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On since 2022

Last update: December 2023

Set with a backdrop of the incredible New Forest National Park, our charming 18th Century coaching inn creates the atmosphere for you to add all the personal touches to make your day a truly memorable occasion. Our weddings team at The Bell Inn New Forest will guide you throughout your wedding planning process. Whether you are looking for a relaxed family occasion or a show stopping party, The Bell Inn can accommodate every request.

The Bell Inn looks glorious at anytime of the year. Our Head Chef creates wonderful seasonal menus filled with local produce. The grounds and gardens which are maintained by our dedicated team reflect the changing seasons of the New Forest. The winter months offer a cosy feeling with inglenook fireplaces roaring and comfy sofas to sink into. Whilst in the summer make the most of the Garden Room that opens up onto our beautiful garden. This light and airy space can be used for your ceremony and wedding breakfast.

Why not make the most of the outside space and have your ceremony in the Garden. We have many locations for photographs, with access to Bramshaw Golf Course for endless photo opportunities or the rose archway in The Bell Inn Garden. Do not forget that all important group photograph.

All year round the Inn is full of charm and character, standing out as the perfect country setting for the wedding of your dreams.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Pub or restaurant
Unusual weddings
Marquees and tents
Woodland and festival
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

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:

Health suite
Fitness centre

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
Horse baraat permitted
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Sarah F. Sent on 07/09/2022
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Wonderful Wedding Venue

We are so so happy we chose The Bell Inn for our wedding venue. We chose to have a two day celebration, small ceremony with 20 people in Poole on Saturday followed by Afternoon Tea at the Bell Inn, then a big reception party with 80 people on the Sunday also at The Bell Inn.

Where to start? Afternoon Tea on the Saturday was lovely. The perfect relaxed meal to enable us to chat to our closest family and friends after the ceremony. Lizzie, our Bell Inn wedding organiser, went above and beyond (more on this later) organising a Golf Buggy for us and our photographers so we could head out onto the course for some beautiful pictures.

We stayed at the inn for two nights. We were in Room 12/The Bridal Suite, which was a lovely peaceful place overlooking the garden to rest after our very busy days. The room was very clean and the toiletries smelled amazing.

As part of the wedding package for the Sunday, we used all 26 rooms for our guests. All the guests said the rooms were beautiful, comfortable and peaceful. Several said they haven't had that much sleep since their kids were born 4 years ago! We had great feedback on the breakfast too, with a great range of cooked and continental options.

The party on the Sunday was seamless from start to finish. Lizzie is just fabulous - she worked tirelessly to ensure my new husband and I were taken care of and could just float around and enjoy the day with our guests. She was there from the minute I arrived to set up, helping me prep decorations and brief the team too. Carl, the bar manager, was exceptional taking care of all of our guests, entertaining everyone, and concocting some special wedding cocktails just for us too. The rest of the team were also wonderful and totally on top of everything keeping the venue clean and tidy, and were incredibly polite and helpful. They were all really happy and energetic too despite the long day.

We chose to go for a relaxed day with two buffets. We had a hot buffet earlier in the day and a cold buffet for the evening. The food went down really well. We had a variety of dietary requirements, all of which were catered for by the wonderful chefs (inc. Veggie, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Nut Free). The quality and quantity was top notch! Everyone commented that the food was amazing and several people went back for thirds! They were also pleased with the relaxed style as it allowed them to pick what they wanted, who they wanted to sit with and where (indoors, outdoors, milling about).

We had music in the bar courtesey of our personalised Spotify playlist which Lizzie put on the music system so it was all tailored to us. Later we had a DJ in the Garden Room which provided the perfect sized room for a proper dancefloor (not too big or too small)!

An absolutely wonderful event. Huge thank you to everyone at the Bell Inn but especially our wonderful, energetic, enthusiastic, kind and caring wedding organiser. I don't know how we would have done it without you.

If you are looking for a flexible wedding venue for a small do, or a big party, I thoroughly recommend you contact The Bell Inn. They will make sure you have a wonderful day.
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