Located close to the Suffolk / Essex border, the Barns are part of an ancient settlement at the end of a mile-long no through road and yet are easily accessible from the popular villages and market towns of Lavenham, Bury St Edmunds & Long Melford.
Together with the Church of St Peter & St Paul, Alpheton (and Alpheton Hall) they sit in approx. 25 acres of grounds surrounded by organic farmland often with sheep grazing nearby.
If you are looking for a ‘blank canvas’ venue where you can create your dream wedding but where all the practicalities have been taken care of, then this could be your ideal venue. All you need to add is your choice of suppliers and your creative flair.
The two separate but interlinked Barns and extensive surrounding gardens, meadows and woodland provide a stunning backdrop for your wedding. Hold your Ceremony in their beamed West Barn with silvery tin roof and stone floor or the new Woodland Ceremony glade before walking through to the Confetti Garden (Arboretum) with heart shaped mown grass centre and tree trunk love seat all surrounded by wildflowers.
Enjoy your drinks reception in the Stackyard Wedding Garden with brick terrace, marble topped tables and oak pergola, before making your way into the impressive beamed South Barn (10th Century origins) which offers all the space you need for your wedding breakfast, Bar, Band, DJ or other entertainment. Caterers’ and Bar kitchens, smart WCs and a dedicated children’s room are all included.
Evening food can be enjoyed in the Barn courtyard which has fairy light lit covered cart lodge seating and an outdoor kitchen with woodfired pizza oven. The perfect place to cool off and unwind with friends and family.
We are licensed for 250 guests but we suggest that we discuss your overall plans (for example your entertainment plans) prior to confirming numbers.
The layout of the Barns (twin aisles and bays) provides great flexibility so that we are equally suitable for smaller weddings, typically from 50.
Yes, you are welcome to provide your own drink and are welcome to arrange for your caterer to serve it. Alternatively we can recommend local Bar services or you can choose your own provider. Our only requirement is that they should charge no more than local pub prices.
We do not have onsite accommodation although camping is an option in the warmer months.
The nearby and picturesque towns and villages of Sudbury, Lavenham, Long Melford and Bury St Edmunds offer a wide range of accommodation to suit all pockets, so why not encourage your family and guests to enjoy a few days exploring the area. A number of options are listed on our website.
We provide all tables (choice of rectangular or round) Chiavari chairs (limewash) and children's high chairs. You will also have use of garden seating and marble topped garden tables in the wedding garden.
We have our own PA and sound system and full colour changing LED lighting. We recommend that any band or DJ bring their own systems but you are welcome to put your playlist through ours. The roof space in the South Barn is strung with thousands of fairy lights and there are more outside along the front of the Barn and in the Pizza Courtyard so that night time is magical!
We love a winter wedding (particularly New Year's Eve). The Barns are double skinned with a layer of cosy sheep's wool insulation and a very efficient heating system. One of the main heating pipes runs through the Pizza courtyard seating so that you can sit outside and eat Pizza even on a chilly evening (just add cushions and throws for extra cosiness). Should it snow we have a tractor and can pull you back up to the village if required!