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On since 2022

Last update: March 2024

Highden Estate is a country wedding venue located in Washington, West Sussex. This setting offers a picturesque backdrop immersed in South Downs National Park in the heart of England's countryside. It covers nearly 1,000 acres of woodland and lush fields, offering exclusivity and serenity. This venue has been owned and managed by the Denman family for more than 80 years, and they take great pride in maintaining its natural beauty. In the estate, you'll find a walled garden, a field, and a forest school where you can host a celebration. This wedding venue is easily accessible, with Gatwick Airport being just 40 minutes away, while Horsham train station takes 20 minutes to reach by car.

Facilities and Capacity

The walled garden at Highden Estate offers a romantic backdrop where couples can celebrate their love story. The garden also offers the use of a marquee, offering shelter despite the season. It dates back to the Victorian era and has been lovingly maintained, adding a touch of historic charm to the space. The garden covers an acre and is surrounded by high walls, creating a whimsical yet private setting. Weddings can also be held in Cowdown, a 20-acre field setting that's perfect for dancing the night away. Here, you can enjoy stunning views from the top of the South Downs National Park. A final setting is available in the Forest School, which offers a magical charm for your milestone celebrations. It has lots of wooden features, perfect for adding some rustic romance to any event.

Services Offered

Highden Estate has an exclusive-use policy, giving couples the opportunity to celebrate their milestone in peace and privacy. The team at the venue is also happy to provide their list of recommended suppliers to help inspire your wedding planning. The vendors on this list range from catering companies to car hire

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Marquees and tents
Woodland and festival
Outdoor license
Tipis and yurts

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Private catering allowed

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Dance floor
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

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
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for Highden Estate

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Laura W. Sent on 10/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The most beautiful venue and wonderful team

We got married at the Highden Estate at the end of July. It is truly the most beautiful space and we loved that we could make it our own. The Walled Garden is stunning, especially in the summer when it is in full bloom. There are so many ways you could use the space and we loved having several options for where we wanted to hold the ceremony.
Louisa has been fantastic all the way through, from first visiting Highden and booking, to the wedding day itself. Nothing is ever too much trouble and she is so quick to respond to any communication. On our wedding day, both Louisa and Kirsty were amazing and helped the whole day run smoothly. They even stole us and our photographers away to capture some sunset photos at another spot nearby - we can't wait to get those photos back!
So many improvements and updates to the Walled Garden have been made since we originally booked, which we benefited from, including the additional stretch canvas canopy in one section of the garden and the wooden decked flooring of the marquee.
A big thank you to Louisa, Kirsty and the Denman family for helping us have the most magical day!
Laura & Brad
Francesca N. Sent on 13/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Most Amazing Venue and People

Louisa, Jane, Philly and Kirsty were the most incredible venue suppliers I could have asked for. They supported me every step of the way and the venue itself was everything I dreamed of.
Secret Garden was my favourite film as a child and I felt I was there for my wedding thanks to this venue.
Fully flexibility on how I wanted to have the layout and decor, full support in the lead up and throughout the day itself.
Can’t thank you all enough.
I highly recommend having your wedding, reception, party or any special event at this venue.
Jade Sent on 18/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The most incredible views!

We hired cowdown field for our wedding reception and we couldn’t have asked for anymore. Louisa and the family were absolutely fantastic to deal with, we had postponed the wedding twice due to covid and they were incredibly flexible and understanding. The venue has the best views in Sussex which make for the perfect back drop to an outdoor wedding! Thank you highden!
Jessica R. Sent on 14/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful wedding venue!

The walled garden at the Highden Estate was the most beautiful setting for our wedding. The team at Highden were super friendly, professional and efficient. We had the perfect day!
Ava M. Sent on 11/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding of our dreams at Highden!

We held our wedding reception at Highden on a gloriously sunny September day.

It was the perfect venue for us as we wanted a high-end English garden party feel, with live music all day and lots of food and drink! The walled garden was idyllic, magical. Guests couldn’t believe how beautiful it was! We could have been in the south of France.

The Denman family were marvellous and so helpful! They couldn’t have done any more for us. Everything was stress free and the day went without a hitch! 10/10!
Umang Q. Sent on 25/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Out of this world!

The walled garden at Highden was the most magical setting for our wedding in late May. The Denman family have created such a special place and Louisa was very accommodating throughout, allowing us full freedom to make the space our own for the weekend. Kirsty was a star on the day and helped everything run smoothly. We can’t thank them enough for helping us create a spectacular celebration…we just wish we could do it all again!
Hannah N. Sent on 22/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Magical - a hidden gem of Sussex!

Everything about our day at Highden was absolutely spectacular – with the breath-taking walled garden making the day feel truly magical. Jane, Louisa & Kirsty couldn’t have been more helpful in the lead up and on the day. A true hidden gem of Sussex that won’t be forgotten by me, my husband or wedding guests for years to come!
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Highden Estate RH20 4BA Horsham (West Sussex)
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