With Larmer Tree nestled deep in the countryside on the border of Dorset and Wiltshire, many of our couples worry that there will not be enough accommodation for themselves, their friends and their family. Fear not, there are a huge number of hotels, self catering properties and bed & breakfasts that can accommodate wedding guests staying in the local area. We have listed just a few of our favourites below.

King John’s House

Less than a mile down the road in Tollard Royal, King John’s House sleeps 17 people and is the perfect backdrop for bridal prep. A stay in King John’s House is unlikely to ever be forgotten. Spending any time within the walls of this extraordinary property is an utterly unique experience. Full of atmosphere and character, each room exudes a tremendous sense of history with many fine period features. Set in 3 acres of landscaped gardens on the edge of the charming village of Tollard Royal, the house now boasts a ‘bridal suite’ in the Japanese Water Garden, separate from the house. It is such a grand property that both the bride and groom can stay there the night before and keep with tradition by not crossing paths the morning of the wedding. Contact the Larmer Tree team for availability and bookings. Telephone: 01725 516971 Email:

King John Inn

Only 1.3 miles away from Larmer Tree in the little village of Tollard Royal is King John’s Inn.

It boasts of eight country bedrooms and the beautiful ‘The King Room Suite’ which is perfect for newly weds or guests to relax in after a day full of wedding festivities and fun. All of the bedrooms are decorated with fine antique furnishings and have en-suite bathrooms with either roll top baths or rain showers with complimentary brambly toiletries for you to enjoy. You’ll sleep soundly after dancing the night away in their king sized beds with luxurious feather bedding.

To top it off all of the rooms are dog friendly so your furry friends don’t get left out.

For their best rates and availability contact them on 01725 516207 or email on

The Museum Inn

The Museum Inn is a 5 minute drive from Larmer tree, in the lovely village of Farnham in Dorset. It has eight perfectly appointed en suite bedrooms. Rustic country style with a modern twist epitomises their rooms each of which includes sumptuous bedding, a flat screen TV, handmade Bramley toiletries and tea-and-coffee-making facilities. You’ll be well fed with a full continental or cooked breakfast included with every stay.

If you are looking for a self catering option in Farnham, The museum Inn also has Moles Cottage which sleeps 16 people.

For their best rates and availability contact them on 01725 516261.

The Grosvenor Arms

Just a fifteen minute drive from Larmer Tree, The Grosvenor Arms in Shaftesbury, Dorset, has 16 boutique-style bedrooms with elegant décor. From cosy doubles to the Junior suite ( a newlywed favourite ) with a free-standing roll top bath and large private terrace, to the splendid The Cranborne suite, each room is spacious, smart and stylish.

All bedrooms have large double or king beds with 100% cotton linen, en suite bathrooms, Dualit espresso machines and flatscreen TV and WiFi.

For their best rates and availability contact them on 01747 850580 or email on

Perry Cottage

Perry Cottage Bed & Breakfast is a self-contained detached cottage in the grounds of Perry House – a Grade II listed Georgian family home. It is only a five minute drive from Larmer Tree in the Village of Tollard Royal, Wiltshire. It consists of an entrance hall with slate floor, a very large double bedroom with either a super king sized double bed or twin beds, spacious bathroom with a double ended bath and separate shower and an attractive sitting room with vaulted ceiling and oak floor. The cottage has Wi-fi connection and a flat screen television. The bedroom is fitted with linen from ‘The White Company’ and the bathroom is supplied with luxurious toiletries from the locally hand produced ‘Bramley’ range.

For their best rates and availability contact them on 01725 516320 or email on

Farnham Farmhouse

Farnham Farmhouse is a short walk or drive from Larmer Tree gardens near the village of Farnham, Dorset. The house has flagstone floors, open fires, three quarters of an acre of garden and an outdoor heated swimming pool. All three of its bedrooms have an en-suite bathroom or shower room, flat screen televisions and beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. Sarpenela, a natural therapies centre, is onsite too, if you want to indulge in a massage or try something new.

For their best rates, availability and bookings visit their website here.

