Marleybrook House is an immaculately presented seventeenth century 'chocolate box' thatched farmhouse full of unique character, history and old world charm. Former home to the legendary international singer, actress and cabaret star Eartha Kitt, Marleybrook House is in a secluded location, offering total privacy and exclusivity, yet just seven miles from the city of Canterbury. The five acres of landscaped gardens, paddocks and woodland provide the perfect setting for a quintessential English Country Wedding.
Marriage ceremonies are licensed on these premises. We offer a choice of four areas; the formal Walled Garden, the open Gladed Lawn, Oak Framed Barn and the Grand Marquee. You and your guests are invited to explore the grounds of this exclusive venue before entering the Grand Marquee for your wedding breakfast and evening reception where the finishings and accessories are of the finest quality. Our country-style snug lounge and bar conveniently adjoins the marquee offering guests further space and comfort to relax and enjoy this wonderful venue for all its character.
Marleybrook House is perfect for weddings all year round providing the prettiest 'picture postcard' backdrop throughout the changing seasons. Winter weddings are also ideal within the cosy feel of this venue as it offers a log burning fire and a true Christmas feel. With all its features, this venue is a magical winter wedding setting. Experience the nostalgia of the many quirky features in abundance here including an immaculate Oak Framed Barn (situated adjacent to the marquee making it ideal for hog roasts, backdrop for photographs or any unique ideas you may wish to use it for), Victorian swing boats, original haywain, gypsy caravan, vintage tractor, various carts, butchers bike, red telephone box and much more!
Finish the evening in style and stay in the newly renovated Showman's Caravan that is based on the pullman style carriages currently used on the Orient Express. Alternative accommodation includes our Luxurious Bridal Suite, complete with hot tub on the terrace, offering sumptuous accommodation to enjoy at your leisure.
This can also accommodate up to six persons making it the ideal place for a pre wedding get together or simply a space for you to get ready on the day.
We pride ourselves in delivering a first class service of the highest standard. We are on hand throughout the entire planning process leading up to the day of your wedding thus ensuring your special day is managed seamlessly. We very much look forward to welcoming you to this exciting new venue.
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We can arrange a bespoke luxury coach service from various locations to arrive at the venue for your guests to relax and enjoy the day. Usual pick ups are from hotels in Canterbury and Sandwich together with all train stations. Alternatively why not turn up in an old London Routemaster red double decker bus, setting the scene for the rest of the day!
Should you choose to hold your ceremony with us then we offer a choice of four areas where this will take place.
The formal Walled Garden is an intimate location with an impressive stone fountain together with the stone statues, urns and planters making this garden as English as it gets. Rambling roses, hydrangeas and topiary add depth to the garden's rustic charm and contrasting formality. A red carpet will lead you to the stone pillared gazebo where you will take your vows. If you wish you may extend your entrance by entering the garden from the rear gate, leading from the Bridal Suite, directly adjoining the walled garden. This will provide you with the opportunity to really make the most of these fairy-tale moments!
Following the ceremony you will have the opportunity to enter the house for the signing of the register. This elegant room is luxuriously furnished with silk swag curtains, baby grand piano and Christopher Guy furnishings including a beautiful chaise longue. Some wonderful photographic opportunities can be taken here whilst your guests enjoy celebratory drinks within the grounds or Snug Lounge Bar.
Alternatively your ceremony can be held within the Kentish Oak Framed Barn, the Grand Marquee or on the larger Gladed Lawn under the Gazebo offering you beautiful countryside views.
In the event of impending bad weather we can erect a marquee frame within the Walled Garden, which can be lavishly decorated, or the Gladed Lawn that is able to provide shelter for 100 guests. It may be that you decide you would like the ceremony to take place within the Grand Marquee providing an indoor option. An additional fee of £250 will be added for either of these options.
You are kindly invited to explore the grounds and take the opportunity to have photographs around this unique venue.
Create your own personal wedding photographs using:
The magical backdrop of the house itself
The many quirky nostalgic features including a 19th century haywain
The large pond that is beautifully framed with weeping willow trees
The gladed paddock for a stunning countryside backdrop
The woodland for its dappled light and meandering walks
The oak framed barn with cart and hay bales
The Victorian swing-boats
The elegant Christopher Guy chaise and grand piano
The romantic bridal suite with its bright luxurious decor
Your wedding breakfast and evening reception will take place within the Grand Marquee where the furnishings are of the highest standard and every detail has been taken care of. A charming display will be provided for you within the entrance hall. Enter the Marquee and take in the splendour of the chandeliers, damask linens and stone urns planted with impressive spiral topiary. Stone pillars and bay trees are displayed alongside the windows and decorated with fairy lights to create the perfect ambience.
