The driving force and inspiration behind all you see and experience at Southend Barns... Mariella and William Fleming’s family have lived and worked at Southend Farms for over five decades. It was their vision and passion that saw the disused farm buildings transformed into the stunning venue you see today. Always looking for new and innovative ways to keep the venue fresh and contemporary, the family are still very much involved in the daily running of things and are the inspiration to our close-knit team.
There is something tangible about the experience guests receive when they work with a long-standing venue managed by family ownership, providing first-hand leadership and preserving properties with care and dedication.
Our wedding teams are built on a shared love of the local West Sussex area, from the sweeping South Downs to our beautiful market towns, communities, sailing villages and family-orientated spaces. This depth of connection to Southend Barns, as a home to the Fleming family for generations, is reflected in all we do.
Mariella and William Fleming are hands-on owners, repurposing heritage farming buildings that continue to be a prominent aspect of the local area, introducing new touches, personality and elegance but protecting these structures that have stood in service for so many years.