Hampshire is the county with it all, from its miles of unspoilt coastline to the three cultural cities in the area, and not forgetting the two national parks offering unrivalled countryside views.
It’s this vast and varied offering that makes Hampshire the ideal wedding destination for many couples of different tastes. Are you dreaming of a contemporary city ceremony? Perhaps you have your heart set on a quintessentially British country wedding? No matter what setting you’re picturing for your special day, Hampshire and its many wedding venues certainly won’t disappoint.
In this post, we have rounded up 10 of our favourite wedding venues in Hampshire, each with their own picture-perfect setting that’s just right for a romantic celebration. Could you discover your own perfect wedding venue within our list?
1. Audleys Wood Hotel
Audleys Wood Hotel Wedding Venue is a gorgeous neo-gothic renaissance manor, situated in Basingstoke and built in 1880. It was originally built to be a hunting lodge, but pair the building of today with the lush garden pavilion and the stunning decor, and you have yourself a spectacular setting for your wedding day.
Picture your very own romantic moment captured at the bandstand in the hotel’s garden. Admire the large, light and airy space for your wedding ceremony, and look forward to staying in the classic yet contemporary bedrooms when sharing a day or two with your nearest and dearest.
Audleys Wood Hotel is able to accommodate 100 guests for the ceremony, as well as 200 guests for the wedding breakfast and evening reception. What’s more, the hotel’s wedding coordinators are happy to assist and support you during your wedding planning and preparations!
2. Careys Manor Hotel & Spa
Pair your wedding with the ultimate weekend getaway, when spending your special day at Careys Manor Hotel & Spa Wedding Venue. Set within the enchanting New Forest National Park, it’s the perfect venue for any couple dreaming of a breathtakingly beautiful country retreat for their big day.
The setting itself provides the perfect backdrop to capture your loving moments and to look back on your special day for years to come. Just pulling up to the impressive manor along the gravel driveway is enough to give you flutters, but to think that the venue could be transformed into exactly how you want it for your own wedding, it’s a dream come true.
Careys Manor Hotel & Spa has an experienced wedding coordinator on hand, who’s ready and raring to perfect every wedding detail for each couple who chooses this venue for their big day. Whether you’re looking for a more natural outdoor wedding setting, or if you would prefer a stylish indoor ceremony, your ideal wedding can be made a reality at Careys Manor Hotel & Spa.
3. Lainston House Hotel
Escape everyday life and immerse yourself in your special day, when celebrating your wedding day at Lainston House Hotel.
This 17th century country house is set in Winchester, with 63 acres of spectacular Hampshire countryside to admire. Make your way along the tree-lined driveway and take in the romantic setting in all its glory. Admire the intricate details that together, make up this beautifully elegant venue, from the lovely archways to the 12th century chapel ruin. Inside, you can find a large, almost rustic room to host your ceremony, with brick walls, high ceilings and a large open fireplace adding plenty of character to the space.
Lainston House Hotel offers so much more than a picturesque wedding setting. Both small and large wedding parties are able to host their special day here, and there’s even the option to have the property exclusively to yourself on your dates. You’re able to tailor your wedding day at Lainston House to exactly how you want it, and their dedicated coordinator will make sure everything is as you planned on the day.
4. Oakley Hall
For sensational style, extraordinary elegance and the most sublime wedding setting, look no further than Oakley Hall in Basingstoke. Within its staggering 315 acres, you can enjoy the most picture perfect wedding and create a day for you and your loved ones to remember forever.
Oakley Hall was awarded the best “wow factor” wedding venue by Bride Magazine, and it’s not hard to see why! The well-kept 18th century hall is paired with stunning contemporary interiors, not to mention the absolutely perfect lush green grounds, all of which come together to create a truly memorable wedding setting. Guests are also treated to 50 stylish bedrooms within the hall, along with a quaint country cottage within the grounds, too.
Choose from Oakley Hall’s 8 function rooms for your wedding ceremony, your wedding breakfast and your wedding reception. The brand new garden pavilion is an extremely popular choice!
5. The Elvetham
Anyone who visits The Elvetham Wedding Venue can’t help but fall in love with its remarkable 19th century architecture and 35 acres of gorgeous gardens. Head up the long driveway and gaze across the manicured lawns, all before heading indoors to take in the large spacious rooms equipped with quality features – every inch of the Elvetham is simply perfect for a wedding day and it could all be yours for your big day.
