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Your Post Lockdown Wedding at Marsham Court Hotel


Since March last year, there have been severe restrictions on weddings — when they’ve been allowed at all. However, the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown includes first relaxing and then getting rid of the restrictions. So beat the rush and book your post-lockdown wedding at Marsham Court Hotel.

A Bright Future for Weddings at Marsham Court Hotel

Until the later part of May, weddings are restricted to fifteen guests, including the couple but excluding those attending in a professional capacity, such as the celebrant. However, the next stage of the roadmap will see this increased to thirty from the 17th May.

On 21st June, the plan is to get rid of most lockdown restrictions. Again, this depends on continued success in the fight against the virus, but there’s every reason to hope that this will go to timetable.

This means Marsham Court Hotel will be able to offer a full range of weddings — and we anticipate high demand. However, if you still have good reason to remain cautious, the adaptations we’ve made over the past year will help us to deliver a spectacular but safe event for your big day.

Marsham Court Hotel Is Perfect for Weddings

An elegant Georgian hotel on the seafront overlooking Bournemouth Bay and its award-winning beaches, Marsham Court Hotel is the perfect venue for your wedding, whether you’re looking for a lavish event or an intimate celebration.

Tastefully modernised inside, it offers a wide range of suites for your ceremony and reception, with spectacular sea-views. Or, if you want the atmosphere of an outdoor wedding, our beautiful garden wedding pagoda provides a stunning setting.

Whether you’re looking for a sit-down feast or a buffet, our chef and his team will produce high-quality refreshments to fit your guests’ needs, while our staff always go the extra mile to ensure your event is a success.

And, if it’s as important for the four-legged members of your family to be present as the two-legged, Marsham Court Hotel is delighted to welcome well-behaved dogs. We have several rooms specially adapted for canine comfort.

Marsham Court Weddings Can Always Be Safe

Even after the restrictions have been lifted, safety will continue to be an issue. At Marsham Court, we’ve worked hard since March last year to adapt the hotel to make social distancing easy, and we’ll work with you to help keep your guests safe. In addition, we’ve further improved our already high standards of cleaning and hygiene, and don’t intend to relax these.

So find out more about our wedding services for a spectacular and safe post-lockdown wedding at Marsham Court Hotel

Looking for a Dog-Friendly Hotel After the Lockdown? Marsham Court

After a year of lockdown, we’re all longing for the chance to get away for a holiday break. The latest word is that holidays abroad could be a long time coming back, but you can have a great family holiday in the UK. And, if family means your dog, too, Marsham Court Hotel in Bournemouth is the perfect place for you.

Holidays from May at Marsham Court Hotel?

 The Government’s roadmap out of lockdown currently predicts that restrictions on travel and hotels within the UK should be lifted by May. Although this obviously depends on the continuing success of the vaccination roll-out, we at Marsham Court Hotel are cautiously optimistic.

Our current plans involve opening to bookings in May. Of course, this won’t be exactly the same as it would have been a couple of years ago. Although the vaccine should protect us, it doesn’t mean we can become careless about safety.

We spent the first lockdown putting safety measures and protocols in place, and each of these will be maintained as long as necessary. Besides deep cleaning procedures to ensure that your room is completely virus-free when you receive the keys, we’ve rearranged the hotel’s layout to make social distancing easier.

 Why Bournemouth and Marsham Court Hotel?

Bournemouth is the perfect destination for your UK holiday. Besides the attractive south-coast climate and award-winning beaches, the town is vibrant with shops and leisure facilities, all of which should be reopening from May onwards. And, if you want to go further, there’s beautiful Dorset and Hampshire countryside within easy reach.

Marsham Court Hotel is an elegant Edwardian building on the sea-front, overlooking Bournemouth Bay. We have a selection of rooms, single, twin, double and family, to suit your needs, many with sea views and some with balconies.

From the time we open, hopefully, in May, we have a range of special offers, including Spring Savers and Summer Savers. These vary from three nights for the price of two to a free drinks package worth up to £45.

 Bring Your Dog to Marsham Court Hotel

Dogs are as important to us as they are to you, and if your idea of a family holiday includes your dog, we cater for that. We have seven dog-friendly rooms, and an apartment that sleeps up to six, plus 2 dogs.

