EASTON GRANGE, SUFFOLKT
is former grain store and dairy found a new lease of life last year when it was reopened as a wedding venue. Te original oak beams are exposed and new tall windows let the sunlight in. Surrounded by meadows, the grounds lead down to a willow wood, making this a serene setting for your country do.
MEOLS HALL, SOUTH‘A
Traditional wedding was important to us. We had looked at lots of venues with that in mind but Meols Hall made sense because both of our families had grown up visiting freworks displays and events there, and so it was already very much part of the fabric of our lives. Te barn is so atmospheric and we loved that the grounds provided the perfect backdrop for our photos. Our guests loved it and we felt the venue set the tone for an extra-special day. Te Meols team worked very hard to set everything up exactly as we wanted. When we both got to see the barn for the frst time on the day, all decorated and ready before our guests came in, it was a real “wow factor” moment for us. It looked beautiful.’
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SHUSTOKE FARM BARNS, WARWICKSHIRE
From the people behind popular Cripps Barn in Gloucestershire, Shustoke is the latest party barn (hosting its frst-ever wedding last July). It boasts fagstone foors, high church-like ceilings and pretty fairylights in the rafers – there’s even a cornfeld for those classic couple shots. Food is a sharing feast with a giant rotisserie behind a glass panel by the bar and a built-in barbecue in the courtyard.
ALMONRY BARN, SOMERSETT
is super-stylish barn is not only over 800 years old (meaning it has bags of character) but also comes complete with an in-house wedding stylist, Louise Wilson-Ward. Te venue hire price includes the use of her ever-growing collection of gorgeous props (think antique French mirrors and vintage birdcages) to decorate the haylof (used for ceremonies), dance foor and quirky bar in the adjoining stable block.
SANDHOLE OAK BARN, CHESHIRET
is lakeside barn combines a traditional oak-beamed design with contemporary comforts (think underfoor heating and all-mod-cons sound system). Tere are foor-to-ceiling windows, cartwheel chandeliers made by a local blacksmith and a grand piano. Plus, there’s a cottage for your frst night, with a super-king-sized bed and a verandah overlooking the gorgeous lake.
LARCHFIELD ESTATE, NORTHERN IRELAND
Now, isn’t this pretty? In the heart of the County Down countryside, Larchfeld’s 19th-century barn, twinkling with candles and fairylights, is surrounded by 600 acres, including walled gardens with rose archways, cobbled courtyards and a lake. It’s not just the barn that’s romantic though; there’s a new made-for-two cottage on the estate, with a roll-top bath for a morning-afer soak. Tere’s no corkage charge and an on-site team will make sure that everything runs like clockwork.
On a working farm (with mostly crops, so don’t worry, it’s not smelly!), these former oat and malt barns open out on to a peaceful courtyard and gardens – the wisteria walk is the spot for those all important photos. Afer the sun sets over the felds, the dance foor comes to life (it’s ‘starlit’ with tiny.
lights), before you sneak of to Walter’s Cottage for the night.
PRESTON COURT, KENT
When it’s not hosting weddings, Preston Court is used as a location for fashion shoots, and it’s easy to see why. It’s ridiculously photogenic, with a Georgian house, 17th-century beamed barn, 350 acres including a bluebell wood, lake island and the eye-catching Steam Museum Collection (with beautiful Victorian mechanical organs and vintage fairground rides) which provides a unique setting for your wedding day photos.
THE GREAT BARN AT GODWICK HALL, NORFOLKT
is Elizabethan barn has all the rustic appeal you’re looking for – think hay bales and tractor transport. For atmospheric pics, don’t miss the medieval village ruins on the estate. Te Hall’s bridal suite will be ready for your frst night. It has a bath you can control from the four-poster – swish.
Near Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds, this is a seriously chic country barn. Walls are lime-washed and ceilings lofy in the interconnecting Stone Barn and White Barn (lef), making for a light and airy backdrop for both your ceremony and party. A courtyard with roses, lavender, jasmine and wisteria is ideal for drinks when the sun is out, and a cute cottage, Te Pumphouse, is the top choice for your frst night.
THE BARN AT BURY COURT, SURREY
It’s Bury Court’s walled garden (created in collaboration with famed garden designer Piet Oudolf) that sets this barn apart. Tall grasses punctuated by fashes of fowers rustle in the breeze – perfect for your photos or a sunny drinks reception. Te oak-beamed interior is a blank canvas to make your own afer the ceremony in the gallery, the ‘reveal’ curtain is drawn back to unveil your party space.