"When we originally thought about what we wanted our wedding to be we weren't sure about a lot of things. What we were sure about is that we wanted to steer well clear of 'corporate' conveyor belt style venues and that we absolutely wanted a totally personalised and bespoke service. Milton Abbey School did not disappoint and after our initial visit we were instantly spellbound beyond all our expectations! We had visited no less than 10 venues both locally and further afield prior to seeing Milton Abbey and nothing had even come close. I defy anyone to not fall in love with both the school and grounds and the Abbey itself at first sight.
Both Anne and Andrew were superbly helpful and friendly from day one and helped us to build the wedding of our dreams from grass roots up. We really had a sense that they wanted the day to be everything we had hoped for and it certainly was.
The bespoke menu was a delight (compliments to Andrew and his team in the kitchen headed up by the Head Chef), all our guests are still talking about the wonderful canapes and wedding breakfast. It would be wrong not to mention the superb local cheese board laid on for all our evening guests as well, which was simply divine.
I think for us what made the biggest difference between a superior venue such as Milton Abbey and other venues is their constant attention to detail throughout both the lead up to and indeed the day of the wedding itself. Nothing was too much trouble... We would wholeheartedly recommend a wedding at Milton Abbey and when planning your big day a visit to this venue is a must! Don't miss out on the opportunity to get married at this amazing place - trust us you won't regret it!"
"I have run residential courses at Milton Abbey in each of the last 5 years. The tranquil surroundings are perfect... Obviously the Abbey church is wonderful in itself but the grounds are so picturesque and peaceful that they cannot fail to make people feel good.
The accommodation is excellent for its type and the food is of an extremely high standard. I have always found the staff friendly and very helpful and I would thoroughly recommend Milton Abbey as a venue for courses and functions."
"The annual seminar for BIGGA South Coast Section has taken place at Milton Abbey School for several years and is a firm favourite with our members who come back year after year. The team at the School have always been very helpful and friendly, and our members have always enjoyed the fabulous hospitality afforded to them.
The stunning surroundings and beautiful buildings at Milton Abbey School all add up to make this a first class venue to book a seminar."
"It is very hard to know where to start as there is so much to say thank you for. We were delighted with the organisation that went into our 30th wedding anniversary celebration, we have received many kind comments from our guests saying how much they enjoyed their visit and what a lovely venue.
Thank you to you and your colleagues for all your hard work to make our celebration memorable."
"Just a short note to thank you all for your contribution towards the smooth running of our event yesterday. We had many compliments about the choice of venue and the standard of the food.
For my part it was great using a venue that is so well organised, friendly and helpful. Hopefully our three sponsor firms may use you in the future as they were also impressed."
"Even though we live in Australia, we decided to have our wedding back in our home country of England. Having done a lot of research on the internet into wedding venues around both the Dorset and Berkshire areas, Milton Abbey stood out head and shoulders above elsewhere. On our first arrival at Milton Abbey we were sold and knew we didn’t need to see anywhere else. The spectacular setting, stunning abbey, and the options of a unique venue and wedding day had us spellbound, filled with exciting thoughts of the big day to come.
Anne and Andrew provided such great support both in the planning and on the day itself. Whether it be advice on timing of the day, menu options or just giving that reassurance that everything would all come together, nothing was too much trouble and we could have the perfect day we dreamed of. On the day itself, both Anne and Andrew were on hand ensuring all ran smoothly and all we had to worry about were not getting lines or speeches twisted up! The staff were friendly, well drilled and made the day a pleasure for all who attended. Whether guests travelled from round the corner, London or Sydney, all were able to see what we saw when choosing Milton Abbey.
Our Reverend Jo Davis conducted a beautiful service, it really fulfilled everything we wanted from such an important event. Given the short amount of time we were able to spend with Jo prior to the day, it was clear she worked hard to put together a service that was very personal to us and gave us important advice to help us on our journey through life together.
Head Chef Barry was very knowledgeable about what would and wouldn’t work on the day, knowing the right ingredients to use, allowing him to come up with an outstanding menu for the day. There was no problem at all accommodating the odd tweak based upon personal preference and with his team, delivered both fabulous canapes and a perfect wedding breakfast.
Finally, for us, Milton Abbey was the perfect venue for a day we’d love to relive over and over again and we’d both like to say thank you to everyone involved who made our day happen. There’s nowhere else in the world we could imagine getting married and we would strongly urge anyone planning their special day to not just consider here but to visit and see for yourselves before signing up for the best day of your lives!"
"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all the effort you made to make our day so special. It really was the most incredible day of our lives.
