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We had the most perfect weekend

We didn’t just get one dream wedding at Southdowns Manor but two. We had the most perfect weekend and was honestly a fairy-tale from start to finish. Lia is absolutely amazing, not only an incredible wedding planner but a truly wonderful lady. Nothing was too much trouble and Lia and the whole team went above and beyond to make our dreams come true. The food was out of this world not just the wedding breakfast but a delicious bespoke Indian buffet the night before. All of our guests agree we made the perfect choice for our wedding venue, we just wish we could do it all over again. Also special thanks to Kate who was so lovely and kind and looked after us in the evenings when Lia had gone for the night. Thanks so much Southdowns Manor for giving us a wedding we will never forget 

Shaad and Rebecca Subhan
Shaad and Rebecca Subhan

Organisation was excellent

We had an excellent time, everything was how we wanted it, food was excellent, organisation was excellent ,the wedding team brilliant and the venue looked fantastic.

John & Sarah Bayleigh

Our wedding was incredible and we had the best time

Lia and the whole team were simply incredible! Nothing was too much trouble on the day, and even beforehand given we had a international pandemic to navigate, Lia was patient, flexible and helpful with all the new challenges we had to face. A lot of venues charge per item when booking a wedding and what we loved about Southdowns was that everything wasn’t an optional extra. The team really took the time to understand what was important to us and positioned a package inclusive of everything that was perfect for our wedding. Couple that with amazing support and incredible food and we knew we were on to a winner. Despite covid, our wedding was incredible and we had the best time. Owed in no small part to the support, diligence and care of Lia and the whole Southdowns Manor team.

Alex & Amy Lewis

Excellent service from start to finish

Can’t fault Southdowns Manor, excellent service from start to finish even with all the government restrictions due to Covid 19

Kim & Ingrid Emerson-Speller

Overall was a dream come true!

We fell in love with Southdowns Manor when we first came to view the venue. We were greeted by Natalie who was incredibly welcoming and helpful. The booking process was easy and throughout the planning process we were given many different options to enhance our wedding day. There was a slight delay in communication with the planning team initially, but this was soon resolved and communication was great since!

On the week of the wedding, coronavirus really affected our day and we were not even sure that the wedding would still go ahead. We phoned frequently and was given detailed up to date information, to keep us informed about the situation.

On the day of the wedding, Southdowns Manor went above and beyond to make us feel special throughout the day. There were really lovely touches to the day such as a swan pudding and a personalised cake knife! The venue looked stunning and was exactly how we had wanted the day to be! The food was delicious, we had many guests complementing the sticky toffee pudding.

Overall was a dream come true!

Josh & Tasha Merritt

The rooms were beautiful. the honeymoon suit is everything you could want and more to wake up in

We visited Southdowns Manor on a whim as it was a bit out of our location preference however as soon as we pulled up to the venue we fell in love. Jenny who helped us with our enquiry was so helpful and we ended up booking a date that was 6 months later, again this was not in our original plan but was the best thing we ever did! Kate then became our wedding planner and we could not fault her in the slightest. I had an issue with one vendor and she was brilliant in helping me sort it amongst any other issues I had, even helping me decide whether to take the risk and hold the wedding outside as the weather was very 50/50. We originally booked this manor because we wanted to get married outside so we are so glad the weather held out. I used many suppliers from their recommended book and these were fab, so glad they have this available considering I am not from the area. The rooms were beautiful. the honeymoon suit is everything you could want and more to wake up in. These were available on the morning of the wedding which was an added bonus so our guest staying could freshen up beforehand. All the little touches Southdowns add do not go unnoticed either (which I won’t mention in case this gets published and it ruins the surprise for other couples getting married here) Thank you all so much for hosting the best day of our lives, I would do it every day for the rest of my life if I could. Look forward to coming back one day for one of your dinner evenings!

Amber Brown

You will get the wedding you've always dreamed of

Everything from receiving the brochure for the first time, to our initial first meeting , booking and planning meetings, has run smoothly and to perfection. From our Wedding Planner Kate and initial meeting with Natalie we ended up with the perfect wedding which we will remember always with great fondness. The catering team, events team, housekeeping team were all fantastic, friendly and helpful. We would thoroughly recommend anyone to get married here. Winter or Summer, it really doesn’t matter, you will get the wedding you’ve always dreamed of. Many thanks to all at Southdowns Manor.

Rhian & Matthew Barnard

Attention to detail was incredible

We loved every second of our big day and couldn’t have done it without Kate, our wedding planner at Southdowns Manor! She ensured that the day ran smoothly and it was such a relief knowing that she had everything in hand. We’re so grateful to all the staff at Southdowns Manor who were so friendly, professional and so efficient and the attention to detail was incredible. Thank you all for ensuring our day was as magical as we dreamed it would be!

Ellie Macmillan

Everything was perfect

Absolutely amazing day, couldn’t of asked for anything better, all the staff were so helpful, the venue was set up beautifully! Considering the short time frame for planning, everything was perfect. Our guests couldn’t compliment the food enough too! Lia was so helpful in answering any questions and was always there when needed! Thank you so much!


The food was amazing!

Wow, where do I being. We had the best day ever, everything was just perfect, nothing was to much trouble. The food was amazing! All the little things like a bubble bath ran for us, slice of wedding cake and bottle of champagne waiting for us when we returned to our honeymoon suit. We’re just few of the wonderful gestures that made it that big more special for us. So a massive thank you to Lia and all the other members of staff at southdowns that made our wedding a day to remember.

Charlotte & Nathon

Choosing Southdowns was our second best decision, only coming after our decision to get married.

