The Old Milking Parlour lies in an idyllic rural setting in the grounds of Cavokay House, near the village of Henstridge, Somerset - which also puts the venue within easy reach of Dorset and Wiltshire.
Nearby towns are Shaftesbury, Wincanton, Sturminster Newton, Gillingham, Mere, Sherborne and Yeovil.
The Old Milking Parlour is constructed of the local stone (Forest Marble) and so retains its old world rustic charm.
It is, as the name implies, an old farm milking parlour. Parts of the building date from circa 1730 and cow chains still hang from the walls.
The building's internal dimensions are: 70ft (21.34 metres) by 23ft (7.05 metres) with an area of 1620 sq. ft (150 sq. m). The capacity is limited by fire regulations to 100 people seated (including children and top table).
Inside, it's more like being properly indoors than being in a barn. It's carpeted and cosy with a friendly, mellow atmosphere.
There is easy disabled access to the building and excellent indoor ladies, gents and disabled toilets.
Wedding Planning and on-the-day Coordination
We will always be on hand to help and advise with your wedding planning. We will attend all meetings at The Old Milking Parlour when you meet your suppliers to discuss and plan your special day. We will help you formulate a written plan for your day so as to make sure that everything runs smoothly and all of your suppliers are aware of the timings and any special features.
On your wedding day, we will be working away in the background to ensure that everything runs smoothly - so that you can have fun and enjoy your happiest day without having to worry about the logistics of running a wedding. From toilet rolls to amplification for the speeches - we've got it.
In short, we will have your back throughout the planning and the coordination of your special day.
So, relax, enjoy yourself and - most of all - have fun.
The whole of the wedding room is festooned with fairy lights which give a magical and romantic ambience - as well as making it very relaxing to sit and chat when you're not dancing.
The dance floor and the stage have their own digitally-controlled professional lighting system which gives a fantastic atmosphere for dancing.
DJ and Disco
Included in the price of your wedding at The Old Milking Parlour is a fabulous party evening provided by TJ's Disco. Rich and Paul, TJ's friendly, experienced and totally professional DJs, will keep the dance floor full and your guests bopping away all evening long. A fun time is guaranteed for all.
For the benefit of your caterers, there is a catering kitchen adjacent to the wedding room (approved caterers are available from our Approved Suppliers' list).
Something Borrowed - Wedding and Photographic Props
We have loads of wedding and photographic props which are all included (without charge) in your wedding at The Old Milking Parlour - something borrowed, in fact.
These props include a beautiful phaeton horse-drawn carriage (no horse - sorry).
There are oodles of milk churns which, when adorned with flowers, make a superb display and also make stunning rustic tables (great for arrival drinks on the lawn) when used with our selection of old plank doors.
Other props include dozens of candelabra, a post box, many metres of flower garlands, chair covers, chair sashes, a bridal arch which looks absolutely beautiful when flowered-up, an indoor swing, an indoor flowered swinging hoop - which the bride can sit in - and we even have a swing for your wedding cake.
Click here for a video tour of our indoor 'something borrowed' props.
Wealth and Happiness...
Everybody knows the traditional rhyme about what a bride should wear on her wedding day:
But do you know the last line? If you don't, it's:
'And a silver sixpence in her shoe'
According to folklore and legend, a sixpenny piece in the bride's shoe is a talisman which will bring wealth, luck and happiness to the happy couple's marriage.
With this charming tradition in mind, every Old Milking Parlour bride is given - to wear in her shoe on her wedding day - a genuine, vintage (pre-decimal) sixpenny piece (otherwise known as a 'tanner') - which she can keep forever.
This lucky 'silver sixpence' comes in a pretty presentation box - complete with a miniature scroll on which is written the the 'Something old, Something new...' poem. This makes a lovely and lasting memento of the happy couple's best day ever.
So there you are. What could be better? An Old Milking Parlour wedding and lifelong wealth and happiness.
The south-facing lawn is approximately three quarters of an acre in area and makes an ideal outside space for guests to mingle and chat.
The lawn has plenty of room for the erection of a marquee (approved marquee suppliers are available from our Approved Suppliers' list).
An enclosed court yard (the old cow yard) lies next to the Old Milking Parlour and is an atmospheric and sheltered spot for barbecues and general chatting.
Music and Dancing
Twelve acres of private grounds comprise the surroundings. These include paddocks, a stream and five acres of woods.
The private car park is constructed in hard standing and has parking for fifty-six cars. More, if carefully parked.
The bar measures 13ft (4 metres) by 13ft (4 metres) with an area of 146 sq. ft. (16 sq. m) (approved and fully-licensed bar suppliers are available from our Approved Suppliers' list).
Chairs and Tables
We have 120 of the chairs shown below. The chairs are wooden, in a light beech colour, have padded seats and are very comfortable. The chairs are called 'Calcutta High Back'. You may use these chairs at no extra charge and decorate them as you wish. Of course, you may prefer to hire in your own choice of chairs - and that's fine too.
We have 23 rectangular tables (size 6 ft by 2ft-6ins) which you may use to construct your own desired layout. But, of course, if you wish to hire in your own tables - that's fine.
Using our included-in-the-price tables and chairs, the picture (left) shows a wedding reception laid out for 72 seated guests plus 6 place top table - as seen from the dance floor (the top table is at the far end).
As The Old Milking Parlour is a refurbished farm building, we are often asked: 'Do you have toilets?' The answer is that we have very high quality toilets within the building - Ladies' (pictured left), Gents' and Disabled.
Civil Wedding Ceremonies
The Old Milking Parlour at Cavokay House is fully licensed by Somerset County Council to hold civil wedding ceremonies on the premises.
Ceremonies take place in The Old Milking Parlour building itself or outside on the court yard with the formalities taking place under the dovecote.
There is no extra charge from us for having your civil wedding ceremony at The Old Milking Parlour.
To begin arranging your civil wedding ceremony at The Old Milking Parlour at Cavokay House, click on this link: www.somersetweddingservice.org.uk/
The diagram below show a wedding breakfast sample layout which will accommodate 60 or 90 guests, depending on the seating density. But, of course, you're free to choose any layout you wish