Say your vows in the perfect grounds…
The all-important venue is often the first thing that couples decide on when organising their nuptials. Everything else falls into place around it, so snagging the perfect space for your wedding to take place is essential. With so many romantic settings in Kent however, where should you choose? There is so much choice across our glorious county, so we’ve put together an array of idyllic and charming wedding venues for you to peruse – consider your must-haves and what can you live without and we’re sure you’ll find the one.
Edenbridge TN8 7NG
Once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Hever Castle offers a wedding venue of distinction. Be it the stately grandeur of the castle itself, the country house atmosphere of The Astor Wing, or the stunning lakeside location of The Guthrie Pavilion, Hever Castle offers a dream-come-true location for your special day. Intimate gatherings, exuberant parties, and outdoor weddings all catered for. Five-star luxury accommodation available to book as part of your wedding too.
Photo credit: Hever Castle
Gore Farm, Oak Lane, Upchurch ME9 7EZ
The BarnYard can offer the perfect setting for your luxury wedding either in the beautiful permanent marquee, or (new for 2018) later in the day ‘twilight’ wedding ceremonies held in the rustic oak-beamed barn. Whatever the occasion, let The BarnYard’s experienced and dedicated team help to ensure organising your celebration is stress free and enjoyable. Their attention to detail will guarantee you can relax and celebrate in style while the chefs can prepare exquisite food for you, sure to tempt all taste buds.
The beautiful oak-beamed, fairy-lit barn restaurant, mezzanine area, quaint bar and courtyard area are available to hire for exclusive use allowing for intimate gatherings of 20 to larger parties of up to 180 making it an ideal location for celebrations. The patio area is magical in the evenings with the sound of water cascading from the fabulous central copper tree fountain and all beautifully lit from both uplights in the foliage and fairylights strung amongst the trees – it’s absolutely stunning! The BarnYard’s beautiful grounds will ensure a beautiful wedding whether using the marquee or the barn.
Hill Hoath Road, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge TN8 7AD
Award-winning Chiddingstone Castle is a hidden gem nestling in the heart of the Kent countryside – the perfect venue in which to hold a truly magical wedding day. Set in 35 acres of beautiful grounds, including a lake with a footbridge, the castle retains the timeless splendour of centuries gone by and is one of Kent’s finest historic houses.
With three licensed areas available for the civil ceremony – the Great Hall, the White Rose Drawing Room and the Victorian Orangery in the gardens – and with the castle and grounds closed to the public for weddings and receptions, they are able to offer exclusive use throughout the day.
Bromley Court Hotel
Bromley Hill, Bromley BR1 4JD
020 8461 8600
The Bromley Court Hotel has room for large weddings of up to 180 people, but it is just as ideal for smaller weddings too. With everything on hand, including overnight accommodation, you can do everything all in one place, including your wedding breakfast. There are a number of different packages to choose from, which will suit any budget and appeal to all tastes, so there is no need to worry about anything when it comes to your wedding day. Let Bromley Court Hotel’s expert wedding organisers arrange the ultimate wedding day for you.
Maidstone ME17 1PL
Leeds Castle, often called ‘the loveliest castle in the world’, is the ideal romantic setting for your dream wedding day. You can celebrate inside the castle itself – the state rooms with impressive views across the moat, or the stunning 1920’s drawing room are available, or you can choose to hire (exclusively) the 16th-century Maiden’s Tower. Both are beautiful. And both will give you memories to treasure. If you prefer the idea of a fairytale outdoor setting, you can be married in the private walled garden of the Maiden’s Tower.
Bull Lane, Wrotham TN15 7RF
The Bull in Wrotham is a charming place to hold your wedding (either the ceremony and reception combined, or the reception alone), with a dedicated space away from the main pub. The 600-year-old Buttery can be decorated to match your wedding theme and colours, and it is ideal for a buffet, sit down meal, or both.
Martin Deadman, who took over The Bull Hotel in 2008 says: “We have become a destination wedding venue attracting foodies from Kent, London and even further afield. It’s not surprising really; we have a beautiful venue and mouthwatering dishes and now can offer a wedding breakfast unlike any other venue in our area. We give you beautifully created dishes that taste amazing, as well as the flexibility and choice of what you want to offer your guests, and we understand how important this is to our couples.”
London Golf Club
Stansted Lane, Ash TN15 7EH
London Golf Club is one of the few Kent wedding venues located on the beautiful North Downs. Providing a picturesque and private venue for your wedding ceremony and reception all under one roof, London Golf prides themselves on outstanding catering and attention to detail. Set in the heart of 700 acres, a clubhouse for all seasons awaits you from the impressive one-mile driveway – a real wow factor from the start.
The venue has three beautiful room options licensed to host your wedding ceremony. Reception drinks and canapes can be served on the terrace, which offers breathtaking views over two championship golf courses. Here, heavenly sunsets present a stunning backdrop for your wedding photographs. The Banqueting Room can accommodate up to 150 guests for a sit-down wedding breakfast and up to 250 for an evening buffet.
