Testimonials

Don’t forget: you can also watch a selection of other couples’ wedding day films ⇒


Alex and Kath’s wedding

“Our wedding at Dartington Hall was the wedding we dreamt of and so much more. As venues go we couldn’t have chosen better, beautiful and stately yet relaxed and unpretentious. The sun shone all day long and our only regret was how fast the day went.

Monika and Sarah were the perfect wedding team. Sarah was an excellent planner sending us all the information and samples we needed and keeping us on track. All the recommendations we received were spot on and in particular the recommended fireworks supplier, Celebration Pyrotechnics, was amazing! We thought we’d get a few Catherine wheels and rockets but ended up with a firework spectacle that my mother’s friends in Totnes said they enjoyed some 5 miles away!

Monika excelled on the day and the one problem we had on the day (the florist forgetting the flower pedestals) she solved within 2 minutes! Monika was with us till late and so many of our guests commented how no request was too much.

We held our ceremony outside and the bridal entrance through the stone archway along the red carpet through the private gardens was spectacular. A special thanks to our registrar Clive Richoux from the Exeter registry office who was charming, funny and reassuring.

The wedding breakfast was delicious and all our guests were served within minutes so no one was waiting around. The evening buffet was equally impressive and most generous. Children were well catered for and loved the ice cream tricycle after the meal.

As mentioned earlier the only regret was how fast the day went and we are so glad we hired an excellent videographer Arhip Hodge from The Wedding Film Company who made a beautiful movie of our day.

Our heartfelt thanks to Monika and Sarah for making our wedding the best day of our lives.”

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Mr and Mrs Tame’s wedding

“We had a truly unforgettable wedding at Dartington Hall. Our ceremony took place in the Upper Gatehouse, and guests were then invited to the Great Hall for the wedding breakfast and evening entertainment. The day ran so smoothly, and both me and my husband felt totally relaxed throughout the day.

Our wedding organiser (Monika) was extremely helpful, and managed to arrange everything to our specification in just 4 months, answering our many questions and providing us with options/suggestions in order to make the day run smoothly. The garden/grounds were immaculate and were available for our guests to wonder around throughout the day/evening which was a beautiful addition to the day (even though it was a little cold).

The food was exceptional, and the staff were extremely attentive to all our guests needs.

I would encourage anyone looking for a magical venue for their wedding to seriously consider Dartington Hall, as it will be one of the best decisions you will ever make!

I would like to thank the Dartington team for all their help in making our day so memorable.”

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Meg and Jonny’s wedding

“I’ve always imagined getting married at Dartington Hall since I was a young girl visiting the grounds with my family.

My expectations were exceeded and then some! The day was brilliant, the staff were attentive and professional and our day couldn’t have been more perfect than we had imagined.

The Great Hall is spectacular and is such a wow factor when the guests see it for the first time.

We would definitely recommend Dartington as the perfect setting for the best day of your life.”

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Rory and Rachel’s wedding

“It is now just over two months since our wedding day at Dartington Hall and it’s fair to say it has taken us this long to put into words just what the day, the venue and the people at Dartington Hall contributed to make it so unforgettable.

Weddings are by no means an easy event to arrange, however, under the guidance from day one of Rebecca we were so looked after, so confident and made to feel so unique as a couple that the day reflected her superhuman efforts of coordination. She is always there for you, before during and after, and with her at the helm, it is hard to see it as anything other than perfection.

As a place to get married, most of the talking can be done with the looking. There is nowhere else quite like it in Britain, a setting and atmosphere unlike any other. It’s a huge credit to The Dartington Hall Trust that this energy comes through in all of their staff and people that work there to ensure days like ours will never be forgotten.

The food, arranged by Anuj, is decadent, refined and all locally sourced, a superb achievement and the quality shines through in all. All of the staff on the day and into the evening were professional, courteous and excellently shadowed by the managers on site. Compliments have abounded in the thank you letters we have received as to the food, the staff and the running of the day which was, of course, faultless.

