"After a long wait due to the Covid situation, we recently had our wedding reception at the beautiful Pauntley Court in July. After seeing many venue options when we first got engaged, Pauntley stood out from the rest by a mile, not only because of the beautiful house and gardens, but also because of the wonderful venue hosts, Melissa and Mark. They were both extremely helpful throughout all the Covid changes and were so supportive in the lead up and day of the wedding. The house is absolutely stunning inside and out, the pink painted walls feel as though you're abroad and you're surrounded by wild seasonal flowers and amazing views of the lake. We got married at the Church at the top of the drive, then had our reception in a traditional style marquee in the gardens. Our bridal party loved staying in the house for the weekend, everyone felt very relaxed like a home away from home. The wedding was truly perfect and we can't wait to go back and stay at the Dovecote in the future! Thank you to Melissa, Mark and their brilliant team at Pauntley!"
-Emma, Bride, July 2021
"Pauntley Court was only the second wedding venue we saw, and it totally captured our hearts. We ended up having a <30 person wedding there in June 2021, including a 3 day stay for our family and wedding party.
Pauntley Court is simply a magical place. The whole place exudes romance, with another beautiful spot to sit or stroll through around every corner. Part of what makes Pauntley so special is that, despite it's 11 bedrooms, formal entertaining rooms and immaculate gardens, it immediately felt like home to us and to all our guests who stayed with us.
It balances its historic character with all the benefits of modernity (such as modern en suites with seemingly limitless hot water!). We were given the run of the house, with the knowledge that Melissa would be there in a flash if needed. On our wedding day itself, Melissa and our wedding coordinator Holly were then when we needed them, keeping the day running like clockwork and unobtrusively ensuring everything came together as planned. In addition, Rachel the housekeeper kept the whole house looking immaculate throughout our stay.
We can't recommend Pauntley enough. Its inherent beauty meant there was very little decorating necessary for the wedding. It's owners and staff were friendly, kind and accommodating. I can't imagine a better place to have a small wedding."
-Emma, Bride, July 2021
"Melissa was so kind, helpful and thoughtful throughout our whole wedding planning process. As soon as we came to Pauntley Court we just knew we wanted to get married there. Melissa's home is absolutely beautiful, and such a special place. We have made the most special memories to last a lifetime, and had the most incredible weekend spent with our closest family and friends. It was overwhelming after such a terrible year and we are just so happy it all went ahead as planned. We are so sad it is all over! We hope to come to stay again one day, and thank you again for everything.We would also like to say a special thank you to Beth, for taking the weight off our shoulders and planning everything to a tee! She was so much help and answered all of our questions on the lead up, thinking of ideas and suggestions before we’d even thought of them ourselves! Her help on the day was invaluable, as it gave Martha and Nick the opportunity to relax and enjoy the day as they should too! "
-Bryony, Bride, July 2021
"Wow! What an amazing day and an amazing venue! We cannot thank Melissa enough for helping to make it the best day of our lives! Pauntley Court really is the most beautiful and magical place, so many of our guests could not believe what a hidden gem it is! It is so unique, informal and relaxed. The house is truly fantastic and the gardens are really beautiful. Melissa also provided us with such support leading up to the wedding, and on the day it was great that Melissa left us to it but were also on hand if we needed anything. Holly was also amazing. We hope we can come back every year to remember our very happy and special day!"
-Sarah, Bride, June 2021
"We had the most wonderful wedding at Pauntley Court in June 2021. Melissa, Rachel and Holly made sure that everything was perfect and the weekend was truly magical. The setting is utterly magnificent and the house and gardens are so beautiful and well cared for. Our friends and family loved every minute of a relaxing and enjoyable weekend, from the the moment they arrived on Friday, through to our departure on Sunday afternoon. We simply cannot recommend Pauntley enough to anyone looking for the perfect wedding in the perfect setting"
-Annabel, Bride, June 2021
"Thank you all so much again for such a wonderful wedding weekend - it really was more than we could have hoped for. I knew Pauntley was our ray of light from the moment we found it, and it just brought everything together for us. All our guests have been commenting on the lovely laid-back, intimate, comfortable vibe and how beautiful the venue was. The quince gin also went down an absolute storm, so we were very glad that we still have enough for a few glasses ourselves! The fact that it is a beloved home really does come through in the atmosphere and makes all the difference."
-Kirstin, Bride, May 2021
"We are getting married at Pauntley Court later this year (fingers crossed!) and enjoyed a weekend stay in the Dovecote with my family to explore the place a little more ahead of the big day. Every experience and interaction we’ve had to date has been excellent and we are so impressed with the place. It is truly stunning, beautifully kept and the owners are so lovely. They have really taken the time to give us lots of information and answer our many questions. The wedding coordinator Holly has also been great, with an eye on the detail and contacts for top suppliers. I am an event coordinator and a perfectionist, so nervous about handing over the day to another person to oversee, but Holly has really put my mind at rest that everything will go as planned, so that I can properly relax and enjoy myself. We stumbled across this gem and I feel so lucky to be able to marry there"
-Francesca, Bride to Be, 2021
"We had our intimate Covid wedding reception at Pauntley Court. Melissa the owner was extremely helpful when we tried to plan this reception for 20 family members and she reassuringly observed all the government guidelines. The whole experience was so special from start to finish in the most elegant of surroundings! The house and grounds were pristine and we couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful venue for our reception! We were so happy we booked Pauntley and would highly recommend it without hesitation for the most magical day. Our memory of it will last a life time!"
