Eartham House is situated to the southern end of the hamlet of Eartham. The first reference to the establishment of a residence at Eartham was in 1743 when Thomas Hayley purchased a small estate from the heirs of Sir Robert Fag in order to build a house for his summer retirement. After his death in 1775, the house was occupied by his son William Hayley who was a poet.
The House, which has been the home of Great Ballard School for the last forty years, is a magnificent country house set in 30 acres of glorious countryside. There are extensive views to the south coast and Chichester. The house still has many Regency features, but was extensively enlarged and remodeled by the famous architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens, at the beginning of the twentieth century. Up to 140 guests can be seated in the house for dining in the elegant rooms. One of the rooms accommodates a dance floor. Canapes can be served in the adjoining conservatory. This venue offers a special day set against a romantic Regency backdrop. .
The current price to hire this venue is £1,700.
Slindon House was notably the summer palace of Stephen Langton (c1150–1228), the Archbishop of Canterbury who attended the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215 and who died within the building in 1228. The current Slindon House we see today was constructed later in the time of Queen Elizabeth I by the Kempe family, who were staunch Catholics, and for over 300 years mass was held in a secret chapel, hidden within the house. This area, unfortunately, no longer exists today.
Set in 18 acres within the South Downs National Park and enjoying breath-taking and uninterrupted views to the sea and Downland countryside, Slindon House offers a unique wedding venue location. The historic Manor House, belonging to the National Trust, with the Victorian conservatory is ideal for fully licensed marriage ceremonies and wedding receptions. Wedding ceremonies can be held in the beautiful Grand Hall, or outside within the grounds. The Grand Hall can accommodate up to 120 people and the beautiful conservatory acts as a focal point for canape receptions. The extensive grounds, also featuring forest areas and an ornamental garden, offer a number of beautiful spots for a luxury marquee ideal for large parties or more intimate gatherings. There are also two beautiful churches in the village, St. Mary’s (COE) and St. Richard’s (RC), for those who wish to have a blessing or a church wedding.
The price to hire this venue is - £2500
Hell Fyre Barn
Hell Fyre Barn is situated within the Sharpenhurst Farm Estate. The Farmhouse and buildings are believed to date back to the 17th Century or earlier and were formally used to support the needs of the nearby Christs Hospital school.
Set within the beautiful South Downs countryside near the village of Itchingfield, Hell Fyre Barn provides a beautiful and unique wedding venue. Hell Fyre Barn is adorned with ancient farming implements, fishing, butchery and milling ephemera, romantic tapestries, silk hops and white wisteria flowers. There is a hayloft high up in the timber roof which affords a view over the Barn and could provide an excellent photo booth opportunity. The Forwylde Granary could be used for a blessing (the venue is not currently licensed for civil ceremonies) and the Barn used for the reception. The Granary can also be used for drinks and canapes during inclement weather. The Barn and Granary can accommodate up to 130 seated or 150 standing guests. There is ample parking, camping space and there is the opportunity for the wedding couple to stay overnight in the historic on-site accommodation. There is also a beautiful vintage 1930 Dodge Big Six car with white brocade interior, trimmed with old lace, and gold and green satin roses which could be used for more photo opportunities.
The beautiful St Nicolas Church, built in 1125 with later additions, is situated relatively nearby for couples wishing to have a church wedding.
The cost to hire this beautiful and unique venue is £5,000 inclusive of the tables, linen, chairs, cutlery, crockery and glassware etc. and the on-site accommodation.