Bride and Groom at Orchardleigh

Testimonials

Your feedback means so much to us. Here is a selection of the testimonials and feedback we've received over the the years from our wonderful couples and guests.

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 Smith

We had the most amazing stay at Orchardleigh House for my friend’s wedding. I have known of Orchardleigh since my childhood, but the long drive just made it more impressive. The food and staff we very helpful throughout the day. The beef wellington was the best. Karl and Heather were so helpful as we forgot cufflinks and they were on standby with others! Chris told us all about the history of the House and made us feel so welcome. Recommend the Peacock Restaurant and Stag bar for the night before cocktails and meal. They have everything on site. Can’t wait to get married myself now

Gemma

We got married at Orchardleigh in the summer. What an amazing place for our 3 day wedding. We started at the castle on the day before, and we all gathered for a bbq in the garden. Such a lovely way to start off the weekend. This place is full of character with everything you need including a hot tub! The next day we had our wedding in the main house. The organisation was fantastic and the food was lovely. We stayed in the bonita suite with lovely views of the whole estate. The staff were so helpful and even helped with my dress. The evening didn’t stop at 12, it felt like our own house for the day. We had fireworks and dancing till the early hours. The last day we stayed at the boat house, a lovely way to start our married life. Waking up to swans, ducks and all the wildlife on the lake. I cannot recommend this venue enough. Thanks you Orchardleigh

Jenna

We recently had our wedding at Orchardleigh and all i can say is it was absolutely perfect. From the day before when my partner and her bridesmaids stayed overnight in the castle to the day after when we had use of the boathouse to wind down after our wedding day. The day itself ran very smoothly and the staff could have not done more to make us feel special on our day. The bar staff and waitresses could not have been more friendly and overall the price you pay for the wedding makes it an absolute steal in my opinion would recommend to any couples who want to feel like a king and queen on their special day and have an incredible backdrop for your photos as well.

Kelly

My daughter has just got married at Orchardleigh on Easter Sunday 2022. It was a perfect day from start to finish. We had the 3 day package and it was well organised and timed to perfection. Half of our guests had flown in from Canada and the historical setting in the beautiful grounds with a room for the night was just the perfect English experience for them all. They were thrilled! Annamarie was our wedding coordinator and was absolutely on the ball from start to finish. She answered all our many emails and phone calls on the run up to the day, nothing was a problem. On the wedding day Annamarie was on hand making sure everything was in order and going to plan, even taking the veil away and steaming it for us. Everyone agreed this was a beautiful wedding even the sun came out!

Susan

Me and my husband got married just over a week ago and with had the best weather for this stunning venue !! I could not have dreamed for our wedding to be any more spectacular than what it was. The staff are the best, the coordinator (Nicola) couldn’t of been more helpful with our questions and requests, she listened to what we wanted and made it happe. Massive thank you to everyone for making our day a day we will always remember If you are looking for your fairytale wedding or some a bit more simplistic then Orchardleigh is the place for you

Cassandra Timson

Every thing about the day was absolutely perfect. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful!

Jackie Sinfield

There is a church and a selection of cocktail and reception venues on the estate; allowing you to literally design your own wedding.

Prudence Butterworth

Beautiful wedding venue! Everything was perfect from start to finish! Our room was lovely with everything we needed and more! Helpful staff who just couldn't do enough for us,and they made everything run smoothly from checking in to checking out! The food was beautiful and all served so promptly with great service from the staff again!! 5* venue!!!

Annmarie Sweet

We fell in love with Orchardleigh at first sight, and our wedding there was perfect. Carl and his team made sure the day went without a hitch. The organisation on the day went like clockwork and the Wedding Breakfast food was simply delicious. We couldn’t have asked for a more stunning backdrop... both the house and the grounds look as stunning in our wedding photos as they did on the day.

David Scott

From the day that we got engaged, my husband and I knew we always wanted our wedding at Orchardleigh. Not only is the estate and venue such a beautiful and magical place the staff are so wonderful and helpful. I couldn’t ask for a better team to take care of us for our big day. The whole day was a breeze and exactly what we wanted. It all ran perfectly smooth because of the amazing staff. We turned our day into a weekend, having 80 guests stay on property the whole weekend. The food was fantastic. I can’t recommend Orchardleigh enough!

