Houghton Lodge Gardens provides the most romantic and unsurpassable position for your marquee. Overlooking the River Test, with tables on the lawn between the marquee and the river. Flowers adorning the entrance and festooning the pier, Swans gently gliding by, the water vole busily going about its daily business, the trout rising for a quick gulp of a plump and delicious mayfly. A riverside marquee with floodlit paths and the river bathed in evening mists and moonlight have provided the venue for such glorious memories.
The Walled Garden
Imagine enjoying drinks al fresco in our magnificent walled garden, before a leisurely walk through the ancient gates, past the glorious herbaceous border, and down the steps to your marquee next to the river. The elegant Orangery can provide you with shelter if it threatens to rain. Surround yourself in the quintessential English walled garden, with its evocative colours and scents. There is the beautiful herb garden to sit within, a magnificent rose arbour to walk through, a buddleia border full of butterflies, the apple walk to gaze upon, and even a Well to make wishes in! All this is contained within the privacy of the giant chalk cob walls bedecked with their ancient espaliered fruit trees.
Our tastefully refurbished Orangery makes the ideal venue for a reception and has a capacity of 70-80 people for a sit down wedding breakfast.
Overlooking the Walled Garden which is famous for the widest espaliered pear tree. The abundance of flowers glimpsed out of the windows mean there is an ever changing vista of flowers and whatever the season you choose to get married, your guests can wander round the Garden and enjoy paths and seats, a well and raised flowerbeds.
The Walled Garden Conservatory
The charming Conservatory, situated in the heart of the walled garden, and from its elevated position (the walled garden is on a slope) it has stunning views over the top of the garden wall to the water meadows beyond. The Conservatory has been newly refurbished in January 2016, and is an ideal space for small intimate parties, taking a maximum of 30 people for a sit down wedding breakfast.
Watch John & Amal’s Wedding Reception:
(Houghton Lodge reception from 1 min 40 sec)