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New Funeral Venue with Breathtaking Views in Dorset’s Purbeck Hills

Three people standing next to a wooden sign at Kingston Country Courtyard with the lush Purbeck Hills in the background.

In the heart of Dorset’s breathtaking Purbeck Hills, Kingston Country Courtyard emerges as a venue of serene beauty and historic allure, now partnering with Douch Family Funeral Directors to host truly memorable funerals. This partnership heralds a new era of funeral services, where families can gather to bid a dignified farewell against the sweeping vistas of Corfe Castle and the distant shimmer of Poole Harbour.

Malcolm Green of James Smith Funeral Directors in Swanage, alongside Emma Byron from Albert Marsh Funeral Directors in Wareham, and Tony Edwards, Director of Kingston Country Courtyard, have collaborated to offer this idyllic setting. This exclusive arrangement responds to the evolving expectations of funeral services, a shift that has been accelerating post-Covid, by providing an all-encompassing venue for both the service and the wake.

The 16th-century barn at Kingston Country Courtyard, renowned for its hotel and fine dining facilities, now extends its welcoming hand to those in their most reflective moments of remembrance. The availability of state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment ensures that every eulogy can be delivered with the gravitas it deserves.

Interior view of Kingston Country Courtyard's rustic barn venue set up for a funeral service with white chairs and a casket covered with flowers at the forefront, with large windows revealing natural light.

The peaceful elegance of Kingston Country Courtyard’s barn awaits guests, offering a serene environment to honour and remember a cherished life amidst the natural grace of Dorset.

Our clients’ preferences are expanding. This collaboration affords a unique opportunity for a funeral service and wake to be hosted within the same exquisite locale. Although burials or cremations typically occur privately elsewhere, having a singular place for commemoration is increasingly preferred.

Malcolm Green
James Smith Funeral Directors

Tony Edwards adds, “Our establishment is accustomed to hosting a multitude of events, and we are honoured to include funeral services within our repertoire. The barn can comfortably accommodate gatherings large and small, and with 26 guest rooms available, the Courtyard is perfectly nestled between Swanage and Wareham.”

The Douch Family, with funeral directing heritage spanning over a century and branches across Wimborne, Parkstone, Swanage, Wareham, Blandford, Corfe Mullen, and Ferndown, prides itself on its commitment to family-focused services.

For more information on arranging a funeral service at this exquisite venue, please visit Douch Family Funeral Directors’ website.


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