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On since 2022

Last update: June 2024

Old Thorns Hotel & Resort is a beautiful wedding venue located in Liphook, Hampshire. Spanning over 400 acres of verdant countryside, this setting offers breathtaking views of the South Downs National Park and the surrounding landscape. The venue lies within minutes of the A3 motorway and is less than an hour away from London. It is accessible by road and direct rail, allowing guests to easily travel from near and far.

Facilities and Capacity
The wedding you've always dreamed of is waiting for you at Old Thorns. Couples can say 'I do' in the designated chapel, outdoors among the flourishing blooms of the Walled Garden or in one of our licensed ballrooms. Celebrations and delicious dining can take place in the bright and airy Hampshire Suite, the glamourous Gatsby Ballroom or the decadent Grand Ballroom.

Hampshire Suite
For intimate gatherings, the Hampshire Suite is available for up to 90 guests. Featuring exposed timber beams, a lounge, and an outdoor terrace, this refurbished farmhouse is both rustic and inviting.

The Gatsby Ballroom
The glamorous Gatsby Ballroom is a popular choice for 100-300 guests. The room has its own bar and a terrace overlooking the walled garden.

The Grand Ballroom
The Grand Ballroom is in the heart of the resort with easy access. It features a sunken dance floor, raised stage, and a grand mahogany bar. It's perfect this room is perfect for entertaining up to 500 guests.

We have a wide variety of accommodation options for you and your guests to enjoy. There are more than 150 bedrooms, and 51 luxury apartments. And if you're looking for something closer to nature, our eco-pods are great for a bit of glamping.

Here to help
A variety of wedding packages are available at Old Thorns. The dedicated event staff will work with to-be-weds to curate a seamless, personalised service to fulfil their wedding vision. Guests can access the golf course, driving range, and luxury spa to unwind after the festivities. The hotel also offers complimentary parking and wireless internet for convenience.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unusual weddings
Asian wedding
Large hotel
Outdoor license

Ceremony options:

Chapel or temple on-site
Fire ceremony
Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Private catering allowed
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities
Outdoor fireworks permitted

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
Health suite
Fitness centre

Other features:

Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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Reviews for Old Thorns Hotel & Resort

4.9 out of 5 rating
4.9 out of 5 rating
54 reviews
99% recommend it
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Lily C. Sent on 25/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful day!

We had the best day here! Chloe the f&b assistant manager is an absolute angel! She is soo good and professional she helped with everything we needed her to and more! Couldn’t recommend more!
Laura W. Sent on 21/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

We had an amazing wedding at The Old Thorns Hotel & Resort!

I stumbled across this venue on Hitched (of course) and was blown away by the value of their packages and what was included. I liked the idea of getting married somewhere that encapsulated everything, and I also liked the idea of getting married off season, an Autumn wedding was my dream, which of course the Old Thorns could cater too with a delicious looking seasonal menu.

The whole thing seemed too perfect for the price, there had to be a catch…

We got in contact with Jade who immediately booked us in for a tour. When we arrived I was awestruck when we saw how big, beautiful and luxurious the hotel was. Jade did such a good job of showing us everything, and I mean everything, the venue had to offer. We saw all three venue spaces, the spa, the gym, the sports bar, the atrium bar, the hotel rooms, the hotel apartments, the restaurant, it all! Plus, Jade walked us through all our wedding options in detail; from bridal suite options, classic photo shot recommendations, different drink packages, how they handled two weddings on the same day without the brides seeing each other, the whole works. I was so impressed, she really knew her stuff!

We were sold about half way through our tour and I knew this was the place I wanted to get married. So we booked our wedding the very same day.

The whole process leading up to our weddings was seamless. I like to nit pick at every detail, but Jade and the whole Old Thorns team were more than accommodating, answering my every question and assisting on our requests. I especially like going for our complimentary food tasting, where we were pretty much treated like royalty.

A couple of weeks before our wedding we had a ‘final details’ meeting with Jade where we covered and confirmed every detail and all the timings of how our day would run. This gave me great peace of mind knowing that everything was in hand and that everything, even the things I would have never thought of, were covered.

