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The Orangery Suite has hosted many weddings, social and business functions over the years and we are always very grateful to receive positive feedback from satisfied customers. Here is a selection:

We had our wedding here in September, this was our first choice on paper and when we visited it for the first time we fell in love with it even more! We didn't even go to see any more venues! It was everything we wanted and more! We loved it, our guests loved it and the dogs loved being part of our day, not many venues allow pets! Thank you to the very organised, professional team they made the day stress free! AS October 2021

We just wanted to thank you for allowing us the privilege of having our wedding day at The Orangery Suite. The day was beyond perfect and we can’t thank you enough for all of your help, not only for helping the day run so unbelievably smoothly, but also for all your help in the run up to the big day!! You’ve been absolutely fantastic through this whole journey and we feel honoured to have been able to spend our day with you. All our guests absolutely loved the venue, everyone said how beautiful the Orangery was and how much they all loved the the gardens and the games!! And weren’t we lucky with the weather!! We cannot wait for our professional photos to come back!! They are going to be absolutely beautiful! A huge thank you again, we had the most amazing and incredible day and us and our guests can’t stop talking about it all!! We will be recommending you and your venue to everyone! FP October 2021


We would like to say a massive thank you and your team for Thursday, we had the best day and so did the guests. We absolutely fell in love with the Orangery Suite when we came to look and we loved it even more on the day. Thank you for helping everything go smoothly. We will leave a review and recommend the Orangery to anyone needing a venue. RS October 2021


I have been to many functions there. Such a beautiful place, beautifully kept enclosed walled gardens, each part of the gardens has quirky, interesting things to see or interact with. Owners have a real pride in the place and plenty of parking. YH May 2021


Gorgeous venue with stunning gardens. If you are looking for an outdoors style wedding then definitely worth a look. Friendly staff and plenty of photo opportunities. As a Brighton wedding videographer I have no problem travelling to venues as fab as this. NC April 2021

We wanted to thank you very much for all your help yesterday, and over the past few weeks, hosting Mum’s funeral lunch. The Orangery Suite was the perfect place to celebrate our Mum’s life with friends and family, lots of the guest have very fond memories of the old Merley Bird Gardens and you have made it in to a lovely and impressive venue. Everyone was so complimentary about the fantastic setting and lunch as well, a wonderful send off for Mum. TT July 2021

We had my mother's in law wake at The Orangery Suite. The place is amazing, with the tranquil surroundings making it perfect for a loved one's 'send off'. Graham was very helpful all the way since I approached him back in April. Big thank you to him and the staff. SH September 2021

What a place! What a find!! Perfect for our team meeting today. Beautiful setting and gardens. I hope we can come back soon. SS September 2021

I just wanted to thank you again for the lovely day we had on Saturday. The Orangery Suite was the perfect venue and provided the backdrop to the wedding that was exactly what we wanted. H&A September 2020


Still on a high from our big day on Saturday; we could not have had a better day. Graham and all the staff were so attentive and always on hand throughout the day and beforehand. Given the freedom of a blank canvas, we had so much fun getting creative to bring some personal decor and touches to this place, and were so pleased with how our homespun wedding turned out! Our guests couldn’t have paid any more compliments to this beautiful venue, it really was perfect - the weather helped too, as the games went down a treat! Thanks again Graham, we’d do it all again in a heartbeat!  JM May 2019

What a beautiful venue for a wedding, stunning gardens, pure beauty  ST August 2019

Got married here on the 24/08/2019 and had the most awesome day! Graham and his team were excellent and the grounds are stunning!! And amazing quality for your money. I would 100% recommend The Orangery Suite!!!  CO August 2019

Perfect in every way. My daughter and her Fiancee chose The Orangery and Merley House as their wedding day venue...cannot find anything negative to say !!! KN August 2019

I just wanted to say thank you so much for letting us use The Orangery Suite yesterday. Our guests were all wowed by the beauty and diversity of your venue.  CD May 2019

Many thanks for your help in organising the reception after my father’s funeral on Friday 8th February. The room was the perfect size for the number of guests who attended and was a very relaxing environment to hold this event. Thank you to you and your colleague for managing the bar which, although not used by all guests, was appreciated by a good number of them. We would certainly recommend the Orangery Suite as a venue to our friends and family. SM February 2019

Thank you so much for everything you did for us on our wedding day !!!! It was all perfect in every way !! You provided an outstanding level of service and quality and we are truly grateful for everything you did. K&C October 2018

