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The Matara Centre Wedding Venue


Matara Centre | Unique Cotswold Wedding Venue

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Key Facts

Price Band: ££ - £££

Hire Price Range: £2,750 - £6,250

Per Person Price Range: £40 - £60

Space for more? (e.g. marquee): Yes

Accommodation Rooms: 14

Accommodation Capacity: 28

Features & Services

Licensed for Civil Ceremonies

Dedicated Wedding Co-Ordinator

Exclusive use venue

Relaxed, Joyful setting

Truly Unique Venue

Outdoor Ceremony License

Your place to reconnect, grow and Celebrate

28 Acres of Parkland

Tree dedication for your wedding day

In house catering by our talented Chef

The Details

Type of Ceremony

Civil ceremony licensed
Humanist / Celebrant weddings
Outdoor Ceremonies
Receptions Only

Venue Setting

Countryside
Waterside
Woodland

Venue Type

Stately home
Country House
Unique & Unusual

Additional Facilities

Outdoor ceremonies
Exclusive use
Bridal suite
Guest rooms
Dance floor
Live music permitted
Discos permitted
Fireworks permitted
Wedding coordinator
Onsite car parking
One wedding per day
Licensed bar
Wedding packages
Bespoke weddings

Catering Options

Inhouse Caterers
BBQ & Hog Roasts
Asian
Caribbean
Halal
Kosher
Greek
Vegan

FAQs

Are you licenced for civil ceremonies?

Whether you are looking for an intimate ceremony inside the Grade II listed Regency home, a larger gathering under the cloisters in the courtyard, on the front lawn, or indoors in the Hilarium, Matara is licensed to hold civil ceremonies and unions. For those wanting a more traditional ceremony, the Church of St John the Baptist, Kingscote lies at the edge of the property

Can we have the wedding ceremony outdoors?

We are licensed in two outdoor ceremony areas, The Cloister Courtyard and the Rose Arbor.

Can we use our own caterers?

All Food is done in House by our Amazing Chef Luke. Alfresco or a full sit down dining experience, a traditional hog roast or a vegan feast, Chef Luke takes great care to delight the most discerning taste buds. Our menus offer seasonal, freshly prepared dishes and Chef loves to create a bespoke menu to fully reflect your tastes. The foundation of our food is based upon the farm to fork principles. The primary ingredient is love and care.

Are we still open?

Matara is open for business as usual. We would like to reassure everyone that we are following all recommendations from the Government and Public Health Service. To all our lovely couples who are getting married this year. We assure you that we are taking every necessary precautions, and will be personally contacting each of you, over the next couple of days.

Is there a honeymoon or bridal suite?

We have a beautiful Honeymoon Lodge within its own self contained Garden

Is there accommodation on site?

With so many options of where to stay at Matara, how do you chose? The main house has plenty of room for larger parties, family reunions and both sides of the family during wedding celebrations. Then there is the honeymoon lodge, just a two minute walk from the main action and completely self-contained. Last but not least the Zen rooms are all private en-suite rooms set in the old haylofts.

Is there additional accommodation nearby?

There are lots of lovely local hotels and B&B's close to Matara. Further details are on our website.

Can we have exclusive use of the venue?

The Hire of the Matara Centre includes exclusive use of the: Hilarium, Cloistered courtyard, Beech, Unity & Mandala room, bar, stable courtyard & fire pit as well as access to the park lands, the formal gardens lakes & woodlands.

From what time can we get access to decorate the venue?

Access from 9am to start decorating the Matara Centre. If the Venue is available, set up can be done the day before.

What time does the reception need to finish?

Our license at Matara is carriages/finish at Midnight.

Is confetti allowed?

We do allow Confetti at Matara, however we do ask for it to be natural petals or biodegradable confetti.

Are candles allowed?

Candles are allowed at Matara, they do need to be a candle holder, with no naked flame exposed.

Do you charge corkage if we supply our own wine?

Corkage is charged per person not per bottle. Allowing you to provide your own drinks throughout the day time reception and the wedding breakfast. Corkage runs to the end of dinner service and a bar service will run for the evening party.

Are fireworks allowed?

We do allow Fireworks, although we do ask that they are booked through a company that Matara recommends. Take a look at our packages - The Full works package which includes Fireworks.

About The Matara Centre

Licensed for Civil Ceremonies for up to 150 guests with smaller spaces for more intimate celebrations. Only one ceremony is held each day so you and your guests have exclusive use. A perfect Cotswold wedding venue near Tetbury, Gloucestershire.

Matara is a unique, inspired place full of love, life, magic and beauty which captures your heart in an instant and it is the perfect space for your marriage celebration. Set in the Cotswolds, on 28 acres, this Regency Home boasts an Asian inspired Cloistered Courtyard, a banquet and dance hall alongside 5 ante rooms, and extensive gardens. With 6 licensed ceremony areas, 3 outdoor locations and 3 indoors, couples are offered an unparalleled opportunity to make their day truly unique. Our in-house Wedding Coordinators are on hand from the moment you book to help you create a truly unique wedding that is the full expression of the two of you.

Our menus are made up of seasonal dishes freshly prepared by our in-house Chef. He is also delighted to create a bespoke wedding breakfast, catering to the wildest of imaginations.

With on location accommodation available for up to 28 people, including the honeymoon lodge, the large Regency home, and converted haylofts, Matara welcomes the wedding party to stay a while and make a weekend or perhaps a week of the big day.

Special Guides for Brides Offers

Kiss Me Quick Package

Instructions

KISS ME QUICK Not looking for a long engagement and don’t want to worry about the details? We’ve got you covered with this all in, let’s not wait package. Now, what are you going to wear? Valid any day within 4 months of enquiry - subject to availability THE PACKAGE INCLUDES ~ THE HIRE OF THE MATARA CENTRE ~ CATERING FOR 60 GUESTS ~ SIMPLY DRINKS PACKAGE FOR 60 ~ A PERSONAL WEDDING COORDINATOR ~ A DJ FOR THE AFTER PARTY ~ CLASSIC LAWN GAMES ~ FLOWERS ~ IN-HOUSE DECORATIONS ~ INDOOR & OUTDOOR FAIRY LIGHTS ~ OUR FIRE PIT WITH MARSHMALLOWS ~ THE HONEYMOON LODGE FOR THE NIGHT OF THE WEDDING A PRICE OF £55.00 PER HEAD IS ALLOCATED TO 75 GUESTS IN THE PACKAGE, THIS MAY BE USED FOR FOOD IN ANY CONFIGURATION, INCLUDING CANAPES, SIT DOWN COURSES & EVENING FOOD. PLEASE SEE OUR CURRENT MENUS FOR PRICE GUIDES.

Terms and conditions

MAXIMUM CAPACITY IS 150 | ADDITIONAL DINING GUESTS ARE £75.00 PER HEAD PRICES INCLUDE VAT AT CURRENT RATE 50% DEPOSIT IS PAYABLE TO SECURE THE DATE PRICING IS SUBJECT TO CHANGES IN VAT & FOOD COSTS A PRICE OF £55.00 PER HEAD IS ALLOCATED TO 75 GUESTS IN THE PACKAGE, THIS MAY BE USED FOR FOOD IN ANY CONFIGURATION, INCLUDING CANAPES, SIT DOWN COURSES & EVENING FOOD. PLEASE SEE OUR CURRENT MENUS FOR PRICE GUIDES.

Exclusively Yours

Instructions

Your wedding is a celebration, whoever said it could only be one day? Make Matara, Kingscote Park House and the grounds exclusively your for the weekend. Package include: Hire of Kingscote Park House, The Honeymoon Lodge and The Zen Rooms for 2 Nights (Sleeps 28) Exclusive use of the Matara Centre Friday, Saturday & Sunday A Personal Wedding Coordinator Dinner the ight of arrival, Breakfast the next morning and Brunch the day of departure for 28. Complimentary Early Check in and Late Check Out Please note, food and drink costs for the wedding day are in addition to this package.

Terms and conditions

November - February £17,625 March & April - £18,875 May - August - £22,625 September & October - £20,750 MAXIMUM CAPACITY IS 150 50% DEPOSIT IS PAYABLE TO SECURE THE DATE PRICING IS SUBJECT TO CHANGES IN VAT & FOOD COSTS

Customer Reviews

Fell in love with this amazing venue. So much thought and imagination has been put into making this place incredibly special. The owner is a lovley man, and the staff are all warm and helpful. Cant wait to get married here next year.

My partner and I are in the process of planning our wedding for next year at The Matara Centre and we have nothing but praise for the Matara team. The customer service has been fantastic and the communication has been clear and swift. The Centre itself is gorgeous and the food is fantastic. Thoroughly recommend The Matara Centre as a wedding venue!

