Guest Book

Messages from our guests

Just wanted to drop you an email to say thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, to you and all the staff at the Italian Villa.

We had the most perfect day on Saturday, and we were overwhelmed by how many people said to us it was the best wedding they had ever been to!

The whole day went so smoothly and we’d like to thank Stephenie who was absolutely incredible as our event manager, nothing was ever too much trouble for her.

Our guests also highly complimented the food on the day, from the canapés to the wedding breakfast, it really was delicious so a big thank you to the waiters/waitresses and all the kitchen staff.

And finally, we would like to thank you Hannah for all the help you have given us in the lead up to the wedding. Any questions we had were always answered so quickly and clearly and we always felt in good hands with you.

Thank you for hosting the wedding of our dreams and we only wish we could do it all over again!

Much love x

Sam & Lucy

Wedding, July 2019

Thank you so much to every member of this highly organised team for hosting the most wonderful wedding for our daughter. The customer service was outstanding, the venue absolutely stunning, the food for 130 of us was top quality and beautifully presented, the attention to detail in every aspect was amazing. We are now inundated with letters from friends and family saying it was one of the best weddings they had been to – absolutely fabulous!!

Emma & Jake

Wedding, July 2019

Hi Frankie

I wanted to write this while it is all still fresh in my mind.

I can only describe yesterday as absolutely perfect, 10/10, 100% !!

It was a wonderful day. We were blessed with the weather and  blessed with a beautiful venue and fantastic staff.  Everyone was so polite, kind and just so nice. Nothing seemed too much trouble and I was treated and allowed myself to act like a princess!!  Steph did a fabulous job of looking after us (big thanks you Steph) and there was a young barman who just took amazing care of me, running around and making sure I had the drink I wanted.  If you are able to track him down please give him big thank you from me (dark hair and glasses).

Frankie, you and all other staff I liaised with in the planning of the day were brilliant and made it so much easier for me. I never felt awkward asking you a question or changing my mind on something.

I can see why the venue and its staff win awards!

Thank you again

Michelle and Richard xx

Michelle & Richard

Wedding, June 2019

Where to start… Tim and I cannot thank you guys enough for the support you gave us from the minute we booked the Villa last year through to the day itself. The Villa and gardens in many ways speak for themselves when you go to visit for the first time but what made the difference in our decision to book the venue was your level of customer service, your flexibility and award-winning catering.

I’ve spoken to brides-to-be in the past and many of them describe the stresses associated with wedding planning (as well as the final few days before the wedding itself), but I’ve got to say that my experience in organising a wedding at the Italian Villa didn’t feel like that at all. We booked the Villa in late September and we were attending an open day by the following month! I met so many contacts on the day and booked our photographer (Joe Weil), hair stylist (Laura McKenzie), make-up artist (Tara Sanger) and childcare services (The Wedding Crecherz) as a result. All were incredible. I cannot recommend your open days enough!

There are no words for the day itself. Having already legally wed my partner before Christmas, I was worried that I might not feel the same rush of emotions that I had at that time. But I did! Turning out of the grotto and walking down the steps into the garden towards my guests was the most amazing feeling! I shed many tears as I walked towards Tim – the setting was perfect, and the pianist/ singer was unbelievable. I was blown away by her voice. I thoroughly recommend Jasmine Morley and would go as far as to say that she should be one of your preferred suppliers. The rest of the day unfolded in the same way. The sun came out as Christina Derrington conducted our blessing on the steps and we all got to enjoy the beautiful gardens whilst sipping Prosecco and eating canapes. Christina was also an amazing find – she demonstrated the utmost professionalism on the day.

When it came to the wedding breakfast, well what can I say, the room looked beautiful! Clair Lythgoe is one talented lady with those incredible flowers cascading over large gold stands and the gorgeous chair drapes by Linen & Lace grabbed the attention of our guests as they walked into the room. But without a doubt, it was the food that our guests raved about the most! Scotch eggs, crumbled goats’ cheese, duck legs, chicken breasts, lemon possets and sticky toffee puddings – whatever one ate, it was yummy! I had one guest still questioning the next day how the catering team managed to produce over forty perfect scotch eggs – that’s not easy! And then there was the dancing. So much fun! The different floors of the villa proved useful on the night – the upstairs space provided a quiet retreat for our elderly guests and those with little ones. It was thanks to you and Steph in particular that the day ran in the way that it did and for that, I pass on a huge thank you to you both for your support and patience in the lead up to the day and on the day itself. We would have no hesitation in recommending the Italian Villa to others.

Mr & Mrs Turner

Wedding, April 2019

Dear Frankie,

I am very sorry that in the rush of days since, I have not had the chance to tell you how grateful we are for the really splendid occasion that took place last Sunday to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary at The Italian Villa, that was so well managed by your team. We held high expectations and even they were well exceeded.

Your patient planning and advice initially proved to be superb, and we cannot also praise too highly Drew who put the finishing touches to the arrangements and ran the occasion with calm assurance throughout. It was astonishing to find him at all times instantly where we needed him. He must have some second sense! A waiter perhaps was jogged and dropped and broke a few glasses and Drew was there in a flash unobtrusively to manage the situation. One of our friends with mobility issues stumbled a little going up the steps to the Italian Villa from the garden and might have fallen, but Drew was there in a flash to rescue the situation. Later my younger son, having spoken, handed me the microphone which did not seem to be switched on. Drew was at my side instantly to avoid any hiatus.

But the whole team excelled in everything. Everyone very genuinely said the menu was superb and superbly presented. Huge thanks to all the catering team. We called chefs out to take a bow but the senior chef had already left. Please please ensure he knows of our delight and thanks. It was a wonderfully balanced meal and with your guidance we were delighted with our choices.

