Corporate Events Venue

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The Italian Villa is the only purpose-built venue of its kind anywhere in the UK, and we are delighted to have it here on our Dorset coastline.  Set upon 10 acres of magnificently manicured gardens at the iconic Compton Acres, this truly is a venue like no other, making it the ideal setting for your next business event.

From directors’ boardroom meetings to AGMs, award ceremonies, staff training, networking, Christmas & summer staff parties and team-building events, you can rest assured that we have the capability of hosting your perfect event with ease. Our talented chefs, front of house staff and event managers are at your service.

Three spacious suites await you at The Italian Villa, each with its own unique charm in abundance. The Verona & Siena Suites offer cutting-edge audio-visual equipment, big screens and of course free wi-fi. All three suites offer air conditioning and built in sound systems giving your business presentation the impact it deserves. All suites are accessible by lift and stairs.

The Medici Suite

The Medici Suite is the largest and most opulent of our three suites and can host seated banquets for up to 200 guests and canapé receptions for up to 250 guests.

Situated on the ground floor and overlooking the stunning Italian Gardens, this Suite delivers a WOW factor to your event every time. A stone staircase leads elegantly onto the Italian Gardens, which you are free to use as part of your event.

The Verona Suite

The Verona Suite, with its impressive balcony overlooking the Italian Gardens below, is ideal for boardroom lunches, seminars and training events for up to 120 people. This suite is light and airy, has a very contemporary design and sits proudly on the top floor of our three story venue.

The Siena Suite

The Siena Suite situated on the lower floor of The Italian Villa is charming and extremely versatile.

This Suite is ideal for boardroom meetings, intimate dinners, presentations and with its own licensed bar and stage, evening parties for up to 250 people. This suite also has doors leading through to the Italian Gardens.

The Italian Garden

This was one of the finest gardens built by Thomas William Simpson in 1924 and early pictures show evacuation work being carried out by hand with barrows of soil being pushed up on wooden planks to form the high banks around the garden.

Symmetry and an elegant formality are the prime characteristics of the Italian Garden, which is arranged around the cross of the central ornamental lake, with its carved stone fountains, exquisitively coloured water lilies and flashing shoals of Koi Carp to delight the eye.

Hannah Gibson, BSO Senior Development Officer

On behalf of us all at the BSO, we cannot thank Tony Beales and his wonderful team enough for their fantastic support in organising our Black Tie Gala Evening at The Italian Villa.  It is rare to work with a team who is prepared to support on each and every aspect of the event - however big or small.  The team at Beales achieved this proudly.  The evening will be remembered as a truly memorable and special experience for our most valued supporters, special guests and musicians.

Koh Thai Group

The Italian Villa was the venue in which we decided to host our annual in-house Koh Thai Tapas Awards Ceremony in 2014.  

It was the idea location for such a momentous occasion.  It provided the perfect setting for our glamorous showcase event and the team were fantastic in every aspect.  The food was incredible and service impeccable - we couldn’t have hoped for more!


Our annual Company BBQ for 250 people went extremely well this year and more importantly the number of children attending was the best ever so lots of smiles all around there!

The giant New Forest Eton Mess was a huge discussion point - totally gorgeous!  Many thanks to you and your team.

Pippa, Savills Estate Agents

I just wanted to thank you and your team for helping to make tonight’s function a huge success.  All of our clients remarked on how scrumptious the canapés were!!

Simon Brooks, Seventa Events

We love placing client events into the Italian Villa.  We’ve utilised the venue for all manner of events from team building activities, awards ceremonies, Christmas & summer parties and even book launches at the venue.  Tony and his team are true perfectionists when it comes to service, catering and beverage and it’s a joy to work with a venue that truly cares about the customer journey/experience.

Fiona McKenna, CMUK

The party was amazing - the best we have had to date.  Everyone had a great night.  My thanks to all the staff, especially the guy who greeted us and was in the main room when we were eating who was very attentive and welcoming.  The food, as always, was wonderful.  All my staff want to come back next year.  I will be in touch!!

Lee Taylor - Steele Raymond Solicitors

We regularly hold our Christmas events at the Italian Villa. There is a reason for that. We haven’t found anywhere that puts so much in to making our events extra special for our staff. The food by Beales Gourmet is exquisite. We always have staff leaving with a smile on their face and can’t recommend you highly enough. Thank you!

Prices & Further Information

Book a Show Around of The Italian Villa

Complete the form below and a member of our team will be able to arrange a guided tour of The Italian Villa.  Alternatively, call us on 01202 816074.

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Corporate Events Information Pack

Complete your details below to receive our Corporate Events information pack via email.

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Attend Open Day

Our next corporate open day will take place in Spring 2018. Sign-up to attend using the form below (or get in touch for a private viewing!)

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Further Information

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