Launceston Farm

Just a 10 minute drive from larmer Tree. You can take the lavish Georgian Farmhouse sleeping up to 12 and the two cosy cottages each sleeping 2 in any combination. All three properties are dog friendly and family friendly. There’s so much to keep everyone happy on the Farm with an indoor swimming pool and sauna, huge walled gardens and a play Orchard to explore as well as glorious country rambles from the farm gate.

For more information call 01258 830528 or visit their website here

The Fontmell

The Fontmell is a 15 minute drive from Larmer Tree in Fontmell Magma Dorset. The Fontmell extends over Collier’s Brook, the village stream, which flows between the bar and the dining room. When the windows are open the babbling brook creates a serene environment in which to eat and relax.

All bedrooms are en suite with walk-in showers, and selected rooms have a separate bath. The rooms have goose down duvets and pillows and crisp cotton sheets, ensuring your stay is a restful one. We allow dogs in all our rooms other than room 6.

All prices include a hearty breakfast, perfect to set you up for the wedding day ahead. For availability and bookings telephone 01747 811441 or email

10 Castle Street

Each of the nine individually designed bedrooms in the main house has an en-suite bathroom and a specific personality. If guests need a reason to visit, the unique feel and charm, along with fabulous views, provide the ideal location for a weekend away, a holiday in the heart of Dorset, a wedding or shooting party.

Dogs are also welcome at Kasteel Collection and a number of the rooms are pet friendly. So friendly in fact, that luxury dog beds and treats can be arranged prior to your stay.

Kasteel Collection provides the perfect environment for a country retreat but also offers an endless array of activities such as cycling, fishing, horse riding, shooting and sailing.

10 Castle Street is a members club however non-members who would like to stay can do so by becoming passing members.

And the Winner is....Larmer Tree!!!

We are delighted to share that Larmer Tree has been crowned the winner of the Best Country Wedding Venue category in The UK Wedding Awards 2019!

The standard of this year’s shortlist was extremely high and we are so grateful to all who took the time and voted for us. A huge thank you to all the lovely couples (past and present) who have fallen in love with Larmer Tree’s quirky and unique charm and decided to get wed here.

We absolutely love what we do here at Larmer Tree and are so glad that our love and passion has shone through in our work.

We thought this was a great opportunity to not only celebrate this award but also recognise and thank the team for all their hard work.

So firstly, a huge thank you to our incredibly hard working gardeners; Glen and Steve. Not only do they single handedly keep the 11 acres of gardens looking immaculate they also restore to good the gardens after both of our music festivals (Larmer Tree Festival & End of the Road), so that our couples and their guests would never know that there had been thousands of festival goers dancing on the lawns just weeks before their special day. Thank you so much for all your hard work!


Another big thank you to our amazing caretaker Kevin. He works tirelessly throughout the year keeping the buildings spick and span. He’s a little like the cobblers elves; he gets the job done without being seen, and is often working in the early hours of the morning when the rest of us are tucked up in bed. Thank you so much for all your work!


Another huge thank you needs to go to Forkingout; our incredible caterers. With whom we have hand-in-hand built Larmer Tree’s reputation of quality and service. Nick, Mike, Sam, Warren and Matthew; you work so incredibly hard and always make it seem like it’s no big deal. The food you produce is absolutely delicious and your incredible team of waiting staff are the most helpful and charming around. Thank you all so much for your hard work.


And last but not least, a big thank you to the wedding coordinators; Gail, Carol, Katy, Rebecca and Alice aka the ladies in black who are like swimming swans on a wedding day (graceful but furiously paddling below the surface to make sure everything is running smoothly). Thank you for all your hard work.

We are so proud to shine a spotlight on our outdoor wedding venue nestled on the Wiltshire Dorset border, so the whole UK can see what we have to offer. If you are searching for a unique wedding venue experience, look no further!

Now lets celebrate!

Unique & Quirky Wedding Venue

Thanks to The Wedding Secret for listing us in their '10 Unique & Quirky Wedding Venues in the UK’ blog post. Unique and quirky are certainly words that describe Larmer Tree. With our eclectic mix of buildings for both your ceremony and reception, we pride ourselves on being just a little bit different! You certainly will be hard pushed to find another wedding venue in Wiltshire or Dorset, let alone the whole of the UK with such unique outdoor ceremony options and quirky spaces to celebrate the best day of your life.