Many of our guests have also told us how smart and friendly and quietly efficient the waiting team were throughout and how conscientious the wine stewards were. They ensured the wine glasses did not remain uncharged for even a few seconds and were quick to offer elderflower at the table to the non drinkers and ensured the water jugs were regularly replenished too.

So The Italian Villa team with the staff complement offered by Mr Beales excelled from start to finish and we left very happy indeed with everything that had been done to give us a hugely memorable and smooth running day.

Of course the ambiance of the setting, both in the garden and inside the venue itself, is a winner but even that would count for little without the quality of management and the food and wines and the service that adorned our function from start to finish so please ensure that Mr Beales, also the Head Chef and the event manager Drew are aware of these lines intended to convey our very real gratitude and our warmest thanks.

Mr & Mrs Scott

Golden Wedding Anniversary Party, May 2019

WOW WOW WOW. We had our wedding at the stunning Italian villa, on March 21st 2019. The service, venue and staff were perfect! We booked an all inclusive package deal and from the get go the team were incredible. I cannot emphasise the standard of service enough! We had support from team members around the clock with the planning. A special thank you to Frankie, her patience and communication skills were fantastic- thank you Frankie for everything! Nothing is too much to ask, and they are extremely experienced and offer their advice on what works best, to ensure you have the best day. The venue is outstanding, not just the beautiful gardens, but the inside venue covering three floors is stylish, classy and classic. The food provided from Beales Gourmet is out of this world! Our guests have nothing but praise for the food and it’s the best around! We added the additional £5pp to offer our guests menu choices, we are pleased we took this package. Our events manager on the day was a lovely, man called Drew. Drew was attentive, fun, organised, and relaxed. He ran the day so smoothly and ensured we were all taken care of with food, drinks and laughing. He was the cherry on the top for our day, another special thank you to Drew. We can not recommend the Italian Villa as a wedding location enough. There’s isn’t anything more you could want in a venue, team and caterer. Our day was magical!! Love the Howgate’s x

Mr & Mrs Howgate

Wedding, March 2019

Good Morning Hannah,

Myself and Martyn would love to thank you for all your hard work in making our day a success.

I can’t believe it’s over but it was beautiful, the sun was shining for us and it was everything we imagined.

We would also like to thank Drew for the day! Wow he truly was amazing, even our guests could not fault him. He made us feel so looked after and he really helped made the day what is was,

The food was fabulous and service and everything looked so beautiful.

Thanks Again for everything!

Mr & Mrs Frankson

Wedding, April 2019

Just to say a massive thank you for all your support in the run up to the wedding you were superb.  The day was absolutely fantastic and the staff, especially Drew, were outstanding in the service they provided.  I enjoyed every minute of the day and all my guests left extremely happy.  It was amazing.  The food was also outstanding.  I was a little worried that some of my guests would not appreciate a fully vegan menu but so many of them came up to me and commented how amazing and delicious the food was.  The vegetable pakoras seemed to be a particular highlight for a lot of people.

Thank you again for all your support.  From the moment we first enquired the help and support we have been given has been absolutely outstanding and we are now a very happy married couple. 🙂

Thank you!!!

Phillippa & Neil

Wedding, March 2019

Wow! We had a fantastic evening at the Italian Villa on the evening of the 21st. Thank you so much for such a memorable Christmas party.

Thank you for the snow – everyone loved it!  Having a team member on the gate was really helpful for guests to see where to go.  The Medici Suite looked stunning!  The food was excellent, delivered hot and without error.  The service all evening was outstanding.  One member of your team in particular stood out.  A slim young man with a super personality and lots of polite chat was so very helpful, tactful, and gave the impression nothing was too much trouble for him.

All in all, a very well-polished service.

Thank you again, and to Hannah too.

Wishing all at The Italian Villa a very happy new year

Kirsten Watts

Osprey Christmas Party, December 2018

Hi Justin / Tony,

What can I say apart from thank you very much for making our awards so special. We have had some amazing feedback and am pretty sure a good night was had by all! You certainly stunned with your wow factor menu and of course the venue speaks for itself. The service was first class – please do pass on our thanks to the whole team. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, all went so smoothly… you are such a great team to work with!

Rachel Haime

Dorset Food, Drink & Farming Awards 2018, September 2018

Fantastic food, stunning venue. Everyone loved it! The staff helped put out the decorations we had brought perfectly! The staff were very attentive and took extra care to ensure bride& groom were well fed & watered. They were very accommodating and helpful with our numerous questions and wants and nothing was too much of a hassle for Frankie (wedding planner), Aphra (day manager) and Darius (evening manager). Everything went so smoothly! We couldn’t have wished for a better day ! Thank you for helping us have a dream wedding!

Gloria & Steve

Wedding, September 2018

Hi Hannah,

On behalf of my partner Sam and I, we would like to say a huge thank you to you and all of the team at the Italian Villa and Beales Gourmet. We really can’t explain just how fantastic the whole planning process has been. Since the first moment, we visited we have been given such high-quality service; we showed up with no notice and were given an excellent tour which immediately secured our decision. From that day forward we have received fast and regular communication which was so easy as you emailed us and we could plan and make decisions together in the evenings without calls during our working day. The attention to detail really made such a difference, whether organising our menu and catering for every single dietary need or writing down every plan during the stationary handover, all of the staff gave us their time and understanding.

