The main house at Sunninghill Prep is a Grade II listed Victorian property designed by renowned local Architect firm Crickmay & Sons. Sunninghill stands alongside other historically important houses within Dorchester town centre. Built in 1893 as a family home an event at Sunninghill is like having your own private house to entertain guests.

The main house is available to hire during school holidays, evenings and weekends.

Conference and Meeting Spaces

The Sunninghill Hospitality Team will be on hand to meet, greet and direct your visitors, offering a complimentary cloakroom service and, where appropriate, catering facilities.

To help you get the most from your budget we offer both a daily delegate rate and a room only hire fee. If you have a particular requirement or specific need our Events Manager can create a bespoke hire package for you.

We are able to set up rooms in a variety of styles to suit individual needs. You can explore the set up possibilities below.

Conservatory Garden Room

A light bright and airy room with direct access to our terrace and main lawn.

Drawing Room

A popular room for smaller groups, this William Morris inspired room boasts warm oak panelling and a stunning working fireplace; door to outside terrace.

Old Music Room Lounge

An informal room layout with lounge seating for 16 people, often used as a bar or break out area

The Sunninghill Hall is also available to hire for larger groups; maximum capacity 200 theatre style and 400 standing.

Special Occasions

If you are looking for a unique venue to host a special occasion, we invite you to discover Sunninghill, Dorchester’s “Hidden Gem.”

You can use the house and grounds for parties, private dining functions, baby naming ceremonies and weddings, including the wedding ceremony. Our Events Manager will be delighted to design a personalised proposal for you.

If you are looking to hold a wedding ceremony, wedding reception or vow renewal service at Sunninghill you can learn more about our wedding services on our dedicated website here.

Learning Spaces

Within the house the classrooms are available to hire on a one off or regular basis between 6.30pm and 9.30pm weekdays, or for longer periods over a weekend and school holidays.

Our facilities also include:

  • Computer room with 21 workstations
  • Art Room
  • Professional Kitchen

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