Hi Alison, Thank you for your review, its so nice to hear you are enjoying the planning process with us. We very much look forward to seeing you at our food tasting in January for some more fantastic food. Kindest Regards

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The Matara Centre is a wonderful place if tranquility and you can feel the weight lift off your shoulders from the minute you walk through the Tori arch. The team at Matara are amazing and so accommodating. They have been fantastic in assisting us in our wedding planning and are so prompt to reply to any queries. Staff and the venue are so child and family friendly which is important to us and reflected in our wedding - nothing is too much trouble. Looking forward to our menu tasting in a few weeks. Thank you to all

Hi Vicky, Its great to hear that you feel such a sense of calm when you visit Matara. We have enjoyed planning your wedding with you and will continue to ensure the rest of the planning goes smoothly. We are looking forward to having you at the menu tasting in January, Kindest Regards

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All the staff at the matara centre have been absolutely wonderful in helping us plan our wedding. We had to postpone once due to covid-19 and again due to illness and both times they have been incredibly helpful and communicative. The venue and grounds are beautiful and well looked after and its the perfect place to get married. Looking forward to finally having our wedding in 2022.

The Matara Centre is a stunning location with beautiful gardens and a unique twist to a traditional English Manor house. They really take the time to give your day a personal touch, unlike some of the more commercial venues, who require you to fit their mould. The contact with their team has been wonderful so far, even when we had to postpone our wedding. Can't wait for the big day in June.

Hi Lauren, We are so pleased after having to postpone that you get to have your special day with us come June. You have been wonderful to hold on in there and we will do our best to continue to be wonderful and ensure you have a day to remember. Kindest Regards

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What made the Matara Centre stand out for us from other venues was it’s authenticity. Some wedding venues we visited felt slightly like factories - a very fixed way of doing things, set times to be in and out so the next wedding could start etc. From the outset the team at Matara emphasised that our wedding could be completely unique - that they would be flexible to accommodate our wishes and that every wedding mattered to them. That extended to their approach when we had to postpone our wedding from October 2020 to June 2022 - they honoured the original deal despite a switch to a summer wedding and have been nothing but supportive. Plus the venue itself it’s stunning - it’s evident that love has been poured into every inch of the house, centre and grounds. We can’t wait to get married there.

Our wonderful wedding day was made by this beautiful, one-of-a-kind venue. Holly and the Matara team expertly made sure everything was organises to the last detail. They catered brilliantly to our guests, including numerous dietary requirements. The venue itself is as beautiful as the pictures suggest and more. A stunning backdrop to any special occasion, our guests loved exploring the grounds. We will always remember our day, and Matara was a huge part of why.

So far Matara have made the wedding planning process very calm for us. We instantly loved the venue as one that was special and different. They were very flexible and worked with us within our budget brilliantly. We are very excited to get married at Matara in April.

Hi Cheryl, We cant wait to host your day in April. Thankyou for your lovely review its great to hear that the process so far has been calm and enjoyable, we will continue to do our best to ensure that is the case for the next 4 months. Kindest Regards

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Feeling special. That's what every couple wants for their wedding and I cannot fault the Matara Centre and their amazing staff. Thank you for making us feel like our wedding is the only wedding in the world!

Rosanna, thankyou. We are very pleased we have made you feel so special, we love to above and beyond for all of our couples. We cant wait to host your day in April. Kindest Regards

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I couldn’t have designed the venue as perfect as Matara already is! Everything about the venue, the vision, the team, the day and the experience at Matara is everything I could have ever wanted for my wedding experience AND MORE. ❤️

Hi Gemma, Thankyou for your lovely review, its wonderful to hear. We cant wait to host your day with us in April.

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You just KNOW Matara is the place to get married as soon as you arrive. Absolutely stunning, at all times of the years. Incredible staff and insanely delicious food.

Planning a wedding during a pandemic is anything but simple, yet the wonderful team at Matara have been there to help us every step of the way. From accommodating a takeaway food tasting to last minute changes to our guest list. We are so excited for our wedding and are grateful for all the support.

We would like to thank Holly, Abbie, Steve, Luke and the team at Matara for making our wedding dreams come true this winter. We were informed beforehand that they would be a member down due to isolation requirements, however we really didn’t notice any difference on the day so appreciate that the team were working extra hard for us. Everything from the venue, decor, food, service and entertainment was perfect. Dedicating our tree was such a special moment for us and we are so excited to visit again to see the team and watch our tree grow. After cancellations and much uncertainty trying to plan our wedding during the pandemic, the team really pulled through for us and we are eternally grateful for the fantastic memories that we have made at Matara

The food was outstanding and on the day everything ran seamlessly. We went for the Venu because it was so beautiful and had such a relaxed vibe. Luke (the Chef) and Holly (our wedding planner) went above and beyond to ensure I felt comfortable on the wedding day, as I have a pretty serious gluten allergy - they ensured the bar was completely clear of beer and other glutenous products, fully cleaned down the kitchen and spent the time to take me through the ingredients in everything on our menu so I didn't have to worry about a thing on the day! We went for their kiss me quick package, which massively reduced the stress as so much was sorted out by the Matara centre. We had the best day, thank you so much to all the staff who were involved in our wedding

The most incedible place for our autumnal wedding. Food was amazing and staff were fab. Made the most amazing backdrop for our photos. Family and friends were full of compliments

Thankyou Clare for your kind words, we absolutely loved hosting your day with us. Its a great pleasure to hear your guests loved the food too, your menu was pretty delicious with the strip loin of beef and some of our most popular canapes, really mouth watering! We hope to see you both soon. Kindest Regards

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The whole day was magical! Our wedding planner Rebecca was sensational. The venue, the food and the liasing made planning our wedding 3 times due to postponing as easy as possible!!!! Will recommend till I’m no longer here, will be back to visit and am thankful from the bottom of my heart to have found the Matara centre. I got shown the venue by a client who also got married there so it’s a double thumbs up for me 👍🏼👍🏼 You wouldn’t be disappointed and it really is a special place for a wedding! Thank you!

Amber, You are so very kind, We are so pleased that after the pandemic that you had the most wonderful day, and your dress was absolutely stunning! You and your guests were an absolute pleasure to host. We cant wait for you to visit us in the near future. Kindest Regards

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We finally hosted our postponed wedding at Matara in September 2021 and had the most incredible day. So many of our guests commented on how lovely the venue was and how it felt like the most relaxed and friendly wedding they'd been to. Matara really does create such a perfect setting for a wedding. Everything ran smoothly on the day and indeed it all exceeded our expectations, it really was perfect. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Matara to anyone looking for a wedding venue

We found Matara 2 years prior to our September 2020 wedding and fell in love in an instant, it feel like you're in a different world being there. From day 1 the staff were always so helpful and friendly, and when it came to covid they kept us in the loop even before we had chance to question any changes- plus the options that came with covid were so varied it meant we would still get the day we wanted. We we're fortunate enough to get two days at matara in the end, our wedding day 2020 and reception and blessing 2021! Nothing was ever too much for them, the grounds are immaculate and the food is incredible, everyone is still talking about it to this day! It's a secluded gem that definitely should get more hype.

Hi Laura and James We were fortunate to be able to host you and your lovely friends and family twice. Thank you for your kind words and your patience throughout the pandemic. We hope to continue to be part of your journey together so please do keep in touch and visit. Kindest Regards

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Sensational! We couldn't have asked for a better wedding - the venue is stunning, the food was delicious and the support we had from the staff in both the planning and execution of the day was second to none. It was the perfect day:)

Ben, thankyou very much, it was a pleasure to plan your day alongside you. So pleased you had the most perfect day. We hope you keep in touch. Kindest Regards

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We had the most amazing Wedding ever. Holly & her team are truly fabulous! Thank you x

We absolutely loved The Matara Centre from the moment we walked in - the most unique wedding venue with everything you could wish for from a family run, independent business and more. Geoffrey, Holly, Abbie and Jean were nothing short of incredible, from showing us around the venue, then helping us plan our day through to arranging our flowers and, more generally, just telling us where we needed to stand and when! We didn’t feel any of the pressure we were told to expect from friends who had got married elsewhere, it was truly seamless. Our wedding breakfast was wonderful and our ability to tailor the day to our needs was brilliant. Being able to have all of our family together in the house over the weekend was an amazing opportunity to reconnect after the various lockdowns too and something we will remember for years to come. Could not recommend more and can’t stop looking at our photos from the day. If you want the ‘wow’ factor, this is the place!

Thankyou so much for your lovely review and kind words, we are all so pleased you had the most perfect day and wonderful experience. You were an absolute pleasure to host, we hope you visit us in the near future. Kindest Regards

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We had the pleasure of getting married at Matara twice, once in the midst of the pandemic in 2020 and also in August this year. The staff couldn’t have been nicer and we had two absolutely amazing days! It’s a beautiful location with a fantastic house it comes thoroughly recommended!

