Gilbert White's House & Gardens

About Gilbert White's House & Gardens


Christmas is a time filled with magic, atmosphere, history and tradition, and so, wouldn't it be ideal to find a venue for your festive bash that encompasses all of those things? And so, for those in Hampshire looking for an events venue with the space and means to throw on hell of a Christmas party, let us introduce you to Gilbert White's historic home. 

An 18th-century naturalist, Gilbert White lived and worked in Hampshire and achieved great renown for his books on the natural life of his hometown. Today, his stunning 16th-century house is a museum and protected site, available for private hire. 

The team are well versed in running events and are on hand to discuss your wants and needs, as well as making sure everything pulls off perfectly on the day. In terms of spaces, Gilbert White's House has plenty of room to accomodate your friends, family or colleagues, across a few different backdrops. 

The largest space is the historic barn, which with its huge ceilings and authentic wooden features makes for an atmospheric place to hold a Christmas event. The space can be configurated however you need, whether that be smaller, round tables or a central long one, or perhaps just room for drinks, dancing and nibbles. When illuminated with fairy lights and festive decor, it's an incredibly special place to celebrate the happiest time of year. 

If you'd prefer to host your event inside the main house, that's also no problem. There are two rooms which are available for parties and events, and certainly fit the Christmas theme. After all, celebrating the festivities in a 16th-century manor gives off a certain Christmas Carol vibe, doesn't it?

For smaller events, the on-site bistro is a charming space to enjoy festive drinks and bites to eat. Here, you can take over the place and make it your own with decorations, music and entertainment. 

Venue Facilities
Exclusive Hire

Gilbert White's House & Gardens details

Venue Style
Blank canvas, Historic, Light and Bright, Temporary Seasonal, Traditional
Venue Type
Other event venue
Mid priced
Venue Atmosphere
Exclusive, Intimate, Relaxed
Other theme, Traditional Christmas

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Testimonials For Gilbert White's House & Gardens

A flexible, relaxed venue in a stunning countryside setting.APRIL, 2024

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.  

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The perfect venueAPRIL, 2024

Gilbert Whites are the perfect venue. The setting is completely stunning, the people are so kind and helpful, the barn itself is gorgeous and the venue added so much character to the day. All of our photos are so stunning. The Team was so friendly and it really made planning the day so much easier. The flexibility of the venue added so much personality to our day and we loved the Gilbert White Brewed Beers!


Such a stunning venue.APRIL, 2024

Such a stunning venue. Everyone involved were so helpful. I would highly recommend having your special day here. The open space is beautiful, the barn is spacious and the other extras help to make any wedding magical.


We couldn't have been more delighted.APRIL, 2024

I arranged a joint birthday party at the Barn at Gilbert White's House, in December, at quite short notice. The staff were absolutely fantastic, they arranged everything for us from tables and tablecloths to a sound system, all included in the price. The venue looked beautiful, and staff kindly came down that morning to help us add someextra decorations. The staff on the night were all fantastic, everyone had drinks at all times, but they were very discreet. Several of our guests commented (independently) to us that it was "the best party we've ever been to". We couldn't have been more delighted.


If you're after something more personal and unique then I can't recommend them highly enough. APRIL, 2024

The venue is beautiful, the barn itself is stunning, and the meadow and gardens around the house are so lovely- great for photos.The events organiser, was super helpful and really responsive. She really helped us through the slightly tricky process of planning a wedding through a pandemic! She was really relaxed and friendly, but was clear on what the new guidelines were which really helped us plan it all safely, but most importantly still have fun! She helped us arrange lots of little extra touches, like printing our own labels for beers for our wedding favours, recommending suppliers and being really flexible with us coming in to decorate etc.If you're after something more personal and unique then I can't recommend them highly enough. Beautiful venue in stunning surroundings, and you get a responsive and really personal service- we're so happy we went ahead with our ceremony.


Location for Gilbert White's House & Gardens

Gilbert Whites House, High Street, Selborne, Hampshire, GU34 3JH




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