The Perfect Backdrop for Your Wedding Day
A Wedding Venue Like No Other
Welcome to Sheepdrove and congratulations on your upcoming wedding!
Sheepdrove is an exclusive use wedding venue on the Berkshire and Oxfordshire border within easy drive of London.
Our venue is exclusively yours to share with your loved ones on your wedding day with access the day prior to your celebrations to prepare the rooms and create your dream day.
Surrounded by two thousand acres of green pastures, wildflower meadows, ancient woodland and fields of heritage grains, Sheepdrove is set in four square miles of landscaped naturalistic grounds that include an aromatic herb garden and a long lake with pontoon and boathouse.
Full and exclusive hire of the venue includes three unique and versatile spaces of size with seating for up to 150 guests to hold your celebration, plus an array of picturesque indoor and outdoor spaces for all aspects of your wedding day, with no additional exclusivity fees.
Our Oak and Beech Rooms make impressive ceremony locations and our Dining Hall and Courtyard Hall are fantastic places for dining and drinks. With each space being suited for different elements of the day, these stunning settings add up to one wonderful wedding day.
Couples are welcome to completely tailor their wedding and transform our versatile venue to fit their own ideas, imagination and style – Sheepdrove is yours for the day and you can decorate it as you wish.
Your countryside wedding starts here!
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Your Wedding at Sheepdrove
Yes, fully exclusive use of site Friday 09:00 – 16:00 and Saturday 09:00 – midnight; no conveyor belt weddings at Sheepdrove!
Ceremony: Up to 150
Reception: Up to 170
Dining: Up to 140
Licensed for Marriages & Civil Partnerships
Yes, every kind of wedding ceremony including alternative ceremonies
Yes, beautiful local countryside churches in the Lambourn Valley perfect for a religious ceremony
Live Music & DJs
Yes, excellent acoustics
Yes, 135 free spaces
Yes, building includes lift, level access, disabled toilet and disabled parking
Yes, in both venue and accommodation
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Yes, in secluded lakeside Boathouse
Overnight Guest Accommodation
Yes, on site farm cottage sleeps up to 18, plus excellent choice of B&B and Hotel accommodation in Lambourn, Hungerford and Newbury
Tipis, Yurts and Tents
Yes, see our suppliers
Food and Drink
Seated Meal and Buffet Meal Facilities
Furniture and Facilities Included in Hire
West Berkshire, between Hungerford and Newbury, in North Wessex Downs Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty
Easily accessible from M4 motorway (20 minutes), Heathrow (60 minutes) and Didcot Parkway from London Paddington (40 minutes rail plus 35 minutes taxi)
Set in beautiful West Berkshire countryside with stunning views and spectacular scenery, Sheepdrove is a venue like no other – authentic, sustainable, natural, modern but with a heart. A choice of unique rooms and diverse indoor and outdoor spaces deliver a flexible, versatile location to host a truly bespoke celebration.
Sheepdrove abounds with photo opportunities for a picture-perfect wedding, from the high vaulted spaces of the majestic Oak Room and the Courtyard Hall to the intimate circular tower top Rook’s Nest and the peace and tranquillity of the long lake.
Sheepdrove is conveniently located with close motorway, rail and airport links and ample free parking. Click here for directions.
Unique Indoor Spaces
A year round wedding destination, Sheepdrove has a variety of versatile interiors to suit all moods and needs, including the Courtyard Hall and Gallery, Library, Beech Room and Rook’s Nest tower.
Dining Hall and Gallery
Light and airy, the Dining Hall features an open professional kitchen with indoor rotisserie and pizza oven and opens out on to the Courtyard and Physic Garden, two beautiful outdoor spaces for drinks before and during your celebration. Make a grand entrance to your wedding party as a newly wed couple by descending the spectacular central spiral staircase to join your guests at table.
Gardens and Grounds
Full access to all the gardens and grounds including the grassy walkway through the high wooden arch down to the veteran oaks of Nut Wood and the rushy, carp-filled long lake with picturesque pontoon and boat house. Gypsy caravan, straw bales and old fashioned tractor available on request!
Sheepdrove’s south facing, sun-filled, tree-lined, central courtyard is a perfect space for meeting, mingling and welcome drinks. As the sun sets the Courtyard is transformed with fire pits and our beautifully illuminated trees.
The Oak Room
The cathedral-like vaulted Oak Room provides a unique setting for ceremonies and celebrations. Space and flexibility are the hallmarks of Sheepdrove and our rooms can be themed to your heart’s content. Sheepdrove is your blank canvas for your big day and, with abundant character features in and outside the venue, our organic farm has everything you need for an unforgettable wedding.
