recent guests Have written

A huge thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the love, support, help and kindness that you have shown us both. From the first visit to Smedmore Julie has been unbelievably welcoming and it is fair to say that she, as well as the house, were the reasons we chose to have our special day here. Everyone has commented on the breath-taking views, the beautiful house and gardens. The house is absolutely exceptional with a vibrancy and character that is so unique. Keep doing what you are doing; its just fantastic here! We will never forget this weekend; the best day of our lives! Thank you so much.   July 21st 2018

One perfect week, a beautiful and very personal wedding and we don’t want to leave!! This now feels like our home! We have promised to come here and celebrate each and every wedding anniversary as this place holds such wonderful, happy and precious memories.

Our family and friends have been overwhelmed with this glorious place, the location, the gardens, the history and yet its homeliness. The association with the Suffragette movement was particularly impressive. Thank you once again and see you next year Julie!! June 23rd 2018

We could not have hoped for a more perfect setting for our wedding weekend. The weather was absolutely glorious and we enjoyed the beautiful garden and view immensely. Our family and friends loved being able to stay in the house and we felt very much at home here.  We would love to return again to enjoy everything that Smedmore has to offer.A special thanks to Julie, Charlotte, Sue and Gary for all their help in making our wedding weekend so memorable. June 16th 2018

We’ve had a lovely time. Thank you for the use of your wonderful house.

We’ve had a wonderful time! Thank you! An amazing time was had by us all. Just not enough time to appreciate all the history held within this amazing house! Thank you.

Thank so much I’ve had a great time and would love to come again.  Young guests at Family Celebration May 2018

From someone from the Antipodes (NZ) this was a fairytale experience.

Ab Fab setting, even sea! And wonderful wedding celebrations for a gorgeous couple Sam & Hannah…. Thank you!

From the bride ( Hannah) and the groom (Sam): What a marvellous place to get married. We couldn’t have imagined a more perfect place to celebrate our wedding. Smedmore House will be forever in our hearts.  May 26th 2018

We have had a joyous stay in this beautiful house. Every detail has made us feel happy, from the sea views and the hares playing on the lawn to the fabulous artwork and treasures on display. Thank you for sharing your heritage and your house with us. We would love to come back because I feel that we have left a little piece of our hearts behind as we leave. May 29th 2018

A magnificent time in the Purbecks we have loved for so long. End May/June 2018

A truly magical experience! The wedding was half-Norwegian and half English so for them it was so lovely to see and experience such a slice of English history. With all our thanks. June 2018 (parents of groom)

Spent a wonderful weekend celebrating D’s 70th birthday. Couldn’t think of a better place to have such a celebration! Thanks again. April 2018

We had such a wonderful time celebrating a surprise 60th birthday party in a stunning location. The house and grounds were perfect and we had everything we could have wished for – including a really good all round service from the house-keepers who kept us well looked after. And what a location to watch the royal wedding! Thank you so much. We will be back. May 2018

Wonderful Christmas! Many happy memories. Such a special time. Love this place. Christmas 2017:

A lovely family weekend. Parents, children, grandchildren and friends. Such a lovely and welcoming house. November 2017

Truly magical weekend. November 2017

Amazing family home. Brilliant time! November 2017

My 90th birthday- what a place! What a wonderful party! Unforgettable! Just out of this world! We had a wonderful and very special family time in this amazing place. November 2017

Stylish, charming and soulful, Smedmore House is perfect in itself but was also the perfect venue for our event…. We had an unforgettable time in and around your beautiful estate. November 2017

In Canada, we are missing so much old stones like these, It was really a royal treatment to be able to stay, sleep and eat in such a wonderful place so finely decorated.  November 2017

Lovely to see Smedmore again. We love it here. October 2017

A spectacularly successful 70th birthday. October 2017

A perfect stay in a magnificent house, full of history and brought to life by the owner and staff. An unforgettable week. Already longing to return. Sept 2017

The house is wonderful. Gorgeous setting and what absolutely beautiful weather. The best wedding ever! August 2017

It was beyond our wildest expectations, the house is absolutely beautiful and we have enjoyed every moment of our stay here. Every room in the house is steeped in history and it has been a joy to spend time in so many of the rooms. The views also from the house are stunning. Thank you so much for keeping the house in wonderful condition and making it available for people like us to enjoy. You have kept the charm and character of the house and it has been for us a most wonderful week and one we will never forget.  August 2017

Wow! a National Trust type house without the ropes! Thanks so much for the use of your ‘grand” home. A very memorable occasion and the staff were brilliant. August 2017

Thank you all for making our wedding the best day ever. … I never dreamt my wedding day could have been this fantastic. August 2017

Thank you for the use of a truly wonderful venue. We couldn’t have asked for more. Really enjoyed using the Dining Room for large family rehearsal dinner! August 2017

This was the best venue we could have ever imagined for our beautiful wedding. Our immediate family all stayed in this stunning house for the entire weekend. Every single person loved this house so much! It has so much character and interesting features everywhere you turn…. Every one of the wedding guests commented on how stunning the venue and location were. It was a dream weekend and we all cannot wait to come back. August 2017

The best place for the best weekend. So many wonderful memories. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to tie the knot. July 2017.

