Details

We provide the location and the power. The power (single phase 240v 63A) comes from the grid and if there is a local power outage (rare) we have a backup generator so the party can carry on.

Our recommended marquee company is Coastal Tents and they will provide everything you need for your big event - from the marquee itself to the tables and chairs right down to the table plan easel. Catering is for you to choose whatever suits your day. The cost and choice is yours and all of our caterers can accommodate a wide choice of of tastes from barbeques and hog roasts through to five course feasts. Our selected caterers are: Rabbit and Rose, Rebecca Green or Molecular Magic. They will provide whatever you choose it can be as smart or as casual as you like. They will do tastings and work closely with you to ensure that you get exactly what you want. The selection of florist, cake maker (often families like to make their own), photographer and everything else is entirely up to you.

You will have the exclusive use of the designated areas of the grounds for one day and one day to set up and half a day to take down and clear up returning the grounds to their previous state.

We make every effort to help, and there is always someone here to guide deliveries, give a hand etc. We will be happy to give advice on what has worked in the past and point you to that have been here before.

Our fees for 2022 are 4950, there are no hidden extras and we do not charge VAT. If you use our event power that comes off the grid (we have a back-up generator) there is a charge of 200 that includes all the power used.

The Coastal Tents package will provide all the equipment you will need for your event - all you then need to cover is the catering, the drink, the flowers and the cake. You will even find that the caterers know how to organise a good wedding and will even do the drink, cake and flowers for you if you wish.

The typical Coastal Tent Sailcloth Marquee package includes:

Sailcloth Marquee (up to 14m x 25m) - sized to your needs . .
Lighting and Power . .
Round Tables (5'6") seating 8-10 guests (12 off) . .
Folding chairs with white cushions for 120 people . .
Luxury Toilet trailer . .
Catering Tent including catering tables . .
All power distribution, lighting and power supply . .
Wooden (oak) dance floor . .
Stage 2m x 4m . .
External festoon lighting to toilets . .
Palletwood Bar . .
Cake Table (oak barrel) . .
Croquet Set . .
Easel for table plan . .
Sofa set . .
Coat rack . .

Coastal Tents will provide whatever you want so do go to see them and discuss your preferences and the layout for the day.

Our event power comes off the grid (we have a back-up generator) and the package includes all the power used.

Your catering cost is entirely up to your choices for the wedding breakfast. Anyone of the caterers can help and guide you with your preferences from the food - flowers - cake - decorations and anything else related to making your day special.

Wedding Planners

Over the years we have worked with several wedding planners, they are all excellent and will do everything from the invitations through to organising the cake if you wish.

Parking

Ample parking is available at the National Trust car park which is situated next to the pub. This is a very short, pleasant walk to either us or the Church and is well(?) situated for the thirsty or the nervous. If you are having a Church wedding this means that the car only needs to be parked once and it is easy to come from the church to us on foot. This is great fun and can involve an informal procession down the idyllic leafy lane led by the bride and groom. As it is a National Trust car park there is no fee for N.T. members but there is a pay and display system which is about 4 a day (spring 2012) 9 a day (summer 2019) for non-members.

Directions

Come into the village and turn down past the corner shop towards the sea (right coming from Swanage, left from the ferry); go all the way round the stone cross and down to the thatched cottages at the foot of the hill. Take the gravel track towards the cliff and we are the only house there.

Alternatively

Find the Bankes Arms pub; go down the hill past the pub and turn left up the gravel track at the thatched cottages.

Map Notes
  • The Church is located at the end of Church Road.
  • The Car Park is off Manor Road and is shown by the three parallel tracks. Google maps gives the distance from the Car Park to our gate as 225 metres, this is about right.