We can honestly say we had the most amazing wedding day at Sopley Mill and find it very hard to fault. The entire venue including…Tom & Amy
We had the most perfect day at Sopley Mill, everything was seamless and the venue was just stunning. Thank you so much for everything.Guy & Amy
To the wonderful team at Sopley Mill, We just wanted to say a big thank you for our wedding on 18th March 2016. We had…Elouise & Steve - March, 2016
…a brilliant story, beautiful venue and a fantastic day.Jon & Rosie
The perfect backdrop for a perfect day.Kelly & Kym
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 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 picture above was taken during renovation before the fence was added). The wild location is picturesque and completely private. – not to mention just 8 minutes from Bournemouth.
There are 3 main floors to the building, all of which are accessible by the lift. The top floor (3rd floor) has seating space for up to 100 people 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 subtle 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. 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 a chance in England, there is plenty of room on the ground floor for your guests to have drinks and mingle inside. In the winter months the two log fires create a perfect warm and cosy atmosphere. The Mill can hold 100 people for a sit down wedding breakfast and can can accommodate up to 140 for a more informal style wedding or additional evening guests.
We rent Sopley Mill out on an exclusive use basis so that you can decide what you want to have and where you want to have it, to make it your unique wedding day. We will provide the venue but for all the other parts of the wedding that is up to you – we don’t have ‘packages’ as each wedding is unique. We know some wonderful caterers, florists, photographers etc, whose details we can send to you, but ultimately we 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. Our aim is to provide a stunning location which is as flexible as possible. We don’t charge corkage on any drinks that you want to provide yourself or you can use Tom’s Bespoke Bartending Company who will run a pay-bar if you need one.