What a beautiful house, a real gem filled with the most lovely furniture, paintings etc. A real delight to spend time in, very well equipped, comfortable beds, linen and towels. July 2017.

I love to find here the beautiful seat of Napoleon in display in this remarkable house where I had a great time. July 2017.

This was the perfect place for our wedding. So many compliments on the venue, the atmosphere and the location. … We loved every moment of our time here. July 2017.

Warm, colourful, seductive, this house is a joy to be in. June 2017

So cool. I love the history vibe! I would so come again. June 2017

The worst thing about Smedmore is having to leave! Fabulous time in a lovely place. May 2017

What a great historic site – from dinosaur’s to Napoleon’s chair and Nelson’s last hours at Trafalgar! It was a historic event for the Low family as well – our golden wedding anniversary with all the family present. April 2017

We had a memorable 80th birthday weekend for Mum. A surprisingly warm house on a wintery weekend. Feb 2017

The most fantastic place. A superb house with lots of history, gorgeous glass and china and the most brilliant rooms. We were superbly looked after. Thank you for sharing your home. Feb 2017

Yes it was special and memorable to stay in a house full of treasures. We knew it would be lovely – but it was truly amazing. A beautiful characterful house – a privilege to stay in it! Feb 2017

Outstanding. Quite perfect in every way. Jan 2017

We will treasure the memory of a magical Christmas at Smedmore House forever. Christmas 2016

We had an amazing weekend. The house exceeded all expectations. Thanks so much for letting us stay here. We had the first winter storm of the year and it was a perfect place to hunker down in a storm. Nov 2016

This is 100% the most stunning house we have ever seen. To be so close to the sea, yet entirely remote, peaceful and to feel like you are somehow part of the house – with its familiar, relaxed atmosphere – it is a true home and we feel incredibly privileged to have been part of it. We, of course, without question, will be back. Nov 2016

A huge thank you for the most wonderful wedding weekend possible! We loved staying here again and can’t wait to visit again. Many thanks to Julie also for welcoming us and helping out with everything. Simply amazing! Sept 2016  

We love coming here every year and seeing all the renovations and changes.. The house is beautiful as always and Julie is most kind to all of us! October 2016

Purbeck in all its variety. Instant home for a family wedding. Special thanks to Julie, Laura and Team. Living a dream! Clavell Tower Open Day too! Extra wedding photos. Ian Jackason the wonderful vicar at church Knowle. Appreciation to everyone for such an opportunity to explore Mansel history too. Sept 2016

The perfect place for a wedding. Thank you so much. It could not have been more wonderful. August 2016  

An amazing house, beautiful gardens, wonderful wedding Day. Fantastic company. Had a ball. Amazing heritage. August 2016

The perfect venue to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary. A week we will always remember. Superb week at this amazing house with wonderful friends celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. August 2016

Superb weekend. Beautiful views. Glorious weather. Wonderful location and truly spectacular house and grounds. All combined to make a completely memorable occasion. Thanks for all your help. It was great .  August 2016

An honour to be allowed to stay in this magnificent property! We have had a wonderful week. Extremely comfortable accommodation – crisp bedlinen and what views to wake up to! The front lawn provided an ideal rounders and football pitch with croquet in the walled garden. A truly calm and peaceful haven from busy life!  Many thanks to Julie and Team for their friendly welcome and reassuring to know they were on hand if needed. Many thanks. August 2016

What a fantastic location. Julie was incredible, marvellous wedding with friends and family, gospel singers, vicar sincere, flowers wonderful (straight from Tanzania), speeches exceptional, all ended in drunken fun, then a relaxing day to recover. July 2016

What a wonderful place – the transformation in a year is amazing. It has been the most amazing weekend – we couldn’t have asked for a nicer setting, plus the weather was an added bonus. Thank you Julie for everything. July 2016

A huge thank you from both families for what has been the most perfect wedding weekend for Dan and Abi. This really is a little piece of heaven and we will never forget either the comfort and peace of the house and the location or the wonderful hospitality of Julie who looked after us so well.   PS We could stay forever! June 2016

