Southdowns Manor

(121 reviews) 121 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 (121)

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.

Our guests had nothing but compliments
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By Kim and Paddy Nixon, on 09 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 19 Aug 2019

From the minute we first drove up Dumpford Lane and laid our eyes on Southdowns Manor we knew it would be the place for us. It was everything we dreamed of from a venue and Natalie helped us make it a reality so we booked it within an hour of arriving. Lois was a great point of contact throughout the planning stages and helped sort out a few little extras/bespoke things we wanted before we were handed over to Kate. Kate........ I have no words, she was always at the end of the phone or an email. She made our day completely perfect, nothing was too much and just taken care of so we didn’t have to stress. The little extras she sorted out for us were such a nice touch and made us a little emotional. Katie (night porter,) and Mark (the in house DJ) was fab too! Our guests had nothing but compliments about the whole day (especially about the food and some even said it was the best they’ve ever had at a wedding.)

The day was brilliant
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By Mr & Mrs Triggs, on 09 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 18 Aug 2019

We'd both like to say a massive thank you to Lia for her efforts on Sunday, the day was brilliant, much more than we could have wished for, everything ran like clock work and it was so amazing both of us never wanted it to end! I sure everyone agreed that having the ceremony outside absolutely made the day extra special so thank you for pushing that for us. The extra little touches that were laid on for us were brilliant, the little swans for our dessert, the personalised cake knife down to the bath and bubbly waiting for us in our honeymoon suite were just incredible. Thank you so much again to everyone at Southdowns Manor for such an amazing day, its was just such a superb way to start our married adventure together and we could not have hoped for such a great venue, staff and ceremony to celebrate our special day with all our closest friends and family!

Attention to detail was out of this world
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By Lydia Couling, on 09 Aug 2019Date of Wedding - 03 Aug 2019

Southdowns Manor is an incredible venue and the staff are faultless. We had Lia as our wedding planner and she really is the BEST! She made everything we’d asked for 10 times more magical than we could have imagined, attention to detail was out of this world. The food is amazing - just wish I could have eaten it all. We really cannot fault any part of our special day and couldn’t have wished for it to have been better. Truly special day full of fun, family and love. Thank you Southdowns Manor and a very special thank you to Lia x

It was completely magical
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By Sophia Collins, on 09 Aug 2019Date of Wedding - 02 Aug 2019

We would both love to thank Southdowns and specifically Kate for our perfect wedding day. We wouldn't change a single thing, it was completely magical and a dream come true. There are so many lovely, kind things Kate did throughout our day to make sure we were happy and having the best day possible that made a huge difference to us. Also I recommend the Parsnip soup to anyone, it was honestly the best food I have ever eaten!

Everything was perfect
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By MR AND MRS CONNOLLY, on 01 Aug 2019Date of Wedding - 25 Jul 2019

From the very first time we visited the venue we knew it was the only place we could imagine ourselves getting married and how right we were. From the initial booking with Natalie who was so helpful and made it so easy to all the planning and tasting evenings you really get to know the venue before the big day. Our wedding and events manager, Lia did a fantastic job guiding us through every step of the way, taking away the stress from organising the wedding, we couldn’t have asked for any more. On the day Lia made sure everything ran smoothly as did Katie in the evening. The food was fantastic, our guests were absolutely blown away with the quality of all the food from the canapés to the wedding breakfast. We had the pleasure of having a two night package at the venue, the 14 rooms were great, all of our guests were really comfortable and commented about how nice their rooms were. All the staff at the manor are absolutely fantastic, they deliver great service and nothing is too much trouble. There are so many little touches that are added along the way.Everything was perfect, all the guests commented about how great the venue was and we really couldn’t recommend it enough, it is the most perfect place for anyone to get married.

