I’ve lived at the foot of the South Downs in West Sussex for years now. I totally get how mesmerising that view is. Are you on the look out for a venue with that amazing view too? Maybe you have started looking online, finding lots of gorgeous snaps of the venues themselves, but not many of what the view is actually like from there. Then hopefully this list (and snaps I’ve mainly collected from my deliveries) will be helpful with your search for your perfect wedding or event venue. Most of them also have on-site accomodation too by the way, which I have listed for you.
Sullington Manor Farm
A few minutes from Storrington, up a quiet countryside little lane (past the racehorse stable I used to ride morning canters), you’ll arrive at Sullington Manor Farm. A beautiful, traditional farm with on-site accomodation, 2 barns (one large one that can accomodate in excess of 150 guests) and a recently renovated smaller barn at the front, which is perfect for lunch time events, team buidling workshops and classes.
Leaving Storrington behind and driving towards Goodwood and Chichester to West Dean and the mightly Fardridge Barn. Not only the venue itself is totallyenchanting, but the view is also absolutely breathtaking as you can see. Farbridge can accomodate 60-150 guests for weddings or parties. It also has the added benefit of 7 double bedrooms, all en-suite, and a Bridal Suite, amongst lots and lots of other facilities. Read more HERE.
Not far from Farbride, you’ll find Upwaltham Barns with more stunning views of the rolling hills around Goodwood and Sussex. I have seen the barns set up in many different ways, from a countryside rustic wedding with bunting and pastel tones to a vibrant, super colourful Indian wedding complete with a chill out area full of silk cushions and myriads of tea light candles. Nicola, Kate and the teams there are super friendly and incredibly experienced – get in touch with them for any questions or to arrange a visit. The drive itself is totally worth it 🙂
And we are back near Storringon! Dorset House is a private school with boarding facilities tucked away at the very bottom of Bury in West Sussex. Again, you’ll drive through a few miles of little country lanes to get to it, before taking a turn down a little residential lane flanked by pretty country cottages and turning into the school’s drive. How do I know it so well? We had our wedding reception there.
Dorset House’s availability is limited (due to the fact it’s a working school with boarders). But being potentially accomodating with the date to fit outside of school terms rewards you with something rather special: 40 acres of medieval gardens, those views across the river and the South Downs in the backdrop. Framed by the many archways of the buildings, it’s a rather magical place you might want to check out. Dorset House can accomodate 100 guests for a Civil Ceremony, and up to 150 for a seated event. Caterer in-residence is Susan Quinn, who’s been there for 16 years she told me a few days ago. So if you have any questions, Susan is bound to know the answer.
Lets head towards Midhurst now and the very pretty Grittenham barn, just outside Tillington. Grittenham Barn can accomodate up to 120 guests seated, and up to 250 for a standing up event. You can download their full brochure HERE.
Back up from Bury and across the Bury Road, is one of my ultimate destinations in Sussex ….especially for dog walks. To get to Bignor Park you’ll drive through some of the most “pittoresque” parts of the county in my opinion. Up through West Burton and toward Bignor Hill. then, take a deep breath and prepare to be wowed big time. Bignor Park stands apart on the top of the hill, a grand house with salmon pink walls, tall French style windows and acres of rolling hills and ancient trees around. You can read more about its fascninating history HERE. What I particularly love about Bignor PArk (aside from the breathtaking views), is that, although it’s a real historical venue, you can defintieyl mix traditional and quirky there (a bit like me?), as you can see from the snap above from Beautiful Tents Worlds anf their fantastic tipis.
So you can totally have your cake and eat it (yes, I had to put a cake reference somewhere, bien sur).
Long Furlong Barn
Hopefully the view needs no additional words. Travelling south from Storrington, past Findon and across the road known locally as the Long Furlong, you’ll finf the aptly named Long Furlong Barn. From there you can enjoy a 360 degrees view of the Downs. Beautifiul and so relaxing. Perfect for any event, whether it’s a wedding or a corporate day out.
Peaceful, beautiful and with generous on-site accomodation too. I discovered Tottington Manor as a corporate event venue. It’s equally perfect for a wedding or a celebration. That view is just something isn’t it!
Last but not least, driving across the A27 from the bottom of the Long Furlong all the way near Brighton, is Pangdean Barn. You’d have no idea that this venue exists from te busy main road (not that you can hear anything once you arrive there). It’s a good thing they have a large sign post near their main gate. The gardens feature a Loganberry tree that’s thought to be over 150 years old. It’s sleeping on its side, like a gently giant. When I saw it for the first time, it was crammed full of rich pink berries. For me it made the gardens, the view and the venue completely unique. it’s the first detail I always talk about when I mention Pangdean Barn to people! Sadly I was so taken aback I didn’t think of snapping a picture of it. I can’t find one on the net either. You’ll just have to take me word for it or go and visit the barn yourself (I think it’s the best solution).
Did this post help you with your search for your perfect venue? Let me know.