Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is Dover Hall Estate?

A: Dover Hall is a private estate designed especially for celebrating splendid occasions of all sizes.

Q: Where is Dover Hall located?

A: Located on a 55 acre estate in Manakin-Sabot, Dover Hall is conveniently situated in between Richmond and Charlottesville, and a 2 hour drive from Washington, DC. Just 7 miles west of Short Pump, the estate is mere minutes from a bevy of both local and nationally-known restaurants, shops (including 140 upscale retailers at regional shopping destination Short Pump Town Center), and several hotels.

Q: What kinds of activities are there to do at or around Dover Hall Estate?

A: Dover Hall is within a short drive of a number of Virginia attractions. The region offers a host of award-winning wineries (including the regionally-noted Monticello Wine Trail), fine dining, upscale shopping (from both local gems and nationally-known retailers), horseback riding and the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. We're also less than two hours from Washington, D.C. and Virginia Beach.

Q: How can I host an event at Dover Hall?

A: Contact us by phone or email to schedule an appointment. Rates vary by season and event type. Please consult our informational brochures for weddings and special events.

Q: What is the square footage of Dover Hall Estate?

A: Dover Hall encompasses 33,000 square feet and boasts a grand ballroom, solarium, garden room, library, pub bar, two state-of- the-art kitchens, a dining room that can comfortably host up to 26 guests, 9 uniquely designed bedrooms and 33 bathrooms.

Q: How many people can Dover Hall entertain at one time?

A: Guests can dance the night away in our 2,400 square foot grand ballroom. The estate can host up to 400 guests for cocktail style events. The ballroom can accommodate 125-150 guests with entertainment and a dance floor area. The Conservatory can accommodate a much larger guest count, depending on service style. Indoor ceremony can accommodate up to 260 guests. We also have multiple outdoor ceremony sites. With a tent, we can extend our capacity for seated dining to 400 guests.

Q: What is your weather contingency plan for outdoor ceremonies/events?

A: In case of inclement weather, our ceremonies are held in our Grand Ballroom. The terrace level and first floor can easily accommodate cocktail hours and events that were scheduled to be outdoors.

Q: Can guests stay overnight at Dover Hall?

A: Absolutely. We have 9 charming bedrooms to accommodate overnight guests. We are also located near several award-winning hotels.

Q: Can Dover Hall Estate host multiple events at once?

A: We could, but we wouldn't dream of it. As our guest, you will receive our undivided attention.

Q: May I use my own wedding/event planner?

A: We require you hire at minimum of a day-of coordinator and highly suggest a full-service planner for your event. Planners must be chosen from our preferred vendor list.

Q: May we hold our wedding rehearsal at Dover Hall?

A: Yes! Use of your chosen ceremony site for one hour for a rehearsal is included in your facility rental. All rehearsals are held on the Friday before your event and take place at either 2pm or 4pm, depending on our event schedule.

Q: May I bring in my own caterer and beverage?

A: All food and beverage must come through Dover Hall. No outside food and beverage is permitted.

Q: May I bring my own wedding vendors?

A: We are committed to a standard of excellence at Dover Hall. Our specialized team is comprised of the very best wedding and event vendors in the industry. To ensure all of our events are exceptional, we insist on using our in-house vendors for lighting, tenting, AV, additional hard rentals and linens.

Q: Is there a minimum or maximum facility rental time? Are there timing restrictions for set up and break down of events?

A: You have the use of the estate for your event for a 6 hour time frame.

Q: How far in advance of my event may vendors arrive to set up?

A: That depends on your event’s requirements and availability of space. We will do everything we can to accommodate your needs.

Q: Do I need a special ABC permit to serve beer, wine or cocktails at my Dover Hall event?

A: Dover Hall has its own ABC license and no outside beverage is permitted on premise.

Q: What is your cancellation policy?

A: If you cancel outside of 180 days of your event and we are able rebook your event date, we will gladly refund 25% of your facility rental. Inside of 180 days it is unlikely that we can rebook and cannot offer refunds. You will be responsible for your estimated food and beverage total as well. The estimated food and beverage total is based on $200.00 per person as per your contracted guest count. Any rentals or subcontracted services will be subject to the Dover Hall cancellation policy.

Q: How many vehicles can Dover Hall accommodate?

A: We have ample parking for any size event. We also offer valet at all of our events, as well as bus and limo parking.

Q: Is Dover Hall handicap accessible for guests with disabilities?

A: The estate is ADA compliant and equipped with ramps, wheelchair lifts and an elevator to ensure all guests are able to enjoy our events to the fullest.

Q: Can the outdoor pool area be rented for events?

A: Absolutely! Use of the pool itself is not permitted, however.

Q: What is your policy on children at events?

A: We simply ask that they be supervised at all times. You may bring a babysitter, however they must be over 18 years of age. However, overnight guests must be 12 or older.

Q: Are pets allowed on the premises?

A: Pets are not allowed, however service animals are permitted.

Q: Does Dover Hall Estate host any events open to the public?

A: Please visit our events calendar to see our upcoming events.

Q: What types of food does Dover Hall Estate offer?

A. With seasonal menu selections, flawless service and attentive planning, our culinary team creates truly memorable experiences. From intimate luncheons to stunning weddings, inspired theme parties to formal corporate occasions, we offer the inspiration, attention to detail and culinary creativity that will make your moment shine. Click here for our Culinary Events Menu.

Q: Can I take engagement photos or bridal portraits at Dover Hall?

A: Photography at Dover Hall is reserved for booked clients only. Booked clients may choose to have either their Engagement Photos or Bridal Portraits taken at Dover Hall.

Q: How can I schedule a tour of Dover Hall?

A: If you are planning a wedding or special event we would love to show you our beautiful estate! At this time we can only schedule tours for potential clients; if you’d like to see the estate just for fun please join us at one of our public events listed on the Calendar page of our website.