Frequently Asked Questions

There are some questions which we are often asked about how the venue works so we hope this collection of answers will help you. If your question still isn’t answered then please contact us and we will be very happy to help

General Questions

Does Came House have a license for civil ceremonies?

Yes, it does. The Conservatory is generally the most popular location within The House for ceremonies with its stunning, domed roof. However, there are other rooms in the House which are licensed including The Drawing Room, The Saloon and The Entrance Vestibule. For an outdoor alternative, The Folly with views looking back towards The House is licensed for larger numbers

Can we get married elsewhere and then have our reception at Came House?

Of course. There are plenty of local churches and we can pass contact details across to you if you are looking for a religious ceremony to take place at a church nearby. Please let us know and we will provide you with the list we have.

Can we use the Church which is onsite for ceremony?

Yes, for a small donation, (which is donated to The Church Fund) you can use St. Peter’s Church which is set within the grounds of The House – and is just a short stroll away. The Church is no longer ordained so legal ceremonies / marriages are not possible but couples having a civil ceremony at The House may choose to have a religious blessing afterwards at this beautiful Church and it may also suit couples who have previously married before their wedding day at Came House – perhaps abroad and then wishing to celebrate their day with family and friends and wish to include a ceremony of some description at Came House.

Can you hold other events other than weddings?

Yes, we can host musical performances, game shooting parties, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, family weekend gatherings in the countryside and much more. Do get in touch to discuss your specific event requirements.

When can we view Came House?

Generally, there is good flexibility for viewings during the week with the owners of The House. Weekend viewings are also possible, around other events that are taking place so let us know your availability and we will do our best to accommodate you wherever we can.

Can we put a marquee up in the grounds?

Yes, the landscaped lawns are perfect ground for marquees. There are many options including marquees for dining or dining and dancing as well. Contact us to discuss in more detail.

Travel, Accommodation & Accessibility

Is Came House child friendly?

Yes, children will love exploring the grounds. If you have a large number of children, we can put you in contact with childrens’ entertainers or local creche companies to ensure the little ones don’t get bored and the adults can have a fun, relaxing time. The Garden House accommodation (which adjoins / is immediately next to the main House) has a full kitchen and a small snug / play area which is suitable for young children plus a small terrace garden and can suit families staying for the wedding very well.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes indeed you can!  Came House is rather unique in this respect. The owners of The House are dog owners themselves and have no issues with your four-legged friend being part of your special day subject to certain simple “house rules” being observed so please do get in touch with a little more information about your requirements and we will certainly look into that for you.  Wherever we can we will do our best to accommodate your treasured pooch being a special part of your day.

How many bedrooms are available for guests?

Came House is a weekend venue with accommodation included for up to x 20 guests between the main House and The Garden House.

Within the main House you will have use of 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms.

  • En-suite super king with 4 poster and adjoining twin (bed 2)
  • En-suite super king (bridal suite / dressing room etc)
  • Super king (adjacent bathroom – shares with others)
  • King Room
  • Twin Room

The adjacent Garden House has a large lounge and separate kitchen on the ground floor, as well as the following bedrooms on the first and second floor and a family bathroom:

  • Ensuite double room
  • Twin Room
  • Small double
  • Small double with additional bed

Can you suggest additional accommodation in the local area?

Certainly –  we have a list of recommended hotels / B&Bs / cottage rentals from the budget friendly to luxury accommodation, all within a close distance to Came House. We suggest you look to book accommodation no later than 6months prior to your wedding date as local accommodation can get booked up early – especially during the Holidays. Please request our local Accommodation List as soon as possible.  If you or your guests experience any difficulties with accommodation please do get in touch and our team will do their best to help.

Where can our guests park?

There is plenty of parking in the Paddock at the front of The House for guests which allows the driveway to be kept clear for wedding cars and photographs.  If your wedding or event is making use of the front Paddock as part of the location for the marquee or clamping please discuss the alternative glamping arrangements with our team.

Should we pre-book taxis for our guests at the end of the evening?

We would definitely encourage this as there are not multiple taxi companies in the area and without pre-booking guests could have to wait on busy nights. We can share taxi numbers with you and we are happy to assist with bookings so please ask our team and we can help.

Can you accommodate wheelchairs users?

Yes, we can. There are some steps up to the house, but wheelchair users can be driven around to the back of the house and enter via the conservatory double doors.  All event spaces are on the ground floor of the house though the bedrooms are on the first floor with no lift access, so we are not able to accommodate wheelchair users overnight.