We stayed on site the night before and met the wedding coordinator who would be looking after us on our day, Amber. Firstly, the handover from Jade to Amber was flawless, not a single detail was missed and it was great to clarify all the last minute changes and confirm where everyone was going to be and when.

And that meeting was the last moment I had to think about my wedding day. I spent the rest of my time at the Old Thorns enjoying and taking in my special day with all my loved ones.

A massive credit to Amber who went above and beyond to make sure everything went according to plan; making sure my groom was waiting down the aisle before I even stepped out of my bridal suite, making sure I was hidden away before my dad came to collect me so I could do a big reveal, making sure everyone was in their seats before I walked down the aisle, picking out all the best spots around the golf course for photos despite it raining the day before and so much more.

So, in short, yes - you can and will have the perfect wedding at The Old Thorns Hotel & Resort without breaking the bank.

Our whole wedding day was a perfect fairytale and it’s all thanks to the wedding team at the Old Thorns. I can’t recommend it enough.
Anna C. Sent on 16/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect from beginning to end

Staff were amazing, food wonderful, venue fantastic. Loved our special day in The Hampshire Suite
Chloe P. Sent on 08/05/2024
1 out of 5 rating

Would not recommend getting Married here

We got married here in March 2024 and I would never recommended this venue to get married at.
I felt extremely let down and disappointed in the venue and organisation on the day. I felt anxious, stressed, worried, and spent a lot of my time keeping on top of the event rather than enjoying my wedding day – this is not what any bride should have to deal with.

I’ve listed below some things that happened on the day which affected my experience negatively and thought I should bring them to other brides attention so no other bride feels the way I did.

•Firstly, when my bridesmaids and I were leaving to go to the Chapel it was heavily raining so we were waiting for the buggy as we were told it make a few trips to take everyone over however this was not the case. The buggy could only take myself plus two others and would not allow children, so my other bridesmaids and flower girls had to run in the rain in their dresses with their hair and make up done. They were not even provided with umbrellas!
•A huge issue for myself and my groom was that our wedding photos should have been taken during the drinks reception, but this did not happen as Dani our wedding co-ordinator informed us there was another wedding walking around the venue with a videographer and a photographer, so we were not allowed to use the space. I spoke with my videographer and photographer about this, and they informed me the venue were being extremely difficult with regards to timings and that their hands were tied. Therefore, the only photos we had taken of us as a couple are a handful in the corridor. This is beyond unacceptable. As a married couple, photos are the biggest part of the day, and they are treasured for years after the wedding as a chance to reflect on the most magical day – this was taken away from us and we have barely anything to show for it.
•As a result of the above we have a very limited timeframe to take photos, with our photographer trying their best in an awful situation, we had our photos taken after dinner in the corner of the room. Mine and my bridesmaids hair and makeup was not full and fresh, my child had eaten dinner, so he was agitated and tired, we had to miss our main course in order to ensure we had family shots, and we were standing in a corner of the room. This is not how I planned my wedding photos to be, and it certainly is not what was promised when I booked this venue.
Another point is that our wedding evening was planned to start at 7:30pm, but we had no DJ and the tables had not been cleared by the point our evening guests were arriving. I spoke to the wedding co-ordinator and was told the DJ was in another wedding covering for a different DJ how this is okay?
•I was in contact with Dani throughout the day and raised all of these concerns to her but felt as though I was met with a blunt, rude, and dismissive attitude. I did not feel supported or heard and spent the entire day with anxiety and stress caused by the huge disappointment that was the venue.

We booked Old Thorns because of it’s reputation and with the amount of weddings you host, we trusted we would be looked after and have the wedding day we dreamed of. It is really sad that we were left with such a disheartening experience and after spending so much money on a day that did not live up to the expectations because of the venue.

I was in contact for week after the wedding trying to talk to someone in person, the company would not talk to me in person and disregarded all my comments on the day, their customer service is absolutely awful.
Nikki Sent on 30/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A perfect wedding

We had a wonderful wedding experience with The Old Thorns Hotel and Resort and our wedding reception and evening was perfect.

