Welcome to Hill Place, Swanmore, a Georgian country villa set within 20 acres of parkland. The ideal venue for your exclusive use, wedding, house party or event.

Captain Roger Martin bought the tithing of Hill in 1753 from the neighbouring Midlington estate with the money he gained on capturing two Spanish galleons in 1741. On his death, 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. 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. An annexe was added on the east side of the house in the early 1930's.

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. Will and his wife, Rebecca now live in the house with their two horses and two dogs.


Open by arrangement and for events. 

Find Us
Find us

Between Swanmore and Droxford 1.5 miles south of Swanmore Road junction with A32.

For those travelling by public transport, the closest station is Botley.

  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
Group Visits
Group Visits

Groups may visit by appointment. Please email us on events@hillplace.co.uk.

Fun Facts

It is rumoured that Winston Churchill had lunch at Hill Place following his meeting at nearby Droxford Station with the Allied leaders prior to D-Day.



We believe that for an incredibly special day you need an incredibly special venue.  Ask anyone who has attended a wedding here and you will discover that Hill Place fits that description with ease.  Our couples become a part of the family and we believe in offering them an exclusive, bespoke experience right from the first visit.  As we only host one wedding a week, the house, grounds and staff are there for you and you alone; something we feel is of utmost importance. 

​Hill Place is a charming and welcoming house with bundles of character.  It has always been a family home - most definitely not a corporate, corridor laden old house – and is furnished with family antiques and the odd bit of trivia!  All five of our ground floor reception rooms are licensed and can accommodate a maximum of 60 guests so you can even choose where in the house you get married!

When it comes to the reception, the sky is literally the limit, with uninterrupted views to the Isle of Wight; you can enjoy the house, or take over the two acres of garden with a marquee for up to 180 guests with any kind of entertainment: Fairgrounds, music festivals and lawn games have all taken place at Hill Place.  

Our Offer

  • Suppliers list
  • Bridal suite
  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • Wedding planner


Hill Place is available as an exclusive use, self-catering short term holiday let and while you are here we want you to feel like it is your own home for the duration of your stay.

​We can sleep up to 14 in six double bedrooms (three of which can be converted to twin rooms and two further single beds are available on request) with five bathrooms. The bedrooms are furnished with family antiques, sumptuous bedding and cushions, with televisions and DVD players in each room. 

​Bathrooms are finished to an exceptionally high standard with two en-suite shower/bath rooms; one shared shower room and one charming Jack and Jill bathrooms with baths and showers which can be arranged as en-suites or shared between two rooms.

​In addition to the five main reception rooms guests will have full use of the games and media rooms, the kitchen complete with traditional Aga and the beautiful gardens. There is wifi throughout the house as well as a projector, games console, music system, and a number of outdoor games like croquet, boules and a giant Connect Four!

We offer a list of activities from local companies for your stay, ranging from beauty treatments to country pursuits, cookery classes, floristry or millinery.

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

At Hill Place, we are blessed with 20 acres of Hampshire parkland, making us ideal for outdoor events; anything from corporate away days, quad biking to small music festivals are possible.

If you’re looking to hold something smaller, the house and garden are also available, be it a board meeting, a team day or an evening to impress new clients, Hill Place can accommodate all your corporate needs. Whether you plan an intimate dinner party for six or an AGM for 60, we will personally facilitate every step of your party, event or conference.

Under two hours from London, Hill Place is well situated close to the M3, M27, train stations and Southampton International Airport as well as having ample onsite parking ensuring a stress free day in heart of the English countryside.

Your guests will have the Georgian splendours of the Hall, Morning Room, Drawing Room and Dining Room available to them allowing for large parties, meetings and separate group activities.

Our wonderful catering partners, Smallpiece Catering can provide all necessary refreshments.


  • Wifi
  • Refreshments
  • Projector and screen
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets