FAQs before booking

If you are considering booking or in the early stages of your enquiry you will find lots of information in this FAQ page.
If anything is not covered here, do not hesitate to hit the contact page.

Please go to the contact page and fill in the “arrange a viewing” section. Our team will contact you promptly.

Check the availability page at the bottom footer of each web page.

We take advance bookings up to 18 to 24 months in advance, this is worth bearing in mind as we do limit the number of weddings on site in any year to just ten weddings each year.  Booking sooner rather than later is advisable, in particular if your wedding dates are specific and cannot be changed.  If your wedding is soon (ie, in the next 3-6 months , please contact us to see if we have a late availability or a cancellation).  We may be able to offer a last minute discount if you book one month before your date (if the date is available of course).
We are unable to book dates more than 24 months in the future.

Please allow a good hour and half for our first meeting. We try to cover everything in great detail so that we have a good understanding of your requirement for your big day.  We will show you all our facilities such as the Barn, Parking areas, Fields, Accommodation, Glamping, Ceremony areas. Also we will talk about the support our Events Team can provide, catering possibilities, the Bar and drinks. We will also confirm prices and options.

Yes it is possible if you book for a date more than 6 months away.
 A non refundable booking fee will be required, with the possibility of a further 2 stage balance payment if required.
This will be discussed during your viewing.

We are NOT licensed for Civil Ceremonies as we only offer 5 weddings each year and with 95% of our couples preferring the services of a Celebrant with a humanist ceremony on our grounds, the licensing process is not viable for us to apply due to the costly and complicated process and low demand.

You will need to have the “legal bit” done before hand at  Church or at a registry office.

Almost all licensed venues charge extra for a Ceremony on site to cover the extra operating costs , as this legally requires the licensed owner to be present before and during the ceremony, provide a room for an interview and additional exclusive parking for the registrar, and the cost to renew licenses on regular intervals.

No, never  !
You have full exclusive use of the site during your stay. Unlike hotels who will have other guests, gym members, or even perhaps another wedding in another wing on the same day.  The only people here will be your guests, your suppliers and our Events team.

Our barn capacity is for up to 100 guests for your reception.
We have 28 car park spaces + 30 more on our overflow carpark.

Absolutely yes !  We offer very keen prices for small intimate midweek weddings. We also do Elopement weddings at certain times of the year.  Please discuss this with us.  We have fantastic price options for small intimate weddings up to 50 guests with no accommodation.

Yes we do.
Accommodation will either be included or optional depending on the type of event you host.
With weddings we include accommodation in the price: 
– Weddings include the Bridal Cottage, and two glamping PODS + two glamping furnished Bell tents, and 4 camping pitches.
(additional optional Bell tents can also be added) 
To see a full list of what is included please go to the “Prices” page
There is also a good choice of additional local B&B and Hotels accommodation in the area too.

Yes, a gravel parking area next to the barn will fit 2828 cars. Space is limited, organising car sharing, or mini buses is a good idea.
We also have an overflow grass parking in a field if it is dry and by prior arrangement for another 30 cars maximum.
The wedding field itself is a car free zone, there will be no cars in the background of your pictures.

Our Barn and Barn toilet is fully accessible. We have a disabled toilet and baby change unit
Access may be difficult on gravel paths, and grass areas for wheel chair users.
With events where additional trailer loos are brought in access is more difficult as stairs are used in such toilets.

Yes,  you can hire a marquee or tipi at your cost if you wish to erect an outdoor structure.
This is a great plus if you wish to have a ceremony under cover, or a chill out area, welcome drinks area under cover etc..
We have good contacts for suppliers.

Bare in mind the time needed to erect and take down such structures, may require additional days site rental.

 You are totally free to chose your own caterer. This way you can have exactly what you want to your taste, style and budget.
We can put you in touch with various suppliers. This will be explained when you visit. Once you book you will have access to
our recommended suppliers list.
Take a look at “Food & Drinks” page on our website for more information.

The dry bar ( Alcohol free) bar will be supplied and fully set up and staffed when you book for a wedding over 40 guests.

Absolutely, enjoy your own style of music or entertainment.
Amplified music can only be played inside the Barn, we operate a 90dB sound limiter.
Acoustic non amplified music is fantastic by the fore pits or inside the tipis or marquees.
No amplified sound systems are permitted outdoors in tipis or marquees.

11:30 is the maximum time for music and the bar will close at 11:00.
This cannot be extended.
We do Mindful Conscious weddings so bringing in your own drinks or for “after hours” drinking will
no be permitted / we are a 100% alcohol free venue.

Sure you can!
We have two fire pits:
1 – A superb Indian ceremonial cast iron giant fire pit near the Barn which can be lit until 11:30pm
2 – An additional fire pit by the brook if you wish to offer a quieter area or after hours chill out for your guests or if you wish to “Jump over the Fire”  We can supply you with a Kiln Dried logs. See price list / options.

Yes you can if you supply your own.
Bales can split and be very messy, we would require you to take them away post event and clean up all debris and mess they can make afterwards.
They can be placed outside in the wedding field (minimum 20 meters away from the timber building and structures or fires).

Bales will not be permitted indoors for fire safety reasons.

If additional cleaning is required, we may charge for the time and service.

We do have about 100 meters of mixed floral fabric bunting that we can set up with festival weddings.

You are welcome to use any of your own decorations as long as they are non-damaging to our surfaces.
(no nails or screws, or adhesives that are difficult to remove)

Not plastic –  Flower petals only please.

No sorry:

1- Fireworks will frighten nearby farm animals and require additional H&S measures, and insurance.
2 – Chinese lanterns: are a high fire risk when they land.
3 – Sparklers: YES, but permitted only if all of the metal sticks are put out and collected immediately after use.
An LED light display in the trees by the brook is a fantastic alternative.

Yes, only by prior arrangement we have a designated area on another field.

No not onsite, however there is well equipped park for young children in the village just 5 minutes walk away.
The kids will love our brook, supplying wellies and a fishing net will go a long way entertaining the little ones.

It may be a good idea to consider setting up a small gazebo on the grass with soft play items for younger children.
Again this is totally customisable.
Children will have lots of space to play and run around.

We have a sound system inside the Barn.
Ask your DJ or Band to supply a microphone if you need one.
Our P.A system can be linked with your Ipad / Phone or Laptop Audio (Headphone output) if you wish to simply use a playlist.

We are restricted to 90db sound output.
Music is permitted until 11:30 not exceeding 90db output inside the Barn only.
We are unable to have loud bands or any larger amplified sound systems outdoors.
Small amplifiers are possible during the day for guitars, please check with us first.

All music has to stop at 11:30, we cannot offer any extensions to this.

Loud music will only end up dispersing people into smaller groups around the field, older people will leave early,
young children will become restless and want to go to bed.
Loud music will also kill conversations, after all weddings are about getting together.

90db is plenty enough to enjoy your first dance and to party!

We will lock the barn doors at midnight, and lock all access gates and parking at midnight.
The barn will re-open the next day for you from 9:00am so that you can clear all of your decorations / props.

We can also offer to do this for you the next day if required, see price list for this cost option
We can get everything ready for you to collect at the end of your hire period with us.

A refuse bin will be provided for you to use, we expect the fields to be handed back to us after your rental as found.
If we have to clean and dispose of litter we would charge a fee for this extra service.

We would have to pre-approve them and check for safety. Please discuss this with us in advance.

Only registered guide dogs are allowed at our venue.

Dogs are not permitted in any of our accommodations, field or Barn or kept in cars.
Please be sure that all of your guests and suppliers know this.