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On since 2022

Last update: November 2023

Cowdray House is a historic country house wedding venue situated on the outskirts of Midhurst, amidst the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park in West Sussex and within easy reach of London and its airports. The house dates from the mid-19th century, and the surrounding 16,000-acre estate features sprawling woodlands, a serene lake, and magnificent landscaped gardens. At Cowdray House, timeless elegance blends with the gentle warmth of a family home to create a peaceful, romantic wedding setting unlike any other.

Facilities and Capacity

Cowdray House hosts wedding parties of 15 to 150 guests. Buck Hall, which retains many of its original features, including a vaulted ceiling, stained glass windows, arched minstrels, and an impressive fireplace, hosts wedding ceremonies and wedding breakfasts for parties of up to 150 people. The breathtaking gardens, designed by the famous landscape architect and gardener Capability Brown, are also licensed for civil ceremonies. The estate also has plenty of leisure facilities, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a tennis court, and a bowling alley. You and your guests are also welcome to play polo, golf, or enjoy a bit of clay pigeon shooting. Cowdray House has 22 stunning en-suite bedrooms and two single rooms. Additional accommodation is available on the grounds of the estate.

Services Offered

Cowdray House is available for exclusive use. The venue has an alcohol license, and buffet and seated meal options are available. Cowdray House's wedding coordinator will be available to help you plan your day and answer any questions you may have. Whether you're dreaming of a quiet, romantic day or an extravagant, weekend-long celebration, the wedding and events team wants you and your loved ones to enjoy your time at Cowdray and leave with memories that will last a lifetime.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Stately home
Marquees and tents
Outdoor license

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Dance floor
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities
Outdoor fireworks permitted

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Swimming pool

Other features:

Exclusive use
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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100% Recommended by couples
Molly B. Sent on 06/04/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Outstanding Venue

From the first time we made contact with Cowdray to the wedding day itself the team were brilliant in supporting us. We couldn't have asked for anything more, no request was to big or small to create the day we had dreamed of.
Hannah Sent on 07/09/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you for making our wedding day so special!

We had the most fantastic wedding day at Cowdray!

Suzie and Jo were superb and thank you to everyone at Cowdray for making our wedding day so special.

No effort was spared to ensure our comfort and the professional support and help was hugely appreciated and helped make the occasion very special for us all.

Thank you for all your thoughtful and considerate care.
Sarah Sent on 08/02/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful weekend

Thank you for a wonderful weekend - we had an absolutely perfect wedding at Cowdray and we will cherish the memories forever
Carly Sent on 08/02/2018
5 out of 5 rating

A perfect day

Thank you for all you have done to make our wedding day so spectacular. It was a perfect day
Amy Sent on 23/11/2017
5 out of 5 rating

The Amazing Venue in Cowdray House

Saturday was perfect. We are biased but it is the best wedding we have ever been to. We fell in love with Cowdray House on our first visit back in February and it looked absolutely incredible on Saturday, everyone was blown away including us! It exceeded our expectations and the sight of Buck Hall is a memory that will stay with us forever.

You and your team were incredible in ensuring we had the most perfect day, I have never felt as happy as I did all day on Saturday. I still haven’t stopped smiling.

Thank you so so much, we will never forget Saturday and the amazing venue in Cowdray House!
Sallyanne Sent on 23/11/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Best day of our lives

Best day of our lives. Thank you to the staff and Cowdray. The most happy day of my life.
Scott Sent on 23/11/2017
5 out of 5 rating

We had the best day!

Thank you for an amazing weekend. We are so proud and lucky to get married at Cowdray House. We had the best day! Thank you all so much. Cheeks hurt from smiling so much!
Beth Sent on 01/09/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Best Day of our Lives

Best day of our lives - what a venue and what a team.

Thank you so much!
Kelly Sent on 01/09/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Everything was perfect

Thank you for such an amazing day!

You made it so stress free and easy, we couldn't be more grateful.

Everything was perfect

Thank you so much!
Rachael Sent on 01/09/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Most Amazing Experience

Thank you for the most amazing experience.

Our wedding was an unforgettable day which was only possible due to your help and support.

Thank you to all.
Rosie Sent on 09/08/2017
5 out of 5 rating

An absolute joy from start to finish

What an incredible place to celebrate the beginning of the rest of our lives together.

We have been so well looked after and it has been an absolute joy from start to finish.

Thanks to Sian and all the team.
Charlotte Sent on 09/08/2017
5 out of 5 rating

The most wonderful wedding

Sian and everyone at Cowdray thank you so much for such an amazing time here and the most wonderful wedding!
Jess Sent on 25/07/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Fabulous wedding

What a fabulous wedding day here at Cowdray House. We did not want to leave! Everyone had such an amazing day celebrating with us at the most perfect setting. Thank you to Sian and all the team for everything.
Trevor Sent on 27/06/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Well done Cowdray

Wedding, reception and accommodation all superb. Well done Cowdray. We made the right decision to come here!
Anonymous Sent on 30/05/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely Perfect Wedding

It was an absolutely perfect weekend! Thank you to Sian and all of the team for helping us to create the perfect wedding. Wedding of the decade - fabulous!
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