Testimonials & Background history.
2015 – Melanie and Daniel started doing marquee weddings at the farm with just tipis or marquues.
The decision was made to limit the number of outdoor weddings to 5 a year to avoid the impersonal “conveyor belt style” weddings hotels tend to do.
2016 – We introduce some glamping accommodation with two Pods.
2018 – We plant over 600 trees onsite creating various areas. Landscaping improvements continue in 2018
with a new driveway and parking area.
2019 sees the complete re-build of our old cattle barn which was used to store hay for many years into a unique rustic barn wedding
venue. Our 10 year old daughter Maisie appropriately found a new name for the business, re-naming the business from
“Brook Cottage and Camping” to The Haybarn. We later add more glamping with two Yurts.
2021 – We plant some 2000 new trees ! We discontinue out yurts and replace them bell tents.
2023 – A change of direction / management, the Haybarn becomes a center for Retreats, Wellbeing events, and now offering a fantastic venue for
Pagan / Celtic weddings and handfasting – All with Zero alcohol policy!
Going forward into the future
Our mission is to become the go venue in the midlands for retreats and wellness events, a hub attracting like minded folks, and beautiful souls. A special place when you can host your Pagan wedding too in South Shropshire. We continue to limit the number of weddings a year, for the best possible experience. A community hub for those who love nature, holistic events, love and health.
Our facilities are continually evolving and we wish to thank each one of our special couples for trusting The Haybarn with their big day. Especially in our humble beginnings which gave us the drive to make our place better and better each year.
A message to our previous happy couples
We love to have your feedback – We are proud to share some testimonials from some of our previous lovely couples.
Sally G & Mike T. - Solihull. – June 2015
We were really lucky to stumble upon Brook House farm searching the web in vain.
We wanted to find a venue that was flexible so that we could customise our vintage wedding just how we wanted.
Mel and Dan where fantastic and turned our dream into reality and nothing was too much trouble.
You have a fantastic place, gorgeous views, great camping and your projects with your future barn sounds amazing.
Everything was perfect. Thank you
Sarah C. & James R – Milton Keynes. May 2016
Thank you so much for all your help with our marquee, and sorting out our last minute unforeseen problem.
The suggestions you made were spot on as well as all your input and ideas where very helpful to us with our very busy lives.
Our guests had a super time, we had an absolute ball and unforgettable week end. We highly recommend a festival wedding
in any weather! would do it again, anytime (not the right thing to say maybe lol). A perfect place for a festival wedding with a marquee.
Thanks Dan & Mel. Photos on the way as promised.
Tabatha L. & Eddie P. – Northampton & Swansea. Aug 2017
A big thank you to you both for providing us with a great wedding and all of your help. (sorry about the Tesco food delivery).
We have had the best time of our lives, we loved the cottage and your pods, so comfortable, the grass on the field was immaculate,
(Dan leave the lawnmower alone for a few minutes) hehe. Ed loved the vintage bar you suggested. Having the cottage and wifi
was really useful for us to be on site to oversee all the last minute preparations.
Dan thanks for picking up Fred at the train station, you are a star. It could not have been any better, since you have asked us to give
you a referral, we would like to let other potential couples know to go ahead and book this place, it is an amazing experience and
everything you need is available. Good value for money too.
Mel and Dan will do everything possible to help too. Many thanks for making our time so magical and unforgettable.
We will come back for our 10yrs and see what you will do with the barn
Stephen H & Makhita K. – Leicester - June 2019
You have such a relaxing peaceful place words cannot describe. We love the views and the brook and the calm it offers,
more so the freedom to plan and execute the wedding we wanted. The fire pit was a success.
We where sold the moment we saw your venue and booked immediately.
Thank you for putting us in touch with an excellent vegan caterer who met our dietary needs.
Makhita’s friends very much enjoyed the Yoga session we had by the brook the day before the wedding.
The photos on your website do not do justice. Such a beautiful part of England. We must come back
and stay to discover more of Shropshire.
Everything was ultra smooth, your attention to detail and level of professionalism is exemplary.
We have sincerely enjoyed our time at The Haybarn and experience.
Our long week end festival wedding was much needed.
We wish you all the success with future weddings, and with your exciting barn conversion.
Eloise T. & Sophie R. - Bristol - March 2020
We could not have had a better time anywhere else, this is the perfect spot, and a beautiful site you have with
everything we could have possibly needed. We will relish our super long party for the rest of our lives.
The tipi supplier you recommended was top notch and everything was perfect. We loved the camping week end.
Ellie J & Gavin P. – Stevenage – August 2022
Dear Melanie & Daniel. We wanted to drop you a note to say that we could not fault our wedding in August,
and was everything we could have wished for. Thank you for your help with sorting some of the unforeseen
last minute things for us. Your hard work on the day and build up was appreciated.
Your enthusiasm and personal and energy is infectious. The wedding venue and location
was stunning, was already better from when we viewed a year and half before to when we got married, very nice gardens.
Exceeding our expectations on the day, even though it rained on the day, it was just perfect. Highly recommend to others