We fell in love with Southdowns from the very first visit, we decided to not even bother looking at other venues. From day one and throughout, we never once felt like customers but just part of the family. The whole team are passionate, loving and dedicated and our wedding planner – Kate – went above and beyond (which in itself is a massive understatement). Kate was somehow at every single moment throughout the day – helping with hair, rearranging rooms, entertaining both the bride and groom (and even keeping an eye on flower girls running riot!) and prepping guests – and even our families commented on how she just seamlessly brought moments together. Our wedding morning was the most relaxing and stress free morning we’ve ever had! The team on the day worked in perfect synchronisation to the point you’d think it was mechanical if not for the individualisation and personable team. Food wise, they could probably pass for a Michelin restaurant without needing to be a wedding venue – we still crave the pork belly again to this day! Choosing Southdowns was our second best decision, only coming after our decision to get married. We’ll never be able to thank them all enough – we almost wish we were doing it all again!

Abi Summers

All the staff were excellent

We booked our wedding here as Well fell in love with it as soon as we walked in. Lia was our wedding planner and she was lovely. Nothing was too much especially on the day ! And all the staff were excellent. The guests all commented on how nice the food was Thankyou again xxx
Amy and James Moret

Everyone could not get over how amazing the food was

We had the most amazing day. The venue is breathtaking and the staff are ridiculously helpful and nice. Lia was a superstar and nothing was to much trouble. Everyone could not get over how amazing the food was and lots of people said to us that it was the best wedding they’d ever been too. We can’t thank Southdowns Manor enough for all there hard work and an amazingly special day.

Holly Budd

From the moment we arrived it blew us away.

Before we even got engaged we found out about Southdowns Manor on Facebook. On first impressions we thought we would love to get married there one day. So when we got engaged, it was our first choice of venue to see… it turned out to be the only one we saw. From the moment we arrived it blew us away. Its location, the exclusivity and the overall look of the venue is what drew us in but its so much more than that. The team was very attentive and always on hand to answer questions and reassure us with any little worries we had. There are so many little touches the venue provide that made it feel so special and unique to us. When we got closer to our big day we were appointed Kate Armstrong for the last few weeks of planning and to oversee the actual day. We had read many reviews which mentioned how good she was and they were not wrong. She is amazing, she has such passion and excitement for weddings and nothing is too much trouble for her. She was on hand all day to make sure everything ran smoothly and any minor issues were resolved so quickly by her that they were barely noticed. Words cannot describe how important she was to us on our big day, by the end of it we didn’t want her to leave and we are going to miss her now its over. Kate is a HUGE asset to Southdowns Manor. On the day the venue looked beautiful. The canapés, wedding breakfast and evening buffet were delicious. The DJ Southdowns Manor use is very good and had people up dancing all night. We also had the selfie mirror provided by Smiles Entertainment and its such a great idea. Paul who runs it is brilliant. All of our guests have not stopped saying how wonderful everything was and how much fun they had, which is what we exactly wanted. We really did have the perfect day and wish we could do it all again. So, thank you to Kate and thank you to Southdowns Manor, we couldn’t ask for anymore.

Amy and Gary Mitchell

The best Wedding venue ever! Perfect from start to finish! We could not have asked for a more amazing, professional, attentive wedding planner as Lia was. She was a perfectionist! Made us both feel at ease throughout our whole wedding planning journey so we can honestly say we did not feel the usual stress associated with weddings! Being able to start the day by getting ready with the bridesmaids in the dressing room was lovely & made the day seem to last longer. My only suggestion for the dressing room is to have better lighting in there (it was a rainy day so even daylight was poor) The food was perfect, we received so many compliments from our guests on both the wedding breakfast (Lamb shank) & the evening buffet (Indian Selection). The staff made sure no wine glasses were empty throughout the day & were all very professional & friendly. The chair sashes provided by Southdowns Manor were the perfect match to our flowers. We also found our blossom trees during an open day at Southdowns Manor.

Rebecca & Matt Whelan 15/11/2019
Rebecca & Matt Whelan

yummiest food

Absolutely nothing I could say to improve this amazing venue. All the support and help you could ask for combined with a beautiful venue, yummiest food and at exceptionally good value. We planned our wedding in 5 and half months and didn’t get stressed once due to so much fantastic support. We had the best day and are so grateful. Wish we could do it all again! Photo courtesy of Kevin Watkins Photography.

Sophie & Jimmy Beales

All of our guests had the best day

We had the most amazing day. Special thanks to Kate and Katie who made the day extra special by going above and beyond. All of our guests had the best day and all commented on how great the food, service and venue was!

Hayley & Rachel

Southdowns Manor - our fairytale wedding venue

Southdowns Manor – our fairytale wedding venue. Wow what an amazing day we had and that was all down to this amazing venue. We choose the 2 night stay which we loved, it was all so relaxed when we walked in the day before everything was set up and all candles were lit which I wasn’t expecting at all it was all so calm. We had the Thai green curry which was lovely I would recommend. Our WEM Lois was there to greet us and took us through everything we needed to know. I don’t think I ever heard her say ‘no’ to anything. Any little thing I asked for she did for us. The wedding day ran so smoothly thanks to Lois, Katie and the team and our guests commented on the amazing venue and food. So many special touches, one of our favourites being our own plate of buffet food and cake left for us waiting in the honeymoon suite with a full hot bubble bath (thank you Katie). I wouldn’t of wanted my day to be held anywhere else in the world. Southdowns manor- you have a special place in our hearts. Thank you again Mr and Mrs Boyle xxx

Mr and Mrs Boyle

The venue was beautiful...

Thank you so much for making our wedding the most amazing and wonderful day of our lives. From the very first moment we made that initial contact with you, you made us feel so special and you treated us with the utmost care and attention to detail. Our wedding planner, Lia was absolutely outstanding! She looked after us every step of the way and nothing was too much trouble. I know she must deal with so many weddings but she has a gift for making us feel like we were the most important people in the world. Our wedding day was beyond anything we could have ever hoped for. The venue was beautiful, the attention to detail was outstanding, the service from all the staff was second to none, and so many of our guests said it was the best wedding they had ever been to.Thank you so much Southdowns Manor. We will never forget what you did. And thank you Lia for being an angel! 

David And Gemima McEwan

Lois our wedding planner was so lovely. She was so willing to help with every little query we had and was so supportive and cheery on the day. Our guests were very impressed with how smoothly the day went and we had endless compliments on the food. The herb crusted salmon was outstanding! We loved ever moment and like a great day always does- the time flew by. Can’t thank all the staff enough for their great service on the day.

