Owlpen Manor stands in its own remote valley under the edge of the Cotswolds, its domain of pasture and meadow land enclosed by an ampitheatre of steeply-rising hills crowned with beech woods keeping it insulated from the modern world. It possesses a charm, a presence and a perfection of form and scale which have long been admired as one of the Cotswolds finest gems. Since 1974, the house has been a lived-in family home owned by Sir Nicholas and Lady Mander, who have ensured that the beauty and charm of Owlpen’s history is alive and well today. The manor house provides a breathtaking and truly romantic backdrop to any event.
For parties up to 120 guests, a marquee is attached adjacent to the Cyder Barn. The Cyder Barn is a fully licensed venue and without a marquee we can seat up to 48 people. This a truly unique and intimate setting with its gigantic oak press and 'cruck' trusses. We can offer a superb range of selected wines and a bar as well as being fully licensed for entertainment. It is ideal for smaller receptions or for celebrations meals building up to your big day. Catering is provided by our in-house catering team. The Owlpen team is delighted to be able to offer bespoke catering packages according to your desired tastes and budget.
The Old English formal Manor Gardens, with staggeringly beautiful views across to Owlpen Manor and the Holy Cross church, offer a truly unique spot for your special occasion. Your marquee can be erected on our marquee site facing Owlpen Manor, with the capacity for up to 200 guests. Begin the day’s celebrations with a glass of champagne and canapés in the formal gardens. Surround yourself and your guests in a thousand years of history in truly ‘Old English’ gardens complete with yew topiary.
There are nine holiday cottages on the estate. These can all be exclusively hired for your wedding party, providing accommodation for up to 40 guests. Ample parking is available for all your guests. Owlpen offers the privacy and space of your own Cotswold cottage backed up by comfort, design and servicing -- all in the picturesque setting of a Cotswold estate that is 'legendary' (Country Life). Owlpen's hallmark is perfect peace and seclusion. The variety of the cottages means there is one to suit every guest. Sleeping from 2—9, the cluster ranges from snug medieval barns and byres to sizeable farmhouses.
Standing just above the manor house, as if presiding over it, is the Church of the Holy Cross. The Manor Garden leads up through the lych gate (of 1892) into the churchyard. Inside, the church is richly textured, with mosaics, tiles, ceilings and stained glass of c. 1885. It provides a breathtaking venue for wedding services and blessings. All arrangements for blessings and wedding services are at the discretion of the Parish rector. Following a couple’s first visit to Owlpen, contact details are provided by the estate office.