Historic wedding venue in Sussex
Highley Manor is steeped in history. In 1669 'The Manor' became the home of the famous Shelley family. Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley moved to Highley from nearby Field Place in the early 19th century. Towards the end of the 19th century Highley fell into disuse, was eventually demolished and the present building was erected in its place, whilst the Shelley family chapel survived and is now our Baronial Hall, used for parties and conferences.
However, in the high living 1920s it achieved most of its fame and notoriety. The exiled king of Portugal took over the Manor from time to time and guests would be entertained by a young Sybil Thorndike. Rumour has it that Edward Prince of Wales, the uncrowned Edward VIII, entertained Mrs Simpson at Highley.
During World War II Highley was used as a base for the Canadian army and was later lovingly restonred by its present owner, Mr Bruce Stewart. It is now a beautiful country house hotel which acts as a wonderful reminder of the rich history which surrounds Highley Manor.
We offer you and your guests exclusive use of the Manor at affordable prices.
Link to Shelley gallery at Horsham Museum.
Shelley later married Mary who later went on to write 'Frankenstein', following time spent by the couple with Byron where he suggested they write ghost stories.