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Avington Park Ltd

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Avington Park Ltd
Winchester
Hampshire
SO21 1DB
England
Telephone (01962) 779260
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Avington has hosted both Charles II and George IV in its amazingly decorated rooms.

Only exclusive use is offered for wedding ceremonies and receptions, private and corporate parties, anniversary celebrations, meetings, conferences and private group tours.

 

Weddings

From the grandest wedding to a small intimate gathering, Avington Park provides a stunning setting for your wedding or reception.

Approach through wrought iron gates, down the lime tree avenue alongside the River Itchen and sweep round to the elegant façade. Guests can be greeted in the magnificently painted hall, where in winter, log fires will offer a warm welcome. In summer, extensive lawns provide a wonderful setting for a drinks reception before sitting down to a sumptuous wedding breakfast in the library.

The library can hold 100 guests for a silver service wedding breakfast. Larger wedding parties may be accommodated in a marquee adjoining the library.

This beautiful and imposing family home has been granted a licence to hold civil wedding ceremonies, enabling the bride and bridegroom to enjoy their wedding and reception at the same idyllic venue. At Avington we only offer exclusive use, so it really is yours for the day.

This glorious venue provides unique opportunities for photographs both inside and out – a photographer’s dream!

 

Corporate

Today’s corporate visitor can appreciate the peace and tranquillity of this elegant, historic house. The staterooms are magnificently painted and lead onto two unique conservatories facing the south lawn.

Avington Park is an ideal venue for a wide range of functions, from small private meetings to large corporate hospitality days, launches & classic car rallies, company dinners, conferences and promotions.

There are wide lawns and meadows for outside activities, beautiful rooms inside and a 9 hole golf course and trout fishing, a mere ½ mile away.

Access is particularly easy with the M3 just 10 minutes away. Winchester train station is only 5 miles away. There is ample free car parking on site.

There is excellent in-house catering.  Everything is done to make things run smoothly and efficiently with the least amount of difficulty for the organiser, with the maximum amount of enjoyment for the client.

Day Delegate Rates, function and facility fees are available on request.

 

Film location

Avington is a Georgian manor with a classical portico of pillars surmounted by three graceful statues. The house faces west overlooking sweeping lawns to the lake. The lime tree avenue leads down to the side of the house. On the south side there are two unique iron conservatories flanking a pillared orangery.

The rooms inside are stunning. Gilded and painted, the Ballroom looks out through floor length windows to the lake beyond. The huge mirrors on all four walls reflect the light, making it a very impressive and spacious room. The Drawing Room is unique in its decoration, with beautifully hand painted walls and finely gilded ceiling. The Hall and Library are equally lovely, the Hall having hand painted trompe l’oeil ceiling and walls.

With its unique setting in the heart of the Itchen Valley and stunning interiors, many films have been shot at Avington. Including a Ruth Rendell mystery, films, documentaries, fashion shoots, advertisements, photography, etc. Both the interior and exterior are equally photogenic and offer a large variety of opportunities.

Avington Park is one of the houses shown on Meridian TV in Great Country Houses, starred as Quentcham Hall in the BBC television drama Daniel Deronda and was featured as a boot camp in the X-Factor.  Most recently on Masterpiece with Alan Titchmarsh and a Channel 5 drama documentary on Wallis Simpson.

 

Public and Group Openings

The house, grounds and tea bar are open to the public from May to September on Sundays, Bank Holiday Mondays and Mondays in August from 2.30pm – 5.30pm. Tours run hourly at 2.30pm, 3.30pm with the last tour at 4.30pm. The rooms on show are the Main Hall, Library and Conservatory, and on the first floor the Ballroom and Drawing Room.

Guided Tour of the house is £12 per adult and £6 for under 14’s. (Approximately one hour).

To avoid disruption and congestion in the village, please park within the grounds of Avington Park.

Access

Avington welcomes visitors with disabilities and our staff will be happy to give assistance when needed. Wherever possible, it would be helpful if we could be notified in advance to ensure that ramps are in place. The Main Hall, the Library and Conservatory are all on the ground floor.  There is one step up to the library and two up to the conservatory. A ramp is available.

There is no lift to the first floor, so the ballroom and drawing room are only accessed by the stairs which are wide and fairly gentle.

There are spacious facilities for the disabled by the orangery.  The grounds are accessible on well maintained gravel paths and lawns.  There is a sloping lawn leading to the church of St Mary’s.

Dogs

Official Guide Dogs are welcome in the house. Well behaved dogs are permitted in the grounds, but must be kept on leads.

 

PRIVATE GROUP TOURS

Private tours for groups (minimum 20) are most welcome all year round by arrangement.  

Catering can be arranged if required, ranging from light lunches, cream teas, home-made cake, or simply tea, coffee and biscuits.

“One of the most nearly perfect and most unaltered examples of a country Georgian Church is near Winchester at Avington, the smallest parish in Hampshire.”  St Mary’s Church is in the grounds close by and may also be visited. We can also arrange for a Barrel Organ recital.  Of all the remaining barrel organs in England, perhaps none has a more idyllic and typical setting than the one here at Avington.

 

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Directions

Avington is less than five miles from the M3. Leave the M3 at Junction 9 – take the A34 towards Newbury and immediately filter right onto the A33 to Basingstoke. At the first crossroads turn right onto the B3047 and follow the road to Itchen Abbas. After approx 3 miles, in Itchen Abbas, turn right opposite the Plough Pub (finger post marked Avington). Drive over a hump backed bridge and turn right through a pair of large wrought iron gates with white pillars.

Good route for coaches – From A31 between Winchester and Alresford turn off to Avington, small lane, into village of Avington and at bottom of little hill, the road goes to the right, by high red brick wall, go straight on and take the RIGHT hand gate way, Car park is ahead of you.

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