Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - March/April 2021 (Issue 85)

THE BARNS, OLD MICHELMERSH FARM This romantic rustic venue at Old Michelmersh Farm, near Romsey boasts two magnificent timbered 18 th -century barns with high roofs and stunning beams. The former stables, bull pen and milking parlour have also been converted to accommodate caterers, new loos and there’s a pretty and spacious room just for the bridal party too! With a large, grassy area surrounding the ancient granary, you and your loved ones can sit out on the vintage outdoor furniture and enjoy the beautiful country views. There’s also a small terrace in the wildflower garden where couples can marry or use as a chill-out area. Standout features include the cladding, mostly in the original elm, impressive big entrances and windows. Most ceremonies take place in Long Barn 1, which looks majestic filled with trees, ivy and flowers. Up to 200 loved ones can watch you say ‘I do’ before retiring to Long Barn 2 for the wedding breakfast. The buildings are interconnected and the first barn can be transformed while you eat to create the perfect space for relaxing and dancing the night away afterwards! For winter weddings, the cosy Old Barn is licensed for 70 guests and is ideal for more intimate affairs and there are other pretty rooms licensed for ceremonies for anything from six to 14 people. Couples can host an al fresco drinks reception in the garden and when it comes to the big-day décor, the venue has plenty of accessories and props to choose from. Eco-friendly too, the team grows a lot of its own flowers and plants and aims to ensure as many of the cut blooms as possible come from local growers in order to reduce the carbon footprint of their weddings. TENANTRY, FORDINGBRIDGE 01725 518 297 | If a country setting and glorious views are top of your wedding wish list, then this working farm is sure to impress. Set in a beautiful historic area, although the venue isn’t licensed for ceremonies, it’s an idyllic spot with rustic barns, fields, plenty of parking and camping space for a relaxed al fresco celebration. With a wealth of picture-perfect locations, you can have your own personal outdoor service and host a reception for around 100 guests in the barns or more out in the fields. There’s a variety of different marquees, from the traditional to modern and tipi style and provision for all catering, bars, dancefloors, stage and toilet facilities to create your dream wedding. GORWELL BARN, WEYMOUTH 01305 871 401/07971 978 585 | Dating back to the 17 th century, Gorwell Barn, has been tastefully and sympathetically renovated to retain the original features where possible and boasts outstanding views due to its pretty valley location. It’s surrounded by well maintained and sympathetically managed gardens and woodland with a range of trees and native plants. Ceremonies with up to 180 guests can take place inside the impressive Barn, outside on the terrace area or in the pretty wooden pagoda located in the wooded area. Couples can rest assured the Barn – which also hosts the reception – is comfortable any time of year as it boasts underfloor heating and luxury spacious cloakroom facilities. www.ang 20