House party wedding in the unspoiled New Forest
Imagine spending two days in an immaculately restored, traditional yet modern, stylishly decorated country house surrounded by all your best friends and family for your wedding. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? That is what you get when you book Lime Wood just outside Lyndhurst, Hampshire, as your wedding venue. You will be the only guests for the duration of your celebration: truly a wedding to remember.
Lime Wood’s largest inside space is its immaculate dining room, which seats 80, with French windows opening onto a pair of beautifully manicured trout ponds. Imagine toasting your nuptials here with the breeze blowing in as you nibble on wild forest food by Michelin-starred chef Alex Aitken… Larger parties can be catered for with a marquee on the lawns beside spreading cedar trees – picturesque for a memorable summer celebration.
Lime Wood offers exclusive booking for a wedding party, so you have the place to yourselves, and is available Monday-Thursday. That means up to 60 guests, 29 luxurious bedrooms and suites, plus use of all hotel lounges, meeting and dining rooms, grounds and facilities. The £22,000 price tag includes pre-wedding canapés, a gourmet three-course wedding breakfast including coffee, mineral water and table flowers, plus midnight snacks and refreshments, and breakfast the next day for all overnight guests. Bride and groom also enjoy a champagne brunch the morning after the wedding, plus a his-and-hers treatment in the hotel’s uber-chic Herb House spa overlooking the peaceful forest.
Take your pick of places to take your vows, as the entire main building at Lime Wood (minus the bar) is licensed for civil ceremonies. The interior courtyard – think an Andalusian patio, with mosaic floor, potted olive and citrus trees, plus a glass roof that slides aside in fine weather – would be a fine spot to say ‘I will’, as would the bright main dining room. Other spaces of note are Lime Wood’s series of private dining rooms, and its interconnecting sitting rooms decorated in muted shades of lavender, sage and cornflower.
With 29 rooms spread through the main house, in a pair of pavilions (perfect for families), crescent blocks or the coach house – all close to the main building – there is no shortage of memorable accommodation for you and your guests. When you book a wedding here you have exclusive use of the whole hotel so take your pick. Rooms are fantastically well equipped (think pre-loaded ipods, cycling and walking maps, flat-screen TVs and luxurious bathrooms). Book in approved babysitters for younger guests to ensure everyone can max-out on your wedding celebration.
The house and grounds are all yours, meaning limitless photo opportunities for your New Forest wedding celebration. Take a few steps down a footpath into the forest for wild woodland photos, pose in the beautiful courtyard, arrange guests on the staircase from the hall, or stand lord of the manor–style beside one of the many stone fireplaces. Perfect for a winter wedding with its roaring open fires, a spring celebration as the trees come into leaf, or a summer party with festivities in the secluded grounds, your Lime Wood pictures will be ones to treasure.
What makes it special…
Sharing Lime Wood with family and friends for your wedding is an experience you’ll never forget. With the unspoilt New Forest right on your doorstep, thoughtful service, attentive staff, gourmet food and stylish decor, Lime Wood is a place to relax into your new life as a married. Book in some time to chill out as a couple at the superb Herb House spa and this could just be THE perfect way to kick off your new life as Mr and Mrs.
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