Alongside this, we want to thank the army of grounds staff who make the hallowed grounds of Dartington Hall not just special for weddings, but day in day out all through the year. Our guests walked the grounds with relish and will always remember the views to this day.

For our wedding in particular, there were certain elements that we requested, some changes to the normal lay out of the day. None of these were seen as obstacles, merely challenges that were not only accommodated but encouraged wholeheartedly.

Combined, we could not have seen it any differently. We had an image, perhaps even a dream scenario of how the day would go. It was even better than we could have imagined, expectations usurped at every turn.

Could we picture anywhere else to have celebrated our most special of days? No. Would we recommend Dartington Hall as a place to get married? In a heartbeat.”

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Amy’s wedding

“Thank you so much to everyone at Dartington Hall for making our wedding day the best we could have imagined.

The wedding coordinator worked tirelessly to make sure everything ran smoothly and was so thoughtful in her attention to detail, accommodating special requests, and in adding the little touches that made it so memorable and special.

The food was superb, not to mention the fabulous evening hog roast. The venue is just stunning and was very much enjoyed by all our guests.

We have such happy memories of the day and can’t wait to return for an anniversary visit!”

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The father of the bride’s testimonial

“Our time spent at Dartington Hall – including drinks, photographs, wedding breakfast and the evening reception – was exceptional.

When I woke up at 5am to thunderstorms, I did think the umbrellas would be needed (I bought 15 just in case!) but it was a beautiful day, and the weather got better and better.

The service at the reception, from when we arrived, right through to when I eventually went to bed at 2.30am Sunday was first class. All the staff were very friendly, helpful and efficient. We had many positive comments about this from many guests, a truly fantastic setting- I was so pleased that we were able to be in the garden for drinks.

We also had many positive comments on how wonderful the food and wine was, thanks to the chef. The Great Hall was decorated beautifully, it was a fantastic venue and it was a truly great occasion.

We had comments from seasoned wedding guests who commented on how memorable the day was (some saying the best wedding they had ever been to).

Can I also say a big thank you to Dan and Dave, who were always on hand – nothing was too much trouble. This could also be said about all the staff I encountered – Alex was also very helpful.

We had many positive comments as well from friends of ours who stayed overnight about the quality of the bedrooms allocated. They will be back!

Finally, a massive thank you to our wedding organiser, Rebecca Smith, for all her help and organisation before and during the day. Whilst I kept in the background as much as possible during the organisation of the day, the bride and groom fully appreciated all her support, guidance and patience. When we met her she inspired confidence that the day would run smoothly and her advice was appreciated.

A magical day (not just because I was the bride’s father), but also when I looked back on Sunday, with our friends and family, there was nothing that we would have changed.

In summary, a fantastic venue, great service and great hospitality.”

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Hannah’s wedding

The gardens are incredibly beautiful, and we were lucky enough to have an outside ceremony under blue skies and birdsong.

The Great Hall is also a stunning place for a Wedding Breakfast/Reception, and the food was delicious too! All the staff at Dartington were absolutely brilliant – attentive, professional, friendly and went out of their way to make the day and night run smoothly.

It was an absolute pleasure and I wish I could do it all over again – and I know our guests loved every second too so very very happy customers!”

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Matthew and Jennifer’s wedding

The venue is absolutely breathtaking and all of our guests thought so too!

Natalie the wedding planner made all of the organisation so easy for us. She and the team did a fantastic job on the day and we were so surprised with all the final touches such as arranging the drinks in a heart shape for the reception. The attention to detail was amazing and we couldn’t have asked for anything more, the day went so smoothly and was so far better than we could have ever expected. We cannot thank the team at Dartington Hall enough, they even organised sunshine for us on the day!

We would definitely recommend Dartington Hall as the perfect wedding venue, all of our guests said it was the most amazing wedding they had ever been to… including the photographer and the band! The venue played a huge part in this and we can’t wait to return and relive all of our wonderful memories from the day.”

