Southdowns Manor

(104 reviews) 104 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 (104)

We honestly had the best day ever
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By Richard and Jessica High, on 19 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 08 Jun 2019

Just want to thank you again for making our wedding day so amazing! We honestly had the best day ever. Lia and the team were faultless, the wedding wouldn't have been what it was without Lia’s organisation and coordination so thank you so much. Venue, food and staff all outstanding would recommend Southdowns Manor every time.

All our guests commented how beautiful it was.
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By Charlotte Gainey, on 19 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 05 Jun 2019

We did the 2 night stay for our wedding and it was truly amazing. All our guests commented how beautiful it was. We all thought the food was amazing same as the staff. We cannot as a couple fault Southdowns manor and all its staff and all the little extras. We would definitely recommend to any couple looking at this venue! Thank you everybody at Southdowns manor you made our day everything we could of asked for and more!!

We genuinely had the greatest day.
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By Mike & Helen, on 19 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 26 May 2019

We genuinely had the greatest day. We were promised so much and feel that our expectations were exceeded. The whole feel of the venue and the care and service provided helped make our day perfect.

bsolutely beautiful venue and everyone loved it!
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By Danielle Downing, on 28 May 2019Date of Wedding - 21 May 2019

Honestly extremely happy with Southdowns manor! Lia is an absolute credit to the venue! Nothing was too much trouble and the little added touches were incredibly thoughtful! Absolutely beautiful venue and everyone loved it! Thankyou so much for making my dream wedding a reality!

We could not have wished for better service.
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By Mr & Mrs Thatcher, on 19 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 18 May 2019

Southdowns Manor was the first venue we looked at and from the moment we stepped in, we were amazed by the team and the manor itself, in particular the fact we had exclusive use meaning the venue was completely ours. From the thousands of questions we asked and the millions of times we visited the venue, we could not have wished for better service. It really put our minds at rest to know how well we would be looked after on our wedding day. Prior to our day, Kate wowed us with her knowledge, patience and her ability to answer every single question we had without hesitation. Our wedding day was the most perfect day and this wouldn't have been possible without not only the entire Southdowns Manor team but especially Kate, nothing was too much trouble. She worked her socks off to ensure everything went smoothly and words can't even express how grateful we are to her. We would not hesitate in recommending Southdowns Manor to anyone getting married. It is the perfect place with the most incredible team. Thank you.

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By Elizabeth, on 28 May 2019Date of Wedding - 16 May 2019

Southdowns Manor was our 3rd venue choice, but on our first visit we fell in love immediately and knew it was the right place for us. It has a beautiful setting with gorgeous countryside surroundings and local to where both my husband and I were brought up it really tied everything together. The whole process of booking, arranging, organising and paying for the wedding went so smoothly it really reassured me that everything was handled correctly and with a high level of professionalism. The food was outstanding and came in a generous helping, the staff ensured my Husband and I got some of the canapés during the busy periods and they even put some cake aside for us in our room. I heard great comments from my guests and for those who stayed enjoyed a full English the next morning. The Venue as a whole is very luxurious and has been refurbed brilliantly. With the separate bars it gave guests a chance to sit and talk or join in and dance. The option of using the bedrooms as an add on package was a real help to us as we had travelling family. We were treated so well by all the team, we were given some extra lil surprises and treats, they even ran my bath for me for when my guests left!! Overall I'm thrilled with our day and really quite annoyed that I can't do it all over again! Thank you Southdowns.

Best day our lives...
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By Rebecca & Liam Edwards, on 28 May 2019Date of Wedding - 05 May 2019

We cannot thank you enough for helping us make our wedding day the best day our lives. From the moment we walked into Southdowns Manor, we knew instantly, this was the one! Lia was a wonderful events manager and walked us through the day, making us feel at ease and happy with everything. We adored the little touches such as the bath run and bubbly waiting for us in the honeymoon suite. We feel we could have had a little more direction and support the morning after with packing things up, but other than that, it was spectacular! Thank you Southdowns! x

Our day was perfect and everyone was wonderful,
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By Mr and Mrs Herdman, on 09 May 2019Date of Wedding - 29 Apr 2019

We can’t thank all staff at Southdowns Manor enough, especially Kate our wedding planner. Our day was perfect and everyone was wonderful, they went above and beyond. I found everyone kind and considerate and extremely helpful and all our guests said was an amazing place it was and the attention to detail was noted by all. Thank you so so much for our special day being the best day we could have hoped for. 29/04/2019

The venue is beautiful and speaks largely for its
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By Emma Leggatt, on 09 May 2019Date of Wedding - 27 Apr 2019

We loved our wedding at Southdowns Manor, Kate was totally amazing and worked so hard to ensure everything went well with a bit of a stressed out bride before hand! The staff and the venue made the day everything we had dreamed of and I will be forever thankful. The venue is beautiful and speaks largely for itself then add the wonderful food and attentive staff, you cannot fail to have a the best day! The honeymoon suite was so beautiful and the face we could have some of our friends and family stay and have breakfast just added to the experience further. Thank you Kate and everyone at Southdowns Manor, you made our day just perfect!

We had the most perfect day.
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By Michael & Rebecca Ray, on 25 Apr 2019Date of Wedding - 19 Apr 2019

We had the most perfect day. Thanks to Kate the day run so smoothly and nothing was to much trouble she was amazing !! The food ,venue,weather and staff were amazing the day couldn't have gone any better !

The feedback from our guests was amazing.
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By Jack and Chantelle Lavous, on 29 Apr 2019Date of Wedding - 18 Apr 2019

First of all we want to thank each and everyone at SouthDowns for making our day better than we could have ever dreamed of. Everything ran smoothly, the feedback from our guests was ‘amazing’. The food was delicious. The extra special touches by Southdowns was lovely. Special thank you to Lia nothing felt too much trouble, I don’t know how you get the energy! Also a thank you to Mrs Summers for being there to serve our wedding breakfast as well as the following morning.

Seamless throughout....
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By Faye and Martin Lake, on 25 Apr 2019Date of Wedding - 15 Apr 2019

We found the planning on the run up to and during our day was wonderful. Staff were super helpful and always on hand for anything we needed. Felt we could had been directed more in the morning after, as felt we were unsure where and what to do with our decorations. Otherwise seamless throughout.Lia was amazing all the way through. Had the planning down to a tee. She had everything ready and if there were any hiccups (which there weren't to our knowledge) were sorted without us knowing. Food was amazing, so many lovely comments from our guests. Our suppliers also seemed very at ease too. The venue was decorated lovely and myself and my new husband had a wonderful day which we'll cherish always.

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