Aimee Burrows

From the very first moment we arrive to view the venue we knew we wanted to get married here. Such beautiful grounds in such a beautiful setting.

From our first appointment with Natalie all the staff have been so amazing and helpful and all obviously love their job! Kate and our wedding planner and events manager on the day was incredible, dealing with all our enquiries and changes and on the day helped the day run so smoothly and stress free for us. Nothing was too much trouble.

Lots of little surprises and special touches throughout the day.

Food was amazing, all the guests complimented how good the food tasted.

Loved the fact that we could spread the cost to enable us to have our dream wedding. The DJ and photobooth were a big hit with the guests.

Louise and John O’Mahony

I recommend this venue very highly.

Southdowns Manor is the perfect venue especially for a wedding the food is excellent and the service is excellent too and the planning team do a top job of making sure everything goes to plan for a very special day, I recommend this venue very highly.

Christopher Williams

Southdowns Manor is the place to go!! 

Right from day one everyone at Southdowns Manor couldn’t do enough for us. Booking with Natalie, meeting with Kate and then having Lia as our events manager, all three of them were so amazing! When Lia was given our wedding to manage she was incredible. She couldn’t do enough for us and she was on hand to answer my endless list of questions! Nothing was too much for Lia. On the day she was amazing, making sure the day went smoothly, everything was absolutely perfect on the day! Every single member of staff on the day were brilliant, all so friendly and kind. The food was incredible, we have had so many compliments on the food. The soup was the best we’ve ever tasted! We were given a personalised cake knife by the team, which is something we will treasure forever. Every part of Southdowns manor is perfect, from the staff to the building itself. We will be forever grateful to Lia and everything she did for us, for being that friendly face to keep our nerves at bay and being that one person we could go to with any questions or worries. If you’re thinking of going anywhere else for your wedding – just don’t! Southdowns Manor is the place to go!! Thank you to you all!

Amy and Bradley

It was just truly amazing

Our wedding day was without a doubt the best day of our lives thanks to the beautiful setting and wonderful staff of south downs manor. Their planning and attention to detail was outstanding and the whole day went without a complete fault. Everything was just perfect and we could never Thankyou enough. It was just truly amazing, Thankyou so much

Dean and Emily Webb

Attention to detail was out of this world

Southdowns Manor is an incredible venue and the staff are faultless. We had Lia as our wedding planner and she really is the BEST! She made everything we’d asked for 10 times more magical than we could have imagined, attention to detail was out of this world. The food is amazing – just wish I could have eaten it all. We really cannot fault any part of our special day and couldn’t have wished for it to have been better. Truly special day full of fun, family and love. Thank you Southdowns Manor and a very special thank you to Lia x

Lydia Couling

I cannot speak highly enough of all the staff!

We found this beautiful venue via Facebook and I just had to request a brochure! We were invited to an open day to have a wander around, as soon as we arrived we were stunned at how lovely the place and the surrounding grounds were. After having a mosey around we just could not resist booking a 1 on 1 session where we ended up booking our big day. From the beginning southdowns were in constant contact and were great with helping us plan our big day. The day finally came around and I cannot speak highly enough of all the staff! Kate was our events manager and straight away she was as there making sure we were all welcomed and settled. Nothing was too much trouble (including having to see one of our bridesmaids into her dress) all the little touches that were added to the day made our day feel so special and all our guests also were extremely satisfied with how well the staff did their jobs and everyone felt as though the day was a huge success. I would definitely recommend this venue to anybody who wants a day that feels personal to them.

Julie bloomfield

We knew it would be the place for us

From the minute we first drove up Dumpford Lane and laid our eyes on Southdowns Manor we knew it would be the place for us. It was everything we dreamed of from a venue and Natalie helped us make it a reality so we booked it within an hour of arriving. Lois was a great point of contact throughout the planning stages and helped sort out a few little extras/bespoke things we wanted before we were handed over to Kate.Kate…….. I have no words, she was always at the end of the phone or an email. She made our day completely perfect, nothing was too much and just taken care of so we didn’t have to stress. The little extras she sorted out for us were such a nice touch and made us a little emotional. Katie (night porter,) and Mark (the in house DJ) was fab too!Our guests had nothing but compliments about the whole day (especially about the food and some even said it was the best they’ve ever had at a wedding.)

Kim and Paddy Nixon

The food on our wedding day which was exceptional

Firstly, huge thanks to Lia, Natalie and the rest of the team for a superb job – from initial enquiry to final guest departure. Weddings are your business, and for you they are an everyday occurrence. The outstanding thing about SDM was the way you made our wedding unique and special for us – nothing felt generic or routine. As well as that other outstanding aspects were: – the food on our wedding day which was exceptional, even for our guests with complex dietary requirements – the helpfulness of all the staff – any staff member we asked always responded positively and found a solution – the beautiful location and the high standard of the venue throughout – the extra personal touches e.g. the engraved cake knife, were terrific Room for improvement (not much!): – we found some of the invoicing a little confusing mainly as a result of differences in presentation between initial quotations and actual invoices – more/earlier reminders about payment deadlines would have been helpful – whilst breakfast food (including groom’s snacks) was perfectly acceptable, it wasn’t as good as the wedding breakfast food. – the honeymoon suite keycard ‘failed’ in the morning we were leaving, probably because we had put it close to a mobile phone. It would have been helpful to have been warned about this in advance. Thank you again. We will be recommending you!

Steve Bartholomew & Fiona Pope

Gorgeous grounds to the stunning, modern interior.

From the moment we turned up on an open day in April 2017, we knew Southdowns Manor was our wedding venue. From the gorgeous grounds to the stunning, modern interior. Jenny was our first contact at Southdowns Manor who was so friendly and insightful, she must have been sick of me after the first few weeks crunching numbers and asking a million and one questions! Then came the planning meetings which were so clear and structured, I felt completely at ease that Southdowns Manor had this under control.The communication from all the staff throughout the planning process was beyond excellent. Finally, our wedding day arrived, myself and Harry were completely care free all day, Southdowns Manor really pulled it out of the bag and created such a beautiful day for us both! We cannot thank Lia enough for everything she did in the lead up and on the day itself.