When the day came I was so excited to see all of the ideas and plans come together so effectively. Aphra was absolutely superb and gave us the support we needed so that we were not overwhelmed but made sure that we had time to be together. Our friends and family were treated as part of the process and were listened to, with every request being met. The service was so professional whilst feeling personal and relaxed, meaning we could enjoy the day with our guests. I even had a tray of canapes brought to me by Aphra whilst being photographed in the gardens which were so thoughtful! Aphra was also brilliant at guiding our own MC without ‘stepping on his toes’and made sure that everything ran smoothly despite the copious glasses of prosecco!

The food was so well cooked and every single person I spoke to mentioned how delicious it was and how beautiful it looked on the plate (particularly dessert!). I knew that this would be a highlight as Beales Gourmet have such a brilliant reputation, and the compliments kept coming all day. The evening buffet was devoured by most guests and they loved the fun fish and chip cones and mini burgers. Darius was on hand for every need in the evening and the bar staff were speedy and quick to serve everyone so that they could get back to the dance floor. At the end, the villa was cleared without any help from us and was packaged so carefully ready for us to collect.

You have really made our dreams come true and we are so sad it is now over! We wish every couple a magical wedding day at the Italian Villa, it really will live up to their highest estimations!

Thank you so much…

The new Mr and Mrs Clarkson

(Sam and Charlotte)

Mr & Mrs Clarkson

Wedding, July 2018

Can not thank all the team at the villa who made our wedding day exceed all our expectations. Special thank you to Frankie, Kait, Lily and our event manager Aphra who made sure that the whole day ran exactly to plan despite arriving late due to traffic. Nothing was to much trouble and all of my questions no matter how stupid were answered in the run up to the big day. The venue was set up beautifully and the food was absolutely amazing our guests are still talking about the food almost 4 weeks on. I honestly can not recommend the Italian villa enough it was everything we wanted for our special day and so much more. Thank you everyone for making our day perfect.

Mr & Mrs Venables

Wedding, July 2018

We had originally chosen the villa based on a recommendation. The daughter of one of my dads friends had tied the knot there a few years ago and they could not rate the Villa highly enough.

After the initial show round with Frankie on a cold drizzly day in January we were wow’d by the venue and knew it was the one for us. 
As someone who works in events, my expectations were high, but i can say all expectations were exceeded.

All communication in the lead-up was extremely professional, prompt and vigilant. Nothing was too much trouble and I never felt I was hassling Frankie with my numerous emails back and fourth.

Aphra and Ross on the day were also fantastic. Meeting with Aphra the day before completely put my mind at rest and I felt confident in leaving all my wedding bits with her to set-up.

One of my main concerns in the run-up was the weather which was so silly as it’s not in anyone’s control, i wish i’d spent less time worrying about that. I soo desperately wanted to have the drinks reception outside to make use of the gardens and booking in June we hoped it would be the case. Luckily it was and we had the most perfect weather.

Everything just ran so smoothly and all the staff couldn’t do enough for us and all our guests. Food was delicious, and after choosing a main course that we hadn’t tried at our tasting, we were a bit nervous. But we needn’t have been and as i went around the room to speak to all the guests after dinner, every single plate was completely cleared. It was delicious.

The evening was great fun, unfortunately our band were not as good as hoped, so a piece of advice would be to always try and see the band in action before booking, Do not base it on website videos and online reviews.

Overall our day was a dream and certainly the day we had hoped for…and so much more. A big part of that was down to the villa and the team behind it so a huge THANKS must go to them.

All the best,

Nicole and Steve Smart

Wedding, July 2018

The Italian Villa  – what can we say other than amazing!

It really was the perfect special day – we loved it from the moment we arrived until we left at 1AM – It all fell into place and all the planning paid off  – it really was the best wedding we could ever imagine. So so happy.

We have thanked the team that supported on the day but please pass our thank you’s to all the people involved back and front of house – everyone raved about the food – the quality – the quantities – the room looked perfect to us – once we have official pictures we will forward to you  –  the fireworks a surprise for Jake where the cherry on the icing of the cake .

Thank you so very much for all your help – we could not have done it without you – thank you as well for making it all so easy and nothing was to much trouble and I just hope we were not your worst groomzilla’s…

With all very best wishes,

Jake & Andre

Wedding, 28 June 2018

We cannot thank the whole team enough, that helped us from start to finish for our wedding day. Everything was so easy and straight forward and nothing was too much trouble. All the staff that we dealt with were so helpful and friendly. A massive thanks to Aphra who helped make the day run smooth and glitch free, not at any part of the day did I feel stressed and that was all down to the team at the Villa. The food was absolutely amazing and we have had so many guests say to us that it was the best wedding food they have had!!
Thanks again so much!

Mr & Mrs Thomas

Wedding, 22 June 2018

Hi Justin

I had two days off so sorry for the delayed reply.  The venue and catering were superb and the service courteous, professional and friendly at all times.  It was simply a joy to work with you and the team.  The catering received a number of compliments so whenever I have another occasion, I will certainly give you a call!

With warm regards,

Shirley Chick

Corporate Event, 21 June 2018

Hi Cait,

Sorry for the slight delay in getting back to you but we have been entertaining family and friends since The Surprise Lunch. We have also spent some time in reading all the letters, cards & emails that we have received saying what a fabulous time they all had last Wednesday. They have all been particularly complimentary about the venue, the food and the service so a very big “Well Done” and “Thank You”  to Aphra and the rest of the staff on the day. And luckily the weather & the garden were great!

Whilst writing, I must personally say a  very big “Thank You” to you for all your help over the past 6 months in getting all the arrangements spot on……………well done, excellent work.

Now that the subterfuge is over, I won’t be doing that again in a hurry! Oh, and my wife thought it was all fabulous once she got over the initial shock!