The initial communications with Jade whether it was through email, phone or physical meet went well and Jade endeavoured to cover a wide range of different requests we had. The price for our wedding was very reasonable and Jade helped us tailor our package to what we wanted for the small number of guests we had (50).

On the days leading up to our big day, Emma and the teams behind the scenes made sure everything happened on time. The setup and room layout were to our brief, and everything happened to as close to the right time as possible.

The 3-course meal and buffet were superb and the special catering requests for our vegetarian, vegan and gluten free guests were all catered for. We had many comments from our guests about this and pass on our thanks to catering.

The bridal suite contained all the things the bridal group needed, and it made having the hair and makeup done much easier with fantastic lighting and space.

After our last dance the staff cleared, sorted, and boxed up all our items that we needed to take home the next day. They refrigerated the top tiers of our cake overnight, so it stayed fresh for us.

Our rooms were clean and spacious and were located close to the bridal suite and Hampshire suite, so we didn’t have to travel far if we forgot something.

The breakfast had a wide selection of cereals, yogurts, bread, muffins, croissants, cooked food, tea, juices, and milk. We had a lovely big table reserved for us by the window.

The bar in the evening did a wonderful range of very large pizzas.

The car park was very large and had plenty of spaces to park and driveway in was lovely through wooded areas. You can also park and drop off items near the reception entrance to save having to walk from the car park.

Once again, we want to pass our special thanks to Jade and the Events team, Emma, Mia, Josh all the staff at reception, catering, cleaners and all Old Thorns Hotel and Resort. You made our wedding day extra special, and we will never forget your hard work.
With much love and thanks.
Anonymous Sent on 04/03/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Our day

"We also wanted to say a massive thank you for hosting our wedding! It went all to plan and the old thorns team were absolutely great! We had so many compliments on the function rooms and the accommodation, and particular thanks to you for being so accommodating and understanding in the planning stage! Hopefully we will be back for more weddings in the future. "
Anonymous Sent on 04/03/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Day

"I just wanted to say thank you so much to you and Silvia and everyone who worked so hard to make our wedding such a fantastic day. It really was the perfect day! Silvia was absolutely amazing on the day and had every single detail in hand! The guest also commented on the quality of the food too as often it is very average at weddings but it was delicious and beautifully cooked. "
Anonymous Sent on 03/10/2019
5 out of 5 rating


Just want to thank you for all your help over the past year with all my enquires!

Myself and Carl had an amazing day!

Silvia was great on the day, everyone had a lovely time! If you could pass in my thanks to Silvia also!
Anonymous Sent on 03/10/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you so much

Thank you so much for all your help with our wedding

We had the most amazing day! Even better than we could of dreamed of

V was an absolute marvel, taking care of everything and everyone on the day, she is like a machine, she never stops! she's brilliant!

Dian, the lady who was with myself and dad taking us to the registras was such a lovely lady and helped making me feel at ease

The bar staff and kitchen staff were fantastic and everyone loved the food

The DJ kept the dance floor moving and did such a good job

We could not fault a thing it was truly perfect thank you

We will be back in the future and already planning to come and stay on a tribute night with friends that also loved the venue as much as we did
Anonymous Sent on 03/10/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you

OUTSTANDING - Its difficult to know where to start, I don't think there are enough words to articulate the thanks we owe you. OLD THORNS made our wedding day, the best day.
Tiffany, our biggest thanks goes to yourself - you were our main point of contact for over a year and we really took advantage of that. We emailed you hundreds of questions, and you kindly and in a very timely fashion answered them all -nothing was too much bother (or at least you made it seem that way to us) Our wedding had some different/tricky elements to it and you handled it all with ease.