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Laura’s wedding

“My family and I have been visiting Dartington hall regularly since childhood.

It was an easy choice for our wedding as it is simply the most beautiful venue imaginable! The gardens are just amazing, offering something different for each season and the buildings and architecture are very special.

My husband and I now live in Australia so most of our wedding planning was done via my mum and email. The staff at Dartington were very friendly, patient and helpful, happy to work with us on the unique little touches we wanted for our special day.

The big day was perfect, went without a hitch! In part, due to the logistical abilities of the staff who were very professional and attentive to our needs throughout the day (and well into the night!)

A couple of nice touches include the White Hart pub attached to the main hall and the B&B accommodation, whose rooms surround the beautiful main courtyard, which meant many of our friends and family could stay with us and enjoy the hall and gardens well on into the next day.

I would recommend Dartington to any couple looking to have the most beautiful, special & romantic day possible!”

Thank you to all of the team at Dartington Hall for giving us a true fairytale wedding which we will remember forever.

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Voirrey’s wedding

“My husband and I had the most amazing wedding day at Dartington Hall – from planning & preparation to the final touches on the day, the staff were nothing but fantastic and accommodating (even when I covered the grounds with carved pumpkins or wheeled an apple cart to the front gate!).

The venue itself is beautiful whatever the season.  We chose to hold our wedding in October and the grounds were simply stunning in an array of autumnal golds, reds and yellows. The Hall, although grand, lends itself to creating an intimate event whether you have 300 guests or 30.

It was lovely also that the The White Hart pub is attached to the Hall, as the night before the wedding guests were able to relax and meet one and other after a long journey before the day itself; it was also useful as an over-spill on the day for those who had had enough of the band and wanted somewhere quieter to sit without leaving the reception altogether.

As we have family and friends all over the country and Europe it was important to us that our venue have ample, high-quality accommodation so that taxis were unnecessary and merriment was to the maximum; having just had a makeover to make the rooms at Dartington Hall cosy and boutique this was perfect for us.

Everyone who wanted to stay was easily accommodated at a very reasonable rate which included breakfast. As the weather could have been an issue on our day (luckily it wasn’t) we needed somewhere which also had room for children to let off a little steam, each wing has a lovely guest lounge which was fab for just this – allowing children to spread out and colour/play when bored.

The food and service during the day was to a high standard, locally sourced and delicious.

The Hall’s Wedding Planner was also brilliant and dealt with all enquiries/questions/demands in a professional and helpful manner.

I would not hesitate to recommend Dartington Hall to anyone wishing to get married down here and I hope you have as happy a day as we did.”

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Sam and Beth’s wedding

“We were so pleased we chose the amazing venue of Dartington Hall to host our wedding.

It ticked all the boxes for us as we could have our ceremony at the same venue but in a separate room (the Upper Gatehouse, complete with red carpet), the extensive beautiful gardens made a fantastic background in our photographs, catering was sorted for us on site with some delicious choices of food (which we were able to taste before deciding on our menu options), there was plenty of accommodation for our guests, and we were able to have a late licence to keep the celebrations going on a little longer.

Natalie, the wedding coordinator, was excellent at helping us to organise our big day and answering all of our questions, and meeting with us on site a number of times. The staff present on the day of the wedding were equally fantastic, making the day run smoothly, and decorating the Great Hall beautifully with added extras that we weren’t expecting (fairy lights around the plants, bunting in the entrance hall, candles lit on the window sills and fireplace).

Everyone involved went above and beyond our expectations, and we had an amazing wedding day. All of our wedding guests have commented on what a stunning setting Dartington Hall is, and we would highly recommend it. We are so pleased that Dartington Hall is open to the public year round, meaning we can return on anniversaries and throughout the year to reminisce about our wonderful wedding day.”


Don’t forget: you can also watch a selection of other couples’ wedding day films ⇒