Maunsel House is set within 100 acres of stunning parkland at the heart of a sprawling 2,000 estate located not far from Taunton, in amongst stunning landscapes of cattle grazed meadows, farm land, lavender fields and historic monuments. Only a short drive from the hustle and bustle of several country towns such as Bridgwater & Glastonbury and only a 15 min drive from Junction 24 of the M5.
The romantic charm of Maunsel House lies in the family home atmosphere; full of character, history and beauty. From the moment you arrive you will be encouraged to treat it as your very own.
- 17 House Bedrooms
- 5 Estate Cottages
- Ceremony & Dining Ballroom
- Dining Room
- Alfesco Dining
- Outside Ceremony Location
- Wildlife in abundance
- Exclusive Hire
- Tailor Made Weddings
The glorious parkland, lakes and orchards are yours to enjoy and wander around. Visit the duck ponds and stroke the miniature Shetland ponies or enjoy a quiet moment by the roaring wood fire in the library like Geoffrey Chaucer, who once lived here.
Maunsel House is one of the most charismatic wedding venues in England, perfect for any season. With friends and family travelling from afar this is the perfect setting to unite two families over a few days with activities such as clay pigeon shooting, archery and pamper treatments. Owned by Sir Benjamin Slade and famous for being a ‘party house’ they can help create an event for your guests to treasure and remember. Their friendly team aim to make you and your guests’ experience truly wonderful.
Their pretty bandstand is licensed for civil ceremonies and is the perfect setting for a quintessential English garden wedding. With pretty bench swings that hang from the hundred year old trees and the surrounding parkland where their miniature Shetland ponies, ducks, guinea fowl and peacocks roam, you truly get to experience the magical Somerset country scenery. For those opting for a blessing or humanist ceremony your location options are endless! With plenty of land to choose from why not hold your ceremony by the lake or in one of their orchards..?
Their Regency styled ballroom is the largest room licensed for civil ceremonies and can seat up to 100 guests. However, there is the option to add an elegant extension marquee on to the French doors allowing for a further 60 guests. For the more intimate wedding their Victorian library and elegant Georgian styled dining room are both licensed for ceremonies. Both of these rooms hold an extra romantic charm in the festive season with garlands over the roaring log fires and the added glow of candle light.
St Michael’s church is an enchanting candlelit Saxon Chapel, located only a short walk from the house. It is one of the smallest churches in England and seats up to 50 guests. The famous author Geoffrey Chaucer based his character ‘the Wife of Bath’ on a local lady who married in the chapel a total of 5 times! For larger church ceremonies, there are a further two churches within the local parish.
Raise a Glass!
Celebrate your union with a canapés and drinks reception, allowing you to welcome your friends and family and bask in their well wishes. As with so many elements of your day at Maunsel House the options are endless! They can greet you at the entrance gates, serve you on the lawn and host in the dining room. Soak up the atmosphere in the glorious sunshine or within the warmth of the house. In the colder months, they light the roaring log fires which adds to the romance. They offer a house drinks package, bespoke packages and the option to bring in your own alcohol for the drinks reception, wedding breakfast & speeches.
Tucked away in their walled garden next to the orchard, that is now home to many of their feathered friends, is the beautiful Pergola! With its roof cover and removable sides you can dine come rain or shine.
Their garden Pergola with scented climbing plants such as Wisteria, Jasmine and Roses can accommodate up to 220 guests. They can offer you a banqueting table plan or the traditional round tables for your guests to sit around. At dusk the chimineas and fairy lights are lit adding a touch of magic to an already atmospheric setting.
Their grand Ballroom is an elegant setting for your wedding breakfast and can seat up to 80 guests comfortably around round dining tables. With the addition of an extension marquee directly on to the French doors you can seat a further 60 guests. For a more intimate affair, their opulent Dining Room can seat up to 26 guests around the 400yr old Oak dining table. If more space is required, they have created a large marque site on the back of their kitchen garden that can seat up to 400 guests. The venue works with some amazing marquee companies who can create truly outstanding reception areas.
They also work closely with The French Kitchen, a fabulous catering team who has access to the estate’s secret vegetable and herb garden, bringing fresh ingredients straight from the ground to your plate. With award winning West Country produce on their doorstep they are able to offer a bespoke menu service as well as their exclusive mouth-watering menus.
They have a variety of menus for the wedding day, evening party and for other meals throughout your stay. From formal sit downs to casual family suppers right through to a local fish and chip van.
When you choose Maunsel House as your wedding venue the only limit is your imagination…