Sunninghill Weddings Venue Dorchester

£1250 - £5750 for Venue Hire
Up to 80
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Licensed wedding ceremony venue, several locations available including outdoor wedding ceremony options. Also available for wedding reception hire. Town centre, large grounds, free onsite parking.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
Maximum Price
Ceremony Only Hire (3 hours exclusive use) for your wedding ceremony and photographs in the house and grounds from £1250 in 2020. Full Day Exclusive use hire: 2020 £4000; 2021 £4500; 2022 £5000; 2023 £5750
What is included in this pricing:
Furniture included
Exclusive use
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)

In-house catering
(price per head)

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Maximum Price
We have no fixed catering fees; couples can be as informal as serving a hog roast or finger buffet from £12pp We offer an All Inclusive Food & Drinks Package from £75 in 2020 which includes: Post Ceremony Drinks Reception, 2 Course Wedding Breakfast, Half Bottle of Wine per guest, Tea & Coffee Service, Prosecco Wedding toast and Evening Buffet or Hog Roast.

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Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Country House
Manor House
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
09:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00 PM


Open Flame Permitted
Grade I/II Listed Building
Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Bridal Changing Facilities
Disabled Access
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Wedding Licence
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Confetti Permitted

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Alcohol Licence
Full Description
Grade II Victorian gothic house with Grand Staircase, a mix of warm oak panelling and a large stone conservatory. The house is hired exclusively for your wedding celebrations which has a private house party feel. The house is decorated for you as part of the venue hire fee. This includes ivory drapes, living trees and plants to form your wedding ceremony and wedding breakfast backdrop. The hire also includes locally grown seasonal British flowers to adorn the register table, aisle chairs and later wedding breakfast table centres. Catering is flexible; we also offer an All Inclusive food and drinks package from £75pp (post ceremony drinks reception, two courses plus wine, wedding toast glass of bubbles, tea/coffee service and evening buffet) We specialise in small to medium wedding parties. Our average day guests is 50 and 90 evening guests. We provide an onsite bar service for guests to purchase drinks (card payments accepted) at no extra cost.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Jacky Walker
Hi, Congratulations and thank you for considering Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester for your special day! Sunninghill is a beautiful venue set in lovely grounds in the heart of the town centre; it would be our absolute pleasure to show you around the house and for us to hear all about your wedding plans. I look forward to meeting you, Jacky


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 30 and 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Google Review
Wedding: April 2018
May 2018
A Videographer Perspective
A stunning wedding venue in the heart of Dorchester, yet it has space and wonderful grounds. Their team are very helpful and the venue has real flexibility.
Rachel and James
Married in November 2015
May 2018
Thank You Note from Our First Wedding Couple
Dear Jacky, Thank yo SO MUCH for making our wedding day so special and for resting us in our hour of need! We had an absolutely fantastic day thanks to you and your team and we will really treasure the memories of our wedding at Sunninghill. Wit many thanks again, Rachel and James

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17th May 2020
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Location & Contact Details


Dorchester DT1 1EB, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1EB, England

Travel Notes

Our post code DT1 1EB takes you to the main gate off South Walks in Dorchester; thesis used for pedestrian access and also for the bridal cars. All other vehicles can access our large car parking facilities off Culliford Road North

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction


Nearest Train Station

Dorchester South or Dorchester West

Nearest Airport


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Press & Awards


Your Dorset Hampshire Wedding

Accreditations / Associations (1)

Member of the Wedding Business Circle

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

Every wedding is special to us

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

If you love it at first site - your guests will too!

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

A bride who put her new husband in our stocks (used during fetes to raise money)

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Beautiful, Flexible, Welcoming, Convenient, Different

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

In front of our stained glass windows. Next to the Christmas tree at the bottom of the Grand Staircase. The walnut tree in the middle of the main lawn. Our gothic arch entrance hallway. The living greenery Jasmin Arch with fairy lights in the conservatory. Our Shepherds Hut. In the children’s wooden park area

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

Every couple are a celebrity in our eyes!

What’s your favourite canapé?

Smoked salmon and cream cheese - always a winner

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Mini burger and sweet potato fries

What is your venue's most unique feature?

Its history linked to beer and brewing; nursing and women suffrage. It is now an independent prep school so it has lots of character and stories that appeal to lots of different people. Guests always find the venue interesting and want to hear more - its been in Dorchester since 1893 yet few local residents have seen behind the private walls.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Our commitment to every couple and delivering their wedding as they see it

Bridebook Benefits

Bridebook GiftFree Bottle of Champagne