Your New Forest wedding day is the day you’ll want to share with the ones you love the most. Family and friends will be there to love and support you, and it just wouldn’t be the same without your most adoring and furriest of companions.
As one of the most sought-after wedding locations in the UK, the glorious New Forest is also perfectly pooch-friendly, with miles of stunning walks, coastlines, woodland and green space to enjoy, and so it’s unsurprising then that it’s top of the list for every sensible dog and their soon-to-be-hitched humans.
Practically speaking, the New Forest has fantastic road transport links, meaning you, your furry friend and other guests arrive stress-free and relaxed, set up from the very start to enjoy every moment.
So here, we’ll outline the very best pet-friendly wedding venues in Hampshire at the New Forest Collection, where wedding guests of the canine kind are always warmly welcomed, even receiving their own doggie mat and special bowls on arrival at these beautiful locations.
And, because capturing your special moments with your four-legged guest-of-honour proudly standing by is important to you too, all our New Forest wedding venues provide pet-friendly photo ops.
Grand amidst its glorious natural surroundings, Bartley Lodge is a Grade II listed country house hotel located near Lyndhurst. It’s love at first sight as you approach along its woodland drive, and with 8 acres of landscaped grounds for your furry friend to explore, they’ll be in New Forest heaven here too.
This versatile venue boasts the exquisite Crystal Room for ceremonies, with the gorgeous walled garden outside a perfect backdrop to your wedding day photographs.
You can invite up to 80 guests to toast your nuptials on the gorgeous stone terrace, and to share your wedding feast in the majestic eighteenth century Baronial Hall, and welcome up to 150 friends and family to dance and enjoy a private bar later in the evening.
And if you and your party choose to stay overnight? Each room here is individually and thoughtfully designed, oozing style and sumptuousness. The Charles Lyell suite is truly magnificent, with four-poster, chandelier, incredible views and deluxe details to delight the happiest of couples, and their adoring hound.
Another dog-friendly wedding venue set off perfectly by the natural beauty of its surroundings is Beaulieu Inn. A short walk from the ancient village of Beaulieu itself, this former coaching inn is a real home from home, full of character, unique charm and delightful touches.
The largest of all the venues within New Forest Collection, Beaulieu boasts a range of generous and versatile spaces in which to host your dog-friendly wedding reception. After your ceremony, your guest list of up to 120 can expand to accommodate up to 250 of your family and friends in the sumptuous Beaulieu Suite. The Ipley or Exbury rooms are more intimate settings, comfortably hosting up to 80 guests, with access to the beautiful gardens.
Relaxing within this indulgently comfortable space, you and your guests will be sure to sleep well within the delightfully quirky, cosy bedrooms and Beaulieu’s superbly appointed suites.
The magnificent 800-year-old Burley estate is a very special venue indeed. Set within breathtaking surroundings that will delight your happy doggy, Burley Manor has always been a place of comfort, inspiration and luxury.
Burley is also the place to choose if you’re looking for a stunning barn wedding venue in the New Forest. Its gorgeous rustic barn is an enchanting space for ceremony and celebration and can accommodate up to 80 guests for a seated meal; outside, the impressive deer park is a spectacular backdrop for your photographs, and afterwards, you are able to welcome up to 120 guests as the space is magically transformed for your evening festivities.
Staying at Burley is a treat, outside and in. Every room is individually designed, with the spacious Burley Suites really make the most of those incredible views. The opulent and fully accessible Garden Suite is a luxurious delight, and you and your guests are bound to want to make the most of the indulgent spa facilities at Burley too, with signature treatments a speciality, and a must for every bride-to-be. (The handy ‘wash pipes’ available for muddy paws after woodland walks are the canine equivalent, and we’re reliably informed by our waggy-tailed friends that they are also a real treat.)
If you’re looking for a more contemporary space for your special day, the sophisticated Georgian townhouse Forest Lodge, near Lyndhurst, is a stunning venue. Located right on the edge of the New Forest, it is also perfectly pet-friendly, so yips of delight all round…
With its stylish boutique feel and access to a gorgeous courtyard garden, perfect for photographs, Forest Lodge can accommodate up to 80 guests to witness your ceremony, and up to 150 of your guests to celebrate with you within the elegant Forest Suite. Here, in a space enchantingly lit with twinkling chandeliers, you can raise a glass of champagne and enjoy the delicious and award-winning food that Forest Lodge is known for.
Because it’s not only the venues and locations themselves, but the food served within every one of these pet-friendly wedding venues that deserves special mention. Always locally sourced, seasonal and lovingly prepared, and never more so than for a wedding feast, every plate is thoughtfully designed according to your wishes.
Think light and lavish wedding breakfasts, delectable New Forest afternoon teas, and of course, the wedding feast itself. Whether you go bespoke, Mediterranean-inspired, or opt for the New Forest Hog Roast or BBQ, you’ll know that this secret ingredient will be yet another exceptional element of your whole magical New Forest wedding experience.
So it’s clear that New Forest Collection offers a fantastic range of spectacular dog-friendly venues and spaces, each with its own unique charms and perfect for this most precious of days. Plus, with their dedicated teams on board, passionate about bringing your New Forest wedding visions to life, you can rest assured that whatever your heart desires, those dreams really can come true – and judging by their snuffles of excitement at this point, we think your lovable best friend would want this for you too. Woof!
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