Hi Paul Thankyou for your lovely review, you and Charlotte were delightful to host on both occasions. I recall the weather was beautiful, especially on your first smaller ceremony with the gorgeous colours of the sunflowers. We like to wish you all the very best and hope to see you soon. Kindest Regards

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Highly Recommended!!! The Matara centre venue is incredible; we knew it from the first time we visited, and now all our wedding guests know it too. We had so many comments about how beautiful and unique the centre is. It suited us so well to have the separate rooms in the evening where some guests couldn’t leave the dancefloor, while others preferred a quieter spot to chat. The cloistered courtyard created an amazing setting for our ceremony, unlike any other venue. The whole centre always gives off peaceful and welcoming vibes, and we’re sure that part of this is thanks to the accommodating and friendly staff that run it. The food served was excellent quality and beautifully presented, and the waiting staff were all helpful and polite and all wearing masks too, we’re sure it made our guests feel more comfortable. In the planning stages, Matara was always a dream to work with. When we had to re-schedule the event due to COVID-19, we never imagined how easy and stress-free the staff would make it. On the day, Holly and the team were excellent and saved us so much hassle by taking care of all the little things couples usually forget about, going above and beyond with the little touches. In all, we couldn’t be happier that Matara was the setting for our wedding day, and we will never forget the experience.

Hi Elli, Thankyou so much for your kind words. Its so lovely to hear that Matara worked so well for you and your plans for one of the most important days of your life. We are super proud of our chef for the wonderful food he delivers and all of our staff who really do make the whole experience special. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and your lovely friends and family and be able to host your special day. Please feel free to visit wherever you wish. Kindest Regards

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Had our wedding in august having started planning over 2 years ago. Every time we visited, both formally and informally Matara consistently took our breath away, noticing something more beautiful each time we came. Without a doubt a gem of a venue with wonderful and attentive staff to match. Nothing was too much of hassle for anyone.

Hi Siobhan, Thankyou for leaving this lovely review, we do like to keep Matara flourishing, with little new surprises around each corner. We enjoyed hosting you and your guests very much. Kindest Regards

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The venue is beautiful and the staff are amazing! They have followed everything we wanted right until the very last details. Everyone is friendly and helpful on the day, and it made our day so perfect! The wedding coordinators are wonderful too as they have ensure everything is down to how we wanted our day to be, even with our constant emails. I cannot recommend Matara to everyone else more and if you do choose the place, you will not regret it.

What can we say...right from our first visit to the big day, we couldn't have asked for more. We had to postpone the wedding more than once due to covid but the whole team was incredibly helpful and kept us updated throughout. On the day, all of our guests commented on this beautiful venue and the delicious food. Thank you to everyone at Matara for making our day the best it could possibly be!

Best venue ever!! Went above and beyond to make our day so special. 1000/10

Emily, thankyou so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We loved having you and hope to see you both soon.

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We loved every second of our time at Matara in May 2021. We booked our tiny wedding of 16 people entirely in lockdown without seeing the venue, the team were incredibly helpful and friendly from our first interaction over email through to the event itself. Stepping into the venue it exceeded our expectations and at no time did we feel rushed. We can't wait to go back and visit each year!

We are getting married at matara next year and are so very excited. We visited for a planning meeting and had been feeling a little deflated due to current circumstances with covid and they couldn't have been more friendly or helpful and this has really helped put the enthusiasm back into planning our day. We also stopped at one of their pop up Sunday lunches for a vegan roast and it was honestly just wonderful. The food is amazing! Great little way to do some pre wedding tasting. Wonderful staff and such a beautiful venue. Always worth a visit!

We haven't had our wedding at Matara Centre yet, however we were booked for October 2020. With all the uncertainty surrounding weddings due to COVID-19 we rescheduled for October 2021. We were lucky to find a venue that was kind enough to let us reschedule far in advance, this has taken a load off our mind. It is quite rare to find a venue that is so accommodating and we are thankful to Holly and her team at Matara. We now look forward to our wedding in 2021 :)

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review pre-wedding. Such difficult times, we do our best to make sure our couples have their dream day.

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Our wedding was due to take place in June 2020, but has been postponed due to the Coronavirus. Matara have been excellent throughout the process of postponing and have taken the stress out of the decision. They agreed to move us back to a June 2021 date with no extra charges. It meant we could keep a summer wedding date that was really important to us and not worry about the finances. We can't wait to have our wedding with the team at Matara next year.

Chris & Leanne, thank you for taking the time to review us. Such a stressful time for everyone, so glad we could help ease a little bit of the stress for you, and that you will get to have your dream summer wedding. Bring on 2021, look forward to hosting your wedding.

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We are so thankfully to the Matara centre. From the moment we decided on this venue they have been so accommodating with meeting our needs. As a muslim couple from different cultural backgrounds to each other, we were mainly concerned with food and finding a venue to cater for our requirements. Luke has been incredible with organising various taste tastings, ordering halal meat from a different supplier and tweaking each meal to our taste. Holly has been so accommodating throughout the whole process keeping us calm as we went into lockdown with Covid 19, finding us a suitable date to rearrange to without any hesitation. This honestly took so much pressure off. We cant wait to one day get married here even if it is a year later than planned but we know the when that day comes we are in good hands with the venue.

It is our pleasure Kayleighanne. We love hosting and accommodating all cultures and religions. Isn't Chef amazing with every kind of food imaginable. Thank you for being so easy to work with in these difficult times. We look forward to hosting your day, even if it is a year late.

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We were due to get married at Matara in May this year but sadly the C-thing struck. I have to say that Matara and our planner, Holly, were absolutely fantastic in supporting us to make the right decision at the right time about postponing and supported us all the way through this process. I can't tell you how much anxiety was reduced by the support we got from Holly and Matara. We wanted to make sure we could celebrate our day in the way we wanted at such a beautiful location like Matara and, wtih Holly's support, everything has now been arranged for us to do just that this time next year. Matara doesn't often feature in the glossy bridal mags which is an absolute travesty as you don't know how much of a gem this place is. I urge you to visit and see for yourself! Thank you Holly and Matara for keeping our wedding dreams alive xx

Thank you for the kind words. We are glad to be able support you through what can only (we hope) be a once in lifetime year!! Look forward to hosting you wedding in 2021

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Thank you all for an absolutely wonderful wedding! The venue was everything we'd hoped for and you all worked so hard to accommodate our vision and requests It was such so special to have the weekend in the house too, with the family -John's uncles hadn't been reunited in 10 years! Special mention to Luke, who not only made an incredible wedding breakfast & canapes (were still getting comments about the duck rolls!) but also made a delicious Friday dinner (best lasagne ever!) Your whole team on Saturday were great, and attention to detail - when removing the table decor, they re-arranged it for the night. All in all, Thank you for all the love and joy you put into Matara - we had the perfect day and will treasure the memories always. Lucia & John 11th January 2020

Thank you for your lovely review. We look forward to welcoming you back to Visit Matara again.

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We got married here over the weekend and the venue is absolutely stunning! Everyone spoke about how unique. However, the communication from the venue wasn’t great and they changed some of the venue layout the week before our wedding without telling us so when I arrived to set up the day before the wedding we realised we could no longer have the pictures we wanted and had to call our photographer less than 24 hours before and try and scout a new area with lighting. They kindly said we could use the big house and there are some lovely settings for big pictures in there. However, when we went to go in after the ceremony someone had locked the house up so we couldn’t access it leaving all our guests standing in the rain whilst we located a member of the team or found a way in. The evening members of the team were lovely but the handover didn’t go very smoothly so we ended up having a lot of food put out that shouldn’t have been done so and cost us a considerable amount of extra money we weren’t expecting. Chairs were also put in front of our cake so the evening guests missed it and didn’t have any as people were sat in front of it! The chef on the day was amazing and the food was perfect for the main meal and the canapés. His kitchen is so clean you could eat off the floor!!! The accommodation is fantastic but a little over priced for what you get. The breakfast was served at the pub but was very poor (hard cooked poached eggs and over an hour to be served). I would recommend going elsewhere or bringing your own to have as a family in the honeymoon lodge (which is stunning!) So yes, an amazing unique venue, but they have some hiccups they needed to sort out.

Olivia, we are so sorry that you were not 100% satisfied with your day at Matara. Thank you for taking the time of making us aware of some things. Our apologies that we didn’t inform you prior to your day that one of the features in the secondary courtyard was removed. It was not a planned removal that we were aware of until the week of your wedding and we were unaware this was to be a prominent feature in your wedding photos. We have now informed all couples who have booked at Matara about this change. Apologies too for being unaware that you were wanting your own snacks put out as and when needed rather than all at once. We always try our best to accommodate and help our couples with their personal touches. As for breakfast across the road at the Hunters Hall, we are looking into bringing breakfast in house and hope to be offering this by April. Thank you again for your feedback. We wish you all the best in marriage.

