Owlpen Manor — The ulti­mate Cotswold coun­try estate

Set in a pri­vate val­ley in the Cotswold Hills, Owlpen Manor is a tru­ly stun­ning and exclu­sive wed­ding venue. With rolling hills in all direc­tions, this pic­turesque Tudor manor is one of our favourite Cotswold wed­ding venues. Just out­side the vil­lage of Uley near Tet­bury and Stroud, Owlpen Manor is a wed­ding venue that boasts every­thing you could want, all in one loca­tion.

The estate has been lov­ing­ly restored and rebuilt by Sir Nicholas and Lady Karin Man­der who bought Owlpen in 1974 as a home for their ever-grow­ing fam­i­ly. They have painstak­ing­ly restored many of the build­ings, mills, barns, and wood­land to cre­ate a tru­ly unique and breath­tak­ing Cotswold estate and events venue. With the growth of the estate and demand for wed­dings, in the lock­down of 2020, the new Pole Barn was com­plet­ed. This joins to the 15th Cen­tu­ry Cyder Barn to cre­ate one con­tin­u­ous event and enter­tain­ing space that is per­fect for wed­dings of up to 120 for din­ing and dancing.

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Wed­dings at Owlpen Manor

The venue is cen­tered around the his­toric Cyder Barn built in 1446 which is licensed for Civ­il cer­e­monies and is the old­est licensed wed­ding venue in Glouces­ter­shire. There are 9 cot­tages on site, per­fect for friends, fam­i­ly, and guests to stay in, as well as the manor itself which is also avail­able for your wed­ding ceremony.

If you would pre­fer a church for your vows, the Owlpen Parish Church is nes­tled in the val­ley next to the Tudor manor and has it’s own pri­vate path to the estate.

Live Music and Enter­tain­ment at Owlpen Manor

Live music is some­thing that works incred­i­bly well at Owlpen Manor. Through­out a wed­ding, there are many points where music plays an incred­i­bly impor­tant part, and Owlpen Manor works per­fect­ly to bring this all togeth­er.

Music for your cer­e­mo­ny in the Tudor Manor, Cyder Barn, or Parish Church can be eas­i­ly accom­mo­dat­ed, and we rec­om­mend that you keep the same artists for your drinks recep­tion to make the most of them and their tal­ent.

In the sum­mer months when the sun is shin­ing, we often have acts per­form­ing in the for­mal gar­dens in front of the manor house, cre­at­ing a beau­ti­ful ambiance for your drinks recep­tion.

For your evening danc­ing, we always rec­om­mend hav­ing your band or DJ in the Cyder Barn. This is a bril­liant space for danc­ing and it allows the band/​DJ to be set­ting up dur­ing your wed­ding break­fast. This means they don’t dis­turb you or your guests and means that the tran­si­tion from evening din­ner to par­ty is seam­less and as easy as possible.

How to make the most of your enter­tain­ment at Owlpen Manor

Our top tip for choos­ing music for your wed­ding at Owlpen Manor is to think about all the parts of the day indi­vid­u­al­ly and then talk to our team about cre­at­ing a wed­ding enter­tain­ment pack­age that suits you. Write a list of your most impor­tant parts of your wed­ding and if there is any music that you want to punc­tu­ate the day with. For exam­ple, you might not be hav­ing a first dance, but instead, be hav­ing a big entrance song.

Owlpen works so well for all types of music, so the sky real­ly is your lim­it. Our team know the spaces real­ly well and have worked there many times before so will be able to guide you to some great options.

We know you’ll love your day at Owlpen Manor, and we want the music to be the best it can be. Get in touch with the team to start dis­cussing your pre­ferred music and we’ll help build you your ulti­mate wed­ding enter­tain­ment package.