Where life-long memories are created…


Situated in the heart of East Sussex, The Shelleys 16th century Country House Hotel offers the highest standards and a uniquely tranquil ambience, to cater for your wedding or civil ceremony celebrations. Our beautiful gardens and elegant public rooms provide a wonderfully still and calm backdrop, with breath-taking views of Lewes and the surrounding South Downs – all complimented by exquisite food and a warm welcome, ensuring your occasion will be truly memorable.

As a family-run business we are able to break the mould, offering creative touches and flexibility whilst maintaining affordability. We assure you of a very personal service regarding your celebration, and will work diligently to accommodate your requirements with the deftest of touches.

We can accommodate up to 40 seated guests in our drawing room and 60 seated in our dining room. We can assist you should a marquee be required, (which can accommodate up to 150 seated guests) in the beautiful garden.



Wedding and civil partnership licence – added convenience on your special day

The Shelleys’ drawing room provides an elegant setting, and has been approved as a venue for marriages and civil partnerships for up to 60 guests.  Alternatively, you can take advantage of our beautiful garden summer house, which is also licensed. Having the ceremony at the Shelleys provides perfect convenience – eradicating the need for transport from one venue to another.

Please be assured, we will never have more than one wedding or civil partnership on the same day… and if you require exclusive use of the entire hotel you may request it.  Exclusive use includes the ground floor, the terrace, gardens and 19 bedrooms. The hotel is reserved from 1.00pm on the day of the wedding or civil ceremony until check-out at 11.00am the following day. During this time we will be closed to the public.

For further information about weddings and civil ceremonies at the Shelleys, please contact our team on 01273 472361