Private Hire

Private Hire

A unique venue for your special occasion, in the heart of Sussex and close to Brighton

Stunning 120 acre Albourne Estate is well known as an award winning vineyard set at the foot of the South Downs. And yet, for those in the know, it is so much more. Set just outside Brighton and with plenty of parking it is the perfect place for private party and dining hire or for an indulgent private vineyard tour with wine tasting. Easily accessible, it is just 8 miles from Brighton and 30 minutes from Gatwick, in the heart of the tranquil Sussex countryside,

If you’re looking for something unique, maybe for a special birthday party and would like to incorporate a private wine tasting, our modern and well equipped Tasting Room is the perfect space. With a variety of different table layouts possible, it can accommodate 45 seated to 100 standing. Uniquely positioned on a mezzanine level above the Winery, it has floor-to-ceiling windows that open fully onto a large south-facing balcony, giving further spill-out space both here and onto the grassy picnic area beyond.  With stunning views over the vineyard and the nearby South Downs it provides a flexibly large and bright space for your special event.

Snug and cosy in the Winter, your guests can relax and enjoy a beautiful view of the South Downs from the warmth of the Tasting Room whilst the space can be thrown open for those lovely, long, hot Summer days.

And for those wanting an ‘al fresco’ occasion, during the Summer months our canvas tipi is available for private party hire, close to the picturesque lake and just a short, 5 minute stroll from the Tasting Room, through the vines.

We look forward to providing a relaxed, stress-free service for your special occasion. Whether you would like a Sussex based private vineyard tour and wine tasting or a unique venue close to Brighton, we would be happy to discuss ideas and help you plan the perfect occasion.

We work with a number of recommended local food suppliers and caterers for refreshments and food options and can also recommend local florists, tableware and furniture hire and venue stylists to help you dress the venue for special events.

We also have full disabled access and toilet facilities.

Please do call or visit us to discuss your private party hire in person. Simply contact us at or call us on 01273 831222.

Hear what some of our previous private customers had to say about their time here:

I just wanted to say a huge Thank You to you for a wonderful party on Saturday night.  Kevin and I were really happy with all the arrangements and how the evening went. Everybody has commented on what a beautiful venue it was and the excellent wines, and Monica did a brilliant job of looking after us all on the night as well as helping with all the preparations – I couldn’t have done it all without her.


Karyn Kelley (April 2022)
Karyn Kelley

Huge, huge Thank you, you were a fantastic host and everyone loved the tour and learnt heaps. There’s already plans being made by people to come back with more friends and other halves. The wine is fantastic. A serious Thank you


Carolyn Beattie, Women On Wine, July 2021
Carolyn BeattieWomen On Wine

We came as a private tour and we had loads of fun! [Our Guide] was really friendly and professional.  The vineyard and their bar is beautiful, we learnt a lot about wines in England. Highly recommended!


Tiffany Tsoi, September 2021
Tiffany Tsoi


  • Tasting Room Indoors: 91 sqm.  Standing: 100/Seated: 45
  • Tasting Room South-facing Balcony: 84 sqm.
  • Canvas Tipi: 7m diameter. Standing: 35/Seated:24

Plus further private grass area with picnic table style seating leading from balcony.



Winter Season
From 1st November to 1st April

  • Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays: 9am – 11.30pm
  • Mondays & Tuesdays: 9am – 5.00pm

Summer Season:
From 2nd April to 31st October

  • Wednesdays & Fridays: 9am to 11.30pm
  • Saturdays: 6.30pm – 11.30pm
  • Mondays & Tuesdays: 9am – 5.00pm

Find Us

Albourne Estate is readily accessible from London (90 minutes), Brighton (20 minutes) and Gatwick (30 minutes) by car or by train from Hassocks train station (10 minutes away by taxi).   There is ample car parking at the venue. 


Please call us on 01273 831222 or email us at

    • There will be a limited number of camping/campervan pitches available on-site at £10 per pitch
    • This is not a regular camping site so facilities will be limited. There will be toilets and drinking water available but no showers or electric hook ups. Washing facilities will be limited.
    • For safety, no cars will be allowed in the camping area.
    • Albourne Estate and the organizers accept no responsibility for your camping equipment or personal property whilst on-site during the event. Please ensure all valuables are suitably locked away.


    • Gates will open from 12.00, first band on stage 2pm
    • Entertainment will end 12.30am. In order to respect our neighbours, please depart quietly and promptly.
    • Wine, beer and other drinks will be available for sale. Please do not bring your own alcoholic drinks on site. In accordance with Challenge 25 policy, anyone looking 25 years or younger will be required to show ID before buying drinks.
    • Please DO bring a folding/camping chair and suitable footwear for a farm.
    • Please DO NOT bring dogs
    • This is a farm, with lakes and a pond and the associated dangers and whilst we will take every effort to mitigate these, PARENTS must be responsible for their children at ALL TIMES.
    • Please dispose of all litter carefully in the bins provided

    COVID Policy –this will be updated closer to the time according to the latest government guidelines and policy.