Introducing Selgars; an Exclusive, Eco-Friendly Venue in Devon

Written by Caitlin Hoare
Image by Erron Russell.
Selgars Estate is an exclusive hire, eco-friendly wedding venue, located in the picturesque Culm Valley in Devon.

It’s always a pleasure to be able to introduce interesting venues to you, our readers, in a little more detail via the Blog, and as a relative newbie to the Directory, today it’s ALL about Selgars. This eco-friendly estate really piqued our interest when it landed. Not only because the team at Selgars are evidently passionate, creative and community-spirited folk, but because their ethos is rooted in reconnection and regeneration, something we could all do with a little more of these days!

So, if you are dreaming of a multi-day, festival-style wedding in the dreamiest (and greenest) of locations then Selgars could be a great option for you! Want to find out more? Keep reading…

Notes from the Venue

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Selgars is the perfect venue for couples looking to do something a little different from the norm, yet still in a incredibly beautiful natural setting. Selgars Mill is a beautiful converted 19th century mill house with self-catering cottages, set in eight acres of secluded grounds, nestled in the Devon countryside. Onsite we have indoor overnight accommodation for up to 30 guests and seasonal (Mar-Nov) outdoor glamping accommodation for up to 60 guests. We also have the capacity to host glamping, festival-style weddings for up to 300 guests with the use of neighbouring camping fields for DIY camping.

Our approach is to keep things simple and get everyone involved and participating in the experience. When something needs to be done at Selgars, we all do it together. This is ultimately what builds community on the estate and makes a wedding celebration much more fun for everyone involved.

budget-friendly weddings

With approximately 5,000 couples saying ‘I do’ every week in the UK, and budgets spiralling year on year, it’s our aim to make it affordable for couples to still host amazing multi-day weddings with a relaxed, fun and festival-like atmosphere, without having to break the bank.

Our exclusive hire fees range between £1,500 and £6,000 per day* depending on seasonality and day of the week. We also know what an incredible experience you can have with your loved ones if you spread the festivities over a weekend or a number of days which is why we offer discounts to couples for every extra day that they book, making it more affordable to do just this; take exclusive use of Selgars Estate, settle in and put on a celebration to remember!

*Our base venue hire fee includes the accommodation within the Mill House and Cottages and the exclusive use of the barn and grounds.

Self-catering celebrations

Selgars is also a self-catering venue. We don’t employ chefs or a catering team on site but we do have a network of wonderful chefs and catering organisations that you can hire on demand such as Co-exist community kitchen in Bristol. Thanks to that flexibility and the versatility of our spaces, it is very easy to make your day(s) as you envisioned it: whether it is a picnic in the forest, a barn banquet, saying yes on the wooden bridge or a wedding night in the cosy wagon by the river!

We love when couples and their families and friends extend their stay, turning the occasion into a holiday. We love dogs and welcome your furry friends with open arms throughout your stay with us. We also have plenty of space for you to store your bikes and encourage our guests to travel by bike and rail as much as possible. We are on National Cycle Route 3. Tiverton Parkway mainline train station is a 12 minute cycle ride away. The route connects to the Grand Western Canal which is a cycle path and can be taken into Tiverton.

Eco-friendly ethos

We also try to be as eco-friendly as possible. Nature is our backdrop and we care for it as much as our buildings. We encourage a vegetarian ethos and all of our catering partners specialise in cooking vegetarian menus. If having meat and fish is a deal breaker then we want to work with you to make sure that the fish and meat is sourced in the most ethical and sustainable way possible. If you decide to opt for self-catered we can also help you source great ingredients from local producers and retailers. We also grow some greens, vegetables and tomatoes on site in our edible garden.

When it comes to the design of your event, from our experience, keeping it simple is what works best. Comfortable beds, beautiful nature, some wellness activities, some hands-on arts and crafts, some live music, sitting around the fire at night, hiking, sports and good local seasonal food.

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