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The most gorgeous venue in the world. The second we found it we knew it was the place we wanted to get married. Everyone there made everything perfect! We were apprehensive being a same sex couple as we’d heard horror stories, yet the matara saw us as us, and made our day amazing. Down to the smallest detail, everything was made made for us! Still now, 2 and a half years later our guests still mention are venue and how amazing it was - the food being the top point everyone mentions!!! Everyone was so happy and so were we!! Thank youMatara!

Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased you had a wonderful wedding with us at Matara. We look forward to welcoming you back again to visit your tree dedication.

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It was a real privilege to get married at Matara. Everything about our day there was perfect. The ground were glorious, the venue looked as beautiful as ever, Holly's level of organisation and coordination was invaluable (whilst managing to disappear into the background), and the vegan food was amazing served by lovely members of staff. We can't wait to come back and visit! It really was a magical day. Thank you, from The Hiltons.

Thank you Jess & George for your review. We are so pleased you had an amazing wedding with us, and we will pass your thanks onto Luke the Chef. We look forward to welcoming you back to visit Matara again on your anniversary.

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We were married at Matara on the 16th November and had the most wonderful day - the colours of the Acers, the twinkling lights, the water trickling in the background made for the most beautiful setting for our vows. Abby our coordinator was there on hand to help all the way through . Our guests have said how wonderful the venue and say was Thank you for making our event so special

Thank you for your review. Having a Winter wedding can be so magical, and we are so please you had a magical wedding with us at Matara. We look forward to welcoming you back to visit your tree dedication.

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Cannot fault this venue. Our wedding day was in March this year and just wow. The staff were incredible from the moment we arrived, they made us feel at home and confident that all the plans were being sorted. We didn't have to worry about a thing, from setting up the venue, sorting out all our 100 guests meals and turning the venue into the evening setup, they had it all sorted. Guests still mention how fantastically beautiful this venue is, it is so unique and made for the perfect setting for our big day. You will not regret choosing this place for your wedding day, just visit once and it will steal your heart!

Thank you for your review. We are so pleased you had a wonderful wedding celebration with us at Matara. We look forward to welcoming you back to visit.

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The Matara Centre was the only venue that we viewed after searching for unique wedding venues online, we wanted somewhere a bit different and this venue was perfect for us and luckily only 20 minutes from where we live! It is so pretty and gives you the opportunity to get married outside all year round! We got married 8th November 2019 and it was the best day ever! We had so much fun, there was no stress, everything went perfectly thanks to the matara centre staff who were very friendly and helpful throughout the whole planning process and on the day itself! We also had a firework display which was a great suprise for our guests and perfect for a winter wedding. We also got a tree didicated to us which is a lovely gesture and we will be able to go back and visit our tree in the future and relive all the great memories! We would definitely recommend!!

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What can we say. From the moment we even looked at the website to setting foot at Matara for the first time. We were blown away. The only venue that asked us what we wanted rather than tell us what to do! Holly and Olivia were amazing throughout And Jean with the evening shift!! An exquisite venue for our special day in November. I could walk around for days in awe of its beauty. Our guests were blown away with Matara and the food..... Luke is a master in the kitchen! We are foodies and from day one he worked with us to get the menu to what we had dreamed of. Our dreams came true. The canapés and wedding breakfast were outstanding. Our guests said it’s the best food they have ever had at a wedding!

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my wife and i got married at the matara centre in july 2019, to say that we were made to feel relaxed and confident in the planning leading up to and on the day would be an understatment. As a same sex couple we needed to find a venue and team that would treat us with the same respect that you would recive as a straight couple, and the team did not let us down! unfortantly it poured it down all day for our wedding which caused me some stress as the cermony was meant to be outside, i neednt of worried though as the team quickly reasured me that they would make it work for us outside and provide enough cover for our guests. thankfully the rain stopped just log enough for us to walk down the aisle! the setting is like no other venue we have seen, to sum it up its simply perfect. i am from devon and my partner is from veitnam and the venue blends the beauty of east and west. could not recomend the staff and venue more!

Thank you for your review. we are pleased you had a wonderful wedding with us at Matara. We look forward to you revisiting Matara on your wedding anniversary.

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We got married at Matara earlier this year and I can not recommend them enough! Not only is the venue one of a kind and absolutely beautiful, so many photo ops, the support from Holly and the team from viewing the venue through to the wedding day was fantastic. Nothing was too much of an ask. We fell in love with the venue as soon as we saw it and loved that it is a family home at the heart of it. Being able to rent the house made it a Wedding weekend and allowed us to extend our celebrations. Luke the chef deserves 10 stars, every single guest has commented on how amazing the food was, even 6 months on our friends are still raving about it. If in doubt just go see this beautiful venue and be reassured that you'll get 5 star service.

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Myself and my husband married at Matara in October 2019 but we first fell in love with Matara back in June 2018 and from our very first visit, we were incredibly excited to have our wedding there - and it didn't disappoint! Amidst the stress of planning a wedding, the Matara Centre was the ideal space of zen and tranquility that stayed with us throughout our special day. What we loved so much about Matara was how incredibly unique it was, unlike any other venue we had ever visited. Throughout the planning, Geoffrey and his team were always so welcoming and attentive and Rebecca in particular on our special day was a huge help! We married at the St John the Baptist church just along the wooded path from Matara and even in the pouring English rain, it was a magical landscape. We stayed with friends and family for the whole weekend, occupying the house and zen rooms which took away any stress of logistics as everyone was already together in one place, and meant that the celebrations could begin even before the wedding did. The house in particular we all fell in love with and hope to return for celebrations one day again! Everything from the food (the white chocolate mousse is heavenly!), the fairy lights, the fire pit in courtyard, the asian inspired walkways and colourful decorations meant our guests were truly relaxed and could enjoy a really magical day with us! I wish we could get married at Matara again and again! ps. the tree dedication is a really special touch and we hope to return every anniversary to visit our planting!

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from the moment we walked into Matara, it was clear that this was a special place. We decided to take the whole venue for our wedding weekend, surrounded by our family and close friends in the beautiful house, the pretty honeymoon cottage for our wedding night offering welcome privacy, and last but by no means least the venue itself which easily accommodated150+ guests in a variety of different areas, rooms, garden, courtyards etc. The staff we the essence of cheerful helpfulness during planning and they all excelled themselves at the event. From seemingly endless canapes, to perfect timing, and efficiency which made the whole day run smoothly. We enjoyed a fairytale wedding celebration in October 2019.

Thank you for your review. We are so pleased you had a wonderful wedding day with us at Matara. Please do come back and visit us again and visit your tree dedication.

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We would like to thank Geoffrey and all of the Matara team for providing a brilliant venue for Mark and Maddie’s wedding on Saturday. Abbie was excellent before and on the day, finding first aid and keeping us all on track! The guests raved about the canapes, main meal and other food – so thanks to the chef The atrium was perfect (and dealt with the rain), the hilarium was beautifully decorated and a perfect setting for the enjoyment. The fireworks were splendid Overall a great success – thank you. There were a number of the guests who also loved the venue so maybe there will be more reasons than anniversaries to celebrate and see you all again. 5* for a 5* day!

Thank you for your lovely review. We will pass on your thanks to Luke our chef, his food is always talked about even months after the wedding day. We are so pleased the wedding was a truly memorable day for you all.

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I'm a photographer - I occasionally shoot at Matara and always have a fantastic time. The staff are great to deal with and very professional. It's also a stunning venue.

Thank you for your lovely review, we love having you come to Matara to take the wonderful photos.

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We got married at Matara in May 2019 - we fell in love with the venue straightaway. It is so unique, tranquil and quirky! We had the best day of our lives. We had lots of communication in the run up to the event and all our questions were answered. Everything ran very smoothly on the day, thanks to the professional staff and great organisation from Abbie. The food was absolutely delicious. So many people raved about the quality! It definitely stood out. We loved spending 2 nights at the venue with close family and friends. The honeymoon suite was beautiful, luckily we found someone at midnight to let us in though! The house was good, but could do with a bit of updating in places e.g better hanging spaces for wedding outfits. Some of the kitchen doors were loose and fell off! But on the whole it was lovely. Gardens and grounds were stunning. Our guests all commented on the beauty of the place. It truly was a fairytale wedding for us. Thanks so much and would very much recommend! Pete & Ellen Ash

What a lovely review, Thank you. We Love reading reviews about the wedding day experience as well as the whole weekend experience you had at Matara. We look forward to welcoming you back to Matara one day

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Our wedding was at the Matara Centre in August 2019. It is a wonderful venue, full of character and different areas to explore. The outdoor area is amazing and we filled it with games for our guests. The staff were so helpful, Holly was able to accommodate everything we wanted into the day and even stayed longer than needed to help with the smooth running of the wedding. The food was delicious and gained compliments from all the guests. Overall a brilliant venue, and we had a wedding that we loved.

