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 & reception, the historic house and White's Bistro. The Great Mead affords a charming location for an 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. For those looking for an elopement we also offer an elopement package. For alternative ceremonies the woodland copse and grounds provide multiple locations.

Whichever location you prefer, the heritage setting affords unique photo memories. 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.

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Wedding Hire Options

  • Barn Package 
  • The Great Mead  
  • Great Parlour
  • Elopements

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

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 the cafe, 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.

Other Hires Options

Barn (daytime)
Barn (evening )
Barn children’s party (daytime, up to 3.5hrs)
Gilbert White Room (daytime)
Discovery Room (evening only) 
Cafe (Monday or Evenings Only)

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 This venue doesn’t host very many weddings, and that’s what we liked about it – it’s not a faceless wedding factory. We wanted the freedom to do things our own way, and the staff at Gilbert White’s were more than happy for us to do that while also helping out when asked. When we first went to look round it was a miserable, grey, muddy day in December, but even then we could see that it would be absolutely beautiful in the spring and perfect for how we wanted our day to be; it ticked all the boxes. Even though there wasn’t a wedding coordinator in place when we booked, the Directors went above and beyond in answering all our questions and giving us ideas throughout the planning process until the new wedding coordinator came on board, and on the day itself they were all on site and we genuinely felt like they were part of the day too. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the barn at Gilbert White’s for couples looking for a flexible, relaxed venue in a stunning countryside setting.


The Gilbert White House has been the preferred venue for our annual company Family Fun Day for years now. It is a fantastic venue in a beautiful location and the staff always work tirelessly to make our events a success. No request is ever too much trouble. A big thank-you for all your support!


Suppliers List

In house catering company specialising in afternoon tea and pastries.

Vamos Paella provide authentic tapas and paellas for weddings, parties and events.

Beautiful World Tents provide gorgeous personalisable Tipis for weddings.

Memorable moments, relaxed yet creative portraits, an abundance of details. Creating artful photographs that are natural, ethereal, and timeless.

Clementine Catering offer a complete catering service for weddings.

A leading Winchester catering company specialising in handmade food.

Baking bespoke dairy free, egg free and vegan wedding cakes across Dorset and Hampshire

Charlotte is an award winning artist of natural light, providing a high end photography service.

Vanilla Catering provides exceptional food for every occasion.

A local family run bespoke catering company using their own meat and local produce.

Cocoa & Whey Cakes is a luxury wedding and celebration cake company.

A relaxed, modern photographer documenting real weddings in a real cool way!

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

Unique contemporary and restored vintage dresses from an eco-friendly studio.

Flowers designed by Rebecca Goff in a country garden style that embraces the seasons.

Two highly experienced and award winning creatives, shooting weddings for years.

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