The home of Dogstival... Pylewell Park
We don’t do venues by halves here at Dogstival…
Dogstival is delighted to be hosted by Pylewell Park the perfect venue for dogs and dog lovers. Pylewell is a sensational parkland setting for a range of outdoor events, with an unrivalled position overlooking the Solent. Located on the edge of the New Forest National Park just outside the Georgian market town of Lymington, Pylewell offers the dramatic backdrop of a grand 17th century house and stunning woodland gardens. With tree-lined driveways, fresh water lakes and manicured lawns giving way to fields which stretch down to its own beach, it’s a dog’s dream.
Dogstival is the only UK dog festival with it’s own beach!
For more information on the venue visit Pylewell Park
The History of Pylewell
The earliest known settlement of the Pylewell estate, recorded in Domesday Book, stood on the site of Baddesley Manor, to the north of the present house which is thought to have been occupied by a Knights Templar Preceptory in the 12th century.
By the 17th century it may have been a fortified Jacobean Lodge. From 1609 Sir Richard Worsley occupied Pylewell Ground and by 1677 the Worsley’s, whose family seat was across the Solent on the Isle of Wight at Appuldurcombe, had built a house on the present site. Two early 18th century engravings show the grounds laid out with formal gardens and with an avenue leading south to the Solent.
There were four more owners of Pylewell in nearly a hundred years before William Ingham Whitaker acquired the estate in 1874, immediately making significant alterations to the house and adding a new drive and lodge. His son William further developed the grounds with Asian and Australasian plant collections, a new lily pond, a collection of rhododendrons and bridges brought back from his travels to Japan.
William Ingham Whitaker III inherited Pylewell in 1936 and following wartime use of the house and parkland, the early 20th century east and west wings were demolished in 1951.
In 1988, Lord Teynham, William Ingham Whitaker 111’s nephew, inherited Pylewell and the Estate. The house is now lived in by his eldest son The Hon David Roper Curzon and his wife Melanie.
Pylewell Park doesn’t only host events. The stunning stately home is available for television filming, private & corporate events and weddings. They have recently launched a stunning purpose built marquee for hosting events.
You’ll also notice various sculptures dotted around the venue.
David Roper-Curzon is a renown artist and sculpture, his studio is within the
estate and he holds classes across the year.