With a large lawn, tables, chairs and parasols, guests can mingle while we pour the drinks and serve the canapés.
The garden provides a myriad of photo opportunities. There is a 500 year old Mulberry tree, large herbaceous borders and even a herb garden specifically designed for our kitchens. The whole garden is surrounded by the Downs in what is now the designated the South Downs National Park.
Children are especially well looked after with swings, a slide, climbing frame, Wendy House and lots of bikes, scooters and toys to play with, which are provided as part of your venue hire.
Nestling in a corner of Pangdean’s garden are some apple trees; ‘Orchard’ would be a rather too grand a description, but in this area we have recently built a summer house, or gazebo, and have licensed it for wedding ceremonies. It nestles into the extraordinary mulberry tree and where the apple trees encroach on it, it has been built around their branches so that they go straight through the roof! We did anguish long and hard over a name for it but we finally seem to have settled on ‘Mulberry Lodge’.
It has been built with a dedicated sound and lighting system so you may be both seen and heard. Obviously, its use is totally weather dependant so there is always a ‘Plan B’ where the barn or stable is the fall-back option for your ceremony. Mulberry Lodge has already proved hugely popular and is just about as close to an ‘outdoor’ wedding ceremony as you may legally get in the UK. Legislation dictates that the couple, the two witnesses and the two registrars must be under the roof of a solid structure; it is only the congregation who can be truly outdoors.