- Tilly, Bride, 2020
"We had our intimate wedding at Pauntley Court in mid-September 2020. Melissa and her team went above and beyond to ensure everything went smoothly under these unusual circumstances. The whole weekend could not have been more perfect. The house and gardens are the most incredible place to have an intimate wedding and reception. Our guests enjoyed it just as much as we did. We made full use of the guest rooms in the main house, which are beautifully presented and very comfortable. We also had guests staying in the Dovecote and Elinor Fettiplace, which are separate to the main house with their own kitchens and bathrooms. The gardens are superb with an amazing stretch tent, which is perfect for sitting under no matter what the weather. Together with the surrounding countryside they make the perfect setting for a wedding and have resulted in some wonderful wedding photos! We are running out of superlatives to describe Pauntley Court. All that is left to say is that you would be hard pressed to find a better venue for a small, intimate wedding and reception. We cannot wait to return"
- Grant, Groom, September 2020
"We can't thank you all enough for opening your home to allow us to have the most amazing wedding. It was all we hoped and dreamed of - and more! The whole day really was perfect - to wake up to a gorgeous sunrise at Pauntley Court, get ready with all our favourite people and then walk to the church was amazing and I will never forget seeing all our friends and family enjoying themselves in the gorgeous gardens in the most amazing September sunshine.
We felt unbelievably lucky all weekend and know that our day really was perfect - a huge part of that was down to the amazing venue that Pauntley Court is. Thank you all again."
- Sarah, Bride, September 2019
"In the months before our wedding, we had an unexpected circumstance which left us without a venue and it was a blessing in disguise. Finding, exploring and booking Pauntley Court was the best thing that happened to our wedding. The team were friendly, helpful and accommodating before, during and after our event. All of our guests were in awe of the house and grounds, we felt completely separated from the rest of the world as we were surrounded by gorgeous British countryside.
Prior to our arrival, the team prepared and arranged gorgeous flower arrangements throughout the house which reflected the significant flowers for our wedding. The bedrooms, communal areas and outdoor areas had obviously been prepared with great care and attention. The night before our wedding, we hosted a dinner for the bridal and grooms party to start the celebrations. The team at Pauntley Court set up the room so beautifully and appropriately for this event. On reflection, if we were to do this again, we would make more use of the gorgeous house during the celebrations.
We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the team at Pauntley Court for their work during our wedding. We can’t wait for another excuse to return to Pauntley Court for a celebration, stay or visit."
- Tilly, Bride, August 2019
"Pauntley offers so much that is unusual as a venue. We had our ceremony down by the lake, which was just beautiful, but there are five or six places you could have something equally special and lovely with a slightly different feel. You could make it more formal up in the gardens nearer the house, or more boho in these little clearings they have in the woods surrounded by willow trees and ducks near the lake at the bottom. Smaller weddings could even be in the house and that in itself would be incredibly special. The church just next door is also beautiful if you would prefer a traditional church service. What we loved was the openness of the views (breathtaking) and the intimacy of being by the water.We were very lucky to find something so luxurious and comfortable on the one hand, and quirky, intimate and characterful on the other. The rooms in the house are like a treasure hunt of luxury, each beautiful old wooden door opening to another room, another stunning staircase, everything exquisitely furnished with its own character. Every one’s comfort has been thought of: everyone has a bathroom within access, everyone’s beds are fit for royalty, everyone has views or something quirky about their room that makes them feel special.Pauntley is a unique house and Melissa and Mark are the most willing and supportive team you could hope for to help you plan. If you want a country wedding that feels more intimate than most stately homes, but still want comfort for guests and a luxurious and unique place for you as a couple, you should definitely consider it as your venue."
- Francesca, Bride, May 2019
“I am so grateful for all your hard work hosting us, the whole experience made our wedding day truly special. I will never forget waking up at Pauntley on the day of the wedding, it was so magical.
You went out of your way to make sure everything was perfect for us, right down to the finishing touches - flowers, breakfast and of course, hedgehog bread! - everything was immaculate. Staying at Pauntley was more than the icing on the cake! All the family loved their stay, and everyone commented on how beautiful the house was.”
- Ellie, Bride, 2018
"Pauntley Court is a beautiful venue with stunning rooms and gardens and would make the perfect wedding location. When we stayed there for our own wedding Melissa and family were fantastic and made our day really special. We arranged to have our wedding pictures taken in the wonderful gardens and as expected we were over the moon with the results."
- Amy, Bride, 2017