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Last update: November 2023
*Please note our guest numbers are up to 50 for a ceremony & meal followed by a further 40 for the evening (90 in total)* The Pilgrims Rest is a 600 hundred year old Wealden Hall House situated in the medieval town of Battle in East Sussex - right in the heart of 1066 country.
With endless features from huge inglenook fireplaces to ancient beams; linenfold doors to oak floors, The Pilgrims Rest is an historic gem. It even has ancient witch’s marks to ward off evil spirits and a secret tunnel that runs beneath the Abbey walls. The Pilgrims Rest is stunning backdrop for your wedding filled with rustic charm but without the added expense of venue styling and prop hire. Professionally designed and styled to need little decoration, but one you can add to and make your own, every detail has been carefully considered creating a wedding venue that is beautiful yet relaxed; affordable yet aspirational.
Perfect for small weddings and those a little larger, The Pilgrims Rest has no hidden extras; instead it includes lots of added extras. What's more, there are no corkage charges and no fixed suppliers, giving you the choice to have a DIY wedding, a fully catered wedding or anything in between. The Pilgrims Rest is an exclusive use wedding venue run by our friendly and professional team who will guide you on the run up to, and on the day of, your wedding, ensuring your day runs seamlessly.
The Pilgrims Rest is quite simply a truly magical place to tie the knot. But far more than just a beautiful building; this grand old lady has historic soul. She has hosted celebrations from Medieval banquets to Georgian balls, Victorian luncheons to Edwardian tea dances. Over the centuries flagons of ale, goblets of wine and flutes of champagne have been consumed beneath her eaves, to the sounds of merriment and laughter flooding through her walls.
The Pilgrims Rest is perfect for weddings all year round; during the warmer months and when the sun is shining - your guests can flood out into the pretty cottage gardens. And as the evenings start to draw in, stoke up the fires, light the candles, then watch as this grand old lady sparkles into life.…be a part of her history.
Please contact the team to discuss your requirements. Viewings are by appointment only. Historic licensed venue, Choice of DIY or fully catered weddings, Three working Inglenook fireplaces and candlelight. A truly unique wedding venue that is beautiful yet affordable; aspirational yet relaxed. Fitzherbert & Bryant dressing rooms for brides and grooms and professional wedding co-ordinator available.
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Stunning Venue/Amazing Staff
Stunningly beautiful venue with kind staff
incredible through and through
Waverely and Amy were incredible from day one of booking. The venue is magical but the team really make it.
Everything was perfect. The venue is intimate but big enough that you have space for everyone. The reception room with the long tables is a perfect setting for a reception dinner.
The gardens are just lovely even in winter.
You cannot fault here.
We will be forever grateful and The Pilgrims Rest and the team hold a special place in our hearts.
Love Charlotte and Colin
Beautiful, unique venue with an amazing team
Stunning venue your guests will love.
Starting off back in late 2020, my partner and I enquired with The Pilgrims Rest about our wedding and Amy-Lou quickly responded. We organised a zoom call and virtual tour of the venue and we instantly knew it was the one.
Due to the pandemic, we weren’t able to secure a registrar for our chosen date until around February, however, Amy-Lou kept noting that there was no pressure to put a deposit down and no urgency to sign the contract until we had secured the registrar. We were honestly blown away by Amy-Lou’s patience in such uncertain times. We finally were able to visit the venue and meet Amy-Lou in the April of 2021, Amy-Lou and the team were so welcoming and helpful giving us a full tour of the building which was just as amazing as in the virtual tour.
The suppliers list provided by the Pilgrim’s Rest team was incredibly helpful, all of the other suppliers we used were recommended by the team and spoken so highly of that we had no doubts. Throughout the entire process the whole team were so quick to get back to us with answers to all of our weird queries and were so good at calming our nerves on the lead up to our day, also providing us with a full final checklist making us aware of things that hadn’t even crossed our minds.
When it got to the day before our wedding day, we were given the afternoon to set up the venue and upon arrival we were welcomed by Amy-Lou who didn’t just open the door but also was very hands on with the set up and pre planning of the wedding days organisation. All of the seasonal decorations are beautiful and were already in place for us to use and to add our personal touch to.
Amy-Lou and the team were so keen and attentive to anything that was being moved or brought out later on after the ceremony, which really helped us on the day and everything just fell into place.
The day was amazing, all of our guests were incredibly complimentary of the venue and all staff involved. We cannot believe how lucky we are to have found somewhere like the Pilgrim’s Rest. We are so jealous of every couple that comes across this beautiful venue and get to experience their day here and with this amazing team, as we wish we could do it all over again.
