Your Sussex Wedding - June/July 2024 (Issue 109)

CHICHESTER TO WORTHING Spotlight on... Tie the knot in a local hotspot BAILIFFSCOURT HOTEL & SPA 01903 723 511 | Sumptuous, timeless and inspiring, Bailiffscourt offers a romantic setting with an elegant ambience. Narrow passageways with flagstone floors lead you through intimate lounges and sitting rooms, and Gothic mullioned windows frame picture-perfect views of the gardens and roseclad courtyard. Mere steps away from the Hotel is the luxurious and contemporary spa with facilities that include an indoor pool, outdoor heated infinity pool, hot tub, fitness suite, relaxation lounge and six treatment rooms. What’s more, there are 39 bedrooms and suites, some with open fireplaces and four-poster beds scattered throughout the house. The gardens even boast an original and very pretty 13th-century Norman chapel, as well as a helipad for an indulgent arrival or departure. With all the appearance of a Medieval house, Bailiffscourt’s best-kept secret is that until 1927 it didn’t exist! Designed for Lord Moyne, then Walter Guinness of the brewing family using original stone, woodwork, windows and fireplaces. Walking in, it’s like stepping back in time. The Music Room is a characterful room hung with tapestries and has a fireplace ideal for a roaring log fire during a winter wedding. It can accommodate 40 guests seated or 65 standing for the ceremony, and 40 guests for a seated wedding breakfast. The Chapel is available for romantic blessings for up to 40 seated or 60 standing. Filled with candles and flowers, it’s the perfect setting. The Tapestry Restaurant is an elegant space complete with Medievalstyle architecture, mullioned windows and tapestry-hung walls. It can seat up to 80 loved ones. HAM MANOR 01903 783 288 | The beautiful, 18th-century, Grade II listed manor house at Ham Manor Golf Club and its surroundings offer a classic backdrop for a wedding day. The Manor offers an ideal canvas on which to create a special day you’ll remember forever. Your dream, vision and style: one beautiful setting. Ham Manor is surrounded by a glorious golf course. There’s also a lake and walled garden to the rear, so you’ll not be short of a picture-perfect spot for those all-important snaps. What’s more the venue is located just five minutes from the stunning Arun coast should you wish to take photos en route or pop out for a location shoot. The licensed ceremony room offers golf course views and can accommodate up to 50 of your nearest and dearest. The main reception room meanwhile can host up to 100 for the wedding breakfast. Whether you opt for a grand or intimate celebration, the team at Ham Manor will be flexible in catering to your every need. The venue’s head chef can prepare multiple different options for your day including a three-course wedding breakfast, buffets, canapés and nibbles. All ingredients are locally-sourced where possible. There are a variety of money-saving packages available offering you options to cover all the décor your space needs. LOCAL VENUES 19