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Frequently Asked Questions

...of course we allow pets!

Venue FAQs

Can I visit for a tour?


Yes, and there's no fee to do so! Contact us to arrange a time to visit.

Is there parking?


Guests staying in any of our accommodation properties will have access to free, private parking. For events: on-site car parking is free and available for up to 40 cars, plus 10 long-stay supplier vehicles. See below for more information.

Are photoshoots allowed?


Yes, the gardens at LDH have a variety of spaces to suit the backdrop you're looking for, from a beautiful country cottage, bridal suite and chic Shepherd's Hut, to ornamental gardens, a woodland, stream and pond, colourful flower beds, breath taking views of Windsor Castle and the countryside and more. Find out more about booking a shoot or proposal. Guests staying in our properties, getting engaged or doing another sort of photoshoot can request to book our in-house photographer. 

Can I get engaged at Little Dower House?


Yes, we would love you to start off your love story here. We're keen to make your big moment extra special. See our proposal package here.

Are the accommodation properties accessible?


The Victorian Lodge is all set on one floor. The second bathroom has a walk-in shower with a beautiful wooden shower stool. There is a small step up from the outdoor porch into the front hallway. The Little Hideaway and Shepherd's Hut are set across a couple of floors. 

Are dogs and other pets allowed?


Yes! We love our furry-friends. Dogs can stay overnight in the Victorian Lodge. Please clean paws before coming inside. For events we only allow pets of the bride / groom party. In general we ask that dogs are kept on leads in the formal gardens and during events for their own safety as there will be vehicles and large equipment in use.  

Do you allow drones for aerial photography?

 

Yes, we are keen for you to enjoy drone footage of your big day. We require a meeting with the drone pilot in advance as drones must only be flown over our estate, and cannot be flown over or seeming to record our neighbours' land or Windsor Great Park. Please ensure the drone pilot has the appropriate license required according to their specification of equipment. Drones flying near or over Windsor Castle and surrounding areas is strictly prohibited.​

What are taxis like in the area?
 
Great! There are plenty of taxi companies nearby as well as good access to Bolt, Uber and more.

Event FAQs

Is your venue available for exclusive hire?
Yes. Those booking our wedding or event weekend will have entirely exclusive access to our 12 acres of beautiful country gardens and three gorgeous on-site properties. Uninterrupted and undisturbed, away from the outside world.
 
What's your venue's capacity?
As standard our capacity is up to 250 guests, but if your particular needs exceed this we can discuss different options.
 
Do you have accommodation on-site, including a bridal/honeymoon suite and space for both wedding parties to get ready?
 
Yes and yes! We have three properties: The Victorian Lodge (perfect for families, larger groups and people with accessibility requirements), The Little Hideaway (our romantic bridal suite) and The Shepherd's Hut (large, luxurious and a nature lover's paradise). These allow 10 special people to stay overnight at LDH. And of course, members of the groom and bridal parties are all welcome to help you get ready throughout the event.
Glamping for additional guests is an option we are happy to discuss.
 
Are there nearby accommodation options for guests who don't stay at the venue?

There are plenty only a five minute drive away, including large hotels:

And lots of AirBnbs and some smaller bed & breakfast options 1 minute drive down the road if needed.

 

 

What's included in a wedding or event weekend?


As well as lots of good vibes and memories to last a lifetime, your incredible weekend will include:
 

  • Five day land-hire, including 2 days for marquee set up and take down, and three days of private time and partying with loved ones. An intimate rehearsal dinner overlooking views of Windsor Castle with nearest and dearest on Friday, the most glorious wedding day or party with up to 250 guests on Saturday, and a chance to do it all again and rave about the night before with a chilled out barbecue or summer party on Sunday. 

  • Three night stay in three gorgeous on-site properties, with enough space for both bridal and grooms parties and/or special family members

  • Photoshoot opportunities galore across 12 acres of stunning natural gardens, flower beds and formal lawns.

  • Romance and magic with outdoor fairy lights around the marquee meadow, and lights throughout the woodland and other parts of the garden.

  • A selection of summer games including a pool table, Giant Jenga and more. Plus a selection of furniture, signage, décor and props.

