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Manor House Weddings at Southdowns Manor

Manor House Weddings in West Sussex

Grand Halls, Elegant Chandeliers, Historic Charm

Grand halls, elegant chandeliers, historic charm and sweeping gardens are what fairytale weddings are made of – and you can have it all if you book our dream manor house wedding with Southdowns Manor house.

A fairytale wedding

Think flower petals on the grass and birds singing in the trees, children playing in the meadow, the sounds of clinking glasses ringing out from the house, photographs in the woodland as the sun sets during golden hour, and dancing under the stars with everyone you love. You can do all of this at our award-winning manor house wedding venue.

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Retreat with your close friends to our beautiful wedding rooms, put your feet up in front of the wood-burning fire or unwind in the hot tub with a glass of bubbly.

Our manor house boasts a total of 14 beautiful guest rooms, along with our magnificent Honeymoon Suite. Two of these guest rooms are luxury double suites.

Let your bridesmaids stay over with you the night before the wedding, so they can help you get ready for the wedding.

The next morning, awake in our stunning venue feeling refreshed as the rest of your bridal party arrive at the manor house.

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The ceremony

Whether a blessing or civil ceremony, you have the choice to take your vows in an array of locations, including indoor and outdoor spaces.

With exquisite décor and spacious function rooms, Southdowns Manor offers a luxurious setting for your celebrations. The landscaped terrace, Gazebo, attractive gardens and wonderful views of South Downs National Park complete the scene; all offered to you on an exclusive-use basis.

It is our attention to detail that sets us apart - our Wedding and Events Managers and dedicated team will work with you to plan your wedding to perfection – we will do everything we can to make your dreams a reality. Let Southdowns Manor play host to you, your family and your friends on your very special occasion.

Southdowns Manor can offer a choice of ceremony rooms depending on guest numbers. Three beautiful rooms are licensed for civil ceremonies: The Conservatory is perfect for smaller ceremonies and is licensed for up to 40 guests.

The cosy Sussex Room, complete with open fire, is also available for ceremonies for up to 40 guests and our spacious Banqueting Suite is ideal for larger ceremonies, accommodating up to 120 ceremony guests.

The rooms can be decorated as you wish to create a magical setting for your big day.

There is also the option of having your wedding outdoors under the gazebo or in a traditional church with beautiful church grounds.

Southdowns Manor is situated close to the Grade I listed St. George’s Church at Trotton. Which provides a traditional Anglican wedding ceremony for couples who want to honour their love for each other in the presence of God, their family and friends.

The historic church is 1.2 miles from our venue and the journey can be done by car in under 5 minutes.

The church is dedicated to St. George, patron saint of England. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building for its architectural and historical importance.

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The reception

Now for the celebrations! With your ceremony over, you and your guests will be ready to mingle amongst refreshments, and wow do we have some locations for you.

​​This rural retreat is home to an abundance of wildlife, a tranquil setting and an idyllic countryside backdrop – all helping create a romantic location for your wedding day. It even has a private garden entrance and quaint green spaces, it really is the most idyllic setting.

The Banqueting Suite offers an exceptional dining experience and is perfect for hosting your wedding reception. With its own bar, dance floor and starlight ceiling, this room transforms into the ideal party space, where all your guests can enjoy the evening entertainment.

The feast

With a team of talented chefs, the dining experience at Southdowns is exceptional. Using fresh produce, locally sourced where possible, couples can create bespoke menus for their wedding day, finished off with fine wine and champagne from the venue’s extensive wine cellar.

Your wedding meal, shared with friends and family, is a special part of the day. Enjoy delicious food followed by champagne toasts. Our dining spaces are impressive and inviting in the Banqueting Suite.

Location is everything

Location is everything

Nestled in the heart of the South Downs National Park and sandwiched between pretty market towns, Southdowns Manor is a stunning country house wedding venue in West Sussex.

Surrounded by idyllic rolling countryside and positioned close to the picturesque village of Trotton, yet easily accessible from London, Southdowns Manor is a superb wedding venue in West Sussex. It’s a wedding photographers dream.

