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Ockenden Manor
  • Stunning Elizabethan manor house
  • Located in Cuckfield, West Sussex
  • Elegant indoor and outdoor spaces to choose from
  • Member of Pride of Britain Hotels
  • Civil ceremonies of up to 120 guests
  • Wedding breakfasts of up to 96 guests
  • Evening receptions of up to 150 guests
  • Marquee weddings of 200 guests if booked exclusively

If you're looking for an elegant, countryside wedding venue with outstanding catering, brilliant accommodation and an award-winning spa, then take a look at Ockenden Manor. A gorgeous Elizabethan manor house that's surrounded by nine acres of picturesque grounds, could host one of the most special celebrations of your life.

Log fires, antique furniture, a wood-panelled bar, elegant décor and beautiful views make this a simply stunning wedding venue. With spaces suitable for both small and large ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and receptions, Ockenden can accommodate all kinds of celebrations. With over 25 years of experience, the team at this hotel will ensure that your big day is perfect.


Ockenden Manor was originally used as a private home for John Michel who acquired the manor during the mid-1500s. The property changed hands only twice between the 1500s and the 1760s, being purchased by John Burrell and the fourth Duke of Marlborough. In the early 1900s the building became a Jewish Boys School however, at the beginning of World War Two Ockenden was used to house Canadian troops. After the war, Mr and Mrs Eggars transformed it into a restaurant and guesthouse.

The Facilities

Below you will find details of the various spaces in which you can hold the different elements of your wedding. These are ranked in size order:

Burrell Suite

This suite is brilliant for couples wishing to hold an intimate drinks reception. Wedding breakfasts can also take place here if you've chosen the Croquet Lawn for your drinks reception venue.

Drinks reception capacity - up to 40 guests

Wedding breakfast capacity - up to 40 guests

Croquet Lawn

During sunny summer weddings, you and your guests can head outside to the Croquet Lawn for your drinks reception. Enjoy your first moments as a married couple while looking out at the beautiful grounds surrounding the manor.

After your drinks reception here, the Burrell Suite will be available for the wedding breakfast.

Drinks reception capacity - up to 40 guests

Drawing Room

This light and airy space encapsulates the historic and elegant feel of Ockenden Manor. Gorgeous antique furniture and an open fire combine with stunning views of the surrounding gardens to make this one of the most stunning rooms within the manor.

If you choose to hold your drinks reception here, the following wedding breakfast will take place in the Restaurant.

Civil ceremony capacity - up to 50 guests

Drinks reception capacity - up to 96 guests


Get a bit of fresh air on your wedding day by having your drinks reception on the terrace.

Drinks reception capacity - up to 96 guests

Ockenden Suite

This suite has the most amazing views of the terrace, gardens and the breath-taking South Downs National Park. These views, combined with the elegant décor that runs throughout the Suite, make a perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs.

Civil ceremony capacity - up to 120 guests

Wedding breakfast capacity - up to 96 guests

Evening reception capacity - up to 150 guests

Exclusive-use and Marquee Weddings

If you book exclusive-use of this gorgeous hotel, you'll be treated to:

  • Private access to the entire hotel
  • Exclusive-use of the surrounding nine acres of land
  • Space for a marquee
  • Bed and breakfast style access to all 28 bedrooms

Marquee capacity - up to 200 guests


Award-winning head chef, Stephen Crane, will create a delicious wedding breakfast for your special day. Using top quality ingredients from local suppliers, the catering team at Ockenden ensure that every element of your meal is as tasty as possible. Stephen is an expert at taking traditional dishes and giving them a modern twist.


On your big day you need not worry about your guests travelling at the end of the night, as Ockenden boasts 28 gorgeous bedrooms. Additionally, this brilliant hotel offers amazing spa and pool facilities, so why not extend your stay and take the time to relax and unwind with your new husband or wife.

For more information, or to book Ockenden Manor for your wedding, please get in touch using the contact options at the top or bottom of this page.

Ockenden Manor
Ockenden Lane
West Sussex
RH17 5LD
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