The Physic Garden
The Dining Hall opens out on to the Physic Garden, another beautifully designed outdoor space for your guests to meet and mingle. Bordered by fragrant flowers and plants, this landscaped aromatic herb garden with its winding gravel paths, flint amphitheatre and thyme clock is a lovely location for your pictures.
Stay on site at Woodend, a renovated farm building set around a sunny courtyard with nine en-suite double bedrooms that comfortably sleeps up to eighteen. There is a large private garden with an ample lawn for barbecues, games and relaxation. Staying at Woodend with your family and bridesmaids is a lovely way to get the celebrations started.
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Looking for somewhere special for your wedding night? A private spot, tucked away from it all but near enough to make things easy? Sheepdrove is also proud to offer the secluded Boathouse in the tranquil setting of the long lake. Find out more.
For weddings that require more on-site accommodation, the surrounding meadows are available for tents or yurts.
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Please browse through Sheepdrove’s list of trusted and recommended local wedding suppliers for more inspiration and information regarding food, drink, flowers and all the wedding essentials.
Sheepdrove is a green venue and the buildings on this organic farm meet exceptionally high environmental standards and consist of many groundbreaking sustainable features.
If Sheepdrove looks like the perfect venue for you, then you are likely to have some questions. There’ll be a huge amount of information to take away after your viewing so we have put together a list of the most frequently asked questions for you to refer to and read at your leisure.
Good Question! Here at Sheepdrove we understand that every couple is different and that their wedding day should be uniquely their own.
Firstly, Sheepdrove is exclusive-use only so each couple has all of the rooms at their disposal on their special day as well as a set up day prior to wedding.
Space and flexibility are the hallmarks of Sheepdrove. With a choice of cathedral-like spaces licensed for civil ceremonies, bright and airy reception and dining areas both with high vaulted ceilings, stunning stairways, and gallery areas, and two quirkier rooms to fit to your purpose, plus abundant character features in and outside the venue, our organic farm has everything you need for an unforgettable wedding.
Moreover, you can theme the rooms to your heart’s content. Sheepdrove is your blank canvas – you may hang lights and drapery and there are no restrictions on large flower arches or candles.
A Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our site stretches across 2,000 acres of beautiful organic farm land and the building itself is set in four square miles of picture perfect landscaped grounds that include an aromatic herb garden, ancient oak woodland and a long lake with pontoon and boathouse.
Sheepdrove is an eco-friendly green wedding venue and sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. More and more couples are taking a look at what they can do to take care of and be a little kinder to the world we share. Choosing an environmentally aware venue that takes sustainability seriously will cut the carbon footprint of your celebration.
You are welcome to visit Sheepdrove ahead of your wedding day. Weekdays from 9am-5pm are best but you may also book a time that suits you. Please call 01488 674747 or email email@example.com to make an appointment.
Sheepdrove has two beautiful licensed rooms for your civil ceremony. Both have high timber vaulted ceilings. The Oak Room is licensed for up to 150 guests and Beech Room is licensed up to 50 guests. You will need to book your ceremony time with the West Berkshire Registration office directly and they will guide you through their costs and procedures.
You can invite up to 150 guests for your ceremony and up to 170 guests for your reception.
Yes. We can also accommodate Renewal of Vows.
We provide chairs at no extra charge throughout your celebration, for both ceremony and dining.
There are several options for music. We have a PA system for the wedding ceremony that you are welcome to use for your ceremony music and background music throughout the day – simply plug in your own iPod. There is no PA system in the Dining Hall. We ask that our couples book either a live band or DJ or both for the evening reception. All music must be finished by 11.55pm and the musicians must provide their Public Liability and PAT certification in advance.
Yes, there are lovely bedrooms in our onsite accommodation Woodend as well several other options in the venue itself including our first floor Beech Room and the Rooks Nest up in the tower. Let’s discuss this at your planning meeting.
There is a wealth of indoor and outdoor settings to choose from for both group photos and intimate couple shots. You are welcome to arrange a pre-wedding shoot or bring you photographer for a site visit ahead of the great day itself.
There are landscaped grounds with blossom trees in spring that berry in autumn and winter, meadows filled with wildflowers in summer, the grassy walkway through a sculptural wooden arch down to the long lake, the rushy long lake itself and of course our aromatic herb garden with its winding gravel paths, flint amphitheatre and thyme clock.
Our venue is exclusively yours to share with your loved ones on your wedding day with access the day prior to your celebrations for you to prepare the rooms and create your dream day. Inside, beyond the bright and brilliant high ceiling spaces of the Oak Room, Dining Hall and Courtyard Hall, quirky backdrops abound – the spiral staircase in the Dining Hall, the Gallery overlooking the Courtyard Hall, and the Rook’s Nest atop the Entrance Tour which is a favourite spot for couples to peep out the window and wave to guests in the Courtyard.
