The original Mill was first built in Sopley in 1066. Over hundreds of years it has been renovated, rebuilt and reborn numerous times. The current Mill was built around 1780 and has been owned by the same family since 1870. It finished its life as a working Mill in the mid 50’s and since then has been sub-let as a scent factory, storage and most recently a restaurant. When the restaurant closed the owners of the Mill took it back in hand and spent 2013 renovating this wonderful building back to its former glory.
This beautiful building still has the stunning original features of the watermill with its oak beams and incredible views over the Avon water meadows. The gardens and lawn are flanked on both sides by the Avon Millstream, securely fenced in case you have any children at your wedding. The wild location is picturesque and completely private without another house in view – not to mention just 8 minutes from Bournemouth.
There are 3 main floors to the building, all of which are accessible by lift. The top floor (3rd floor) has seating space for up to 100 guests on 10 tables as well as a fully fitted kitchen for your catering team and is therefore ideal for your Wedding Breakfast.
The Granary Room on the second floor is licensed for weddings and can seat 100 guests. It also has a dance floor and stage area for your evening reception and dancing to take place later in the day.
The Boat Room, on the Ground Floor, is also licensed for smaller weddings of up to 30 guests.
The ground floor is the perfect area for your guests to mingle both before and after your ceremony; with a bar on this level your guests can have drinks whilst mingling both inside and out. The Mill also has a lovely, light and spacious bridal suite for your use on the day.
In the summer months the outside terrace and gardens are the ideal reception spot, where your guests can enjoy the stunning views and you can bring in quirky bits and bobs to make your wedding day uniquely yours. From bouncy castles to chill out bell tents, ice cream carts to ferret racing – and everything in between.
In the case of rain, of which there is always an outside chance in sunny England, there is plenty of room on the ground floor for 100 people to have drinks and mingle inside and in the winter months the two log fires create a perfect warm and cosy atmosphere. Although The Mill can hold 100 for a sit down wedding breakfast it can cater to a larger number of 140 for a more informal style wedding or if you want more evening guests.
They family rent Sopley Mill out on an exclusive use basis so you can decide what you want to have and where you want to have it – to make it your unique wedding day. They will provide the venue but for all the other parts of the wedding that is up to you – They don’t have ‘packages’ as each wedding is unique. They know some wonderful caterers, florists, photographers etc, and they are more than happy to share their recommendations with you.
Ultimately they want to provide you with a stunning venue and you can then organise the wedding that will best suit you – whether you want a simple BBQ or a full sit down dinner. Their aim is to provide a stunning location which is as flexible as possible. For example; they don’t charge corkage on any drinks you want to provide yourself or you can use Tom’s Bespoke Bartending Company who will run a pay-bar if you need one.