The Soul Camp: The Soul House

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£4800 - £4800 for venue hire
Up to 150
4 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding license
Stunning country house with chilled out management, glamping, a massive fire pit, use of the house for music until very late. Perfect for a ‘festival feel’ wedding. *late availability in 2016*
Features & Capacity
Overview
Venue Type
Relaxed Country House with Glamping
Guests
150
Reception Capacity
500
# Bedrooms
4
Sleeps # of People
16
Late Night Extension Available
Yes
Bridal Suite
Changing Only
Venue
Ballroom
Bridal Changing Facilities
Exclusive Use
Grade I/II Listed Building
In-house Wedding Coordinator
Landscaped Gardens
Marquee Permitted
On-site Parking
Open Flame Permitted
Outdoor Reception Space
Water View
Ceremony and Reception
Church Within Walking Distance
Dancefloor Available
Outdoor Ceremony Licence
Sound System Available
Food and Drink
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
External Catering Permitted
In-house Catering
Cultural Experience
Relaxed Festival style weddings, same gender welcome.
Pricing & Costs
Venue Hire Only
  • Prices start at
  • £4800
  • Maximum Price
  • £4800
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Full Description
  • If you’re looking for somewhere special to hold your wedding celebration in a beautiful part of the country - a relaxed oasis run by experienced chilled-out people. Then you might have just found what you’re looking for... We have three lovely private campsites just over an hour south of London, this is one of them. The Soul Camp spaces are not public, we don’t make them available all the time, or for everyone. At The Soul Camp we do things differently. We only host just a few wedding parties a year and it’s your wedding party for the entire weekend... We’re not into formal weddings, we love to host festival vibe gatherings, where people want to camp out for the weekend (there are also many local B&Bs) in a truly stunning country setting, have a lovely barbeque, chillout by the fire pit all night and dance until dawn. Please note, our accommodation is via glamping tents not bedrooms). The Soul House venue is a lovely Grade II listed country house, uniquely - with it's original 1919 art deco interior, it has a lovely ‘faded glory’ feel to it. In addition to glamping on the grounds, the entire ground floor of the house can be available, including the Entrance Lobby (great for a bar), the Dining Room (great for a buffet with french doors opening onto the east lawn), the Drawing Room (great for a music room or chillout space), the guest kitchen (great for teas coffees) and the Ballroom (great for music until dawn!). We operate ethically and as environmentally responsibly as we can so our picnic furniture and benches around the fire pit are made from reclaimed wood and pallets, and we use local services and suppliers. We undertake wildlife and plant species surveys and have deep respect for the land and wildlife. It’s a rare thing to find such beautiful, yet relaxed and flexible spaces with an easy-going attitude. We know because we couldn’t find any ourselves - it’s why we started The Soul Camp. Big Love, Pete and The Soul Camp team :) x
  • Personal Message from the Manager
    Name of Wedding Contact: Pete Jones
    I started The Soul Camp because I couldn't find a campsite where I could chillout with friends without being treated like a naughty teenager! All of The Soul Camp venues are a mix of campsite and festival culture. Your wedding celebration is of ultimate importance to you, we know that, we don't kick you out at 11pm, you can sit around the firepit all night, we have smiling faces and are passionate about helping you create your perfect day. Big Love, Pete and The Soul Camp team :) xx
  • Experience
    Year Business Was Established
    2006
    # Of Weddings Hosted
    Between 10 and 30
    # Of People In Team
    8
    Public Liability Insurance
    Yes
Photos
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Location & Contact Details
  • Directions
    • Address
    • Etchingham Road, Burwash, East Sussex, TN19 7BG, England
    • Nearest Town
    • Burwash
    • Nearest Motorway & Junction
    • M25
    • Nearest Train Station
    • Etchingham
    • Nearest Airport
    • Gatwick
FAQ
(6)
Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
The best wedding? Difficult to answer, to us, each wedding party is unique and special... one that does stand out in our memories is two lovely ladies who had a wonderful celebration with us, they decorated the trees and the area around the fire pit with beautiful hand made decorations and the ceremony under the trees was, well, just beautiful. The whole gathering was so calm and relaxed and peaceful whilst still being a fantastic celebration with music and fun and lots of love!
What’s your #1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Don’t try to arrange it all yourselves! Unless you're super wealthy and can afford the most fantabulous wedding planner, the temptation is to say “we’ll get family and friends to help”. Yep, great idea and we’ve seen it work... only a few times, over many years... But mostly, with the ‘do it all ourselves’ couples, we’ve seen stressed out brides and grooms - on their special day. Family and friends obviously mean well, and with the best intentions they may offer all types of things, but that doesn't mean they actually can do them on the day! I have (Pete, founder of The Soul Camp) been organising gatherings of all types from weddings to festivals to clubs for 20 years and the best advice I can give is to plan your special celebration very carefully with someone who has experience of event organisation. It doesn't have to cost loads, they can be a friend or relative or colleague, just ask people you know, and they don’t have to be a wedding planner in my opinion, just someone who’s experienced in events organisation. And personally, i’m happy to share all I know for free. In fact I’m currently writing an ebook for planning your gathering. :)
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
As you know, we’re into outdoorsy type wedding celebrations not formal ones, so we love all things natural and nature based. We had a lovely gathering where the bride asked us if we could supply some bales for seating for their ceremony and some wooden centerpiece platters for the table. We got the chainsaw out and sliced a load of 3cm thick platters from a fallen big branch of an oak tree. They looked really nice, so natural with locally (and responsibly) picked flowers in simple recycled jars in the centre. Lovely!
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
Unique. Stunning. Flexible. Alternative. Off-radar.
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
There Are lots! Under ancient beautiful oak trees in the fields below The Soul House. Between the two majestic scots pines on the lawn. In The Soul House with it's unique faded glory original 1919 art deco interior. At the top of the valley against the backdrop of the beautiful south view.
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
Yes! But we respect people’s privacy completely and think it polite not to mention them.
Bridebook benefits
  • Bridebook Gift: Free Bottle of Champagne
  • Bridebook Special Offer: Free use of the pool (summer!) Free roaring log firepits (winter!)