Hire Our Venue
Celebrate your special day in our idyllic setting, beneath the Selborne Hanger of the South Downs National Park. Gilbert White & The Oates Collections provides the perfect British country venue with a variety of informal yet distinctive spaces to hire for your ceremony, reception or party.
Enjoy your day in the 16th century Hampshire Barn, with glorious views over tranquil meadows, or for a more intimate ceremony, the historic house. The Great Mead affords a charming location for a outdoor reception. Whether this is a marquee, tipi, bell tent etc you will be surrounded by meadow with views to the house and across parkland.
Whichever location you prefer, the heritage setting affords unique photo memories. To complete the occasion, choose from our nominated caterers. Ranging in price and style, they each offer high quality and a personalised service, to ensure you enjoy your dream wedding. We only accommodate one wedding per weekend in order to guarantee you exclusive use of our venue, as well access the day preceding for the purposes of setting up and to enable you clearing away time on the following day.
We also offer a fixed price all year round and on any day, so you can have your Saturday wedding with us in the summer for the same price as a mid week wedding in November.
Gilbert White & The Oates Collections is delighted to be able to offer two rooms within the 18th century house, once the home of Rev. Gilbert White (1720-1793), for corporate or private events, or for a larger event enjoy our 16th century Hampshire Barn. Set in the heart of the pretty village of Selborne, we offer a unique and charming setting for conferences, meetings, presentations and training sessions. We are only 5 miles from Alton, an hour from Waterloo by train, and ideally located between the A3 and A31.
Details of our current Conference Meeting Facilities & Venue Hire along with associated costs and booking form can be obtained by contacting our events team.
Bartlett Butcher – Wedding Menswear
Bartlett & Butcher was established in 1959, and for over half a century has gained the knowledge and experience vital to run the most successful men’s formal wear hire business in the south of England. For 55 years, professionally trained staff have maintained a client list spanning many generations throughout the UK and abroad. Our success has enabled us to invest in the best dry-cleaning facilities, pressing equipment and tailoring machines required to maintain top quality garments. With a bespoke stock control system we manage unlimited items for numerous customers who require attire at very short notice or are perhaps planning a wedding many years ahead. Total in-house control means we get it right every time
Tartufi Cakes – Wedding Cakes
Gemma really understands the importance of your wedding cake and the time involved planning your wedding. Her degree in theatre design and years of design experience enable her to work closely with every couple to design a unique and personalised wedding cake that perfectly matches their individual style and budget. She is passionate about providing every couple with a designer wedding cake and truly personal service, from first cake tasting to the setup of the cake on the wedding day.
The Collage Maker – Wedding Memories
I offer a 'real' collage making service, these are not computer generated images.
I use different papers from magazines, catalogues and also craft papers to make my collages so they are completely unique. I use simple designs and add the detail using interesting layers of paper.
I offer a bespoke service for one off comissions and the area of Wedding collages is something I have not explored yet… I envisage working with your wedding theme colours, using your stationery, serviettes etc to create a one off piece which will remind you of your wonderful day.
I can also create a collage using your favourite photographs of the day put together in a unique design.
Tobiah – singer/ songwriter
TOBIAH is an acoustic singer/ songwriter based in West Sussex and is known for her 'Beautiful and natural voice' (BBC Radio Sussex), poignant lyrics and touching hearts with life-affirming stories of love and endurance.
TOBIAH enjoys performing in special places so the magical atmosphere of Gilbert White’s house and garden is the perfect setting for her music. www.tobiahUK.com
The Scrabble Maker – Wedding Memories
Hello, I create handmade to order beautiful bespoke personalised Scrabble Art pictures for any occasion.
These pieces of art make perfect gifts for Weddings, Anniversaries, Christenings, New Baby, Special Birthdays or just for yourself.
Each piece is completely unique! Choose the design you like, colours, theme, butterflies, hearts, flowers, etc. Please just ask.
Personalised items are individually priced due to their bespoke nature, prices start from £25.
I will ask for 2-3 weeks notice when ordering a personalised scrabble picture however depending on my schedule, I may be able to accept orders at shorter notice. I am open to suggestion and ideas within my capabilities.
If you are interested in a commission, Please contact me to discuss your requirements.
The Classic and Vintage Car Company – Wedding Transport
Looking for a beautiful wedding car for your special day? We have been privileged to share the big day with hundreds of brides and grooms over 26 years of service.
We are delighted to be attending this wonderful event, where you will have the opportunity to view our stunning wedding cars whilst meandering through the wild flower meadow.
Discuss your dreams and wishes with our friendly Classic and Vintage team on the day and try out our cars for the all-important dress room!
A W Jones Carriages – Wedding Transport
Arrive for your Wedding In Style by Horse and Carriage. Our matching pair of horses and ‘landau’ wedding carriage, complete with coachman and groom in full livery will provide transport for your special day
We operate in Hampshire including the New Forest, Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire, Surrey and Sussex
“Your Carriage Awaits”
Wise Catering – One of our Nominated caterers
At Wise we provide the complete catering service. From enquiry, to planning, to kitchen and to table our team of chefs, dedicated catering managers and trained waiting staff can deliver the perfect catering experience.
Wise are headquarterd in Southampton on the banks of The River Itchen. Our purpose built site holds our offices, warehouse for all our equipment and state of the art purpose built production kitchen.
The perfect base to prepare for our events!
Vamos Paella – One of our Nominated caterers
Vamos Paella was set up by Melissa in 2011. After spending years of living, travelling and cooking in Spain, we decided to become paella caterers here in the UK.
One October morning our first consignment of paelleros and paellas arrived on a palate from Valencia and Vamos Paella was born. We started off paella catering at food markets and festivals and we haven’t looked back.
