Just 10 minutes from Exeter, Harefield Barn feels like it’s a world away. Located on a family farm in the beautiful Devon countryside, this carefully designed venue has flexibility and personal service at its heart.
Making the most of its elevated position, Harefield Barn is flooded with light from the huge expanse of windows providing fabulous far reaching views over Devon’s rolling hills. The terrace gives way to lawned areas, great for those garden games and children’s play, and is flanked by a wildflower meadow and cornfield with cider orchards nearby, making it perfect for some very special photos.
Exeter St Davids station is only 10 minutes away by taxi, as is Crediton. They also have great parking and the ability to leave cars overnight so your guests don’t have to worry about toasting your happiness! There is good access for mini-buses too.
Harefield Barn has a fresh modern appearance, but has plenty of characterful features such as stunning scissor beams in the hall and a cozy wood-burning stove in the bar. Once described as ‘barn chic’ the decoration is kept to a minimum so couples can use it as a blank canvas to create their own style of event should they wish. Underfloor heating throughout makes it perfect whatever the weather, and on a lovely day, bifold doors open onto the terrace from both the bar and main hall, making it a truly inside/outside venue.
Versatility is key, with seven different locations licensed for marriage ceremonies ranging from 2 to 300 people (150 seated or 300 Standing). There are also no less than 5 beautiful village churches within 3 miles, so Harefield Barn also makes the perfect spot for a fabulous rustic reception.
This is truly a family business, and they want to keep it that way! In order to maintain the personal nature of what they offer, they have chosen to limit the number of weddings they host each year so the team can give each one the attention it deserves. Therefore, they normally only offer extended hire periods at Harefield Barn, giving you time to relax and enjoy the experience of a lifetime. Although, as always, they try to be flexible and inclusive – so you can always ask for other options!
Although they don’t have any accommodation on site, there are plenty of wonderful B&B’s, Cottages and hotels within easy reach, and you also have the opportunity to camp if you wish. There is a great party house and a beautiful cottage complex nearby, perfect for a whole weekend family gathering
Their prices are kept simple to help you with your planning, so they include many little extras that you may (or may not!) choose for your day:
Although they are mainly considered a ‘dry hire’ venue, the team are there to help you every step of the way and would be delighted to recommend a fabulous wedding planner who could offer you a full planning service.
They will certainly have a member of staff on site from the moment you arrive until your last guest leaves (with additional help to move furniture etc if required). Again, flexibility is key, so if you have a particular service plan you require, please ask.
Yes you can! I, for one, am a huge fan of firework displays, and we have the perfect location for it. The field next to the Barn falls gently away, so you can stand on the terrace and watch everything in style. It's even possible to make it a complete surprise, as the set up can happen discreetly, without your guests knowing a thing! We have had some simply stunning displays with and without music. We just ask that they are finished by 11pm and only carried out by a professional firework company.
Of course you can! Some of the most amazing unposed photos are taken whilst happy couples are being bombarded with a shower of confetti, and we wouldn't have it any other way. Our only stipulation is that the confetti should consist of real petals only, either fresh or dried.
We don't have any accommodation on site, but we are more than happy to give you a list of local recommended places to stay. These include cottages, B&B's, beautiful country pubs and many more, but being just a 10 minute taxi ride from Exeter or Crediton means it's easy to access all the hotels and other accommodation there too. Or if you prefer, you can opt to camp on site, either with your own kit or by hiring luxury bell tents for your guests to use.
We provide round tables and chairs for your event with some trestles for top or side tables. However, you are more than welcome to hire in any different furniture to create a totally different vibe for your day.
150 acres - or about 10 fields of it! In practice, of course, your guests will not go far, but immediately around the Barn we have large lawned areas, a meadow and corn field, so there is plenty of space for outdoor games and children to run. We also have stunning views and orchards to enjoy on the farm, and we are happy for you and your photographer to use them for an engagement shoot or during the wedding day.