22 Oct The Best Wedding Venues in East Sussex
Steeped in history and home to Ashdown Forest, the High Weald Area of Outstanding National Beauty, and the South Downs National Park, East Sussex offers an unending array of picture-perfect vistas.
Just an hour or so from London, this beautiful part of the country is dotted with historic country houses, rustic woodland barns, and traditional Oast houses, and with many miles of stunning coastline to the south, East Sussex really does have something to offer every happy couple.
Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club
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Feel like the Lord and Lady of the manor as you exchange your vows in this stunning Neo-Gothic, Grade II listed mansion house.
Located in the heart of East Sussex, Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club is set on 186 acres of private grounds and is surrounded by the ethereal beauty of Ashdown Forest, famed for being the inspiration for A. A. Milne’s stories of Winnie The Pooh.
With a choice of stunning period rooms to choose from, Ashdown Park Hotel is perfect for small intimate weddings, and the venue is licensed for both civil ceremonies and partnerships.
Choose from the converted chapel with its vaulted ceiling in the Richard Towneley Suite, or enjoy the informal and relaxed atmosphere of the Summer House.
With the capacity to seat up to 150 guests, this beautiful venue offers sweeping lawns, walled gardens, carp-filled lakes, and woodlands that create the perfect backdrop for your wedding.
Perfect for stylish and sumptuous celebrations this Grade II listed mansion is set within a conservation area, and the stunning gardens at Wakehurst are managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, adding instant prestige to your wedding day.
Immersed in history, you and your guests can enjoy the use of the wood-panelled Dining Room, the Gallery, and the Library, and the charming sweeping staircase that greets you at the entrance is the perfect spot for your formal photos.
With a choice of gorgeous gardens to choose from and views out over the Mansion Pond, this historic country house can cater for small groups and intimate weddings of up to 180 people or offer extra space for as many as 300 guests in the upscale and beautifully dressed outdoor marquee.
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With climbing roses and wisteria framing the facade of this stunning 17th Century manor house, Broyle Place is the perfect setting for the most intimate and romantic of outdoor wedding days.
The sweeping lawns and extensive grounds offer a picture-perfect backdrop for the custom-designed wedding marquee, and with the capacity to hold between 50 to 160 guests, this is the perfect venue for a truly memorable event.
With a solid wood floor, wooden panelling, and an ornately hand-carved bar, the marquee is heated during the winter months, and the hotel can handpick caterers to provide everything from a hog roast to a full sit down wedding breakfast.
Located close to Lewes’ sought-after seaside town, Broyle Place offers an exquisite bridal suite and a selection of lodges and yurts for your guests to enjoy during their visit.
This impressive Grade II historic country house can be found nestled in the heart of the South Downs, and with over 85 acres of landscaped gardens, lakes, and woods, it truly is a majestic setting for a magical wedding.
The baronial wood-panelled Flint Hall in the grounds of Folkington Manor is licensed to hold civil ceremonies, and the breathtaking interior space can be configured to create small, intimate ceremonies bathed in light or arranged to hold up to 140 guests to bring your most romantic ideas to life.
With a sweeping driveway and pristine front lawns, this is the perfect spot to capture wedding memories and photographs that will stay with you forever.
Hendall Manor Barns
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Easily accessible from London and Brighton, Hendall Manor Barns is a lovingly restored manor and a discreet and beautifully appointed wedding venue. The split-level 17th Century Stone Barn, with its exposed brick walls and rustic interior, is the perfect space to create the wedding of your dreams.
While the venue does not sell wedding packages per se, it offers every bride and groom everything they could wish for in order to create truly bespoke ceremonies and occasions.
Licensed for civil and celebrant-led ceremonies, the dedicated management team can provide a wide range of tried and tested caters, florists, and other professionals to ensure that every aspect of your big day has to be designed exclusively for you.
With a south-facing terrace for bright and radiant wedding pictures, you and your wedding party can retire at the end of the day to the beautiful Sandstone Barn and Piggery that offers exquisite and unusual self-catering accommodation.
As one of the most sought-after wedding venues in the South East, Wadhurst Castle is hidden in an area of outstanding natural beauty, tucked away on the borders of Kent and Easy Sussex.
Bring all of your most romantic wedding dreams to life as you and your guests celebrate in this stunning Regency castle set in magnificent gardens.
Offering enough space to house ceremonies and receptions for up to 130 people, the happy couple can choose to celebrate their nuptials surrounded by the Victorian charm of the Winter Gardens, the grandeur of the Drawing Room, or the rustic charisma of the Carriage barn.
This highly notable historic building was featured in “The Crown”, and with the ability to offer incredible splendour while still retaining an intimate feel, this fully licensed wedding venue is an excellent choice for small and medium-size weddings.
The Oak Barn
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Dating back as far as the early 17th century, this perfectly preserved and beautifully restored oak frame barn offers a truly breathtaking setting for rustic weddings.
Located in an idyllic rural valley on the borders of Kent and East Sussex, The Oak Barn is surrounded by 22 acres of beautiful countryside and offers magnificent views out across The Weald.
With a choice of two different spaces to choose from for your civil or celebrant-led service, you can create your bespoke wedding experience in the Oak Barn that offers a vaulted roof, glass frontage, and a cosy wood-burning stove, or opt for more intimacy in the grace and comfort of The Brye.
With an on-site wedding cottage also available for the happy couple, this luxurious eco wedding venue offers everything you need to create a magical woodland wedding.
This sumptuous banquet hall was originally built in the 1830s and is situated just outside the picturesque town of Ticehurst in East Sussex.
With enough interior space to comfortably seat up to 130 guests, Swallows Oast wows with oak-beamed ceilings, a traditional minstrels gallery, and exposed brick walls.
First-class catering can be prepared on-site, and the Swallows Pavilion sits majestically in the ground of the Oast House, making it perfect for outside weddings.
Licensed to hold civil weddings, the Swallows Trail weaves its way through the pretty country garden offering plenty of tranquil spots for picture-perfect photography, and with a beautiful honeymoon suite, you can both enjoy the tranquillity of this peaceful haven at the end of an exciting of the day.
Blackstock Country Estate
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This award-winning wedding venue is situated in the pretty village of Hellingly, and with a choice of two beautifully converted cosy barns to choose from, it is an idyllic location for a romantic country wedding.
Dating back as far as the 16th century, the Blackstock Country Estate is licensed for civil ceremonies and can hold up to 120 people.
Surrounded by 70 acres of breathtaking countryside, the estate is the perfect place to celebrate with friends and family, and with bespoke catering, floristry, and other services available, you will want for nothing on your big day.
Featuring vaulted ceilings and oak beams, the barns offer a stunning backdrop for your rustic country wedding, and with views out across the South Downs National Parks, there are ample opportunities for stunning wedding photos to keep your memories alive forever.
Located just under an hour from London in the pretty town of Rye, Saltcote Place is an unusual and beautiful wedding venue that has the capacity to seat up to 200 guests.
This award-winning country mansion is a multi-award-winning wedding venue, prides itself on offering bespoke intimate civil ceremonies and receptions.
Specialising in outdoor weddings, you can enjoy a romantic ceremony in the warmer weather or celebrate with your guests in the purpose-built marquee.
With accommodation available close by for the wedding party, this is a truly romantic setting for intimate weddings that offers far-reaching views and beautiful formal gardens.