Information about the venue
Celebrate your wedding day in your own Secret Garden in the magnificent grounds of Cowdray Park near Midhurst in Sussex – designed in the early 1770s by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the well-known landscape creator. Situated next to the ruins of historic Cowdray Castle, the gardens offer a beautiful backdrop for your stunning wedding photographs. The Walled Garden at Cowdray is alleged to have been a Tudor Pleasure Garden visited by Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, and now boasts turf benches, arbours, well thought-out paths, sweet smelling herbs, fruit trees (apples, pears and plums), roses, clematis, scented herbs and herbaceous beds enclosed by brick walls. All combine to create a unique backdrop for your afternoon drinks reception and photographic memories of your special occasion. Between 2001 and 2004, the derelict garden space was lovingly restored to become the idyllic wedding venue than we can see today – with colourful herbaceous borders, a tropical glasshouse featuring orchids and bougainvillaea, rose beds, vegetable beds, sculptures and fountains.
The venue offers the exclusive use of two reception rooms, and can accommodate up to 150 for the ceremony, and 180 for the reception. Firstly, the Courtyard Room can host your ceremony for up to 130 guests. The Georgian windows are dressed with large flower urns and let in beautiful western light enhancing the natural exposed brickwork and the subtle cream walls. This room is completed by an elegant handmade iron wedding arch which can be draped in a trellis of fragrant flowers. This room transforms into an ideal party space, where your guests can enjoy themselves and dance night away.
Fantastic Wedding Photo Opportunities
Secondly, the Castle Room is an elegant space where you and your guests dine. Featuring Georgian stonework and large windows, it overlooks the castle ruins. A blessing can be held in the gardens or an? intimate marquee on the central lawn. The ruins can be lit up and photographs taken as a backdrop by prior arrangement.
Flanked along the eastern wall of the garden you’ll discover the stunning Rose Pavilion – a most romantic and intimate setting. Exchange your vows under a canopy of roses, honeysuckle and clematis. At dusk the paths are candle-lit and the garden walls are illuminated, providing a tranquil magical setting by night.
The Cowdray Park Walled Gardens, with their beautifully kept borders, make a wonderful backdrop for a garden party style reception. Having both your ceremony and reception in the same venue allows guests plenty of time to relax and enjoy the gardens, without feeling the need to rush away. With a host of photographic opportunities on offer, you can be assured of a stunning set of romantic wedding pictures that will bring back many happy memories of a special day spent with friends and family.
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Previous Weddings at Cowdray Gardens
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Address: Riverground Stables, Cowdray Park, Midhurst GU29 9AL.
Phone: 01730 816881
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