Gorgeous rural venue close to Brighton. The perfect place for your special day.
Coming from further afield? Ask us about our charming on-site guest accommodation.
Birthday parties to AGMs. We can provide a truly unique venue for your event, conference or celebration.
A truly intimate country venue in beautiful Sussex
Blackstock Country Estate is a beautiful countryside wedding and events venue set in the rolling South Downs of East Sussex. Located very centrally, between Tunbridge Wells, Eastbourne and Brighton in East Sussex, Blackstock is an easy to reach country escape. 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 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. We are licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies for up to 120 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.
A beautiful live performance of Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift
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Private Functions & Conferences
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.
Weddings & Civil Ceremonies
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. We also have excellent modern facilities, despite our rural location.
Whether you are looking for a place to stay on your wedding night with your close friends and family, or just book a romantic getaway pending on our availability, we have got many options for you
Some kind words
"‘We really cannot recommend Blackstock Country Estate highly enough after hosting our wedding at the venue in September 2021. From the first time we visited Blackstock we knew it was the venue for us with their relaxed and professional approach immediately putting us at ease when making such a big decision. From the start, Blackstock worked with us to accommodate our every wish, from bespoke menu choices and luxury accommodation to table plans and helping us to organise a sunset photo shoot. Everything felt so personal and dedicated to us, with Betty in particular doing everything in her power to make our day run as smoothly as possible. It was extremely clear to us from the beginning that Blackstock Estate specialise in hosting weddings. From providing a golf buggy to drive us around the grounds for photographs, to helping us move our cards and presents into our accommodation at the end of the night, nothing was too much trouble. A significant proportion of our guests informed us that Blackstock had provided ‘the best wedding food’ they had ever eaten, to which we also agree! With 110 guests in attendance we were astonished to see and hear that every single meal was served to perfection. We really did have the most perfect day and the wonderful, polite, organised, friendly staff at Blackstock had a huge part to play in the day’s success. We truly had the most incredible wedding and really cannot praise Blackstock highly enough. Thank you to the whole team for taking care of every detail and helping us to enjoy the best day of our lives’ X " Amy & Robert, September 2021
"We just wanted to pass on a huge thanks to everyone at Blackstock that helped make our party a day to remember. Our guests were delighted with everything from the venue to the catering, we’ve had so much nice feedback. Luigi and the rest of the team were fabulous, I didn’t realise we were going to have so many people looking after us. So, once again a big thank you for making our day truly one to remember." Alan & Carolyn, October 2019
"To all the fantastic team at Blackstock! We had the most amazing day, full of love, laughter & happiness. It went so smoothly, so all we had to do on the day was enjoy it and immerse ourselves in the celebration of our marriage. We can't thank you all enough for your hard work and can't fault the staff at all. The food was wonderful and all our guests had the best time. We felt very special and staying over extended that feeling very much. The Goat Shed was a perfect place to end our magical day." Martin & Tina, September 2019
"Having such a big wedding the food was the most expensive part for us and it took a while to get our heads around. Having been to weddings before and seeing the portions it all felt pretty disheartening. When the food came out on the day we could not believe that they were actually very generous portions and then upon trying the food we were blown away. The food was all delicious and guests throughout the day and since have said it was some of the best food they have ever had at a wedding and we agree very much with this. People also commented on how quickly it was served and how hot the food was considering the number of guests. All the waitresses and waiters were great and happy to help. So a massive thank you to the chef and all involved in serving the food, it most definitely was worth the money!" Kirsty & Craig, August 2019
"I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone at Blackstock for helping us have such a wonderful day on Sunday! The moment we first visited Blackstock we knew it was our perfect venue and a truly beautiful setting. Every member of staff has been friendly and helpful! Louisa and Josie were helpful in answering all our questions before our wedding and, on our wedding day, Luigi at the start of the day was fantastic and so calming. Both Kevin and Lorraine were equally brilliant! All the bar staff in the evening were also wonderful! So many guests commented on what a beautiful venue it was and how delicious the food was! Thank you again and I’m sure we’ll be back in the not too distant future." Steph & Si, August 2019
"Thank you all so much for making our wedding an incredible day to remember! The precision and attention to detail were spot-on and the staff were amazing! We can't thank you enough!" Adam & Jamielee, June 2019
"Thank you very much for everything you did to ensure our wedding day was perfect. We had a fantastic day and our guests all commented on what a beautiful venue Blackstock was and how much they enjoyed the food." Mr & Mrs Rummins, June 2019
"Nic and I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to the Blackstock team for helping to make our wedding day so amazing! The staff were professional, friendly and helpful. The day went just as we’d planned and more, with the help of Paul Mitchell our Toastmaster. We would highly recommend him to any future couples looking to ‘tie the knot’. Both barns looked absolutely stunning with the help of Joanna from Inspirations Decor and lighting in the Tudor Barn for our ceremony by Dave Callaway from Unlimited Promotions. The food was AMAZING! All our guests said how delicious it was, which is testament alone as 10 of those attending the wedding (including myself) are chefs! There was more than enough food for the evening reception, glad we made the choices that we did - Best of British went down a treat! Special thanks to Marco and his team. It’s thanks to Blackstock that we came across Emily from Emily’s Mixing Bowl at one of your wedding fairs - oh my, delicious! The best cake that I have EVER tasted! She’s a must for wedding cakes. Finally Blackstock - what a venue. Idyllic in every way. Beautiful setting with breathtaking views. We were thrilled when so many of our guests said that it was the best wedding that they had ever been to - we had to agree! Thank you once again." Emma & Nic Jennings, 19th May 2019
"Ashley and I cannot thank enough yourself and your team for making our day truly magical. The day was AMAZING! As well as every other member of staff that worked throughout the weekend. I hope that one day we will be returning to Blackstock. It will always hold a place in our hearts." Mr & Mrs N, March 2019
"Craig and I just wanted to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for all your help and for such an amazing wedding day! Everything ran so smoothly from start to finish and nothing was ever too much for anyone. Everyone was so attentive and helpful. We had the most amazing day and can't believe it will be a month ago tomorrow! We just want to replay it over and over again! The food was just out of this world and we had so many positive comments on how delicious it was! Thank you so much again we will certainly be recommending Blackstock and, of course, we will be back soon for one if your yummy breakfasts!" Mr & Mrs Crowther, February 2019
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