Your wedding is a unique occasion and London Golf would be delighted to help you celebrate.
Image by Robert Hooper Photography: www.roberthooper.co.uk
New Road, East Malling ME19 6DZ
Bradbourne House is a breathtaking, beautiful venue, available for weddings, receptions and civil partnerships. A venue with charm and elegance, exquisite cuisine, true quality of service and attention to detail, this stunning wedding venue in Kent is set in 20 acres of beautiful parkland complete with a lake, waterfalls and ancient trees, a perfect backdrop for photographs. The Grade I listed house was originally built in Tudor times; an historic venue for a day of elegance and splendour. Booking your wedding at Bradbourne House will mean you can enjoy exclusive use of the truly stunning country manor and its surrounding grounds, exquisite culinary delights and a wedding partner to guide and assist you right through to your wedding day.
Hotel Du Vin
Crescent Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2LY
With exquisite private rooms, gorgeous suites, a tranquil garden, heavenly dining and your own dedicated events organiser, this is a perfect wedding venue for your special day. Set in one of the towns architectural landmarks, Hotel du Vin Tunbridge Wells is a Grade II listed mansion.
Inside, you’ll see the building’s painstakingly retained Georgian features, which have been renovated while carefully adding new unique touches to the 34 bedrooms, bistro, bar and private rooms. Outside, careful attention has been paid to the gardens and enhancements made to the terrace, the perfect place for a champagne reception with the beautifully manicured lawn as the backdrop.
Bewlbridge Lane, Lamberhurst
The rustic woodland and stunning reservoir provide the perfect backdrop for your special day, which is why Bewl Water makes the perfect wedding location. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty nestled in the heart of the High Weald, Bewl truly comes alive at this time of year. This picturesque wedding venue sits perched on the water’s edge as you and your guests take in the stunning panoramic views that surround you as you watch from the romantic setting of the Boat House Bistro.
With the option to hold your drinks reception on the water in the Bewl Belle, Bewl Water promises a stunning and unique experience for your wedding.
One Warwick Park Hotel
1 Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells TN2 5TA
One Warwick Park Hotel, voted as Kent Brides ‘Boutique Venue of The Year 2017’, is nestled in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells. The former school house at One Warwick Park Hotel makes the perfect blank canvas to host your special day – whether you are considering an extravagant celebration or an intimate reception for your nearest and dearest, One Warwick Park Hotel promises to offer a unique and versatile space. Just a stone’s throw from the famous Pantiles district and on the doorstep of the scenic and rustic Cumberland Walk, there are plenty of unique photo opportunities alongside the impressive glass atrium, underground gallery and twilight trees inside One Warwick Park Hotel.
Broomhill Road, Tunbridge Wells TN3 0TG
Celebrate your wedding at a truly picturesque venue that retains all the magic and romance of a bygone era. With its elegant Grade II listed Victorian mansion, 36 acres of beautiful gardens, woods, parkland and a tranquil lake, a picture-perfect setting is provided for your special day, which is sure to impress your guests.
There are three fabulous function rooms to choose from, which can cater for both intimate and larger wedding parties. All of the spaces maintain the stunning, romantic and characteristic features of Salomons Estate and allow you to enjoy breathtaking views. Getting married at Salomons Estate in Kent ensures a wonderful and unforgettable occasion.
Coldharbour Farm, Barham’s Mill Road, Egerton TN27 9DD
Dream country weddings at Frasers of Egerton. Nestled in the heart of the Kentish countryside on a 300-acre farm, Frasers of Egerton offers idyllic surroundings for your dream country wedding. Choose from an à la carte menu or feasting banquet in the oak-beamed barn, suited to intimate wedding ceremonies of up to 40, or opt for the wedding marquee, ideal for up to 120 guests. For a relaxed summer wedding, hold a garden party on the lawn with a sizzling BBQ or country buffet. Retire to one of nine beautiful suites situated in three period farm buildings providing five-star gold accommodation with charm and character.
Eastwell Park, Boughton Lees, Ashford TN25 4HR
Magnificent, secluded Eastwell Manor is simply the best, providing the perfect backdrop for the ultimate bespoke wedding. Renowned for its beautiful gardens and outstanding banqueting facilities, Eastwell Manor offers a fairytale experience. Hold the ceremony in a striking, oak-paneled room overlooking the gardens, or in the secret walled garden with its stunning gazebo.
The award-winning kitchen brigade will be delighted to devise a special wedding breakfast using the finest quality, locally sourced produce. Eastwell Manor has two rosettes for fine cuisine, four red stars for the hotel rooms, extensive spa facilities, ‘Dreams’ beauty salon and a golf course.
Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
Canterbury Cathedral, The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH
Situated within a wonderful and unique location in the beautiful grounds of Canterbury Cathedral sits an often unknown wedding gem. For those seeking a truly exceptional venue, Canterbury Cathedral Lodge is a modern and contemporary venue that can accommodate up to 120 guests for a sit-down wedding breakfast.
