Please See OurFrequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of the questions that we get asked on a regular basis, it is more than likely if you have a question, someone else has asked it already. If you can't find it in the list below, don't hesitate to contact us.
How do we find Maunsel House?
Maunsel is at the heart of our 2,000 acre Estate on the outskirts of the village of North Newton - which is one and a half miles from North Petherton and 2 miles from junction 24 of the M5, 45 minutes to Bristol and 150 minutes to London. We are six miles from the County Town of Taunton with regular train service to London Paddington. (about 120 minutes). We are 'brown signed' from North Petherton and also from A361 (the quick route to Taunton).
Will we be looked after?
Yes emphatically! We have a brilliant team here and you will get to know us in the run up to your wedding. We are here for you every step of the way!
How many can stay the night?
There are 13 bedrooms in the house and a further 4 bedrooms in South Wing. There are 5 cottages, within staggering distance of the house, making a grand total of 64 guests.
As well as lots of local accommodation available to you why not consider having Yurts or Tipi’s erected on the estate. There are several local companies you can use and we would be happy to discuss this in more detail with you.
Can I bring my own cake?
Yes and we have lots of recommended suppliers on our list should you need help finding one.
What about food?
We consider this to be one of the most important elements and have therefore put a lot of time and effort into finding fabulous caterers to provide scrumptious meals for you!
They are very flexible and offer a huge choice whether you want fillet steak or bangers and mash.
We also produce Maunsel Suppers which are a great inexpensive option for a relaxed night before the wedding.
Where does the drinks reception take place?
The Georgian Dining Room, Hall, Library and Bar are all great for your drinks reception. The reception rooms, although grand and elegant, never feel too big and impersonal - they have an intimacy and help create a very warm, relaxed and comfortable feel. At Maunsel House we cater for all tastes and for small or large wedding parties.
In the summer it is lovely to dine alfresco under our roofed pergola in the walled garden. Should the temperature drop as the evening draws in we can turn on an overhead heater and light the many chimineas we have which line the pergola and our large fire pit. The pergola is covered with scented climbing plants such as jasmine, honeysuckle, roses and wisteria and helps create a very relaxed atmosphere and can seat up to 220.
Dancing is great in the Ballroom or outside under the pergola, or if you wish why not have a marquee or a wigwam in our kitchen courtyard which has been design specifically for this purpose .
Is there a corkage charge?
No, we prefer to have a Cellar fee for storage and handling which is charged per head rather than a corkage charge which is per a bottle. It covers your welcome drinks, wedding breakfast and toasting drinks. We then collect up the leftovers and place it to one side for the Maunsel after party later in the evening.
When does the party end?
Our license for the bar and music ends at midnight or 1pm, if you pay for an extension. (Maunsel has it's own bar and charges normal Somerset pub prices. Tabs can be arranged with cash and/or card behind the bar) Once all the guests have drifted away back to their hotels, B&B's etc, the Maunsel after party can begin. We will bring out your alcohol or the remainder of your drinks package if you've opted for that. You are more than welcome to party into the small hours with your own alcohol and the Maunsel cd player.
Last one to bed, to switch off all the lights! Cottage guests welcome too.
Are Children allowed?
Yes they are very welcome and they love running around and exploring. A treasure hunt is a great idea for them and can be arranged, as can childrens' entertainers, creche and babysitting.
Our caterers can provide childrens' meals at a reduced rate for little people.
What about photography?
Whatever the weather Maunsel House offers a stunning backdrop for photographs and if you need a photographer we have lots on our recommendations list who know the house and grounds well.
Confetti can be used, although we prefer natural petals or paper which are bio degradable, not the sparkly stuff.
Can we use Chinese lanterns?
We do not allow the use of Chinese lanterns as they pose a risk to the local wildlife and livestock. There are some wonderful alternatives, why not try sparklers or oversized balloons with tassels that can be released slightly earlier.
What is our unique selling point?
We think it's the fact that Maunsel is not a hotel but a much loved and rather eccentric family home, steeped in 'Slade family History', which is yours to takeover.
Maunsel is exclusively yours to celebrate in however you wish, your own Manor house for the day, weekend or however long you want to stay.
There is no reception desk, no keys for the rooms unless you want one, guests can wander down to breakfast in their dressing gown! It's your own house party but with all the Maunsel team on hand to make sure everything happens as you want it to.
What is your capacity?
We currently have weddings booked in ranging from 25 guests to 200 guests, so size really doesn't matter.
Our Ballroom can seat 102 for wedding breakfasts and civil ceremonies or 162 with the mini extension marquee fitted to the open French windows enlarging the room.
For outdoor ceremonies we can seat over 200 around our antique bandstand. The roofed pergola for alfresco dining can seat up to 220 guests around round tables and the kitchen courtyard can accommodate a beautiful marquee for up to 200 guests. Overall there is a capacity for over 500 seated guests.
Are there local Hotels and B&B's / self catering?
Yes lots and we have a list we send out to all brides and grooms, including a local hotel one and a half miles away in the next village.
What about flowers?
The great thing about Maunsel is that it is so 'well dressed' you don't need to spend a fortune on floristry and we always have fresh flowers on the Hall table, so just let us know your colour scheme and we will get our florist to arrange something to fit in with you.
We have lots of recommended florists on our list so we can help you source one.
What about the Wedding Breakfast?
The Ballroom can seat up to 102 and with a mini extension can seat up to 162. And for the summer time we have a fully roofed pergola with over head heating and chimineas for larger parties.
Your wedding breakfast can be whatever you want it to be, a 3 course meal to a BBQ; formal or informal.
Can we bring our own wine and champagne?
Unlike many venues we do offer couples the chance to celebrate with your own alcohol should you wish to do so. At Maunsel we charge a per head storage and handling fee, which is a much better deal for you than a corkage fee.
We hear that some venues ban red wine and stillettos, can we have both at Maunsel?
Hell yes! we're all big fans of red wine here so make sure it's a nice one as Sir Benjamin is very partial to a glass or two.
As for stillettos - the higher the better!
What are the access and departure times?
Access to main house, reception rooms and three Bridal party bedroom's from 12 noon.
Access to all other bedrooms and cottages from 2pm.
Departure from the house of all guests and belongings by 10:30am
Can I have a Church wedding?
Yes Sir Benjamin has the gift of the living of the 'Alfred Jewel Benefice' and couples have the option of marrying in any one of the three churches in the Benefice.
St Michaels Church is situated on the Maunsel Estate and 2 minutes walk from the house. It holds a maximum of 50.
St Peters Church in our village of North Newton holds 150.
St Mary the Virgin is a large Minster in the next village North Petherton 11/2 miles away.
How do we pay?
We accept cheques, card payments or bank transfers. Our only restriction is that we can’t accept American Express.
How many meetings do I need?
At Maunsel we are very keen to give you as much access to the house as possible in the run up to your wedding. We had a bride and groom once who had 13 meetings before their wedding and another who didn't have one and did everything by email.
We certainly won't harass you if you don't want us to, but we recommend a big meeting to work on a running order for the day and a couple of catch up meetings nearer the time. A meeting with the caterer is a good idea and you are of course welcome to hold your meetings with suppliers like photographers and florists in the house.
Family members often like to view the house before the wedding and we are more than happy to give them a tour so they know where they are coming to and feel part of the wedding.