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Wedding FAQs

Find below a number of common questions we are asked about Weddings at Tawstock. If you need any further information then please book a viewing with Laura, our wedding manager.
What do we get with our exclusive package?

Your exclusive use is from 11.30am on the day of your wedding and you will have a suite of 7 rooms in the main house, a lovely mix of period and modern spaces. This also includes use of vintage chinaware, table linen and tableware, access to the grounds and woodlands, use of the sports hall facility, garden games, access to prepare all the rooms the day before your wedding and complimentary honeymoon suite on the night of your wedding.

Do you have accommodation onsite?
We have recently restored 4 dwellings onsite, totalling 20 en-suite rooms with shared lounges for up to 45 guests. This incorporates a mix of family, double and twin rooms.
How many guests can we have for our wedding reception dinner?

We have 2 main function rooms in the main house. The Morning Room can accommodate up to 60 people for dinner and The Old Refectory can accommodate up to 110 people. For larger celebrations we have a space for a marquee accommodating up to 250 people which can attach onto the main house.

Can we get married at Tawstock Court?
Yes, we have a license to carry out civil weddings both inside the main house and in outside areas. If you would like to say your vows at Tawstock Court you will need to contact Devon County Council to register Tel: 0345 155 1002
How much deposit do we need to secure a booking?
After receiving our quotation for your Wedding Package, if you wish to make a booking with us you should, within 30 days of the date of our quotation, return your signed booking form with a deposit of 10% of your hire charge.
Can we provide our own wine or champagne?
Yes, you may provide your own wine and champagne during your wedding reception dinner subject to corkage charges. All other alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks must be provided by Tawstock Court.
Are there any requirements for suppliers?
We are happy for you to book external companies, but they must contact the Venue in the first instance and provide us with requested documentation and information specified in our Terms & Conditions.
Do you have a licensed bar?
We have a well-stocked licensed bar in the main house serving a large range of different alcoholic drinks including a gin list and extensive wine list.
Can we accommodate guests with additional needs?
We have an accessible room located in the Stables dwelling at ground level which has a fully equipped disabled en-suite bathroom.
Are other events scheduled on the same day?
No, as part of our exclusive use, you and your guests will be the only visitors staying at Tawstock Court for your wedding day.
How long can you provisionally hold a date for?
Your quote is valid for 30 days but your date will only be secured once the 10% deposit is paid.
When can we come and have a look around?
We would love you to visit Tawstock Court for a private viewing and we can show you all we have to offer for your special day. Please complete our online booking calendar to select a date and time which is convenient for you.
Can we use confetti?
Yes but we ask that is natural biodegradable confetti please such as rose petals or dried flowers.
Can we have fireworks?

You will be able to have fireworks on the front lawn until 10.30pm. We ask that you use our recommended professional fireworks company for this: https://www.brightburstfireworks.co.uk or http://sonicfireworks.co.uk/ 

Can we have sky lanterns?
No, we are sorry we cannot allow any sky lanterns at the venue.
Are we allowed to have candles?

Yes, as long as they are covered.  You can also purchase really good LED candles online.

Do you have travel cots and high chairs available?
Yes, we do have some travel cots and high chairs available on a first come first serve basis. Please contact us if you wish to reserve any.
Can we get married in the local church?
Yes, St Peters Church is just at the bottom of the front garden and it is available for weddings. You will need to contact the vicar for information and availability. Email: highbickrectory@gmail.com
Can my photographer come for a look around before my wedding?
They are very welcome to come and visit before your big day to familiarise themselves with the site and best places for photo opportunities within the grounds.
Can you recommend wedding suppliers?

Yes, we are happy to recommend some wonderful wedding suppliers and these are listed in our suppliers section on our website.

When do I have to confirm final numbers?
You need to confirm final numbers at least 14 days before your wedding day.
How many people can you accommodate for the wedding ceremony?
We have a variety of rooms that can be used to say your vows. Our panelled hall is very popular and can hold up to 90 people in total. We also have outdoor spaces available and this is for any amount of guests.
Is your venue easy to find?
Yes, we are just 2 miles outside of Barnstaple – just a few minutes drive from the A361 link road. There are three different routes to get to the village of Tawstock and it is signposted when you get there.
Is there a quieter area for any guests who wish to get away from the noise of the evening entertainment?
There is a large conservatory lounge area attached to our accommodation dwellings which has beautiful views across the valley. This can be used by all guests staying with us. We also have a lounge in the main house for people who would like a quieter room.
Are we able to camp onsite?

We have a large field just behind our sports hall which is perfect for camping. There is also a large field at the top of our site just behind the woods with amazing views across Barnstaple and Tawstock Castle.

What are your catering options?
We are happy to be flexible with our catering options. Although by late 2019 we will have our own in-house catering team, we are still open to working with external caterers using our facilities at Tawstock Court.
Do you have a PA system that we can use?
Yes we have a PA system set up in our reception room, The Old Refectory which you can use. Please chat to us about this.
What facilities are available if the weather is poor?
We have a number of indoor spaces available in the main house along with a large sports hall facility which can hold anything from bouncy castles to badminton nets.

Visit Tawstock Court for a no obligation viewing.