Many thanks once again to everyone involved.

Kindest regards,

Gerry Gallop

Private Party, 13 June 2018

Hi Frankie

We’ve just written a note at the same time! We just wanted to say a massive thank you to you, Aphra and Cassie but also the chefs and staff members involved in our wedding.

We had an incredible day from the venue, the amazing food and incredible staff. Everyone commented on how helpful and friendly you all were, you really did pull out all the stops to make it the most special day for us ever!! Some of our friends described it as a fairytale wedding so we’re over the moon!!

We can’t thank you enough!! We can’t recommend you highly enough!! Definitely 20 out of 10!! It surpassed all our expectations!

Lisa & Lee

Lisa & Lee

Wedding, 27 May 2018

Just want to say thank you so much to you and the whole team there for all your hard work. You all really went above and beyond to make the day absolutely perfect for Franki and I.

We’re still totally blown away by how incredible our wedding was from start to finish.

Please pass on a big thanks to Drew and Candice as well. They’re fantastic!

Nigel & Franki

Wedding, 12 May 2018

Good evening Frankie,
I’ve finally got around to sending you an email. Adam & I wanted to say a massive thank you to yourself and the amazing team at The Italian Villa on our wedding day 29th March 2018.
You and Aphra was absolutely incredible. In the build up to the day absolutely nothing was too much trouble, you answered my emails promptly and were always so kind and helpful. When the handover was completed the day before Aphra was amazing she listened to everything and got everything absolutely perfect. She was so helpful and greeting us with glasses of champagne after the ceremony was a welcome delight.
Everyone absolutely LOVED the food, Beales Gourmet were amazing the menu tasting right through to the food on the day was perfect we had so many compliments!
The venue is just absolutely PERFECT, obviously I’m biased because I’m lucky enough to be a supplier, knowing a lot of the staff already you’re all so friendly and helping and nothing is ever too much. It didn’t feel as though we had people working to make the day perfect it felt more like being surrounded by more family and friends, the entire team from the bar staff to the kitchen to yourself and Aphra dealing with me & Adam direct were outstanding. Drew in the evening was so accommodating and made sure everything carried on running smoothly.
It’s clear to see why The Italian Villa win so many awards, you’re the best at what you do! You all work as a team and that’s why it works, it’s seamless.
We can not express our thanks enough.
Mr & Mrs Janes

Photo credit – DM Photography @dmphotographyuk

Mr & Mrs Janes

Wedding, 29th March 2018

We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to everybody at the Italian Villa who contributed in making our wedding a perfect day. We had such a great time and it was incredibly special due to the hard-work and professionalism of the staff at the Italian Villa. Our guests had the most amazing time and loved the venue, the food and how well organised the day was. Extra points go to Drew who calmly changed the batteries part way through the Best Man’s speech! The general feedback from the guests was so positive that some were wanting another wedding to celebrate! Thank you all so much.

Mr & Mrs Wimhurst

Wedding, April 2018

Please pass on my huge appreciation to Aphra, she was so amazing yesterday and made the day run so smoothly can’t thank her enough! 
Thank you again for everything and giving us such a magical day!

Christie & Martin

Wedding, April 29th 2018

Hi Hannah!

I hope you are well!! Can’t thank you and the amazing staff at the villa on our wedding day! The girls did an amazing job of keeping the day running so smoothly! I can not thank them enough for being so amazing so please do pass this on for Jamie and I!

Thank you again! You guys truly made our day so special!

Courtney & jamie

Wedding, April 2018

Hi Cait,

Firstly can I just say a HUGE thankyou to you and the rest of the team at the Villa. You made our day perfect and we simply couldn’t have asked for more. Since the first visit to the Villa more than 2 years ago, the level of service we have been experienced has been exceptional. As we drew nearer to the big day, we were so relaxed as we knew we were in good hands and that made our wedding all the more enjoyable.

Having reflected on the day itself, we wouldn’t have changed a thing and if anything it went even better than expected. I have completed the survey and I will also be writing a review on google later today.

You all do an amazing job and you should be proud of the memories you are helping create. We loved our wedding from the moment we set foot in the villa to the moment Charlie unplugged his kit in the evening.

Please pass on our thanks to the team – it has been an absolute pleasure.

p.s Drew was unbelievably good on the day !

Kind regards,
Mr & Mrs Lloyd ;0)

Mr & Mrs Lloyd

Wedding, March 2018

Hi Hannah,

I’m sorry for my late email, this was due to you soon after Craig’s party, but I just wanted to send my massive thanks to you and everyone at the Italian Villa and Beales Gourmet for such a fantastic night.

Please thank all of your team, including those on the night who were on hand for me to make sure it went as smoothly as possible. We had a great night and surprisingly, Craig was genuinely surprised when he arrived and saw it was a party for him!

Everyone commented what a beautiful venue it was and how amazing the food was. Hoping we cleared up the majority before the end of the night (my heads a little blank towards the end!). But what a night for Craig to remember and it’s all thanks to you.

Thanks again and I will certainly be recommending you to friends and family in the future. Be back soon for a friends wedding!

Take care,


Private Party, February 2018

Hi Frankie,

We had the best day ever, please pass on our thanks to your wonderful staff. Drew was amazing and my parents were very thankful for his help and at the end of the day I thought it was lovely that he said goodbye to them. Aphra was also amazing, she was waiving at me as I pulled in when I was in the car with my dad and I think that was so special. I felt that she really was excited for me and it got me a close to tears as the car pulled up. They both were amazing on the day and really made us feel special and like family.

