The History of Hill Place

Captain Roger Martin bought the tithing of Hill Place in 1753 from the neighbouring estate. When he died, the estate passed to his niece and then to her son, Richard Goodlad. It is thought that the house was built by him with money made while working for the East India Company.

Hill Place first appears on maps in 1791 with Richard Goodlad returning from India and taking up residence by 1801. It appears to have significant influences of Sir John Soane and there are connections between the two families although proof that Sir John Soane actually designed the house has not yet been established. The estate then passed through several generations.

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In 1914 the estate (now totalling 1,059 acres and 10 properties) was broken up and sold. The house, park and model farm were bought by a Gosport property developer who maintained ownership from 1916 to 1977, albeit with two intervening sales of the house and park.  In the early 1930s an annexe was added on the east side of the house; Winston Churchill was one of the guests at this magnificent Hampshire home.

In 1977 the house and park were bought by the Will's grandfather. The model farm is now a thriving fruit farm, Hill Farm Orchards, which in 2008 Will came to join. He and his wife, Rebecca now live in the house with their three horses and two dogs.

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Hill Place is now one of the Mulberry Country Houses, a wonderful wedding venue in Hampshire, available to rent for that special occasion.  There’s a welcoming warmth to make this a very special place to tie the knot.  Hill Place is not just a business, the owners take every care to make this a very personal event.

At Hill Place they really know how to throw a party, they only hold one wedding per week so the house, staff and grounds are there for you and you alone.  They have the best local supplies on hand, with expert advice to help you make the day you envisage into a reality.  When it comes to the reception, anything is possible.  With uninterrupted views of the Isle of Wight and a marquee for up to 180 guests for starters, you can add any type of entertainment, from fairgrounds to music festivals – probably one of the best wedding venues in Hampshire.

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If you would like to find out more about Hill Place, click here to see the details on our website.  If you would like to talk to one of our team, please called us on 01227 464958, or email info@mulberrycottages.com – we’d love to hear from you.