If a country escape wedding in a beautiful barn is your idea of true romance, Blackstock is perfect for you.
Birthday parties to AGMs. We can provide a truly unique venue for your event, conference or celebration.
Our catering partners, Fine Foods Catering, can create a completely customised menu to suit your taste and budget.
Take a stroll around our grounds on a Sunday morning and follow it up with a hearty warming breakfast or brunch.
Blackstock Country Estate is a beautiful countryside wedding and events venue set in the rolling South Downs of Sussex. We host ceremonies, receptions and events in two cosy barns, surrounded by 70 acres of breathtaking estate. Rustic and rural, yet refined and romantic, we are surrounded by open meadows, bluebell woodland and peaceful lakes. Wild deer can be spotted on the grounds, among other wildlife roaming freely.
All this can be viewed from our two restored barns, one of which dates back to the 16th century, which can be hired together for exclusive use of the estate or hired separately. We are licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies for up to 180 guests, or can recommend some nearby historic churches. For receptions, conferences and parties we have licensed bars, the capacity for live music and can provide top-quality bespoke catering.
Our peaceful estate can add a sense of escapism to your occasion, while our licensed bars and in-house catering team can provide a range of drinking and dining options. Whether you’re having a corporate away day, a family party or something in between we can help.
Picture your special day in one of our restored barns, both of which offer unique charm and character. Guests can step outside on the patio for a drink, or even wander our beautiful grounds at their leisure. We also have excellent modern facilities, despite our rural location.
Every Sunday our café and grounds are open to all, for an entry fee of just £1 (or free for children under 1). The grounds are a wonderful place for a morning stroll, with easy paths throughout.
"I first met Paul at the Bluewater wedding fair and in a room full of people trying to sell me things it was refreshing to meet someone that let their venue speak for themselves. There was no pressure... to book there and then and they went out of their way to answer all my questions. When we first went to the venue we instantly fell in love with it and the staff. Throughout our wedding planning we've seen the venue undergo lots of improvements to the grounds as well as its amazing reception. Over the two years we were planning our wedding a few different people were our point of contact at Blackstock but Paul as always available if we wanted to talk to him. On the day the team worked seamlessly to deliver an amazing day and when our coaches didn't turn up on time provided water to our waiting guests. We've had many compliments about how beautiful this venue is as well as how amazing the food is and we can't thank Paul and the amazing team enough for all their hard work." Hannah B, 3rd February 2018
"We got married at Blackstock in November after a very short 6 month engagement. We were concerned about how little time we had to plan a wedding in but as soon as we went to Blackstock and met Paul and Gill we instantly knew that this was the place to get married. The professionalism and genuine care for their weddings was evident immediately and my husband to be and I had confidence that they could pull off the wedding that we wanted. We live in France and so much of the communication was done over the phone and via email which we always had prompt responses to. When the day itself came around we were lucky enough to be able to set up the day before and had a detailed run through with Ben who honestly is the epitome of professionalism and organisation. Despite this we were still sure that on the day itself there were bound to be a few minor details that would go wrong as everyone always says there is at a wedding but we can truly say that every part of our wedding was more magical and ran more smoothly than we could ever have hoped for. From timings to the food, everything was perfect. The barn is a beautiful place to get married and although biased I have to say that it couldn't be more perfect for a cosy winter wedding. The food was exceptional and we have had so many guests say that it was one of the nicest meals they have ever had. The attention to detail was extraordinary, just one example is how several waiters bring the meals to each table all at once so that everyone is served together, this was an unexpected detail that really adds a sense of occasion to the meal. Every member of staff that we met were friendly, polite and professional. We could not have asked for a better day and we can't thank the Blackstock team enough. This is the place that everyone should aim to get married at and other venues could learn a lot from this team. Exceptional!" Maddison L, 16th January 2018
"I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and the team at Blackstock. Yourself and Ben had everything planned to perfection and made our day so so amazing and special. We had the best day and night at your stunning venue and can't praise you enough." Leanne and Jonathan, 28th December 2017
"To anyone that is considering having their wedding at this venue.....do it! We had our day in Nov 2017 and had the most incredible day. The team work perfectly together and no request was too big! As a nervous bride they aided with the smooth running of the day and prep beforehand. I cannot recommend them enough x" Claire W, 14 December 2017
"As always the food was excellent and the service was superb; and despite the awful weather the room was perfectly warm. I am sure we will see you again next year." Patricia E, 11 December 2017
"Just to say we have a great night at our works party on Friday! What a fantastic venue and the food was wonderful. So many events never have enough staff on duty but there were plenty and they were all lovely and very efficient. Thank you very much for everything." Laura, 11 December 2017
"Thank you for such a lovely Christmas party. All I have had is positive comments, the food and atmosphere was so lovely. Everyone had a great time. Thanks again. " Celia Smith, 10 December 2017
"This venue is truly welcoming and beautiful! After visiting a few venues to be marched around and told how amazing they were and they have limited availability but might be able to fit us in, Blackstock was an absolute breath of fresh air. From the flexibility with the day and time we could visit, the fabulous afternoon tea provided, the genuine interest in us and warm welcome from all staff members we knew this was the perfect venue for us. Since booking the service has continued to be fabulous, they are keeping us informed, helping us arrange key items and we feel completely relaxed knowing the high level of support provided. We cannot wait for our wedding at Blackstock next May. Thank you Blackstock team for everything so far! " Gemma and Jake, 23 October 2017
"We got married on the 2nd August, all the build up to the day had been professional with any queries dealt with. We were very lucky in respect of the venue being vacant from the day before so we could set up any bits we needed to then and put the wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses in the Cottage ready for our day. When it came to the day, my beautiful bride and her bridesmaids got ready from 10am in the Cottage (please note this is not always possible if people are in it the night before), their needs being looked after very well by the staff. I duly arrived at 12pm, with guests, everybody was commenting about how nice it was in the Tudor Barn. Everything went without a single problem in the ceremony with Simon, the coordinator, being faultless and very professional in the build up. When we moved to the Granary barn everybody was dumbstruck by the beauty of the place, decorated by Inspiration Decor"s Joanna, it really looked fantastic. Everybody loved the food with so many commenting how good it was with generous portions, beautifully presented and all piping hot. The evening was back in the Tudor Barn with more guests arriving and commenting about the place, the evening buffet was superb with lots of positive comments about how nice it was. It rained the whole day but it didn't matter at all as it was such a nice place to be and the photos people have taken look lovely. Overall, we could not have been any happier on our special day, thank you so much all the staff and caterers at Blackstock, it may be a bit out of the way but it is so worth getting married here!" Chris E, 4 August 2017
"I could not begin to say how fantastic the whole day was. My granddaughter was married there. The very epitome of excellence, attention to detail is superb. This did not however come at the expense of friendliness and the feeling of being special. If you choose to hold your event there forget the worry that goes with the planning." junewood_11, 9 July 2017
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