Our guests were overwhelmed by the beautiful setting. Everything went perfectly and it was very reassuring you were there overseeing everything. The abbey looked beautiful and I appreciate your support in putting the Carly and Alex touches to the abbey...I know we will enjoy as a family returning to the abbey for many years."
"Many thanks for the hospitality on Thursday in showing us around Milton Abbey and School. Anne's enthusiasm for Milton's history was a pleasure to listen to. The Tree of Jesse window by Pugin was just amazing in the Abbey...
And words fail me with regards to the Cream Tea, it was one of the best afternoon teas that we have had on our summer visits... Thank you once again for allowing our Family History Group to visit the Abbey and School."
"What a wonderful day you made us; I can't thank you enough for the preparations you made to make the day run so smoothly...without your attention to detail and planning it would never have happened how it did. A glorious day, in a wonderful setting, with beautiful weather and all went without a hitch - thank you."
"What an amazing day we had getting married at such a stunning venue. All our guests commented on what a wonderful setting and what a great day it was. The staff at Milton Abbey were superb and attended to every single detail. The food was delicious and enjoyed by all. Every time we see Milton Abbey we will have very fond memories of our special day. Thank you to the team at Milton Abbey for giving us the perfect wedding day."
Jonathan and Aurelia
"On behalf of Milborne St Andrew Food & Wine Club I would say a huge 'thank you' for making our evening such a wonderful success. Everything was just perfect- the venue, the atmosphere, the food and the service. Without exception all 50 guests had a wonderful evening. A few extracts from emails I received: " Last night was a resounding success", "The food was good, the service excellent and the venue perfect. What a great start to Christmas.", "..what a splendid venue - wonderful food", "I'm sure I won't be alone in saying what a lovely evening I had yesterday - good food, good company, good entertainment, good wine!!".
Needless to say we would like to book for next year!"
Julie - organiser
"I wanted to email you to extend our great thanks to you and the team for such a superb holiday. Everyone said what a fantastic place it was and there was great appreciation for the organisation, cleanliness and quality of food during our holiday. Everyone seems excited to return next year! In particular, the evening in the Abbey was very much enjoyed by all so thank you very much for arranging that."
"Thank you so much for inviting us back and putting on such a lovely picnic for us. It was so special to be back at Milton Abbey again - we had such an amazing wedding day and it was wonderful to be able to come back and spend some time there again. I was also really interested to hear about the lottery grant for the repairs to the Abbey - how brilliant!
Thanks again for having us, and for everything you have done for us for both our big, and our anniversary. We continue to be completely blown away by the fantastic thought and effort put in by all at Milton Abbey - I am sure we've mentioned this before but there is nowhere better to get married than the Abbey - it's an incredible location and the attention to detail, thought and service is second to none. We're just really sad it's all over now!"
"We just wanted to say a huge thank you to you for a wonderful afternoon yesterday. As we knew it would be, the food, service and rooms were superb. You even put the sunshine on as requested! Everyone really enjoyed it particularly the two most important guests..."
"We would like to thank the whole team at Milton Abbey for helping to make our wedding day the amazing day it was...Our guests were blown away and stunned by the venue with most of them commenting to us that it was the best wedding they had been to. It was great for us to enjoy our day knowing that our guests were being looked after so well during the champagne reception, particularly when we were having our photos taken.
The chef and his team were excellent producing outstanding food throughout the day from the canapes to the main meal to the evening cheese table...Keeping some canapes aside for us when we returned from having our photos taken was a perfect touch, particularly when we weren't eating until later that afternoon.
Thank you again for helping to make our wedding day as fantastic as it was. We would recommend Milton Abbey to anyone looking to get married. The venue is stunning and you and your guests will have a perfect wedding day, where you can enjoy your day knowing that your guests are being looked after and catered for in a beautiful location."
"We looked around at a number of wedding venues across both London and Dorset during our wedding planning, but we knew as soon as we arrived at Milton Abbey that the other options we had considered just didn't compare. Not just in terms of the amazing venue, history, stunning setting and hugely competitive package, but also, and equally as importantly, the wonderful welcome we received from yourself when we conducted our initial visit. This was followed by fantastic ongoing support throughout the preparations and during the day itself from all of your team. The absolute detailed care and attention that you all provided to us was so much more than we'd ever expected - we were made to feel as though we were the only wedding your team was hosting this year, even though we knew you had a full 2015 wedding season booked!
We had such an amazing day and that really is in huge part thanks to all of your hard work, even the staff during the wedding breakfast and reception seemed genuinely pleased to be there and couldn't do enough to help us!
We can't imagine getting married anywhere else, and for anyone considering a wedding with yourselves, we would say - 'don't hesitate, get your special day booked up at Milton Abbey!' From our part, we just wish we could do it all over again!"