Symondsbury Manor in Symondsbury near Bridport
Symondsbury Manor is a historic manor house standing in two and a half acres of garden in the heart of a picturesque village offering comfortable selfcatering accommodation for up to 22 plus 2 people
Welcome to beautiful Symondsbury Manor in the heart of rural Dorset. An ideal place for a relaxing holiday or to gather with friends and family to celebrate a special occasion such as a landmark birthday or family reunion.
Staying at Symondsbury is a delightful and unique experience. The life size zebra in the garden gives you a hint on your arrival of the relaxed, playful style hidden inside this traditional Tudor manor. The house contains a large number of paintings collected over many years by the owner, Peter, who is himself a painter. He has mixed colourful, contemporary furnishings with traditional pieces to create an environment which guests find provides the space, history and grandeur of country house living without the formality.
The Manor has been visited and appreciated by a host of famous guests both past and present from Thomas Hardy in 1883 to, more recently, Sir Mick Jagger’s family, Simon Callow, Sir Richard Eyre and many others.
Symondsbury is one mile from the bustling and busy market town of Bridport and one mile from the sea. Surrounded by beautiful coastlines and countryside, famous for its geology and fossil finds, the area has now been awarded World Heritage Site status.
Pushing open the oak door, inside the Manor you’ll find a log fire, a huge Aga, eleven comfortable and uniquely furnished bedrooms sleeping up to 22 (+2) people, plus art and interesting furniture throughout the house. The dining table, complete with candelabra, comfortably seats every guest, making it perfect for celebratory dinners.
The sitting room has plenty of squashy sofas, a wood burning stove for winter months and French windows opening onto a terrace with views over the lawns. There is a table tennis table for indoor and outdoor use – perfect for family tournaments!
The bedrooms consist of six double rooms and five twins. There are nine bathrooms of whicch 5 are en suite
The accommodation is spread over three floors, joined with short flights of stairs. There is a bedroom and bathroom off the kitchen which provides level access, although there are some steps into the Manor. On the next floor, the sixty feet long combined dining room and sitting room leads off to the bedrooms and bathrooms. Under the eaves on the attic floor is a large ‘family’ bedroom with one double bed and two single beds, leading to a double room with an en-suite bathroom.
The large kitchen has a pantry with fridges and freezers, a four oven Aga, a gas hob and microwave. There is a dishwasher and washing machine, and a central table and chairs for communal cooking.
There is a magnificent 18th century panelled room which can be used by prior arrangement.
Outside there are garden chairs dotted around for lounging on long summer afternoons, a barbeque and garden furniture for al fresco eating plus a croquet set to complete the scene. Children have lots of space to explore and play: there’s a small orchard, a wild area and our chickens to discover.
Symondsbury is a very special wedding venue. It suits those who want to create a tailor-made event in a romantic and atmospheric setting.
The price of a weekend wedding at Symondsbury Manor is £5,000 which includes accommodation for up to 22 (+2) people, use of the magnificent 18th century panelled ballroom and of the Symondsbury Manor grounds and gardens for your marquee.
Your Wedding Reception
Symondsbury Manor is yours for the weekend. This means you can spend time with the people who mean most to you before your big day. Some of our wedding couples have held an informal family barbecue on Friday night, for example, as they meet relatives arriving from far afield, before celebrating in traditional style on Saturday, followed by a leisurely brunch on Sunday.
Imagine a huge house party for all your friends and family!
The style and budget of your wedding is entirely up to you.
This is your special day which will reflect your unique vision. At Symondsbury Manor you are not obliged to use our caterers, our florists or even our marquee, as some wedding venues demand. You can tailor your wedding exactly as you wish. For example, some Symondsbury Manor weddings have been entirely made by family members contributing food, decoration and music; some have been vintage-themed; some have been deluxe with cocktail bars and Scottish pipers. It is sometimes possible to be married in the village church next door or to have a Marriage Blessing (an affirmation of marriage vows),