Southdowns Manor

(81 reviews) 81 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 (81)

The venue itself is stunning even on a rainy day!
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By Mr and Mrs Farley, on 02 Dec 2018Date of Wedding - 24 Nov 2018

Kate and her team could not have done more for us and our guests. They made us feel completely at ease all throughout the day and made us feel more of their friends than customers. We may be being biased but I think the food was the best food I have eaten at a wedding venue and the portions sizes were perfect (by that we mean massive). The venue itself is stunning even on a rainy day! In summary our wedding day was all we could have hoped it to be and a big part of this was due to Kate and all the other people at Southdowns manor we probably never got a chance to meet. So thank you!

Our day was amazing from start to finish
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By Mr and Mrs White, on 20 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 10 Nov 2018

Our day was amazing from start to finish. We arrived on the Friday to have food and drinks with our nearest and dearest and it was just so lovely, the staff and food was amazing. I will never forget how amazing Kate has been from start to finish. The day could not have been more perfect, I gave her our bits and bobs that we had bought and made and she had laid everything out with so much attention to detail. She brought our vision to life and helped me remain calm. All our guests had commented on how lovely the venue was, the food was great and the portion is so generous. The staff and service was exceptional, we will not forget our wedding day and that’s all down to every single person who was involved in our wedding day. All our love,

Southdowns Manor is the place where your wedding d
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By Kim & Chris, on 07 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 26 Oct 2018

Southdowns Manor is the place where your wedding dreams become a reality. We cannot fault any aspect of our experience, from our initial tour and booking our wedding, up to the incredible day itself, which far exceeded anything we were expecting. All the staff are so personable and really get to know you and what your needs and requirements are. Kate, our wedding planner, was professional but also felt like a friend. I'm sure she has done hundreds of weddings but she made us feel as though our wedding was special, showing interest and excitement in everything we did. Southdowns Manor has a wonderful atmosphere, I had an over whelming emotional reaction to it when we first viewed it as a potential wedding venue, we knew immediately that this was where we wanted to get married. The food is sensational and you get plenty of it, the rooms are beautifully decorated and comfortable and attention to detail goes above and beyond what you would expect. There were many surprises throughout our day which Southdowns arranged, adding to the enjoyment. We will never forget our wedding day and will always be thankful that we found this remarkable venue. Southdowns Manor will always be our "Happy Place" from now on!

Thank you for absolutely everything.
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By Harley beale, on 07 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 24 Oct 2018

We fell in love with the venue as soon as we found it online, the first visit we knew it was perfect for us! Everything from our first communication to our last has been truly incredible. We can’t thank everyone enough who had to deal with our questions and planning from the start, especially Lois who kept everything so perfect in the build up and on the day. We felt so relaxed all day, the food was incredible everyone’s needs were met with everyone enjoying their meals, pudding and our hog roast in the evening. Everything was so perfect from arrival with the bridal party to breakfast in the morning with our friends and family the morning after the wedding. Thank you for absolutely everything. Harley beale 24/10/2018

It really was everything we could have ever wished
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By Mr&Mrs Ryan, on 23 Oct 2018Date of Wedding - 01 Oct 2018

We would like to give ALL staff, but especially Lois our wedding planner, a huge thank you for making our big day as special as possible! It really was everything we could have ever wished for and more. Every detail was carefully planned out and executed by the team to perfection. We were looked after throughout the whole process, from the initial planning meeting up until the last minute on the wedding night, so well. The whole team are so attentive and friendly so we felt so at ease throughout the whole day. We were made to feel so special all day, even down to having the bath ran for the end of the night and a bottle of fizz put in the room. That really was totally unexpected and made the end of the night amazing too. The food is absolutely incredible! We had so many comments throughout the day saying how amazing the food was and how good the portion size was too! Lois, we'd like to thank you specially for making the whole planning process run so smoothly, and also making it fun! You are a total asset to Southdowns Manor. We wish we could do it all over again! Love Mr&Mrs Ryan 01/10/2018

What can we say other than perfection.
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By Mr and Mrs Littlejohn, on 03 Oct 2018Date of Wedding - 15 Sep 2018

What can we say other than perfection. Kate has been with us from the beginning and nothing has ever been too much to ask, when your wedding planner is as excited as you for your wedding you must be in the right place, I think Kate may have even ordered the weather for us. Thank you for the perfect day

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By Mr & Mrs Dove, on 31 Oct 2018Date of Wedding - 14 Sep 2018