A staged area is provided, for any evening entertainment, with a professional dance floor and P.A. system. Luxurious washrooms can be accessed from within the Marquee including disabled and baby changing facilities
The Grand Marquee
Our aim is to ensure that your special day is managed seamlessly thus enabling you to relax and enjoy yourselves with this confidence in mind. We are able to offer you a variety of optional extras to assist in the stress free planning of your wedding.
We have an original Victorian Swing Boat set that are ideal as a romantic backdrop for your photographs. This can also be used in conjunction with our Vintage Fayre with all its side stalls including Strongman Striker Hammer and Coconut Shy to entertain your guests throughout the day.
We also have a beautiful range of vintage crockery for hire at very competitive prices should you wish to theme your wedding in this way. We would be delighted to show you a table setting of these stunning items that are hugely popular at the moment.
Be pampered in our luxurious Bridal Suite using our highly recommended team of experts for hair-styling, make-up, beauty treatments and massage. This is the perfect place for you and your wedding party to get together before you 'tie the knot'.
Please enquire about the facilities we offer for keeping children entertained including a full size Bouncy Castle with slide and dedicated safe areas for small children to play.
The Grand Marquee
Ceremony Up to 150 Guests
Wedding Breakfast Up to 150 Guests
Evening Reception Up to 200 Guests
What Is Included Within The Venue Hire
• Exclusive use of the Grounds, Marquee, Snug Lounge Bar (fully stocked, selected beer on tap, professionally run and staffed)
• Wedding Coordination
• Use of Oak Framed Barn and Quirky Features (Original Haywain, Vintage Tractor, Butchers Bike, Market Stall Cart etc.)
• Tables and Cheltenham Style Chairs
• Damask Table Linen (Cloths and Napkins), Stolzle Crystalline Glassware
• Bay Tree Standards in Planters and Spiral Topiary in Stone
Urns within the Marquee
• Dance Floor and Stage Area
• P.A. System
• Use of Bridal Suite for the day
• Honeymoon Suite for the night of the Wedding
• Display in Entrance Hall to Marquee
• Cake Stand and Knife
• Ornate Frame and Easel to display your Seating Plan
• Heating within the Marquee (if required)
• Choice of Ceremony Areas
• Fully Serviced Luxury Toilets
• Free Car Parking (secure overnight parking)
Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct & Nov 2015
Mon - Thur £3,800
Fri & Sun £4,300
Apr - Sept & Dec 2015
Mon - Thur £4,800
Fri & Sun £5,400
Oct & Nov 2014
Mon - Thur £3,500
Fri & Sun £4,000
Jun- Sept & Dec 2014
Mon - Thur £3,800
Fri & Sun £4,300
Late Availability 2014
Take advantage of the discounted rates as shown above on all 2014 dates.
We still have some dates available.
ALL PRICES ARE INCLUSIVE OF V.A.T.
What Is Included Within
The Venue Hire
Wedding Breakfast/Evening Buffet/Canapes
Whether it is day time canapés, a three course wedding breakfast, an evening buffet, sumptuous hog roast, afternoon tea or barbeque, our five star kitchens can accommodate all your culinary requirements. We insist on the highest standard in food presentation, taste and service. Our staff are professional, courteous and approachable.
You will have the opportunity to discuss your requirements in detail. We offer you a free tasting session to build a menu of your choice.
We are on hand throughout the entire planning process of your wedding day and are here to support you in the lead up to it.
A typical drinks package will include post ceremony drinks for you and your guests, half a bottle of wine per person during the wedding breakfast and a glass of something special to toast the bride and groom. We offer 4 different packages to suit various budgets and requirements. All our wines however are very well sourced.
We also offer a corkage charge if you have some specific wine in mind.
Wine packages and bar prices upon request.
Wedding Breakfast/Evening Buffet/Canapes
The luxurious bridal suite has been newly renovated to provide sumptuous accommodation.
A large dressing area with full length mirror and dresser provides plenty of space for you to get ready for your special day. The Bridal Suite is the ideal place for a hair stylist, beautician and/or make-up artist to assist you in your preparations for the day.
The spacious bathroom includes a free standing bath and large vanity unit.
The bridal suite conveniently adjoins the walled garden enabling you to step straight out on to the red carpet through the rear gate.
You may even wish to use this suite as a honeymoon suite or guest accommodation for up to six persons. Furnished to a high standard, this accommodation comprises of a king size bed with two single beds on the mezzanine. A bed settee will provide accommodation for two more persons.
