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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We love Dover Hall!
We don’t know what to say except that our wedding was by far the best wedding we have ever been to. We couldn’t have done it without Dover hall. Dover Hall’s staff were so professional, friendly, informative, and communicative. The venue speaks for itself and our guests couldn’t stop talking about how surprising, beautiful and unique the venue is. The attention to the minor details throughout the planning process and on our wedding day is what made our wedding perfect. We could not have asked for a better wedding and we couldn’t have done it without Miranda and Melanie!
Hosting our wedding at Dover Hall was probably the most important & definitely the best decision we made in our planning experience. The hospitality and service were so amazing. The entire team was incredibly accommodating from our planning meetings with Miranda & Melanie, all the way to our house concierge and the owners - the customer service was top rate. We spent the full weekend on the property with 20 people - it made for the most relaxing weekend and it truly felt like home by the time we left on Sunday afternoon. I would highly recommend the venue to anyone considering it! Not only is it stunningly beautiful and unique, but Chef Lee is a genius - all of the food was incredible. We had our rehearsal dinner there as well, and the food was amazing! I had at least a dozen people come up to me after the wedding & say that it was one of the coolest venues that they have ever been to. We love it there so much, we plan to go back to stay for our anniversary!
The experience that Dover Hall and its staff provided us, both on our wedding day and leading up to it, was absolutely phenomenal. We met Miranda on our first day touring the property. Not only was she personable and friendly, but she was extremely knowledgeable about both the accommodations of the venue and the wedding industry as a whole. She helped to answer our many questions, work to find a package that fit our needs and budget, and made us feel confident in all of the many details that go into the planning process. Her teammate Melanie was equally knowledgeable and helpful, and she was a tremendous resource for the day and week-of details. Between them, the ownership team who was often visible, and the incredible Chef Lee, we constantly felt like our wedding was the most important event of the year to them.
The venue itself was second to none. From the drive down the path to the Estate to the incredibly magnificent detail in every room, to the gardens and lawn outback, you’d be hard-pressed to find another location like this. The wedding parties were able to enjoy the bridal suite and the “groomsmen rooms” all day before the wedding. Drinks and delicious snacks were provided and enjoyed as we relaxed our way to getting ready and the ceremony. The reflecting pool/lawn out back provided a wonderful scene for the wedding party and guests to enjoy the ceremony. After that, guests were able to tour the property, enjoying all of the rooms, patios, and magnificent sunset. The ballroom and tent provided plenty of space for us to enjoy dinner then dancing later on. Bars were plentiful and bar staff was both friendly and helpful. We received so many compliments from friends and family on everything from the evening. It truly was the perfect night, and we’ll remember it forever. Thank you to all of the Dover Hall staff for making it so special for us!
Best Wedding Ever!
WOW! The minute I pulled up to Dover Hall I said to myself, "this is where I am going to get married!" We did not check out any other venues. Dover Hall is breathtaking. We knew this was the perfect location for the wedding of our dreams! On top of how gorgeous Dover Hall is, the staff was incredibly nice and helpful. I felt like they went beyond their roles helping us and making our day perfect. Our wedding theme was glitz and cinderella, meet Slovakia with a touch of Scotland. And our wedding day was filled beyond the max. Thank you Dover Hall team! I want to repeat 9/28/19 all over again! My wedding was definitely the BEST, most memorable, and most FUN wedding I have been too. :)
Like a Fairytale!
My wife at I got married and had our reception at Dover Hall during the summer of 2019, and it was one of the best decisions we ever made! Throughout our tours of possible wedding locales, we visited a myriad of different types of places; winery, museums, country clubs, and garden spaces. None of the sites we visited holds a candle to Dover Hall.
As you drive down the driveway towards Dover Hall, you are immediately awestruck by its presence and beauty; it indeed looks like something out of a movie.
The best part? The Dover Hall team is just as amazing! They were a joy to work with every step of the way and made life easier on our wedding planner!
We cannot recommend Dover Hall enough. The outside is breathtaking, the inside is grand, and the team is top-notch. If you've been wondering where to get married in the Richmond area, STOP! You've found the place to hold your dream wedding - it is Dover Hall!
Only the Best at Dover Hall!
I don’t know where to begin with expressing my gratitude and appreciation of the Dover Hall team, but I think it is fair to start by saying that from wedding planning to the actual day, all my expectations were exceeded. My husband and I toured several venues in the Virginia area looking for the right aesthetic, wedding package options, top-notch menus, and an involved staff. As soon as we toured Dover Hall the remaining scheduled venue tours were cancelled because we knew immediately that we found our dream venue. I highly recommend staying the night over a wedding weekend to take full advantage of the estate. There is so much to explore and see!
