Say “I Do” Down On The Farm12/10/2016
- Farm Stay UK introduces a new wedding venues collection, complete with accommodation -
Fancy getting wed in wellies? Hitched in a hay barn? Since Keira Knightley wed her beau on a rural French farm a few years back, countrified weddings have continued to grow in popularity, with more and more couples steering away from extravagant hotel venues in place of a more informal setting.
With this in mind Farm Stay UK has created a new dedicated wedding collection featuring all of their members across UK offering wedding venues, making that dream of saying “I Do” down on the farm a reality.
Farm weddings offer flexible accommodation options for guests, endless space, a boho chic vibe and even the possibility of a few wedding crashers in the form of a hen, goat or farm dog!
With over 30 options in total, Farm Stay UK’s rustic nuptial locations are a great starting point for betrotheds. Whether you want a reception for 100+ people in a 17th Century Dorset Barn or an intimate cliff top ceremony on a Scottish estate, there are options to suit all wedding themes, size and budgets.
Highlights of these new wedding breaks with a venue plus B&B, self-catering or glamping accommodation are below and the full collection at www.farmstay.co.uk/weddings
Wedding barn dancing in a secret valley - Gorwell Farm, Nr Weymouth, Dorset
This working sheep farm is located in a secret wooded valley just two miles from the wild and romantic Chesil Beach and cute village of Abbotsbury. The Barn is a licensed venue for wedding ceremonies and can seat up to 130 guests with an area for dancing. There’s underfloor heating for those who want to kick off shoes (or wellies), a kitchen and a licensed bar available for hire. There’s plenty of space to add on a marquee or pop up a kid’s tipi for the little ones to play in – this is a free range place where just about anything is possible. The family who run Gorwell understand the joy of creating a wedding day with no boundaries so while they can suggest caterers, marquee hire and local drink suppliers there’s no contracts, just a helping hand if you need it. There is space for up to 40 guests over the farm’s 6 cottages, making it the perfect place to share the wedding build up and the post nuptial bliss with family and friends.
Price: Wedding packages available from £2,710 based on hire of The Barn for 2 days set up, the wedding day and a takedown day and the Granary Cottage, Spindle Cottage and Bride Cottage for a 2 night stay, sleeping 18 on a self catering basis.
Vow factor cliff top wedding – Orroland Holiday Cottages, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway
Brides and grooms looking for an intimate wedding with a magical setting will love the fairy tale surroundings of the Orroland Estate in Scotland. Here a wedding party can revel in a private house setting with up to 30 guests celebrating and sleeping on the estate and dining together in Orroland Lodge. You can have a religious, civil or humanist ceremony (or Gretna Green is only an hour away!) and completely embrace the day knowing that no one has to drive between the ceremony and the celebration. What’s more the cliff top location provides the opportunity to have a ceremony overlooking the Solway Firth.
Price: 3 night wedding packages available from £1,700 based on accommodation and reception for 14 guests.
Sow the seeds of love with a lakeside wedding – Polhilsa Farm, Callington, Cornwall
At the end of a country lane on the Cornwall/Devon border sits the 350 acre rural idyll of Polhilsa Farm. Surrounded by a patchwork of arable fields the farms sits on the edge of two lakes where with regular sightings of kingfishers and a pair of herons mean the bride and groom won’t be the only love birds! The large lawned gardens leading down to the lakes are the perfect spot for a marquee and with space to accommodate up to 180 guests this is for the couple who want to go large on the reception. What’s more the lovely folk at Polhilsa have no formal packages (although offer full support if you want it) allowing ultimate flexibility to build a unique celebration, just as you want it. The farm’s B&B located in a restored barn has four ensuite rooms, each sleeping 3-4 people, 3 further self-catering cottages and there’s a cute boathouse for the happy couple, meaning 30 people can stay on the farm alongside the bride and groom.
Price: Wedding hire available from £1,000 and accommodation from £180 for a 2 night stay on a B&B basis.
Wedding in wellies with festival frills – The Grainary, Scarborough, North Yorkshire
With their own festival – Farm Fest - The Grainary is a farm that knows how to throw a party! The 200 ace farm sits on the North Yorkshire Moors between Scarborough and Whitby with amazing views, a lively spirit and a license for civil or humanist weddings. It’s all about getting back to nature for a Grainary Farm wedding, where they offer a completely bespoke service – you design your day to your desires and budget and they’ll deliver it. As well as a B&B with 14 rooms and 3 cottages there’s the farm restaurant (perfect for post wedding Sunday roast), farm shop, lake hiking trails as well as shaggy cows, curly pigs, happy ponies, curious geese and silly lambs (in season).
Price: From £1,050 to hire the pagoda, barn and 6 bedroom cottage for two nights. www.farmstay.co.uk/b-and-b/north-yorkshire-scarborough-the-grainary-1059
Hippy wedding at the base of Glastonbury Tor- Middlewick Cottages, Somerset
Set within 16 acres of paddock, orchard and garden, at the base of Glastonbury Tor, this 16th Century farmstead offers a function room, marquee space, cluster of cosy cottages, glamping pods and a shepherd hut ideal for a wedding - be it hippy or hipster. The wedding venue itself can host 48 sitting or 78 standing and there’s plenty of space to put up a marquee and host up to 90 guests. There’s room for up to 48 to stay at Middlewick and adults will love the cottage interiors - wood-burners, exposed beams and supersized beds, kept warm by an eco-friendly biomass boiler- whilst kids will love the indoor swimming pool, friendly farm animals and acres of green space to explore. Little extras like the outside woodfired pizza oven for pizza nights and no corkage for wedding parties make this place extra special. And for vegan cafes, tarot reading and crystal shops Glastonbury is only a 20 minute walk.
Price: 3 night weekend wedding package from £7,750, includes self catering accommodation for up to 48 people, hire of function room, use of catering kitchen, tables, chairs, crockery and use of swimming pool.
Other wedding venues down on the farm…
Byre Cottages, West Sussex
You’ll need to moo-ve quickly to reserve the gorgeous barn venue at Byre Cottages. They take only 5 bookings a year for the 400-year-old tithe barn - recorded in 1960s by as the ‘finest’ barn in Sussex and is known to be one of the longest. It can host up to 150 guests and the five cottages sleep up to 20 people.
Dairy Barns, Hickling Norfolk
Owned by a florist you won’t have to compromise on flowers on your big day. Located between the Norfolk Broads and the coast with a beautiful barn which can host up to 100, B&B and self-catering accommodation for 30 and the option for a hog roast or BBQ a wedding here is all about living it up down on this farm!
Portland House Party House, Matlock, Derbyshire
This one does what is says on the tin – a beautiful house with 12 bedrooms which can be taken over for both weddings and hen parties. Catering, flowers etc. can all be arranged.
This one doesn’t do weddings but hen and stag dos…
Walkers Farm, Nr Bridgwater, Somerset
On the Somerset Levels expect quirky Somerset activities – release your inner Viking with Axe Throwing, cycle the flat country lanes stopping off at some of the West’s finest cider makers or master the art of willow weaving. For groups up to 18.