wine tasting at Burley Manor

Dave and I like to surprise each other for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries, which is how we ended up at the Wine Tasting Fair at Burley Manor, our favourite place in the New Forest. To start off Dave’s 24th birthday celebrations, I planned this surprise evening for the two of us to celebrate in a lowkey but sophisticated way. Neither of us had been wine tasting before so we weren’t exactly sure what to expect when we walked in but we were pleasantly surprised at how casual and relaxed the evening was. Despite being the youngest couple there, we didn’t feel out of place in any way and actually ended up making friends with a few other guests! With fairylights, lots of natural light and wooden touches, we had the most beautiful setting for the evening. Canapés circled around while we tasted white, red and rosé wine from around the world, my favourite being the Legato from Italy.

We had the most wonderful evening celebrating Dave’s upcoming birthday at a place that’s very special to us. Evenings in Burley are one of our favourite ways to spend time together and I couldn’t think of a more beautiful place to celebrate a special occasion than at Burley Manor. There are lots of other upcoming events like a flower arranging lunch and summer afternoon tea with gin tasting, both of which I’ll be keeping my eye out for!

Do you also have somewhere special that you visit for celebrations? 


  1. April 30, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    This looks like such a lovely treat! You look absolutely gorgeous too! I hope Dave has such a lovely day! My boyfriend took me to Ockenden Manor Spa when I finished my MA to celebrate, that was amazing!
    Hels xx

    • milenkamillie
      April 30, 2017 / 2:31 pm

      Thank you, Helen, that’s so lovely of you! I’ve just looked up Ockenden Manor Spa and it looks absolutely beautiful – very classic English countryside! I bet the two of you had a wonderful time there! xxx

  2. May 1, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    YOu are so cute togheter!!also love yiur outfit and this place <3

    • milenkamillie
      May 1, 2017 / 9:22 pm

      Hehe aww thank you lovely! xxx

  3. May 1, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    You and Dave are such cute little youngin’s I LOVE the two of you so much! I’ve actually never done a wine tasting either but how perfect that you found one to do at your favorite place! Definitely a beautiful place to do it at and for such a lovely occasion 🙂 I love that you guys are so young and going on so many fun adventures together! It’s really the best time to take advantage and do it while you’re youthful!! <3 I adore the outfit you're wearing too, always so well dressed!

    xo, JJ

    • May 2, 2017 / 9:51 pm

      Awwww hahahahah thank you, Jenny! Yesssss it was just meant to be! We were so worried that we were going to have to spit it out (what a waste) and even had a whole backup plan for this – ‘accidentally’ swallow and pretend to be shocked each time haha! Since we are not living together yet, we try to make the most of our time together, especially when we’re super busy during the week! Haha you and Andrew are still young!! And thank youuuuu lovely ☺️ xxx

  4. May 5, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    Such a great post! I love wine tasting although I’ve only been once. It’s so nice to try different wines and fine some new favourites. Burley Manor also looks incredible! I have to go some time… xxx

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