Welcome to Dover Hall - a refined English Tudor-inspired estate placed elegantly among the bucolic, rolling hills of Manakin-Sabot, Virginia. Conveniently situated between Richmond and Charlottesville, Dover Hall was built with one primary purpose in mind - to entertain. The estate seamlessly marries the grandeur of days past with modern amenities to provide a truly exquisite and exceptional experience for you and your loved ones.
Complete with artisan in-house catering led by Executive Chef Lee Hendrickson, Dover Hall provides an unparalleled sense of luxury atmosphere and high touch service that will create an unforgettable wedding day and delight your guests for years to come.
Featured photos by: Katelyn James Photography, Allison Kuhn Creative, Melissa Durham Photography, Stephanie Yonce Photography
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A Hidden Gem in Richmond!
Looking for an all-inclusive, fairytale wedding? Book Dover Hall! A hidden gem in Richmond. Even at first glance, the landscape and the house itself is straight out of Europe and makes you feel like a royal just driving down the driveway. The staff and coordinators couldn't be any more knowledgeable, organized, oh-so-kind, and went above and beyond to make our day perfect. The kitchen and Chef Lee, has taken the food/drink offerings of Dover Hall to a 5-star restaurant quality! Our tasting was probably just as fun as our actual wedding. They had the presentation down perfect, created custom cocktails for us right on the spot, and had all the examples of table setups for us to easily choose. The day before our wedding we had to make a decision to move our ceremony inside (vs out on the blue-stone terrace) and they made me and my planner, feel so comfortable with our decision, and honestly, it worked out for the best! The inside of Dover is truly remarkable and so unique for the Richmond area. Where can you find a ballroom in Richmond that makes you feel like Belle in Beauty in the Beast!? OH, and for getting ready, the bridal suite is glamorous and regal - just how it should be on your wedding day! The HMU stylists had their own area to set up with plenty of space for us girls to run around and be goofy without bothering their masterwork. It's been 3 months since our special day and I keep telling my family that I would like to repeat that day over, and over again. Our guests have been saying it was the best wedding they ever have been too - It was absolutely PERFECT. and I strive for perfection, so I know!!
"That was the best wedding in the most beautiful place EVER." That is a direct quote from more that one of our guests at my daughter's wedding in June. From our first visit 6 months before the big day to the day itself, everything went smoothly and was handled professionally by the staff and chef. It was a dream come true for the bride -- definitely 5 stars!
It was amazing to have all of the house available to us beginning at 11:00 am. The dressing area for the wedding party was spacious and a perfect setting for makeup and hair. Lots of light. There is a wonderful background for pictures of "getting ready."
We had hoped to take advantage of the gorgeous outdoor setting but the weather was iffy so we make the decision to move the ceremony inside. The transition from ceremony to reception was flawless. Our guests enjoyed wandering the first floor of the house and being served delicious passed appetizers.
It was a spectacular day and nothing disappointed.
Dover Hall is a truly magical wedding venue!
Our daughter was married at the Dover Hall Estate on June 30th. We had planned for an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception. With the weather, we decided on indoor all the way. Our guests were completely wowed upon arrival at the Venue! The lower and main floors were open for our guests to explore, and they did! We also had high tops set up outside and once the sun went down many guests took advantage of this space.
The ceremony was held in the Ballroom. It was perfect! It’s quite a dramatic entrance for the bride down the staircase. We had a guitarist set up upstairs by the stairs and the music filled the space. Afterwards our guests were brought upstairs as staff at DH transformed the ballroom into a reception space. We were also taking formal pictures at the same time! The staff worked in perfect precision and were done within 30 minutes. Our guests enjoyed themselves upstairs while this all went on.
We could not be happier with DH and their team who worked in perfect harmony with each other! It was a truly magical spot to have a wedding and reception. We chose a mainly vegan menu and the Chef and his team did not disappoint! The food was outstanding! My daughter said the wedding was exactly what she had dreamed of! We would not hesitate to recommend the venue to anyone looking for a special wedding site. Peggy and Miranda at DH were professional and great to work with.
Dover Hall made my dream wedding come true!!!!!
If I could give over a 1,000 star rating I would! After getting the news that our wedding venue canceled on us just months before our wedding, Dover Hall came to the rescue. After our wedding planner reached out and they heard about the situation they welcomed up with open arms and even price matched with our other venue! I was in complete tears from their kindness! My husband and I both work in the wedding industry and value customer service so much, and they were BEYOND AMAZING in every. single. way. I could not give you one complaint! From the coordinator Miranda, to the owners, to the chef to all the staff members, we felt like family with them. I could not have imagined a more perfect place or day for our wedding. Dover Hall truly is an amazing venue and the people behind it value their couples and families and make them a top priority in every way. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Dover Hall for all that you've done for us, we couldn't have had a more perfect day!
A real life fairytale moment!
Dover Hall is an absolutely stunning setting. My daughter had a wedding event last week and one of the owners, Jeff, and events manager, Eileen, could not have been kinder or more helpful- truly taking care of RVA bridal parties. The grand hall, the staircases, and the bride’s dressing room were all fantastic. The bride’s dressing room was large and airy with large windows, mirrors and chandelier – definitely a setting to excite a bride and set a princess mood. One of the bedrooms has a window seat with white and golden pillows that is beautiful for pictures. The pastoral landscape is inspiring and beautiful.
I do not mean to go on too long, but I have also been a corporate officer and could picture a productive and fun retreat in this setting so close to Richmond yet removed from day to day. A cozy bar area, breakout rooms (I would want the windowed ‘conservatory’ for my team…) and the wide outdoors for games would be terrific. Just cannot say enough thanks to the management staff for the great event they gave us.
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