Updated: Aug 16, 2019
I was lucky enough to meet the lovely Emma Sargeant recently, and learned a little bit about Balcombe Place - a new wedding and events venue in West Sussex. (Take a look at their website for information about the fascinating history of the house and family - www.balcombeplace.com)
When she invited me to come along and see it for myself, I absolutely jumped at the chance. The house is set in beautiful countryside, and has so many wonderful possibilities for a wedding ceremony that I really don’t know where to begin!
The building itself is completely fabulous: grand without being overwhelming, and each room has a warm and welcoming feel to it. If, like me, you love a good fireplace, then you will definitely be spoilt for choice, as just about every room has a fantastic feature fireplace - including the bedrooms. Here are just some of them:
The five reception rooms are all magnificent and each has something particularly attractive to offer, so any would be perfect for a wedding ceremony. I think my personal favourite would have to be the Music Room, with its wood-panelled walls and wonderful minstrels’ gallery: it is something so special and unique that it really is quite breathtaking!
The ground floor has a lovely flow to it, so whichever room you chose for your ceremony, your guests could comfortably wander from one stunning space to another; allowing real flexibility in the way you choose to celebrate your big day.
And the grounds ……! Of course, as a Celebrant, I can’t help but think about the wonderful outdoor ceremonies which could be held here, with the house itself as an incredible Plan B in case of inclement weather.
The house is set in an elevated position with views for miles around, including the amazing Balcombe Viaduct (or Ouse Valley Viaduct, as it’s also known) - just imagine your wedding photographs against such a backdrop! (Obviously, this is a reverse view from Borde Hill, with Balcombe Place on the right, but you get the idea!)
And you could go for the quintessential English country house feel with your choice of outdoor events in such wonderful surroundings (see www.quintessentialfetes.co.uk for some ideas) - the possibilities really are endless: just like the views!
Emma is a warm and friendly person, with a passion for the house, and a genuine wish to make your day truly special. A stunning house and grounds and, in Emma, the ideal person to look after every aspect of your day - so, what are you waiting for? Go and see it for yourself - you really won’t be disappointed!