Minstead Lodge, Minstead

In a picture-perfect, leafy New Forest setting, Minstead Lodge is an exclusive country house wedding and event venue with a charitable focus.

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Looking for a place to have dream wedding or special event? Set in picturesque New Forest countryside, Minstead Lodge makes a beautiful, historic setting for weddingsevents and business gatherings.

Fully licensed for ceremonies, there are five beautiful locations to say ‘I do’ in the Lodge itself, as well as the gorgeous grounds and gardens. Intimate and larger weddings of up to 75 people are catered for, with rooms including the wood-panelled Long Hall, with direct access onto the terrace or the lovely light-filled Parnell and Congleton rooms and characterful library, ideal for smaller weddings, meetings and other events.

Built around 1832 by Lt Colonel Edward Buckley (first Equerry to the Royal Household), the grand Minstead Lodge was once home to a physician to Queen Victoria, along with other notable families.

In 1974 the estate was bought by Tim Selwood, who also owned Furzey Gardens. The philanthropist began setting up opportunities for five or six people with learning disabilities to come and work in the gardens.

As this work grew, Minstead Lodge became the home of the Minstead Trust, formerly established in 1986. The charity provides training in hospitality and catering for people with learning disabilities, including Minstead Lodge, where they tend the Victorian walled vegetable garden, growing fresh seasonal vegetables for conference lunches.

As a social enterprise, proceeds from events at Minstead Lodge help support the important work of The Minstead Trust which today supports more than 300 people with learning disabilities throughout Hampshire, helping them build skills to help find employment and live more independent and fulfilled lives.

Book now and explore the beautiful venue at the Minstead Lodge Wedding Showcase on Sunday 12 May 2024 (11am – 4pm) where you can meet the team and carefully chosen suppliers.

Minstead Lodge has a Wedding Supplier Networking Evening on Thursday 4 April (7pm-10pm) for professionals in the wedding industry to connect, collaborate, and share experiences. (Contact Serina at weddings@minsteadtrust.org.uk to book).

Not planning a special occasion – but fancy a visit anyway? Look out for other Minstead Lodge events including afternoon tea here this April 2024, from just £15pp.

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Minstead Lodge, Seaman's Lane, Minstead SO43 7FT



023 8081 2297

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