Also available for your use is the steaming hot tub on the terrace. It is the perfect place to get together, sip champagne and enjoy the views.
The Bridal Suite
Go back in time to this newly restored 1930's Fairground Living Van. The original interior has been brought up to date offering 21st century content whilst keeping the romantic feel of the period.
This vintage showmans caravan is a typical Mollycroft roof design built for J. B. Studt, the famous fairground proprietor.
With the original interior intact, this accommodation has been immaculately restored boasting a glorious Edwardian bathroom (with its high level W.C., free standing sink and larger than expected shower), a luxurious and comfortable double bedroom and a living area featuring a vintage fireplace, comfortable seating and kitchenette.
The homely atmosphere is decidedly vintage whilst offering 21st century luxury thus making it the perfect honeymoon suite.
All finishings and accessories in our suites are of the finest quality including Egyptian cotton sheets, soft towels, bathrobes, slippers and boutique toiletries ensuring you a luxurious and comfortable stay.
Should you wish to customise your stay with us we are more than happy to arrange fresh flowers, champagne, chocolates, mini bar etc. in either of the suites ready for your arrival.
The Honeymoon Suite
The Bridal Suite
The Honeymoon Suite
Greenlight 24hr Taxi Service
07722 004679 / 01227 727272
Bespoke wedding and coach, bus and route master hire
Arrive in style to the venue. We are pleased to be associated with Heli Charter bases in Manston. They can provide various packages for the day.
A special day can be aranged for you and your guests. Why not charter this superb top of the range motor yacht.
The Marleybrook Quartet is the perfect compliment to an intimate wedding ceremony or drinks reception. With a range of styles from classical and jazz to pop, rock and indie genres, the quartet caters to many different tastes in music. Should there be a special song you would like arranged, the quartet also offers a bespoke arrangement service. Whatever your request we will ensure that your arrangement delights and inspires you.
We have a large collection of repertoire covering baroque and classical, to jazz, pop, rock, indie and film music. We recommend a mix of everything to cater to all tastes. Take a look at our music themes below:
A modern pop/rock/indie theme with contemporary classics such as Bittersweet Symphony to floor fillers such as Mr Brightside and Beat It.
A sophisticated range of classical music including baroque and classical styles such as Vivaldi and Mozart. As well as Karl Jenkins’ dynamic ‘Palladio’.
A relaxed atmosphere of jazz and easy listening perfect for summer champagne receptions. With well known pieces such as Blue Moon and Summertime alongside lesser known works such as George Gershwin’s nostalgic ‘Lullaby’.
When we construct a setlist we take into account your preferences and tailor a setlist that will suit you and your guests.
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Original Vintage and Designer Bridal Samples
Toast Master and Sabrage
Sweetie Darling Cakes
Toast Master (Johnathan Waterman)
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We can provide you with total luxury and pampering whilst staying in our luxurious Bridal Suite for your get together or hen night. Drink Champagne in the hot tub overlooking the Stour and surrounding countryside.
We can arrange for a highly competent masseuse or beauty therapist to come along to give you the pampering you deserve.
Included is super speed wifi and a flat screen TV to compliment this night in with the girls!
This accommodation sleeps up to six.
£150 based on two sharing.
£35 per person thereafter.
Hair & Make up
Specialists in Weddings
Pampering and Parties!
Contact us at:
Kent. CT3 1HP
Telephone: 01227 668661
Hi we are Janie and Kris. Marleybrook House has been our family home since 2007. The 17th century house has a unique warmth and old world charm. it is steeped in history and has had an interesting and chequered past! Since living here we have worked hard developing the grounds and gardens. Together with our backgrounds in creative design and our love of hosting events we can now share what we have created, culminating in a truly unique wedding venue. Janie is also very pleased that Kris is now making use of his years of collecting museum pieces!
Our love of the outdoors is reflected in the rustic Kentish charm of Marleybrook House evoking nostalgia and childhood memories on a warm summer's day. However, we like the more refined side of life too! This is reflected in the attention to detail and refinement in all aspects of our venue.
We have both competed in Triathlon at an International level and want to apply the same commitment, hard work and dedication to your special day.
Our aim is to provide as much flexibility as possible thus giving you choices to make your day exactly how you wish it to be.
If you are looking for a venue that will give you a personal feel with a relaxed atmosphere then please feel free to arrange a viewing where we will personally meet you and the kettle will be on!
For enquiries and viewings please call: 01227 668661