The 10 best barn wedding venues | Alternative Wedding Photographer
From fairy light-strewn beams to rolling countryside views, here’s our run-down of the top barn wedding venues in the UK
1. Cripps Barn, Gloucestershire
Is there anything quite as magnificent as the rolling Cotswold Hills? They form the picturesque setting for the wonderfully peaceful Cripps Barn, deep in the heart of Gloucestershire. Made with lovely old Cotswold stone and with flagstone floors, an open fire place and a roomy south-facing terrace filled with fire-pits, it’s one of the cosiest venues around. There’s a big bonfire in the garden which makes for stunning night-time shots, too.
2. Norwood Place Barn, Surrey
They only host a few weddings a year at Norwood Place Barn, which is set off the beaten track in leafy Surrey. The photo opportunities here are pretty incredible, with cross-hatch windows, a forest of willow trees, a mirror-like lake and a cute little island filled with billowing grasses and haunting woodland all on-site. Ideal for sunset portraits.
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3. Almonry Barn, Somerset
If it’s rustic romance with a modern twist you’re after, Almonry Barn has it in droves. Standing for over 800 years, it’s thought to be the oldest wedding barn in England, and is actually a Scheduled Ancient Monument (the same historical designation is given to Stonehenge). Once part of a beautiful abbey – the bewitching ruins of which still stand in the grounds – its picturesque surroundings (including sprawling orchards and a quaint stream) are the perfect backdrop for sweeping landscape shots.
4. Old Luxters Barn, Oxfordshire
For those who want the thrill of a blank canvas, the 17th century beams of Old Luxters are just screaming to be draped with reams of fairy-lights and frothy foliage. Set within the award-winning Chiltern Valley Winery and vineyard in the heart of Oxfordshire, the enclosed orchard is also the perfect place for canapés, champagne and natural family portraits.
5. Gate Street Barn, Surrey
In a secluded setting in the rolling Surrey Hills lies the enchanting Gate Street Barn, probably one of our favourite barn wedding venues to date. Built using wood from oak trees that were felled on the farm during the hurricane of 1987, it’s a traditional barn surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens and with views of the working organic farm. Prepare to be photo-bombed by the hobby herd of English Longhorn cows.
6. Ashley Wood Farm, Wiltshire
It’s the beautiful duck egg-blue doors that make this barn really special. That, and the Instagram-friendly brood of hens that roam freely around the place. Surrounded by rolling hills, glassy lakes and with a gorgeous little rose garden that’s also licensed for ceremonies, this is a picture-perfect venue for those looking for something rustic-yet-chic.
7. Sopley Mill Barn, Dorset
This soulful building simply oozes history. Originally built in 1066, it’s been reincarnated as a working mill, a restaurant and even a scent factory over the years. The current mill was built around 1780 and has recently been renovated back to its former glory. As well as striking oak beams, stunning views over the Avon Water Meadows and charming original features, the slightly remote location also means it’s completely private, without another house in view. sopleymill.co.uk
8. Tithe Barn, West Sussex
Deep in the heart of the Kingscote Estate is the atmospheric 15th century Tithe Barn. Enveloped by tangles of vineyards, pretty orchards, vast lakes and countryside for as far as the eye can see, the wonderfully romantic Bluebell Railway steam train station is nearby, too. The barn itself has underfloor-heating, beautiful beams and large French-doors, which open out onto a seating area in front of a pretty bridge and babbling brook.
9. The Great Barn of Wanborough, Surrey
If you want your wedding steeped in history, look no further than Waverly Abbey. Built in 1388 by the Cistercian monks of Waverley Abbey, the walls of this ancient building could certainly tell a few stories. In the past, the barn was used for storing crops and fleeces, but now the wide aisles, massive oak timbers and huge barn doors (made so that carts could enter and exit the barn) are endlessly photogenic. A limited number of receptions are held in The Great Barn each year, so book early to avoid disappointment.
10. Eden Wedding Barn, Cumbria
The North Pennines are considered an Area of Natural Beauty and are a fitting home to Eden Barn, a truly intimate venue that will immerse your guests in the wilds of Cumbria’s enchanting Upper Eden Valley. The barn’s twinkling canopy of festoon lighting is the perfect place under which to exchange vows, or the beautifully historic St Theobald’s church is within striking distance, too. edenbarn.co.uk
Article in collaboration with Lizzie Pook.
All photographs taken by Green Antlers Photography.