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The Italian Villa
  • Stunning villa in romantic Italian style
  • Wonderful setting near Sandbanks, Poole
  • Glorious Grade II-listed Italianate Gardens
  • Classical statues, fountains, lake, grotto
  • Licensed to host civil wedding ceremonies
  • Reception parties for up to 200 guests
  • Cuisine by award-winning Beales Gourmet
  • Array of reception rooms over three floors
  • Plenty of accommodation in the local area

The Italian Villa takes its inspiration from Mediterranean architecture and horticulture, and was voted 'Most Popular Venue' in the 2015 International Wedding Awards. Located in Compton Acres near Poole, the venue is set along the charming Dorset coastline and remains very accessible. The manicured gardens are Grade II-listed and the villa itself showcases an array of elegant suites.

Perfect for both ceremonies and receptions, rooms in the villa gaze out onto the stunning listed gardens and beyond. The venue is managed by Beales Gourmet, an award-winning catering company who will endeavour to provide you with impeccable cuisine throughout your wedding-day celebration. The Italian Villa is within easy reach of both coastal town Bournemouth and the Dorset countryside, meaning that there is a varied selection of hotels available for wedding-night accommodation just a short trip away.


The Italian Garden was created by Mr Simpson in 1924. To enter, you first walk through the enchanting Grotto. A 'living tunnel' for years, hundreds of candles can be placed in little niches on the Grotto's walls, making an overwhelmingly atmospheric vestibule.

The romantic garden itself exhibits a symmetrical and formal design, arranged around the central ornamental lake which features carved fountains, waterlilies and Koi carp. At either side of the lake are two statues, one of which depicts the bronze 'Wrestlers Of Herculaneum', and the other which portrays ornate Venetian bronze lanterns. These represent the garden's classical Italian style.

Featured at the end of the garden is a domed Temple Of Bacchus with accompanying statue 'The Roman God Of Wine' sculpted in Carrera marble. Throughout the gardens are grass beds, which are littered with tulips in spring, and summer annuals by May.

The gardens are a majestic and romantic setting for wedding-day celebrations, and various rooms and suites over three floors of The Italian Villa make full use of them, either opening out onto them directly or boasting impressive aspects from large windows.


The Medici Suite

This groundfloor suite has direct access to the stunning gardens, and seats up to 180 guests for spectacular wedding receptions.

Formal Reception Capacity - 180 Guests

The Verona Suite

With glorious views over the gardens from its own private balcony, this room can be used for wedding ceremonies and blessings.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 120 Guests

The Siena Suite

This lower suite is ideal for wedding receptions and the evening party, and has its own sound system with room for a band or DJ.

Evening Reception Capacity - 200 Guests

With a lift to and connecting all three floors, The Italian Villa is fully accessible for wheelchair users and those with mobility issues.


All wedding refreshment is provided by Beales Gourmet, the award-winning catering company. Beales Gourmet offer fine-quality cuisine which can be presented in a number of different ways, for example a three-course wedding breakfast, a quirkier evening buffet or an indulgent five-course feast. They also serve fine cheese displays, hog-roasts, barbecues or delectable finger buffets.

The chefs use fresh, locally-sourced seasonal produce to ensure your food will taste absolutely delicious and is an unforgettable part of your wedding day. The staff are on hand to assist you throughout, and consultations with the head chef will be welcomed.


There is no accommodation at The Italian Villa, but a great deal is available in the local area. Choose from a wealth of seaside hotels in nearby Bournemouth, or charming properties in rural Dorset, both of which are only a short drive from The Italian Villa.

To get in touch with the hospitality team at The Italian Villa, please use the contact details which will be found below.

The Italian Villa
164 Canford Cliffs Road
BH13 7ES

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