Obviously another huge thank you to you for everything you did on the lead up the wedding, I have said so much to my mum about how you have been all over everything from the start.

Oh… and by the way we had one guest who moaned to me beforehand that I wasn’t getting married in a church, he had never been to Compton Acres before and now he has said then whenever his daughter gets married he wants it all at Compton Acres!!! I wanted to share this with you as felt this was a huge compliment to you and your team

Thanks again


Laura & Andy

Wedding, Aug 2017

Hi Frankie,

We had the best day ever, please pass on our thanks to your wonderful staff. Drew was amazing and my parents were very thankful for his help and at the end of the day I thought it was lovely that he said goodbye to them. Aphra was also amazing, she was waiving at me as I pulled in when I was in the car with my dad and I think that was so special. I felt that she really was excited for me and it got me a close to tears as the car pulled up. They both were amazing on the day and really made us feel special and like family.

Obviously another huge thank you to you for everything you did on the lead up the wedding, I have said so much to my mum about how you have been all over everything from the start.

Oh… and by the way we had one guest who moaned to me beforehand that I wasn’t getting married in a church, he had never been to Compton Acres before and now he has said then whenever his daughter gets married he wants it all at Compton Acres!!! I wanted to share this with you as felt this was a huge compliment to you and your team

Thanks again


Laura & Andy

Wedding, Aug 2017

We would just like to say a massive thank you to you and your amazing team that ensured we had the most perfect wedding! All of our guests have commented on how well organised the day was, how fantastic the food was and how accommodating you all were. Through the rain and the sun, our day looked absolutely stunning and everything ran like clockwork without a glitch. Thank you for all of your help throughout the planning process and for your forever quick replies. Everyone at the Italian Villa should hold there heads high and know that they really do make peoples dreams come true!

We can never thank you enough!

Sophie & Luke

Wedding, July 2017

We had our wedding at the Italian villa on Thursday 8th June. And it couldn’t have been more perfect. The whole team were fantastic and are so friendly. They make sure all the little details are perfect.

Frankie was amazing from start to finish and was so helpful. A big thank you to Nicky our events manager for making the day run so smoothly and she went above and beyond to help make our day perfect. It was truly so special.

We have got some fab photos in the gardens and in the villa. The whole venue is so gorgeous. And I can’t recommend this venue enough. I felt so at home here and all the staff make you feel so welcome. The food was so delicious and everyone said how great it was.

I would do the whole day all over again.

Vicky and Alan Boylan. Xx

Vicky and Alan Boylan

Wedding, June 2017

We had our wedding day at the Italian Villa 3 days ago and it was amazing!!! All the staff we dealt with leading up to our wedding and during the wedding itself were fantastic. we had so many compliments from our guests about the venue, the staff and the food. we believe one of our guests even sent their compliments to the chef for the food, it was that good. Cait and Allana were really good at sorting the booking and getting all the details needed. on the day nicky was amazing, her personality was calming and always seemed to have everything under control during the day. the girl in charge of the evening, also seemed to have everything under control. nothing was too much trouble for either of them or any of the staff. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the venue to other people, and even hosting another event there ourselves in the future. we want to say a massive thank you to everyone from both Jade and myself.


Mr & Mrs Underhill

Wedding, May 2017

Now that the confetti has settled I feel I must write to express my overwhelming gratitude and appreciation at the amazing way you and your whole team have made the dreams of very many people a living reality. Planning and organizing a wedding is a hugely stressful operation for all those involved, yet you kindness, professionalism and attention to detail allowed us all to relax knowing that we were in the hands of people who wake up from their dreams and come to work and make the dreams of other come true.

Nikki who ran our day was truly amazing and allowed me as father of the bride to relax knowing we were in the caring and supportive hands of someone who was as invested in our day as we were, she was truly amazing and made sure we wanted for nothing, I could go on all day about how wonderful you all have been but I`m sure you have other wonderful days to help plan, the greatest thanks I can give you is to leave you with the knowledge that you helped make all our dreams come true and have been part of setting two wonderful young people off on a long life of love and happiness.


Robert Medina

Father of the Bride, Mya & Jamie's Wedding, May 2017

Just a quick email as we wanted to get in touch to let you know how pleased we were with our wedding day.

From the outset you have been friendly and approachable, flexible and adaptable to help us create the perfect wedding day, Nicky did a fantastic job of making sure the day run smoothly, getting guests where they needed to be and discussing the arrangements with myself and Mike where required. She gave us support and attention to make sure we had an extremely special wedding day, we are extremely thankful to for her dedication and going above and beyond for us. Matt did a great job of starting our evening reception, as with the day there were no hiccups and the bar staff were polite and friendly throughout.

I think every guest has commented on how lovely the day was, how smoothly it went and how relaxed the atmosphere was. The venue was even better than we had imagined – it truly is the perfect wedding venue and the gardens, although in March looked fantastic. The food and table service was impeccable, our menu choices were lovely and the quality was outstanding.

The team at Beales Gourmet has given us a truly beautiful wedding day and hundreds of happy memories we will never forget.

Thank you so much.

Kind Regards

Mr & Mrs Hart

Wedding, March 2017

You know you’re in safe hands with Beales Gourmet & The Italian Villa who helped deliver a seamless event in aid of Lewis-Manning Hospice to the highest quality standard. Our guests were wowed with the venue and the food, and our events staff loved their team’s helpful input and can-do attitude. Working with such experienced professionals brings reassurance and invaluable peace of mind.

Nasreen El-Mariesh

Events Consultant , Lewis-Manning Hospice Masquerade Ball

We just wanted to drop an email to thank all of the team for an amazing day.

