Country House Wedding venues in New Forest, Hampshire
An unforgettable wedding day in a stunning country house in Hampshire. It sounds pretty darn perfect, doesn’t it? No wonder that so many couples are drawn to this particular part of the world to celebrate their nuptials.
With its ancient woodlands and idyllic open heathland steeped in romantic history, the New Forest offers an iconic location to say ‘I do…’ during any season of the year.
It is also home to some of the most spectacular venues for a country house wedding in the UK, so if you’re looking for inspiration as your wedding planning gets underway, coming up next are three of the best.
One to view
Definitely one for your viewing list is Grade II listed Bartley Lodge. A long woodland drive leads you to the grand country house, setting the scene for some really spectacular photographs.
Versatility is obviously important when you’re organising your wedding, and at Bartley Lodge you’ve got several options to play with as you plan your dream day.
The exquisite and aptly named Crystal Room is perfect for the ceremony itself, or if you’re planning a spring/summer wedding, you might prefer to be outside in the gorgeous walled garden with its rustic wooden arch and ancient oak tree.
There’s room for up to 80 guests to toast you and your sweetheart on the impressive stone terrace, and the 18th century Baronial Hall with its oak panelling and twinkling chandeliers is made for a wedding feast. There’s capacity here to expand to up to 150 friends and family in the evening, to celebrate and enjoy a private bar.
There are some sumptuous suites available if you and your wedding party are choosing to stay overnight, and as newlyweds you should definitely opt for the Charles Lyell suite, with its four-poster, chandelier, and incredible views.
The 800-year-old Burley Manor is another picture-perfect country house wedding venue. The estate is quite breathtaking, and boasts a rustic barn that’s an enchanting space for ceremony and celebration, with floor-to-ceiling traditional brick chimneys, vast exposed beams and evergreen flower displays.
The barn feels light and spacious, with lots of room for up to 80 of your closest family and friends for a seated meal, and with roaring log fires creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for any autumn or winter wedding. Versatile too, the space can be effortlessly transformed for you to welcome more guests in the evening.
This romantic and historic country house offers you and your wedding party full use of the indulgent spa facilities, and if you choose to stay overnight, many of the guest suites have their own private balcony, whilst the fully accessible Garden Suite is a decadent delight.
Another dreamy and wedding-worthy country house in the New Forest is Beaulieu Inn. This one-of-a-kind former coaching inn is full of character, unique charm and delightful touches, and its picturesque setting offers countless photo opportunities.
There is a range of generous and versatile spaces available, starting with the Ipley or Exbury rooms; these are intimate settings comfortably hosting up to 80 guests, with access to the beautiful gardens. After a ceremony in the larger, stylish Beaulieu Suite, your guest list of up to 120 can expand to 250 of your family and friends, enjoying the celebrations way into the night.
There’s a real sense of relaxed indulgence here, and if you’re staying overnight, you’ll sleep sweetly within the delightfully quirky, cosy bedrooms and Beaulieu’s superbly appointed suites.
Another crucial aspect of your wedding planning is of course the menu, and each of these country house kitchens offers exceptional service in that regard.
Think light and lavish wedding breakfasts, scrumptious afternoon teas, and of course, the wedding feast itself. Whether you go bespoke, or opt for the New Forest Hog Roast, BBQ or a Mediterranean-inspired spread, the food is locally sourced, seasonal and lovingly prepared, with every plate thoughtfully designed through consultation with you and your country house wedding team.
In fact, nothing is too much for the dedicated teams at each of these New Forest Collection country house hotels. Bringing your wedding dreams to life is what they do best, so all you’ll have to do is relax and enjoy every moment of your big day.
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