VENUE TOUR: SOUTH LODGE
If you are planning to get married in West Sussex and are currently on the ‘venue hunt’ then today’s post will be right up your street.
Here is Alexandria to give you the full lowdown:
When Louise asked me if I wanted to go and visit the beautiful South Lodge, in West Sussex, on behalf of B.Loved, my immediate answer was a resounding yes! It couldn’t have come at a better time either, my husband has been travelling an awful lot with work recently, and I have been so busy with wedding season in full swing, it was the perfect weekend for us to have a relaxing night away.
When we arrived, we were greeted by Cassie, a senior wedding manager, who showed us around the hotel and then to our beautiful room. She really couldn’t have been more helpful and knowledgeable about everything and I could tell that we were in good hands!
The house itself is full of history, built in 1883 by Frederick Du Cane Godman, and then extended over the years. All of the rooms in the hotel are completely unique, and each one gives a subtle nod to the history of the building, for instance, one of the rooms that stands in the original stable block, has an equestrian theme. Our room was called Marazine Blue (all of the rooms on the second floor are named after butterflies) and not only was it spacious and luxurious, there were also lots of lovely little touches, like an empty vase with a note that said ‘go and pick some flowers from our grounds’ and the views from our windows were absolutely breathtaking, you could see for miles. Although I have to say, Ty’s favourite feature of the room was the Aqua Vision tv in the bathroom!
After settling into our room, Cassie then showed me all around their wedding suites and explained how they do things at South Lodge. Although they can cater for large weddings, they also have lots of spaces that are ideal for a small and intimate affair. If you’re planning a smaller wedding, sometimes it is hard to find somewhere that doesn’t ‘swamp you’, but at South Lodge, they have a variety of wedding reception rooms that can cater to all sizes. They also have a gorgeous outdoor ceremony area which allows for a very grand and very long aisle, all the way from the house, through the terrace, and down into the gardens.
We were then treated to a yummy Afternoon Tea, the patisserie was particularly scrumptious, with an amazing lemon and blueberry macaron, and a heavenly chocolaty cakey thing (that I can’t remember the name of, but trust me – it was great!), not to mention the rest. We then decided to go for a wander around the grounds. From our room, I could see that there was a tree swing hanging from one of the large Oaks and I was dying to have a go. Sadly when we got there, some children on it already, but I’ll definitely have a go next time! I did think that it would make a wonderful location for wedding photos though. Not far from the swing, there is also an incredibly romantic lake, surrounded by the most beautiful rhododendrons and foxgloves. Everything was so vibrant and full of colour, it really was breathtaking.
After having a delicious meal at The Pass, South Lodge’s Michelin-starred restaurant, we were ready for a bubble bath and then bed. We ordered pillows from their ‘Pillow Menu’ – I went for the Lavender and Manuka, and Ty chose the Anti-Snoring one!
We both had a fantastic time at South Lodge, perfect for a weekend away, and even more so, for a country wedding. If you’re ever passing, you must pop in, even just for a walk around the lake – it’s definitely worth it!