What can I say – a most beautiful house and garden for my niece’s wedding. I had a wonderful stay and Julie and the rest of the people looking after this magnificent house were fabulous. Thank you so much. June 2016

Lovely house – lived in but not care-worn, clean but not sterile – loved but not smothered. Smedmore and those that look after you, it was a privilege to visit. Thank you. June 2016

 We have had the most magical wedding at Smedmore House. I can’t begin to describe the pure beauty of the house and gardens and how very special it was to be able to celebrate and exchange our vows in the gardens. Julie is warm, friendly and so accommodating for all friends and family. This has without doubt become our very, very special place. Thank you. May 2016

Staying here has been a wonderful experience.  Such a beautiful location and a lovely house full of character – we enjoyed exploring and the only disappointment was that we didn’t find a secret passage!  Best of all – the lovely staff who helped make our stay special.  Thanks! XXXX Wedding July 2015  

Smedmore en famille!  English cuisine and Purbeck delicatessen, the Fossils Museum inauguration, long walks, croquet and outdoors games.  What bliss for everyone. French guest July 2015

What an amazing place and moment, simply amazing! Guest

Perfect!  As always…..cannot wait to come back. 

Simply amazing!   Staying here has been a great experience. Bride & Groom 

A fab weekend to celebrate Christine’s 60th birthday.  I liked EVERYTHING.  Fabulous house, amazing surroundings and most importantly great company!  

What a wonderful lovely surprise weekend at Smedmore House with all my great family for my “special birthday.  I will never forget all the great memories. Xx   

What a special place for a very special wedding!  Such an authentic country family home, which was the best fit for our very large family.  We have spent a wonderful few days and hope to be back soon.  Staff (Julie) was very friendly and so accommodating.  Gorgeous garden which is so well maintained and pleasant to hang around all day.  We’ll be back!!!!!  Wedding July 2015  

 “Thank you – our wedding here has been just perfect. Stunning house and gardens. We couldn’t have asked for anything more. We are honoured to have been your first wedding ceremony here.”June 2015

“What a wonderful house!! We loved our stay and the location. Felt like being at home (albeit a grand one!)” May 2015

“Thank you for a wonderful time here; so grateful for all your efforts on our special day.” April 2015

“What a wonderful house – we have had just the best weekend in perfect sunshine” March 2015

“Thanks so much for having us!  We had an awesome weekend. What a fantastic house this is!  Hope to visit again.” March 2015

“A fabulous couple of days – great company, fine wine, amazing food and unique surroundings. Feels like a real home – a living museum in many ways – Absolutely loved it.”  Jan 2015

“A beautiful house that was perfect for a weekend of birthday celebrations. It couldn’t have been better. The location is stunning and the house was lovely.  We’d definitely come back though.” Jan 2015 

“Absolutely amazing place to spend my 50th birthday. Wonderful environment to be with good friends. A very, very special place that will not be forgotten.”  Jan 2015

“An absolute delight – authentically decorated, warm, inviting and beautifully atmospheric.  I loved staying here and the homely feel of it all.  Good amenities, beautiful grounds.  I love the furniture and the living rooms.” New Year 2015

“The house was really perfect for us and the location absolutely beautiful – we were so lucky with the weather all weekend and enjoyed several stunning walks on the cliff paths.  We just had the best time and particularly enjoyed the big log fires to play after dinner party games by. It was all magical!” KB Dec 2014.

“We had a great weekend. It is really a great place to stay and our parents were very humbled to stay in such a magnificent home to celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary!  Many thanks for all your help and we will definitely recommend the place to others.” SK Oct 2014

“Everyone loved the house, had a wonderful time, and I had a really good birthday down there!” CS Sept 2014

“What a magical place.  Thank you for making our dreams come true.” Mr & Mrs S April 2014

“Smedmore is a magical place to spend Christmas.” – RJ, December 2013

“Wonderful weather, wonderful location the weekend was perfect. Great to have my Family together in this beautiful House.” – S&K W, August 2013

“We feel so lucky to have seen the very best of late Spring at Smedmore – Bluebells, Campion, Wild Garlic, Cow Parsley, Lambs, Mustard Fields – it is a form of Paradise. With all our thanks.” – CG, April 2013

“Fantastic House, lovely to share your family heritage with us for a week. We adored the area and the beaches.” – MW, September 2012

“A fabulous house,and surroundings. Thank you very much for making this weekend so very special.” – IO, August 2012

“A huge pleasure and a privilege to be able to enjoy such magnificence, both inside and outside the house. We will return.” – LP, August 2012

“The house is so peaceful and relaxed, it is so homely” – DJ, April 2014

Further reviews can be found on our page on Landed Houses.