Venues Saltcote Place
Saltcote Place
  • All-inclusive wedding venue in East Sussex
  • Country mansion with a family-home feel
  • Located in Playden, on the outskirts of Rye
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Delicious cuisine tailored to your needs
  • Formal receptions for up to 350 guests
  • Luxurious accommodation, elegant suites
  • TWS Offer - free champagne reception!

On the outskirts of the coastal town of Rye in East Sussex, Saltcote Place is a magnificent yet intimate family home which opens its doors to couples looking to host the wedding day of their dreams. Rather than offering standard packages, the Saltcote Place team speak in depth with every client to create a completely bespoke celebration, and every couple is granted exclusive access.

Whether you'd like a tiny, intimate wedding with just four guests, or an enormous celebration for 500, Saltcote Place will be happy to entertain you. The elegant dining rooms are ideal for smaller winter weddings, or a luxurious fully-furnished marquee would be perfect for a summer celebration. Outstanding catering and gorgeous accommodation are simply the icing on the wedding cake.


Believe it or not, Saltcote Place was originally commissioned as a wedding present for Captain AAR Hennessy and his new wife. The country mansion was completed in 1905 and designed in the Queen Anne style by famous architect Sir Reginald Blomfield.

The Queen Mother often visited Hennessy at Saltcote Place, and the building still contains the Royal Cypher of this famous lady. Later, the mansion came to be used as a Military Headquarters, a nursing home and, several times, a school. In 2003, Saltcote Place once again came into private ownership, and went on to become the family home and luxurious wedding venue it is today.


The Saltcote Place team are fully dedicated to ensuring that every single aspect of your day is right for you. Weddings are never booked back-to-back and the venue itself is a family home rather than a hotel, meaning that you and your wedding will always be the team's number one priority. As Saltcote doesn't define strict packages, they can be much more flexible and have been known to allow couples to spend a little time at the venue with their photographer before the wedding, in order to plan their photographs. Saltcote Place has even hired out their Bentley to couples who are holding their wedding ceremony at the nearby Rye Town Hall.

Elegant Dining Rooms

The elegant Saltcote Place dining rooms are perfect for intimate celebrations. The grand décor will give your ceremony a feeling of sophistication and the several large windows will bathe the occasion in light. Yet, in the winter months, these rooms transform into warm and cosy spaces. The dining rooms are also available for receptions, offering the ideal location for more formal meals.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 74 Guests
Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 48 Guests

Outdoor Luxury Marquee

For large gatherings, couples have the option to host their celebration in a luxury Super Event marquee. Fully lined, carpeted and furnished, these marquees really are beautiful. Clear windows allow the sunlight to stream in during the day, and chandeliers will light up your party at night. Salcote have 5ft circular dining tables and gilt banqueting chairs available for your wedding breakfast, plus a wooden dancefloor to be used during your evening celebrations. In addition, a fitted electrical distribution board and cables with connections for a DJ or live band are also provided to ensure that you and your guests enjoy a fun evening of entertainment.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 350 Guests
Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 350 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 350 Guests


As part of the completely bespoke service offered by Saltcote Place, mobile catering company Super Event offer each couple the opportunity to create a menu tailored to their celebration, by choosing their favourite dishes from the various Super Event menus.

Complete flexibility is offered in the presentation of your wedding breakfast and so, whether you'd prefer a formal seated meal, a barbecue or even a hog-roast, Saltcote Place and Super Event will create this for you. Additionally, you can also choose the way your food is served, as both silver service and family service are available. Super Event offer three packages: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Once you have identified the right package for you, in order to make payment as easy as possible, they charge per guest.


Saltcote Place can house 12-14 guests overnight in suites decorated in the same traditional and elegant style found throughout the mansion. A further 50 guests can be housed nearby; also, there is plenty of alternative accommodation in the Rye Bay area.

Royal Military Suite

Saltcote Place's most popular suite accommodates two adults, with room for an additional child's bed and cot if necessary. There is also an adjoining room with two bunk-beds that are ideal for teenagers or even adults! The suite contains a large and luxurious bathroom with double-ended roll-top bath and Hydro-massage shower, and comes with five gorgeous chandeliers and free WiFi.

Rother Valley Suite

The intimate Rother Valley Suite can accommodate two adults and, complete with its own entrance, will become your own private escape from all the hustle and bustle of the wedding celebrations. This room boasts amazing views of the Romney Marshes and Rother Valley. As additional facilities, you will also be treated to a large double shower, and there is dedicated off-road parking.

Hennessy Bridal Suite

This gorgeous penthouse accommodates up to seven people within its three bedrooms, two of which contain a four-poster bed. The bridal suite itself is the largest and houses an Emperor (7ft) square four-poster bed and mirrored ceiling. The Avenue Room contains a king-size, barley-twisted four-poster and The Rye Room boasts the famous view of Rye as captured by Clive Sawyer.

You can enjoy stunning sea views from the penthouse itself and spend quality time with family and friends within the magnificent drawing room. The Saltcote Place team will bring your flowers and presents up to the suite after your celebrations have finished.

If you would like to book Saltcote Place for your wedding celebration, then get in touch via the contact details below.

Saltcote Place
Saltcote Lane
East Sussex
TN31 7NR

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