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Last update: May 2024

Nestled in 1,100 acres of beautiful East Sussex countryside, the luxury resort is the perfect location where you wedding vision can become a reality. Renowned for our excellent service, delicious food and superb facilities, we provide a personal touch to each and every wedding making your day extra special from beginning to end.

Weddings really are our forte at East Sussex National.... Our dedicated wedding team provide a friendly and informal approach backed up with the experience to look after every detail of your day. With a choice of settings and complete tailor-made packages, we really can bring your wedding dreams to life from an intimate gathering in our Pavilion Restaurant to spectacular celebrations in our magnificent National Suite for up to 350 guests.

For the big moment, we can offer you four totally unique ceremony spaces, from our beautiful 'Birdcage' on the lawns to the striking 'Lynx Roundall'; a circular room for up to 150 guests surrounded by a wall of glass and breath taking views... and with only one ceremony held a day you really can choose the perfect space for you both to say 'I do'!

Take some time out together to explore the grounds, surrounded by the most beautiful views over the manicured lawns and across stunning countryside of the South Downs .... you can even take a golf buggy to explore the many photo opportunities!

Our packages have been designed to meet a variety of budgets to include the most traditional elements of your celebration to create a day to be remembered forever. Looking for something a little different? Simply tell us what would make your wedding or celebration perfect and we will help to create it with our new tailor-made option.

Our team of Chefs pride themselves on creating inspiring dishes sourced from local and seasonal ingredients and can boast 2 AA rosettes to prove it!

As VIP's for the day, you can unwind in one of our luxurious bridal suites, complimentary of course with all our packages. Why not indulge in one of the many pampering treatments in our resort spa or simply order room service and enjoy a leisurely breakfast together on the balcony.

Why not visit us in person to experience all that East Sussex National has to offer - our dedicated team can't wait to show you around!

Team ESN x

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Sporting
Unusual weddings
Asian wedding
Landmark
Large hotel
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Fire ceremony
Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Swimming pool
Health suite
Beautician
Fitness centre

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Helipad
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for East Sussex National

4.8 out of 5 rating
4.8 out of 5 rating
25 reviews
96% recommend it
  • Quality of the service
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Response time
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Value for money
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.7 out of 5 rating
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Zoe B. Sent on 06/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Made our wedding better than we had imagined

East Sussex National is a very special place to us, hence why we knew it would be the perfect wedding venue. When we first met with Beth and the wedding team, we immediately knew it was the right decision. They made everything so easy and seamless. Nothing was ever too much trouble. We got sent all the info we needed well in advance so we knew how things would look like on the day and they gave us such good recommendations and suggestions that we hadn’t thought of that just added that extra touch of special-ness. On the day, it was all hands on deck and I was watching all the staff and how they took such care and precision when preparing the wedding breakfast room. Everyone was so polite and gracious. I honestly don’t know how it could have been any better. We would definitely recommend this venue if you want beautiful settings, attention to detail and staff who go above and beyond. Thanks ESN. Can’t wait to come back. Zoë and Dan xxx
Louise
Louise Sent on 06/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Fabulous venue

Such a gorgeous venue! The staff couldn’t have been more helpful! Our photographer didn’t turn up, but the staff put their heads together and Emily (the event planner) stepped in and took stunning photos on my sisters camera. Could not be more grateful for making our day so super special and making our guests feel welcomed and happy!
Rachel
Rachel D. Sent on 06/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing day of our lives

We got married in 2022 and it was everything we could have hoped for and more. Emily was our wedding planner and was amazing with helping with so many of the things we needed. It sadly rained all day so we couldn’t use the beautiful grounds but it was a beautiful day still and the rooms looked stunning.
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Beth J. Sent on 19/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing venue!

Amazing from start to finish, the venue we’re great with all our questions leading up to our day, especially Beth and Rachel who made me feel so at ease on our wedding morning!
Lovely food, lovely venue and service!
Rupal
Rupal Sent on 25/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Big Fat Indian Wedding

We had the most incredible 3 day Indian wedding at this venue. Everyone was helpful, approachable and did everything they could to assist us in planning the wedding. The venue is stunning and the 3 days felt like a mini holiday as all our guests could stay at the hotel. There is plenty of space for guests to mingle in between events and the rooms are extremely well priced. The Spa facilities are an extra bonus for your guests! I could not recommend East Sussex National and their team enough!
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Rebecca P. Sent on 22/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Hotel Wedding Venue in Sussex