Kate and I just wanted to say a massive thank you for yesterday. It was the most perfect day and we are so pleased we picked The Orangery Suite for our wedding. Thank you again so much for helping make our day so special. S&K April 2018


Thank you so much for the best day ever. We had such a good day. Everyone one had a great time and commented on how beautiful the Orangery was. MB July 2018

I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and your staff for giving us such an amazing wedding reception on Saturday. In spite of the rain, we all got out to play some games and I had so many people telling me how beautiful The Orangery is and what a perfect setting it was. Special thanks to you to Graham for your help and advice leading up to and on the day. C&A August 2018

Would love to thank Graham and his team at the Orangery Suite for all the help before and during our wedding. They went out of their way to help us. The gardens were amazing and the weather held off. Thank you again.  ZS August 2018

Such a beautiful place! Everyone that came to our wedding reception here really enjoyed it. It was a perfect place for all ages and the children had lots of fun in a safe environment. Thank you very much to the staff at the Orangery Suite. LE August 2018

Just wanted to say a massive thank you to Graham and everything you did to help our day run smooth and be so special, this venue is amazing so glad we came here x BF June 2017

We got married here just over 2 weeks ago. This was the first and only venue we viewed for our soon as we set foot in the gardens we knew it was the perfect venue for the relaxed summer wedding that we wanted! We didn't want a hotel or country house as we didn't like how the day was too 'structured' and we wanted something a bit different. We wanted to be able to choose how our day went and change the order of things as we pleased. The Orangery Suite lets you decorate things exactly as you want them and you have the whole venue to put your own stamp on. The huge range of garden games were an added bonus as free entertainment for our wedding guests and they were really popular on the day. Unfortunately, despite it being July, it was drizzly on and off throughout the day but it definitely didn't ruin anything and Graham was really helpful with changing things around for us, plus it still stayed dry at the times we needed it to and we got all our outside pics. I wish we could have our wedding all over again just to go back to the Orangery Suite, it really is stunning with so many great backdrops for photos. Thanks so much Graham! This is the perfect hidden gem for weddings and we will try to find any excuse to have another party here at some point. HC August 2017

Thank you OS you enabled Ash and Rob to have a beautiful wedding in your stunning setting. We all loved it, in fact you saw my tears when we arrived. My Daughter had the day of her dreams so what more can I ask? CM August 2017

We would just to say a massive thank you to you and your team for everything you did to make our day go smoothly. Everything was perfect and you facilitated our needs perfectly. We really appreciated the time you spent with us before the day and your unobtrusive presence throughout the day. Everybody loved the venue, and its the perfect place for what we needed. R&A August 2017

Thank you so much Graham for such a wonderful venue and for being so amazing yesterday... it was perfect. I've left you a little something in the kitchen to say thank you. ​Huge thanks JM September 2017

Amazing gardens, so spacious and plenty of games for children to play with, especially if the weather is good. A great venue, thoroughly recommend it. NG June 2017

Kristina and I had an amazing day for our wedding at the Orangery Suite last year. All of our guests commented on how lovely the venue is, helping to create a nice relaxed atmosphere for the day. The guests were kept entertained throughout, with all of the available activities keeping the kids (young and old!) occupied. We would like to reserve a special thank you for Graham, who provided an exceptional level of service before and on our special day, helping to make sure we had everything organised, and making the day run smoothly. We would recommend this venue to anyone having a wedding, or any other event. PL February 2016

The Orangery Suite is a truly stunning venue! All of our guests had a wonderful day and we have had many positive feedback regards this lovely setting. Paul and I are so pleased we chose to have our wedding at The Orangery Suite and would whole heartedly recommend The Orangery Suite to all. Thank you Graham for all your help and well done to you and your team for providing such a magical place.     SNM October 2016

Wish I could give more stars! This place is beyond amazing! We had our wedding here this Saturday, and it was perfect. All the guests were stunned with the grounds, and loved every minute. The kids were fully entertained by the garden games (which meant a lot as nearly half of our guests were kids!) . Graham was so helpful leading up to and on the day of the wedding and it meant a lot that he replied to any of my questions within a short period of time through email or phone which was very much appreciated. I loved the fact I could decorate myself. It's a day I will never forget. ​The Orangery Suite is a hidden gem. And I really couldn't recommend it enough!     CJF August 2016

This place is just so beautiful. If you are after a wedding venue that allows you to decorate and put your own touch on everything then this is your venue. Everything was so easy going and I decorated the venue exactly how I wanted it. It was the best day ever. Thank you so much! Highly recommended.     JG August 2016