Jo & Harry Lambert

Such a superb way to start our married adventure together

We’d both like to say a massive thank you to Lia for her efforts on Sunday, the day was brilliant, much more than we could have wished for, everything ran like clock work and it was so amazing both of us never wanted it to end! I sure everyone agreed that having the ceremony outside absolutely made the day extra special so thank you for pushing that for us. The extra little touches that were laid on for us were brilliant, the little swans for our dessert, the personalised cake knife down to the bath and bubbly waiting for us in our honeymoon suite were just incredible.

Thank you so much again to everyone at Southdowns Manor for such an amazing day, its was just such a superb way to start our married adventure together and we could not have hoped for such a great venue, staff and ceremony to celebrate our special day with all our closest friends and family!

Mr & Mrs Triggs

Thank you so much to Kate and her team for helping us plan and pull off an absolutely amazing wedding day! As organised as I thought I’d been, Kate was always way ahead of me and had answers for problems I hadn’t even considered! From start to finish she was supportive, patient and so excited for us, she is a real credit to the wedding planning industry and we couldn’t have done it without her. On the day, we felt like the most important people in the world, we had our own canapes and wedding cake put by, as well as bubbly and tea in our room with a hot bath waiting at the end of the night.

Everything went to plan, mostly to time and our guests couldn’t have been more complimentary of everything on the wedding day. The venue was spotless, cool even though it was warm on the day and nothing was too much trouble.

Thank you again 🙂

Danielle Williamson

It was completely magical and a dream come true.

We would both love to thank Southdowns and specifically Kate for our perfect wedding day. We wouldn’t change a single thing, it was completely magical and a dream come true. There are so many lovely, kind things Kate did throughout our day to make sure we were happy and having the best day possible that made a huge difference to us.Also I recommend the Parsnip soup to anyone, it was honestly the best food I have ever eaten!

Sophia Collins

A truly exceptional time

We cannot thank Southdowns Manor enough for everything they’ve done to give us the most magical wedding day. I wish there was a higher score then 5 as the whole experience has been the best time of my life! From stepping through the doors at an open day in March to our actual wedding day four months later, it has been the most amazing time! The exceptional detail to everything and personalised service, together with the outstanding food and wonderful staff made our day a dream come true- I can honestly say it was better then we could ever have imagined! I would like to personally thank Lois as she is incredible at what she does and was so patient with us and I cannot thank her enough. From the day before, arriving to the whole place being lit with candles was amazing and it looked so beautiful whilst we settled in for the night and the Thai buffet was amazing for all the bridal party. I would highly recommend to anyone to stay the night before as it made the experience so relaxing and fun. The wedding day itself I would not change one thing, perfect it truly was, and all thanks to the team. From the food (all our guests messaged us to say how amazing the food was) to the staff being so lovely and the smooth running of the day- again thanks to Lois! The honeymoon suite is a dream and our guests again contacted us to say how wonderful their rooms were and breakfast was amazing! I could go on as we have been so happy and will recommend Southdowns Manor to any Bride I come into contact with! A truly exceptional time, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts- thank you so much xxx

Samantha Trace

We really couldn’t recommend it enough

The most amazing day, fantastic staff and the perfect venue.

From the very first time we visited the venue we knew it was the only place we could imagine ourselves getting married and how right we were. From the initial booking with Natalie who was so helpful and made it so easy to all the planning and tasting evenings you really get to know the venue before the big day. Our wedding and events manager, Lia did a fantastic job guiding us through every step of the way, taking away the stress from organising the wedding, we couldn’t have asked for any more. On the day Lia made sure everything ran smoothly as did Katie in the evening. The food was fantastic, our guests were absolutely blown away with the quality of all the food from the canapés to the wedding breakfast. We had the pleasure of having a two night package at the venue, the 14 rooms were great, all of our guests were really comfortable and commented about how nice their rooms were. All the staff at the manor are absolutely fantastic, they deliver great service and nothing is too much trouble. There are so many little touches that are added along the way.Everything was perfect, all the guests commented about how great the venue was and we really couldn’t recommend it enough, it is the most perfect place for anyone to get married.

Mr and Mrs Connolly

If we could relive that day again it would be a dream come true

Southdowns Manor to us was the perfect wedding venue, we planed our big day in around 5 months with Kate Armstrong as our wedding planner. From start to finish the Kate and the team we’re just excellent. We attended a few open days where we were always made to feel so welcome and try a lot of food and drink which was just top quality.When we arrived at the venue the day before our wedding the SDM staff couldn’t have done any more to make the whole process stress free. Kate our wedding planner along with Katy the Food and Drinks Manager and Millie the Operations Manager were just wonderful. The whole day couldn’t have gone any better and I know it was all the hard work of the SDM team that made it all possible. If we could relive that day again it would be a dream come true.

David Antony

We fell in love with the venue the first time we saw it...

The whole process from start to finish with Southdowns Manor was excellent! We fell in love with the venue the first time we saw it and it was so easy to book. Every staff member we met were so friendly and made us feel valued. All our questions were answered promptly right up until the day. On the day, nothing was too much trouble. We both felt quite unprepared but Lia and the rest of the staff went above and beyond to make our day amazing. Our wedding day was so much better than we could have ever imagined thanks to everyone at Southdowns! All of our guests commented on how well the day ran and how lovely the venue was. We would highly recommend booking Southdowns Manor to make your wedding day absolutely perfect, just like ours! Thank you Lia and the team!

Sophie and Mark

The whole day was magical..

Couldn’t fault a thing. The whole day was magical and staff were wonderful and obliging. Perfect in every way. Thank you to Lia and her amazing team.