We especially love the array of stunning rooms available at The Elvetham, as well as how the wedding coordinators recommend which rooms are best suited to each part of your special day. For example, choose to exchange vows in The Oak, The Morning Room or The Summerhouse, make speeches and toast in The Library or The Conservatory, then dance the night away in The Morning Room or The Drawing Room Bar. Each room has its perks and it’s a fantastic way to tailor this wedding venue to meet the needs of your own special day.
6. The Master Builders House Hotel
Make a weekend of your wedding at the Master Builders House Hotel in Hampshire. This lovely red brick building is situated in Lord Montagu’s Beaulieu estate, within the New Forest National Park, so you couldn’t ask for a much more beautiful setting.
Look out to views of the Beaulieu River and the boats scattered across the water, as you stroll hand in hand around the grounds. You’ll instantly be able to spot some fantastic wedding photo opportunities whilst you walk throughout the space.
The Master Builders House is able to cater for 108 wedding guests, extending to 130 guests for an evening reception. Future brides and grooms are able to tailor the venue to meet their dream theme and additional requirements. From stunning summer weddings in the gardens, through the cosy indoor weddings in winter, there’s a setting for every wedding at the Master Builders House.
Just a few minutes down the road in the car, is the Beaulieu Palace, Exbury Gardens and the National Motor Museum too, so you and your guests can finish off the weekend with a bit of sightseeing whilst you’re in the area.
7. Old Thorns Manor Hotel
Old Thorns Manor Hotel was originally built in 1949, through the renovation of two small cottages and a dairy farm, to create a warm and welcoming boutique hotel with an on-site golf course. Whilst the hotel has expanded since then to over 150 rooms and apartments, guests still notice the same warm and welcoming atmosphere today, and it’s this ambience that we love about Old Thorns Manor Hotel as a wedding venue.
The venue offers 11 rooms that are perfect for wedding celebrations. From large to small, modern to traditional, there’s something for every couple, and multiple rooms can be used for a single wedding.
We’re huge fans of the bridal lounge at Old Thorns Manor Hotel – a room exclusively for the bride and her wedding party to get ready for the big day ahead. Featuring 5 stations, an en-suite bathroom and plenty of full-length mirrors and natural light, it’s a fantastic space for the morning of your wedding day.
8. Three Choirs Vineyard
Host your wedding at one of the most unique yet picturesque wedding venues in Hampshire, the Three Choirs Vineyard wedding venue.
Explore the Old Winery, a gorgeous barn that’s been renovated to a high standard of quality – it’s now a bright and spacious setting for your wedding breakfast and evening reception. Featuring original wooden beams, crystal chandeliers, huge oak doors and fairy lights, the Old Winery blends traditional with modern features to create a romantic setting for your wedding.
Head out into the courtyard, where you will find a lovely open space looking over the vineyard itself. The courtyard is a great place to entertain wedding guests throughout the day and in-between the more formal elements of your wedding day.
Then there’s the extra special addition – the vineyard. Imagine capturing your special day on camera, surrounded by lush green vines in spring and summer, or more red and orange shades in the autumn. We love the bandstand that sits on the outskirts of the vineyard – it creates a truly spectacular spot to exchange your vows.
9. Rhinefield House
Make your dream country wedding come true in a truly superb Hampshire wedding venue, Rhinefield House, set deep within the stunning New Forest National Park.
You’ll be captivated by the impressive Tudor and Gothic architecture, paired with gorgeous grounds outdoors and luxurious rooms inside. Head to the conservatory and look out over the ornamental ponds, or have your breath taken away by the incredible Alhambra Room and its glistening jewels.
Rhinefield House is home to 50 bedrooms, along with a luxury health suite and outdoor pool, so there’s plenty to keep you and your guests entertained if you plan to stay here for a few nights before or after your wedding day. What’s more, with a helpful team available at the hotel, planning your fairytale wedding at this venue will be a simple and stress-free as possible.
10. Sopley Mill
Make the most of your wedding day at Sopley Mill wedding venue, a pretty, renovated watermill sitting across the River Avon, with meadow views spanning for miles around it.
Sopley Mill was originally built in 1066 and was a working mill up until the mid 1950s. Even with the renovations, you will still be able to admire plenty of original features, along with spacious rooms to host your ceremony, breakfast and evening reception. Head outside and enjoy the terrace and gardens during the spring, summer and autumn. For chilly winter weddings, the roaring fireplace indoors will keep everyone warm and cosy throughout the big day.
Sopley Mill is exclusive to you on your wedding date, and the venue can be tailored to make your dream wedding a reality. Whether you want something super casual or a more luxurious and sophisticated setting, Sopley Mill and its team can help you do just that.
Find the Hampshire wedding venue that’s perfect for you
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