Take a look at our FAQs for answers to some of our most common questions.

How do I find Hodsock Priory? 

There are several ways to reach Hodsock Priory, whether you’re travelling by car, train or taxi. The Estate is located at Blyth just off the A1, our full address is Hodsock Priory, Blyth, Nottinghamshire, Postcode S81 0TY. For more detailed directions, please download these instructions.


What is the Planning Meeting?

Your Planning Meeting is where we go over all your details for your special day. You will be invited to this 6-9 month before your wedding date, and it will last approximately 1-2 hours. We will then invite you to a Final Planning Meeting 6-8 Weeks before the big day, to run over those final details. This usually lasts up to an hour.


What time can me and my guests arrive?

The Bridal Dressing Room and The Clubhouse are available from 10.30am. This means the Bridal Party and the Groomsmen both have a more relaxed space to get ready before the Ceremony. They are both in different areas of the Venue so you will be kept apart until you see each other down the aisle.

We recommend advising your guests to arrive 30 minutes before your ceremony time, to allow time to have a drink and take their seats.

Accommodation for all guests Check-In between the hours of 2pm and 3.30pm


What time can my venue dresser set up from?

Your venue dresser, florist, ceremony music, photographer etc are all welcome from 10.30am.


Can I drop items off before?

Yes, you will be given dates a couple of days before your Wedding to leave us things like Name Places, Table Plan, Favours, Welcome Sign, and any other extras that we can set up for you. Unfortunately, you cannot drop larger items such as your dress/Suits and cake. Please see Décor drop off sheet for guidance of what we can set up for you.


Can I get some food whilst getting ready?

Yes, we offer delicious breakfast and brunch options for you to enjoy whilst getting ready.


Do you provide disabled access to the ceremony and reception rooms?

Yes, we provide disabled access via the bar doors or through the courtyard entrance.


Is there music across the rooms?

Yes, we have a system that plays throughout all the downstairs rooms.


How is the music played in the ceremony room?

We always recommend booking live music to play your ceremony music as it really makes a beautiful addition. We do have a Bluetooth speaker option if you want to assign a member of your wedding party to be in control of this. One of our Events Team will have a run through with your dedicated person before the ceremony.


How many bedrooms are there at Hodsock Priory?

There are seven house bedrooms, including the Honeymoon Suite. Along with 10 additional bedrooms in the Courtyard. We require you to book a minimum of the seven house bedrooms.


How do we book our accommodation at Hodsock Priory?

All accommodation must be booked through yourselves unfortunately we are able to take any bookings requested directly from your guests. You will be given a bedroom allocation list that we will kindly ask you to fill out and hand back in at your final planning meeting. All seven house bedrooms must be taken as a minimum. Six weeks before your special day you will be sent an accommodation invoice for all house bedrooms and any courtyard rooms that have been requested.


What time is breakfast for overnight guests?

Breakfast is served in the Buchanan Hall 8.30am-9.30am for all House and Courtyard Accommodation.


What time is check in and out for overnight guests?

Check in is between the hours of 2pm and 3.30pm and check out the following morning is 10.00am


Can I stay the night before?

This is an option we would asses 8 weeks before your date as it would depend on events either side of your date.


May our dog attend?

Yes, we love dogs at Hodsock. They can even stay over in our dog friendly room in the Courtyard charged at a small supplement of £15. Please ensure for the comfort of your other guests that your dog is supervised by either a friend or family member and that they are responsible to pick up after them.


Can you recommend a florist, musician, venue dresser etc?

Yes, we have a fantastic selection of well-loved suppliers in our ‘Little White Wedding Book’.


Do we have to use your suppliers?

No, you are welcome to use your own suppliers. We just ask that they have the relevant insurances which we will need a copy of at your planning meeting.


Are there any décor restrictions?

You may dress the venue as you choose, we just ask all candle flames are contained either in hurricane vases or lanterns. We cannot allow items to be attached to our walls, ceiling or floor.


Can we have fireworks?

Yes, however, due to being situated alongside farms and a livery yard, we ask that the only fireworks are silent/low noise fireworks via our recommended supplier First Galaxy who know the estate. We also allow the use of sparkles on the Italian Terrace.


Do you have a microphone for speeches?

No, we do not have a sound system for speeches, one can be hired locally, though we have found it is not necessary with the acoustics of the Pavilion.


What time does the bar close, and can I extend the bar hours?

The bar closed at midnight. If you would like to extend your bar hours, we offer a bar extension to 1am for £250. For overnight guests, you can book one of our “After Hours” packages, a selection of night caps and midnight munchies to enjoy in the library.


What are your bar prices? Can we set up a bar tab?

You can find our bar prices on the ‘Drinks Menu’ Our bars are cashless (card payments and contactless only) Bar tabs can be arranged (We will ask for a hold card if it is a guest)


Is there a cake cutting fee and do you have a cake stand?

No, we do not charge you a cake cutting fee. Yes, we have a cake stand and cake knife for your use, use of these will be confirmed at your planning meeting.


May guests leave their vehicles overnight at Hodsock?

Your guests are welcome to leave their vehicles overnight in our car park, this is at your discretion and your own risk. We ask that they are collected by 10.30am the following morning.


How do we book a taxi?

Due to the location of Hodsock Priory, we recommend your guests book taxi’s ahead of the event, we can provide a local list if required.


If you have not found the answer to your query above, don’t hesitate to email it over to us at info@hodsockpriory.com – we are here to help.


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