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On since 2022

Last update: February 2024

Milwards House is a historic wedding venue located in Lewes, in the East Sussex region of England. The stunning countryside estate dates back to the 16th century and boasts exquisite gardens and architecture. It neighbours Sussex Downs and has nearby accommodations for your out-of-town guests.

Facilities and Capacity

Milwards House is surrounded by 150 acres of glorious lawns, gardens, and a picturesque lake. After saying 'I do' beneath their rose arbour, join your guests on the terrace overlooking the grounds and toast to a lifetime of happiness. Outdoor celebrations of up to 200 people are held in the lakeside marquee, featuring stone flooring, heated interiors, and plenty of natural light from its windows. If you prefer the vintage charm of the building's interiors, The coach house can accommodate ceremonies of up to 60 guests. Its vaulted ceilings and exposed beams make for a rustic, barn-style setting. The entrance hall is ideal for a photo session, complete with stained glass windows and an elegant staircase.

Services Offered

The experienced team at Milwards House aim to provide as much as possible to streamline your planning. Their event coordinator will walk you through each detail, from design and aesthetics to cuisine and entertainment. Their marquees include a licensed bar, sound and lighting equipment, a dance floor, and facilities for entertainers and DJs. Your wedding package also includes tables and chairs, glassware, and LED fairy lights, perfect for a starry night effect in the marquee. Their team is happy to recommend one of their preferred catering vendors.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Asian wedding
Stately home
Marquees and tents
Outdoor license

Ceremony options:

Fire ceremony
Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

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

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for Milwards Estate

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Paddy M. Sent on 02/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Our dream venue, with a dream team!

The second we found Milwards, we knew that we had found our dream wedding venue. The location is utterly perfect and our guests couldn’t believe we’d found such a gem in the heart of the Sussex countryside within our budget!

We were lucky to have perfect weather on our big day, but the venue is full of so much character that we would have loved it even if it had rained. There are so many cute spots for photos, so many lovely areas for guests to explore and mingle in, and of course the fantastic marquee, bar and dancefloor. We loved that it was a blank canvas that we could add our personality to, but at the same time didn’t require much work to look stunning.

Claire and Maria were amazing from day one and answered all of our questions quickly, provided tips and ideas, and were just generally wonderful all the way through. Chris DJ’ed for us and helped to ensure that the dance floor remained in action all night long!

Milwards was our perfect venue and we cannot recommend it highly enough. Thank you so much Claire, Chris, Maria and all the team for helping to make our dream wedding a reality!
Clare C. Sent on 26/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

When Claire, Maria, Chris and team say ‘tell us what you want and we’ll do it’ they 100% mean it.

Nothing is too much. They are running a family business and put their everything into ensuring their clients have the best day possible.
The venue itself is picturesque and if you’re lucky enough to get the sunshine we did, it is absolutely perfect for an outdoor wedding. (We haven’t got our professional photos yet but have attached some that our guests took!) The venue is licensed to perform legal ceremonies both outside, and at an indoor location.
The marquee is a permanent structure with a proper floor, full bar, electricity and dance floor. We set up the day before in high winds and rain and it barely moved - no flapping sides and certainly not a leak to be found! The marquee has a kitchen at the back so that your caterer has plenty of space to get your meal prepared. There are fridges available to use, several sinks, a dedicated barbecue space just outside, and an oven which can be hired.
We didn’t utilised the space inside the actual house, but the ceremony room inside is also very beautiful with a feature, twisted fireplace that you can utilise for photos in the colder/wetter months.
The price is very reasonable compared to similar venues. You do have to use the bar at the venue and can’t BYO, but the bar is reasonably priced, fully stocked, and it saved us having to think about that side of things.
We utilised the outside space by having our ceremony, welcome drinks, afternoon tea, lawn games and photos outside from 11:00-16:30. There is lots to look at, little walks you can do around the lakes, duck spotting and by bringing our own games and setting them up in an area away from the marquee meant those that wanted a bit of competition could be kept separate from those that wanted to sit on a mat by the lake enjoying a drink and a mingle.
The venue provided a microphone for speeches and was happy to play the music playlists we provided throughout the day. There is the option of booking their DJ who was very accommodating and happy to change the music when it moved away from our taste!
It really was the perfect venue and I couldn’t recommend it more. Lovely people and setting.
Thank you!
Monica Sent on 14/10/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Our Wedding day was full of love and joy!

Thank you so much Clare, Chris, and staff for all your help in making our wedding day so full of love and joy. I really appreciate all your help and patience - and most definitely the giggles! Would most definitely recommend you to friends, and thank you so much again!
Melissa Sent on 14/10/2016
5 out of 5 rating

A beautiful setting, extremely laid back

Massive thank you to Clare, her husband, Maria and all the staff at Milwards Estate. We chose Milwards as our wedding venue as it was a beautiful setting, extremely laid back and just what we had in mind for our special day.
All staff at Milwards were very attentive and on hand to help wherever required. Very thankful to Clare's husband for finding me a safety pin when needed and clare for trying to fix my shoes that unfortunately we're giving me some problems.
I would definitely recommend Milwards Estate to anyone.
We really did have an amazing day and you were a massive part in creating that.
Hope to stay in touch.
Andy Sent on 14/10/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Stunning hardly does it justice

We had our wedding at Milwards on 16th July, and we honestly cannot thank Claire and her lovely team enough for ensuring we had the most amazing, perfect wedding day possible. Even when we had a minor hiccup on the day with one of the suppliers, Claire and the team were calm and prepared to do whatever was needed to keep the day running smoothly.
As for the venue itself, stunning hardly does it justice. Our guests absolutely loved the beautiful ceremony room, marquee and huge grounds; and loved exploring by the lake and trees. We really couldn't have asked for better. Thank you so much for everything!
Charlie Sent on 14/10/2016
5 out of 5 rating

The most amazing venue. Absolutely stunning.

The most amazing venue. Absolutely stunning. But it was the staff that made the day. Nothing was ever too much trouble. Everything thought of down to the very last detail. If you're thinking of booking this place don't think twice. Book it. You won't regret it for a minute.
Jamie Sent on 14/10/2016
5 out of 5 rating

It was just incredible

We got married here on Saturday (9th July) and had the most perfect day The venue is stunning with space for people to roam the grounds and take amazing photos. The marquee is a fantastic size and is a complete blank canvas to make your day your own. The ceremony room is small and intimate so everyone feels closely involved in the special day. And finally the! They went above and beyond to make the day run smoothly for everyone. Everything ran seamlessly and every hiccup sorted without any stress. Honestly, have your wedding here- it was just incredible.
Dani Sent on 14/10/2016
5 out of 5 rating

The views are breathtaking!

What an Incredible venue. We absolutely love it!!!
The views are breathtaking and the staff couldn't do enough...
Everyone was so polite, friendly and helpful and made the day run smoothly. For every hiccup .... You found a solution.
Chris, Claire and your team, you really made our day so special, we can't thank you enough.
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