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Chiddinglye | The Big House | Quirky Sussex Barn Wedding Venue

Chiddinglye | Patricks Barn

South East, Patricks Barn, Chiddinglye, Selsfield Road, West Hoathly, RH19 4QS

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Enter an avenue of 150 year old Californian redwoods including the second tallest tree in England. This quirky Sussex barn venue is hidden away on the 320 acres that make up the private estate of Chiddinglye.  It is beautiful, it is kooky, it can be your wedding venue.

Hold your own ceremony (you have to get legally married elsewhere) in the shade of a 400 year old oak tree on the lawns of the main house – a sandstone Gothic fantasy – with a 25 mile view from the terrace across to Chanctonbury Ring on the South Downs.  This quirky Sussex barn venue is on top of the High Weald and has 11 acres of garden to meander through with something on show in every month but at its spectacular best in April and May.  Stroll down through the dell, a sunken garden made out of the quarry for the house with Victorian grottoes to Patrick’s Barn, an oak timber frame construction whose original beams may have come from Tudor ship timbers.  Next to this is the Byre, a large covered space with wood chip on the floor, including Patrick’s Bar and hidden in the corner the all important Patrick’s Bog! Behind the byre is an old meadow where your guests can camp in tents or in a fantastic yurt or tipi village.

The Garden Chef can serve up a stonking breakfast in the morning for all the hungry campers, anything from home made banana bread to full english with Bloody Marys to ease you into the day.

This quirky Sussex barn venue is a working farm so you might experience some inquisitive sheep peering at your guests from the surrounding fields, a big red tractor may trundle past and the farm dogs will definitely pop in to say hello while you are setting up. You hire the space and then add your personal touches to make your vision come true. The true quirk is the opportunity to create individual and unique weddings reflecting the personalities of those couples that wed there.

At this quirky Sussex barn venue there is space for fairground rides, bucking broncos, the world’s biggest bouncy castle, welly wanging, coconut shies, croquet on the lawn… You name it, they want you to have the day that is perfect for you. You’ll have the inside of a week to set up and there is only one wedding per weekend.   This is a private home and the owners want you to feel at home and happy come your day, having spent a stress free week setting up not rushing about at the last minute. They do love a DIY bride but can also recommend people to help if that’s not your thing. 

Come April, all couples thinking about marrying at Patricks Barn are invited along to ‘Brides Lunch’ where you can try the food and wines in a relaxed atmosphere (can’t bear tastings, we promise not to prod you and demand to know if you like it, we know you will!) Lord Limerick and his mum Lady Sylvia will take you on a tour of the gardens and regale with the fascinating history of the house and estate after lunch.

Come April, all couples who have booked to celebrate their weddings at Patricks Barn are invited along to a ‘Brides Lunch’ where you can try the food and wines in a relaxed atmosphere (can’t bear tastings? they promise not to prod you and demand to know if you like it, they know you will!) Lord Limerick and his mum Lady Sylvia will take you on a tour of the gardens and regale you with the fascinating history of the house and estate after lunch.

All catering is provided by The Garden Chef. Becky is totally committed to producing amazing food with local ingredients at reasonable prices. She sources from the estate, lots of lamb, venison, duck and pheasant in season and she has been known to spend her afternoons picking blackberries ready for blackberry and apple crumble pavlovas. She can do everything from hog roast to high tea to sit down dinner to Persian feast.

There is a fab pub in a box in the cow byre which can be run as a cash bar, free bar, or anything in between. Some couples use tokens or tickets to pay for first drinks or put some money behind the bar. The choice is yours. They can supply your wine but are also happy for you to bring your own and charge a nominal corkage fee to cover glasses, storage, chilling and disposing of bottles.


At this glorious quirky Sussex barn venue you party where the cows sleep, the cow byre gives space to seat up to 120 and gives a huge covered area to eat, chill and be merry. The night lights come on at sunset and give the place a lovely orange glow. Bet you never knew cows don’t like the dark!

Real Weddings

Geoff & Holly’s Festival Themed Wedding | Wedding Tattle | wordiephotography.com 

Naomi & Allistair’s Beautiful Countryside Wedding | RockMyWedding |  andrewjrquires.com


Say What?

|| We can’t describe how grateful we are to The Garden Chef, Becky, Jeremy, and their team, for the most incredible day. Our wedding last weekend included delicious food, amazing hospitality and of course the stunning venue that was Patrick’s Barn. The compliments from our guests about all the above have been flooding in! Most especially about the vibe and the incredible food and cakes! We were made to feel so welcome, and also felt that we could make the place our own. Couldn’t be happier and thank you again Garden Chef ||

|| Becky and her lovely team did all of the catering for our wedding. A lot of our guests are foodies and some are impossible to please but I can honestly say ALL of them were delighted. From start to finish it was perfect. I would highly recommend using the Garden Chef to anyone. Thank you so much you made our special day perfect. Not one hungry guest by the end of the night. || 



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