Thank you so much to you all at the Pilgrim’s Rest
The Pilgrims Rest team made the planning process run super smoothly and were always willing to help and do whatever they can, which we were very appreciative of.
I had the full capacity of guests and I was worried that during the evening party, the venue would feel cramped. It didn't - AT ALL!! Believe me, you can still have all your guests dance the night away.
The most brilliant thing about Pilgrims Rest is the flexibility when it comes to suppliers. You can have whoever you want as your caterer, florist etc (with the help of their 'tried and tested' list if you need) - which is hard to find elsewhere. The team really do want you to have your perfect day - however that may look to you.
The day after the wedding, the team had basically packed up everything for us - so it meant we didn't even have to do a lot with our rough heads!
Cannot thank you enough Waverley and the rest of the team - you are amazing!
A magical unique venue for a fairy tale wedding
The most incredible day, venue and staff we could have asked for!
The venue itself is just so magical - the space is intimate, beautiful and has such wonderful personality, near enough all our guests said what a gorgeous space it was! All the beautiful details (flowers, vases, hanging decor etc) you get included in the price (considering it is classed as dry hire), is just the cherry on top of the cake!
If you are wanting a small, intimate wedding, with supportive staff and a gorgeous, gorgeous space - you just HAVE to choose The Pilgrims Rest as your venue. You absolutely will not be disappointed!
Thank you again so much to the Pilgrims Rest team (again, Amy-Lou especially, she's just so lovely!) for helping us with our special day. It was nothing short of perfect!
Sophie and Shane (The Bar-Mars!) xx
Lovely venue and great staff
Only downside is you have to collect your own rubbish and that isn't made clear at the outset.
Intimate, magical and cosy...perfect for our October wedding!
Amy-Lou is an absolute gem and was one of the main reasons we chose the venue...her knowledge and support was incredible (especially with a date change!). Waverley & Elle are also great!
All our guests loved the vibe and we would 100% recommend!
The most magical day in a little piece of History!
So many of our friends and family commented on what a stunning venue we had chosen and how it was such a lovely day.
We were one of the very first wedding bookings for the Pilgrims by Amy-Lou, back at the end of 2018. Loving absolutely everything rustic, Tudor and heavenly, our hearts were set on the Pilgrims rest immediately. We warmed to Amy-Lou and the team instantly and it is evident how dedicated they are to ensuring every Pilgrims couple has their dream, magical day!
Throughout the complete chaos of having to postpone our wedding three times & four dates later, Amy Lou was more of a friend, supporting us - listening to us, empathising and weighing up our options. We had heard of so many truly awful experiences other couples had gone through during the pandemic - thoroughly affecting their wedding plans, but the team at the Pilgrims rest always made us feel at the absolute heart of everything, keeping us informed - especially Amy-Lou, giving her time for lengthy, supportive chats!
From the set up, to the day itself Amy-Lou, Waverley and the girls helped out and rallied round like nothing was too much trouble at all. You really do feel special and we would have thought after 4 years of having us on their books, they would've grown bored of us - but not a sign of this at all!! We had the most amazing, truly magical day - that had evolved and become a much more intimate and special occasion. We couldn't have chosen a more charming, beautiful place - with such a lovely, kind and caring group of ladies! Thank you again Amy-Lou, Waverley Emily and Team xxx
A charming treasure of a venue
This really felt like a one of a kind venue with exceptional organisation by the ladies, who are just angels on the day helping out as well. Our day was so beautiful and special here, I recommend this gem and treasure with all my heart! Many fond memories forever. Megan + David x
Amazing team! Best day ever!
Choosing the Pilgrims Rest for our wedding was easily the best choice we made.
It is a beautiful venue, full of history and character, right next door to Battle Abbey, in an amazing part of the country but the real asset are the staff.
Amy Lou was our first point of contact and a constant source of reassurance and humour. She made us both feel so comfortable and relaxed right from our first email to the day of the wedding.
Waverley was so beautifully organised and helped us shape the day and ensure there was no stress with our suppliers and took away so much pressure in the lead up.
The whole team were so relaxed, supportive, kind, funny and unbelievably accommodating and helpful.
We knew we had chosen a great venue and were working with a fantastic team when every recommended supplier we contacted was genuinely excited and delighted to be back.
I couldn't recommend this gorgeous, quirky, cosy gem of a venue more.
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