Your Sussex Wedding - Decmeber 2022/January 2023 (Issue 100)

THE LODGE AT WINCHELSEA 01797 226 211 | The Lodge is a modern contemporary venue surrounded by beautiful countryside. Here, you can benefit from exclusive use of the whole hotel including 28 rooms and a luxury suite. All bedrooms are en-suite and have flat-screen TVs, personal tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi. There’s also ample on-site parking. The courtyard gardens were created in spring 2022 with multiple flower beds and magnificent olive trees along with the installation of a stunning three-tier water feature. Ceremonies take place in The Winchelsea Suite for 30 seated and 30 standing guests. This cosy space has a separate entrance and the team will work with you to ensure the room is decorated just how you’d like it, including any colour palette. Celebrate in style in The Lodge with 80 seated dining guests, plus an additional outside dining area. It can accommodate 150 loved ones for the evening reception. With plenty of space for your wedding breakfast it will later be transformed for your celebrations with room for a DJ, live band and plenty of dancing. THE PILGRIM’S REST 07552 873 448 | The Pilgrim’s Rest is a 600-year-old Wealden hall house situated in the Medieval town of Battle in East Sussex, right in the heart of 1066 Country. Nestled alongside Battle Abbey there are some amazing backdrops for photographs in and around the building itself and within a short walk. For a small charge from English Heritage, the team can arrange for you to have more shots captured around the breathtaking ruins of the Abbey itself. Say “I do” in The Great Hall accompanied by 50 nearest and dearest. A magnificent vaulted room complete with huge chandeliers, it also boasts a decorated oak staircase and working inglenook fireplace, which can be lit during the ceremony. You also have a choice of furs or bohemian rugs for the benches and the room is decorated seasonally. Wedding breakfasts for 50 are served in The Dining Room, situated off The Great Hall. Here, there are plenty of beams, oak floors and large leaded-light windows. There are also wide lime washed tables and Chivari chairs, pewter candlesticks and candles all included in the hire price. While you dine, the team will clear away the benches in The Great Hall and transform it into the perfect place to dance. The Webster Bar is also located off The Great Hall and is ideal for drinks before or after the meal. There are pealight lit hops over the huge open fireplace and cosy antique armchairs in front of the fire. 25 LOCAL VENUES