The villa looked incredible and everything ran without a hitch. All of our guests commented on how wonderful the food was (I particularly enjoyed it after my 6-month diet!!) and how accommodating all of the team were.

We can not sing any higher praise for Nicky – not only was she super organised and professional she was an absolute please to have at the day and we knew we were in safe hands! Nothing was too much trouble. I assure you this was a sentiment shared by all of the wedding party as her skills and lovely personality stood out. We can not thank her enough.

From start to finish, planning our wedding with yourselves has been seamless – noting has been too much trouble and everyone is so informed.

So again, thank you so much for all your help. We truly had a wonderful day that would not have been possible without the stunning venue and your wonderful team.

Mr & Mrs Fleck

Emma & Steve Fleck

Wedding, March 2017

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to the team at the Italian Villa that made my wedding in November so incredibly amazing. It truly was the fairy-tale wedding I imagine, only better. That couldn’t have been achieved without the hard work and dedication of the Villa’s team.

First I would like to thank Laura, who made the planning and organising of my wedding stress-free, well as stress-free as wedding planning can be. Laura was so helpful at every stage and always got back to me promptly.

I would also like to thank Nicky, who did our taster menu. Nicky was so lovely and helped us iron out the last few details. She also gave a few good ideas that we used on our big day.

Drew and Simon were a day and night manager and they were absolutely incredibly!! To both of you, I cannot thank you enough. I felt like royally on my wedding day, we both did. My champagne flute never seemed to be empty. No matter how much I drank.  Simon- Ricky said Thank you for the bar service.

The set-up in all 3 rooms was prefect, but the Medici took my breath away. To finally see the room I had planned in my head for a year and a half was unforgettable.

The food was prefect, everyone raved about it. The breakfast and the BBQ. I really want to eat it all again. Please let me know, if you do decide to bring past couples back for an event as me and Ricky will be first in line.

Not only did I and Ricky feel like royally, our guest did too. They could not fault anything. They wanted for nothing and that was down to Drew and Simon, so again thank you. That’s a pretty amazing thing to do.

I’m kind of sad it’s all over, as I wish I could do it all again in the Villa. If you do, do any event for past couples, please let me know.

I would sing praise about the Villa and all team for the roof top. It goes without saying that I will recommend the Villa highly to anyone that it looking for the prefect day or event.


Chelsea & Ricky

Wedding, December 2016

We got married 23rd December 2016 and The Italian Villa absolutely made our day! From the planning to the actual wedding day, the whole team were amazing and made sure that we had nothing to worry about. They had everything under control whilst ensuring we were happy, which we definitely were! We would 100% recommend this venue and can’t thank the team enough for helping us have the best day of our lives, many thanks, The Hopkins xx

Mr & Mrs Hopkins

Wedding, December 2016

Dear Tony, Laura and team,

I just wanted to say a huge ‘thank you’ for an absolutely amazing evening on Friday.

The venue is beautiful and was perfect for our event; the food was delicious and superbly presented; the team were lovely and ensured that the whole evening went like clockwork – nothing was too much bother for them.

We raised just over £3000 for the Poole & District Children’s Cancer Charity which I know they will be grateful for and we couldn’t have achieved this without you providing a fabulous package 🙂

Thank you again!


Buckholme Towers - Charity Ball

We had our wedding at the Italian villa at the end of October. We had the most perfect day we could have imagined.

From booking our date we received prompt and helpful responses from the team and Laura was exceptional in her manner and friendly attitude. Every time we spoke her responses felt personal and honest. On the day, the two events managers we had were able to work flexibly to our agreements and ensured everything ran on time without us having to worry about that side of things.

The catering at Beales Gourmet was incredible (I’d highly recommend the new forest mushrooms). Many of our guests complimented the food. The venue itself is very elegant and pretty, and with the addition of our flowers and decorations looked simply stunning. The venue also has some great grounds for beautiful photos and it’s a short drive from the sandbanks beaches.

I’ve rated the venue 5* because there was nothing we could fault, inpeccibly efficient and beautifully presented. We had the perfect day, thank you!

Mr & Mrs Turner

Wedding - October 2016

Hi Frankie/Laura,

We just wanted to thank your team for everything.

You made our wedding super easy and we’ve never received customer service as good as last weekend!
All of our guests loved the venue and the food and service were perfect. We couldn’t be happier with how the day went.

 We wanted to especially thank Drew and Simon who were fantastic.

Drew – you had everything under control and were a complete pro. You put us at ease and we didn’t have to worry about a thing. Simon – you really went the extra mile for us and took care of us all night. You put up with our drunk family members and managed our tab perfectly. We had such a great night and a lot of that was down to you. Thank you!

 Thank you so much for helping us plan and deliver our perfect day. We had so much fun!

 Annie & Craig Westerby

Annie & Craig Westerby

Wedding - Oct 2016

To all the team at the Italian Villa

Raj and I would like to say a massive thank you for our wedding on Saturday. We had the best day of our lives! The venue is just stunning and the food was excellent. We have received such wonderful feedback from everyone, particularly about the beautiful gardens. Ebony and Drew deserve a special mention. They were so helpful and calm. Nothing was too much trouble. There were so many little touches that made our day run so smoothly. I wouldn’t change anything about the day – it was perfect! Also the planning was made so stress-free by Laura. Anything we requested was arranged! Thank you so much!

If only we could repeat the day all over again! One day I hope we will celebrate an  significant anniversary here (so please still be open in 25-50 years time!!!)

