Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - March/April 2024 (Issue 103)

Fall in love with these stunning properties in Southampton LOCAL ROWNHAMS HOUSE & GARDENS 02380 733 298/07973 742 245 | Rownhams House was built by Sir Isaac Newton’s nephew in 1762 for his beautiful bride, Catherine Barton, a lady of some fame and fortune. The Georgian house and the Medieval Coach House are situated on 12 acres, home to manicured lawns, woodland areas, a picturesque lake and an ice house. The trees, flower borders, wild meadow and mature plants offer the perfect setting for many stunning photo opportunities. The large and flat top lawn is well placed for drinks receptions and games such as croquet. Under the clock tower arch can also be used as a seating area for outdoor wedding cerem Ceremonies for up to 120 people can occur in the Grand Library with its attractive plasterwork walls and ceiling, in the dabbled shade of the woods or by the shimmering lake. Wedding receptions can take place in the Grand Library with 110 people, in a hired marquee or in the Coach House for smaller celebrations. The calming and comfortable Billiard Room and Morning Room offer the perfect spaces for indoor drinks receptions and photographic backdrops should the rain come tumbling down. Couples can use these areas for smaller, more intimate weddings for up to 60 people. The Coach House, built in 1600 by the Knights of St John, comprises several large rooms perfect for evening receptions. The Harvest Room has seating and eating areas, the Sofa Room is great for relaxing, and the hall serves food and cake. There’s also a dedicated room for live music, DJs, bands and a bar. What’s more, the owners want brides to be at their best on their special day and offer a private Brides Room. To help ensure the day runs without a hitch, the team provides pre-wedding planning meetings and allows the bridal party and approved caterers access to the house the day before weddings to set up and the day after for collection. Going 21 LOCAL VENUES