A setting to treasure
Welcome to one of the UK’s favourite wedding venues! The Italian Villa at Compton Acres is a multi award-winning wedding venue in Dorset and has the grandeur and scope to host the most memorable day of your life. Set within the beautiful gardens and grounds of Compton Acres, the elegant villa combines the ideal venue with a breath-taking location perfect for your wedding or special event. Licensed to perform marriages and civil partnerships, the Italian Villa is available for exclusive wedding venue hire in Dorset.
The Medici Suite
The Medici Suite provides a truly breathtaking setting for your ceremony. There are varying options if you decide to hold your day at the Italian Villa which can accommodate your ceremony, wedding breakfast and reception. Accommodating 180 guests with ease, this magnificent location leads directly to the enchanting Italian Gardens for your drinks reception while your wedding breakfast tables are set. While drinks are served to your guests in the Italian Garden, you can take advantage of the endless photographic opportunities around the gardens. Watch The Italian Villa’s Medici Suite being set up by our team for a wedding.
The Verona Suite
With views over the celebrated Italian Garden, the Verona Suite is licensed for up to 120 guests and enjoys romantic and elegant surroundings. With ample space for live acoustic musicians, and in-built sound system is also available for your music throughout the service. The Verona Suite is a truly unforgettable setting for your ceremony before you make your way into the Italian Garden for photographs and the start of your magical wedding reception.
The Siena Suite
The Siena Suite located on the lower ground floor is the perfect venue for wedding parties and discos of up to 250 people with its own sound system.
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. At each end of the lake the fine statuary compels attention. At its head, the famous bronze Wrestlers of Herculaneum face each other in perpetual competition. Behind them, York Stone steps lead up to the terrace on which stand two ornate Venetian bronze lanterns, bearing the winged lions of St. Mark patron saint of Venice. Below there is a central stone grotto housing a bronze bust of Mr. J Stanley Beard, the second owner. Dominating the far end of the lake is the domed temple of Bacchus supported on the stone pillars – ‘the Roman god of wine’ is beautiful sculpted in Carrera marble. Arranged around the central lake are formal grass-bordered beds massed with tulips in spring and replaced with summer annuals at the end of May. Permanent planting is backed by 32 columns of weathered Bath stone; rhododendrons form a massed background of dark foliage and protect the gardens from all inclement winds, while letting in all available sunshine.
The Japanese Garden
To enjoy a moment’s tranquility and a perfect photo opportunity, escape to the beautiful Japanese gardens before re-joining your guests.
Lauren and Ben
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!
You guys really are the best and exceeded all my expectations and turned my dream wedding into a reality.
Karen & Pete Burton
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!
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!
Siobhan and Ian
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!
Mr & Mrs Baudry
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!
Mr & Mrs Jenkins
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 truely 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 x x x
Emily & Ollie
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 Laura, 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
Mr & Mrs Clarke
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.
Nicola & Josh Harris
As you know from when we first met, I loved the venue so much and since I was little it has always had a special place in my heart. The work that you, Grace and all the team did exceeded even my expectations and as you know I am a bit OCD when it comes to these sorts of things. You have been beyond phenomenal with your communication, help and attention to detail and have made the whole journey such a joy from start to finish. Grace was amazing on the day and it all ran so perfectly smoothly, I am just sorry if we put your timings back a fraction.
I still can't quite believe how lucky we were with the weather in the end. It was strangely quite magical and intimate in the church when it rained and then it all cleared up for the boat and was lovely when we reached you. I really appreciate the team moving everything back outside as it looked so beautiful and was just how I wanted it. The little touches to George were magical and I know my sister was overwhelmed with it all. The little flower for him is stunning and again such a super memory for us all from the day.
I have read so many of your lovely reviews and can only agree with all of the dazzling comments that are made about you all. The food was absolutely incredible, the venue looked spectacular and your coordination of the day made sure everything ran so well so that all the bridal party relaxed and enjoyed themselves. I don't think there are enough words to praise you all and how thankful we are for making our special day so wonderful!
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Next Wedding Show - 14th October 2018
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