Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - January/February 2022 (Issue 90)

RHINEFIELD HOUSE HOTEL, BROCKENHURST 01590 622 922 | Set in the heart of the New Forest Rhinefield House ticks all the boxes for a romantic winter wedding. Surrounded by 40 acres of private grounds, the grand 19th-century house, is striking both inside and out with its long driveway, Tudor and Gothic architecture, steeply pitched roof, red brick chimneys and leaded windows The magnificent Grand Hall, a replica of London’s Westminster Hall, provides an impressive big-day backdrop with its intricate carvings and oak panelling. You can tie the knot here and celebrate afterwards with a wedding breakfast for 130 seated guests and up to 200 for the evening reception. Alternatively Hurst Castle is an exclusive modern event suite with its own separate entrance and a terrace overlooking the topiary orchard. Fully self-contained and licensed for ceremonies, you can host your whole day here without fear of being disturbed. The hotel has 50 bedrooms including three feature suites so you won’t have far to go at the end of the night. What’s more there’s complimentary bridal suite for the happy couple on the wedding night. We love… the Keepers Room with its ornamental fireplace; perfect for cosy intimate weddings. THE ELVETHAM HOTEL, HOOK 01252 847 293 | Set in 35 acres of Hampshire countryside, the grounds of this historic gem are magical in winter with a dusting of snow. The striking building oozes history and charm; a stunning example of Victorian architecture it boasts a wealth of inviting indoor wedding spaces and standout features. Think wood-panelled walls, a spectacular staircase, fireplaces and oak floors – the stuff that winter wedding dreams are made of! Arrive at the tower over the main entrance, step inside and be prepared for plenty of stop-stare moments. The grandeur of the Oak Room provides an elegant setting for indoor ceremonies. The large windows allow the light to flood in and there’s a statement fireplace at the spot where you say ‘I do’. Celebrate afterwards with a reception for up to 100 guests in the magnificent Library. The largest room in the house there’s an ornate stone fireplace, original bookcases and plenty of natural light. What’s more, at the end of the night you can retreat to one of the venue’s elegant bedrooms and wake up feeling refreshed and revived, ready to relive the big day with your friends and family over breakfast. We love… the signature gardens and avenue of Irish yew trees; perfect for those all-important wedding photos. 18