Your event at West Dean

West Dean House, home to West Dean College, offers you a unique and creative venue to host a variety of events, from a conference or meeting to a private dinner or wedding reception. With accommodation available, West Dean also offers bed and breakfast throughout the year.

This 19th century flint mansion, close to Chichester in West Sussex, boasts an intriguing artistic heritage alongside rolling views of the South Downs and St Roche's Arboretum. The award-winning gardens also provide a stunning backdrop to your event, complemented by the friendly and professional staff and tempting catering on offer.

Host an event or conference

Choose us as your next meeting, conference or product launch venue and bring your delegates to a unique and creative environment. We have multiple rooms available with a range of capacities and layouts, and offer full audio equipment and catering facilities. There is no restriction when it comes to outdoor space where teambuilding and garden games will get the creative juices flowing.

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Meet in our characterful state rooms

Our three interconnecting state rooms showcase a rich arts history with opulent book lined walls and a fascinating mix of traditional and surreal artworks. These Edwardian rooms vary in size and cater for both intimate gatherings and meetings, to large events and wedding receptions. With such a historic presence, the state rooms offer you and your guests a unique setting whatever the occasion.

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Stay over - bed and breakfast

For a peaceful night's sleep in a retreat location with stunning views of the South Downs, enjoy bed and breakfast at West Dean College. Whether you are coming on a short course, need a break or are visiting the area, we offer you a tranquil stay complete with free entry to the award-winning gardens, access to the heated swimming pool and garden games.

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A truly unique wedding venue

If you are looking for your perfect wedding venue then look no further. Whatever your style, you can have your wedding reception in the historic state rooms within the main house or in a marquee on the Picnic Lawn, set against the backdrop of the award-winning gardens. West Dean makes for a truly unique and historical setting that will blow you and your guests away from the minute you arrive.

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Away day activities

Complete your away day with some teambuilding activities and try something new including clay pigeon shooting, archery, painting, house and garden tours and more. Add an activity to your booking and get out and about on the estate where your delegates can really get their creative juices flowing.

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Private dining and celebrations

For a venue with style, charm and ambience, choose us for your next special occasion. Your guests will be blown away from the minute they arrive and travel down the impressive driveway to their fine dining experience in the historic state rooms. Our staff will ensure you have a memorable experience and you’ll want to come back time and time again.

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Filming and photography

For a unique setting in the rolling South Downs, choose West Dean College as your next filming or photography venue. Whether inside the flint mansion, on the 6,400 acre estate or in the award-winning gardens, we offer a fabulous location for your next shoot.

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Help preserve our future

West Dean is part of a registered charity and relies on the support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

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