Thank you again,
Mr and Mrs Logan

Victoria & Raj Logan

Wedding - May 2016

To the team at the Italian Villa

Leith and I were married here on 7th May 2016 and can’t speak highly enough of the service we received both leading up to the wedding and on the day. Laura you were always available to answer any question we had and Drew, you ensured everything went perfectly on the day.

So thank you for making our day so special, it was truly the happiest and most magical day of our lives and a fantastic start to our marriage.

With warm wishes,
Shehla & Leith
Mr & Mrs Brown

Shehla & Leith Brown

Wedding - May 2016

Lewis & I had our wedding day here on 3.4.2016. From arrival to the end of the day the staff were attentive, the food was delicious and we can honestly say it was just magical.

We can see why they are an award winning venue so thank you to all the team who were just fantastic.
Every question we had was answered and everything we wanted was granted.
We would highly recommend this beautiful venue to anyone wanting the fairytale.

We will be sending photos when we have them back.

Thank you to all involved.
Kind regards from a very happy Mr& Mrs Pearse

Sarah Pearce

Wedding - April 2016

Good Morning,

Well! … What can I say to you?!

We all just had the very best time with you at the Italian Villa on Friday evening- I would say the best EIMS Christmas Party in my 12 years of organising them!… and we have enjoyed some great past events!

A Huge and mega THANKS to Ebony and her team, who just was simply the best! She made the whole evening look an effortless operation and always with a smile!

I appreciate a lot of hard work goes into the evening- it really was just, simply, excellent! Great team work all round ! and Laura, you were a pleasure to work with!

Please make sure all my comments are passed on to all the team!
Wishing you all A very Merry Christmas and wonderful business in 2016.

With sincere thanks and appreciation,

Julie Davis

PA to Director, EIMS Ltd Global HQ

Just a quick note to say a big thank you from Katie, Dean, myself and my husband for Saturday and the hard work you and your staff put in to make the wedding perfect. It was truly a day to remember and we really appreciate the effort from everyone involved. You made everything so easy and the running so smooth it was great.
All our guests commented on how lovely the venue was, we have even had people message to say how beautiful it all looked and where was it. We would have no hesitation at all in recommending you!
Thanks again,

Julie Rothery

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.

Lee Taylor

Business Development Director, Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors

Hi Laura, Thank you all your help with planning our wedding – you made sure we had thought of every little thing and came back very quickly with every query! On the day before, Megan took lots of time to make sure we were happy with each detail and was flexible to all of the last-minute changes. Throughout our wedding day, Megan also went out of her way for us to ensure we had everything we needed and had a calm and friendly manner, which we really appreciated. All of the bar and waiting staff were equally polite, professional and efficient. The guests were all very impressed with the food and many said it was the best venue they had ever been to! We are so pleased that we had our reception here and would certainly recommend it. Thank you again for making the day run so smoothly. I have given you a 5* review on Yell. Mr and Mrs Clarke!

Mr & Mrs Clarke

Hi Laura,

We just wanted to thank everyone at The Italian Villa. You were all amazing on the day and this really helped with the smooth running of the day. We truly are thankful. Can you please ensure our thanks are passed onto all of the staff.

Thanks again for all your help on making our special day perfect.

All our love Mr and Mrs Jenkins x x x

Mr & Mrs Jenkins

Hi Laura,

We had the most perfect day and absolutely loved every moment of our day!

Thank you so much to all the staff who were part of making our day so brilliant, particularly to yourself, Megan and the guys running the bar downstairs in the evening! You were all fantastic and made our whole wedding from start to finish so fun and relaxed!

It was truly the best day ever!

Thank you so much for everything you have done!

Lots of love

Emily & Ollie

Mr & Mrs Tomey

Richie and I would like to say a huge thank you to all the incredible staff at The Italian Villa. Words cannot describe just how amazing our day was, everything was absolutely perfect. All of the staff were brilliant on the day and Ebony was very organised. In particular we would like to say a special thank you to Laura, Laura was so helpful from start to finish and was always at the other end of an email to answer all my questions promptly during the preparation for our big day. All of our guests were completely blown away by the venue and in particular the food. We could not of asked for a better wedding day so thank you 💕

Mr & Mrs Flahive

I just wanted to send you an e-mail thanking you for the reception for my daughter’s wedding on Saturday 3.10.2015 – an amazing venue, the most helpful, attentive staff – incredible food, nothing was too much trouble – a truly unforgettable day! Thank you all again for a wonderful experience. Mrs. Lesley Flett (mother of the bride) Wedding at The Italian Villa, 05/10/2015

Hey Laura, Thank you so much to you and your team for the incredible service and we are truley grateful for making our wedding day the best day ever!!! Everyone commented on how amazing you guys were and the food was out of this world!!!! Thank you again so much!!!! I’ll speak to you soon. Marie xx Wedding at The Italian Villa, 02/10/2015

It is a joy working with Beales Gourmet. They have a great understanding of what we need to create a high class experience and from planning to delivery their staff are fantastic to work with. The Italian Villa, which is such an oasis of beauty and calm right in the centre of the conurbation, was the perfect venue for us to hold our Black Tie dinner.

Dougie Scarfe

Chief Executive, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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. Beales Gourmet and The Italian Villa were the perfect hosts. We look forward to working with the team again in the near future.

