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Lainston House, near Winchester

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Our Lainston Review:


Lainston House is a fabulous venue for weddings at any time of year. The grounds are meticulously well kept and include some small ruins. There are amazing gardens on three sides of the venue. The front is a grand and stunning approach for your guests, the back has outstanding views and the side is intimate and sheltered with garden furniture.

The interiors are similarly wonderful with the feel of a grand country house. The decor is exquisite and the furnishings are sumptuous. This venue oozes class and historic character. If you love Jane Austen you should really look at this place.

The rooms we’ve been in for bridal and groom prep have been fantastic. Stunning interiors with acres of space and glorious soft light from the huge period design windows.

The staff are second to none at Lainston and the whole feel of the place is one of welcome, style, class and comfort.

Wedding ceremonies can be held at Lainston either inside, or outside if weather permits. For inside weddings they use the same room for the ceremony, the reception and the dance. It is spacious but intimate with bare-brick walls and timbered ceiling. It is joined to the rest of the hotel by covered corridors. When the room is being turned round the guests go to one of the lovely lounges in the hotel or out into the gardens if weather permits.

Lainston House is not far from Winchester and is set in the most amazing countryside with a long sweeping driveway up to the house and car park. Cars are kept away from the front of the house during weddings which is fantastic for photographs. There is ample parking only a short walk away from the main buildings.

For us, Lainston is a Top Summer Wedding Venue because of its amazing architecture and grounds and Top Winter Wedding Venue because of the amazing interiors with plenty of light and space. Even if there has been rain before the wedding day leaving grass muddy and soft, there are plenty of stone-slab patios and paths close to the buildings so the beauty of the grounds can be enjoyed without venturing onto muddy grass.

Lainston is a top class venue with amazing staff and a great feel to the place. There are countless photo-opportunities both inside and out at all times of year and in all weathers.

It is definitely worth considering Lainston House as a possibility for your wedding venue.

by Steve Dunster
1 May 2017

Highfield Park Weddings

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Our Highfield Park Review:


Highfield Park near Hook is a fantastic wedding venue. There is a long and impressive driveway on the approach to the hotel to really put your guests in the mood for a quality and distinctive day. There is ample parking very close to the hotel and the staff are wonderfully helpful and very efficient.

The building exterior is very impressive set in 35 acres of ground, atop a hill the venue has an amazing view of the rolling Hampshire countryside. The front of the hotel has a columned porch which is great for group shots. The West face has distinctive rounded towers and the South face has the windows to the modern styled bar, the patio with tables and chairs which are outside the room used for wedding ceremonies and meals.

The inside of Highfield is no less impressive. The Bridal Prep room is spacious with plenty of light and with a convincing “country house” decor. There’s an awesome circular staircase, perfect for portraits...but also a very modern styled bar area which opens up onto the south-facing patio area.

[UPDATE: 1 MAY 2017] Highfield now offer outside wedding ceremonies if weather permits.

It’s because of it’s fabulous and spacious interiors as well as the expansive and beautiful exteriors and the wonderfully helpful staff that we recommend this venue as both a Top Summer Wedding Venue and a Top Winter Wedding Venue. Well worth a look.


by Steve Dunster
3 July 2014


Details from their website:


Highfield Park website

Church Lane
Hook
Hampshire
RG27 0LG

0871 222 4804

Careys Manor Weddings

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Our Careys Manor Review:


Careys Manor Hotel has lovely external architecture and pretty well tended gardens. There is a sweeping pea-shingle drive in front of red-brick victorian architecture including a stepped porch entrances which makes a terrific frame for length bride and groom portraits or even group shots.

Across from the driveway is a bordered lawn garden which is not only attractive but has plenty of shaded areas for Summer weddings. Following the drive back towards the road and there is a gated archway in the garden wall which is another great place for romantic portraits. Going on through the gate leads you to an open lawn to the road which is also beautifully tended with trees and borders. Yet another gorgeous place for portraits in the Summer.

Stepping just outside of the room used for the Reception leads you a walled patio area which is sheltered and also a pleasant place for group and portrait photography. This is also where they place the hog roast if there is to be one. Guests often spill out into this patio area in Summer weddings during the evening disco.

The interiors of Careys Manor are exceptional. The room used for wedding ceremonies is feels intimate but is spacious and is beautifully designed. The room used for the meal is light and airy and great for both Reception/Speech shots as well as spacious enough for a live band and plenty of guests for the evening.

The design of the hotel is such that you and your guests can walk from the Ceremony Room, through the Foyer and into the Reception Room without going outside, ideal if the weather was poor.

[UPDATE: 1 MAY 2017] Careys now offer outside wedding ceremonies if weather permits.

The jewel in the crown of Careys Manor must surely be the interior of the hotel foyer. The gorgeous wood panelled Foyer, with its wooden stair case makes for some fantastic wedding photography.

It is because of the these varied and pleasant outside wedding photography opportunities as well as its gorgeous interiors that we have rated Careys Manor as both a Top Winter Wedding Venue as well as a Top Summer Wedding Venue.

by Steve Dunster
20 November 2013


Details from their website:


A romantic Victorian Country House 
Up to 100 guests - only 1 wedding held a day
Available for outdoor weddings

www.careysmanor.com

Lyndhurst Road
Brockenhurst
Hampshire
SO42 7RH

01590 624467

Moorhill House Hotel Weddings

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Moorhill House Hotel:

Shappen Bottom, Burley, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 4AG
01425 403285
www.newforesthotels.co.uk/weddings/moorhill-house-hotel-burley/

Rhinefield House Weddings

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Our Rhinefield House Review:


Rhinefield House has outstandingly beautiful exteriors, interiors and grounds. The interiors are not only beautiful but spacious making Rhinefield an excellent choice for a Winter Wedding. The beauty of the grounds also make Rhinefield a top venue for Summer weddings.

The grounds are substantial and are beautifully designed. They look fantastic both at the front and at the back of the hotel and include three ponds, each with water features, a gazebo, a maze, ornamental steps, a patio and beautifully kept lawns.

It is a beautiful drive through the New Forest in order to get to Rhinefield, then a long drive through trees until you eventually see the stunning architecture of Rhinefield at the end of the drive. This is a wonderful way to arrive.

Rhinefield only do one wedding at a time which makes it feel as though it is your’s for the day.

If you are having your ceremony at Rhinefield as well as your reception, they use the fabulous Hall for both. It has a huge window at the end, it has a high ceiling with candelabras, wood panelling and a fabulous stone fireplace.

[UPDATE: 1 May 2017] Rhinefield now offer outside ceremonies if the weather permits.

Between the ceremony and reception the room will need to be turned round by the staff so you and your guests are moved into a spacious adjoining room which is the same room that is used for the disco in the evening and includes a bar. In the Summer, your guests can spill out from this room onto the patio and grounds at the rear. Some couples hire a singer to entertain the guests whilst having drinks on the patio and sometimes they put garden games on the lawn.

by Steve Dunster
9 November 2013


Details from their website:


www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/hotels/rhinefield-house

Rhinefield Road
Brockenhurst
Hampshire
SO42 7QB

0845 0727516