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Last update: November 2023

Situated in the idyllic town of Haywards Heath, West Sussex, The Birch Hotel is an independent hotel wedding venue seamlessly blending the contemporary with the traditional. The quaint property sits within easy reach of Gatwick Airport, Brighton, and central London, making it ideal for welcoming guests from afar. Licensed for civil ceremonies and boasting 51 en-suite bedrooms, this historic hotel offers everything needed for a stylish wedding day.

Facilities and Capacity

At The Birch Hotel, you and your guests can enjoy a touch of history as you relax fireside in the wood-panelled lounge or walk the length of the Victorian interiors. Alighting down the grand staircase, the stage is set for you to tie the knot in the beautiful Sussex Room, witnessed by 60 loved ones. Afterwards, you can toast your long-awaited union in the modern bar area. During the Summer months, you can take full advantage of the garden area as you sip on a celebratory Pimms or Bucks Fizz. These pristine grounds are ideal for capturing your wedding photographs before beginning the festivities indoors. If you adore the outdoor views, the light and airy Courtyard Room allows you to continue to enjoy them through its large windows. Boasting a barrel-vaulted ceiling, this rustic space can hold up to 70 seated guests or 120 for the reception. Alternatively, you can return to the Edwardian-inspired Sussex Room for an intimate sit-down meal of 40. With ample accommodation offerings, you will also have the opportunity to host a breakfast for the following morning before saying your goodbyes.

Services Offered

At The Birch Hotel, the team understands that weddings can be stressful, and they see it as their job to ensure that your day is as seamless as possible. As part of your package, you will receive the services of the in-house wedding coordinator and reception manager, who can assist with every endeavour. Their all-inclusive diamond wedding package includes a wealth of fine enhancements, such as:

  • A three-course wedding breakfast
  • Two glasses of wine per guest
  • Prosecco for toasts
  • Evening buffet reception
  • An in-house DJ
  • Flower centrepieces
  • Access to the Bridal Room
  • Coordinating stationery
  • Chair covers, linens, and more
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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Small hotel
Historic

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

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

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Fitness centre

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Pet-friendly
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Reviews for The Birch Hotel

4.9 out of 5 rating
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4.9 out of 5 rating
27 reviews
99% recommend it
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Rachel S. Sent on 07/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

WOW Absolutely perfect 10/10

Wow what can I say!
Izzy, Nick & Patrick where incredible from start to finish.
We had been speaking with Izzy for 2 years before our big day and she was always quick to reply to my emails and calls. Izzy was always so friendly, happy and bubbly and kept my crazy mind at ease throughout.
On our wedding day Nick and Patrick took over and it was absolutely seamless I couldn't fault them or there service at all. Once again both where incredibly helpful and friendly.
The food and service provided from the rest of the team was secound to none in fact so many people commented on how lovely the food was.
For the price we paid I feel like The Birch exceed all expectations and if we could do it again we would.
I can't thank them enough for how perfect our day/night was it was definitely one to remember thank you!!
Victoria
Victoria G. Sent on 18/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing beautiful Venue

Amazing….The Birch hotel is a lovely venue for a wedding or any occasion. Staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Words can’t express how much they made our day so special without stress.
Thanks to Izzy -wedding coordinator who was outstanding/ amazing, she made us feel very relaxed about the arrangements and planning for our big day. Nothing was too much trouble and always went the extra mile with every detail of the event from the day we all met. Took out all the stress which usually comes with the planning/ wedding day
Hotel manager Nick was also very professional, welcoming and ensured everything was going well & to plan.
The food / menu was excellent. All the guests were extremely happy & impressed with the wedding breakfast & evening buffet - chef was extremely accommodating with all requirements too.
Ceremony room was beautiful & dining /reception area was great. DJ was excellent
We had the most amazing & beautiful wedding.
Excellent value, high standard of service
Small but beautiful grounds
Can’t thank them all enough.
10/10 - would have future anniversary events here too
Would highly recommend
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James B. Sent on 06/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful architecture, superb service and a wedding day to remember