Special facilities, in addition to those we provide for our human guests, range from a dog bed to a ball-thrower, as well as a welcome pack that includes treats, a ball, and waste bags. Your canine friend can enjoy a special doggy menu in the same locations where you’re eating.

 Get in touch to find out more about enjoying a holiday for the whole family, including both humans and dogs.


Welcome to our new website!


The current hotel refurbishment is not only limited to our beautiful building. After months of work, we are proud to launch our new website with a refreshed look and more user-friendly interface. Click the categories above to find out more details about particular areas of the hotel. Despite the fact that the design changed, the address remains the same.

Additionally, our social media profiles, booking page, enquiry form and latest offers are now available on the right hand side of the website at all times. We hope that you’ll like the new design as much as we do!





Come and see our newly refurbished Terrace Ballroom!


Hello everyone,

This month we fully refurbished our Terrace Ballroom and the feedback we received has been incredible. As the last of the New Year revellers departed, the builders arrived to transform the Ballroom and Lulworth Suite. Ever mindful of the history of the hotel, the areas were updated with a fresh, new and elegant look whilst retaining the traditional charm in keeping with the style of the rest of the hotel. We hope you like it!

At night, the venue transforms to what you need: a vibrant colour coordinated space for weddings, private functions, conferences and events.

Isn’t this the perfect place for your next event?
We look forward to showing you around on your next visit!

Until next time,

Klaudia Urbanska
Marsham Court Hotel

Latest fundraising news


Since the death of his club mate Stuart Mangan in 2009, our Finance Director Russell, together with his Veteran’s team, have been raising money for the RFU Injured Players Foundation.

Between 2009 and 2017 the charity raised over £120,000 for disabled rugby charities, through matches played in Stuart’s memory.

This year they wanted to do more to raise awareness of a charity that does so much for injured players and their families and an idea was hatched to host a grass roots veterans rugby tournament at Twickenham. Incredibly this plan with the generous support of the RFU, came off and on the 9th June 2018, 130 veteran players from 4 clubs who have suffered catastrophic player injuries, put their bodies on the line on the holy turf.

Their ambitious target of £40,000 was smashed to bits and, to date they have raised over £100,000 with Russell personally raising £1600.

Family hotel appoints first outside Directors


One of Bournemouth’s oldest family-run hotels has appointed directors from outside the family for the first time.

Former Hotel of the Year the Marsham Court in Russell-Cotes Road, has promoted its business development manager and operations manager to the Board.

Business Development Director Jane Swift and Director of Facilities and Training Nigel Reeve join sibling directors Russell Dixon-Box (Finance Director), Projects Director James Dixon-Box and their sister, Managing Director Rosie Wallace.

Jane Swift joined the Marsham Court in November 2014. The former owner of a business support company, from Bournemouth, established the Marsham Court’s unique New2Business Networking group and has grown its conference and events business by 20 per cent in under two years. She said: “It is a huge honour to be offered a directorship with such a well-respected family business.

“These are exciting times for the Marsham Court with the renovation of the Solent Suite now complete, several other rooms set for refurbishment in 2019 and extensive guest room refurbishments ongoing. I will be continuing to help the business grow and evolve, with a particular eye on attracting new corporate business from across the country.”

Director of Facilities and Training Nigel Reeve joined the Marsham Court in June 2016 after spending 15 years in hospitality, the previous four of which as a tutor at the South West Regional Assessment Centre (SWRAC) in Wimborne. Nigel, from Broadstone, oversees the facilities of the 87-bedroom hotel, including human resources, training, housekeeping, security and food service.

The Marsham Court was bought by Russell, Rosie and James’s parents Jennie Deavin and Chris Dixon-Box, in 1987. Jennie later ran the hotel with her second husband Hugh Deavin and Rosie assumed overall responsibility for the business when Jennie passed away in 2017 following a long battle with cancer.

Rosie said: “My family has welcomed over a million guests since we took over the Marsham Court 30 years ago and one of the main reasons it continues to thrive as an independent, family-run hotel in an increasingly chain-led market is that our guests are made to feel part of our family.