Rosie Gregory

We're so glad we chose Orchardleigh House for our wedding on 16th March 2020 - everything was perfect. The day was even dry enough to have an outside ceremony, which was beautiful. We stayed in the castle the night before the wedding and the boat house afterwards, and thoroughly enjoyed all our time on the estate. Everyone we spoke to on the team was so friendly and helpful. Karl and Nicola went above and beyond to answer our questions and reassure a very anxious bride that everything was going to plan, even with the coronavirus starting to have an impact on things by that point. We wholeheartedly recommend them to all engaged couples looking for the perfect venue.

Meg Whyte

What a beautiful venue. It really is the perfect wedding venue. The rooms are stunning. The staff are amazing. The best wedding I think we have ever been to!

Carol Gunn

Amazing venue and so kind and helpful throughout our special day

Gary Keey

We had such a magical day, everything was perfect! Both Heather and Chris are lovely people and helped ensure the day ran just as we wanted. Heather bought some champagne up for me and my bridal party in the morning and kept checking in on us both though out the day. Always so quick to respond and helpful in the run up. We love them! The venue itself is gorgeous, and the stay the night before and after make it! We will forever be grateful to them and their staff for making our dreams come true.

Hettie Sanger

My wedding was held at Orchardleigh House on 26 January 2019, and the day could not have been more perfect. Every member of staff is ready and willing to do their utmost to ensure your day runs smoothly, so I didn't have to worry about a single thing. The location is stunning, and the view you wake up to in the bridal suite will make it a real event to remember. It was especially good for a winter wedding, as having all the fireplaces going gave it a really cosy feel - thanks to everyone in the office and behind the scenes for an unforgettable weekend

We had our wedding reception at Orchardleigh house in February and want to thank Trevor and the Orchardleigh team for making the day so special and unforgettable. Trevor and the team made sure everything ran smoothy leaving us able to relax and enjoy the day with our friends and family. It was incredible to have a stunning exclusive use venue with accommodation! Would highly recommend. We loved every second of our wedding day so thank you!

Matt and Fiona

Recently attended my God-daughter's wedding here. Everything was just wonderful, an elegant venue, beautiful setting, good service - all staff very helpful. I drove about 300 miles to this wedding and it was worth every inch of the journey - the couple looked so happy, it was a perfect fairytale weekend

I had my wedding here yesterday and I just wanted to say a massive thank you. I honestly had the most perfect day. A huge massive thank you to Trevor for helping me stay calm and helping me plan our wedding so well! Another thank you for keeping the biggest secret for me my wedding singers I honestly couldn’t thank you enough for keeping this from me haha ???? thank you so much for your continuous support, laughter and just everything

Kayleigh Willcox

We booked this venue for my step daughter's wedding. From the initial meeting, everything was positive and constructive without being intrusive. Anything we asked for was no problem to arrange. On the day everything was organised perfectly. The staff were helpful, friendly, efficient and totally committed to doing their best to help it all go fabulously. The bedrooms were gorgeous and the breakfast was amazing. Nothing could have been done better. We were made to feel like it was our own home for the weekend and all the guests felt really comfortable and cared for. Don't change anything. It's all wonderful. Thank you for a perfect day and a very very happy bride and groom.

Jill Cyphus

There was never going to be another venue for our Big Day!!! We fell in love with the Walled garden from the moment we saw it, the whole team made our Day just the most Perfect it could have been. Karl, I cant thank you enough for all of your help, you were here there and everywhere taking care of the day and it didn’t go unnoticed by everyone. As a fellow Wedding planner and operations manager I know just how much effort it takes to run someones wedding day so Thankyou for this, as a natural born worrier, I didn’t have one on the day!! We have had a lot of great feedback about the beauty of the venue and how yummy all the food was so a massive thank you from us and all of our guests!!xx

Carly and Steve

It was clear from the first visit that Orchardleigh House was the perfect choice for our wedding. It's a magnificent venue with breath-taking views. All of the guestrooms are beautifully decorated, and we loved the fact we could have the entire house to ourselves which meant all of our guests could stay the night at the same place. The Lodges provided us the perfect way to celebrate the eve of our wedding with our closest and dearest. The staff at Orchardleigh were incredible. They were personable, caring, professional, thorough and always happy to help answer whatever questions or requests we had (and we had quite a few...). We had absolutely the best day of our lives thanks to Orchardleigh House and its wonderful staff. Thank you. :)

Shane and Peter

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 food was fab!

