Location: Kent
Venues Darling Buds Farm
Darling Buds Farm
  • Atmospheric country wedding venue
  • Located in the heart of rural Kent
  • As seen on ITV's The Darling Buds Of May
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Get married in their historic barn
  • Receptions for up to 120 guests
  • Outdoor ceremony under pretty gazebo
  • Ashford 15 minutes, London 1 hour
  • Exclusive use of farm for three whole days

You can hire Darling Buds Farm exclusively for your weekend wedding celebration. Located in Bethersden, Kent, this picturesque setting of historical buildings, lovely lakes, ponds and streams combines to create a desirable romantic ambience for the big day. There are 35 acres of landscape for you to use as your backdrop for photos and it is ideally situated fifteen minutes from Ashford.

Darling Buds Farm help you to organise everything, from decorations and flowers to entertainment, transport and catering. Their dedicated wedding planner will liaise with you to create a stress-free occasion, helping you in your quest for the 'Perfick' wedding. Always flexible, and accommodating most wedding parties from intimate gatherings to larger celebrations, they aim to please all.

About

Darling Buds Farm attracted international fame for being the set for ITV's The Darling Buds Of May from 1991 to 1993. In 2014 every building from ceiling to floor was renovated. It was all ripped out and re-plastered in order to transform them from ruins to restored. However, they preserved as many of the original timbers as possible, maintaining the character of Darling Buds Farm.

Facilities

Darling Buds Farm can cater for every aspect of your big day. They even have a dedicated changing room where you and other members of the bridal party can go to get ready, offering a complimentary bottle of bubbly in case you need to settle any nerves.

Ceremony

When marrying at Darling Buds Farm, you will stage your ceremony in the elegant and sophisticated Tudor Barn. This rustic barn dates back to the 1600s and boasts heavy blond oak beams and a peg-tiled roof that exudes charm and character. This is further exemplified with the lovely French windows that allow natural light to filter into the room. The barn is licensed for civil ceremonies, partnerships and vow renewals with a maximum capacity of up to 80 guests. The barn also features a grand piano, which can be used for your ceremony; alternatively, you can introduce your own music by connecting your phone or iPod to the sound system.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 80 Guests

During the spring and summer, an outdoor ceremony can be held in an attractive gazebo in the grounds, with up to 120 guests.

Outdoor Ceremony Capacity - 120 Guests

Wedding Breakfast

A charming timber-framed hall is usually the venue for the wedding breakfast and evening reception party, and in addition there is an attached marquee extension for extra space, accessed from the hall via bi-fold doors, giving an overall seated capacity of 90.

Formal Reception Capacity - 90 Guests

Evening Reception

For larger events, the Darling Buds Farm team advise hiring a separate free-standing marquee as this would be a perfect space for an evening reception party. Also, if you're looking to use the farm for the reception only, you must hire all the accommodation.

Evening Reception Capacity - 120 Guests
Marquee Reception Capacity - Negotiable

Marquees

If you have a large number of guests, marquees of varying sizes can be erected in the grounds. Or you can hire a tipi, yurt, even a big top from their recommended suppliers. Ultimately, there are no limits to customisation of this beautiful and spacious venue.

Marquee Field Hire
  • Monday PM - Friday AM - £500
  • Friday PM - Monday AM - £750
Transport

It can also be arranged for you to arrive at your wedding in the actual 1926 yellow Rolls-Royce, 'Primrose', featured in the show.

Catering And Accommodation

With regards to your big day, Darling Buds Farm has a list of suppliers for you to choose from. They prefer you to use one of their recommended caterers; however, if you wish to make alternative arrangements, all you need to do is inform Darling Buds Farm.

Accommodation

Darling Buds Farm offers a stay-the-weekend package. Celebrate your wedding in style and stay from Friday to Monday in The Farm House, Oast House or Cart Lodge, plus glamping in the Shepherd Huts. They have 12 bedrooms on site - 10 are ensuites.

The Farm House

This is a Grade II-listed building that offers five beautiful double or twin rooms with a maximum capacity of ten guests. The Farm House is the most traditional of all the Darling Buds buildings with its original fireplace and wood fittings. It contains three ensuites and two other bedrooms upstairs that have access to a shared main bathroom. There is in addition a self-contained ground floor studio, The Reverend Candy, which can accommodate two adults and two children. It features a kitchenette diner and bathroom.

The Oast House

The Oast House can accommodate up to eight guests with four double or twin ensuite bedrooms. The building is a stunning barn conversion furnished in a contemporary style. Oak beams are featured throughout, with a modern kitchen area that is brand new.

The Cart Lodge

This delightful barn can accommodate up to four people on the ground floor with two ensuite double or twin rooms. Alternatively, it is the perfect setting for the Bridal Suite, being used exclusively for the newlyweds after their big day of celebrations. The Cart Lodge, like The Oast House, is a contemporary barn with rustic wooden beams and modern details making it a home from home.

Glamping

Additional options that Darling Buds Farm offers are their quirky, fully-furnished Shepherd Huts which can sleep further guests if required. The units include a double bed, mini-fridge, microwave, plus tea and coffee facilities. Each charming hut is individually themed with cosiness at heart. The team at Darling Buds Farm recommend this option for the spring and summer months only, as the showers, toilets and kitchen facilities are a short walk away, which is not ideal in the colder months of autumn and winter.

All of the above-mentioned Darling Buds Farm onsite accommodation is self-catering with either a kitchenette or kitchen facilities.

To find out more about celebrating your wedding weekend at Darling Buds Farm, contact Lucy using the details below.

Address
Buss Farm
Tuesnoad Lane
Bethersden
Ashford
Kent
TN26 3EQ

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