Hannah Gibson

Senior Development Officer, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Black Tie Dinner, 29/09/2015

Hi Cait, Thank you for your lovely email sent whilst we were away on honeymoon, it was much appreciated. Our honeymoon in Lake Garda has given us very happy memories together with the wonderful wedding at The Italian Villa. We are very grateful and appreciative to you and the team for all you did to make it flow so smoothly, enabling us to focus on us having such a lovely experience. We are looking forward to getting our official photo’s and will gladly send one or two through for you to use on your wedding website. Many thanks and kind regards, Jo and Malcolm Wedding at The Italian Villa, 22/09/2015

Hi Laura Ben and I just wanted to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you for all that you and your team have done for us! You are all individually great! Thank Ebony also for all her organisation on the day it ran so smoothly because of her! Our day was perfect and it was all because of all of you creating such a special day! You are such an asset to your team and are so great at what you do! Thank you again Love Lauren and Ben x Wedding at The Italian Villa, 22/09/2015

Hi Cait, I just wanted to say another massive thank you to yourself and all the staff that were involved in our wedding on Sunday they were all fabulous!! I especially want to mention Megan who done a brilliant job making sure that everything ran smoothly in the day and was so so helpful. I would also like to say Simon from the waiting staff was amazing!! The guests absolutely loved him. He was so attentive and always on hand with anything we wanted especially the bubbles!! Chris who dealt the evening reception was also brilliant and again always on hand and very attentive. The food was outstanding and I can honestly say I have never heard so many compliments on wedding food…just wish I didn’t lose my appetite and ate more! I would also like to express my thanks to you again Cait, for always getting back to my email queries so quickly and being so amazing in the lead up!! You guys really are the best and exceeded all my expectations and turned my dream wedding into a reality. I have attached one photo on here and will send the rest on separate emails due to their size that I received from our photographer…when I receive the rest in a few weeks I will forward a few more on. Thank you again to you and all the staff at the Italian Villa!!! xxx Helen Lovejoy Wedding at The Italian Villa, 27/08/2015

Hi Laura, We just wanted to drop you a final email to say a great big “THANK YOU”!!!!!! Right from the very start of our wedding process yourself and other members of the team have been absolutely amazing!! No request was too big or small and you made us feel like ours was the only wedding that you were dealing with! We were impressed by how professional, yet friendly, accessible and personable you all are… The day itself was faultless! Ebony was fantastic from the minute we arrived and along with the waiting and bar staff was incredibly slick and efficient. Pete also asked that we give a special thanks to Chris as he felt he was particularly attentive towards him throughout the evening!! All of our guests had a great time and kept talking about how gorgeous the grounds were and how delicious the food was, especially the evening food and how it was served. The popcorn machine was a big hit too!! So thanks once again from two very,very,very happy clients! Karen & Pete Burton Wedding at The Italian Villa, 27/08/2015

Hi Laura Oh bless you all, thank you so much. You and the team made our wedding day a dream come true and I can’t thank you enough. I honestly felt like a princess in my dress and Scott wasn’t expecting it at all! He loved it though! I didn’t want to take it off!!!! 🙂 We are just on honeymoon/ first family holiday in Tenerife at the moment. We are having such a great time and the weather is perfect. Emmy is being good as gold bless her. I will bring the weather back if I can. Just a huge thank you again!! Take care xxx Charlotte Gardner Wedding at The Italian Villa, 03/08/2015

Hi Laura Myself and Ian can not thank you and all the team for making our day a truly memorable day. Everything was perfect, the glass of water on arrival when my mouth was dry with nerves to Chris and the evening team following around with chilled bubbly. We could not of wished for better! It was the best day of our lives and we are so grateful to you all! We are sunning ourselves for the next two weeks but on return will be sure to leave glowing feedback and will forward you the pro pictures when we receive them A heartfelt thanks again Love Siobhan and Ian Wedding at The Italian Villa, 03/08/2015

Hello Laura Just wanted to send you a quick email to say a huge thank you for your help with making our wedding day so special. We really did have the best day ever, everything was perfect from the staff, food, setting and of course the amazing sunny weather!! Your staff were fantastic, a special mention of yourself, Ebony, Chris and I think it was Simon and another guy who were running the bar downstairs were great and everyone loved them! Please let me know where to write official feedback. Two friends have already asked about the Italian Villa for their wedding venue too! I will send a few more pictures for you, there’s a lot. Laura please keep in touch, you’re so lovely and make planning our wedding truly enjoyable. Best wishes Charlotte and Scott Gardner 🙂 xx Wedding at The Italian Villa, 28/07/2015

We had our perfect wedding day here on June 28th 2015. From the get go the staff were brilliant, helping with every question we had on the lead up to our special day. On the day the staff were amazing, the food was beautiful and the venue was set to just how we wanted it. I couldn’t rate our day more highly or thank everyone enough for their time in making our day so special. A massive thank you to all the staff for everything! From Mr and Mrs Torah Wedding at The Italian Villa, 13/07/2015

We had our wedding day here in June 2015 and it was more than anything we could have ever wished for… The venue was perfect for our requirements, we wanted the ceremony, wedding breakfast and reception all in one place which is exactly what this unusual venue can offer! The day ran without a hitch, expertly managed by Matt and the events staff. Everything flowed extremely well and we never felt hurried or stressed for a second, anything we needed or wanted to change on the day was never a problem and the team couldn’t do enough to help us and our guests. The food was exquisite! We had a magician, casino tables, photo-booth, band and DJ, all of which the venue can accommodate. Our guests are still raving about the day now and we haven’t stopped smiling since! THANKYOU Italian Villa!! From Mr & Mrs Baudry! Wedding at The Italian Villa, 08/07/2015

Hi Cait, Thank you so much for all your hard work in helping us prepare our special day we really did have an amazing time and the venue was absolutely stunning. Please can you thank Ebony for reading my mums speech for her there were a lot of tears and she read it perfect!! Thanks Again, Nicole xx Wedding at The Italian Villa, 30/06/2015


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