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A magical wedding venue, we stayed in the main house with our whole family & it was fantastic to all be together & have lots of family time. It really made the weekend feel like a mini break

Having your family stay altogether is such a lovely memory and we are so pleased you had a wonderful time.

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The Matara Centre is one of the most genuinely unique and incredible venues out there. It’s vibrant, eclectic and has an amazing array of distinct and different spaces (both inside and outside) to cater for you and your guests throughout the day. The Chinese courtyard is a great space for early drinks reception in any weather. The Hillarium is the perfect environment for the wedding breakfast and transforms into a great evening venue for live music. The food prepared by head chef Luke and his team is sensational and all of the dinner and drinks staff could not have been more helpful and professional. The gardens are beautiful and varied and an amazing setting for some evening fireworks or lawn games. Most of all, from start to finish, Holly, Olivia and the rest of the team could not have been more helpful or accommodating in planning the celebration. A huge thanks to them all. I would recommend Matara without question.

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We got married at Matara on the 27th June this year and what can I say.......... it’s THE most magical place I have ever been, the grounds are so beautiful and there are sooo many hidden gems you could spend hours just exploring with each area being more quirky and unique than the last. We hired the house for 2 nights and it was so lovely all my guests felt completely at home and the kids loved playing hide and seek! The house was so clean and tidy and the bed were super comfy also. Abbie was my wedding coordinator and I cannot sing her praises enough she was soooo unbelievably helpful and no request was ever to much. All the staff are amazing too they make you feel so welcome and truly make the day even more special. I literally cannot stress how brilliant everyone was enough. We also had SO many comments on the food mainly how quick it all came out and how everyone’s was still hot when it was served despite the amount of people they had to cater for, they even catered to one of our fussy guests! I literally get butterflies when I think back to our day it was perfect and I cannot recommend Matara enough. Thank you to the Matara family for making our day so unbelievable and you will always hold a very special place in our heart ❣ Lots of love Mr and Mrs Keville xxx

Such lovely memories and we at Matara are so pleased to read this review. Thank you.

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My husband and I where married here in April and from booking to planning and then our wedding day we had the most personal service and care. Holly was always one step ahead of my questions and nothing was too much trouble. Our day went perfectly all down to Holly, Steve, Luke and the rest of the staff. I felt so special supported and not in the least nervous with all their care and attention to detail. Matara is such a beautifully spiritual and unique venue but the care given us made it perfect a once in a life time day. Our guest are still talking about our day and praising the amazing food drink and place. Even lovelier for us we have returned twice since to visit our tree planted and given to us as a wedding present by Matara. The poem given to us to read for us to plant the tree (the day after our wedding) was so personal and just so touching and special to us. I can’t praise Matara enough thank you for the most beautiful day marrying my soulmate.

This review is lovely thank you. We are so pleased you had such a magical wedding with us at Matara. We welcome you back to come and visit your tree dedication on your wedding anniversary.

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We had the most wonderful day at Matara for a joint celebration of our daughters wedding and our Ruby anniversary. The house and the grounds provided such a beautiful setting for a joyful event. The planning beforehand was made very easy - Holly was relaxed and informative, and we were very impressed at the ease with which a day tailored to our ideas was achieved. The venue is so beautiful that we needed very little additional decoration. And to be able to use the wider grounds for games and strolling was a real bonus. The canapes, main meal, and evening munchies were all excellent, and the wedding staff were so very professional. Our day at Matara was joyful, exuberant, spiritual, and great fun. A wonderful place for a celebration.

A joint celebration is so lovely and we thank you for taking the time to review Matara. We welcome you back anytime.

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We had the best day of our lives celebrating our marriage at the Matara Centre. Abbie our co-ordinator was amazing, we didn’t have to worry about a thing as she had everything under control. The venue and food are both amazing. We can’t thank the Matara centre and Abbie enough!! X

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Just wanted to drop you and the team a note to say a MASSIVE thank you for making our day run so smoothly, it was an absolute dream! Special mentions below! Holly, Thanks for looking after us in the build up and answering all our random questions. Thanks for making the day go off without a hitch, we didn’t have to worry about a thing and that’s down to you 😁 Luke, thanks for the incredible food! We have had so many compliments on how delicious the food was! Thanks for catering to our random request. The empanadas and churros in the evening were fantastic! Steve, thank you for looking after us late into the evening, you were lovely to be around and had a smile on your face right until the end even when those who had celebrated a bit too hard caused you to tidy up after them, you didn’t let us worry about it! Sorry again for them and thank you! The venue is so beautiful and gave us the perfect wedding. We fell in love with it when we first saw it and will now have a place in our hearts. Can’t recommend Matara highly enough. Thank you all Bee and Mark Mr and Mrs Winter

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Holly, we Just wanted to say a massive thank you to yourself Luke, Steve and all the staff at Matara. We had the most amazing time at our wedding and now we have the video and some of the photos we are back into our wedding bubble. Where can I start from the week before our wedding you looked after us with your thoughtful and informative emails. On arrival the day before our wedding everyone was so helpful especially you and Luke. On the evening before and the Morning Luke made us all feel so special, looked after and cared for. Every guest since has individually commented on how fantastic the food was on the day both taste and amount. The Scotch eggs where a real hit in the evening (so thank you Luke for helping us choose those) Holly your organisational skills made the day run like clockwork and your beaming smiles, gentle, confident and calm manner was a complete delight (which most definitely quelled my nerves). We had not met Steve before the day but again he was so supportive and made us feel so special and could not do enough for us all. Now to Matara what a completely magical place. We both fell in love with it on our first visit and have felt so privileged to have spent 3 days there to celebrate our wedding, spending precious time together with friends and family in such a unique house and garden but Matara is so much more than that it has such a spiritual beauty of its own. So thank you Geoffrey for sharing not only your home but your unique vision that is Matara. Holly could I also ask that you continue to email us if Matara has any charity events such as open gardens or Christmas tree event for Rory’s wells so that we can continue to come spend a few hours in Matara as it has woven a special place in our hearts. With kindest Regards and much thanks Jon & Jane Petersen-Jones

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Matara is a really beautiful, special and unique venue. We got married there in March 2019 and hired Kingscote House for the weekend too. Our guests were able to fully explore the gardens and grounds, and everyone felt relaxed and at home there. Holly looked after us perefctly and all the staff were friendly, professional and helpful. Our wedding day went like a dream, the whole place was buzzing with love and light (the sunshine helped!). It's the perfect backdrop for a more alternative ceremony, and you don't have to do much to make it personal to you. It's so peaceful there guests commented that it was the most relaxed they'd felt in ages.

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The most gorgeous venue in the World!

I got married here is May and it was the most beautiful and magical place I came accross. Our dog was our ring bearer and after our service everyone went to the woodland area where me and my husband gave our vows, planted a tree and blessed crystals which represnted energy we wanted to bring into our marriage. The honeymoon lodge is beautiful and I’m so glad I had 2 nights there. There is just more beauty and magic around every corner. The staff amazingly helpful and enable you to make your day as you want it to be.

Holly and Olivia have been incredible - answering our many, many questions within hours and deftly brokering between our and our parents' different viewpoints throughout our wedding preparations! They made us feel at home at Matara from the moment we first arrived.

This is the best venue in the UK in my opinion. Absolutely gorgeous setting, and staff that will do anything at all they can to help you

We viewed a lot of venues before the Matara Centre and always left them making lists of pros and cons. We viewed the Matara Centre and needed to say nothing when we left - we just knew. The venue was the perfect backdrop for our day and everyone who works at Matara ensured the day went off without a hitch. Visiting Matara during the planning process was so much fun as everytime we went we found new areas to explore. We always came away a lot less stressed knowing Holly had everything in hand. The food was incredible and all of our guests still talk about it. I cannot rate Matara highly enough.

A beautiful, unique venue with so much to offer. A relaxed yet professional greeting awaits you. It’s always a pleasure to work with the lovely team at Matara. 5 star service, setting and atmosphere.

From the moment I saw the photos on the website and took my first visit, I knew that this was the place for our wedding. It's not your typical hotel or concerted barn, Matara is beautiful and unique. Everything was well organised by Holly our wedding coordinator, the grounds, the facilities, the catering, flowers by Abby all perfect. The day went off without a hitch and a wonderful day it was. All our guests said over and over what a unique usual venue and everyone loved it.

We got married at the Matara Centre 8 days ago. It was absolutely the most perfect day. The venue is simply stunning, the staff very attentive and professional. Olivia was so helpful in the organisation of the wedding and on the day itself, making us both feel calm and able to enjoy our day. She is very experienced and so was able to offer suggestions that made the day run smoothly. We can't thank the matara centre enough.