We were so lucky to have our dream venue for our wedding reception! Emily and Tracey who were our co-ordinators were so helpful, very organised and communicated excellently with us and with our supplier team. The other staff made our reception an enjoyable and fun night - the bar team were so helpful, Rachel was great too - approachable and helpful. If you're looking for a nice hotel wedding venue in Sussex - I highly recommend East Sussex National Hotel. Because we booked before a certain date, we were entitled to a complimentary night's stay the night before the wedding! Breakfast was excellent too.
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Sandie B. Sent on 06/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic, professional and responsive wedding venue

We had our wedding at East Sussex National Hotel. From the beginning to end Beth was really helpful and helped us plan our special day. The day itself was amazing. Every thing was really organised and our wedding co ordinator was there for all our needs. Would highly recommend East Sussex National.
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Yasmin I. Sent on 14/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Asian wedding 2022

My partner and I chose this specific venue as it was so beautiful, it had a lot to offer with such beautiful views and scenery around it, with Asian weddings it’s hard to find a venue that is located in East Sussex with large capacity luckily we came across East Sussex National in which we managed to seat around 500 guests! Everything was set beautifully and organised how we spoke about it before. They managed set up a prayer room for our guests upstairs aswell as another bridal suite room, it was exceptional. Vivek and Beth both replied to us promptly and managed to fit in viewings that matched our weekly timetables, Vivek especially made everything feel smooth and the process less stressful. The scenery around the venue makes amazing pictures and perfect for any wedding videography! There are many chances in the venue to have cute couple shoots inside and out.
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Chris M. Sent on 12/07/2022
2.8 out of 5 rating

Booked a luxury suite with wrap around balcony and was given a room on lower ground floor

Booked luxury suite with wrap around balcony and was given room on lower ground floor.
Reception couldn’t move us!!!! It spoilt our anniversary celebration a bit. Group golf bookings who paid considerably less than us seemed to have priority over balcony rooms.
A balcony is a platform protruding from a building above ground level. !!!!!!!
Won’t be coming back!!!!!
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Charlotte S. Sent on 06/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Mrs Charlotte Sewett

Couldn't recommend a better place for a wedding they are so helpful and attentive and can't do enough for you
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Mobola O. Sent on 28/03/2024
4.8 out of 5 rating

Beautiful day, no regrets

We had our wedding with over 300 guests in July 2022. The process was smooth from beginning to end. Beth was so helpful and other membersi of the events team were always at hand if we needed any more information. We were a bit concerned a few weeks before as we found out that another wedding was going to be held in the same venue, but we did not even see the other wedding and there were no issues on the day. Our guests loved the hotel and all the facilities were clean and looked lovely. Some of our guests have even been back. The venue made and grounds made our day beautiful.
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Laura Sent on 08/10/2021
1.8 out of 5 rating

Awful wedding reception experience

We had our wedding at the East Sussex National after 3 cancellations due to covid. In this time we had 5-6 various different wedding coordinators, each time we had to re confirm all of our details as nothing was kept on file which was very difficult. They also kept trying to change things that we already had confirmed in writing / contract IE minimum numbers, food choices etc trying to over charge what was in the original contract and giving the feeling they just wanted to make more money.

The current wedding coordinator doesn’t work weekends for viewings of the hotel or meetings for current bride and grooms which if you work full time just doesn’t work.

On the day we had countless failures by the venue itself which after the wedding we gave them the opportunity to comment on and try to resolve but instead after a week got an email from the general manager to fob us off offering us a 2 night stay FOC which we declined, as to us it was more important to get answers to our problems so it doesn’t happen for future bride and grooms. When we replied asking for answers the manager Vivek didn’t have the decency to respond.
To keep this short I have bullet pointed the issues we faced with the venue on the day with some major issues that they refused to address.

◦ Wedding coordinator wasn’t present on the day. The confirmed staff member wasn’t who we had on the day, however she did her best given the limited information she was provided. We later found the paperwork for our day, it was half ours and half for the wedding the weekend before so no wonder there was confusion. Small things things weren’t done like hoover carpets, iron linen and light candles prior to the wedding breakfast.

◦ The aircon couldn’t be turned on. For a summer wedding it was sweltering.

◦ Drinks prices were different between the venue bar and main hotel bar, guests kept leaving the reception to get cheaper drinks downstairs.

◦ Guests partial and even full drinks were cleared away without permission whilst dancing (a money grab on the venues part as far as we are concerned)

◦ Not all of the food we provided for the evening reception was put out nor was it returned (stackable items like Lindor chocolates, crisps & fruit) we provided boxes for left over food / cheese / cake to be taken away by guests these were removed by the venue and “lost” so we had a LOT of food waste. Not to mention the expensive phantom boxes.

