If you're looking to enjoy a rustic countryside do complete with DIY bunting and plenty of room for dancing, then you're going to love these barn wedding venues in the UK.
Bressingham Hall & High Barn, Norfolk
Green-fingered gardeners may have heard of the Bressingham Gardens on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, but the owners also have a brick-and-stone High Barn available for weddings and a Georgian manor house, Bressingham Hall, which sleeps 18 (with an optional butler and private chef, it’s ideal for the bridal party). Local caterer Chopping Block is in charge of the food, offering cheesecake towers and doughnuts as extras. What more could you want?
Nancarrow Farm, Cornwall
This 100-acre organic farm in a south-facing valley near Truro is home to nine generations of farmers who produce award-winning beef and lamb. Locally, they are renowned for their harvest feasts so you an count on delicious food. At Nancarrow Farm, five barns, with rambling roses climbing up the walls, have been converted into event spaces. After your service in the Hay Barn, tuck into seasonal dishes - sharing starters, slow-cooked lamb shoulder, baked bramley apple – in the Oak Barn at long tables overlooking the mill pond.
River Cottage HQ, Devon
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s 65-acre working organic farm is a real foodie favourite and for good reason: much of the produce on the bespoke menus is grown and reared on site. After saying your vows at River Cottage HQ in the famous farmhouse or the Threshing Barn, guests can try their luck on the coconut shy in the games paddock and sip gin cocktails in the yurt. Decorate tables with jam jars filled with foliage from the grounds and order miniature chutneys or seed packets as wedding favours.
Boasting not one but three interlinked barns surrounding a courtyard, Merriscourt is one heart-fluttering Cotswolds cutie. Set in 500 acres of rolling countryside on the Oxfordshire/Gloucestershire border, you’ll drift from Champagne toasts in the art-adorned Gallery Barn to the Stone Barn for the ceremony and the White Barn for your breakfast. Guests can sleep on site in the farmhouse and renovated Pump House – and did we mention there’s a gleaming Bentley for the bride?
Cripps Barn, Gloucestershire
Cripps Barn, near Bibury, is so lovely that it hardly needs decorating at all (we’ve seen brides simply hang a single floral arrangement from the ceiling or stand church candles in metal lanterns at the end of each row of chairs). Food, which is cooked on the barbecue or smoker rotisserie, is served as a family-style feast and there’s a fire pit for hire on the lawn. Free camping in the next-door field means guests won’t have far to flop at the end of the night.
Jimmy’s Farm, Suffolk
Jimmy’s Farm is best known for its sizzling annual sausage festival (and for being owned by Jamie Oliver’s childhood buddy Jimmy Doherty) so it’s no surprise that pig is one of the wedding breakfast choices, too (barbecue or bangers and mash). After sitting down to eat in the 17th-century barn, encourage guests to explore the surrounding woodland, meet the meerkats and walk through The Butterfly House.
The Tythe Barn, Launton, Oxfordshire
Nothing is too much trouble for the team at The Tythe Barn, who take care of the tiniest details, right down to who takes the table flowers home and how the napkins are folded. Ceremonies happen outdoors or in one of the barns (St Mary’s, the village church, is also a stroll away). The pergolas and paddocks are brilliant for photos; a Land Rover is used for serving pre-ceremony Prosecco; and the flexible in-house chefs can knock up a self-carve roast joint of beef, lamb or pork, or even a picnic. The Shepherd’s Hut, at the end of a walkway of sparklers, is a cosy hideaway for two.
The Granary Estates, Suffolk
At The Granary Estates, a pair of 18th-century barns in the village of Woodditton, linked by an open glass walkway and surrounded by cornfields, are postcard-pretty with classic flint walls, original timber beams and a courtyard for drinks. Meadow Cottage, one of two self-catering cottages, has a handy make-up lounge for bridal parties. Pop into the prop shop to hire all kinds of kit, from fire pits to decorative antique mirrors and extra-large confetti cannons.
For more ideas and inspiration, see our barn wedding venues guide.