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Civil Ceremonies

Knighton House has a wonderfully unique selection of indoor and outdoor spaces licenced for civil ceremonies, humanist ceremonies and blessings. These areas within Knighton House can be hired for ceremonies only, or the ceremony can be a part of your wedding reception venue hire. Please request a brochure for prices and details.

The Portman Suite & Garden Terrace

Two beautiful interconnecting reception rooms at the front of the house, overlooking the lawns, with an original fireplace in each room. The Drawing Room is the larger of the two rooms and seats 70 people for a ceremony with an aisle and a choice of room layouts. The Library seats 36 people with an aisle and has French doors opening onto the terrace and lawns. With the large wooden doors connecting the rooms open, the two rooms can accommodate a maximum of 90 people for a seated ceremony . For an outdoor ceremony option the marriage can take place on the steps from the Library to the Garden Terrace with guests seated on the lawn.

Reception Hall

This stunning entrance hall with sweeping staircase makes an ideal ceremony space for smaller ceremonies, allowing the Portman Suite to be laid up ready for a drinks reception or wedding breakfast. The ceremony can be performed on the beautiful sweeping staircase with guests looking on from below. This area seats approximately 30 people or can accommodate greater numbers with guests standing.


For an elegant outdoor ceremony our beautiful cobbled courtyard and handmade wooden pergola are available. The courtyard area can accommodate a large number of guests either seated or standing.


Overlooking our pretty orchard, is the rustic wooden summerhouse with veranda, perfect for embracing the great outdoors. The orchard offers a very private and secluded space for a small, informal ceremony, making the most of the stunning views from this Dorset wedding venue.