Southdowns Manor

(132 reviews) 132 4.98
Dumpford Lane Trotton Nr Petersfield West Sussex GU31 5JN
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About Southdowns Manor

Dumpford Lane, Trotton
Nr Petersfield
West Sussex, GU31 5JN

Southdowns Manor is a beautiful country house and hotel set within the South Downs National Park. This 19thCentury property oozes the elegance and charm that many couples look for in the perfect wedding venue. Our tranquil gardens, rural backdrop and wisteria walkways also provide the quintessential English setting. 

We think you’ll agree, Southdowns Manor is one of the most picturesque wedding venues in England. So, you can guarantee a stunning collection of wedding photography here. 

Its excellent range of wedding packages, sensational dining and private, home-from-home feel make our property a popular place to get married. Bordering Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex, you will find us in between the attractive market towns of Petersfield and Midhurst. It feels blissfully secluded, yet is surprisingly, very accessible. Especially for wedding guests travelling from Southampton, Guildford or London.

The venue is fully licensed for civil ceremonies and can cater for weddings of all sizes, from small, intimate weddings to larger weddings of up to 150 guests. The Banqueting Suite is an excellent choice for larger wedding breakfasts and is furnished with white silk drapes, wooden flooring and ceiling fairy lights. It can also be decorated to suit your individual tastes. 

We have a variety of places to hold an indoor wedding ceremony here. However, if you are hoping for an outdoor wedding, our romantic gazebo is perfect for this. Alternatively, church weddings can be held in the Grade I listed St George’s Church in nearby Trotten. We can then host your special wedding reception on your return from the church.

There are 14 luxurious ensuite bedrooms available for wedding guests at Southdowns Manor. We also have a stunning honeymoon suite and collection of elegant reception rooms for you to choose from. 


  • Sussex Room – This informal area is licenced for ceremonies and can accommodate up to 40 guests. It boasts full bar facilities and is the ideal location for serving canapés and reception drinks.
  • Conservatory – Our light and airy conservatory can be used for a variety of purposes. It is perfect for small and romantic weddings and is licenced for ceremonies of up to 40 guests.
  • Banqueting Suite – The Banqueting Suite can comfortably accommodate 120 people for dining. It is licenced for larger ceremonies of up to 150 guests and its starlight ceiling provides an elegant setting throughout your wedding day.
• Exclusive-use wedding venue • Can host all sizes of wedding, from intimate weddings of 10 guests to large weddings of 150 guests • Licensed for both inside and outside ceremonies • Stunning honeymoon suite • 14 Luxurious ensuite bedrooms available

Facilities at Southdowns Manor

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Outdoor License
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Entertainment Licence
DJ Facilities
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Other Features :
Car Parking
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator

Southdowns Manor Reviews (132)

We had the best day ever,
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By Charlotte & Nathon, on 13 Feb 2020Date of Wedding - 02 Feb 2020

Wow, where do I being. We had the best day ever, everything was just perfect, nothing was to much trouble. The food was amazing! All the little things like a bubble bath ran for us, slice of wedding cake and bottle of champagne waiting for us when we returned to our honeymoon suit. We’re just few of the wonderful gestures that made it that big more special for us. So a massive thank you to Lia and all the other members of staff at Southdowns that made our wedding a day to remember.

Highly recommended!
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By Law, on 06 Jan 2020Date of Wedding - 14 Dec 2019

Lia was amazing throughout! I feel so lucky to have had her as our wedding planner. She went above and beyond to make sure our special day was perfect, and we couldn’t have been happier with how our day planned out. Thank you Lia! Highly recommended! xxx

The venue is breathtaking
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By Holly Budd, on 06 Jan 2020Date of Wedding - 13 Dec 2019

We had the most amazing day. The venue is breathtaking and the staff are ridiculously helpful and nice. Lia was a superstar and nothing was to much trouble. Everyone could not get over how amazing the food was and lots of people said to us that it was the best wedding they’d ever been too. We can’t thank Southdowns Manor enough for all there hard work and an amazingly special day.