Laura & Steve

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

We started looking for venues in the middle of lockdown 2021, Orchardleigh being the closest to us, was the first (and then only!) place we viewed. We were swept off of our feet from the word go. We initially had a very informative video call and your and were so excited when we finally got to visit in person. We felt special and welcome from the word go, nothing was too much trouble for Karl, Heather and the team at Orchardleigh! We never thought we would be able to afford to get married there, but looking at their pricing, just couldn’t believe how reasonable the prices price points were for what they were offering. Once booked we were invited to a tasting session at Elmhay, which was a lovely afternoon and ran faultlessley! We wanted much more of the food, and it was a real help in finalising our menu. A lovely added touch that all of the produce is locally sourced. Again we felt very welcome and like true guests even though they must see thousands of happy couples each year! All of our guests thoroughly enjoyed our wedding breakfast and were asking for more! Again no dietary requirements was too much for the team to cater to, and the service on the day was 5*. Everything felt so relaxed and no stress. We were so lucky with the weather for our wedding, but it was honestly, the most wonderful few days I have ever had. It was so nice to have the three day package, staying at the castle with my bridesmaids, and the men staying at Murtry lodge, the castle is such a beautiful setting, fully equipped with everything you could need for a perfect relaxing night before your wedding. From the moment I arrived at the house for the wedding, the team made sure I had everything I wanted/needed (a fan as it was warm!) and lovely touches of complementary bubbly in the absolutely stunning bridal suite whilst getting ready. The house and grounds of Orchardleigh are so beautiful, I almost decided against any decor! But Karl and Heather were great at advising how to really make the most of the setting. The ceremony and service ran seamlessly, and our guests had free run of the amazing house and grounds through until the early hours of the morning. Feedback from all of our guests is that they wish they could have stayed longer to see more of the amazing house and grounds and take it all in! As a bride, what will remain with me is that Chris and and Heather truly made us feel like Orchardleigh was our home for the day/night. We stayed up with our guests until dawn and were greeted with a much needed full spread of breakfast the next morning in the beautiful south facing dining hall. As part of the three day package, we then collected the keys to the stunning little boathouse overlooking the lake of the estate, which was so relaxing and so nice not to have to go straight home the next morning. Again the boathouse was equipped with everything and anything you could possibly need or want, and the most secluded romantic spot away from the hustle and bustle, the perfect chance to stop and reminisce on your wedding the day before heading back to normal life. One of my biggest worries as a bride getting married at somewhere that specialises in hosting weddings, was just feeling like another number, and I can wholeheartedly say that that is not the case with Orchardleigh at all. Three weeks later and all family and friends are still raving about how wonderful the whole event was and how impressed they are, and many saying it was the best wedding they have ever been to.

Sophie Harris

After looking at numerous venues we chose Orchardleigh on our first visit, we secured our wedding date within a week as we were blown away by the house and grounds. We picked to get married in st Marys church which is nestled in the stunning grounds on a little island, the church relies on candles for light and a wood burner for heat, it doesn't get more romantic than that. We loved our church visits so much we still continue to go now. We went away to plan our day with a year to go. I made several visits to the house and church within that year and each time the staff were beyond helpful nothing was too much which took a lot of the stressing away, they were always there on the phone happy to help. I stayed in one of their holiday lets the night before which was exceptional. The big day came... I thought i was organised but somehow had a long list to do that morning luckily our wedding co-ordinator Garry was an absolute star and took it all onboard. from having canapés and champagne waiting for us as we got out the car to my dilemma with my dress. We were made to feel like orchardleigh was our house and anything we asked was fulfilled. The food was sensational, we had so many comments about the table service with lots of people saying they've never been to a wedding like it. Having exclusive use of Orchardleigh was essential to us as we have small children who when got tired just went up to their rooms while we could still enjoy our evening knowing they were safe upstairs. We had our own bar man who was there for us till the early hours of the morning and he even set us up a table for beer pong. We had the most magical day and the memories will warm our hearts forever there isn't one thing id changed and we feel blessed to have such fond memories of our day and thats down to the staff at Orchardleigh. The atmosphere was incredible i cannot recommend Orchardleigh enough.

Joanna Bratherton