Attended a lovely wedding here!

My daughter's wedding here was magical. From the the first meeting the staff were amazing and attention to detail was second to none. A+++++.

Amazing venue. So beautiful.

Where to start?! From the moment we arrived for our first viewing at Matara we were relaxed, in fact enchanted by the laid back, unhurried pace of the venue, surrounding grounds and staff. Having come from some venue viewings that had felt like a frantic mix of an estate agents property tour come speed dating event, it felt great to be off the wedding conveyor belt! Sitting down with a cup of tea and delicious home made scones, we met Olivia and Jeffry to talk about our wedding aspirations and dreams for our special day. We explored the venue and the hilarium was so beautiful it brought me to tears. The tour ended with an impromptu barefoot guided meditation with Jeffry around the laberynth and we knew we’d found our venue! My husband and I always looked forward to our wedding planning sessions at Matara, we were always welcome to pop in and meetings with our wedding coordinator Olivia were so helpful. Unexpected extras such as the warm and friendly food tasting evening, getting to meet other soon to be married couples tying the knot at Matara and the ceremony planning session where my we got to discuss vows, do flower arranging, share lunch and discussion with other couples. So much fun! As for the big day itself, it was all we could have hoped for and more, the team were so helpful and attentive, absolute professionals who obviously take a great deal of joy and pride in their work. Our guests were blown away with the quality of the food and accommodation. Many claiming it was the best wedding they’d ever attended which was so lovely to hear. I couldn’t recommend the magic of Matara highly enough. Thank you team!

From the moment we first visited Matara the staff couldn’t be more helpful with ideas, suggestions, answering questions. Everything to put a couple at ease. Once booked they were in contact as much as we would need plus available at the first time of a call or email. Excellent service. On the actual day they were incredible. Due to a unforeseen ‘technical’ distaster the kitchen was out of action! However you would never have known, a temporary setup was sorted out and food the best we’d ever eaten. All the staff would amazing, polite, consciencous and helpful throughout. It went smoothly even with bad weather and the above mentioned. What a day and all thanks the the Matar team. Fantastic place.

I’m not even sure where to start with this review as I don’t think we will ever be able to thank everyone enough!! The Matara is an absolutely beautiful venue and throughout our day (and beyond) people have said what an amazing setting it is. It was the first wedding venue we viewed and we fell in love with it immediately. As well as the stunning setting, unique courtyard and beautiful dome feature in the main room, the Matara is made so special by the people who work there. When Geoffrey first showed us around, it was clear how passionate he is about the Matara. He genuinely cares about the venue and takes an interest in the couples who get married there. He has been friendly and welcoming throughout and has made the whole journey a relaxed and pleasant one. When it came to our wedding day, there were so many people who made the day perfect. To ALL of the staff during the day and evening, thank you so much. You were all incredibly polite, friendly and made sure everyone was catered for at all times. The food itself was absolutely amazing!! Again, this was something which received many compliments from our guests and was something we had been excited for them to try after being blown away by it during our food tasting. Finally, an absolutely massive thank you to our wedding coordinator, Olivia. Throughout the whole process she has been available to answer any (and many!) questions and nothing was too much trouble. She completely understood any worries and always looked at the finer details as well as the bigger picture. Our day was absolutely perfect and a huge part of that was because of you and we can’t thank you enough! Thank you all so, so much! We would definitely recommend the Matara to everyone!

Matara is perfect in every way! From the moment we arrived on our first visit we were warmly welcomed and instantly felt comfortable. Geoffrey, the owner, spent 2 hours of his time showing us around which truly showed the dedication and care of this amazing place. We went back 2 days later to explore further, around every corner is another magical detail clearly thought about and added to this exceptional place. The uniqueness and details around Matara truly reflect the care and passion taken by every member of the team. Luke, the Chef, was very helpful and guided us through the food choices. The food tasting was a testament to his skills and our guests still comment on the food and how great it was. Holly and Olivia were both very accommodating, nothing was too much trouble. Holly was our wedding co-ordinator, she was very caring and relaxed, always available for a call or email when we needed her and ensured our wedding day ran perfectly from the wings. Matara is a magical place, the sound of water makes you feel instantly peaceful, the friendly welcomes from the team make you feel comfortable and the grounds, rooms, house and venue are the most unique and amazing place we have been to for a wedding. We feel very proud to show off all our photos from our incredible day in one of the most special places. Thank you to everyone at Matara for an amazing, stressless, perfect day.

We got married December the 9th and had the most magical day. The sun was shining and we were able to create our dream outdoor ceremony in the beautiful courtyard. Matara is picturesque, wherever you look there's hidden beauty and the whole venue creates the most wonderful atmosphere. Our wedding coordinator Holly was fantastic and the team were amazing on the day and all guests were so impressed with the quality of service. The food was exceptional, it was delicious and guests are still talking about it weeks after. I highly recommend this venue. We also stayed two night in house and were joined by friends and family which made the whole experience even more special and memorable. We had the dream day.

Until our wedding day I had no idea that the venue was so integral to the day, this place is special and our day just wouldn’t have been the same elsewhere. It is peaceful, elegant and beautiful. Olivia and Holly are amazing - Olivia was our wedding coordinator, she always welcomed us like friends, answered every question no matter how small or silly helpfully and kindly I’m a calm manner. Everything was done as Olivia said it would be taking any stress away, from making sure the button holes were on correctly to making sure the food was ready in time with our running behind schedule. The food was amazing, our guests commented that it was the best food they had at a wedding. Not one guest would have guessed he whole menu had been done gluten free at our request. The waiting staff were also very attentive, one guest mentioned that they had never been so well cared for and they had wanted for not one thing. Matara encourage creativity and you don’t just choose your colour theme as is the way with so many venues. We truly had the most amazing day that it almost doesn’t feel real and so much of that was down to the venue and it’s wonderful staff. Thank you Matara, keep doing what you are doing which is even the better as you are Social Enterprise.

Everything about our wedding at Matara was perfect. An outdoor ceremony can be tricky in the UK, but Matara has it covered and offers so, so many beautiful little places. It is truly stunning. Olivia accommodated everything to suit our more laid back style, including my refusal to do a stressful table plan. She was also the one who gave me a reassuring squeeze and little push out into the open to walk down the aisle when I got a last minute case of emotional tears, telling me nothing mattered as long as I smiled. I barely noticed her for the rest of the day but I knew without a shadow of a doubt she was always nearby making things run to plan. The one time I did look up to ask her something, she was already on her way over to me, probably having been watching attentively and predicting my question! Another touching moment in my memory showing the care everyone at Matara has was in the evening when I was attempting to tidy up the food area and Jean came along and told me off immediately, telling me to drop the roll I'd picked up off the floor, that brides most certainly do not clean up and shooed me away. All of our guests were bowled over with Matara, and were so complimentary about the delicious and amazing food, all cooked from a temporary kitchen due to a fire just days before. They didn't bother us with this at all and we would never have known had it not been for the bread roll delivery driver coming to the house rather than the kitchen! We honestly don't have enough words to do justice to the wonderful and amazing memories that Matara helped to give us, that we will treasure for the rest of our lives. Just perfect, in every way.

Amazing venue and such lovely people running it. I’d 100% recommend it!

Beautiful wedding location with so many tranquil spaces to enjoy and the domed Hilarium has instant wow factor. The team are always so friendly and helpful.

I photographed the wedding of Tess & Jon at Matara back in July. Once again the Matara Centre proved a wonderfully quirky, relaxe and happy venue, yet completely professional. It is a venue I always want to have on my bookings list, and love working with a team of people who clearly love what they do.

As a wedding cake maker it's always a pleasure to deliver to the stunning Matara Centre. The staff are all very friendly, the atmosphere is relaxed yet professional and it runs like clockwork! It is a truly unique and magical venue full of character and charm.

Well what can I say, an amazing venue, amazing staff and was so much better than I could have hoped for. The attentiveness of staff was outstanding, the food was divine and received many compliments. the venue itself has such a charm about it, again highly complimented by many guests. I would highly recommend the matara centre if you want a seamless, relaxed wedding. They couldn't do enough for you. Thank you for making our wedding truly special.

Hi Olivia, We just wanted to send you a quick email to say thank you so so so much to you and all of the team at Matara for our wonderful wedding last Saturday. We honestly could not have wished for a better day, it was truly magical. Matara is in itself a total fairytale venue and each and every one of our guests fell in love with with the setting as much as we did. But over and above the magic of the venue itself is the magic of the wonderful people that work there, every single member of staff made us feel welcome and special- Jean, Wayne, Steve, Luke, Geoffrey and yourself (as well as the numerous people behind the scenes) are all fabulous people and our day would not have been half as special without each and every one of you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything Kirsten & Steve xxx

Dear Holly and all the wonderful staff at Matara. Thank you for making our wedding dreams come true. Everything was perfect from start to finish. From day 1 we knew we were in good hands. But WOW we really had THE BEST DAY along with all of guests. A truly magical place that will be in our hearts forever. We really cant thank you enough, love Mr and Mrs Southall xx

To Holly and The Matara Team, Thank you for helping us create the best day imaginable! Everyone loved the venue and thought the food was fantastic. We are so glad we picked Matara everything was perfect. Mr and Mrs Hill x

Hi Holly, Thank you so much to everyone at Matara that made our wedding such a magical day. Everything was absolutely perfect and our guests commented so much on the beautiful location and the amount of fun they had. All staff were immensely accommodating and ensured from start to finish that everybody was having a good time. Special thanks to Holly for all of her support in the preparation for the day. She is a superhero! We may be bias but having a wedding day like ours maybe hard to beat!

Dear Geoffrey, Olivia & the whole team at Matara. Thank you for helping our day be so personal and special. We have made many special memories that will last our life time! We look forward to visiting again in the future. Love Jonny and Tarlie aka Mr & Mrs Bray.

To Olivia, Geoffrey and all the staff at Matara, Thank you soooo much for all the time and effort you put into our wedding day. It really was the best day of our lives and it wouldnt have happened without you! Matara is such a special place and we are so honoured to have got married there. We cant wait to visit our tree in years to come watching it grow and blossom! Love Dayna and Chris.

Dear Holly and the whole Matara team. WOW! what an absolute blast we had and what a perfect setting to have it in. From the moment we set eyes on Matara we knew it was the venue for us and the customer service and little touches set it so far apart from all the rest. We have felt looked after from day one and have really appreciated the flexibility we were offered at the same time as complete confidence that everything was taken care of. We were completely relaxed on the day and it was an absolute delight to have you, Steve and all the staff looking after us especially Elsa who went above and beyond helping with the morning set up. The food was incredible and so many guests have commented on it. Luke and his team absolutely smashed it and we will be talking about the food for years to come. Our wedding day truly was the best day of our lives and Matara was a huge part of that - we cannot thank everyone enough. We are already looking forward to when we can return. Emma and Nikul

We were married at Matara in July and it really is the most amazing, magical place. I feel like its Kingcote's best kept secret so part of me is reluctant to do this review! The venue is stunning and so many guests commented on our beautiful ceremony, the food and the gardens. Geoffrey showed us around Matara twice at the very early decision making stage and we knew then that this was a very special unique place, and despite viewing lots of wedding venues nothing compared to Matara. The courtyard garden is an absolute gem and many of our guests even compared it to being at a spa retreat or on holiday overseas. Everybody at Matara is just amazing but there are a few special mentions. Firstly, Holly for ensuring that the day ran so smoothly. She is a really positive, efficient person so the ideal wedding coordinator and really put our minds at ease and thank you for supporting us when we needed extra ideas! To Luke and all the kitchen staff the food was just incredible and everybody said so - thank you so much! Finally, Steve behind the bar who really put us at ease the day before the wedding when we were dropping bits off into storage, such a joyful, helpful person to have around in the evening and great at fixing fire pits! Please don't change too much and thank you so much for everything.

Where do we start! Holly and the team were just fantastic both on the day and in helping us get organised in the run up. Everything ran so calmly and so smoothly, it was exactly what we wanted. It just the most perfect day! Gorgeous venue, unbelievable food and a 5 star team of staff. Thank you all so much for helping to make our day so special. Jim and Ashleigh Watkins

Dear Olivia and all at Matara, Sending the most enormous THANK YOU for everything at our wedding day, it was magical. The team was wonderful, everything went so smoothly and were so grateful for all of your assistance throughout. Sending much appreciation and gratitude, John and Tess.

Dear Olivia and all at Matara, Sending the most enormous THANK OU for everything for our wedding day, it was magical. The team was wonderful, everything went so smoothly and were so grateful for all of your assistance throughout. Sending much appreciation and gratitude, John and Tess.

Dearest Holly, and the rest of the wonderful Matara staff, We wanted to take a moment to send you an e-mail to express our deepest gratitude for making our special day one to remember, and for really taking on the wedding project so we could stay relaxed throughout the planning. Words cannot express how much we appreciated the love, care and attention that went into all our meetings, calls/emails, planning, and especially the perfect execution of our wedding day. We still can’t believe the wedding almost got cancelled due to the worst snowfall the UK had experienced in 30 years; they even named it ‘the beast from the east.’ Nothing could have prepared us all for what we faced that week! In true Matara fashion you were available at all times to handle our calls/inquires, you kept us in the loop with what was going on, and most importantly created a contingency plan in case weather conditions were not agreeable – boy that came in handy! As for the actual wedding day – three words: Wow, Wow, and WOW! Right from the start, the parking was easy and efficient for our guests. We were all speechless with how beautiful and vibrant everything looked. You could really see in our wedding photos how amazing the grounds were, and how the themed rooms complemented our day. The waiting staff were friendly, professional, and always around serving our guests with canapés and drinks – everyone was so impressed with the service and the number of servers Matara provided for the day – no guest was left waiting for anything. The main meal was nothing short of incredible! Luke, the chef, created dishes that looked like works of art as they were being served. The canapés, starter, main and dessert all exceeded our expectations – all our guests praised the delicious food, a special thanks and shout out to the chef! Ultimately, the greatest compliment we can offer is that you have provided us with the greatest day of our lives. It exceeded all our expectations, and quite simply was perfect. We will be forever grateful for all that you have done, and the Matara Centre has been forever engraved in our memory and our hearts. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, Kris and Hakima

Can’t even begin to describe how happy we are that we got married at Matara! Right from the start, we knew that Matara was for us. It’s the most beautiful and unique venue, with every single guest commenting on how much they loved it. It’s a really relaxed and natural venue, a place where we felt we could be ourselves - this was always really important to us. Our wedding coordinator Holly was absolutely brilliant and put us at ease straight away. She was so helpful and reassuring all the way through, from the first meeting right up until the day itself where everything ran so smoothly we were just able to enjoy every minute of it. Specifically we really need to praise the meal - the service was perfect, fast and efficient. Everyone absolutely loved the food. Overall we can’t thank the team at Matara enough! Highly highly recommended - you will love every minute.

Dear Holly, Geoffrey and the team at Matara Centre We wanted to drop you a note to say thank you very much for making our wedding the most special of occasions. Holly, thank you for all the hard work you put into helping us plan it. Nothing ever felt too much trouble and we were very lucky to have had you supporting us as our wedding planner. You were so quick to get back to us, a great sounding board, advisor and voice of reason throughout the process. And, in the end, the day went so very smoothly. And to the rest of the team, including Luke, for putting on a great day. The food was full of flavour and the service was always delivered with a smile. We felt very well looked after. Geoffrey, what you have done with Matara Centre is truly astonishing. It is full of such wonderful, calming spaces and we feel incredibly lucky to have stayed with you over our wedding weekend. The whole experience felt magical and we won’t ever forget it. We have also just sent our photos to Tara for your use as you see fit. We would love to plant our copper beech with you this Autumn. Love, Oliver and Sula x

To Olivia, Geoffrey and all the staff at Matara. Thank you soooo much for all the time and effort you put into our wedding day. It really was the best day of our lives and it wouldn't have happened without you. Matara is such a special place and we are so honoured to have got married there. We cant wait to visit our tree in years to come watching it grow and blossom. Love Dayna and Chris.

Dear Geoffrey, Olivia and the whole team at Matara, Thank you for helping our day be so personal and special. We have made many special memories that will last our life time! We look forward to visiting again in the future. Love Jonny and Tarlie aka Mr and Mrs Bray.

Dear Olivia , Thank you to you and everyone at Matara for making our day so special yesterday. Everything flowed so seamlessly and we couldn't have asked for anymore! All the guests fell in love with the place and loved the food Luke prepared. The whole day was perfect so thank you. Lucy and Richard Garrard.

Dear Olivia, Ash and I wanted to just say a massive 'Thank you' for making our day run so smoothly. I apologise that I can't remember his name (I think it may be Steve?) but the man that took over on the evening was also excellent! All of the guests commented on what a unique venue Matara was and how it genuinely was a 'hidden gem'. Thank you!

Matara was the perfect venue for the celebration of our wedding which we wanted to share with our family and friends - it is such a magical, serene place. After visiting Matara and meeting with Geoffrey we knew that this is where we wanted to be. On the day, supported so well by Geoffrey, we were able to express our feelings for each other with ease in a natural, non-stressful environment which all helped towards celebrating the joy of our very special day. Thank you all very much, we now have wonderful memories to sustain us. Barbara and Frank

Thanks to all of you at Matara for everything. It really was the best day of our lives and we couldn't have wished for a better start to our married life. Our family and friends all commented on how lovely the venue was and how delicious the food was. Matara will always be our favourite place and we can't wait to return in a year to see how our tree is growing ???? Thanks again, Mr & Mrs Amos

To all the staff at Matara, most especially Olivia, A short note to express our tremendous gratitude for all you did to make our day PERFECT. From our very first visit, we knew that Matara was a special place like no other wedding venue. As two people who love the outdoors, we thought the grounds were simply stunning. From the tranquil bridge over the lake that is so reminiscent of a Monet painting to the enchanting woods and the typically English rose garden, this place was perfect for us. Not only beautiful but in my mum’s words, a little quirky too! What makes Matara outstanding is its staff. They are extremely talented and knowledgeable in their many roles and ensured that our day ran smoothly. On our first visit, Geoffrey made us very welcome and took a long time talking to us as he showed us around. Olivia and Holly are faultlessly brilliant wedding organisers. Both very skilled and organised but also calm and relaxed. Always ready with a smile and a warm welcome, they made me feel instantly at ease. The chef created a delicious wedding breakfast, as evidenced by the empty plates on every table. There were no issues with editing the menu or catering for different allergies or intolerances. What makes Matara’s staff truly different to staff at other wedding venues is the beautiful sense of warmth, care and friendliness that radiates from EVERY person who works there. At no point were we made to feel like a couple on a ‘wedding conveyer belt’. Instead, we felt cared for by people who were genuinely interested in us, wanted to make our day special and wished us well. If we could do it all again, we would! With huge thanks, Hannah and Jerry

Dear Olivia, John and I would like to thank you SO MUCH for everything that you did for our wedding day. From all the pre-planning beforehand to the fine details on the day itself- everything went perfectly and we could not have asked for anything more. In particular your calm and professional manner on the day was really appreciated, especially with the rainy weather in the morning and not knowing where to have the ceremony until the last minute... it turned out that having it in the courtyard was even better than on the lawn! Many of our family and a few guests have paid compliments to you specifically, and commented on how quick you were to answer queries and deal with issues on the day; this really helped keep everyone calm and made the whole day run smoothly. All the little details were not missed, every glass was topped up and a table even asked for extra sauce for their meal I'm told which they really appreciated. The tea ceremony, cake set up, finger print tree area, table plans were all as hoped- just brilliant! Please do pass on our thanks to Holly, Geoff and the rest of the team- also the lady who took over from you in the evening (I'm sorry I have forgotten her name). Please thank Luke for the extraordinary food on the day, the guests with special dietary requirements were very happy and commented how good the food was. I'd like to mention Steve at the bar who was particularly friendly and had a smile on his face all night! Thank you also for finding the items that we left behind and sending them to us. Everything really went so well and we had a truly magical day! I've attached a few photos for your perusal, they are from Luke McQuillan our photographer who has also commented on how wonderful the Matara Centre is. I'm sure I have forgotten to list everyone, but please do pass on our thanks. Forever grateful and wishing you all the best from Kwun and John Munday

Matara centre is the most beautiful wedding venue in Gloucestershire, me and my husband fell in love with the venue the minute we saw it and If it wasn't for Matara Centre's Staff we would not have had a wedding at all! So on the morning of our wedding day we were told that there was a fire in the kitchen that spread into the wedding breakfast room and left smoke and ash all over the room and on walls and table cloths. The venue just smelt of smoke throughout. Surprisingly as the bride, I was just calm and relaxed at the news and went back to our honeymoon lodge to continue to get ready. When I went back to see the venue, I was astonished by the quick turn around the matara centre staff did to get our wedding back into place. All the walls were repainted, all the table cloths were put back in the same position and was brand new, all the doors were open so the smell of smoke vanished and the staff were running around to make sure the day went smoothly. I cant thank them enough on what they did for me and my husband on our wedding day. The customer service was exceptional, most places would have turned around and said we could not have a wedding at all. Our wedding day was amazing thanks to Matara Centre and their staff. Many thanks Mr and Mrs Poppleton xx

Absolutely stunning venue. Really unlike anything else we had seen, lots of secret spots and unusual rooms. It was perfect! Unfortunately the service doesn't quite live up to the same standard. There were 2 weddings on the day we got married, and we weren't told this until later on. Our wedding coordinator, Holly, didn't even come to see me on my wedding day even though i had been there since 9am and we weren't getting married until 3. My brother had to go and find her to see if we could head to the isle yet and when she finally came we ended up being half an hour late which meant we missed lots of photo time after we were married and it all felt very rushed. Such a shame as it was a very expensive day and i hoped for more. I would recommend the venue, just be more prepared to not really on the staff on tje day.

We were married at the Matara in August. The day went OK with hardly any problems apart from not knowing what to do as Olivia did not tell the bridal party anything, it was assumed you know. As for the evening the lady Jean who was suppose to be there to make sure the evening was safe and ran smoothly was very rude and ruined my whole evening do. Even guest commented on her rudeness. She damaged my property and did not care about the evening at all. I even had to ask for a cake knife to which she responded don't you have one. Additionally the evening staff thought it was ok to without my permission to use the photo booth even though they were suppose to be working. After the wedding my flowers and my property was dumped in a crate. The flowers were not put in water (so dead when I got them) and things were damaged as there was no care to how they were put away. Some of my things had even be thrown out (photo booth pictures) Additionally I noticed that a wedding card was missing which had money in. When I realised all this I raised all these complaints with the Matara centre they stated the following: It is a very difficult situation when we have been given by our staff, a different version of events to yours. With regards to your damaged belongings, we would have needed you to make us aware of this on the day of collection, so we could have seen this for ourselves. (they were setting up for a wedding the next day so they would of seen this themselves) We haven’t ever had a complaint of this nature before, with regards to peoples belongings. We have had some comments re Jean however as I said she had been particularly unwell recently and by all means it shouldn’t have come across in her work. There was clearly a miscommunication on your day between Olivia and Jean, regarding the saving of a piece of cake and about leaving the buffet out. Thank goodness your maid of honour was on the ball enough to catch the buffet before it was all cleared away. As for the cake, we can only offer our profuse apology for this. There is no evidence whether the card was stolen, misplaced or accidentally thrown out. I have discussed your request for financial compensation with the owner and he does not feel the circumstances warrant such measures. They have offered a stay in their honeymoon lodge subject to when I can use it, to which I have declined as it is not my wedding night. I would be wary of using the Matara centre as a wedding venue as if anything goes wrong they are not willing to deal with complaint or look into the complaint fully, they only dismiss the complaint with excuses or slight apologies. They also take the complaint very personally. Additionally they seem very helpful and amazing when you look around but as soon as they have your money this changes. Notes to consider if you use them: If you have a card box make sure it is locked as they do not care if cards are stolen or lost. With regards to you belongings make sure you take them all at the end of the evening to make sure they are not ruined. I have spoken to many other people who say that there flowers are put in water by the venue to keep them alive, so this is done at other wedding venues. Ensure your photographer and videographer meets Olivia or Holly before the wedding and goes through things. So that they no where to be. As on the wedding day no one was around to direct them to where they stand etc (other venues do greet these people) If I was to do my wedding again I certainly would not be using the Matara again as things I spent thousands of pounds were damaged by them which they are not willing to rectify.

I work as an Event Manager for a large corporate and have worked with many venues - Matara stands apart. The most important thing for me was flexibility, and the freedom to create a day to my specifications, rather than following a standard wedding template. From the outset Geoffrey, Holly and Olivia were flexible, relaxed and so welcoming. They made it clear that we were welcome to use the space for our celebration as we wanted and worked with us closely to support our plans and advise, where needed. Costs were very competitive, but perhaps more importantly, transparent. At no point did I feel that unnecessary (or unexpected) costs were being added. They even allowed us to finish off the wedding wine we brought after the meal had finished, despite a cash bar opening at this point. A simple gesture, but it demonstrates the spirit in which Matara is run. While clearly a successful business, the enjoyment of their guests is their main priority. It goes without saying that the space itself is beautiful and unique, from the event spaces, through to the house and grounds. Their service was kind, efficient and flawless throughout. I’m so pleased we chose Matara for our special day. A wonderful venue and team.

We had a wonderful experience at Matara. A truly personal day. The venue is so unique, calm and idyllic and the team highly supportive.

The Matara Centre is such a magical place to have a wedding. All of our guest commented on how beautifully different the venue was to your usual wedding venue. All the staff were wonderful and our day went without a hitch. It was truly perfect. I couldn't recommend this stunning place any more!

Such a pretty place. Jan and John's wedding was really wonderful. All the staff were very nice and helpful. The grounds were amazing too. I stayed in the big house which was so cosy and welcoming.