We had a fantastic time getting married at The Birch Hotel, it was a wonderful location with lots of beautiful Victorian rooms, lots of lovely intrigue and architecture. But our experience started long before. We went to lots of locations and only once we got to the Birch did we feel truly relaxed and happy - and that is all down to their staff, including the fabulous Izzy, who is the calmest wedding planner you will ever meet. They made the whole thing so easy, enjoyable and really made us feel valued. The staff are polite, friendly, they give way to you as you walk past, they smile, they all say hello and they all take pride in their jobs. We knew this was the place for us. The planning process was great, Izzy knows all the tips and tricks, she is very well experienced and has a book of great contacts, all of which we used and all of whom were super. While there is a couple of standard packages available, the flexibility within that means you can really make it yours. We had a great time doing the 'taste test' and were tremendously looked after by Nick as well as the chef who is not only talented but also generous with his portion sizes. When the day came, we knew everything would be looked after and it was - even two small hiccups (by us), Izzy and her team's quick thinking solved so that nobody was any the wiser. All of our guests were impressed by the customer service, the food and the general experience, we only had positive feedback. We got married in the Sussex Room which is beautiful when laid out, had photos in the garden infront of the door to oval room and the classic architecture and then had drinks in the reception area and finally our wedding breakfast and reception in the Courtyard room, where we danced the night away. We all stayed at the hotel after, making the experience complete from beginning to end. If you're like us and want a place with character, a real focus on customer service, a superb wedding planner and management team, and all the facilities in one place, then the Birch is for you. It was all we could have asked for and more. We would definitely recommend the Birch to other couples.
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Maria C. Sent on 16/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

First wedding at Birch Hotel after Lockdown

My son and daughter-in-law had his wedding here in July 2021. If you want a fantastic wedding look no further than The Birch Hotel. Every single aspect was perfect and as for Izzy (wedding co-ordinator) you won’t get better she’s amazing and every member of staff involved in his wedding we’re excellent. Best ever wedding breakfast was said by all their guest only complaint was too much food. For a small intimate wedding you won’t do better than here. Absolutely Amazing
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Aaron C. Sent on 31/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic venue

This venue is fantastic. Great views amazing food the staff was amazing. Their planner Izzy did a wonderful job and recommend to anyone
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Adam W. Sent on 31/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A very good experience! Our wedding was perfect for our budget

My husband and I were looking for a wedding venue locally, as we had just moved to the area. We didn’t have a huge budget, but wanted to have something that met all the requirements we wanted the venue to have and for our guests on the day to be able to relax and enjoy themselves.

The wedding package was adjusted for our needs as we had a specific number of guests for the ceremony followed by more guests in the evening for the reception. Izzy at the hotel was very helpful and we managed to organise the venue decorations, hot food, DJ, dance floor, drinks, discounted room rates for guests as well as the ceremony itself and putting money behind the bar for guests to have complimentary drinks, through her with ease.

The food was fantastic opting for a fresh high tea after the ceremony for our immediate guests, followed by hot food buffet in the evening. Catering for vegetarian and vegan guests with ease.

I can’t really fault anything, we wanted everything to be in one place for our guests to be able to relax and enjoy themselves making use of the rooms at a discounted rate, flexible free parking and disabled access rooms. As well as the outdoor space as the weather was fantastic.

The hotel isn’t 5 star but we didn’t want it to be. We genuinely felt we got good value for money and it surpassed our expectations. The staff were attentive, and the food, drink and atmosphere was perfect.

We had originally planned for a Christmas wedding in 2022 but due to finding out ab immediate family member had a life limiting illness the hotel were very understanding and managed to move our wedding forward to the summer (July 2022). Meaning that she could attend our wedding before passing in September some 8 weeks after the wedding. This is one reason as well as many others why I am so grateful and pleased that the Birch Hotel, the staff and Izzy (wedding planner) and management, handled our wedding. It’s means a lot to me for so many reasons and I will always remember the day with fondness.