Karole Joyce

From start to finish it was perfec

Our wedding was absolutely incredible!! From start to finish it was perfect and every thing went the way we dreamed!! Kate was such a lovely lady, made sure everything was in the right place, always asked if we would like a drink and she even made sure we got our own platter of canapés  The day run so smoothly. The honeymoon suite is amazing and the bed is so comfy! The rooms are lovely and spacious with massive showers. Southdowns manor gave a special meaningful touch by giving us a personalised cake knife, and also at the end of the night we had champagne and a slice of cake in our room. Highly recommend the DJ southdowns manor supply! We only had to send him one email which I was worried about but he exceeded all our expectations. Going back to the venue the food was out of this world. We are honestly so happy with how everything went we’d do it all again in a heartbeat.

Faye Bishop

It couldn't have been better.

The wedding day was wonderful, everything was perfect and everybody enjoyed every moment including us. The food was very good too. It couldn’t have been better. Big thank you to Lia Saunders, Kate Armstrong and all the staff that helped the wedding day.

Angela & Gilberto

Always made sure I had everything..

Amazing all staff couldn’t do any more for you so helpful friendly. Always made sure I had everything. Venue is beautiful food amazing best food ever brilliant day.

Kerry Adams

Everything was so amazing

Wow what can I say, I cannot give enough praise to Lois and the team for making sure our day went without a hitch or any issues. Everything was so amazing and nothing was too much trouble. Our guests loved the fact we could stay the night before and everyone said how beautiful the venue was and had the best time. You truly made us feel so special and we thank you very much.

Mr and Mrs Ainsworth

All the food was perfect

I really cannot fault anything for the most perfect day that was created by the venue. All our needs were catered for and the day was seamless ensuring that all bases were covered without any need for us to be involved on the big day. The open days leading up to the wedding were very useful helping us to make some decisions on the finer details and also have the opportunity to make some upgrades. All the food was perfect and this was commented on by a large number of the guests, along with the venue DJ who took our requests on style of music on board making for a great evening

Dean Bonner

The staff couldn’t of been any more attentive

My wedding day was perfect from start to Finish. The staff couldn’t of been any more attentive. The venue and grounds were beautiful. Food was incredible, all the guests were very impressed! We were both blown away with how great Kate was with not only the planning in the lead up but on how she guided us through the day! I wish I could do it all over again. We will always recommend Southdowns Manor to anyone looking for a great wedding venue.

Megan White

We genuinely had the greatest day.

We genuinely had the greatest day. We were promised so much and feel that our expectations were exceeded. The whole feel of the venue and the care and service provided helped make our day perfect.


Mike & Helen

All our guests commented how beautiful it was.

We did the 2 night stay for our wedding and it was truly amazing. All our guests commented how beautiful it was. We all thought the food was amazing same as the staff. We cannot as a couple fault Southdowns manor and all its staff and all the little extras. We would definitely recommend to any couple looking at this venue! Thank you everybody at Southdowns manor you made our day everything we could of asked for and more!!


Charlotte Gainey

We could not have wished for better service

Southdowns Manor was the first venue we looked at and from the moment we stepped in, we were amazed by the team and the manor itself, in particular the fact we had exclusive use meaning the venue was completely ours. From the thousands of questions we asked and the millions of times we visited the venue, we could not have wished for better service. It really put our minds at rest to know how well we would be looked after on our wedding day. Prior to our day, Kate wowed us with her knowledge, patience and her ability to answer every single question we had without hesitation. Our wedding day was the most perfect day and this wouldn’t have been possible without not only the entire Southdowns Manor team but especially Kate, nothing was too much trouble. She worked her socks off to ensure everything went smoothly and words can’t even express how grateful we are to her. We would not hesitate in recommending Southdowns Manor to anyone getting married. It is the perfect place with the most incredible team. Thank you.


Mr & Mrs Thatcher

We honestly had the best day ever.

Just want to thank you again for making our wedding day so amazing! We honestly had the best day ever. Lia and the team were faultless, the wedding wouldn’t have been what it was without Lia’s organisation and coordination so thank you so much. Venue, food and staff all outstanding would recommend Southdowns Manor every time.

Richard and Jessica High

A beautiful setting with gorgeous countryside surroundings..

Southdowns Manor was our 3rd venue choice, but on our first visit we fell in love immediately and knew it was the right place for us. It has a beautiful setting with gorgeous countryside surroundings and local to where both my husband and I were brought up it really tied everything together.

The whole process of booking, arranging, organising and paying for the wedding went so smoothly it really reassured me that everything was handled correctly and with a high level of professionalism.

Kate was our personal wedding planner I could contact directly with all my silly questions and amendments to the day and she was on hand on the day to ensure all the small details were perfect for us. It was nice to build that rapport with Kate so on the day I felt she knew me and how I wanted everything to be. Thank you Kate.

The food was outstanding and came in a generous helping, the staff ensured my Husband and I got some of the canapes during the busy periods and they even put some cake aside for us in our room. I heard great comments from my guests and for those who stayed enjoyed a full English the next morning.

The Venue as a whole is very luxurious and has been refurbed brilliantly. With the separate bars it gave guests a chance to sit and talk or join in and dance. The option of using the bedrooms as an add on package was a real help to us as we had travelling family.

We were treated so well by all the team, we were given some extra lil surprises and treats, they even ran my bath for me for when my guests left!!

Overall I’m thrilled with our day and really quite annoyed that I can’t do it all over again!

Thank you Southdowns.


We knew instantly, this was the one!

We cannot thank you enough for helping us make our wedding day the best day our lives. From the moment we walked into Southdowns Manor, we knew instantly, this was the one!Lia was a wonderful events manager and walked us through the day, making us feel at ease and happy with everything.We adored the little touches such as the bath run and bubbly waiting for us in the honeymoon suite.We feel we could have had a little more direction and support the morning after with packing things up, but other than that, it was spectacular!Thank you Southdowns! x

Rebecca & Liam Edwards

Absolutely beautiful venue and everyone loved it!

