5 Stunning Wedding Venues in East Sussex – For your Venue Shortlist!
Posted by Zoë on 31.07.2018
If you are struggling to find your perfect wedding venue in East Sussex, I am going to introduce you to some absolutely amazing wedding venues to help you along your way. They are all very different but as I have visited most of them I can give you an inside view!
Buckhurst Park is a wedding venue in East Sussex, in the village of Hartfield, the home of Winnie the Pooh’s bridge and where the character was created. The estate is still connected with Winnie the Pooh today.
When I say this venue is amazing, I mean it, from the moment you discover its private entrance gate and start your journey up the estate's driveway, you will be overwhelmed by its beauty. The drive up takes you past its cricket pitch and then over a pretty little bridge, with a couple of quaint white houses on your left and then you will drive through parkland where deer and pheasants roam around freely. The driveway will lead you up a hill and finally, at the top, the beautiful Sussex sandstone house will reveal itself to you. If you view Buckhurst Park for your wedding, this is the journey your wedding guests will take on the day of your wedding and it will wow them before your day has even started. The estate is a private family home, so not many people have the opportunity to be invited to visit Buckhurst Park, making this wedding venue unique.
There is more…the house at Buckhurst Park is located in the middle of its own 2000 acre estate. I originally set this private home up as a wedding venue and managed it for 8 years so I do know it really well. I don’t want to spoil your visit but once you arrive outside the main house you still won’t have seen the best bit, it’s hidden behind the walled garden, and that’s the amazing views over the estate's lake and across to the Ashdown Forest beyond, it’s breath-taking.
The gardens are cleverly designed and laid out in ties; each section doesn’t show itself to you until you actually walk down the steps on each level. If you arrange a wedding viewing you will discover this as you venture through the gardens.
This is a summer wedding venue and the main wedding reception is held in a marquee either on the top lawn or for larger wedding parties the marquee can be located on the bottom lawn area which is massive. Wedding guests park their cars in a field off the main driveway so only the bridal car will be outside the main house on the day of your wedding. You can arrange for your wedding ceremony to be held in the Drawing Room in the main house or there is a really pretty church at the bottom of the driveway.
This East Sussex wedding venue is a real hidden gem in the heart of the countryside and definitely worth visiting, especially if you would like a marquee wedding venue in East Sussex with stunning countryside views.
Hendall Manor Barns
I do have a thing for wedding barns, I love them! But I particularly like Hendall Manor Barns, this wedding venue in East Sussex, is located in Heron’s Ghyll. It has been lovingly restored by its owners Nicola & Peter and they make every bridal couple feel really welcome at their wedding venue.
The barns surround an open lawned area which is wonderful for summer wedding drinks receptions and wedding photographs. The barn itself is really pretty; it’s a stone barn with impressive glassed doors.
There is even wedding guest accommodation available for you to book in the adjacent 17th century barn. Hendall Manor Barns works with a really good list of local wedding suppliers, so make sure you check them out.
All the wedding guests car parking is undercover and near to the main venue.
Each wedding has exclusive use so you won’t be sharing your wedding day with any other couples. The barn is licensed for wedding ceremonies, so you can have your whole day at Hendall.
If you would like an exclusive-use wedding barn in Sussex for your big day, I would shortlist Hendall Manor Barns for a viewing.
Swallows Oast is privately owned, this wedding venue in East Sussex is located in Ticehurst. Mark the owner has been managing weddings for years, he is a complete wedding pro, very knowledgeable and he is a lovely guy too!
What I really love about Swallows Oast is it’s a really charming building full of character which feels medieval in style and Mark has added some very unique wedding offerings. He has created a woodland trail for wedding blessings and an outside wedding structure the wedding Pavilion, so you can be married outdoors with your wedding guests seated outside if the weather permits.
If you hold your wedding ceremony inside Swallows Oast there is a wooden balcony on one side of the Oast which can be used as a dramatic entrance for the bride. There is a terrace area outside the Oast for your drinks reception and Mark has also created a safe area for children to explore and play in.
If you would like an exclusive but unique wedding venue surrounded by fields in the Sussex countryside, I would arrange a viewing of Swallows Oast.
Deans Place Hotel
This Sussex countryside hotel can cater for wedding ceremonies and receptions. In the summer months, there is an option to hold your wedding ceremony outside in the gardens at Deans Place Hotel.
The wedding team have years of experience managing weddings and there is plenty of onsite accommodation so your wedding guests can stay overnight.
The hotel is beautifully furnished and has the added benefit of an outdoor pool facility.
Great Ote Hall
Great Ote Hall is a very special wedding venue in East Sussex located near Wivelsfield Green. The drive up to the main house is really sweet, there are little stone toad stalls either side of it and parking for wedding guests is in a field at the end of the drive.
When I first saw Great Ote Hall, I couldn’t believe how pretty and unusual the building was, it’s the perfect backdrop for your wedding photography. Great Ote Hall has a wedding licence to hold ceremonies inside the main house in the beautiful grand hallway, this room is full of character and period features. Although space is limited, it offers couples a romantic but intimate wedding for around 40 wedding guests. Wedding receptions are held in a wedding marquee on the main lawn next to the house.
This is a privately owned estate and the owner, Carola offers all her wedding couples a warm welcome to her home.
The hire fee for weddings is also reasonably priced, so if you are looking for a country house wedding location in Sussex take a look at Great Ote Hall.
I hope this has helped you narrow down your East Sussex wedding venue shortlist. To arrange a viewing of the any of the venues mentioned in this blog post, just email them from the Fabulous Wedding Venues contact form via the links on this page.
For more top tips on planning your wedding, check out some of our other wedding blog posts 'Our Top 25 Questions to Ask Your Fabulous Wedding Venue' and '10 Must Knows When Planning Your Wedding Day' - enjoy!
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