The Dining Hall opens out on to the Physic Garden at the back and the central Courtyard in front. The Courtyard is transformed as the sun sets with fire pits and our beautifully illuminated trees. Here at Sheepdrove we have some of the darkest skies in the North Wessex Downs and you can see as many as 3,000 stars – perfect for a starlit wedding.
Below are some of the exterior characterful features for you and your guests to enjoy –
- Physic Garden
- Thyme Clock
- Flint Amphitheatre
- Wooden Archway Sculpture
- Gypsy Caravan
- The Long Lake
- The Pontoon
- The Boathouse
- The Courtyard
Sheepdrove has ample allocated parking. There are thirtyfive spaces (and an electric car charging point) in our main car park and our overflow carpark has space for one hundred cars. Your guests can leave their cars overnight to give them more choice on how late to stay and whether they decide to have a drink. If guest do leave and collect their car the following morning, please note that all cars are left at their owners’ risk.
Coaches can park in our overflow car park; there is space to drop off guests at the driveway ahead of the overflow car park.
Please use our main driveway that winds down through the trees to the main entrance – a lovely photo opportunity as well as being very practical for easy access.
Our beautiful setting includes an ancient wood, a long lake and extensive grounds so we ask that all parents be advised that we are a child friendly rather than child proof venue and that children must be be supervised at all times.
No, Sheepdrove is exclusive use only. You will be the only couple getting married and the venue and grounds belong to you alone.
Access for supplier deliveries and set up is from 9am-4pm
on the day prior to the wedding itself.
Yes. The majority of the venue, including the washrooms, is located at ground level and so very accessible. There is also a lift onsite for access to the Gallery, Beech Room and Upper Dining Hall. It is possible to park right outside the front entrance to avoid the steps down from the car park.
Yes but prefer dried flower petals or other biodegradable confetti please.
No. Sheepdrove is also a working farm with farmyard animals. However, sparklers are allowed.
Yes, romantic candlelit weddings are welcome at Sheepdrove.
All carriages must be booked by midnight.
There are lots of local taxis and their contact numbers are provided on our suppliers list. We suggest that taxis are booked in advance due to our rural location.
We have no limitations on which caterers you choose although we do have a selection of regular Sheepdrove caterers, if needed, all of which would be delighted to meet with you and design a menu that fits your special day.
Sheepdrove does not charge corkage; please appoint a bar supplier or liaise direct with your caterer for all beverage and bar requirements.
We have toilets on the ground floor of our the centre signposted to the left of the Oak Room. We have five ladies, three gents toilets plus three gents urinals and one disabled toilet on the ground floor to the left of the Oak Room.
We have a list of local wedding suppliers which includes catering, bar, disco, planning, ceremony, photography, flowers, favours, beauty and attire.
Yes, our converted farm cottage Woodend has eight ensuite double bedrooms and one twin bedded room also ensuite. Our charming and secluded Boathouse tucked away down by the long lake has one en-suite double bedroom and a sofa bed that also sleeps two.
Please check registrar availability for the day and time of your wedding BEFORE booking the venue. Registrars only take booking and payment from the couple themselves. You will need to book your ceremony time with the West Berkshire Registration Office directly and they will guide you through their costs and procedures.
Contact our local Registrar at West Berkshire Council
Telephone: 01635 279230
Opening hours: 9.00am – 4.00pm Monday – Friday(excluding Bank Holidays)
Even if you think you’ve asked everything, questions will arise ahead of your wedding day so you need to know exactly who to contact. You will meet a member of our team at your viewing, and we will be your point of contact leading up to and on the big day itself. You will be supplied with their direct email and contact number, as well as the general email address firstname.lastname@example.org. We realise how important your special day is to you and we work closely with you to ensure that you have the wedding day that you have always dreamed of.
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- Flowers & Favours
- Beauty & Attire
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Quintin Catering offer exquisite handcrafted food, with expert event coordination and gracious service. We work with you to create a menu that fits your taste, budget and style. We support both local quality butchers and free range egg farms. Our fresh fish is sourced from Looe Bay in Cornwall. We can offer many bespoke options for your event, including hog roasts, BBQs, big pan paella as well as full service.
The Funghi Club offers a range of (mostly) French inspired dishes made with top quality, premium ingredients. Bespoke menus are our specialty and our food is lovingly prepared by founder and French chef Laurent who was head chef at The Red House in Marsh Benham from 2009-2020.
Joe and Ethan, brothers and the proud owners of The Jam Jar Cocktail Club, offer a wide range of cocktails as well as beers (including on tap), spirits and wines. All of their bars are hand-made and include a chalkboard to display the drinks being served for your guests. The cocktails are freshly made and served up in jam jars, which come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The jam jars sit in wooden farm crates next to the bar, which is lit up with fairy lights in the evening.
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