Private Dining and Celebrations

If you are planning a special celebration, family gathering or private reception, our state rooms
offer the perfect venue for a memorable occasion. Host your guests in rooms showcasing a rich arts history, exuding character and ambience.

Rooms can accommodate up to 100 guests depending on the type of event.

Christmas Celebrations

Arrive to the roaring log fire and a glass of bubbly...Celebrate the festive season with a party, lunch or dinner for family, friends or work colleagues at West Dean College. Feel a sense of occasion as you dine in one of the grand State Rooms. Our tempting menus start from £35pp and have an emphasis on tradition and locally sourced produce with seasonal vegetables from West Dean Gardens.

We are now taking bookings for 17 November - 18 December for 10-90 guests.
To book call +44 (0)1243 818258 or email

See the Christmas menu

Old Library

The largest of three interconnecting rooms, linked with the Old Dining Room and Music Room. It offers opulent Edwardian décor, book lined walls and a splendid early 18th century tapestry panel. This room is perfect for larger receptions.

Music Room

An intimate yet airy space for receptions and dinners, with a fascinating mix of traditional and surreal artwork. The Music Room is at the centre of the three interconnecting rooms.

Old Dining Room

This elegant and impressive room boasts a large Victorian dining table, Dutch floral marquetry chairs and artworks. An ideal space for fine dining.

Plan your perfect menu

Plan your perfect menu with the help of our dedicated team. Choose from mouth-watering canapés to a delectable three course dinner prepared using fresh and local ingredients where possible. Wines can be chosen to complement your menu and special dietary requirements can be catered for.

Contact us

For more information, please contact our dedicated team who will be happy to help plan your perfect event. Call 01243 818258 or email

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.

Find out how you can help support us