We fell in love with Southdowns
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By Abi Summers, on 13 Feb 2020Date of Wedding - 01 Dec 2019

We fell in love with Southdowns from the very first visit, we decided to not even bother looking at other venues. From day one and throughout, we never once felt like customers but just part of the family. The whole team are passionate, loving and dedicated and our wedding planner - Kate - went above and beyond (which in itself is a massive understatement). Kate was somehow at every single moment throughout the day - helping with hair, rearranging rooms, entertaining both the bride and groom (and even keeping an eye on flower girls running riot!) and prepping guests - and even our families commented on how she just seamlessly brought moments together. Our wedding morning was the most relaxing and stress free morning we’ve ever had! The team on the day worked in perfect synchronisation to the point you’d think it was mechanical if not for the individualisation and personable team. Food wise, they could probably pass for a Michelin restaurant without needing to be a wedding venue - we still crave the pork belly again to this day! Choosing Southdowns was our second best decision, only coming after our decision to get married. We’ll never be able to thank them all enough - we almost wish we were doing it all again!

The best Wedding venue ever!
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By Rebecca & Matt Whelan, on 11 Dec 2019Date of Wedding - 15 Nov 2019

The best Wedding venue ever! Perfect from start to finish! We could not have asked for a more amazing, professional, attentive wedding planner as Lia was. She was a perfectionist! Made us both feel at ease throughout our whole wedding planning journey so we can honestly say we did not feel the usual stress associated with weddings! Being able to start the day by getting ready with the bridesmaids in the dressing room was lovely & made the day seem to last longer. My only suggestion for the dressing room is to have better lighting in there (it was a rainy day so even daylight was poor) The food was perfect, we received so many compliments from our guests on both the wedding breakfast (Lamb shank) & the evening buffet (Indian Selection). The staff made sure no wine glasses were empty throughout the day & were all very professional & friendly. The chair sashes provided by Southdowns Manor were the perfect match to our flowers. We also found our blossom trees during an open day at Southdowns Manor. Rebecca & Matt Whelan 15/11/2019

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By Amy and Gary Mitchell, on 06 Jan 2020Date of Wedding - 02 Nov 2019

Before we even got engaged we found out about Southdowns Manor on Facebook. On first impressions we thought we would love to get married there one day. So when we got engaged, it was our first choice of venue to see... it turned out to be the only one we saw. From the moment we arrived it blew us away. Its location, the exclusivity and the overall look of the venue is what drew us in but its so much more than that. The team was very attentive and always on hand to answer questions and reassure us with any little worries we had. There are so many little touches the venue provide that made it feel so special and unique to us. When we got closer to our big day we were appointed Kate Armstrong for the last few weeks of planning and to oversee the actual day. We had read many reviews which mentioned how good she was and they were not wrong. She is amazing, she has such passion and excitement for weddings and nothing is too much trouble for her. She was on hand all day to make sure everything ran smoothly. Kate is a HUGE asset to Southdowns Manor. On the day the venue looked beautiful. The canapés, wedding breakfast and evening buffet were delicious. The DJ Southdowns Manor use is very good and had people up dancing all night. We also had the selfie mirror provided by Smiles Entertainment and its such a great idea. Paul who runs it is brilliant. All of our guests have not stopped saying how wonderful everything was and how much fun they had, which is what we exactly wanted. We really did have the perfect day and wish we could do it all again.

our guests had the best day
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By Hayley & Rachel, on 11 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 29 Oct 2019

We had the most amazing day. Special thanks to Kate and Katie who made the day extra special by going above and beyond. All of our guests had the best day and all commented on how great the food, service and venue was! Hayley & Rachel 29/10/2019

Most perfect weekend
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By Shaad and Rebecca Subhan, on 11 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 25 Oct 2019