Luxury and elegance

Elegant and inviting, Southdowns Manor is a sprawling property, expertly designed for weddings and with its own unique style; a beautiful country residence with a collection of reception rooms each boasting a classic décor, a pretty Gazebo in the garden, an impressive Banqueting Suite and plenty of luxurious bedrooms.

Southdowns Manor is an attractive white rendered house with big bay windows, a curved conservatory and a contemporary wing that features full-height glass windows and doors, pillars and a covered terraced.

Internally the property is sophisticated and stylish. The spacious hall immediately sets the scene with striking black and white floor tiles, an antique console table, a chaise lounge, a circular wooden table with a fabulous floral display and an open fireplace. With a number of versatile reception rooms, Southdowns Manor can cater for weddings of all sizes. Each room is light and airy and decorated traditionally in shades of cream, grey and gold, yet incorporates many modern touches.

The Banqueting Suite is an excellent space for civil ceremonies and the wedding breakfast. White silk drapes and a wooden floor form a blank canvas, while the fairy lights to the ceiling and crystal wall lights create a sparkling and romantic atmosphere. Round tables with white-washed antique chairs ensure the space is filled with charm and character. French doors open up onto a terrace with amazing views of the West Sussex scenery.

For those wanting to get married outdoors, the Gazebo in the garden is a wonderful option. With its delicate and intricate design, the white wrought-iron frame is exquisite. Enclosed by a charming patio area that is lined with plants and surrounded by formal lawns, wisteria walkways and ancient walls, the grounds offer a breathtaking backdrop.

Luxury is at the heart of Southdowns Manor and the accommodation available is opulent and indulgent. The Bridal Suite is a private haven that is tranquil and tastefully dressed with a mahogany four-poster bed, cosy armchairs and coffee table, and decorated in warm, rich hues. The en suite bedrooms are also chic and comfortable with French-vintage inspired furniture and subtle floral wallpapers in soft shades, teamed with sleek modern bathrooms.

To give you peace of mind when booking your wedding venue in these uncertain times, Southdowns Manor has introduced their Job Loss Protection Scheme. For more comfort and financial reassurance when you book your wedding day at this wonderful venue.

Choose a venue that has history

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded Best Wedding & Events Venue 2020 in South East England by SME News Magazine. This is a great honour for wedding venues across the country.

Now in its fourth year, the SME Southern Enterprise programme continues to recognise SMEs of all sizes across the region who are endeavouring to better business in their respective industries.

Our historical background will impress your guests. Southdowns Manor house was originally built as a two-storey house, with three striking bay windows, towards the end of the 19th century by the Hon John Jervis Carnegie (1807-1892), who had bought the neighbouring Fair Oak estate from the Paget family in about 1850. High Sheriff of Sussex in 1862, he was the third son of the 7th Earl of Northesk and his initials can be seen on the stone boundary post to the left of the Southdowns entrance.

The Northesk family retained the Fair Oak estate until recently; however, Southdowns Manor was sold before 1895, at which point the top floor and water tower were built. At that time it was the home of a German artist, Rudolf Blind and, later, of the Boys family. For many years the house was run as an independent school, becoming the Southdowns Guest House before the last war. During the war, it provided a billet for members of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

The current owners purchased the building in the summer of 2013 and undertook an extensive refurbishment of the property, before opening its doors once again in December 2013, offering the historic venue for weddings on an exclusive-use basis.

Committed to Sustainability

We want to protect the future by planting trees with the national trust.

From the moment you say ‘I do’, your journey into married life and everything it brings begins. But sharing those vows at Southdowns Manor means you can contribute to a better future for our planet and the future generations to come.

For every wedding we host, we’ll plant a tree. The National Trust scheme remains close to our hearts, and we believe that it’s our moral duty to do everything we can to ensure this beautiful planet can thrive.

As an eco-friendly wedding venue that practices sustainability whenever possible, we know that small steps to green living can be the difference between balancing an already fragile ecosystem or suffering the effects of deforestation for many years to come.

If you are looking for manor house wedding venues or country house wedding venues? Then look no further. Blow your guests away with our stunning manor house wedding venue, nestled in the countryside but only a stone’s throw from the city. Our country house is the perfect wedding venue you’ve been dreaming of.

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