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  Bank Holiday Monday 27 August, Open Garden, 10-5, café serving refreshments and light lunches. Admission £3.50, under 16 and Friends of Springhead free. Dogs on leads welcome and assisted … Read more


Springhead is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a grant under the LEADER funding body. Upon the death of Rosalind Richards – daughter of Rolf Gardiner and life … Read more

Weddings and Private Functions

contentimg_wedding01Set in stunning lakeside gardens, in one of North Dorset’s most picturesque locations, Springhead is truly a magical place for a civil marriage ceremony and an intimate wedding reception of up to 55 guests in the building and reception for up to 120 guests using a marquee in the garden.  Springhead makes an excellent venue for a weekend country wedding.

Unlike most hotels, the 18th century Grade II listed mill is exclusively yours to enjoy.  It is situated at the head of the lake and although the building is on two levels both are directly accessible from the gardens.

The Upper Floor

Mill Room – With windows overlooking the lake, the Mill Room has ample space for you to sit 55 guests for your reception.  We give it to you as a blank canvas for you to impose your own wedding dreams on the space.

Lounge – The room most chosen by couples for their ceremony with polished teak floor and room to sit 55 guests.  Doors open on both the Mill Room and patio where you may choose to greet your guests.

Bridal Room – Situated adjacent to the Mill Room, this room is a twin bedded, disabled accessible en-suite bedroom.  This is often used as a dressing room by brides prior to the ceremony.

The Ground Floor

Breakfast Room – A further function room on the ground floor, adjacent to the kitchen which is used for dancing.

Kitchen – Fully equipped for groups of up to 50 people.  For catering purposes there is a large commercial six hot plate electric fan oven/cooker, boiling water on tap, two domestic dishwashers, microwave and a large commercial refrigerator.  Space is also available in our deep freezers.  We provide cutlery, a set of white crockery, serving dishes, saucepans and a range of kitchen utensils.

It is recommended that you hire your glasses and table linen.

You may either self-cater or hire a caterer of your choice.


Toilet facilities can be found on the ground floor.


Simple dormitory style accommodation is available for 39 guests.

Marquee Option

Space for a reception for 120 guests in a marquee on the lake-side lawn is available.  This option to be arranged separately.


Springhead’s ‘piece de resistance’ is its spectacular gardens which are listed in the book ‘1001 Gardens You Must See Before You Die’ by Rae Spencer-Jones. The gardens provide many enchanting areas for those special once-in-a-lifetime photographs, including a delightful wooden bridge over seven springs (believed to be extremely lucky in ancient times), an antique Italian Rotunda and grass amphitheatre.  The Rotunda, is an ornate structure of stone and decorative iron-work, brought back from Venice more than 40 years ago.  A familiar and well-loved feature of the ornamental gardens, the Rotunda is licensed as a wedding ceremony venue.


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