Exclusive Hire of the Michelham Priory Estate

We are very excited to announce our new Exclusive Hire Option of the Michelham Priory Estate.

Hidden away in the Cuckmere Georgina Bates Photography Valley in Sussex at the foot of the South Down is the stunning Michelham Priory. The estate is surrounded by the longest water-filled moat in England, encircling the enchanting priory on its very own island. The priory has a long established history of warmly welcoming and generously entertaining lords and ladies with lavish banquets and merry parties. Even the humble monks who founded the priory in 1229 had a reputation for merrily entertaining honoured guests with wonderful wine and feasts. After the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII, the priory became a comfortable countryside retreat for leading courtiers with its beautiful architecture and romantic gardens winding down to the waterside moat. What better way to spend the most magical day of your life than on your own enchanted island surrounded by beauty, nature and history?

Hire the whole estate for your special day with private access to the Elizabethan Great Barn, stunning moat terrace, Tudor house, 14th century gatehouse, extended gardens and 7-acre grounds on the day of your wedding. Wedding ceremonies are licensed to take place in the stunning barn for up to 130 guests.

Exclusive hire includes:

  • Access to the estate from 10am till 5pm the day before for set up
  • Private access to the estate for pre-wedding photographs and a Champagne Garden Picnic, created by our Michelin star trained chef, for up to 12 people from 5pm till 8pm the evening before your wedding
  • Exclusive use of the estate from 9am till 11pm on the day of your wedding
  • The house will close at dusk
  • Access to the estate from 10am till 4pm the day after for take down and collection
  • Passionate and dedicated staffing including planning assistance from the weddings and functions manager, a wedding supervisor to lead your day, a deputy supervisor to assistant, waiting and bar staff, evening security and set up and take down assistance
  • 130 chairs, tables, china, cutlery, glassware, white table linen and linen napkins included
  • Use of the barn music system according to our terms and conditions and our sound technician to assist throughout the day

Exclusive hire is available between Mid-February and Mid-December any day of the week. We are limited to only 6 exclusive hire days a year.

For more information about exclusive hire of Michelham Priory please contact Hannah at weddingslewes@sussexpast.co.uk or call 01323 844224.

Photograph Credit to Georgina Bates Photography.