At one time, this stunning Grade 2* Listed Georgian property was believed to be the largest rectory in England. Situated in the peaceful picturesque village of Symondsbury, it is a beautiful wedding venue offering bespoke, intimate weddings all year round.
The Old Rectory encapsulates a “hygge” ambience of quiet comfort through its tasteful décor and furnishings. The gentle combination of rustic leathers, textural rugs on old wooden floorboards, moody lamps and carefully chosen colours and wallpapers; all design elements that thoughtfully enhance the original features of the 300 year old house, as well and breathing new life, love and pops of interest.
This style flows throughout the property in the sixteen spacious bedrooms and four reception rooms. The bedrooms sleep 32 comfortably (or up to 41 with daybeds/trundles in 5 of the rooms). The individual wings within the house allow the bride and groom’s parties to get ready separately before the ceremony begins.
The house has a fully equipped kitchen, spacious dining room seating up to 32 guests and welcoming sitting room. There is also a light and airy breakfast room that seats up to 16, a card room/library, a cosy movie snug, and a well-equipped games room.
The gardens are well tended and provide ample space for garden games and picnics. There's a gorgeous period veranda taking in views over patchwork fields - perfect for post-ceremony drinks in the midday sun.
On exploring the house further, you will find a separate enclosed courtyard with an outdoor kitchen / BBQ / pizza oven.
Inside and out, there's plenty of space to kick-back, relax and enjoy this beautifully unspoilt corner of Dorset. There is much to explore in the village; wonderful pub, farm shop, café, gallery and much more - as well as the Jurassic coast and buzzing market town both less than 2 miles away. The property is available for weddings on an exclusive hire basis, meaning you will have total privacy and no interference from other guests. The team at the Old Rectory will help you create a bespoke small wedding experience bringing your ideal wedding day to life.
- Marry at the local church in walking distance of The Old Rectory
- Marry at the Bridport Registry Office (just 1.5 miles away) and return to The Old Rectory for your celebration meal
- Blessing ceremony at The Old Rectory followed by celebration meal
- Bar / Drinks
- Wedding cake
- Hair and makeup
- Invitations / table planning
From the moment you book your wedding you will be in the hands of our trusted wedding planner, Emily.
Emily will be on hand to discuss all your event details. She will meet with you 6 weeks prior to your wedding day from there a detailed time schedule will be created and shared with all suppliers. An experienced wedding coordinator will also be on hand for up to 10 hours on your wedding day.
Yes, we have our standard round dining room tables and chairs. We have benches for ceremonies.
Yes, we supply white tablecloths for your wedding, white crockery, glassware and cutlery. If you would prefer a different look, you are more than welcome to hire your own.
No, we have strict rules on guest numbers at the venue. 41 is our capacity.
16 bedrooms = sleeps 32 (or up to 41 including day beds/trundles - strictly children only may fill the additional daybeds/trundles) 15 of the bedrooms have king or super king beds. 1 bedroom is a twin. We have daybeds/ trundles in 5 of the rooms. 2 travel cots. 1 cot bed. Floorplans available.
We have a large American fridge freezer with ice dispenser. 2 additional larder fridges. 3 wine cooler fridges.
Due to being in a village: No music is permitted outdoors. Live music / DJ / speakers are permitted inside the house until 9pm. After 9pm the music volume is limited to our in-house speakers only. Guests are asked not to gather on the lawn after 9pm. Guests are able to gather in the courtyard until 11pm.
We are happy for you to do either – we do insist, for legal reasons, however that whoever is serving the drinks from the bar holds a license to do so. We are not able to allow the sale of alcohol for cash on our premises.
We have a recommended suppliers list, you are required to choose your caterer and bar company from our list. You are very welcome to find any other suppliers outside of this.
7-night exclusive hire
November – March
April, May, September, October
School Holidays (Weeks)
Christmas / NY: £19’200
February / October Half Term: £16’800
May Half Term: £18’000
Luxury accommodation for up to 32
Wedding coordinator to help organise your day
The other costs you’ll need to consider are:
Dorset Registrars’ fees are paid directly to the Registry Office.
Symondsbury Church wedding fees.
Any wedding day services booked direct with your chosen suppliers .