The team at the Cathedral Lodge are dedicated to offering wedding couples quality and choice. Using its own in-house catering team to offer fine food and fine wine, and in keeping with the ethos of the Cathedral, the highly skilled chefs source high quality, fairtrade and local produce whenever possible.
A hidden treasure is the beautiful Campanile Garden, which sits in an elevated position overlooking the cathedral to provide a stunning backdrop. In the summer months, a champagne drinks reception in the garden is a must, with superb photograph opportunities available.
A dedicated events team offers expert help and advice in assisting couples with their individual requirements, ensuring the highest level of hospitality at all times. Offering peace and privacy within the heart of the city, those attending weddings have the option to stay overnight in stylish guest accommodation – with each room in the lodge benefiting from an amazing view.
The Historic Dockyard Chatham
Chatham ME4 4TE
The Historic Dockyard Chatham not only offers two unique ceremony and memorable reception venues, but the stunning backdrop of the world’s most complete dockyard from the age of sail too. The Commissioner’s House (1704) – Britain’s oldest naval building, complete with stunning Georgian architecture, offers gorgeous, exclusive spaces for your ceremony and reception. Included in the price is the Commissioner’s House garden, the perfect setting for after-ceremony drinks and photographs. HMS Gannet (1878) is a beautiful Victorian Sloop that creates a unique setting for your ceremony. Combine this with drinks on board before your party making its way to Commissioner’s House to enjoy the rest of your big day.
St Edmund’s School
St Thomas Hill, Canterbury CT2 8HU
St Edmund’s School in Canterbury is the perfect choice for a quintessentially English wedding ceremony; this beautiful setting is ideal for both intimate and grand celebrations. The venue, set within 62 acres, offers an unrivalled view over the historic city and boasts two wonderful ceremony rooms: the intimate Drawing Room and the oak-panelled Dining Hall. After the ceremony, the spectacular location provides a perfect backdrop for your cherished wedding photos, as well as canape and drinks receptions, before you head to your chosen reception venue. Offering dates during the school holiday periods.
Chilston Park Hotel
Sandway, Lenham, Maidstone ME17 2BE
0845 072 7426
Creating magical memories… With its historic surroundings, stunning parkland setting and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, it is hard to imagine a more perfect wedding venue than Chilston Park Hotel. Dating back to the 17th century, Chilston Park encourages you to be totally self-indulgent. Today, with its lake surrounded
by 23 acres of private grounds, luxurious furnishings, open fires and candlelight, it remains a stunning backdrop for your very important occasion. Every wedding is uniquely special and Chilston Park believes your day should reflect this. The professional wedding and events team will listen to your every wish from the moment you first enquire, helping you along the way to achieve the wedding you have always dreamed of, so let them advise you on everything from menus to arrival by helicopter. On the day itself, the experienced operations team will be there to look after you and your guests.
The Manor At Bickley
Thornet Wood Road, Bromley BR1 2LW
020 8467 1461
The Manor at Bickley, set within six acres of beautiful gardens, offers an elegant venue for your perfect wedding and promises a truly unique celebration. This Victorian-style manor house offers an air of tranquillity and romance to all guests.
Choose from the exclusive-use package or day celebration and tailor your wedding especially to suit you. The staff’s complete devotion to making your day an unforgettable one makes The Manor at Bickley the perfect choice for you and your guests. The dedicated team are on hand to offer you an entirely personal and expert approach, allowing you to enjoy the most memorable of occasions from beginning to end.
Maidstone Road, Nettlestead, Maidstone ME18 5HE
Nettlestead Place is a medieval manor listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. It has for centuries staged lavish celebrations and is now available for weddings. The 14th-century gatehouse stands to the west of the manor at the start of the private drive and is an impressive entrance for the bridal party. Nettlestead Place offers an exclusive unique English country setting with award-winning gardens and striking medieval manor. The manor is steeped in history and is still a family home.
The 13th-century ‘Undercroft’ is a unique historic location for indoor wedding ceremonies, and the stunning rose garden with its beautiful hexagonal cedar wood gazebo sitting at the base of a 300-year-old lime tree and surrounded by rose trees is available for outside ceremonies. The wedding marquee offers amazing views over the valley and gardens and can accommodate up to 150 day guests and 200 evening guests.
London Beach Country Hotel & Spa
Ashford Road, St Michaels, Tenterden TN306HX
London Beach Country Hotel & Spa provides a luxury and affordable wedding venue in the Weald of Kent. At London Beach, the experienced staff know how important your wedding day is, so let them make your day a truly memorable occasion. The hotel is licensed for civil ceremonies and partnerships, and this venue provides a stunning backdrop to celebrate your perfect day with dedicated staff in a tranquil setting and a dining experience to treasure forever. You can request a copy of London Beach’s luxury wedding brochure for 2018-2020 now.