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A beautiful West Sussex wedding venue in the heart of the South Downs National Park

Southdowns Manor is a West Sussex wedding venue nestled in the heart of the South Downs National Park. We’re an award-winning wedding venue in West Sussex. 
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If you're searching for wedding venues in West Sussex, you'll find nowhere better than Southdowns Manor.

At Southdowns Manor, you can experience a truly unforgettable wedding day at a stunning country house located in the rolling South Downs National Park, West Sussex.

On your big day, you'll enjoy breath taking views of the West Sussex countryside. There are endless photo opportunities ranging from our award-winning gardens to our spectacular historic country house.

Country house wedding venues are increasingly popular for wedding celebrations in West Sussex, so you'll need to book early to avoid disappointments. Southdowns Manor is the perfect West Sussex wedding venue for your dream wedding, so don't delay.

Unlike other West Sussex wedding venues, we are flexible. You can book with confidence because we'll do everything to ensure you enjoy your dream wedding.


Exclusively yours for the day

With exquisite décor and spacious function rooms, Southdowns Manor offers a luxurious setting for your West Sussex celebrations. You'll get exclusive use of the venue for the duration of your booking.

Up to 150 guests can enjoy this spectacular West Sussex wedding venue and celebrate in style.

There are 14 guest rooms and our Honeymoon Suite in our historic West Sussex manor house venue.

Hire type
You can hire Southdowns Manor by the day, half-day or evening.

Delicious food
Enjoy incredible menus from our expert in-house catering team.

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Family-owned wedding venue
We're a family-owned wedding venue in West Sussex offering a personal and bespoke service.

Wedding-venue guarantee
Unlike other wedding venues, we'll help with postponements or refunds if the worst happens.

Our team
Our staff make this the best wedding venues West Sussex has to offer.

We're here to help
We offer a comprehensive Job Loss Protection Scheme to protect your venue booking.

Flexible payment options
We offer flexible payment terms to help you secure the West Sussex wedding venue of your dreams.

Luxury West Sussex wedding venue


Staying at Southdowns Manor

We have a total of 14 beautiful guest rooms here at Southdowns Manor, along with our magnificent Honeymoon Suite. Two of these guest rooms are luxury double suites. So after your wedding reception, your guests will relish relaxing in style in the stunning South Downs at the most beautiful country house wedding venues West Sussex has to offer.

You can relive the memories all together in the morning over a delicious breakfast, then enjoy your journey home through this area of outstanding natural beauty.


Why Southdowns Manor?

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The wedding experience offered by Southdowns Manor is very different to that of other West Sussex wedding venues. We're one of the most beautiful wedding venues in West Sussex. We are the perfect wedding venue for celebrations of all types.

This stunning venue boasts a luxurious country house interior, magical atmosphere and stunning location. Situated in a picturesque village located in the beautiful West Sussex countryside, the Manor and its beautiful grounds in a league of their own. But we can offer so much more than that.

You'll get exclusive access to the venue for only you and your guests.

We offer West Sussex weddings to suit every couple and every budget.

Professional, friendly, and approachable staff.

Cost-effective and payment schemes available to help you secure the venue of your dreams.

From ceremony, reception, accommodation, we manage every aspect of your West Sussex dream wedding

About Us

The perfect setting for the perfect West Sussex wedding

Southdowns Manor is the perfect venue for the perfect wedding, wedding reception or corporate function. Situated in the heart of the South Downs National Park in West Sussex, Southdowns Manor is within easy reach of Portsmouth, Guildford, Southampton. Southdowns Manor is in a central location, this area of outstanding natural beauty. It borders the counties of Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex. Our beautifully refurbished, prestigious West Sussex wedding venue is offered to you exclusively. It's your home for the day. Southdowns Manor retains its original charm and character while offering modern comforts. There's a wonderful atmosphere for your wedding reception. The beautiful Manor House is a stunning venue, providing a relaxed and intimate haven for smaller events and larger parties. The classic elegance of Southdowns Manor has it all. We offer our unique venue for your wedding and reception and can cater for any specific cultural requirements.


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Our History

Southdowns Manor was originally built as a two-storey West Sussex country house towards the end of the 19th century by the Hon John Jervis Carnegie (1807-1892). He already owned the neighbouring Fair Oak estate from the Paget family in about 1850. 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, famous in West Sussex, retained the Fair Oak estate until recently; however, Southdowns Manor was sold before 1895. The top floor and water tower were built. It was the home of famous West Sussex-based 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. They undertook an extensive refurbishment of the property before opening its doors once again in December 2013, offering the venue for weddings on an exclusive-use basis.

Today, Southdowns Manor is one of the best wedding venues in West Sussex. Visitors can enjoy outdoor ceremonies in the beautiful Sussex countryside or indoor wedding ceremonies in our banqueting centre. The beautiful countryside, stunning views, exceptional quality service, and staff make this the perfect place for your big day.


Best West Sussex wedding venues

Winners: Best Wedding & Events Venue 2020 - South East England

We are delighted to announce that Southdown Manor been awarded Best Wedding & Events Venue 2020 in South East England by SME News Magazine. We're proud the Manor has been recognised as the best and most beautiful wedding venues West Sussex has to offer.

The award recognises our quality, beating a field of exceptional wedding venues in West Sussex. So book with us, and get exclusive use of the most beautiful wedding venues West Sussex can offer.

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

Searching for a wedding venue in West Sussex?

Looking for West Sussex wedding venues can be challenging, with so many beautiful wedding venues vying for your attention. Whether you're looking for a beautiful country wedding venue, a historic coaching inn, a medieval-style house in an idyllic setting or something else, you'll find it in West Sussex. Wedding venues West Sussex are increasingly popular choices for couples from across the UK. This magical location, rolling countryside and ease of access make this area a (not so) hidden gem.


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