Dating from the 16th century
Blackstock is a breathtaking country wedding venue in Hellingly, conveniently close to Brighton and Tunbridge Wells. Overlooking our grounds are two beautiful restored barns, The Tudor and The Granary. They can be hired separately, with access to the grounds, or taken together for exclusive use of the entire estate for your wedding.
Both barns are set amongst our 70 acres of scenic farmland and enjoy stunning views of the South Downs. Within, they are tastefully decorated and can be easily adjusted to suit your theme. Guests can easily stroll in and out, exploring the meadows and woods at their leisure, enjoying a drink on the patio areas under the stars or taking part in the festivities inside.
As well as providing the perfect venue to hold your reception, we are also licensed to hold civil partnership and wedding ceremonies for up to 180 of your guests.
Or if you would prefer to hold the ceremony elsewhere, with the reception at Blackstock Farm, we are conveniently located close to several historic churches and can happily make recommendations and help arrange transport to and from the venues.
If you have any special requirements for your ceremony, then let us know. We will endeavour to accommodate any wish that you may have to make your ceremony completely personal to you.
At Blackstock Country Estate we have two barns for you to choose from, both fully licensed for ceremonies. The first, the Tudor Barn, is over 500 years old and steeped in history. The second, the Granary Barn, is larger and full of rustic charm. Each barn has its own entrances, exists, chefs’ kitchens, facilities, bars and outside entertaining areas, so we can hold weddings in both completely independently.
An ‘exclusive use‘ wedding gives you the opportunity to enjoy Blackstock Country Estate just for yourselves and your guests for the entire wedding. You can move between barns: for example, hold your ceremony in the Tudor Barn, your drinks reception on the Tudor Patio, then host your wedding breakfast in the Granary Barn . After eating you can greet your evening guests in the Tudor Barn which will have been converted into an evening party venue for you. With exclusive use you get the luxury of flexibility and choice.
Our wedding planning staff, caterers and owners will be on hand to support you from the day you first view the venue. We will provide you with detailed timelines covering what you need to do and when, and will be happy to offer advice when it comes to booking transport, music, or a separate ceremony venue if preferred.
You will have one-on-one meetings with our triple rosette head chef, Marco Manner, to decide what you’d like included in your menus to suit your taste and budget.
You’ll also be able to call or email us at any time with any questions or concerns, and be sure you’ll receive a prompt reply.
To get married at Blackstock you will need to arrange a Registrar. Both of our barns are licensed for marriage ceremonies. We work closely with Eastbourne Registry Office with whom you will need to book your registrar.
To book your civil wedding or partnership ceremony call 03456 08 01 98 (Option 1 for ceremonies) or email: email@example.com
"On behalf of my HUSBAND & I, we would just like to say a huge thank you for helping us create the most perfect wedding day bespoke to us. Your whole team were so friendly - something that all of our guests commented on! And we really felt that no request or email (of which there were many!) was dismissed or belittled. The food was incredible with so many of our guests agreeing that it was better than restaurant standard! I don’t think there was a single mouthful left on any plate. Gill and Andre helped us to feel so relaxed in what was a very stressful build up and Sarah and Florian were incredible on the day, making sure that everything went seamlessly. Karen always made us feel welcome and important and I really hope that we can stay in touch for a long time to come. We feel like part of the Blackstock family! We have genuinely fallen in love with Blackstock and you definitely haven’t seen the last of us! We just wish we could do our whole day all over again. " Mr & Mrs Gladwish, 4th November 2018
"Dear Gill. On behalf of Fran and myself, may we thank you most sincerely for the absolutely perfect organisation and attention to even the smallest detail of our wedding at Blackstock. It exceeded our expectations in every respect, nothing was overlooked or missed, altogether making it a more than memorable occasion for our wedding. The staff in attendance were always ready and on hand to do whatever was required. We have nothing but praise for the Blackstock organization in their understanding and empathy for couples on their Wedding day. " Alan and Frances, 1st October 2018
"We'd like to thank the entire team at Blackstock for making our special day so perfect. Both of the barns and the grounds are stunning. All of our guests had said what a beautiful venue we had chosen. The food was amazing and again our guests had commented on how nice it all was. The day ran smoothly and Ben and the team were very helpful throughout the whole day. We are so happy with everything and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Blackstock as a wedding venue. We will always look back on our day with amazing memories. " Mr & Mrs Mellett, 16th June 2018
