Your quirky wedding venue
Dodford Manor is a wedding venue steeped in a history, which over the passing centuries, has left it’s fair share of quirky touches amongst the Manor’s architecture. It would be remiss to not highlight the charming features preserved at Dodford Manor that will add to the magic and atmosphere of your wedding day.
The Dairy Barn, which now stands as the wedding bar area, was built in the 1790’s with a sloping floor to aid with keeping the dairy cattle on dry clean bedding. The dairy remained a hand milking dairy until the 1970’s when the restoration of the buildings then began. The sloping floor has been levelled to avoid anyone rolling into the Oak Barn as part of the restorative work. Down the west wall of the dairy, you would have found a hay manger, of which, part of this manger has been retained. One of many structures and fittings, we kept to add to the quirky feel of the venue.
Then there is the splendid Mortain Barn, a late 17th to early 18th century Ironstone Barn with both a large door and small door. Why this charming, quirky feature? Simply, when horse-drawn carts full of harvested wheat sheaths would arrive, they could not fit through the smaller door. So, they would enter through the large door and leave out of the smaller door. The tiny, high windows were a means of centuries old due ventilation and lighting. Being named the Mortain Barn is to give a historic nod to Robert, Count of Mortain, who was William the Conqueror’s half brother and owned Dodford Manor several hundred years earlier!
When visiting Dodford Manor you may also note the rounded corners to the Cart Shed, which now serves as renovated toilet facilities. These rounded corners were purposefully built into the shed to help any cart wheels that may have clipped the side of the shed to not become caught and damaged. Instead, it would aid the cart wheels to glide around the corners.
The Oak Barn replaces a 1950s concrete and ‘wriggly’ roofed Agricultural barn. The barn is supported by beautiful oak posts which form the integral structure to support the roof and building. The linking of the Oak Barn and Dairy Barn together makes for a wonderful atmosphere all your guests can enjoy. The quieter areas amongst the Dairy Barn is still in sight of the Oak Barn, so nobody will miss out on the memorable moments of your wedding day.
“Bursting with ‘WOW!’ factor, where historic meets contemporary style, bags of warmth, buzzing ambience, well designed spaces and fabulous surprise elements.”
“The best day of my life. I could never pick a better place, there simply isn’t one.”
“We had the most amazing wedding day! Everything ran so seamlessly and we cannot praise the Dodford Manor staff enough. We only wish we could do it all again!”
“Our wedding day was just perfect! The team at Dodford Manor went above and beyond our expectations. The venue itself is amazing but all the staff make it exceptional!”
“We fell in love the moment we saw the venue, it was the first and only one we viewed. Our wedding was fantastic & we had the most amazing memorable day!”