Marshwood Manor

A “mysterious, wild and magical” spot in deepest Dorset.

Couple at Marshwood ManorWe talk to owner Romla Ryan about creating events that go beyond a couples’ expectations with dedicated planners, and achieving the highest levels of quality with a #nothingnew objective.

Marshwood Manor barnTell us about your location and site
Marshwood Manor is a 22 acre estate crouched in the Vale of Marshwood in West Dorset. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with ancient woodland and small fields, has changed little since the Iron Age. It is mysterious, wild and magical yet hidden away from the world. In its centre, stands Marshwood Manor – the perfect wedding venue for couples looking for something special in an idyllic rural setting.

We opened as an exclusive use venue at the end of 2019, with six spacious, pet-friendly cottages in the grounds, sleeping a total of 32 guests. From the moment the wedding party drives through the gates and down the sweeping drive, they have total privacy. No part of the venue or grounds is open to other guests or tourists to intrude on celebrations and all parties have the run of the venue from 3pm on Friday to 12pm on Sunday.

Marshwood Manor coupleWhat facilities for outdoor functions do you offer?
Our Woodland Bower might just be the most magical space to be married in the entire South West. Couples cross the stream on a living bridge to say their vows in a Victorian bower in the heart of ancient Dorset woodland with family and friends seated in a natural amphitheater created from the trees themselves.

The meadow leading to the woods is a fabulous spot to really take in the panoramic views of the Vale. Used as a destination for picnics, banquets or festival style celebrations, its space and beauty transports guests.

Marshwood ManorOur Victorian courtyard, at the heart of the venue, is very special – spacious yet private, elegant yet relaxed. The circular dais is perfect for a band, a bar, a firepit or even a place to be married in the round. The courtyard can be covered by a marquee and is beautifully lit in the evenings. Gates allow access for street food vans etc. for a relaxed dining option.

We also have six cottages that give guests everything they would find in a hotel – luxurious bedrooms and bathrooms, beautiful linens and toiletries, plus spacious sitting rooms, kitchens, utility rooms and gardens. Because the guests that stay together play together!

Marshwood Manor pillowsWhat services do you offer?
As soon as a couple has booked with us we send details of our hand-picked personal wedding coordinators who will be working with them. After chatting to our coordinators a couple can choose which one will work best for them (subject to their availability). Any additional planning services can also be arranged.

This service is included in the hire cost and makes an incredible difference to every aspect of a wedding.

Marshwood Manor wedding partyThere are no packages at Marshwood Manor. That means no rules, restrictions or obstacles to creating the wedding a couple has their hearts set on.

Our flexible venue spaces, paired with our list of amazing cherry-picked local suppliers, means couples can celebrate the way they want. They can get married in the woodland and then revisit it for some morning yoga or a film screening under the stars. They can eat under the trees, in the haybarn or the circular courtyard, and dance wherever they like!

Marshwood Manor fieldDescribe how you researched and sourced your structures
Our woodland bower, as well as many other parts of our venue, was built with wood from our own woodland. We work with local suppliers for temporary structures such as marquees and bell tents.

Marshwood Manor table settingHow do you publicise yourself?
We are proud of our services and this reflects in the testimonials and recommendations that we receive from not only couples but guest and suppliers. We also work with Hitched and have a great rapport with wedding and consumer editors and media outlets across the board.

Marshwood Manor couple walking down the aisleHow would you describe your style or unique selling point?
We are committed to being a more socially responsible business by continually looking for ways to reduce our footprint. We seek to care for and protect our environment with lovingly restored furniture, minimal use of plastic, rustic antiques, the work of local craftsmen and the use of our own wood in building and decoration. We achieve the highest levels of quality and luxury with a #nothingnew objective.

Marshwood Manor lights and catHow has covid impacted you?
We were very lucky, being a new venue we had space in 2021 and 2022 to move our couples’ dates.

How large is your team – any special people you’d like to mention?
With many years’ experience between us and a love of what we do, our team is both professional and fun. We are a small group – myself, Chloe (wedding liaison and bar manager), Jo (head of housekeeping) and Grazyna (PR and marketing consultant).

Marshwood Manor lady in capeWhat are your plans for next season?
To maintain our highest standards and to build our elopement and proposal portfolio.

Describe your average day mid-season
There isn’t one. Every day is different, as are each of our couples!

Marshwood Manor table settingWhat do you enjoy about the business and why?
We love sharing our home with people on one of the most important days of their lives.

What are you most proud of?
Our team.

What advice could you give to someone coming into the industry?
Don’t try to be all things to all people.

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Marshwood Manor
Dorset, DT6 5NS

01308 867 440

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