From manicured lawns to intimate arbours as well as ornate buildings and scenic pathways, Larmer Tree is the ideal location for a quirky, botanical infused wedding. Perfect for alternative couples looking to marry amongst natural beauty, these gardens offer various celebration spaces including original Victorian buildings such as The Roman Temple and The Lower Indian Room.
— The wedding Secret
If you’re looking for an indoor space, the Jubilee Hall showcases the very best of Victorian design, with an oak floor and draped ceiling as well as Nepalese wooden carvings and even a bejewelled mirror. This wonderfully versatile space can be used for both your ceremony and reception and offers great adaptability for your style or wedding theme.
— The Wedding Secret
Understanding the unpredictable British weather, there are both indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces for you to choose from. A popular outdoor location is the magnificent Roman Temple which boasts a domed roof and magical marble floor. Set amongst the stunning lawns, the temple oozes romance and makes for majestic wedding photographs.
— The Wedding Secret

Larmer Tree Wedding featured on Love My Dress

We are so thrilled to be featured on Love My Dress this month for Karen and David’s beautiful Victorian botany inspired wedding.

We chose this venue as it was quirky and unusual. It has multiple beautiful buildings, which enabled us to choose the structure of the day exactly how we wanted it, rather than conform to the norm. We chose to have our ceremony outside by the Roman Temple. This was a gamble for an October wedding but the indoor option would have been equally as nice.
— Karen and David | Love My Dress

We first met the couple back in April 2018 when they were just starting their wedding planning journey. Karen (a photographer) and David (a designer) had a great eye for style and had a clear vision of how they wanted their day to look and feel. They fell in love with our quirky outdoor ceremony options and were pleased that were only a short drive from their home in Christchurch, Dorset. The couple came to the viewing with Karen’s parents and all were excited to find out the history of Larmer Tree and the Pitt Rivers link to Oxford where Karen grew up.

The best part was that it was created by General Pitt Rivers, who also has a museum in Oxford. This is where I grew up and visited the museum as a child so it was a great connection. To top it off, they had a team of fantastic wedding planners, who were so on the ball in the planning and on the day, they even organised the sunniest October day too!
— Karen & David | Love My Dress

Karen & David chose incredible photographers Emma & Ian from Big bouquet photography, who have worked at Larmer Tree many times, to capture their day.

They blended in perfectly on the day. We absolutely love how they have captured the mood of the day. We can’t stop looking back at the photos and reliving the day, we have such great memories to look back on.
— Karen and David | Love My Dress

The 19th October arrived and Karen & David were blessed with a beautiful sunny October wedding, showcasing Larmer Tree’s quirky, elegant surroundings in the autumn sun. They were so lucky with the weather they enjoyed their ceremony, afternoon reception and speeches all outside before heading inside for their wedding breakfast and party.

The setting is a stunning landscape garden in Wiltshire, originally designed in the late 1800s, and our couple were inspired by the setting, and by the idea of Victorian botany with a modern twist. Not to mention they chose an outdoor ceremony – saying their vows to one another in the doorway of a Roman temple.
— Love my Dress

Florist Debra Marsh created Karen’s stunning bouquet which showcased some magnificent orchids. The choice of blooms and foliage worked beautifully with Larmer Tree’s green lush surroundings.


The incredibly talented Lucy from Sugar Shack and a frequent supplier at Larmer Tree created this show stopper which tasted every bit as good as it looked!

I knew Lucy was capable of creating a show-stopper. We wanted something that was big so that we could have it cut in the day to serve afternoon tea, but keep the bottom half for the evening guests to see intact. So we opted to have a terrarium to separate the top and bottom sections (it became the top of the cake in the evening). This also tied in with the table decoration for the wedding breakfast.
— Karen and David | Love My Dress

After a private tasting with chefs Mike & Nick the couple opted for a delicious shoulder of lamb with garlic & rosemary followed by lemon meringue pie. The guests enjoyed the feast in the beautiful Pavilion which was decorated with a mix of modern terrariums, succulents in terracotta pots and candles.


After dinner the evening reception got underway and the evening band Le freak got everyone up on their feet with their funk and disco.


From everyone at Larmer Tree we want to say a huge congratulations to Karen & David and we hope to see you at the gardens again very soon (perhaps for an anniversary picnic!?)