A great venue for your wedding if you want something that suits your requirements and your budget. Great value!

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Emma D. Sent on 31/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful day, we'll always remember

We married in May 2022, the staf were brilliant could'nt have done more, every member we met with was friendly and helpful. Izzy was brilliant and made our day so special, Just as we'd pictured. Food was delicious, Function rooms were fantastic, accomadation was very reasonably priced, Gardens were well maintained and staff very attentive, nothing was too much trouble. My husband and I would like to thank the Birch hotel for making our special day just that. A wonderful day, we'll always remember.
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Magdalen D. Sent on 31/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding July 2019

From start to finish we had a wonderful wedding at the Birch Hotel . We were very fortunate to have the organisational skills of Izzy and regular meetings and it made everything more relaxed and we were so happy with how our special day worked out!!!! The venue itself was just right for us and our family and friends and they all loved our day!!!! One of our friends in particular said it was the best wedding she had ever been to!!!!! We had such wonderful attention to detail and I certainly had my specifications I must say but all taken care of!! I would highly recommend the Birch Hotel and that includes a wonderful menu and such delicious food!!! We danced the night away at our reception and then had our wedding night included too! Magdalen and Chris Steele.
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Bride Sent on 24/12/2019
5 out of 5 rating
M and I would like to thank you for organising our wedding day at The Birch we had a fantastic day and so did our family. The day went like clockwork, the meals were great and all the staff were exceptionally helpful and attentive. Would you please thank everybody involved and convey our sincere thanks to them for a job well done.
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Bride Sent on 01/11/2019
5 out of 5 rating
To All The Staff at the Birch Hotel
Thank you for a lovely day for our Wedding
B
Bride Sent on 01/11/2019
5 out of 5 rating
Dear Izzy and all the team at The Birch
We wanted to say thank you for all your hard work- we had the most perfect Wedding day, Frim the initial planning stages, through to the day itself; your help, advice and support was second to none. The special, more personal touches really added a little something extra to our day. We really appreciated just how friendly and accommodating you all were. The food was fantastic too! We, and our guests thoroughly enjoyed the day and much of that was down to your professionalism! Thank you again.
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Bride Sent on 01/11/2019
5 out of 5 rating
We recently had our Wedding reception at The Birch Hotel, we couldn’t fault the process from the start.
Izzy and her team were absolutely amazing in organising our big day at the hotel which took a lot of pressure of us both, leading up to the big day. On arrival to the hotel everyone was greeted with a glass of Prosecco in the lounge and the staff were so friendly and welcoming.
The wedding breakfast was fantastic with three different options to choose from which catered for our guests very well who had dietary requirements. The Birch organised our DJ and Photo Booth operators which the staff were so professional throughout the night.
The hot fork buffet in the evening was again absolutely amazing with more than enough food to go round with the staff continuously topping up the food.
We had the honeymoon suit on the night of our wedding which was wonderfully decorated in rose petals and candles. Thank you so much again to Izzy and her team this really was the best day of our lives and was all down to the hard work which went on preparing making this day so special for us. Thank you so so much.
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Emma Sent on 01/11/2019
5 out of 5 rating
absolutely wonderful for a wedding venue I couldn't of asked for more. nothing was too much trouble everything was done beautifully and the food was brilliant all round
B
Bride Sent on 01/11/2019
5 out of 5 rating
To Izzy & The Birch Hotel Staff
Thank you so much for all your help Izzy! You were fantastic and we had such a brilliant day and everything went so well!! We loved it all including the food and the guests said how much they loved the food and how the whole day with the entertainment (disco) was great. All aspects brilliant thank you all so much!!
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Anonymous Sent on 26/11/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Thank You

We want to thank you and your team for making our day so special the food was lovely we have received lots of compliments we both enjoyed our wedding day so many memories were made so please pass on our thanks to all.
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