"We’d like to thank Gill and the entire team at Blackstock for such a wonderful day. We didn’t have to worry about a thing and every aspect was seamless. I especially like to hear of the small acts of kindness that we did not see. For example, my nephew was upset and my brother in law was away from dinner for quite a while tending to him so a member of staff made sure his dinner was sent up to the cottage for him so he wouldn’t miss out. This sort of service is above and beyond and confirmed we had chosen the best venue. Not only this, but the grounds are beautiful and the cottages finished to a luxurious standard with plenty of space to get ready. " Chloe & Tom, 4th October 2018
"Now that things have calmed down on behalf of the newlyweds and myself I just want to say thank you to Gill and the team for the great job you did for Hannah and Drew’s wedding on Saturday. We’ve had so many compliments on the gorgeous venue, the great food, the atmosphere of the place and the way the day ran. Florin and Sarah worked very hard to ensure everything was as seamless as possible - even when I managed to mislay the key to the 3 bedroom cottage half way through the evening! (luckily my daughter had it as I gather there isn’t another one on-site). Sarah didn’t seem at all ruffled, bless her. Your security guard (I’m afraid I can’t remember his name) was also great, extremely friendly and couldn’t do enough to help - even bringing a jug of milk to the accommodation - I’m sure that’s not in his job description! I would like to finish though by saying a huge thank you once again. The day itself was fantastic and the staff worked hard to ensure that. If the weather stays good we’ll be bringing little Winry for another visit on a Sunday while the newlyweds are on their Honeymoon" Hannah & Drew, 29th September 2018
"I just want to write to say THANK YOU so so much for the wonderful, PERFECT day you created for my daughter Poppy and new son-in-law Sam on Friday 31st August. Everything was so seamless from beginning to end and what a fantastic venue (everyone commented on it). I shall be forever grateful that you helped make Poppy and Sam's day so special. My daughter had worked so hard and had been dreaming and planning her big day for many many years and to see it all come to fruition and see the smile which was glued on her face all day was all as a mother I could wish for. How you planned that weather too I'll never know!!! Thank you to each and everyone involved in making her day so special with memories to last a lifetime." Poppy & Sam, 31st August 2018
"Dear all I am so sorry I did not thank you all properly yesterday for the wonderful day you created for my daughter. I think my head was a little cloudy! Everything was exceptional, all your staff were so professional and helpful. The whole of the arrangements, food and the venue itself far exceeded my expectations. All my guests commented on what a fantastic venue we had chosen. All the children had a whale of a time and that meant relaxed parents. So from me and all my family thank you, thank you, thank you!" Jenny & Richard, 23rd August 2018
"We’d like to thank Gill (Wedding Coordinator) and the team at Blackstock for helping to create the most perfect day on Saturday, 4th August 2018. Gill helped throughout our planning to make it all so seamless and easy and was always happy to answer any emails or queries. We knew we wanted Blackstock the second we walked into the Tudor Barn and we’re so glad we chose it as our Venue. The guests complimented its beauty all throughout the day. Thanks to Ben (Operations Manager), who I hope gets better soon, and Florin (Front of House Operations Manager), for being amazing on the day with organising everything to run smoothly and efficiently. We didn’t have anything to worry about, and it’s all down to their professionalism. Thank you, and again we’re so happy we picked Blackstock as our Venue." Alex & Emma, 4th August 2018
"Had my wedding 18th July 2018 and couldn’t of picked a better venue, the whole team of staff was absolutely brilliant and the day couldn’t of gone any better. I’d thank to thank every single person at blackstock for everything they have done for me and my wife." Sean, 18th July 2018
"We got married at Blackstock Country Estate on Saturday June 23rd 2018 and it was the most perfect venue for our special day. Both barns and the grounds are stunning, the food was incredible and the level of care and attention from Gill, Ben, Sarah, Florin and the rest of the team was impeccable. In planning the wedding Gill was always on hand to answer any queries and was so accommodating of all our wishes. Ben and Sarah oversaw the day and made us feel so relaxed that everything was in hand. We booked the bridal and family cottages, which were brilliant especially as we held a brunch for all our guests in the Granary Barn the following morning. The bridal party also used the family cottage to get ready - it was the perfect space and great to be on site in the morning to check over everything. We were so happy with everything from start to finish and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Blackstock as a wedding venue for a moment!" Jade, 23rd June 2018
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