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On since 2022

Last update: January 2024

Nestled amongst the beauty of Lyndhurst, Hampshire, Minstead Lodge is a charming wedding venue in the New Forest on the edge of Minstead Village. This country house venue offers couples a tranquil space to celebrate their nuptials in a day tailored to them. Originally constructed around 1832 and having changed hands many times since, this building is filled with history and character.

Facilities and Capacity

Minstead Lodge boasts not only grand indoor spaces, but also verdant gardens and lush lawns for photographs and outdoor celebrations. Here, couples can exchange vows under blue skies and sunshine, immersed in nature and surrounded by picturesque woodland views. For those who dream of a lavish indoor ceremony, the wood-paneled Long Hall offers its opulent interiors. From here, guests can move to the South Terrace for a breath of fresh air and enjoy a drinks reception before the wedding breakfast. For more intimate gatherings, the venue also offers two bay-windowed reception rooms which can be used for the ceremony and reception. These can also act as additional lounge or bar areas for larger celebrations.

Services Offered

The venue team includes skilled wedding coordinators, ready to assist to-be-weds in designing an event that reflects their unique style. Minstead Lodge partners with a talented catering team who can prepare a menu that suits the needs of the newlyweds. From canapes after the ceremony to a three-course meal, wedding-goers can enjoy delectable dishes to fuel them through an evening of merriment. Couples will benefit from exclusive use of this venue for a truly private experience. With ample car parking, wheelchair and disabled access, and spacious entertainment facilities, the happy couple and their loved ones can all enjoy a truly remarkable celebration here.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unusual weddings
Stately home
Woodland and festival
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Private catering allowed
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities

Evening entertainment:

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

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for Minstead Lodge

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Taylor K. Sent on 18/10/2021
5 out of 5 rating

So Amazing!

An absolutely beautiful venue, we couldn’t fault it! The staff are amazing at helping your vision come together and is just stunning for photos too.
Janey G. Sent on 08/09/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Especially perfect ❤︯

We are delighted to support the incredible Minstead Trust and so pleased to say our very special July wedding day was exactly as we wanted it to be, and more! Made so amazing having been looked after by the lovely team at Minstead Trust - from Church and our arrival at Minstead Lodge, to be met with fabulous bubbly in most gorgeous sunny grounds, then the excellent and quite delicious afternoon tea served so exquisitely in such wonderful surroundings. Thank you everyone for making our very special day especially perfect ❤️
Jennie Sent on 09/03/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely gorgeous

We had our wedding in November of 2019, and although it was a miserable rainy day, the lodge and the gardens looked absolutely stunning! From the moment we first booked the lodge, Lois was on hand to arrange everything, always keeping us informed of what we needed to do! I couldn’t fault her or any of the staff! The day ran very smoothly allowing us to enjoy every moment with our friends and family. The photo opportunities are endless in every part of the lodge and the grounds.
Minstead lodge really is a hidden treasure within the New Forest. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it! I couldn’t recommend it enough!!
Clare Sent on 08/07/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Reception

Having looked at many possible wedding reception venues we paid Minstead Lodge a visit and knew from the moment that we stepped into the delightful, wood-panelled lodge that we had found the unique reception venue that we were looking for. Tucked away in the New Forest, with an impressive approach at the end of a long drive, it feels like an exclusive and well-kept secret! The three reception rooms looking out onto the beautiful, terraced gardens are fantastic and provided ample space for all our guests to enjoy our drinks reception, seated wedding breakfast and evening entertainment, which included a live band. Lois, Hospitality and Events Manager, and all the team at Minstead Lodge were brilliant from start to finish; going out of their way to help with our planning and putting vast amounts of work in to ensure the house and gardens, which are already extremely well-kept, were looking even more amazing for our big day. We are extremely grateful to Lois for all her help and her work with our suppliers to ensure we had a day that has left us with countless happy memories. Our catering supplier said that they found the spacious kitchens easy to work in and all of our guests were enthusing how fantastic Minstead Lodge is. We feel extremely lucky and grateful to have found such a special place to celebrate our big day. If you are a looking for a special and unique venue, with the opportunity to support a great charity at the same time, we wouldn't hesitate to recommend Minstead Lodge.
Kate Sent on 19/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Reception

What a dream venue for our wedding. Having looked at over 30 venues in the area and finding all had lacking facilities, were a bit more generic or we knew people who had married there we stumbled along Minstead Lodge.
The lodge itself has such charm and character I knew instantly it was the place for us.
We had exclusive use to the lodge, meaning our reception felt completely private and intimate. Along with the help of the lovely team at the lodge, we were able to completely personalise our whole day and decorate it.
We chose the bar company, our caterers, DJ, everything. Although this does require a bit more organisation it made our wedding completely individual. Lois was so supportive during the planning stages I didn’t have to worry about it all coming together.
Small touches like getting access to set up the day before, setting the rooms up and using the rooms exactly as we wanted is something you just cannot get from another venue.
The look and grounds of the lodge are absolutely second to none, we had a wealth of choice for photos and our guests couldn’t believe they had not heard of the venue when it was so beautiful.
Both Lois & Kim were such a pleasure to deal with and particularly supportive on the wedding day. We had rain and I felt quite anxious when I first arrived at the venue, after seeing them both I was put completely at ease and just felt pure joy. I cannot thank them enough for being so attentive & helpful throughout the whole process.
Above anything else, we completely fell in love with the idea our money was going to charity to help a fantastic cause.
Guy Sent on 07/08/2018
5 out of 5 rating

A Magical Day at Minstead Lodge

‘Susan and I had a magical day at Minstead Lodge. We arrived for our reception to a very warm welcome from the staff, who were kind and thoughtful throughout our stay, catering to our every need. The Lodge is stunning and our guests fell in love with the venue. Peaceful and idyllic, situated in the beautiful New Forest countryside, we couldn't have hoped for a more perfect setting for our big day. Lois and Liz deserve a special mention for all of the wonderful little touches that made our stay at Minstead Lodge so personal and so beautiful. Susan and I then stayed just a stone’s throw away in Furzey House, a stunning thatched cottage nestled in the grounds of Furzey Gardens, which is all part of the Minstead Trust. We were simply stunned by how easy our day was and by how gorgeous the setting is on what was, luckily for us, a lovely sunny day. To everyone who had a hand in making our day so special, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.’
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