Folkington Manor is a beautiful grade II* listed English country home nestled in the heart of the South Downs National Park between Lewes and Eastbourne in East Sussex.
Originating from the 1840’s, Folkington Manor has a romantic history and long association with the arts, music and dance, which continues to this day as a performance and events venue.
In 2010, Jacquie and Harry Brünjes purchased the estate and then lovingly restored both the manor house and the grounds to their former glory, which includes over 85 acres of imperious lawns, landscaped gardens, lakes and woods.
Group bookings available by arrangement.
Located in the natural beauty of the South Downs National Park. Although close to the A27 the manor is set in just under 100 acres and offers complete privacy.
For those travelling by public transport, the closest train station is Polegate Station (1.5 miles) to Lewes, Brighton and London, or Eastbourne. You can also catch the 125 bus Polegate to Alfriston, run by Cuckmere Buses.
Eastbourne & Polegate Taxis 01323 720720
- Accessible parking
- Guide dogs welcome
A word from the owner
My work life and personal life are linked by the house. After having bought Folkington, I discovered that a previous owner had donated two paintings to be sold to benefit Lancing College. These profits funded the creation of Gwynne Library. As the Chairman of Lancing College, I have to wonder if it was fate that drew me to Folkington.
After the death of Thomas Sheppard’s son in 1875 both properties were sold to Mr James Gwynne, an engineer and antiquary, and in 1915 passed to his son Col. Rupert Gwynne, M.P. for Eastbourne between 1910 and 1924.
Rupert Gwynne was father of Elizabeth David, the pre-eminent British cookery writer of the mid-20th century, and brother of Violet Gordon Woodhouse, the most enigmatic figure to have been born at Folkington and also buried at the local church. She was a highly acclaimed musician who entertained the likes of Diaghilev and Picasso.
She lived an intriguing life at Folkington Manor where she lived in a menage a cinq.
On Rupert Gwynne's death the house passed into the hands of his younger brother Sir Roland Gwynne, Mayor of Eastbourne 1928-31.
Folkington Manor is a stunning venue with a very romantic history making it an ideal venue for weddings. Licensed for civil ceremonies and receptions in a stunning location, Folkington Manor will make an elegant, picturesque backdrop to the special day.
Just as each couple is completely unique, Folkington provides a personal service to ensure that each wedding is individually tailored. From initial enquiry through to the wedding day, Folkington works with you to develop your ideas, within your budget, so that your wedding is simply perfect.
A stunning setting in the gorgeous Sussex countryside
We had such an amazing day which was faultless! We would not have changed a single thing! The venue was absolutely perfect.
The events team and staff were so helpful and supportive throughout the whole process which really made our day go with a swing!
Gardens and Grounds
With 85 acres of parkland, woodlands and gardens, Folkington offers an idyllic setting for a garden party reception or a marquee in most seasons.
The Flint Halls
With beautiful curved beams, striking architecture and a wealth of natural light, the two historic Flint Halls are attractive flexible spaces that can be adapted to suit your needs.
A marquee in the grounds can accommodate any number from 100 to 1000+. Our provider will supply not only a luxury marquee styled to your choice, but also everything else you may need from dance floors and lighting, to toilets and generators.
Two historic Flint Halls are attractive, flexible spaces that can be adapted to suit your needs and can fulfil most requirements.
Seating can be arranged for a small, intimate gathering or for larger numbers. The main Flint Hall accommodates up to 140 seated
guests while the smaller Flint Hall is perfect for a drinks reception.
Thank you so much for being a great venue and so fabulous to work with.