Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - January/February 2023 (Issue 96)

HALE PARK 07805 504 087 | Set in the middle of an agricultural estate in a very private corner of the New Forest, couples will approach Hale Park down a long avenue of lime trees. Surrounding the house are the extensive grounds, which feature a small rose garden, topiary, maze, two ponds and many hidden areas to discover. Exchange vows in the grand Georgian Drawing Rooms, which feature high ceilings, showstopping chandeliers and views over Avon Valley. The whole area can host 120 guests or can be split into three smaller spaces if desired. Alternatively, the pillared portico entrance to the front of the house is another option for ceremonies with 100 people on the lawn opposite. For religious weddings, St. Mary’s Church can accommodate around 90 people. The setting is only a short walk through the gardens and creates a stunning backdrop to photographs. Around the property, couples will discover picture-perfect spaces for civil ceremonies or celebrant-led weddings with 40 to 100 people – here they can let their imaginations run wild to create their dream day. For festivalstyle weddings, the enclosed glade through the yew trees is perfect for around 100 loved ones. Continue the celebrations with 40 to 200 people in the Drawing Rooms or marquee where the lawns are suitable for bands, dining and dancing. Behind, there’s room for catering while still leaving enough space for lawn games, bouncy castles and fire pits outside. CHESIL HOUSE 01962 820 088 | Nestled in the heart of Winchester, Chesil House is a must-see hidden gem. Set on the banks of the River Itchen, the stunning 19th-century venue provides an idyllic setting for magical weddings. The stunning views from the deck overlooking the fast-flowing tributary and private garden will wow guests. With secluded gardens, stunning riverside views and beautiful rooms, it offers a wealth of enchanting spaces for special events. Enjoy exclusive use of the intimate venue, which is licensed for both ceremonies and receptions with loved ones. Memorable views of the river and garden from every window offer a stunning backdrop throughout the day and with bi-fold doors leading to a spacious decking area, lovebirds can enjoy wedding breakfasts with an al fresco feel. The Walled Garden, with its sweeping lawns, colourful landscape borders and private bridge, provides a host of standout photo opportunities and a great location for drinks receptions. With bespoke packages tailored specifically to suit different couples, the award-winning resident caterers can create a little bit of foodie heaven. 22