We didn't just get one dream wedding at Southdowns Manor but two. We had the most perfect weekend and was honestly a fairy-tale from start to finish. Lia is absolutely amazing, not only an incredible wedding planner but a truly wonderful lady. Nothing was too much trouble and Lia and the whole team went above and beyond to make our dreams come true. The food was out of this world not just the wedding breakfast but a delicious bespoke Indian buffet the night before. All of our guests agree we made the perfect choice for our wedding venue, we just wish we could do it all over again. Also special thanks to Kate who was so lovely and kind and looked after us in the evenings when Lia had gone for the night. Thanks so much Southdowns Manor for giving us a wedding we will never forget Shaad and Rebecca Subhan

The venue was beautiful
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By David And Gemima McEwan, on 11 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 20 Oct 2019

Thank you so much for making our wedding the most amazing and wonderful day of our lives. From the very first moment we made that initial contact with you, you made us feel so special and you treated us with the utmost care and attention to detail. Our wedding planner, Lia was absolutely outstanding! She looked after us every step of the way and nothing was too much trouble. I know she must deal with so many weddings but she has a gift for making us feel like we were the most important people in the world. Our wedding day was beyond anything we could have ever hoped for. The venue was beautiful, the attention to detail was outstanding, the service from all the staff was second to none, and so many of our guests said it was the best wedding they had ever been to. Thank you so much Southdowns Manor. We will never forget what you did. And thank you Lia for being an angel! Love David And Gemima McEwan 20/10/2019

yummiest food
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By Sophie & Jimmy Beales, on 11 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 13 Oct 2019

Absolutely nothing I could say to improve this amazing venue. All the support and help you could ask for combined with a beautiful venue, yummiest food and at exceptionally good value. We planned our wedding in 5 and half months and didn’t get stressed once due to so much fantastic support. We had the best day and are so grateful. Wish we could do it all again! Photo courtesy of Kevin Watkins Photography. Sophie & Jimmy Beales 13/10/2019

our fairytale wedding venue
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By Mr and Mrs Boyle, on 11 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 04 Oct 2019

Southdowns Manor - our fairytale wedding venue. Wow what an amazing day we had and that was all down to this amazing venue. We choose the 2 night stay which we loved, it was all so relaxed when we walked in the day before everything was set up and all candles were lit which I wasn’t expecting at all it was all so calm. We had the Thai green curry which was lovely I would recommend. Our WEM Lois was there to greet us and took us through everything we needed to know. I don’t think I ever heard her say ‘no’ to anything. Any little thing I asked for she did for us. The wedding day ran so smoothly thanks to Lois, Katie and the team and our guests commented on the amazing venue and food. So many special touches, one of our favourites being our own plate of buffet food and cake left for us waiting in the honeymoon suite with a full hot bubble bath (thank you Katie). I wouldn’t of wanted my day to be held anywhere else in the world. Southdowns manor- you have a special place in our hearts. Thank you again Mr and Mrs Boyle xxx 04/10/2019

I would definitely recommend this venue
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By Julie bloomfield, on 09 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 28 Aug 2019

We found this beautiful venue via Facebook and I just had to request a brochure! We were invited to an open day to have a wander around, as soon as we arrived we were stunned at how lovely the place and the surrounding grounds were. After having a mosey around we just could not resist booking a 1 on 1 session where we ended up booking our big day. From the beginning southdowns were in constant contact and were great with helping us plan our big day. The day finally came around and I cannot speak highly enough of all the staff! Kate was our events manager and straight away she was as there making sure we were all welcomed and settled. Nothing was too much trouble (including having to see one of our bridesmaids into her dress) all the little touches that were added to the day made our day feel so special and all our guests also were extremely satisfied with how well the staff did their jobs and everyone felt as though the day was a huge success. I would definitely recommend this venue to anybody who wants a day that feels personal to them.

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