Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - May/June 2022 (Issue 92)

PALAIS DES VACHES 02380 243 102 | Situated deep in the countryside, Palais des Vaches is a renovated art gallery that provides the ideal setting for weddings and events. The property is surrounded by rolling fields with views over Beaulieu River and the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Inside the venue, the walls are packed full of artwork by local artists, making the property that extra bit special and so easy to fall in love with. The carefully designed venue has three large interconnecting interior rooms, which surround an enchanting Tuscan-style courtyard and large open garden. Even though the venue doesn’t have a ceremony license, there are plenty of spaces for blessings with couples using indoor and outdoor areas as they please. The Cow Palace can accommodate approximately 120 people and features high ceilings, 100-year-old beams and magnificent artwork. Alternatively, the Goat Pen has been lovingly restored to create the perfect space for around 50 loved ones. With a window overlooking the beautiful landscape and doors leading out onto the private courtyard guarded by two grand lions, what’s not to love about this space? For smaller celebrations, The Monkey Room is perfect with comfortable sofas and chairs to allow guests to relax. The courtyard is a statement in itself with gorgeous trees, handmade tables, carved-wooden gates, parasols and beautiful sculptures dotted around the area – there’s even space to accommodate food vans and mobile bars. The north facing lawn is ideal for marquee or outdoor ceremonies with approximately 120 people. It also provides the perfect location for outdoor games or play areas. Or why not opt for the Butterfly Meadow, a picture-perfect spot with breathtaking views? Please note, no structures or dining are allowed in this area and access is limited in the evenings. We love… Palais des Vaches is offered exclusively to couples over a four-day hir – couples can relax knowing they’ll have a stress-free time on their special day. THE MORTIMER ARMS 02380 814 379 | For those searching for a chilled setting with an authentic country feel for receptions, check out The Mortimer Arms. The former Edwardian dowager house has been beautifully converted into a chic boutique hotel, while retaining a wealth of charm. Set on the edge of the New Forest, the décor is sympathetic to the rural area with pictures and paraphernalia to reflect the local countryside. The building’s original high ceilings, large sash windows and patios add character to the space and gives the interior a bright and airy feel. The outside spaces include a large lawn, front patio and garden with hanging baskets and flower beds. There’s also a stunning private courtyard with seating, trellising and a central olive tree – perfect for al fresco dining. The country-style function room can host wedding breakfasts for up to 80 guests and a further 40 for receptions with space for a dancefloor, band or DJ. The patio doors lead out to the courtyard, which is the perfect place to celebrate. We love… that couples get the best room in the house for their wedding night complete with a complimentary bottle of fizz. 19 REGIONAL VENUES