A beautiful barn is high on the wish list for many couples when planning their special day. A splendid backdrop for a rustic or contemporary celebration, a barn offers a versatile and flexible space that can be styled-up to suit many different wedding themes.
From rustic barns on working farms, to lovingly restored or purpose-built structures set in glorious grounds with endless views across rolling countryside, we’ve scoured the length and breadth of the UK to find the very best collection of barns that are perfectly suited to your tastes.
Here’s a round-up of our favourites, including one that boasts an award-winning farm shop, another with sensational overnight boutique accommodation and others that blend the best of old and new for fabulous contemporary elegance. If you’re dreaming of a barn wedding venue, read on and let us help and inspire you.
Packington Moor is an amazing, 700-acre arable and livestock farm and award-winning farm shop that features two beautiful barns and has an enviable reputation for outstanding dining. Located just three miles from Litchfield, in the stunning Staffordshire countryside, it is rustic, secluded and picturesque and the ideal setting for a modern country wedding. The Oak Barn is typically used for ceremonies with high vaulted ceilings, authentic oak beams, exposed brickwork and stained glass window detailing giving this room a special grandeur and romantic atmosphere. Malt Barn typically plays host to wedding breakfasts and provides a simple and chic blank canvas with its white walls, wrought iron chandeliers, oak beams and pillars.
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Expertly designed, Mythe Barn is without doubt one of the Midlands’ best barn wedding venues. Situated on a farm in the rolling Warwickshire countryside, this magnificent venue is a real rural retreat with fantastic boutique style and luxurious overnight accommodation. The barn itself is purpose-built for weddings, with sensational attention paid to the detail and design, which features a fusion of traditional and modern features. Timber and brick have been used to construct the barn, with full height glass panels creating an aesthetically appealing contemporary exterior. Internally, exposed brick walls and oak beams offer additional authenticity.
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New for 2016, Brookfield Barn is an idyllic barn wedding venue situated in the village of Lower Beeding, close to Horsham. Surrounded by undulating countryside, it boasts a lakeside location in the grounds of a romantic country house. Stylish and sophisticated, Brookfield Barn is currently being built to traditional methods. Thoroughly modern, the barn is luxurious yet warm and inviting with a number of classic features that provide an impressive setting for any wedding. It is a generous space with exposed oak beams and a natural white décor. Oversized windows flood the room with natural light and offer panoramic views of the extensive grounds and the lake. Available for both civil ceremonies and wedding breakfasts, the barn is fantastically flexible and perfectly captures the essence and charm of a contemporary country wedding.
Clock Barn is a superb Hampshire barn distinguished by an historic thatched clock at its entrance. Idyllic and inviting, it is a venue that is full of character incorporating a magnificent traditionally-styled barn, stable room, historical thatched clock tower and gorgeous grounds. This impressive barn is a magical setting for weddings. Its high ceilings, exposed beams, oak pillars and wrought iron chandeliers, offer a rustic feel and period charm that lend themselves perfectly to both ceremonies and wedding breakfasts. Spacious and sophisticated, this barn is truly beautiful and a breath-taking place to celebrate your special day.
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With its secluded setting just outside the village of Bibury, near Cirencester in the Cotswolds, Cripps Barn is a rustic, rural retreat that is perfect for a quintessentially English wedding celebration. Warm and welcoming, the venue is full of character and contemporary touches and features a charming 18th century Cotswolds stone barn, modern, purpose-built Oak Room and glorious gardens, including a large terrace and wonderful woodland glade. Authentic and utterly romantic, Cripps Barn is a magical place to get married. The original stone barn is a beautiful building with exceptionally high ceilings, a flag stone floor, an oversized open fire place and traditional wooden barn doors with wrought iron handles. Adjoining the old stone barn is the Oak Room, a luxurious space for dining with exposed timber beams, antique chandelier and fairy lights that twinkle across the ceiling.
Quaint and full of charm, TV favourite River Cottage and its 65 acres of organic farmland is a unique wedding venue that features an eclectic style, a famous farmhouse, traditional vegetable garden, amazing Mongolian yurt and delicious dishes created by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s trained chefs. Steeped in 400 years of history, the white-rendered farmhouse at River Cottage has been restored and loving refurbished to a luxurious standard, featuring cosy wood fires, a warm décor and distinctive vintage furniture. Alternatively, couples can exchange vows in the gorgeous vegetable garden. Utterly unique, they are invited to walk through the organic vegetable patch to the picturesque hazel arch which is woven in climbing sweet peas, while guests sit on benches and straw bales, surrounded by remarkable views of the rolling countryside. A truly pretty place to become husband and wife.
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