Our perfect day! We knew Southdowns Manor was going to be our Wedding Venue from the moment we arrived for the open day. From the impressive looking Manor to the stunning surroundings we knew this is where we wanted our day to be. Lois our wedding planner was amazing, I really trusted her with everything on the day and she made sure everything went so well. My bridesmaids and I stayed the night before at the Manor, we had a lovely meal and a few drinks. If this is available to you I would highly recommend it. It meant we were able to decorate the venue exactly how we wanted without being rushed. It was fairly expensive but no more than you would spend on wedding cars/transport and was worth every single penny! The venue worked so well for us as we had a fairly intimate ceremony outside with only 45 guests (luckily the weather was good to us!) and then 30 additional guests in the evening. We loved the fact we had the whole venue to ourselves for our day. It made us feel really special and it was re-assuring knowing everyone there was for us, especially with us having a 2 year old little girl who ran around the whole day and evening! All of our friends and family commented on how beautiful the day was and how tasty the food was. The staff were so attentive throughout the whole day and nothing was too much trouble. The added touches given to us throughout the day were really lovely surprises and greatly appreciated. I can’t recommend this venue enough! Thank you for bringing our dreams to reality and giving us our perfect day! Mr & Mrs Dove xxx 14/09/2018

Our food was incredible.
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By Mr and Mrs Murray, on 31 Oct 2018Date of Wedding - 17 Aug 2018

We cannot thank Southdowns Manor enough for making our wedding day so special. However an even bigger 'thank you' goes to Lois our wedding planner. Lois was absolutely brilliant, amazing and kind. Lois went above and beyond on our wedding day, not only did she bring tears to my eyes when I saw the finishing touches to the enterance hall, ceremony room but also the wedding breakfast but she made me feel so special. Not only was Lois our wedding planner but we grew a friendship. As much as Lois said it was all my ideas, Lois made all my dreams come true. I cannot take credit for the items I brought, Lois made it all happen for me. Even to the point where I asked Lois to make decisions for me as I knew she would do a brilliant job. Lois knew how much the '17th August' meant to me and she honestly made everything perfect. Lois made my wedding planning so easily, despite all my 'draft' questions! I will never ever forget how helpful the team were. Kate and Hollie were also brilliant when Lois was on holiday. At the end of our wedding day, a bath was ran and a bottle of fizz was in our room. It was a lovely and special touch. My Husband and I had no idea who done this for us but soon realised Southdowns did. Thank you for this! Our food was incredible. The waiting staff were brilliant and so helpful. All our guests were happy and full! A massive thank you to everyone. We wish we could do it all over again!! Mr and Mrs Murray - 17.08.2018 xxx

We honestly had the best day of our lives at South
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By Holly Phillipson, on 27 Aug 2018Date of Wedding - 16 Aug 2018

We honestly had the best day of our lives at Southdowns Manor, and want to say a massive thank you to everyone who contributed towards organising our special day. The venue is stunning, and has so many beautiful spots to take your wedding pictures. All of our guests commented on how lovely the venue was, and many said it was one of the best weddings they've ever been to. The food was delicious, presented amazingly, and the service during the wedding breakfast was second to none. A special thanks to Kate who was fantastic throughout the planning process; answering the millions of questions I would always send to her. She was also amazing on the day, helping to keep everything in order and dealing with any requests we sprung on her.

Perfect venue in every way.
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By Mr & Mrs Wheatley, on 26 Jun 2018Date of Wedding - 27 May 2018

Perfect venue in every way. Beautiful inside and out if you are lucky with the weather. Plenty of seating in different areas for groups to catch up with each other. The food is so important and Southdowns Manors was plentiful and tasty. Infact three weeks later our guests are still talking about it and wanting the sticky toffee pudding again. The bridal suite bathroom is amazing, we did actually use the bath they ran for us at 12.00am. It was lovely to relax and talk about the best day of our life.

Our wedding day was exactly as I had pictured.
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By Colleen and Luke collins, on 06 Jun 2018Date of Wedding - 10 May 2018

Our wedding day was exactly as I had pictured. From our first visit, to the morning after our wedding, there was not one fault and it all ran as smoothly as we could have hoped. Lois was just perfect and made us feel at ease and if we had any quieries she would sort them out straight away. She made sure the day ran perfectly and at the end of the wedding day set out some beautiful little touches which just made us smile even more, if that was possible. The food was so tasty and everyone commented on how yummy it was. Everyone also had so many compliments on the venue itself, again we could not rate and recommend southdowns manor enough. Our biggest thanks to everyone at southdowns manor, our day was just perfect.

A big big thank you to everyone at Southdowns
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By Leanne, on 20 Jun 2018Date of Wedding - 07 May 2018

From the moment we visited Southdowns Manor, we knew it was the venue for us. We dreamed of having an outside ceremony in the stunning grounds and we were fortunate enough for the weather to be on our side! We loved the bedrooms and the warm feel you got as soon as you stepped inside the venue. Unlike most venues near our home; we loved how tucked away Southdowns was and that the venue was exclusive for our wedding party. We were lucky enough to have Lois as our wedding planner and we couldn't have asked for someone more helpful! All the other staff at the venue on our day were incredibly friendly. All of our family and friends complimented how lovely the venue and staff were. We were lucky enough to choose a menu that suited the weather perfectly. The food was incredible! A big big thank you to everyone at Southdowns and especially Lois for making our day so perfect!

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