Christmas at Orchardleigh House

Exclusive Weddings on the Orchardleigh Estate

A Truly Romantic Wedding Venue

Orchardleigh is an exclusive 500 acre Estate situated in the heart of stunning Somerset, 10 miles from the historical city of Bath. The Estate boasts a truly stunning 19th Century Victorian Stately Home with accommodation for up to 172 guests, surrounded by a breath taking countryside landscape, beautiful gardens, 35 acres of ornamental lakes, two Estate Churches and an 18-hole Golf Course .

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Everything that´s required for the perfect, exclusive fairytale wedding.

  • The Parish Churches have a capacity for up to 150 guests
  • Licensed to hold civil ceremonies in the House for 144 guests
  • Banqueting in the House for up to 165 guests
  • Superb stylish marquee for up to 400 guests
  • The House is for exclusive use only
  • Accommodation for up to 172 guests on the estate
  • Private gated estate with superb 18-hole golf course
  • Set in 500 acres of parkland and lakes
  • Have your own band and or disco until dawn
  • The bar can stay open until dawn for residents and their guests
  • Billiard room with a full-size table
  • Horse riding and shooting is available
  • Family owned and operated, with superb food and personal service
  • Our own in-house wedding coordinating, free of charge
  • Use our self catering lodges and cottages, sleeping up to 65- an inexpensive way to transform your wedding into a two or three day occasion
  • Somerset Wedding Venue of the Year Winner
  • Voted 9th best UK Wedding Venue by Marie Claire Magazine
  • Voted 2nd best UK Wedding Venue by Perfect Wedding Magazine
  • Awarded BA Award for Excellence for Leading the Way within the Weddings Industry
  • Voted 13th by the Independent Newspaper, as Best National Wedding Venue
  • Big Ben 2½ hours by road
  • Battersea 40 minutes by helicopter
  • Use our self catering lodges and cottages sleeping up to 65 – an inexpensive way to make your Wedding a two or three day occasion!

You will find complete exclusivity at Orchardleigh. Our aim is to allow guests to experience the enjoyment of the House and Lodges on the Estate as if they were their own.

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The rich history of Orchardleigh dates back to the Domesday Book and is one of the most unspoilt English Country Estates.

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Orchardleigh´s indefinable English charm is testimony to the Estate changing family ownership only twice in the last 800 years. Veiled in a tranquil bowl of parkland and lakes, it’s horizon a sweeping backdrop of rolling Somerset hills, the Poet Laureate Sir Henry Newbolt (1862 – 1938), was inspired to write his finest works from his love of Orchardleigh and it’s Island Church.

Orchardleigh Church poem by Sir Henry Newbolt

St Mary´s Island Church

St Mary’s Church is perfectly situated at the heart of Orchardleigh Estate.

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St. Mary´s, Orchardleigh enjoys the unique setting of being at the edge of a lake with a moat around the Church. Hence it is often referred to as ´The Island Church.´ Its remoteness means there is no electricity supply to the church which means all our services are candlelit and the organ has to be pumped by hand!

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The picturesque setting, the lack of electricity and the traditional services mean that many of those who visit the Church enjoy an unforgettable experience. Many of the regular congregation travel miles in order to be here, and would miss the character (and characters) of this unique church. St Mary’s also the only Island Church in the World that has its very own helipad!

St Mary’s is a Church of England Church and is available for Religious Ceremonies, with an advised capacity of up to 100 guests. There is a strong link between Orchardleigh Church and Orchardleigh House for wedding receptions.

Civil Ceremonies

Orchardleigh House is licensed for Civil Ceremonies with a capacity of 144 guests.

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Catering

Banqueting facilities are available for up to 400 guests. 

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Catering is provided by our own in-house executive Chef. The executive chef and team will carefully design a menu to suit your individual tastes and requirements.

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At Orchardleigh we take great pride in our food and endeavour to provide our own produce wherever possible.

Meat Beef comes from our herd of Aberdeen Angus and is hung for 28 days before being served as we believe this is the only way to enjoy top quality Aberdeen Angus Beef. Pork is from our herd of Saddleback Sows and Pietriene Boar, this cross gives a beautiful flavour and is much leaner, the bacon, sausages and ham are all absolutely delicious. Our lamb is from our flock of Shetland cross sheep. It is said that the further north the breed the better the flavour, and it is!!

Eggs and Vegetables Eggs are from Black Rock Chickens beautiful tasting eggs with large, deep yellow yolks. We will soon be growing almost all the English vegetables. These include potatoes, parsnips, cabbages, cauliflower, runner beans, onions, carrots. Homegrown vegetables taste completely different from those sold in the supermarkets!

Bread Our bread comes from a local bakery and is baked and delivered fresh every morning.

Cheese and Preserves Our cheese comes from a local merchant and is not served until it is mature, so important for cheeses like Stilton and Brie. Our preserves, jams, marmalades and chutneys are all home produced.

Fruit We have our own apple orchard which produces beautiful eating and cooking apples. Soon we will be producing raspberries, strawberries, gooseberries and blackberries.

Fish Our fish comes mainly from Brixham and is fresh, our kippers are oak smoked for 7 days and come from the Isle of Man-taste the difference!! If you would like Kippers for breakfast these will need to be pre-ordered no additional cost.

Dairy Products We are currently setting up our dairy and will be producing our own milk, butter and cheese from Jersey Cows, hopefully by Autumn 2015.

