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, teepee, 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.

Download our wedding brochure here:

Wedding Brochure 2018

The Barn

Full package price is £6,300 including VAT.

The package includes; the hire of the barn for 3 days, the Ceremony for up to 100, tables and chairs for up to 100, lighting, garden furniture, the horsebox bar plus 2 members of staff for the evening, garden games plus 30 acres of meadow and formal gardens to enjoy through out the day.

Barn is licensed until 11pm for alcohol and music.

Particular items that are not required for your day maybe be removed from the package.

Please telephone to discuss how your day could work for you.

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Wedding Hire Options

16th Century Hampshire Barn Package (Three day hire for ceremony & reception plus hire of all the extras)         £6,300 (incl. VAT) 
Mead only (marquee not included)                           £1,200 (incl VAT)
There is the option for smaller wedding
celebrations within the Great Parlour which
is also a licensed space up to 35 guests.
Please download our brochure to understand how to make your day more bespoke

Other Hires Options

Barn (daytime)                                                                  £450
Barn (*evening )                                                                £750
Barn children’s party (daytime, up to 3.5hrs)              £135
Gilbert White Room (daytime)                                       £50 per hour
Discovery Room (evening only)                                     £75 per hour

*Barn licensed up to 11pm, All rates include VAT

Catering options are available on request please speak to our Weddings & Special Events Coordinator.

10% discount will be applied to events for Selborne residents (proof of address will be required).

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Conference Facilities

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.

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Nominated Caterers

At Wise they provide the complete catering service from buffets to hog roasts.

Clementine Catering offer a complete catering service for weddings.

Vanilla Catering provides exceptional food for every occasion.

In house catering company specialising in afternoon tea and pastries.

Suppliers List

Candy Tours – Transport

Candy Tours provide 16 seat minibuses with driver to take your guests to and from your wedding and reception venues, then on to hotels or home.

We are proud of our minibuses which are the latest stylish vehicles with air conditioning, tinted glass and reclining seats. We also have a luxury 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.

Why not give us Candy Tours a call on 01252 265263 to see how we can help your special day run smoothly?


Ema -the hair and beauty artist – Beauty Artist

I am Ema The Hair & Beauty Artist, your friendly, experienced professional. Now you’ve found me, you need not look any further for a Surrey/Hampshire mobile therapist and artist


My Beautiful Pen – Writer

I love making people happy with words, and in so many ways, words for fun, celebrations, such as weddings, milestone parties, bespoke words on gifts, invitations words for work and words for those gorgeous and difficult things that you don’t really know how to say.


Blooming Cow Flowers – Florist

If you are looking for naturalistic floral design for your big day then look no further.
Wedding flowers designed by florist Rebecca Goff in a country garden style that embraces the seasons.
Just get in touch and let Rebecca guide you through the wedding flower process.


Chris Hare Mind Boggler – Entertainer

Chris Hare The Mindboggler is a most convincing mind reader who has
entertained Rock Stars, Royalty and World Champions. If you don't get
the chance to meet Chris at the wedding fayre, please visit
www.mindboggler.co.uk to arrange a free, no obligation demonstration or
phone 07976 242274.


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.


BC DigiPhot Ltd – Photographer

bcdigiphotBC 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.


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!


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!


Vanilla Catering – One of our Nominated caterers

VanillaCateringVanilla 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.


Wedition – Personalised Wedding Magazine

Wedition - personalised magazines for your wedding, a unique favour or the ideal invitation solution for couples planning a destination wedding/festival weekend wedding. Styled to your colour scheme and theme, these brilliant multi-award winning keepsakes are a fantastic ice breaker: introduce your wedding party to your guests, share your story and photos, let your pet write an article, include a quiz and use as a menu!


Bales 4 Events – Bale Hire

Bales4events supply bales and other hire items for weddings, fetes, photo shoots, parties and festivals and can cater for any events of any size. Bales can be extremely versatile and be used as ceremony seating, made up into bale sofas, used to make a bar or for decoration, these are just a few ideas. Our hire service offers delivery and collection to the venue at a date and time that is convenient for you. Please check out our website www.bales4events.co.uk and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for further details and inspiration for your special day.


COCOA & WHEY CAKES – Wedding Cakes

Cocoa & Whey Cakes is a luxury wedding and celebration cake company based in the beautiful village of Avington near Winchester in Hampshire. We specialise in making beautiful, handcrafted wedding cakes and favours, both sweet and savoury, for clients across Hampshire and the South East of England.


Hana Laurie Alternative Wedding Photography – Photographer

I’m Hana, I’m an alternative wedding photographer and ex-teacher in my work life. I’ve been described as natural, tireless, awesome and sarcastic.
I love puns and sushi and gin/beer/wine, and a good old brutal joke. When I’m photographing, I tend to be pretty up for anything. If a shot requires lying on the floor or climbing 9ft up a tree then I’m all for it. I’m fully insured and I have more clothes at home/in the car… getting the right shots and having a total hoot while I do it is totally important to me.


Real Green Dress – Vintage Wedding Dresses

I started Real Green Dress in 2012, after a long career in conservation with national museums. Now I get to be creative with designing and indulge my love of vintage at the same time. People are always telling me how lucky I am to have such a wonderful job. I never forget it is made possible by my various and diverse customers, who are the nicest of people.


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.


Birute Thomas Makeup Artist – Makeup Artist

I will be with you from the moment your wedding morning preparations begin until you walk down the aisle towards your husband-to-be. My duty as a professional makeup artist is to make sure that you look and feel your most beautiful from beginning to end! I cannot put into words how rewarding it is when I see my clients glowing and looking their best.


Borrow Mae – Wedding Transprotation

Here's what you need to know:
I will be dressed with ribbons and flowers of your own choice, I bring with me a suited and booted chauffeur. Inside I can bring umbrellas, blankets, champagne and glasses. I'm polite, well-groomed and I run smoothly.
I can transport the bridal party to the ceremony, and the happy couple to the reception, or drive them away at the end of their day - all with champagne along the way!


Accolade DJs – DJ Service

A Fully Bespoke Wedding DJ Service
We have the pleasure of performing at many, many wedding celebrations each year. We fully appreciate that your wedding is a one off, hugely important occasion. Our overarching goal is to provide the music you want, combined with superb lighting and sound, to complement and cultivate the atmosphere of your wedding day. We have no set wedding DJ ‘packages’; our service is completely bespoke, guaranteeing that you will be served with the exact music you desire at your wedding celebration.


Maia's​ Fl​owe​rs – Florist

We are a small family florist opening January 2018 in a small village in Hampshire United Kingdom called Selborne.
We have one Fully qualified florist working with us who Trained at Covent Garden Academy of Flowers in London.
We specialise in bouquets and gifts such as, Bath products, Candles, Cards, Jewellery and more.
As well as doing bouquets we also sell plants and succulents.


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!


Vintage Your Day
– Prop Hire

Vintage your day has unique wedding props big or small for all your ideas to shine through on your day.


Quality Marquee Hire – Marquee and Equiptment Hire

Quality Marquee Hire is an award winning friendly family company which prides its self on providing stylish, beautiful, robust, marquees and associated equipment for any event. We have over 20 years of experience of meeting and exceeding our customer’s needs using the best products on the market.


We would like to thank the following photographers for allowing us to use their photographs:

J&M Photography cover weddings throughout the UK and Abroad.

Simon John is an award winning creative wedding photographer.

Packages from £495, Jacqui Marie Photography are a husband and wife team.

Specialising in a storytelling style of Reportage Wedding Photography.

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