Planning & Next Steps

What about music? Can we have live music and until what time?

Yes, you can have live music which sounds great in The Domed Conservatory. Live / amplified music should end at midnight. House guests are welcome to stay in the event spaces with low level / background music playing after this time. An extended licence may be possible until 1am please enquire.

Can we bring our own drinks?

Yes indeed you can. Came House is very unique in this respect and we do not charge corkage if you would like to supply your own champagne / prosecco or other choice of drinks for your post ceremony drinks reception and then your choice of plus wine for the wedding breakfast and bubbles for your toast. From the end of the Wedding Breakfast until the end of your wedding or event our in-house bar will run the evening. Our Venue Managers will send you full details of the arrangements and can discuss any bespoke / specific arrangements which you may have.

Who manages drinks in the evening?

Once your guests move through from the Wedding Breakfast to the Evening Reception usually from 7pm (or earlier if requested) our in-house bar will run the evening for you. There are many options available including open or cash bar, and bottle or draught beers. We can even arrange for a mixologist or a flair cocktail bar tender if you want to impress your guests!

Are tables and chairs included in the venue hire fee?

If you book your civil ceremony to take place at Came House, the cost of chairs is covered in the additional fee. A value of £4 per chair inc VAT (up to a maximum of 120 chairs) and a delivery charge of up to £50 will be included. The most popular chairs are the Gold Cheltenham chair or Limewash Chiavari which we can arrange for you (subject to availability). Our Venue Managers will ask you about your choice of chairs following your booking with us.

If you plan to choose a more expensive chair option the additional cost will need to be covered by you. If you have a church wedding or ceremony elsewhere, the charge for chairs will need to be covered by yourself but we can of course, help you book and arrange these. The costs of dining tables, either round or long are not included in the venue hire fee but again we can assist and advice you which tables to book and where these can be arranged.

Can we have fireworks or Chinese lanterns?

Chinese lanterns are not permitted at any location within the Came House estate. Fireworks can be permitted at certain times of the year subject to a small additional charge for us to arrange to re-house animals for the night of your wedding to ensure that the animals on the Estate are looked after.  Fireworks work incredibly well set off to the front aspect of the House over the Paddock and the parking of cars can be relocated to the other side of the Paddock to ensure that the fireworks can be set off in the right location.  Please enquire with Bellissimo, our Venue Managers and they can put you in touch with the fireworks company we regularly work with who know Came House well.

I want to book, how do I do it?

Firstly, you will receive a Proposal and then we can arrange a viewing for you to see Came House. If you confirm you would like to go ahead, we can place your chosen date on hold temporarily for one week without deposit or obligation. You then need to check availability with the Registrars to confirm they have a Registrar available to conduct your ceremony with us.

Once you have booked your Registrar, let us know and we will send you a copy of our booking form which will need to be completed and returned to us by email or by post, together with a deposit equal to 25% of your total venue hire charge, which needs to be paid by bank transfer only. Our bank details can be found on the bottom of the booking form. Once we have received both your booking form and your deposit, we will confirm your booking via email and will send you confirmation of booking including a payment receipt for your records.  Our terms and conditions of booking set out all other booking conditions including the payment schedule.

Can you help us plan our whole wedding?

Yes, we can. Your booking with Came House includes having a Wedding Planner from Bellissimo Wedding to help you as our Venue Managers from the time you book until your wedding day.  This includes a Planner being here at the House the day before your wedding day for a handover of the venue and to assist you with some set up the day before if you require it. It also includes the services on your wedding day from two hours prior to your guest arrival until the end of the wedding day to ensure that the whole day is managed well, and everything goes smoothly for yourselves and for the owner of the House.

Bellissimo will also be on hand to help you in the lead up to your wedding, right from the initial quote and booking to bringing the plans together and helping you book the perfect suppliers.

If you would like additional help in planning your wedding please get in touch.  For example – if you would like Bellissimo to help with extended supplier research and recommendations beyond those relating to the venue, help with your ceremony plans, help with sending out invitations and collating RSVPs, advice and help with budgeting and producing time schedules for planning as well as anything else not directly connected to the venue then please contact Bellissimo for a quotation for additional services.

If you book full Bellissimo services in conjunction with booking Came House, you would benefit from a reduced rate for our full and partial plan services. However, Bellissimo can help with as much or as little as you wish, and we will charge our fees accordingly so please get in touch to discuss your wedding and Bellissimo will be able to help.