Gentlemen’s Library

We’re sure you’ll agree that Gildredge Manor is one of Eastbourne’s most unique wedding venues. This stunning Georgian building used to be a private family home for the Vicar and Lord of the Manor of Eastbourne. Since we’ve taken it over, it has been lovingly restored. It’s set within the gorgeous Gildredge Park in the Old Town of Eastbourne in East Sussex.

On your wedding day, you’ll have exclusive use of the whole Manor, including the Gentlemen’s Library. It’s a great place for the meeting with the registrar before the ceremony, as well as for guests to mingle and enjoy conversation.

This room is fully furnished with comfy Chesterfield leather sofas and armchairs. Sadly we can’t say you can enjoy cigars in here, but a brandy or whisky in this room is a must!

This room was in fact originally the dining room (opposite the butler’s pantry and just along from the strongroom for the silverware!). It would have been used for entertaining guests and special occasions. However, it was important in those days, for all but the most modest of houses, to have a library so this is what we’ve called it today.

As with many older and unique wedding venues, some of the building is still a mystery. We’re unsure when the interior in the library was completed. We believe the wood panelling and intricate parquet floor are more Edwardian in style. The origin of the fantastic stone fireplace that we uncovered during our restoration works is also unknown, but it’s absolutely stunning. The walls above the wood panelling are painted a muted red – a popular colour in historic periods for both dining rooms and libraries.

Do you see you and your guests lounging in the Gentlemen’s Library and enjoying the rest of our unique wedding venue? We’d love to show you around so you can get a real feel for the place. Please get in touch, or download our wedding brochure below.

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Gildredge Manor
11 Borough Lane,
East Sussex, BN20 8BB

Tel: 01323 438 944