The exceptional detail to everything
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By SAMANTHA TRACE, on 01 Aug 2019Date of Wedding - 19 Jul 2019

We cannot thank Southdowns Manor enough for everything they’ve done to give us the most magical wedding day. The whole experience has been the best time of my life! From stepping through the doors at an open day in March to our actual wedding day four months later, it has been the most amazing time! The exceptional detail to everything and personalised service, together with the outstanding food and wonderful staff made our day a dream come true- I can honestly say it was better then we could ever have imagined! I would like to personally thank Lois as she is incredible at what she does and was so patient with us and I cannot thank her enough. From the day before, arriving to the whole place being lit with candles was amazing and it looked so beautiful whilst we settled in for the night and the Thai buffet was amazing for all the bridal party. I would highly recommend to anyone to stay the night before as it made the experience so relaxing and fun. The wedding day itself I would not change one thing, perfect it truly was, and all thanks to the team. From the food (all our guests messaged us to say how amazing the food was) to the staff being so lovely and the smooth running of the day- again thanks to Lois! The honeymoon suite is a dream and our guests again contacted us to say how wonderful their rooms were and breakfast was amazing! I could go on as we have been so happy and will recommend Southdowns Manor to any Bride I come into contact with! A truly exceptional time, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts- thank you so much xxx

Venue is beautiful food amazing
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By Kerry Adams, on 25 Jul 2019Date of Wedding - 17 Jul 2019

Amazing all staff couldn’t do any more for you so helpful friendly. Always made sure I had everything. Venue is beautiful food amazing best food ever brilliant day.

We would do it all again in a heartbeat.
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By Faye Bishop, on 25 Jul 2019Date of Wedding - 14 Jul 2019

Our wedding was absolutely incredible!! From start to finish it was perfect and every thing went the way we dreamed!! Kate was such a lovely lady, made sure everything was in the right place, always asked if we would like a drink and she even made sure we got our own platter of canapés The day run so smoothly. The honeymoon suite is amazing and the bed is so comfy! The rooms are lovely and spacious with massive showers. Southdowns manor gave a special meaningful touch by giving us a personalised cake knife, and also at the end of the night we had champagne and a slice of cake in our room. Highly recommend the DJ southdowns manor supply! We only had to send him one email which I was worried about but he exceeded all our expectations. Going back to the venue the food was out of this world. We are honestly so happy with how everything went we'd do it all again in a heartbeat.

Staff were wonderful
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By Karole Joyce, on 25 Jul 2019Date of Wedding - 13 Jul 2019

Couldn't fault a thing. The whole day was magical and staff were wonderful and obliging. Perfect in every way. Thank you to Lia and her amazing team.

Relive that day again it would be a dream
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By DAVID ANTONY, on 01 Aug 2019Date of Wedding - 12 Jul 2019

Southdowns Manor to us was the perfect wedding venue, we planed our big day in around 5 months with Kate Armstrong as our wedding planner. From start to finish the Kate and the team we’re just excellent. We attended a few open days where we were always made to feel so welcome and try a lot of food and drink which was just top quality.When we arrived at the venue the day before our wedding the SDM staff couldn’t have done any more to make the whole process stress free. Kate our wedding planner along with Katy the Food and Drinks Manager and Millie the Operations Manager were just wonderful. The whole day couldn’t have gone any better and I know it was all the hard work of the SDM team that made it all possible. If we could relive that day again it would be a dream come true.

We fell in love with the venue
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By SOPHIE AND MARK, on 01 Aug 2019Date of Wedding - 30 Jun 2019

The whole process from start to finish with Southdowns Manor was excellent! We fell in love with the venue the first time we saw it and it was so easy to book. Every staff member we met were so friendly and made us feel valued. All our questions were answered promptly right up until the day. On the day, nothing was too much trouble. We both felt quite unprepared but Lia and the rest of the staff went above and beyond to make our day amazing. Our wedding day was so much better than we could have ever imagined thanks to everyone at Southdowns! All of our guests commented on how well the day ran and how lovely the venue was. We would highly recommend booking Southdowns Manor to make your wedding day absolutely perfect, just like ours! Thank you Lia and the team!

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