A truly heartfelt thank you for being such amazing hosts and making us feel so welcome. You have such a beautiful home, we feel very privileged to have been able to spend our special day with you.

Wishing you every success and happiness - Caroline and Rog (January 20th 2018)

This was the first and last wedding we visited - what a treasure! The quintessential country house, stunning flower filled gardens, backdrop of unspoilt ...countryside and warm and generous owners made this a perfect choice for our informal county fete themed wedding. Check out Peppermint Love Photography for more photos! We also used an incredible florist in the village - Martha and the Meadow, which I would highly recommend

Grace and Alex 2016


We had our wedding at Shillingstone House last weekend! We had the best day ever and it exceeded all our expectations! Caroline and Michael are just wonderful which combined with the perfect setting made our day even better than we could have ever imagined! We are sad it's now over but will be back to visit!

Emma and Philip 2016


Vicky and Dan (20th June 2015)

Vicky's mother - Many thanks for a fantastic wedding weekend - we had so many compliments and comments on the venue.


Laura and Roman (29th August 2015)

I still can't believe its all over, it truly was the most magical weekend of our lives. Thank you so much for your help and for allowing us to take over your house for the weekend.

The blog looks great, I'm so glad you've mentioned all the wonderful companies who helped us pull it all together. We think you've done the day justice- thank you!

Kerry and James (23rd May 2015)

Dear Caroline and Michael

We wanted to say a massive thank you to you both for allowing us to use your beautiful grounds to hold our Steam Rally Wedding reception. It was the perfect setting in the best village around, and meant so much to both of us that we could hold our wedding reception here with so many close family links. All our guests commented on how lovely the setting was and how beautiful the gardens were, they didn't want to leave the next day!  I certainly don't think there's a better view in Dorset.

You are both the most gracious of hosts and we couldn't of pulled off our ambitious plans without you.  Most venues would of heard 'heavy vehicle movement' and turned us away.

We both had such an amazing day and it meant so much to both of us that we had our wedding reception here at Shillingstone House. The memories we made are so special thanks to this beautiful unique location.


Katrina and Ryan (5th September 2015)

We cannot thank you enough for all of your love, support and help from the minute we booked the venue to the minute we left the day after. We have all been saying how much of a shame it will be to never visit Shillingstone house again!! You must let us know if you hold anything there and we would love to come back and visit.

20th November Katrina and Ryan sent a beautiful card -

Dear Caroline and Michael,

Our wedding would not have been possible with the love and support from you both.  We are truly grateful for everything you did for us to ensure our day was "perfect" and it really was.  All of our guests were so complimentary of you both and your amazing home.  We miss you all already.

All our love Mr and Mrs Horder (Ryan and Katrina)


Katie and Jonathan (13th September 2014)

I wanted to write and than you both very much for allowing us to have our wedding reception at your beautiful home.  You really did make the whole organisation extremely easy and just so generous of you to off us use of the venue again for lunch the following day, it was wonderful to have a proper chance to catch up with the family.  We have had every thank you letter received including Shillingstone House, commenting on the beautiful grounds and surroundings and accommodating hosts!  I feel extremely privileged to have had my reception there.  Thank you again so much for being the perfect hosts - we really couldn't have asked for more!  Katie

Jilly and Jim(6th September 2014)

Dear Caroline and Michael, Thank you, thank you,THANK YOU!!! We had the most perfect day for our special union, hosted by your very generous and wonderful selves.

All the guests without fail have commented on having such a beautiful setting for them to enjoy themselves and for Jim and I to be married in and celebrate our special day!  Your willingness to accommodate us and help with all the  prior arrangements for our wedding was so gratefully received and gave us such a flexible framework to coordinate all of our plans.You made all our camping guests welcome and provided all those who contacted you with essential, relevant and helpful information.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for welcoming us and sharing your wonderful, unique and fabulous home with us for the ceremony in your atmospheric dining room, to the intimate family lunch, looking out on the splendid view to the hills beyond. The sun shone for our guests picnic in the afternoon where everyone was invited to relax, mingle and enjoy your gorgeous grounds and gardens.  The Hog Roast and entertainment that continued through the evening under the light of the moon in our Moroccan marquee was the icing on the cake!! With love and gratitude from Jilly and Jim, now Mr and Mrs Fisher. xxx


Debbie & Stuart (21st of June 2014)

My wife and I had our wedding reception in the grounds of the beautiful Shillingstone House. We looked at many reception venues but this was our favourite by far, due to its location being so secluded and the grounds being beautifully kept but still keeping a great rustic feel. Furthermore we were not tied in to using selected caterers or specific decorations allowing us to decorate and use which companies that best suited our needs. This meant that the decorations were more personal to us but still complimented the amazing grounds. 

Caroline and Michael were the best hosts that we could possibly ask for, being very accommodating and welcoming anytime we went over to visit, including letting us have a fire pit in the adjoining field. Also, they were very helpful in the days leading up to the wedding as we decorated the venue.

We had such a great day and we are so glad we choose to have our reception at Shillingstone House. We both highly recommend this venue, our day could not have gone any better!

Thanks again Caroline and Michael.


Charlotte & Neil

We were married in May 2012 and held our reception at Shillingstone House. Caroline and Michael could not have done more to help us achieve our perfect day. Caroline was incredibly sympathetic to our requirements and was there to help and prompt us throughout, even looking to overcome issues surrounding the terrible weather leading up to our wedding day. I cannot thank Shillingstone House enough, they were so accommodating and friendly and made our wedding day so special. 

The grounds are impeccably maintained with immaculate lawns and stunning rhododendron hedges making for incredibly striking wedding photographs and a feeling of being surrounded by natural floral beauty. Shillingstone House is ideally located between Sturminster Newton and Blandford but you wouldn’t have a clue that you were near a main road, the gardens are secluded and peaceful, surrounded by lush and tranquil countryside scenery.

Thank you Michael and Caroline!