Honestly extremely happy with Southdowns manor! Lia is an absolute credit to the venue! Nothing was too much trouble and the little added touches were incredibly thoughtful! Absolutely beautiful venue and everyone loved it! Thank you so much for making my dream wedding a reality!

Danielle Downing

Everything about our wedding was incredible...

I don’t even know where to begin! Everything about our wedding was incredible, in the months and weeks leading up to the day, our planner Kate was always a quick email away we felt so at ease from the first day we came to view the manor. So many guests loved the venue. A truly stunning setting in the middle of the South Downs made for stunning photos and a very relaxed environment. The whole team are so lovely and welcoming by the end of the day late felt more like a friend than our planner! I can’t fault any of them at all!! Thank you so much we didn’t want our day to end Becca and Stephen Yorke

Becca and Stephen Yorke
Friday 15th March 2019

The staff and the venue made the day everything we had dreamed of...

We loved our wedding at Southdowns Manor, Kate was totally amazing and worked so hard to ensure everything went well with a bit of a stressed out bride before hand! The staff and the venue made the day everything we had dreamed of and I will be forever thankful. The venue is beautiful and speaks largely for itself then add the wonderful food and attentive staff, you cannot fail to have a the best day! The honeymoon suite was so beautiful and the face we could have some of our friends and family stay and have breakfast just added to the experience further. Thank you Kate and everyone at Southdowns Manor, you made our day just perfect!



Emma Leggatt

Our day was perfect and everyone was wonderful....

We can’t thank all staff at Southdowns Manor enough, especially Kate our wedding planner.

Our day was perfect and everyone was wonderful, they went above and beyond.

I found everyone kind and considerate and extremely helpful and all our guests said was an amazing place it was and the attention to detail was noted by all.

Thank you so so much for our special day being the best day we could have hoped for.


Mr and Mrs Herdman

The feedback from our guests was ‘amazing’.

First of all we want to thank each and everyone at SouthDowns for making our day better than we could have ever dreamed of. Everything ran smoothly, the feedback from our guests was ‘amazing’. The food was delicious. The extra special touches by Southdowns was lovely. Special thank you to Lia nothing felt too much trouble, I don’t know how you get the energy! Also a thank you to Mrs Summers for being there to serve our wedding breakfast as well as the following morning.


Jack and Chantelle Lavous

We had the most perfect day.

We had the most perfect day. Thanks to Kate the day run so smoothly and nothing was to much trouble she was amazing !! The food ,venue,weather and staff were amazing the day couldn’t have gone any better !

Michael & Rebecca Ray

Most incredible wedding day

We had the pleasure of having Lois as our wedding planner and her commitment to ensuring that all the special touches and the running order of the day went smoothly was exceptional. Dan and I had the most incredible wedding day and wish that we could do it all again! Southdowns Manor as a venue is not only stunning but the staff are an absolute credit to how well everything is run. The food was amazing and the bar staff were great. Thank you again for having us and for making our wedding day the best day we’ve ever had.


The new Mr and Mrs Cummins

Only down side was it had to end.

I had the most amazing time with you all it was everything i dreamed of the only down side was it had to end.

Mrs Tracey Morris

Staff were super helpful

We found the planning on the run up to and during our day was wonderful. Staff were super helpful and always on hand for anything we needed. Felt we could had been directed more in the morning after, as felt we were unsure where and what to do with our decorations. Otherwise seamless throughout.Lia was amazing all the way through. Had the planning down to a tee. She had everything ready and if there were any hiccups (which there weren’t to our knowledge) were sorted without us knowing. Food was amazing, so many lovely comments from our guests. Our suppliers also seemed very at ease too. The venue was decorated lovely and myself and my new husband had a wonderful day which we’ll cherish always.

Faye and Martin Lake

Our guests have commented on how brilliant the venue was

We couldn’t of asked for any more from Southdowns Manor in the build up and on the day. Our guests have commented on how brilliant the venue was and it served all of our needs. Having the ceremony outside was the icing on the cake and we were obviously so lucky with the weather but it was just perfect. Lia was fab and helped us at every step of the way. She organised the day so everything went smoothly and even helped our best men do some pre wedding filming for the speech. Thank you all again. I would highly recommend Southdowns. I could keep going for ages with everything we loved.

Fern and Chris Bundy

Stress free and it was everything we could have hoped for

Thank you for hosting our amazing wedding. We had a great day, stress free and it was everything we could have hoped for.

We would like to give a special mention to Kate, our wedding planner. Kate was great throughout the whole process and nothing was ever to much to ask. Kate made sure our day ran smoothly and the staff on the day were great too.

Overall, we would highly recommend Southdowns Manor to anyone looking for a great wedding venue!

Mr & Mrs Halls

The food was outstanding

From the moment we stepped inside Southdowns Manor we knew that it was going to be the perfect venue to hold our wedding. We would like to give special thanks Lois for all her hard work that she put in to making the venue look exactly as I had envisaged and ensuring our day ran smoothly.

Our family and friends agreed that the food was outstanding and there was lots of positive feedback with regards to our selected main course: steak and ale pie.

Thank you to all the staff for making sure we had the perfect day.


Amanda Stoodley

We couldn't be more grateful to have had our dream wedding at Southdowns Manor.

We had an absolutely brilliant day and all our guests really enjoyed themselves. The venue was stunning, it was all we could’ve wished for and more, and everything from the food to the music and all the little details in between were perfect! We were so glad to have Lia on the day with us, she made the day run so smoothly and ensured we were happy throughout. All the staff were amazing in fact – from Natalie for helping us book the venue and dealing with a million questions from us, Kate who guided us through the initial planning stages, down to the waiting and bar staff on the day.

We couldn’t be more grateful to have had our dream wedding at Southdowns Manor. Thank you again so much for everything!