We would like to thank the team for their time, energy, and patience that they devoted to us. While Dover Hall was coordinating wedding and events for other clients, it always felt as though we were their top priority. Miranda was incredible at communicating over e-mail, answering any and all questions we had, and making suggestions to enhance our theme/vision. Melanie was a super-star assisting with day-of help and making sure our guests had a great experience – not to mention helping execute a wedding gift surprise during the reception. And to Chef Lee, we still dream about your gnocchi and gorgeous plating – everything was perfection!
The Brumbaugh Wedding
We had the most incredible and memorable experience having our wedding reception at Dover Hall Estate. We loved working with the entire Dover Hall staff for the year leading up to our wedding on May 25, 2019. We could always count on Miranda and team for thoughtful suggestions, helpful recommendations and keeping us informed of key dates throughout the planning process. Their communication is unparalleled and they were always responsive in a timely manner. They provided us an incredible vendor suggestion list that helped make all our wedding dreams come true. The attention to detail the months before the wedding and on the wedding day gave us immense comfort to fully enjoy the experience. Our guests still rave about the food, Chef Lee is beyond gifted! From the morning in the bridal suite to our entrance down the ballroom stairs to sunset portraits outside Dover, we have memories we will never forget! Having our wedding reception at Dover Hall Estate was the best decision we made and we highly recommend it for any couple; not only because of the stunning and unique space but for the highly capable and spectacular staff.
- Amanda & Christian Brumbaugh
Dover Hall: The Best Wedding Experience!
If you're in the market for a wedding (or big celebration), we highly recommend having your event at Dover Hall. Not only is the venue itself an amazing and decadent landscape, but the entire team was extremely helpful, professional, and top notch. They made us, our families, and our guests feel right at home from start to finish!
From the gorgeous venue (inside and out), to the incredible food, we were beyond impressed with their careful and streamlined process. We were facing a heat wave and were able to adjust our outdoor ceremony to inside. Dover Hall had the flexibility to make those changes with ease and thoughtful care and within a day's notice. The whole time, we knew we were in great hands.
Our guests loved exploring all that Dover Hall had to offer during our wedding and cocktail hour, and we continue to hear great things from them about the food and service, which we already knew were outstanding.
We were also so grateful for Miranda, Melanie, and Chad. Their hospitality, responsiveness, expertise, and overall kindness are things that we will never forget—we will continue to sing their praises. They were the dream team and their collaboration with our wedding coordinator and vendors was incredibly seamless. They—along with the entire DH staff—work so hard to make sure each guest is taken care of and having a great time. We felt so supported! We even had one staff member drive their car over to the bus lot to make sure they didn't leave without the bride and groom–they think and take care of everything! We will never forget their genuine attentiveness and will always remember our wedding day with extreme gratefulness and love thanks to the Dover Hall team!
This venue knows how to throw a party!
Emily & Andrew
Thank You Dover Hall!
After my husband and I first toured Dover Hall with Miranda (wedding coordinator at Dover), we knew we had to get married there. It was truly magical. From the very beginning, Miranda was extremely helpful and accommodating. Any random questions we thought of throughout the months leading up to the wedding, she was quick to respond to and always relieved any wedding planning stress we had. One aspect of a wedding venue that was critical to us was a backup plan that we would be happy with in case of inclement weather. With Dover, the inside option for the ceremony is just as beautiful as the outside options. Rain or shine, we would’ve been extremely happy with the ceremony location. Also, the staff was extremely personable and made us feel relaxed the entire day. Lastly, the food was amazing! The chef at Dover is incredibly talented and we received many compliments on how great the food was at the reception. All in all, everything about the venue was perfect - thank you, Dover Hall, for making our wedding day so special!
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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Dover Hall also is a working Bed and Breakfast! Nestled in the rolling hills of Goochland, but conveniently located just minutes from Short Pump and a wealth of neighboring activities, Dover Hall is the ideal location for a romantic getaway, family reunion, or even an in-town "stay-cation".
Enjoy use of the entire home and a variety of amenities including a premium glass of wine in the Wine Cellar, a game of pool in the Billiards Room, a quiet read in the two-story Library, soft piano music in the Great Room, or a refreshing dip in the Reflecting Pool.
Rates range from $295-$695 per night. For lodging inquiries and offline availability, please contact:
Director of Lodging