The Coach House is suitable for seated groups of any size. We can accommodate up to 120 very comfortably for dining, but the room is also perfect for a small intimate wedding of 50. In the evening, we can accommodate up to around 150. There is a dance area, bar, relaxed seating and toilets as well as a large dining area. We can easily tailor the seating and set up to suit the size of your event.
Food is a hugely important part of your day and so to ensure you get the best quality food and service we have teamed up with two locally sourced catering companies at Pennard House, allowing you to have a choice when it comes to deciding on the menu. Both pride themselves on using locally sourced fresh produce and aim to be as flexible as possible to ensure you have exactly what you want on your special day, and they have both worked with us for many years and their knowledge of the venue ensures that all aspects of the meal run smoothly.
The French Kitchen: http://www.thefrench-kitchen.co.uk/
Wild Fork West: http://www.wildforkwest.co.uk/
Yes you are very welcome to bring your own alcohol for the drinks reception and wedding breakfast if you wish and we do not charge corkage. However we do need to charge a small handling fee to include cooling of bottles and also disposal of empties after your event. In the evening we have a fully stocked bar.
In regards to quantities, we know it can be difficult to decide on how much alcohol to buy and so to make life easier, we can provide you with a choice from a selection of carefully chosen wine on a sale or return basis, if that would suit you better.
Wedding ceremonies can be held in the beautiful 14th century church just beyond the garden. If you prefer a civil ceremony, we have a licensed room in the house which can accommodate up to 80 people or the licensed Garden Pavilion on the croquet lawn next to the house. Alternatively, the gardens offer plenty of spaces for humanist ceremonies.
Yes absolutely, we don’t do back-to-back weddings so most of our guests come for 2 nights. Many guests like to have a meal with family and close friends on the night before the wedding and we would be happy to help with these arrangements. Others have a BBQ around the freshwater pool on the day after the wedding, enjoying a refreshing swim and a Bloody Mary!
We can also arrange accommodation for you or your guests, in fully furnished tipis within the grounds.
In the autumn before your wedding you will be allocated a wedding director who will help you plan your day. Around this time we will also arrange a planning meeting with your wedding director, to start finalising your itinerary.
After our first meetings and once you decide to have your special day with us, you are welcome to return as often as is necessary prior to your wedding to chat through the details of the day. Just let us know in advance so we can be sure the diary is free.
We try to be as upfront with everything as possible so that there are no hidden costs or last minute shocks. We will be clear about what we can and can’t offer within the price agreed and after that, any extra cost will simply be down to other things you choose to do on the day.
Yes, but only biodegradable confetti please, or preferably rose petals and please only outside!
Regrettably we do not allow lanterns, as they pose a risk to local livestock and to nearby houses and barns.
Yes, The Coach House has good disabled access.
There are plenty of car parking spaces available at Pennard House, adjacent to The Coach House and no more than 10 minutes walk to the church. Therefore, you can leave your car in the same place all day and no need for driving in between the ceremony and reception.
Yes we have an inbuilt system that provides heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. The heating is provided by heat pumps, while the ventilation uses heat recovery, thus ensuring a constant temperature whatever the weather outside, with minimum environmental impact.
To make your booking we send out a booking agreement and ask for a deposit of 50% of the booking fee for Pennard House. The outstanding payments can be made one month before wedding.
Where are we?
Pennard House is located in the sleepy village of East Pennard, in Somerset. The closest town is Shepton Mallet, approximately 5 miles away, while Glastonbury and Wells are only seven miles away. Bristol and Bath are around 25 miles to the north.
The journey from London to East Pennard is approximately two and a half hours by car. By train, the quickest and easiest journey is from Paddington to Castle Cary, which is about 10 minutes drive from East Pennard. The journey time from London is around 1hr 45 minutes.
B&Bs, hotels and Self catering
There are lots of good places locally to stay ranging from rustic bed and breakfast accommodation to local spa hotels. Click here to download an up-to-date list of local accommodation.
In our opinion the quality of the food is one of the most important aspects at a wedding or event. With that in mind we have teamed up with two locally based caterers, both of whom have a fabulous reputation for providing excellent food using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. These are The French Kitchen and Wild Fork West. Both pride themselves on flexibility, allowing our couples to have a choice when choosing the menu on their big day. You are free to get in contact directly and they will work with you to provide any option you wish, from a simple buffet with local produce, a hog roast or a delicious three course feast. See here for some feedback from recent wedding guests.
We’d also be happy to arrange any of the local specialities be it cider or ale, a superb cider brandy aperitif that also makes a great cocktail, or some West Country Cheddar.
How much time will I get to decorate?
We want all couples to feel relaxed and at home here at Pennard rather than rushed in to your wedding. We don’t do back-to-back weddings, so most of our couples come and stay the night before the wedding. This means being able to decorate the Coach House the night before, so there is nothing to do on the day, meaning you can wake up with the knowledge that the only thing that needs attention is yourself! We just ask couples to book all the accommodation in the house on the night before and this guarantees we won’t book anything else.
Who do I contact regarding the actual ceremony?
If you are looking to get married in the village church, all the information and contact details are on their website here.
If you are planning a civil ceremony, then once you have set a date with us you would need to contact the Somerset Registration Service to arrange details.
This is a list of a few taxi companies we use regularly and who are reliable. It is worth booking in advance as they can get very busy in the evenings:
If there is any other way we can help then please do ask. We can recommend very good local florists, hairdressers, photographers and DJs. We know some great bands, whether you like rock ‘n roll, blues, ceilidh, or simply a good cover band. Through experience we have sussed out the best people locally and we would be happy to recommend them to give you peace of mind in organising your event.