I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you so much for your hospitality on our wedding day at the Orangery. We had a fantastic day and all our guests couldn't of been more complimentary of the venue and beautiful gardens you have at the Orangery. The day went as perfect as it could of and we couldn't of been happier with the service delivered on the day. I know that not only did Lee and I have a memorable day but our guests did too. The children were entertained all day.  If ever anyone needs a venue for a family event or even for ourselves I shall be recommending the yourselves at the Orangery. Thanks again.     LM July 2016

We had a fantastic wedding at the Orangery Suite on 22/5/21 . It was the perfect venue for our wedding and to be able to have it outdoors was the icing on the cake. All our guests loved the grounds and enjoyed the croquet and crazy golf. There are lovely places for photos and the grounds are immaculate. Graham was very helpful especially given the pandemic and the very changeable weather letting us make the inside/ outside decision on the day. A fantastic venue. A perfect day. CG May 2021

Absolutely amazing - The Orangery Suite is just perfect, we were lucky enough to have our dream wedding here and we couldn't have wished for a better venue. The gardens are absolutely beautiful and our guests haven't stopped talking about how beautiful the venue was and the games that were available.! Graham was fantastic as well, he was so unbelievably helpful throughout the whole planning process and ensured that our day ran smoothly - everything was perfect and we are so grateful we were able to get married at this incredible venue. FC October 2021

Just wanted to say a big thank you from me and Andy for making our day special. Everyone loved the orangery and my mom said that it was the best wedding venue she'd ever been to. JF September 2021

Beautiful venue for a perfect day, our guests were blown away at how stunning it was. So lucky we had the sunshine all day too. Thank you Graham, you were so helpful from start to finish. It still hasn't sunk in we are finally married, we all had such a wonderful day. KC June 2021

Excellent location and friendly professional staff. Plenty for children and adults to do in a beautiful and safe setting. Well-manicured walled gardens and plenty of seating area. Spacious marquee for wedding breakfasts, etc, and perfect setting for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. Clean wc's and a small but adequate bar area for ordering and collecting both alcohol and beverages. YB August 2021 

Thank you so much for being able to have Lydia’s reception at The Orangery.  The venue was so absolutely superb and all those who came said how incredibly relaxing it was and enjoyable.  The catering was also first class! S&L F May 2021

The Orangery Suite is a beautiful venue that can hold the ceremony outside. There is an inside venue on-site in the case of rain. The gardens are absolutely beautiful with green grass, trees and flowers. Not only are there plenty of photo opportunities with hanging photo frames, a human size bird cage, a bride and love seats but there is plenty to keep your guests entertained while you’re busy with your photographer with outdoor games like chess, badminton and four in a row. Once the ceremony is over and the photos have been taken, you can step inside the stunning marquee for your wedding breakfast. November 2021

Amazing location. Graham is super helpful & friendly. I've never seen grounds like the grounds at The Orangery Suite. Highly recommend looking at if you're getting married or even hosting an event! LH February 2020.


We had my mother in law's wake last weekend at The Orangery Suite. The place is amazing with the tranquil surroundings making it perfect for a loved one's "send off". Graham was very helpful all the way ... big thank you to him and the staff. SH September 2020


2 weeks ago on a beautiful sunny sunshine day, Simon and I got married at The Orangery Suite. We wished for a simple ceremony and afterwards, an informal afternoon tea party with our families and friends. The Orangery was just the perfect setting. Graham was friendly and approachable regardless of how many times I phoned him with different queries and requests. He manages everything without fuss. The venue is beautifully kept and we were able to decorate the marquee and tables as we wished. Garden games were such a bonus to keep the children and adults amused! Sorrels did our catering and it was obvious that Graham and Sorrels worked well together. We would recommend them hugely. Thank you both for a lovely day!  CT August 2019

This venue was amazing; it really was the best day of our lives, thank you to Graham for helping us have the most memorable day. The outside ceremony was truly special  LW June 2019

We chose The Orangery for the amazing outside space for May 2019. Graham was very helpful and organised, nothing was any trouble. All the guests had a great time playing the games and the photos were amazing. We would highly recommend for your wedding, especially outside.  JM May 2019

Dave and I would like to thank you for all you did to make our wedding day the day that we wanted. You and your staff worked really hard, in the background both on the day and beforehand - the gardens looked beautiful - we really appreciated everyone's efforts. The Orangery is a fabulous venue and our guests have been very complimentary. Thanks again.  J&D October 2019

It was the most amazing day, thank you to Graham at The Orangery for making it all go without a hitch. We had the best day!  AM September 2019

