10 of the Best Barn Venues
From ancient timbers to contemporary chic, a beautiful barn is an awesome backdrop for a relaxed, rustic wedding
1. Askham Hall, Cumbria
Original features at the Grade II-listed Bank Barn at Askham Hall in Cumbria include a beamed oak ceiling, while touches like glass doors and a dance floor make it perfect for a party. Enjoy drinks on the lawns, menus designed around the estate’s kitchen gardens, orchards and farms, and stay on site. Make a weekend of it with 18 double bedrooms and a spa with pool.
The details: Ceremony 156; seated reception 156; evening, 200.
2. The Old Barn, Devon
The whitewashed walls and wood flooring of The Old Barn in Clovelly, Devon, makes this 17th-century barn wedding venue a DIY delight and great for couples with a creative edge. You can tie the knot in the barn itself, or in the wisteria-clad conservatory and, best of all, the venue is on the edge of an adventure park, so once the park is closed, you and your guests can have exclusive access to play on the dodgems!
The details: Ceremony, 118; seated reception, 118; evening, 200.
Photo: Michael Wells Photography
3. Smeetham Hall Barn, Essex/Suffolk Border
Grade II-listed Smeetham Hall Barn on the border of Essex and Suffolk is a 500-year-old threshing barn with vaulted ceilings and original beams. Pose for pictures near the lake, then celebrate in the barn or in the marquee in the courtyard. And celebrate you will – there’s no corkage charge if you want to bring your own wine for the reception and the evening bar charges local pub prices!
The details: Ceremony, 150; barn or marquee reception, 150.
Photo: Simon Brasier EPS Photography
4. The Green, Cornwall
Add bunting and fairy lights to a whitewashed milking parlour for the cutest ceremony spot at The Green, Cornwall, then move to the Red Brick Barn – a former cow shed – for a wedding breakfast. And keeping it simple, the Really Rustic Barn has walls made with tin sheeting for a blank canvas to get your creative juices flowing.
The details: Ceremony and seated reception, 140.
5. Rivington Hall Barn, Lancashire
Family-run Rivington Hall Barn in the Lancashire countryside is Grade-II listed and an original Saxon building. It’s an award-winning venue where you can have a civil ceremony in the old barn, or in the nearby chapel or church. After the vows, enjoy drinks on the terrace, then move back to the barn where beams decorated with fairy lights make a stunning party backdrop.
The details: Ceremony and seated reception, 180; evening, 350.
6. Milling Barn, Hertfordshire
Seventeenth-century Milling Barn in Hertfordshire has exposed timbers and beams that ooze rustic charm. And if you fancy a truly outdoor celebration, Blunts Wood is a lovely location for a woodland ceremony just five minutes’ walk away. Look out, too, for a luxurious new bridal suite and seven double en-suite bedrooms coming this year.
The details: Ceremony in the Dairy Barn or woodland, 150; seated reception, 160; evening, 300.
Photo: Blessing Photography
7. The Granary Estates, Sussex/Cambridgeshire Borders
Take two original barns linked by a courtyard on an estate surrounded by cornfields and you have The Granary Estates on the Sussex and Cambridgeshire borders – an idyllic location for a wedding. Add in The Granary Cottages with their three double rooms, sitting room and kitchen (perfect for chilling the Prosecco) and make-up room (great for your hens) and you’ve got it nailed.
The details: Ceremony: The Flint Barn, up to 88; The Granary Barn, up to 175; seated reception, 180; evening, 240.
Photo: Kate Gray Photography
8. Mythe Barn, Leicestershire
There’s a choice of an indoor ceremony or vows outdoors under the gazebo at Mythe Barn in Leicestershire, before drinks in the Cart Barn. Celebrate afterwards with a reception in the Grain Store with its floor- to-ceiling windows that flood the room with sunlight. The grounds offer plenty of opportunity for garden games, barbecues and firepits in the evening, plus there’s a cute honeymoon suite called the Hayloft. Seven additional rooms mean nearest and dearest can stay over.
The details: Ceremony, 150; seated reception, 150.
9. The Old Kent Barn, Kent
Claire and Will, the managing partners at The Old Kent Barn, a pretty, family-run spot in the Garden of England, were the first couple to get married here 13 years ago, so they really know what they’re doing! The purpose-built, oak-framed barn is set in two acres of grounds that include 14 bay trees festooned with fairy lights. Exchange vows in the barn or outside in the gazebo. The original 200-year-old barn also offers accommodation in the shape of three double bedrooms, plus the Oak Suite for the bridal couple.
The details: Ceremony and seated reception, 150; evening, 250.
10. Rivervale Barn, Hampshire
At the award-winning Rivervale Barn in Hampshire, there’s a Pamper Room full of mirrors and natural light where you can get glammed up with your girls. Then say ‘I do’ with the sun streaming through the huge windows of the Ceremony Barn, or choose the romantic Spinney beneath the trees in the gardens.
The details: Ceremony, 50-150, reception, 50-150; evening, 200.
Photo: Angela Ward Brown Photography