Wedding venue inspiration - Country havens

Deciding on your ideal Sussex wedding venue is an key part of your wedding planning.

There is a huge choice of different venue types in Sussex including hotels, barns, country manor houses, romantic castles as well as chic city and town centre locations.

Check out these Sussex wedding venues and those further afield in our listings below.

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Southdowns Manor, Petersfield

Set amongst the glorious scenery of the South Downs National Park, this historical venue places you and your guests at the heart of one of the most picturesque corners of England. This rural retreat is home to an abundance of wildlife offering a tranquil setting against an idyllic countryside backdrop. The Sussex Room is an informal space with capacity for 40 ceremony guests. It has a large bar area where your guests can meet and mingle pre-ceremony. The conservatory also has space for 40 to witness the "I dos." It's beautifully light and airy - a multi-purpose space and a romantic setting.

South Lodge, an Exclusive Hotel & Spa, Horsham

South Lodge offers a tasteful balance of traditional and modern design. It's the ultimate country-house setting, with a fantastic selection of suites and rooms to host the most stylish and elegant occasions. The sweeping drive leads to a striking Neo-Jacobean house, which has been sympathetically extended to create a stunning location either for a formal wedding or a fun, festival-style celebration, set within 93 acres of ground in the Lower Lodge Meadow. Located in the heart of the dramatic Sussex Downs, you're well placed to enjoy a striking display of rhododendrons in the spring, whilst delighting in panoramic views from the outdoor wedding pavilion in the summer. Plus, candlelit outdoor vows with roaring log fires add to the atmosphere and romance when there's a chill in the winter air.

Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne

The Hydro Hotel boasts a light and airy feel, with large open lounges and high ceilings. Opened in 1885 as a seaside retreat, the hotel has continued to welcome guests for more than 100 years. It retains its Victorian-look to this day and its Art Deco entrance and lobby are a sight to behold. Thanks to its commanding position in a quiet part of town, 120 feet above sea level, guests can benefit from the fresh sea air and find themselves captivated by the inspiring sea views. Ceremony options include The Coastal Terrace. An outdoor open-sided stone dome located in the hotel's private gardens, overlooking the sea, it has a capacity of 80. If you prefer to be inside, The Drawing Room is an elegant space lined with fine art, which can host 50 loved ones. The Wedgewood Ballroom is located on the first floor and comes complete with private balcony. It's characterised by its traditional Wedgewood-blue colour scheme and has a private bar and reception area. Here, you can accommodate 100 for the "I dos," 70 for the wedding breakfast, and 100 for the evening bash. Further options for the celebrations include The Garden Suite, The Orangery, and The Meads Room.

West Dean Gardens, Chichester

West Dean Gardens in West Sussex is thought to be one of the greatest restored gardens in England, offering an abundance of idyllic photo opportunities. Set within the South Downs National Park, the Gardens are steeped in history, dating back to 1622. The great thing is you and your guests will have full access to explore them including the Walled Kitchen Garden and recently restored Victorian Glasshouses. You'll all be wowed by the Spring Garden's fibreglass surrealist tree sculptures and Regency flint bridges. The award-winning Sunken Garden and the neighbouring 300-foot Edwardian Pergola are adorned with gorgeous varieties of magnolia, clematis, rose and honeysuckle – a feast for the senses.

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Chichester

The Weald & Downland Living Museum is a one-of-a-kind location for your wedding, set in the heart of the South Downs National Park. The museum boasts more than 50 historical buildings set in a beautiful 19th century park and provides an outstanding backdrop for your day, which your photographer will love. Completed in 2002, the Download Gridshell was the first structure of its kind to be built in the UK. Constructed using solid oak laths, bent into a double curvature, it takes its name from the resulting shell-like shape. The awe-inspiring architecture means you benefit from an uninterrupted space surrounded by peaceful woodland, which can accommodate 120.