Thank you so much for your organisation and service on our special day. The Orangery Suite is such a beautiful venue; it really made our day incredible.  Mr&Mrs North June 2019

We chose The Orangery Suite in late May for the ceremony and daytime reception for our wedding because we wanted a fun wedding where our guests could relax and keep themselves entertained too. Needless to say, The Orangery Suite delivered! The grounds are beautiful and offered ample room for 60-70 guests to explore and discover various games dotted around. The ceremony room and the gazebo were great too, but the outdoor areas were the real stars of the show. Even for such a long reception (we had the venue booked for 7 hours), I was never worried that the guests would get bored and heard only great feedback from them. RS June 2018

We held our wedding reception here in August and throughout the whole build up Graham couldn’t have been more accommodating. Any changes or updates we had were always dealt with quickly and easily. The venue was wonderful and the team couldn’t have done anymore to make our day, our day! Couldn’t fault anything and all the guests loved their time!! Thank you!! AH August 2018

Excellent Venue, Beautiful Gardens, Will book again! Intergage Ltd August 2018


My son got married at the Orangery. There was a gorgeous marquee, and the grounds are really pretty at this time of year. The attraction of the Merley Orangery was the outside activities which, with stunning weather, we all made good use of. There was a rope climbing frame which both the bride and groom tackled, table football, volleyball, chess, croquet, mini golf and more. Fab place. KM September 2018


I photographed a wedding here on Monday and it was so lovely. We had all different types of weather, sun, rain, dark grey clouds, and it looked beautiful at every stage. It’s so picturesque and there are games on the ground to entertain everyone, from croquet, to chess, there are various seating areas for photographs, it’s a beautiful little place. The reception was in a lovely marquee, and they did a barbecue for the wedding party. There’s a little bar inside too. I highly recommend it. LG August 2018

An absolutely perfect day! A big thank you from myself and Gemma Riggs to Graham and all the staff from The Orangery, and also the team from Sorrels, you were all fantastic. DG August 2017

Thanks so much for a perfect day. We loved every minute of it. The venue is truly stunning and we couldn't have asked for a better day. G&D August 2017

My daughter got married here August bank holiday last year and it was amazing. The staff were lovely, really friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble and the guests said it was not only a wedding but a day out for all too. A chance of fun for all. A real family and friends day. KC July 2017

We just wanted to drop you an email to say a massive thank you to you and your staff for all that you did for us on our wedding day. Even though the weather was wet everyone still had an amazing time and its such a beautiful venue. So thank you again. TM August 2017

Perfect, beautiful, everything I dreamed of. BF June 2017

My wife and I got married at The Orangery Suite on June 3rd 2017 and we could not fault it. The venue is stunning and with so many activities it gave our guests so much to do and stay entertained. Graham was always on hand and ready to help when we needed it. The venue is really good for photographs and allows for some more relaxed action shots when playing games. We couldn't imagine having our wedding anywhere else. MB June 2017

I've organised two family parties here over the past two years and Graham and his team have always been really helpful. It's a stunning venue and the facilities are wonderful. Highly recommended. KK May 2017

We had our wedding and reception here last May. Graham was brilliant and was really helpful and provided what we required. The day was perfect and the location is perfect. Just what we wanted! Really highly recommended. All our friends and family commented on how relaxing, beautiful the place is and what a hidden treasure it is. One friend was so impressed that her soon to be sister in law has booked her wedding and reception here in June this year. Cannot rate this place enough.               JS April 2016

Our day was perfect set in your magical beautiful grounds. We could not of wished for a better venue. It gave us the freedom to do it our way and fill it with relaxed happy people and children.     SMS September 2016

I was blown away by the Orangery Suite when I first saw it and I'm so glad Matt and I chose it for our wedding venue. The Orangery and the grounds are absolutely stunning and the marquee is lovely. The children at the wedding were able to just run free and enjoy the activities in the garden whilst the adults could relax and also enjoy what the venue had to offer. The crazy golf, croquet and volleyball proved very popular! Thank you Graham for all of your help. A truly wonderful venue!     EW October 2016

Thank you so much for allowing us to marry at The Orangery Suite last Friday. We had a truly wonderful day and could not have wished for more. We are so happy everything went to plan and would like to thank you for the big part you played in that.  We've reviewed lots of lovely feedback about the venue.  Our guests enjoyed the beautiful gardens and loved taking part in the variety of games on offer. I also saw that the picture frames were particularly popular!     NP August 2016

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