Set in Alton in the Hampshire region of England, Gilbert White & The Oates Collections is an elegant events venue that hosts weddings. This idyllic property is set beneath the Shelborne Hanger of the South Downs National Park. Surrounded by heritage gardens and parklands that span across 30 acres, this remarkable location is resplendent with natural beauty that makes a stunning backdrop to any nuptial celebration. As this venue accepts only one event per weekend, you can enjoy an intimate and private celebration surrounded by stunning scenery and your loved ones.
Facilities and Capacity
Gilbert White & The Oates Collections offers a selection of event spaces for engaged couples to choose from. The Hampshire Barn, originally built in the 16th century, offers a special setting for large ceremonies and receptions. Featuring beams stretched across soaring wooden ceilings and complete with stunning views across the surrounding meadows, it provides a rustic and elegant backdrop for celebrations. Couples who are hoping to host a more intimate occasion can avail of the Great Parlour, located inside the historic house itself. This venue also offers an array of outdoor ceremony and reception spaces. The Great Lawn is ideal for reception drinks, while the Great Mead offers a fantastic setting for tipi and marquee erections after a drinks reception on the great lawn. For alternative receptions, couples can choose between the surrounding woodlands, or amongst the wildflower meadows.
Gilbert White & The Oates Collections offer a range of facilities to ensure seamless and stress-free events. They can provide in-house catering options, accommodating both banquet-style seated meals and buffets. This venue holds an alcohol licence and offers a corkage option for couples. They also hold an evening licence, with facilities for both live bands and DJs. Throughout the planning process, this team can also provide the services of a dedicated wedding coordinator to assist with every detail. Confetti is permitted at this venue, which is also pet-friendly, allowing your furry friends to share in your day.
11 Reviews for Gilbert White & The Oates Collections
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Rachel · Married on 05/09/2020
Wedding on 5th September 2020
We had initially planned a full ceremony and reception at Gilbert White's on the 5th Sept, although we quickly realised it probably wasn't going to be as we had initially planned! We decided to go ahead with a smaller ceremony for 30 people, and we're so glad we did!Sent on 09/09/2020
The venue is beautiful, the barn itself is stunning, and the meadow and gardens around the house are so lovely- great for photos.
Charlotte was our point of contact and the events organiser, she was super helpful and really responsive. She really helped us through the slightly tricky process of planning a wedding through a pandemic! She was really relaxed and friendly, but was clear on what the new guidelines were which really helped us plan it all safely, but most importantly still have fun!
She helped us arrange lots of little extra touches, like printing our own labels for beers for our wedding favours, recommending suppliers and being really flexible with us coming in to decorate etc.
If you're after something more personal and unique then I can't recommend them highly enough. Beautiful venue in stunning surroundings, and you get a responsive and really personal service- we're so happy we went ahead with our ceremony.
Katie C. · Married on 04/11/2020
An excellent wedding venue and wonderful staff
Charlotte and the team at Gilbert White's went over and above to make our day incredibly memorable. Leading up to the wedding Charlotte was always on hand to provide advice and assistance and was a great help on the wedding day. The food prepared by the inhouse caterers was also excellent.Sent on 07/04/2021
Louise · Married on 13/04/2021
Our Perfect Day
We cannot thank Charlotte and the team at Gilbert White’s enough for their approach to making our day exactly what we wanted. From the first time we arrived to view the venue, we knew that the history of the place and the surrounding natural environment was perfect for us. We were treated to a wonderful food tasting to get our menu right, as many visits to the venue as we needed to plan things, and easy, straightforward communication at all times. We were very lucky that we were able to maintain flexibility with our dates as well, since we had to postpone three times during the height of the pandemic. Ultimately, our small wedding was more than perfect and the relaxed yet professional approach at Gilbert White’s meant that our day felt intimate and special.Sent on 16/04/2021
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