We pride ourselves on our transparency & simple pricing structure - we don’t believe in hidden charges. Below is a list of what is included within the House Hire price;
- Exclusive use of House 9am to midnight
- Support of our Wedding & Event Coordinator to help you plan your big day
- Tables (5ft, 5fy 6” or 6ft rounds or trestle) & chairs
- White linen tablecloths & napkins
- China, glassware and cutlery
- Large easel for table plan
- Wedding cake stand, knife & table
- Fully stocked and staffed cash bar
- Beautiful drinks reception lawn
£1,000 deposit is required to confirm booking then the balance of your venue hire 6 months in advance of the wedding date. All food, drink & any extras are payable 2 weeks prior to the wedding date. All payments are non refundable.
We can accommodate up to 180 guests for a ceremony in one of the Galleries. For the wedding breakfast we can seat a maximum of 126 dining guests in each Gallery. This will be ‘Hogwarts’ style (i.e. top table & 3 legs) If you prefer rounds tables our maximum is 106. We are happy to spread guests across both Galleries totally 250 guests. Alternatively a marquee can be booked through our preferred supplier & situated in several locations with our 37 acres. For the evening reception we can accommodate up to 350 guests in the House
We have minimum numbers of 80 day guests for a House wedding & 50 for a Bespoke package which is not available on a Saturday. These numbers may be lowered by prior agreement at off peak times and late availability
Access to the House is from 9am on the day of the wedding. If we don’t have an event the previous day then you are also invited to come in between noon & 4pm to add your finishing touches to the rooms.
Unfortunately not. We have an amazing Michelin trained chef who is happy to tweak our menus if required.
Yes these are all included within the venue hire price
Yes, we love candles, as demonstrated by the number we have around the House. Common sense should be applied to candles i.e. tea lights should be in containers
Yes both inside & out
Yes we have our own beautiful village Church. The church of St Mary the Virgin, Grittleton, originates from c. 1200 and the four-bay north arcade survives from that date. The three-stage tower is from the 15th century. Much work was carried out in the 19th century. Should you want more information please visit their website https://bybrook.org.uk/our-churches/grittleton/
To book your Civil Ceremony contact Wiltshire Registrars on 0300 003 4570 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you have confirmed you would like to book we hold the date for 5 days giving you time to confirm with your church or Wiltshire registrars & complete & return your booking form. £1,000 deposit is required at the time of booking which secures your date. Payment is accepted in the form of a cheque, cash or bank transfer.
Of course, we charge £10 per 75cl bottles of wine/Prosecco/Champagne. Our corkage covers the receiving of your delivery at a pre-arranged time, chilling, service, provision of glasses and re-boxing of any leftovers for your collection.
Corkage applies to wine consumed during the meal and Sparkling wine or Champagne for toasts. All drinks from the end of the meal must be purchased from the bar.
Yes, we have wheelchair ramps and a disabled toilet. Due to the House being a grade 2 listed building we do not have lift facilities to the first floor.
Unfortunately, unless you are getting married on Bonfire weekend or New Year's Eve then due to the proximity of the village we don’t allow fireworks.
We do accept silent fireworks organised by a professional company.
Unfortunately not, although we do have a lovely dual aspect en-suite room in The Stables that is often used by the couples.
Absolutely, with 37 acres we have plenty of space. Marquees need to be hired through our preferred suppliers Good Intents https://goodintents.co.uk/ There is a daily ground rent whilst the marquee is being erected & dismantled.
Always happy to recommend suppliers that we have worked with in the past. They are listed on our Suppliers list
Yes. If you didn’t want to hire our beautiful silver gilt mirror then we are happy to supply a simple board & easel which you are welcome to use free of charge.
Absolutely, our Stables accommodation is very popular with our couples. If every bed is slept in we have up to 77 available in our 25 en-suite bedrooms. Converted from the original Victorian Stables they consist of singles, double / twins & family rooms
We are happy to allow your dog to be part of your wedding ceremony. We have also played host to birds of prey & Horses in the past
You are welcome to bring your own Wedding Cake or Whole Cheeses as a wedding cake only. Alternatively, we can recommend Jelly Cake http://www.jellycake.co.uk/ whose cakes we have had the pleasure of tasting.
We ask people to be respectful of our House & appreciate it is Grade 2 listed, we do not permit anything being stuck to the walls.
You are welcome to bring lawn games to keep your guests amused.
We hold Wedding Breakfast Taster evenings which you are invited to once you have booked. Along with taster samples of the whole Duchess menu, we also offer samples of our whole wine list
Our normal practice is to provide a smaller portion of the chosen wedding breakfast for 2 - 10’s for £25.
If there are more than 20 children & childcare has been organised then we can offer separate catering in a different room with a specifically designed menu.
Yes we can offer the use of 3 highchairs
Our suggested timings are;
- 30 mins for civil ceremony
- 1½ hours for drinks reception
- 1½ - 2 hours for wedding breakfast – depending on speeches & number of guests
We actually have 2 depending on your style of cake plus a beautiful cake knife
We don’t have a dedicated cloakroom but we do have coats rail, where guests can leave their coats.