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Please contact info@orchardleigh.net for further information, or call us on +44 (0)1373 472550 to arrange a viewing.

 

Orchardleigh’s Wedding Cars

To make your special day extra special and to add to the feeling that this is your house for the day, why not use one or more of our family of classic cars to take you and your bridesmaids or guests to the Church and back?

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Our fleet of Wedding Cars include:

The 2010 Rolls Royce Phantom in Maroon

The 1926 Rolls Royce Phantom Cabriolet de Ville (convertible) in Royal Blue

The 1965 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III in Masons Black

The 1978 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II in Peacock Blue

Please Click here for more information and prices.

 

Orchardleigh Wedding Cakes

We are delighted to offer a range of Wedding Cakes.

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All of our cakes are made from the highest quality ingredients, and are baked just a few days before your Wedding to ensure they are as fresh as can be. Click here to find out more and to see a selection of our cakes.

Special Offers & Packages

We thrilled to offer a variety of discounted rates and late availability Wedding packages. Please click here to find out more.

Accommodation in the House and on the Estate

Accommodation is available for up to 172 guests on the Estate with magnificent rooms in the main House together with superb Estate Lodges and Cottages.

Main House

Orchardleigh House offers opulent and sumptuous accommodation throughout 44 individually styled bedrooms.

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All of our rooms are en-suite and individually decorated with unique features such as Grand Fireplaces – one of our Suites has its very own tower! As we are a private house situated in a very rural location, we offer an incredibly relaxed and peaceful atmosphere.

Lodges and Houses on the Estate

Gloucester Lodges

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An impressive castellated Grade II* listed building, situated on the northern boundary of the Estate. The Lodge is split into East Lodge and West Lodge, each sleeping up to 10.

Murtry Lodges

Situated at the southern entrance to the Estate, near the famous Orchardleigh Stones, Murtry West sleeps up to 6 and Murtry East sleeps up to 4.

Garden House

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Garden House is a large 5 bedroom family house, parts of which date back to the 16th Century. It´s situated in the heart of the Estate in its own private garden with garden furniture, BBQ and lots of parking to the side.

Garden Cottage

Garden Cottage is a large 3 bedroom family house, parts of which date back to the 16th Century. It´s situated in the heart of the Estate on the edge of Orchardleigh Village with a private garden with garden furniture and BBQ, and parking to the front.

Orchardleigh Village

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Situated in the heart of the Estate, the village comprises 8 properties, each sleeping from 2 to 12 and all enjoying beautiful views into the Village Courtyard and across the Estate.

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Please contact info@orchardleigh.net for further information, or call us on +44 (0)1373 472550 to arrange a viewing.

Golf on the Estate

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Orchardleigh Golf Club was designed by Brian Hugget and built during 1994, with much of the construction work undertaken by the existing green keeping team. The course is set in established parkland, which gives a feeling of maturity beyond its years. The 6800 yard par 72 course has been built to a high specification with exceptional quality greens. The practice facilities are excellent with full length practice range, practice bunker, chipping and putting greens. Orchardleigh´s parkland course offers 18 spectacular holes routed through mature trees with water coming into play on seven. It certainly is a challenging but rewarding golfing experience, yet amidst the stunning Somerset countryside it’s a haven of peace and tranquillity.

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Preferential rates have been agreed for you and your guests on a ‘Pay and Play’ basis Course information Number of holes: 18 Course yardage: 6831 Par: 72 Course type: Parkland For more information, please visit www.orchardleighgolf.co.uk

How to find us

The entrance to the Estate is 2 miles north of Frome, on the A362 towards Radstock. If using Sat Nav please use BA11 2PB.

From the M4 Exit at Junction 18 and follow the signs to Bath. Follow the signs for the A36 towards Warminster for 10 miles and then the A361 towards Frome… then

From the M3 Exit onto the A303 towards the South West. After 20 miles, turn right onto the A36 towards Warminster, then the A361 towards Frome then… Then… Go straight over the first roundabout, proceed for 1 mile then turn right at The Ship Inn, proceed for another 1.5miles and turn right at the T-junction. After 500 yards, you´ll see the Estate entrance on the right, between the two stone Lodges. Once on the Estate, drive for 1.5 miles, through the Park and Orchardleigh House will be on your right.

Testimonials

Some fabulous testimonials from some of our lovely couples: Thank you so much for making our wedding day AMAZING! It really was fantastic and never to forget. Charlie & Nicola

A massive thankyou for everything you did to make mine and Ben’s wedding such a perfect day. A lot of people say that weddings are stressful, but I really never experienced that and that has to be put down to everything running so smoothly. Not only did all our guests comment on how beautiful Orchardleigh is, but also how brilliant all of the staff were. I really could not imagine a more perfect day! Emily & Ben

We would like to say a big thankyou for a picture postcard venue, fantastic food. wonderful weather and most of all making our day one to remember for many years to come. Our guests were blown away by everything! Alex & Heather

We had a magical weekend and all our guests have said what a wonderful venue and what a great party! Thanks for everything you did to make it such a great day. Natalie & Hugh

A huge thankyou for a fantastic wedding day. The food was amazing and all of our guests loved staying at Orchardleigh. Thankyou for all of the organising and the sunshine as well!! Mark & Jenny

Thankyou so much for making our day so incredible. The day was so much more than we ever hoped for. All of our guests and family have gushed at how great all of you were and how amazing the venue was. The drinks flowed just as we wanted and the fod was fab! Steve & Laura