Summer Wedding
It is very difficult to write about our wedding without sounding cliché. We feel so unbelievably lucky to have held our wedding in the stunning grounds of Shillingstone House. Lady Caroline and Sir Michael gave us a canvas to create the wedding designed in our dreams, without the pressures that come with many venues from forcing your hand with picking suppliers. We are forever grateful to them, and cannot recommend Shillingstone highly enough.

Wedding Festival Sturminster Newton

7th May 2022
Saturday 7th May 2022 - 10am – 2pm - Stour Hall at The Exchange Sturminster Newton, DT10 1FH Part of the town wide Sturminster Newton Wedding Festival We would Love to See You!
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."

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