Pati & Josh

We may get divorced and marry again just to do it all again

From start to finish, our meeting with Natalie then to the organising with Lois, everything was perfect. As soon as we went into southdowns manor, we knew it was the place. Nothing was too much trouble, and on the day, it couldn’t have went any better. Lois was brilliant and made sure everyone was looked after. We had the best day ever and thank everyone at southdowns manor for making our big day so special. The food was amazing and to have the whole place to ourselves as well, it went down brilliant with the guests and they all said what a brilliant place it was to have a wedding. We may get divorced and marry again just to do it all again. Thank you all.


Allan and Sammy

Simply as close to perfect as our wedding day could have been.

Simply as close to perfect as our wedding day could have been.

From our first tentative visit to leaving as husband and wife we have been nothing but impressed at the care, kindness, and friendly professionalism of everyone we’ve met. Friends and family had such a wonderful day and couldn’t speak highly enough of the venue, food and overall experience. Special thanks to Lia for putting us both at ease, guiding us through the process and looking after us so attentively on the day – keep doing what you’re doing Lia – our day wouldn’t have been the same without you. Southdowns Manor is clearly a successful and busy wedding venue that runs like clockwork. To their credit, everyone involved managed to make our day a very personal and special one.

Thank you for the memories 


Andy & Janet Ripley

From beginning to end our experience of Southdowns Manor was incredible.

Where do we start?! From beginning to end our experience of Southdowns Manor was incredible. We were blown away when we saw the venue and fell in love with it immediately. Our guests have all said what a lovely day they had and how good the food was! 

The staff’s service in particular cannot be faulted. Our wedding planner Lia was so lovely and helped our day run so smoothly! All of the staff were so attentive and thoughtful – there were so many lovely little touches from them, from our own personalised cake knife, to our desert in the shape of two swans, to retiring for the evening in the honeymoon suite with our bath pre-filled for us! 

Thank you so much for an amazing wedding, we loved every minute!

Craig & Hannah Hampson

The staff were excellent!

Cant thank Lia enough for all her help and support, nothing was too much trouble, all the staff were excellent! the whole day ran smoothly thanks to all the behind scenes work they done that I was oblivious too, cannot recommend them enough!


Hayley Taylor

The whole weekend was perfect

I was truly overwhelmed by my daughter Daisy and Michael’s wedding 2nd March 2019. We had the venue from Friday to Sunday. The whole weekend was perfect. At times in the planning process I got frustrated at the amount of questions to answer. It became apparent when we arrived on the Friday. That these questions were set for the whole staff, so everyone knew what they were doing and when. We were attended to constantly. Our every need was met and exceeded our expectations. Lois , what can I say ? You are truly wonderful at your chosen career. Above and beyond the call of duty with a smile and unflappable. I would not have changed a thing I would never hesitate to recommend your venue to everyone. I did not want to leave.

Daisy and Michael
2nd March 2019

Our wedding was incredible

We can’t thank Southdowns Manor enough! Our wedding was incredible and the staff went above and beyond for us and our guests. 

Beautiful venue and we would most certainly recommend!


Katie & Andy Wood

Southdowns Manor is an amazing venue...beautiful! I would highly recommend! 

Our wedding was amazing and it wouldn’t of been what is was without Kate. Kate was so fantastic ! She was accommodating to all our needs. Nothing was too little for her…she made it so relaxed so much so that I had nothing to worry about on the day, as I knew it would all be perfect under her guidance. All the staff were amazing. Katie was always checking up on us to make sure everything was going ok and let us know what was going on in the evening…thank you so much Katie you were fabulous!!! 

Southdowns Manor is an amazing venue…beautiful! I would highly recommend! 

I must now say something about the food…so many comments were made about how amazing the food was and I have to agree. It was delicious and so much care was taken to cater for allergies! 

Thank you so much to the team! Awesome!!

Sarah-Jane wicks


Sarah-Jane wicks

The venue itself is stunning even on a rainy day!

Kate and her team could not have done more for us and our guests. They made us feel completely at ease all throughout the day and made us feel more of their friends than customers.

We may be being biased but I think the food was the best food I have eaten at a wedding venue and the portions sizes were perfect (by that we mean massive). 

The venue itself is stunning even on a rainy day!

In summary our wedding day was all we could have hoped it to be and a big part of this was due to Kate and all the other people at Southdowns manor we probably never got a chance to meet.

So thank you!

Mr and Mrs Farley

Our day was amazing from start to finish

Our day was amazing from start to finish. We arrived on the Friday to have food and drinks with our nearest and dearest and it was just so lovely, the staff and food was amazing.

I will never forget how amazing Kate has been from start to finish. The day could not have been more perfect, I gave her our bits and bobs that we had bought and made and she had laid everything out with so much attention to detail. She brought our vision to life and helped me remain calm.

All our guests had commented on how lovely the venue was, the food was great and the portion is so generous. The staff and service was exceptional, we will not forget our wedding day and that’s all down to every single person who was involved in our wedding day.

Mr and Mrs White

Thank you for absolutely everything

We fell in love with the venue as soon as we found it online, the first visit we knew it was perfect for us! Everything from our first communication to our last has been truly incredible. We can’t thank everyone enough who had to deal with our questions and planning from the start, especially Lois who kept everything so perfect in the build up and on the day. We felt so relaxed all day, the food was incredible everyone’s needs were met with everyone enjoying their meals, pudding and our hog roast in the evening. Everything was so perfect from arrival with the bridal party to breakfast in the morning with our friends and family the morning after the wedding. Thank you for absolutely everything.

Harley beale

Southdowns Manor is the place where your wedding dreams become a reality.

Southdowns Manor is the place where your wedding dreams become a reality. We cannot fault any aspect of our experience, from our initial tour and booking our wedding, up to the incredible day itself, which far exceeded anything we were expecting. All the staff are so personable and really get to know you and what your needs and requirements are. Kate, our wedding planner, was professional but also felt like a friend. I’m sure she has done hundreds of weddings but she made us feel as though our wedding was special, showing interest and excitement in everything we did. Southdowns Manor has a wonderful atmosphere, I had an over whelming emotional reaction to it when we first viewed it as a potential wedding venue, we knew immediately that this was where we wanted to get married. The food is sensational and you get plenty of it, the rooms are beautifully decorated and comfortable and attention to detail goes above and beyond what you would expect. There were many surprises throughout our day which Southdowns arranged, adding to the enjoyment. We will never forget our wedding day and will always be thankful that we found this remarkable venue. Southdowns Manor will always be our “Happy Place” from now on!