Sarafina Makeup – Makeup Artist
Your wedding day or any special occasion makeup should be about you and feeling the most beautiful you’ve ever been. I can help you achieve that perfect flawless look that will make you look and feel beautiful for any occasion. I provide hair and makeup services for weddings, wedding functions, business photo shoots, proms, hen parties, award nights, girls night outs, hot dates, and film and TV shoots.
My hair and makeup style is flexible and I am comfortable creating something natural or dramatic.
PartyBales – Bale creations
PartyBales™ are hay and straw bale hire specialists who hire bales throughout England and Wales. Bales make the prefect addition to weddings, parties, events and festivals. PartyBales™ have worked with the venue and team at Gilbert’s White House on a number of different functions and know the venue well. Hay and Straw Bales can be extremely versatile and lend themselves perfectly to this stunning and unusual venue. For example, you could use bales to direct guests to your wedding ceremony in the barn, set up bale sofas outside the barn so your guests can admire the breath-taking vista during your wedding reception drinks or your guests could enjoy bale lawn games including a coconut shy, tin can alley and skittle alley outside the main house. Bales can also be used to make a bar or as decoration and the opportunities are endless and there is plenty of inspiration on partybales.com or Pinterest to give you an idea.
Nursery Fresh – Florist
Bridal Flowers Direct is the wedding section of Nursery Fresh and has built a reputation as a leading supplier of quality flowers and bridal arrangements ensuring Brides do not have to compromise on quality or quantity to have the flowers of their dreams.
Local Brides (Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex borders) can use the services of our fully qualified florists to design and create stunning bridal party, church and venue arrangements whilst we can supply DIY Brides, both locally and nationally, wishing to arrange their own flowers, with all the flowers, foliage and floral sundries they need.
Nigel Worsfold – Toastmaster
I am a Professional Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies, based in the south of England, available for weddings, anniversary and birthday parties, charity gala evenings, product launches, Rotary Club, Round Table and Masonic social functions, corporate events, etc.
I am fully trained, insured and accredited by the United Kingdom School of Professional Toastmasters.
Nigel Roberts Photography – Photographer
I’m Nigel, a creative and passionate Hampshire wedding photographer. I create beautiful, contemporary images that capture the joy of your wedding day. Perhaps I should let you be the judge of that though – so please take a look at my portfolio.
Kasia Austin – Bespoke Dress Design
The ethereal colours of the countryside beneath my studio window are the palette for my embroidered gossamer dresses, camisoles and accessories. Subtle and stronger colours inspire me and suit different complexions and changing moods.
I stain natural fabrics – luxurious satins, silks, floaty chiffon and French lace – to create my fairy-tale style which effortlessly flatters the body and is perfect for an event or dressed down for a festival feel. Each piece in my collection is unique and I will also accept bespoke commissions.
Providing an outstanding wedding service for 5 years we’re confident you will not get a better service elsewhere. Each of our Wedding packages is carefully crafted to suit our clients needs. We work around you and will ensure absolutely every angle is covered to make your day worry free and to get you and your guests dancing the night away.
Clementine Catering – One of our Nominated caterers
We offer a complete catering service for weddings, dinner parties, hog roasts, buffets and barbecues across Hampshire.
With almost 20 years of experience in fine dining and the restaurant trade, owner and head chef Brian Manns takes great pride in creating the perfect menu for any event.
Clementine catering is all about quality food and attention to detail.
The Country Celebrant – Independent Civil Celebrant
The sky is the limit. Your wedding day should be all about you and your intended celebrating your partnership cocooned in the love of your friends and family.
You should have meaningful rituals that are personal to you. The music and poetry that you choose should be an affirmation of your relationship and people should come away from the ceremony feeling that they have played a part in a very special day.
Jane Arnold Independent Celebrant – Independent Civil Celebrant
Every couple’s relationship is unique and so it is fitting that with an Independent Celebrant you can have a ceremony that is as individual as you are. One which reflects your personalities and is perfectly tuned to the love you share. The joy and excitement you feel on starting married life together can be captured and shared with all your family and friends.
BC DigiPhot Ltd – Photographer
BC Digiphot is owned by Brian and Wendy Carter, the duo are in hot demand along the South Coast & are regarded as one the top wedding photography companies in the area. Brian has a BA Hon Degree in photography and is a Fellow member of the Masters Photography Association (MPA), the National Photographic Society (NPS) and the British Institute of Professional Photographers (BIPP) plus many other qualifications.
Vanilla Catering – One of our Nominated caterers
Vanilla Catering & Events provides exceptional, innovative food supported by superb, friendly and professional service for every occasion.
We are passionate about ensuring that you get the event that you want whether it’s your wedding, a formal corporate function or a relaxed yacht charter.
Our dishes are made from the finest, freshest ingredients, and seasonally and locally sourced wherever possible. Each of our dishes is prepared with flair and skill at our professional kitchens, so your menu can be tailored to suit your exacting needs.
C.W Fordhams – Marquee & Equipment Hire
C W Fordham deliver a first class service of the highest standard. Our attention to detail and personal service sets us apart… Professional catering equipment doesn’t need to cost the earth. We provide a wide range of catering equipment, everything from cutlery and glass, to tables and marquees! Are you hosting a party or perhaps require a marquee for a company event? We cater for both domestic and commercial services.
Traditional Ice Cream – Ice Cream
Serving individual tubs of award winning, local, Meadow Cottage Farmhouse Jersey
dairy ice creams and sorbets from vintage Pashley tricycles in red or blue.
We would like to thank the following photographers for allowing us to use their photographs: