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On Hitched.co.uk since 2021

Last update: November 2023

Avington Park is a privately owned stately home in Hampshire, set in 150 acres of historic parkland bordering the River Itchen, perfect for wedding venues. Located just East of Winchester, the home sits nestled in the heart of the Itchen Valley. William Corbett once described it as ‘one of the prettiest places in the county.’

The backdrop of Avington Park befits royalty, and it is no surprise King Charles II called this place home. With his mistress Nell Gwynn, Avington became the heart of her prestigious party palace, which the royal court attended. If it is a wedding or private event, indulge in the exclusive use of this luxury Hampshire home and continue the historic tradition of parties here at Avington Park.

Facilities and Capacity

The pillared entrance with wrought iron gates makes a grand arrival as your guests go down the lime tree avenue. The house and parkland offer a fantastic backdrop for wedding photos, with an impressive portico and three statues looking over the grounds. The lawns located next to the River Itchen provide a picturesque scene for welcome drinks before your reception in the house. The venue offers a choice of rooms to host your ceremony, the ballroom being the most spectacular with gilt plaster work, hand-painted masterpieces, and vast windows overlooking the rolling parkland. The south-facing orangery makes the perfect reception space to accommodate larger groups.

Services Offered

Couples can use Avington Park exclusively, ensuring a completely private celebration. The team has carefully selected a fine choice of caterers so the day can be tailored to you. Couples can liaise with the onsite Wedding Co-Ordinator who will ensure you have the right contacts to make your day perfect. The Library provides a one-of-a-kind setting for your dance floor, allowing your guests to celebrate into the evening. Be a guest at Avington with stately suites to cosy cottages when the party ends.

History

The history of this stately home can be traced back as far as 961 AD, recorded in the Doomsday Book. It was gifted to the Bishop of Winchester by the reigning King. It was used as a priory for the monks of Saint Swithun before being acquired by King Henry VIII for use by the Royal Court. Portraits of the Tudors and Kings still hang on the walls of this incredible estate. After his return from exile, The estate was passed through multiple royals, including King Charles II. The Hickson family saved it after its occupation by the army during the Second World War until it was sold in November 2020. Today, the parties continue.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unusual weddings
Asian wedding
Stately home
Historic
Landmark
Marquees and tents
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Fire ceremony
Civil ceremony licence
Religious ceremony license

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Private catering allowed

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Swimming pool

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Horse baraat permitted
Orangery on site
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Avington House SO21 1DB Winchester (Hampshire)
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