  • Parking for up to 40 cars, plus 10 supplier vehicles, and car parking attendance.

  • Venue operational and supplier management from Team LDH throughout the five days.

  • Overnight security on the night of your big event.

  • Lots of helpful support and guidance, including liaising with marquee and loo suppliers and others if you wish, from Susie and Hamish (the owners of Little Dower House) throughout the planning of your event. 

  • All the little touches throughout the weekend that just give you peace of mind and allow you to enjoy your moment. After all, you should feel like the guest of honour at your own wedding, not the host! Susie's been on hand with extra bobby pins and emergency sowing kits, whilst Hamish is busy supporting suppliers and redirecting lost taxis. All you need to worry about is looking fabulous and feeling excited.

What's different about the small wedding or events package?


Wishing for whimsical and intimate, rather than a large get together and late nights? Our small weddings and events offering is perfect for those whose dream celebration is a glorious afternoon tea, canapés, or intimate dinner and drinks party. Give a toast to your marriage or milestone whilst surrounded by beautiful countryside with the people closest to you.

 

Our small weddings and events package includes three-day land hire (of one of the gardens) for a one-day, weekday celebration with up to 40 guests. You'll enjoy a three night stay for 4-6 people, with a choice of booking either

 

Are there restrictions on the types of events that can be held?


We have no restrictions on the types of events that can be held at Little Dower House. Please call to discuss your ideas.

 
Are there any restrictions on the types of decorations or structures that can be set up?
 
No, as long as it can fit through the gates without causing damage and subject to the size of the various gardens, we will do everything we can to cater to your vision.

 
What is the availability for our preferred event date? 
At LDH we have events from May to September. Contact us to enquire about availability. 
 
How long in advance do I need to book?
 
We do not finalise bookings more than 2 years in advance, but do let us know as soon as you have a date in mind. We only hold a handful of weddings and events per year to keep the gardens as beautiful as possible and to give you a fully exclusive and personal experience. Therefore, we can often be more flexible than other venues and, subject to availability, may be able to accommodate requests at much shorter notice.

 

What's the booking process?


To find out more and discuss your ideas, please contact us. We'd love you to come and visit us for a tour of the gardens and properties, and come back again with your nearest and dearest! Once you're ready to lock in your chosen date just let us know and we'll ask you to kindly pay a third of your booking.

 

 
Can I pay in instalments?
Absolutely. We're sure you won't want to change your mind, but just in case a little bit of life happens we only ask you to pay a third on booking, and the final two thirds six and three months before your event date.
 
How much does an event cost?
Prices range from £5000 - £15,000 depending on the type and scale of your event. Please do get in touch and let us see if we can make your dreams come true!

 

Do you charge corkage or other hidden costs?


We do not charge any corkage fee. There are no hidden costs. The venue cost we quote for your event will be inclusive of everything we provide, from accommodation to garden and land hire; the props, furniture, games and lighting we offer; car parking attendance and security fees for the night of the main party. 

 
Is your venue accessible?
 
Yes, please let us know in advance if anyone requires extra assistance. 
Gardens: All of our gardens are on one level, apart from the Woodland area which has a small bridge and narrow paths. The Walled garden has a separate, wider entrance for wheelchair access. The main marquee is usually situated in the larger marquee meadow, but vehicles can be arranged to drop off or collect guests from the marquee directly if needed.
Properties: The Victorian Lodge is wheelchair accessible, set across one floor. There is a very small step up from the porch area to the entrance hallway. Please let us know if a ramp is required. The Little Hideaway and Shepherd's Hut are set across a couple of floors. 
 
What are the timings for the event weekend?
  • Thursday (Day 1): Suppliers can arrive to set up from 8:00 am.

  • Friday (Day 2): Guests can arrive from 8:00 am to begin dressing the marquee, and check into accommodation from 16:00. We'd suggest those staying the night enjoy dinner, cosy celebrations and views of Windsor Castle together down in the Lodge & Rose Gardens.

  • Saturday (Day 3): Guests should arrive no earlier than 11:00 am, giving you enough time to enjoy getting ready whilst any finishing touches are made to the marquee. The gates to the car park and estate will close at the end of the night by 01:30 am.

