Wherewell Priory

 In Hampshire

Wherwell Priory is a stunning, historical site – and perfect for a wedding – positioned right beside the lovely church at Wherwell, in the heart of the village, but surrounded by magnificent grounds and parkland. The estate is family-owned and the number of weddings is strictly limited. It is available on an exclusive-use basis only.

Wherwell Priory is on the site of a Benedictine abbey which was founded in 986 by Queen Elfrida and Queens Wenfleda, Emma and Edith have also lived at Wherwell. In the middle ages one of the abbesses built an infirmary, and rerouted a river tributary to run through the building so that now the beautiful gardens are traversed by a sparkling brook. The shining white building, topped by a bell tower, forms a perfect backdrop for weddings. There is ample parking, and the flat site of the original abbey church is perfect for marquees of all sizes (the house is not available for rent).

The adjoining church (which can accommodate 200) has been newly restored, and by the end of 2011 it will have a new roof and bell-chiming mechanism.

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