Historic Drybridge House has been at the heart of the Welsh border community of Monmouth since the 15th century and much of the distinctive character of the building we see today, created by the wealthy Crompton-Roberts family, dates back to 1671.
The interior of the main house still contains numerous carefully preserved original features, such as the studded door to the Bistro, parts of the oak panelling and the staircase. The intricate, decorative stone carvings, some of the beautiful carved fireplaces and the clock tower above the stable block are also contemporary with the Crompton-Roberts’ expansion of the original house which stood on the site. Portraits of Charles Crompton-Roberts and his wife Mary can still be found in the gallery.
Over time Monmouth has encroached on the extensive wooded park and grounds which originally surrounded the house and the building has been extended to enable it to serve numerous functions over the years. The historic character of Drybridge House and its associated stable block has however been sensitively maintained. The gardens which now front the building, and which feature a variety of mature trees, are lovingly tended by enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers from the Bridges Centre creating a delightful setting for photographs; they also offer additional outdoor space for larger celebrations.
These are just a few of the features which make Drybridge House such a unique and attractive wedding venue; to which can be added its proximity to the centre of Monmouth and to the town’s new 60-bedroom Premier Inn – the town and surrounding Wye Valley also offer a wide choice of other accommodation options for overnight stays.
Drybridge House has its own extensive car park on-site which is fully available to parties taking exclusive use. Our location is just minutes from the A40 which connects to the M4 in the south and, via the M50, to the M5 and the north – see the map on our ‘Contact and find us’ page for directions.
Space and flexibility to suite every style and size of celebration
- The Crompton Suite is full of character and is situated in the oldest part of the building. The Crompton Suite is ideal for small-to-medium-sized weddings.
- The Ballroom with its grand atmosphere and intricate character features is situated at the heart of the impressive suite of rooms which occupy the ground floor of the original Drybridge House.
- The Gallery is the original wood-panelled entrance hall to Drybridge House and features high windows and a magnificent carved wooden balcony. The Gallery brings a sense of classical elegance to any event. This space can also be used to accommodate larger guest numbers.
- The Roberts Room is a charming, intimate, half-panelled room off the entrance hall which features a stylish bay window overlooking the garden. The Roberts Room is popular for small and intimate marriage and partnership ceremonies. It can also provide a quiet space for older guests or younger children if needed during your day.
- The Agincourt Suite is a spacious, well-equipped extension to the original building and is ideal for larger weddings and evening parties. The Agincourt Suite has a stage, sound and lighting equipment and access to a private patio garden via french doors.
- The Crompton Bar has been created in a traditionally panelled and beamed room in the older part of the building. The Crompton Bar is fully licensed to serve alcoholic drinks on the premises.
Great care has been taken during the development of Drybridge House as a community venue to ensure that its public spaces are as accessible and welcoming as possible to those with mobility issues.
Drybridge House is run by the Bridges Independent Charity (charity no: 1079085) and is also home to The Bridges Centre. Proceeds from weddings held at Drybridge House support the much needed local community activities of the Bridges Centre and its social welfare projects.