7 must-see barn wedding venues!

It may sound strange, but a barn can be one of the most romantic places to get married. We’re not talking about an active barn filled with hay and calves – though we’re sure that could be arranged if you ask nicely enough. No, we’re talking about historic, refurbished and converted barns, where high ceilings, massive wooden beams, romance and intimacy are the norm. A barn wedding venue comes with its own history and beauty, yet it is just waiting to weave your love story into its own and, for a day, transform itself into the perfect place to begin your marriage.

1. The Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa

The Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa

The Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa offers many gorgeous spaces to celebrate your wedding day. However, the 17th-century Winston’s Barn is a truly magical location. With its vaulted ceilings and exposed wooden beams, it is a beautiful space to begin your journey as a married couple, celebrating with up to 60 guests. The neutral hues and natural materials allow for all wedding colour schemes and décor to enhance the space and make it truly individual and unique to any couple. And, set on 1,400 acres of beautiful countryside, you can enjoy panoramic views of the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, the estate’s woodland, or take a stroll to the candlelit jetty by the lake. The Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa, and its friendly and accommodating staff, have all the tools and skills to make your barn wedding truly a day to remember.

2. Best Western Brome Grange Hotel

Best Western Brome Grange Hotel

The 16th-century Tithe Barn at Best Western Brome Grange Hotel is a fairytale location. Under one roof, you can say ‘I do’ and celebrate to your newly-wed hearts’ content. This barn’s high ceilings bring a sense of majesty to any barn wedding, while the neutral colours give every couple a romantic canvas on which to leave their unique stamp. In the evening, superb and masterful lighting and draping can transport your entire wedding party to a magical and elegant place. This large vintage room boasts rustic, weathered wooden beams, sparkling chandeliers and an ambience that can’t be beaten. And it’s self-contained, too, making it an ideal party venue! If this sounds like the barn venue of your dreams, but it may be out of your price range, the caring staff offer a £1,000 package for couples marrying Sunday to Thursday with 50 people or less!

3. Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel

Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel

Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel is a beautiful, historic building filled with modern touches, so you don’t have to compromise between elegance and convenience. The barn wedding venue has its own wedding entrance and exclusive bar and is licenced to keep you partying until 1am! You and your guests can enjoy a self-contained soiree without worries or interruptions.

Inside the barn, you will find rustic oak beams and twinkling fairy lights, romantic in their own way yet waiting to enhance a couple’s own chosen colours and décor for their special day. Outside you and your guests can enjoy the stunning views of Box Hill. The area offers a beautiful backdrop through all seasons to make any wedding photo album enviable. And even on the most overcast days, there are still the exquisite hotel gardens surrounding the barn, which make for ideal Kodak moments.

4. The Charlecote Pheasant Hotel

The Charlecote Pheasant Hotel

The newly refurbished Hampton Suite at The Charlecote Pheasant Hotel was once a hayloft for the farm. Now, its muddy days are in the past, and it’s ready to host your dreamy barn wedding!

The venue is self-contained and includes its own reception area, lounge, private outdoor seating deck, large function room and bar. Capable of seating as many as 190 buffet reception guests, if you’re looking for a barn wedding venue but have an extensive guest list, this may be the space for you.

The barn is decorated in simple greys and beige, which may sound dull yet is anything but. There’s a genuine romance about the place, and there’s so much scope to incorporate a couple’s own tastes. And, if a garden ceremony takes your fancy, the hotel is now licenced for outdoor civil ceremonies. Imagine exchanging vows beneath the beautiful wooden gazebo – bliss!

5. The Walled Garden at Cowdray

The Walled Garden at Cowdray

If your dream wedding venue has a perfect blend of rustic and boho touches, then The Walled Garden at Cowdray should top your viewing list. Nestled in the heart of South Downs National Park, this established wedding venue has a history of delivering excellence in barn weddings and events.

Exposed brick walls and wooden beams give the venue a traditional and historic feel, while simple but neutral furniture and gorgeous flowers inside and out bring a relaxed and intimate ambience to your wedding day.

The building consists of two large function rooms and, as the name tipped, a private walled garden filled with wonder and beauty. The venue is pet-friendly, so if you wish to bring all your family to watch you say ‘I do’, you can!

And, for pics with a difference, the barn is adjacent to the Cowdray Ruins, a great bridal backdrop.

6. The Talbot Ripley

The Talbot Ripley

The Talbot Ripley has a history as a coaching inn but now plays host to love stories as a charming barn wedding venue. Whether your vision is an intimate day with hay bales under sparkling chandeliers, a vintage celebration with lace and candlelight flickering off the exposed wooden beams, or a Summer festival theme with wellies and a DJ, the staff at The Talbot Ripley are ready and waiting to give you your stress-free perfect wedding day.

Outside, the hotel boasts a red brick façade strewn with climbing ivy. Couples and their guests can enjoy the beautifully landscaped gardens before heading inside to any of the magnificent function rooms for the celebratory wedding reception. Inside, you’ll find whatever your heart desires, as the staff will completely transform the space to bring reality to your dreams, working with whatever size or scale of your wedding or your budget.

7. The Barn at Stratford Park – Stratford Upon Avon

The Barn at Stratford Park

The Barn at Stratford Park is an ideal barn wedding venue for those seeking refined yet rustic settings. The converted Barn is from the Elizabethan period and has a spacious courtyard and terrace within the picturesque grounds of the Stratford Park Hotel & Golf Club.

This is the venue where small touches are given significant consideration so that you can enjoy every moment of your wedding day.

The cuisine is one of the most extraordinary things about The Barn at Stratford Park. Using local produce, the chefs focus on tantalising and exciting your tastebuds. They can create an imaginative range of dishes from which you can choose. Dietary requirements? Somewhat awkward guests? No problem! The Stratford chefs like to offer a personal touch and are more than happy to discuss such special requests. Even the drink selections can be modified per your vision.

Pam Ryan

Pam is a writer who just loves weddings. There isn't an aspect of prep and planning that she finds daunting. She's never even missed an episode of 'Say Yes to the Dress'!

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