The Horse Drawn Carriage Company - West Sussex

Professional wedding carriage hire with our two beautiful white horses and vintage Barouche carriage. We cover the whole of East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey and some parts of Kent and Hampshire.
Pricing & Costs

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Products and Services

Horse and Carriage
Full Description
Our aim is to provide elegant horse drawn carriage transport, showcasing the beauty of classic country ways with our matching pair of white horses and original carriage decorated lovingly with flowers. Our most popular wedding carriage is our beautiful, vintage Barouche carriage. It is a 4 seater carriage with a fold up hood which can be raised in an instant (should the weather suddenly change!). The carriage is painted in shiny gloss black with elegant gold trim and has traditional shiny brass lanterns either side. For a more rustic / natural wedding theme, our lovely wagonette is a real country charmer. The carriage seats 4 adults comfortably and is painted in a beautiful racing green colour with delightful red trim and has traditional lanterns either side. Both carriages will be pulled by our matching pair of white horses, being half brothers it is quite difficult to tell them apart! Our carriages come lovingly decorated in white and cream silk flowers with green foliage, or classic country bunting all of which is included in the price. We can also add coloured ribbon to match your wedding theme. The carriages are driven by a driver accompanied by a footman who will be dressed in traditional livery outfit. We also include a complimentary bottle of champagne and glasses for you to enjoy in the carriage. Picture trotting along a country lane, glass of bubbly in hand...bliss! The horse drawn carriage company is one of the few carriage companies in the UK that is qualified to the British Driving Society Level 4 commercial certification. We also have £5 million public liability insurance and WATO certification (welfare of animal in transport order).

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Julie Hodgson
We would be delighted to speak to you about your requirements and book your day so please don't hesitate to contact us on 07821 742016!


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Carolynn Holmes
Wedding: August 2016
September 2016
A great time and I would definitely recommed
We got bought the Champagne carriage drive and picnic experience as an Engagement present from my mum. Julie and her husband were great hosts on the carriage ride and as for Tommie and Charlie, well, it goes without saying they were the stars of the show. The picnic and the area that was set out for us for the afternoon was just perfect. We relaxed and did nothing for the whole afternoon on the comfort of a bed in a field! - the most relaxing scene. We had a great time and I would definitely recommend it.
Married in July 2016
September 2016
My wife's surprise was perfect
Hello I want to say a massive thank you to Julie. My wife's surprise was perfect..I have a video that shows it and once we get some photos I will send them to you. A massive thank you, everything was perfect......
Claire and Alex
Married in May 2016
September 2016
Nothing less than a first class service!
Nothing less than a first class service! Julie was a pleasure to deal with and the ride was perfect to relax on after our ceremony. A fairytale dream come true, highly recommended!
Emma and Tom
Married in May 2016
September 2016
Magical carriage ride
Thank you for our magical carriage ride yesterday. It really added to such a beautiful day.
Jacqueline Jane
Wedding: March 2016
September 2016
Excellent from start to finish
The entire experience of dealing with the Horse Drawn Carriage Company was excellent from start to finish. I made several phone calls to them arranging a Carriage for my Daughters wedding and each time they were extremely helpful. It wasn't a straightforward booking as the couple were not leaving the venue , but they were determined that the Bride and Groom would have a Carriage ride and they did ! A very pretty carriage decorated with flowers and Champagne as well, not forgetting of course Tommy and Charlie the beautiful horses .
Ashley and Richard
Married in January 2016
September 2016
A huge thankyou for the magic you added to our day
Thank you for making our wedding day more special than we imagined it could be. The horses and carriage were beautiful - when they arrived it brought me to tears! The ladies who drove the carriage were so friendly and obviously cared for the horses' well-being. The whole trip was just perfect and an unforgettable moment spent with my dad. Thank you also for allowing the horses to stay for photos after the ceremony. Our guests loved seeing them and the carriage and it made for some wonderful memories.
Location & Contact Details


Ashurst Wood, West Sussex, England

Travel Notes

Nearest Town

East Grinstead

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M25 junct 6

Nearest Train Station

East Grinstead

Nearest Airport


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Press & Awards

Press & Awards (3)

Channel 4 - Posh Pawnbrokers

Accreditations / Associations (1)

Level 4 commercial driving qualification from the British Driving Society

What is your most memorable wedding?

They are all memorable! We feel very privileged to be a part of our couples big day.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Classic, elegant, professional.

What about your business are you most proud of?

Our wonderful horses, we are very proud to work with them on a daily basis.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Enjoy the planning process. When it comes to horse & carriage hire ask to see the horses & carriage prior to booking and check insurances / accreditations.

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

I'd have to say one wedding we went to there was a harpist playing outside the venue as we drove up to it with the horses and carriage. It was incredibly romantic and soothing.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

The first step is to complete our online booking form. Once we have received this we will conduct a route assessment to check the route suitability for a horse & carriage. We will then send you our final acceptance form to confirm all of the details and then the day is all booked for you! We require a £100 deposit at point of booking to secure the day; the final balance is not then payable until 2 weeks prior to the wedding day. We are happy to accommodate payment in instalments if you wish. We welcome our clients to come and visit us to see the horses and carriage before booking.

What is your dream car and why?

Vintage Barouche carriage pulled by two beautiful horses - old fashioned horse power!

What would be your No. 1 tip for arriving in style?

Arrive by horse & carriage!