It’s the most wonderful day of your life, one you’ll share with your beloved friends and family, and the setting in which you choose to say ‘I do…’ will lend its own character, beauty and magic to the whole precious experience.
It will be the place you’ll remember forever, as you look back on treasured photographs and recall this special day of love, laughter and joy. It’s unsurprising then that so many couples are deciding on the glorious New Forest for their wedding.
With its ancient woodlands and idyllic open heathland steeped in romantic history, and its natural beauty showcased at its best during every season of the year, it’s the perfect countryside location for your big day.
If you’re thinking of tying the knot in this incredible place, you’ll want only the very best, and as the New Forest also boasts some of the most spectacular venues for a countryside wedding in the UK, you’re in luck…
An incredible place to tie the knot
An utterly gorgeous venue within picturesque surroundings is Beaulieu Inn. Easily reached just outside the ancient village of Beaulieu itself, this elegant former coaching inn is full of character and unique charm.
It’s the largest of all the venues within New Forest Collection, and offers a range of generous and versatile spaces. After your ceremony, your guest list of up to 120 can expand to accommodate up to 250 of your family and friends, enjoying the festivities in the impressive Beaulieu Suite.
The Ipley or Exbury rooms are more intimate settings, comfortably hosting up to 80 guests, and from here you have access to Beaulieu’s beautiful gardens for photographs.
This is an incredible place to tie the knot, and if you’re staying overnight, you and your guests will adore the delightfully quirky, cosy bedrooms and Beaulieu’s superbly appointed suites.
Another stunning country house hotel full of personality and charm, and grand amidst its glorious surroundings, is the Grade II listed Bartley Lodge near Lyndhurst. Visualise yourself approaching along its long, woodland drive, and it’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting for your countryside wedding.
Bartley Lodge is also extremely versatile, so your ceremony might take place in the Crystal Room, or out in the gorgeous walled garden, with its rustic wooden arch and ancient oak tree a fine backdrop to your wedding day photographs.
There’s room for up to 80 guests to toast your nuptials on the gorgeous stone terrace and feast in the eighteenth century Baronial Hall, with its oak panelling and twinkling chandeliers. Expand to up to 150 friends and family in the evening, to celebrate and enjoy a private bar.
If you’re staying overnight at Bartley Lodge, the Charles Lyell suite is truly magnificent, oozing style and sumptuousness, with four-poster, chandelier, and incredible views.
Set within breathtaking surroundings, the magnificent 800-year-old Burley Manor is the place to choose if you’re looking for an unforgettable barn wedding in the countryside.
Its spectacular rustic barn is an enchanting space for ceremony and celebration, with floor-to-ceiling traditional brick chimneys, vast exposed beams and stunning evergreen flower displays. Outside, the sensational deer park is quite the backdrop for your photographs.
The barn feels wonderfully light and spacious and is able to accommodate up to 80 guests for a seated meal, with roaring log fires creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere in chillier months. Afterwards, the space can be easily transformed for you to welcome up to 120 guests for your evening celebrations.
And if you and your guests choose to stay overnight, tempted no doubt by the indulgent spa facilities available? The spacious Burley Suites enjoy their own private balcony, making the most of those estate views, whilst the opulent and fully accessible Garden Suite is a luxurious delight.
If you’re looking for a more intimate and contemporary space for your countryside wedding day, the sophisticated Georgian townhouse, Forest Lodge near Lyndhurst, is the one for you.
With its stylish boutique feel and access to a picture-perfect courtyard garden, Forest Lodge can accommodate up to 80 guests to witness your ceremony, and up to 150 within the elegant Forest Suite. Twinkling chandeliers light the space here as you enjoy a glass of something special and savour the exquisite, award-winning food that Forest Lodge is known for.
Because it’s not only the locations themselves, but the food served within every New Forest Collection countryside wedding venue that is absolutely exceptional.
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, you’ll know that the food will be locally sourced, seasonal and lovingly prepared, with every plate thoughtfully designed according to your wishes.
In fact, when it comes to planning your dream wedding, nothing is too much for the dedicated teams at New Forest Collection. They are truly passionate about bringing your every desire to life, and making all your countryside wedding dreams come true.
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