  • Sunday (Day 4): The gates will reopen for returning guests from 08:00 am. We recommend starting your Sunday celebrations from around 11:00 am, free to relax and enjoy the day until the gates close for non-overnight guests at 18:00. Enjoy your last night's stay in peace and bliss. (Top tip for wedding couples! Make sure you take time for each other throughout the weekend. Sunday evening is perfect for soaking it all in and reflecting on the amazing journey you've started together. Perhaps sneak back into the marquee for one last private dinner or dance ~ with the romantic glow of fairy lights all around you).

  • Monday (Day 5): It's honeymoon time! Hug your loved ones who stayed in other properties goodbye and head off into your exciting new world as newlyweds. 

 
How is traffic managed?
Team LDH takes care of car parking attendance for up to 40 cars plus 10 supplier vehicles during your event. We direct taxis and traffic, place road signs and take care of closing and opening the gates at the start and end of your event days. In advance of the event we request the contact details of all suppliers, also so that we can arrange any vehicles which need special access to the Marquee Meadow or elsewhere during set up and take down.
Our gardens and properties sit along a gravel driveway. To minimise traffic, vehicle access to the driveway is reserved for guests with particular access requirements, and short-stay suppliers; taxis, bridal/grooms party and guests staying in the accommodation. 
 
How is security managed during a weekend event?
We hire a security agency for the Saturday part of your event, which is included in the cost of your booking. 
 
Are there any noise restrictions during an event?

We are lucky that our venue sits in a secluded area, giving you a feeling of freedom and privacy to celebrate as you wish. We do have neighbours on the outskirts of the estate and are situated in an area next to the Crown Estate abundant with wildlife.

  • Friday & Sunday: In order to be considerate to those around us we ask that you avoid using amplified music (like DJs or large speakers) on the Friday and Sunday. In accordance with council regulations.

  • Saturday: For Saturday's party you can celebrate with live music until 11:00 pm, keep the DJ going until 00:00 (midnight) and continue the vibe afterwards with acoustic music or portable speakers.

  • Small Events: Our small events most often take place during the week, earlier in the afternoon/evening, and in the Lodge or Walled gardens - which are closer to our neighbours. For these reasons we ask that music stays at a reasonable level. For example, opting for non-amplified live music like guitars, pianos or harps for a beautiful and intimate atmosphere.

 

 

Do we have to use your recommended suppliers?

 

For marquees and loos, yes, but no for everything else. We've perfected event weekends down to a fine art. To ensure smooth running of your event, and to prevent our gardens from any damage, we require those holding an event to choose from our wide and trusted range of marquee and loo suppliers. We've included lots of different styles, ensuring you can achieve the wedding or event weekend of your dreams! We also strongly recommend our selection of caterers, florists and photographers, who all know and love Little Dower House and provide an exceptional and fully bespoke service. Of course you can add as many personal touches as you like, but check out our suggestions for everything from celebrants to stationary and food vans.

 
Can we bring our own caterers?
 
Yes, subject to prior arrangement, as they need to access the property and we need to manage setup and takedown with them. We ask to meet with any new caterers before the event.

 

Can we hire additional staff for our event?


Of course. We ask that any external staff, structures and vehicles are approved beforehand.

 
What are the options for waste disposal and recycling during the 3-day event?
 
Recycling and respecting the nature around us is so important. We will have separate waste disposal areas for recyclables and non-recyclables, and would ask every guest to take responsibility for leaving the gardens as they were found. We would welcome the opportunity to take any unwanted flowers to the local hospice and care homes.
 
Can we bring our own alcohol for the event?
 
Yes, we do not provide alcohol, so you would need to arrange with a bar or caterer for alcohol to be served.
 
Can we have fireworks or sparklers at our wedding?
 
We care deeply about the abundance of nature and wildlife around us, as well as people and their pets living in the nearby town of Old Windsor. So we do not allow fireworks, but we do encourage sparklers and other creative options like smoke flares and beautiful drone displays.
 
Who will be the point of contact in the lead-up to the event?
 
Susie and Hamish (the owners of Little Dower House) will be there every step of the way to help and guide you through the process (and give you cups of tea).

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It's easiest to get the answers you need over the phone or email. Get in touch and we can help you plan your dream occasion!

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