FAQs for Venue Hire at Manor Estate

Welcome to our Venue Hire FAQs page, all about our stunning venue located in the picturesque county of Wiltshire! Because there’s a lot to consider when planning an event, we’ve created this comprehensive guide to address all your questions and concerns. Our goal is to ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience for you and your guests.

Within these FAQs we cover everything from the booking procedure to catering options, bringing your own wine to glass hire. And there’s also information on more specific enquiries, such as whether you can bring your own beloved furry friend to the event.

So grab a cup of tea, sit back, and browse through our FAQs to gather all the information you need to make your event at our Wiltshire venue a truly memorable and stress-free experience! And if you have any specific questions, don’t hesitate to drop us a line. We’ll be happy to help.

Our Faqs For Venue Hire

25% deposit is required to secure your chosen date with signed Terms and Conditions & completed booking form. This deposit payment is non-refundable.

If your date is less than one year away the deposit is 50%. Payment is accepted in the form of a cheque or electronic bank payment. NO CASH is accepted.

The next 25% is payable a year before your event date and the balance is payable 1 month prior to the wedding along with extras such as drinks package/hire items.

Yes, our caterers are very flexible and most offer an outdoor barbecue option. If you are bringing in your own caterers please be aware of the additional charge and also ensure that the floor/grass is protected to avoid damage.

Yes. We do allow your own caterers, however this does incur an additional fee of £500 + VAT.

Yes. You may bring your own wine. This is limited to half a bottle of wine per guest and two glasses of toast wine per guest. The Manor Estate charges a service fee of £10 per bottle.

This includes the receiving of your delivery, chilling, storage, recycling of used bottles/cardboard and the re-boxing of any leftovers for your collection.

Our fully licensed bar is available throughout the event and we have an extensive wine list.

Yes. We offer a choice of drinks packages and have an extensive wine and bubbles list. If you buy from the list then the service charge is not payable.

Included within the venue hire are 6 round tables that can seat groups of 8, or 10 these measure 5’6’’. Also included are 3 trestle tables which can make up a long top table each measuring 2’3’’ x 6’. The mezzanine levels have two rectangular tables each measuring 8’ x 4’. The Straw Loft mezzanine can also fit one additional round table. Full seated capacity with everyone on a table of 10 is 120 people.

Your chosen caterer will supply your china, cutlery and linen.

Yes, we supply all glassware. Bar glassware is also included.

Yes… please read the notes below. If you have any questions please contact Pippa: enquiries@manorbarnwilts.co.uk or 07545988479

Setting up

Please note we do not have facilities to store flowers before the day of the event. And it should go without saying but please insure you have completed any floristry work well in advance of the guests arrival!

Please do not use any of the following in the barn:
Adhesive pads, sticky tapes, nails, cable ties, drawing pins, or any other style of pin, staple guns, glue guns, blu tac type products all of which may damage the furniture/fabric of the building. Do not use non-biodegradable confetti made of metallic plastic or glitter placed on the tablecloths (It blocks our floor cleaner up).

Specifics examples:

Wall garlands or similar style decorations may be fixed using string, or coated florists wire. When placing flower arrangements please be careful, damage can easily occur by small amounts of water from leaking foam flower containers, any displays should be completely dry at the base, and foliage must not be dripping. If in any doubt do PLEASE ASK.

Health & Safety

Please also note that the chairs in the barn MUST NOT be used to stand on, as it causes damage. (We will charge to repair or replace any damaged furniture).

Cleaning up after yourself

Please make sure any areas you have worked are left clean & dry, with particular attention to the floor, as the cleaners won’t return prior to the event. Please take all rubbish with you when you have finished, including boxes and plant waste (leave no rubbish on site).

Other points

The Manor Barn will not be held responsible for any damage or loss of any florist sundries hired to a couple using the barn.

Yes you are welcome to bring one dog, but please be aware of the A303 and keep your dog on a lead at all times. We also ask that you kindly clean up behind them, as not all guests appreciate your dog when they are attending in their best shoes!

Yes, non-amplified music is allowed, i.e. Harpist, Classical Guitarist, Quartets.

No, sorry the use of Piñatas or Confetti Cannons is not allowed inside or outside of the venue.

No Sky lanterns, even the biodegradable with bamboo fittings are not permitted.

Fireworks are permitted if supplied by Distant Thunder.

No, we do not allow you to provide your own bar at any time. The licensed bar within the barn must be used under the conditions of hire.

Any unauthorised alcohol brought onto site during the event will be removed and your damage deposit affected.

Yes, we have introduced an iZettle machine which takes card payments, but due to unpredictable rural Wifi we encourage all guests to bring enough cash for the day.

Yes, all bar tabs need to be pre-paid before the Event Date.

If you wish to supply a Band or DJ they MUST HAVE valid full Public Liability Insurance and all performance equipment must have valid Portable Appliance Testing certificates at the time they are due to perform. This must be supplied 1 month prior to the event in either e-copy or hardcopy by post.

Please also note the following restrictions that all bands must adhere to:

  • No staging is allowed, No smoke / vapour / bubble machines.
  • No changing facilities, food or drink are provided by the venue.
  • We reserve the right to turn down the music if it exceeds 90 decibels or we feel the music is too loud.
  • Music is turned down at 11 and stops at 11:30pm.
  • The Band or Disco must be packed up and off site by 12.30am.

No, our fire regulations do not permit candles within the Barn. Please use battery candles. If you wish to use candles outside, this is permitted as long as they are positioned 3 metres away from the Barn and not directly under the gazebo rooves.

All presents and items of worth must be removed on the event day – The Manor Estate is not liable for these. Please refer to your access time on your Booking Form for the removal of decorations.

No, however there are areas outside to smoke & pots provided for disposal of stubs.

No, there is no waiting area for guests. You must ensure transport is available for guests to leave promptly following the event, as this forms part of our Terms and Conditions.

Coach/taxi transport is advisable for departing guests when possible. If the site cannot be secured at 00.30 unfortunately we will have to make an additional venue hire charge.

Yes, free car parking is available. Vehicles left at owners own risk. Collection time is between 9am – 12noon the following morning. Please ensure cars are removed by 12noon as the security gates may be closed if guests arrive outside of these times.

If cars are left onsite overnight this does not permit their owners to sleep in the cars. All guests are asked to depart by 12 midnight.

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