◦ We also provided bags for guests on check in (designer toiletries, food drink & a personalised wedding door hanger to invite them to a group breakfast the next morning. These weren’t handed out check in which we didn’t find out until the next morning at breakfast.

◦ The hotel had also over booked the hotel rooms meaning some guests didn’t get the rooms they had booked and were even forced to pay for a second room on the night!

◦ Our wedding cake was taken away to be served after cutting, however it wasn’t returned. After asking multiple times the groom ended up in the kitchen to find it at about 10pm. This led to a LOT of wasted food, again.

◦ The reception room itself wasn’t laid out correctly or the room hoovered. This was reflected in the honeymoon suite which was very run down, dirty & didn’t even have a fridge or ice for a bottle of champagne in the evening. This made the getting ready photos very hard to take to avoid blemishes on the walls floors, the windows were dirty and the balcony rusty and unpainted. It also had 2 single beds pushed together! Not ideal for a ‘honeymoon suite’…


Overall our day was ruined at the reception stage by constantly having to chase staff for frankly basic requirements laid out in the wedding plan agreed prior to the day, we had lots of negative comments from guests post wedding about the reception which isn’t what you want! Unfortunately the points we made here weren’t all of problems we had but the main ones.

Personally the attitude of staff on the day and after, shows the quality of service they provide and if I could I would have booked anywhere else for our day and will not be returning for any event at the hotel and would recommend anyone looking to book a wedding steers well clear.
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Graham Sent on 27/02/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Reception 20.02.20

We had our wedding in Lewes on 22/02/2020 and couldn't find anywhere in the town that was of a suitable standard to host the reception. We found the Esat Sussex National by accident as we looked for places outside the area. The wedding was arranged by Sasha who was very helpful from the outset and nothing was too much trouble for her, this was true of all the staff, including Kate and Jane on reception and the events staff too. The food is superbe and we had a free taster meal that confirmed this, all of our guests complimented the quality of the staff and food.
I would highly recommend this venue for any function you may be thinking of having there.
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Martin Sent on 06/09/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Our Fantastic Wedding

We had an amazing Wedding at the East Sussex National and would highly recommend it to anyone and not just for Weddings! The Wedding Coordinator, Becky, was brilliant at helping us to plan our day right down to the smallest detail and was always very helpful. Everything surpassed our expectations; the attentiveness of staff, quality of the rooms, service, food, drink, and the exceptional venue itself. We were lucky that it was such a glorious day which showed off the venue to it's full potential, we were taken on a 5 minute golf buggy ride down to the lake area which is fabulous for photos. On the day we were looked after by Paul with his team who were first class, with nothing being too much trouble. Even when we had a problem with an external supplier on the day (not one that was recommended by the venue), Paul pulled out all the stops to help us to resolve the issue. Our lesson for anyone getting married is to use the suppliers recommended by the venue. All our family and friends enjoyed it too and everyone commented on what a wonderful venue it was, some even envious that they hadn't found it for their wedding! We were pleased the preferential room rate allowed many of our guests to stay overnight and extend our celebrations over the whole weekend. We're planning to return to the venue to celebrate our first wedding anniversary.
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Sam Sent on 09/07/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Our wedding

Fabulous venue, fabulous rooms, fantastic service all the worry taken from us and dealt with by the very patient Becky and Paul. In fact all the staff were brilliant. We had such a perfect day, many of our guests commented on the venue as the preferential rates allowed so many of our friends and relatives to stay overnight and extend our wedding celebrations. Highly recommended. Thank you to all staff for helping us to enjoy a brilliant wedding day.
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Open Door

Come and view our stunning venue, and let us help you plan your dream wedding with us!

Date: From 13/06/2024 to 13/06/2024 Schedule 18:00 - 20:00
Place: Little Horsted, Uckfield, East Sussex
11 Jul
Open Door

Come and view our stunning venue, and let us help you plan your dream wedding with us!

Date: From 11/07/2024 to 11/07/2024 Schedule 18:00 - 20:30
Place: Little Horsted, Uckfield, East Sussex
22 Aug
Open Door

Come and view our stunning venue, and let us help you plan your dream wedding with us!

Date: From 22/08/2024 to 22/08/2024 Schedule 18:00 - 20:00
Place: Little Horsted, Uckfield, East Sussex

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