Kim & Chris

Our perfect day!

Our perfect day! We knew Southdowns Manor was going to be our Wedding Venue from the moment we arrived for the open day. From the impressive looking Manor to the stunning surroundings we knew this is where we wanted our day to be. Lois our wedding planner was amazing, she was so enthusiastic about every idea we had and did everything she could to bring our vision alive. I really trusted her with everything on the day and she made sure everything went so well. Being a self-confessed control freak myself it was so reassuring she had the same attention to detail as me. My bridesmaids and I stayed the night before at the Manor, we had a lovely meal and a few drinks. If this is available to you I would highly recommend it. It meant we were able to decorate the venue exactly how we wanted without being rushed. It was fairly expensive but no more than you would spend on wedding cars/transport and was worth every single penny! The venue worked so well for us as we had a fairly intimate ceremony outside with only 45 guests (luckily the weather was good to us!) and then 30 additional guests in the evening. We loved the fact we had the whole venue to ourselves for our day. It made us feel really special and it was re-assuring knowing everyone there was for us, especially with us having a 2 year old little girl who ran around the whole day and evening! All of our friends and family commented on how beautiful the day was and how tasty the food was. The staff were so attentive throughout the whole day and nothing was too much trouble. The added touches given to us throughout the day were really lovely surprises and greatly appreciated. I can’t recommend this venue enough! Thank you for bringing our dreams to reality and giving us our perfect day!

Mr & Mrs Dove

We cannot thank Southdowns Manor enough for making our wedding day so special.

We cannot thank Southdowns Manor enough for making our wedding day so special. However an even bigger ‘thank you’ goes to Lois our wedding planner. Lois was absolutely brilliant, amazing and kind. Lois went above and beyond on our wedding day, not only did she bring tears to my eyes when I saw the finishing touches to the enterance hall, ceremony room but also the wedding breakfast but she made me feel so special. Not only was Lois our wedding planner but we grew a friendship. As much as Lois said it was all my ideas, Lois made all my dreams come true. I cannot take credit for the items I brought, Lois made it all happen for me. Even to the point where I asked Lois to make decisions for me as I knew she would do a brilliant job. Lois knew how much the ’17th August’ meant to me and she honestly made everything perfect. Lois made my wedding planning so easily, despite all my ‘draft’ questions! I will never ever forget how helpful the team were. Kate and Hollie were also brilliant when Lois was on holiday. 

At the end of our wedding day, a bath was ran and a bottle of fizz was in our room. It was a lovely and special touch. My Husband and I had no idea who done this for us but soon realised Southdowns did. Thank you for this! 

Our food was incredible. The waiting staff were brilliant and so helpful. All our guests were happy and full! 

A massive thank you to everyone. We wish we could do it all over again!! 

Mr and Mrs Murray

Everything ran so smoothly, we just wish we could do it all over again!

We can’t thank everyone at Southdowns Manor enough for making our dream wedding come true. We first discovered the venue in July and during our first visit we knew it was perfect for us. The location is amazing and all the staff were so friendly.

Our event manager Lois was incredible and felt more like a friend. She helped us so much throughout the planning and answered the many questions we had no matter how trivial. We used several of the recommended suppliers who were also amazing and so easy to arrange.

Lois guided us through the day ensuring we enjoyed every aspect so we didn’t worry about a thing. The food was delicious and presented beautifully. 

Everything ran so smoothly, we just wish we could do it all over again!

Our guests are still commenting on what a great day it was and even though it rained for much of the day it didn’t dampen a thing!

Mr & Mrs Wheaton

The staff were perfect both during the day and evening.

Southdowns Manor was the perfect venue for our wedding. From start to finish the planning was so easy. Kate answered every question we had and was so helpful. She really was amazing and made our lives so much easier. She even used her seamstress skills on the day 10 minutes before the ceremony, she was a star! The staff were perfect both during the day and evening. We were so happy with everything and all of our guests loved the venue, the food and the bedrooms. We would certainly recommend Southdowns Manor. Rachael & Mike Bickers 08/12/2018
Rachael & Mike Bickers

Truly magical day

We knew that Southdowns Manor was the venue we wanted for our wedding from the second we saw it. The venue itself is absolutely gorgeous, and the surroundings are simply breathtaking. We loved the layout of the venue, the decor, the lovely relaxed feel the whole place had, and the fact that there were so many beautiful bedrooms that all our family and friends could stay in.

From the moment we booked our wedding, the staff were amazing, especially Natalie and Lois who we dealt with the most. Not only were they both ridiculously friendly and super helpful, but they made the whole booking/planning process really stress free and enjoyable, which I didn’t think would be possible!

Our actual wedding day was without doubt the best day of our lives. We couldn’t fault it. The venue looked incredible and exactly how we had imagined it, the food was unbelievably delicious (all our guests commented on how good it was), all the waiting/bar staff were awesome, and Lois our wedding planner was a total god send. I genuinely couldn’t have done the day without her! She didn’t leave my side from the second I arrived in the morning until late in to the evening, constantly checking on us and making sure that everything was running smoothly. She kept me calm, smiling, and it felt more like having a friend there who was enjoying the day with me.

Thank you so much Southdowns Manor for giving us a truly magical day. We smiled non-stop from start to finish, and we would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

Kate & Adam (Mr & Mrs Martin) 02/11/2018

Kate & Adam (Mr & Mrs Martin)

Amazing place with amazing staff!

Amazing place with amazing staff! Right from start to finish every detail was taken on board and made real for our wedding. The food was exquisite and the staff were so attentive. Couldn’t of dreamed for anything better!! They even helped make arrangements for a guest with severe disabilities that required a specific diet! Such an amazing place with amazing staff! Thank you all so much Sam howe 17/12/2018
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