Gilbert White and The Oates Collections

Up to 100
3 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
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COVID-19 Update
We are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 crisis but are still available to send your information or talk on the phone about weddings at Gilbert White's. We are still taking bookings for 2021 and beyond but now have a limited number of peak weddings available. We also offer elopements and intimate weddings with licensed ceremonies outside where social distancing is easier to maintain.
A wonderful idyllic venue where you can have a Civil Ceremony & Reception in a 16th Century Barn, Gilbert White's Historic House, or Marquee in 30 acres of stunning Heritage Gardens and parkland.
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
No. of Bedrooms
Sleeps No. of People
Usual Access Time
08:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
11:00 PM


Disabled Access
Exclusive Use
Grade I/II Listed Building
In-House Wedding Coordinator
Landscaped Gardens
Marquee Permitted
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Confetti Permitted
Dancefloor Available
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Sound System Available
Wedding Licence

Food and Drink

Alcohol Licence
Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
External Catering Permitted
In-house Catering
In-House Wine List
Full Description
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 venue with a variety of informal yet distinctive spaces to hire for your ceremony, reception or party. Gilbert White’s House and the Hampshire Barn are set in thirty acres of heritage gardens and parkland. Steeped in history, the whole retains a charm and serenity quite of its own. Enjoy your day in the 16th Century Hampshire Barn, with glorious views over tranquil meadows, or for a more intimate ceremony, the historic house – former home of famous naturalist Gilbert White. Indulge in a Champagne reception on the formal lawn – perfect too for enjoying chamber music. The Great Mead affords a charming location for a marquee reception, surrounded by meadow with views to the house and across parkland. Our vintage pole and canvas marquee is erected June - August in the Great Mead and is a beautiful location for your wedding reception. Whichever location you prefer, the heritage setting affords unique photo memories. To complete the occasion, choose from our three nominated caterers. Ranging in price and style, they each offer a high quality and personalised service, to ensure you enjoy your dream wedding.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Charlotte
Congratulations on your engagement. I look forward to hearing from you and showing you what Gilbert White & the Oates Collection can offer you for your big day. The barn, meadow and garden create an idyllic space for your wedding that you can personalise to make the day truly yours.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Lynne & Michael
Married in July 2020
February 2020
Great Parlour Wedding
We had an amazing wedding in the Great Parlour which had a wonderful historic atmosphere and made an intimate setting for our small wedding. Having the string trio perform during the ceremony was perfect for the setting. The drinks reception in the garden with them playing outside was wonderful. Thank you for all your help on the day and with planning. It is such a special place and we have many happy memories to take forward.
Stephanie & James
Married in August 2019
February 2020
August Barn Wedding
Thank you for making everything run so smoothly on our day and bringing such a calm, positive energy to the process. We’ve so enjoying working with you and it turned out to be even better than we could have imagined.
Steph and Ade
Married in April 2019
May 2019
Our Perfect Venue
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.
Location & Contact Details


The Wakes, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 3JH, England

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Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Quirky, wild, natural, rustic, relaxed

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

The Wild Garden.

What’s your favourite canapé?

Arancini Balls with Tomato & Herb Dip

What is your venue's most unique feature?

The Wine Pipe - a barrel on a hill that spins