Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - January/February 2024 (Issue 102)

MAPPERTON HOUSE & GARDENS 01308 800 114 | Nestled in the rolling hills of West Dorset stands Mapperton House & Gardens, the family home to the Earl and Countess of Sandwich. The stunning property is home to several wedding locations! Exchange vows in the elegant Garden Pavilion, then celebrate with champagne outside the majestic Orangery, with stunning views through the formal gardens to the tumbling countryside beyond. Then head over for wedding breakfasts to the impressive Coach House, recently converted into a magnificent entertaining space for 120 seated guests. Built in 1670, the location was recently converted and is part of Dorset’s most important manorial complexes. It has had many functions over the centuries, from a coach house, stables, a sawmill and most recently, one of the locations for the 2015 romantic hit Far from the Madding Crowd. Alongside the main space is a second large room containing a fully stocked and licensed bar for guests seeking a break from the festivities. The team understands how important weddings are and will ensure they exceed the highest expectations. They offer a blank canvas for pairs to mix furniture, flowers and decoration as well as various props, decorations, lighting and accessories. The dedicated wedding coordinator will be delighted to talk lovebirds through the options. Weddings are an excellent opportunity to bring friends and family together from afar. For this reason, the team has brought together the best local accommodations, including the recently redecorated Garden Cottage. The staff has also partnered with other outstanding local providers: The Ollerod Hotel in Beaminster, North End Farm near Bridport and many more. AUDLEYS WOOD HOTEL 01256 817 555 | Audleys Wood Hotel is a magnificent Victorian mansion nestled on stunning grounds and woodland in the heart of Hampshire. Blend this with the venue’s contemporary style, modern British food and impeccable service; pairs will find the ultimate wedding venue. Whether couples are after traditional weddings or want to throw the rule book out of the window, the team will tailor weddings to reflect different personalities. Simonds is the house’s original dining room; this oak-panelled room is ideal for intimate weddings, with 30 for the vows and 20 for wedding breakfasts. The Conservatory features an impressive vaulted ceiling and views onto the grounds. The light and elegant space is perfect for ceremonies with 120 and 80 for meals. The picturesque grounds are ideal for those after al fresco celebrations. The Garden Pavilion is found via its private lit walkway for 200 loved ones to gather for the “I dos” and wedding breakfasts. Or host outdoor ceremonies overlooking the neighbouring fields and see what the grounds of Audley Wood offer. This striking setting for open-air events will frame the happy couple with the hard top gazebo. The venue’s stylish suites in the original house come with spacious living areas, period features and dressing tables so couples can get ready in style. There are 68 bedrooms on-site, meaning guests won’t have far to travel after dancing the night away. The kitchen team is passionate about seasonal food and showcasing the country’s best produce, with delicious vegan and vegetarian options available. Scan to view video 26