Veryan, you are a forever in our hearts - you held our hands (sometimes literally) though those last few days of questions, unavoidable stress (from our family, not old thorns!), confusion and giddiness. We know the week of our wedding was extremely busy for Old Thorns with various conferences going on but you made us feel like our wedding was the most important and nothing was too much trouble. You allowed us to really enjoy the day - We didn't have to worry about a thing, we had 100% confidence in you and you delivered .
Anonymous Sent on 03/10/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Big Thank you

A big thank you to you all from us both for our special day. It was amazing, we loved every minute and didn't want it to end. You guys all work so hard and are always happy, friendly, professional and accommodating, you are all brilliant.
The whole process has been so much fun, from booking, to tasting, the last details with V, the wedding day and the photo's on the golf course, the amazing food and the disco. Thank you for answering all my questions and putting me at ease. Everyone enjoyed the day and were so impressed with the hotel. I know some are planning their own visits to stay with you.
A big thank you to all the staff, everyone was fantastic.
Mrs Sent on 03/10/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Huge Thank you

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your team for all the support and help we had not only on the lead up to the big day but on the day itself.

The staff at Old Thorns have been amazing and so helpful. I was very nervous before we arrived but when I met with Emma the day before, I felt totally reassured that our plans had been organised with so much professionalism and attention.

Our day was PERFECT! The accommodation in the apartments are amazing, there is so much space and it was like a home from home, so very comforting.
The food was well presented, tasty and served at a good pace.
The service was outstanding. Everyone I came in contact with was friendly, smiley and so attentive.
The resident DJ played some great music that helped set the tone of the evening and got everyone up dancing.
The external suppliers we had booked were instructed well without me having to be involved so the pressure of making sure everything was right on the morning was taken away from the bride.

Old Thorns has always been a special place to me and my now husband and was just the most magical place for us to get married. We could not have wished for anything more.
Vicki Sent on 16/10/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Special day

I just wanted to say a massive thankyou to you, and Natalie for making all my wedding planning so nice and easy and stress free. You have been amazing from start to finish and made it a lot less stressful. It was surprisingly easy ?? so thankyou you for all your help.

And would you be able to pass on a massive thankyou to Ashleigh for looking after us and making the whole day run so smoothly on Sat 2 Sept. He was amazing to and so friendly and helpful from start to finish. There wasn't one problem and everything run on time ?? so to everyone at Old Thorns thankyou so much and can't wait to come back already.

See you in a year for our anniversary but we will be back before then ??
Anonymous Sent on 16/10/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you

Now that Dan & I are back from our honeymoon and settled into married life we would like to take the opportunity to say thank you for everything you did to help us on and in the run up to our special day.
Everything was perfect and it truly was everything we had hoped for and more.
We would particularly like to sing the praises of Ashley who looked after us exceptionally on the day, nothing was too much trouble from carrying mine & the bridesmaids handbags to locating my flip flops when my feet were sore!
He is a true asset to your team & we feel he deserves recognition for his hard work, everything was seamless!
I will see if I can perhaps attach a few photos of the day to another email for you to have a little nosy at.
Thank you again for everything, no doubt Dan & I will be coming to you guys for some well deserved breaks in the near future,
Scott Sent on 07/12/2016
5 out of 5 rating

A Huge Thank You

A huge huge ‘Thank You’ to you and Simone for making our Wedding Day truly ‘Perfect’.

Tiffany for all your patience, reassurance, advice and understanding, in planning our day with us, for so many months.
Simone was absolutely amazing, we had no problems at all. She was constant all day non stop in making sure everything went to plan. She had a lovely sense of humour, we really had a giggle she was fantastic! she made me feel like a Queen!.

So many of our guests had given us such wonderful comments on how organized the day was, from start to finish, how lovely the food was, absolutely everything!, nothing negative at all.
That was all down to you all.

We did bump into Dave Allen on the day and told him how wonderful and perfect you had all made our day for us.
We do sincerely hope he did pass this onto you.

A relative of Scott's is a hotel Manager in Emsworth and also plans a lot of Weddings, he made such lovely comments too, in how organised and enjoyable the day was and admitted he normally has something to be negative about at other hotels, but, could not fault anything! I thought that was a great comment to pass to you!.
We really cannot thank you all enough, I know there was a lot of your colleagues also involved in the day and we would really appreciate it if you would be able to pass our thanks onto them also. They did not go unnoticed for all their hard work.
Everyone involved in our day were such a great credit to Old Thorns and we would like it to be noted.
I will pass on some pictures to you also soon.

Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.
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