“In the past few years Jane and Nigel have not only helped the hotel to flourish and grow, they have also shown a loyalty you would only usually expect from family.

“Russell, James and I are thrilled they have agreed to become directors and we are very much looking forward to their valuable input in the hotel’s continuing success.”

Marsham Court Hotel appoints former FJB – Hotels Restaurant Manager


Bournemouth’s award winning Marsham Court Hotel has appointed a restaurant manager with over 40 years of experience in top hotels. Jose Martins, the former restaurant manager of FJB Hotels’ Harbour Heights, Haven and Sandbanks Hotels,  will head the team in the former Bournemouth Hotel of the Year’s newly-refurbished Solent Suite and Restaurant.

The appointment marks a return to the Marsham Court for Jose; after arriving in Bournemouth from his native Madeira in October 1977 he spent two months as a waiter there before being promoted to head waiter. Jose will ensure the smooth running of the family-run hotel’s restaurant and banqueting facilities, as well as directing restaurant staff, overseeing training and liaising with the Head Chef and all other hotel departments.

The new Solent Suite re-opened earlier this month and can accommodate up to 280 diners or special event guests, with new bars, décor and a large, fully sprung dance floor. Jose said he plans to use his vast experience to further evolve the hotel’s restaurant service.

He said: “I am really happy to be joining the Marsham Court Hotel. It’s a fantastic hotel, with a lovely family feel and great potential and I’m looking forward to bringing my ideas to make the customers’ experience even better, whilst also improving revenues for the hotel.”

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Grandfather-of-two Jose has traversed the globe three times and catered to the whims of some of the world’s most famous people. He worked on Cunard’s famous cruise liner the QE2 for two years as a senior station waiter, where he served world boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard and the singers Lionel Ritchie and Rod Stewart.He said: “As you can imagine serving guests at sea can be a challenge; On one evening, in particularly bad weather conditions under San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, every food preparation trolley fell over onto the floor and we had to start the whole prep from scratch.”

As Restaurant and Banqueting Manager at Bournemouth’s Highcliff Marriott Hotel, Jose also looked after the then prime ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major. He joined FJB Hotels in 2004 and was restaurant manager at the Harbour Heights for six years, before holding the same role at the Haven Hotel and more recently the Sandbanks Hotel, for the last seven years.

Rosie Wallace, MD, whose family has owned the Marsham Court for over 30 years, said: “Jose’s reputation precedes him and we were thrilled when he agreed to join us in such a pivotal role.

“The hotel’s reputation relies on its excellent service, attention to detail and customer care.

“Jose is calm, collected and totally committed to his guests’ dining experience – a truly exemplary restaurant manager.

“It was also a great surprise to hear that he had worked at the hotel before. It’s like he’s come back home.”


Come and see our newly refurbished Restaurant!


Hello everyone,

Last month we fully refurbished our restaurant and since then we have been overwhelmed by the feedback we received. The new, elegant style provides a relaxing atmosphere for our guests to enjoy their breakfast. At night, the venue transforms to what you need: a vibrant colour coordinated space for evening dinners, private functions, conferences and events.

The newly refurbished Solent Suite now includes a brand new 1500 sq ft sprung Oak dance floor which enables us to take larger dance groups in addition to our existing Ballroom. But that’s not the only thing that has changed. After removing the central pillar we now have four gorgeous glass skylights and a completely redesigned modern interior.

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Isn’t this the perfect place for your next event?

We look forward to showing you around on your next visit!

Until next time,

Klaudia Urbanska
Marsham Court Hotel

BAPTAs 2018


Hello everyone,

Last Thursday we had amazing time at the Bournemouth and Poole Tourism Awards with our friends and family. The incredible event took place in The Lighthouse in Poole.

We were very excited to be nominated in the Best Large Hotel category, especially having won this award before.

Even more exciting is the fact that this year we were a proud sponsor of the Best Retail Experience Award which was won by Titan Leathercraft Ltd. Congratulations to the amazing team that is behind this success!

After seeing many remarkable companies at the event, we are all very enthusiastic and hopeful to see what the future will bring for Bournemouth and Poole.


Until next time,

Klaudia Urbanska
Marsham Court Hotel