Venues Country Ways
Country Ways
  • Lovely DIY wedding venue in North Devon
  • Working farm with self-catering cottages
  • Corn Barn licensed for civil ceremonies
  • Reception parties for up to 120 guests
  • Use of the six onsite holiday cottages
  • Accommodation for up to 35 guests
  • Outdoor spaces for marquees or activities
  • Winter weddings (Nov-Mar) from just £900
  • Book via TWS and receive 10% discount

Just south of Barnstaple in the heart of the North Devon countryside, this small farm with its collection of lovely holiday cottages offers a unique all-inclusive wedding environment like no other. Experience the English rural idyll at its best, taking advantage of the farm's charming surrounds, views over rolling hills and ancient woodlands, ponies, goats, alpacas, wallabies, even reindeer.

No matter the type of event you want, whether it's a down-to-earth gathering of family and friends with simple buffets, to amazing festival-style wedding celebrations with tipis, live entertainment, barbecues, hog-roasts and more - the very flexible nature of the hospitality at Country Ways suggests a range of quirky events. All weddings taking place here have the whole site to themselves.

About

Country Ways is a family-run outfit set on a working farm. The enterprise started as a small collection of self-catering cottages for holiday-makers exploring North Devon - but it has become increasingly popular for wedding celebrations over the last few years.

The farm boasts a rather quirky collection of adorable animals, from the more typical countryside fauna such as ducks, chickens, miniature ponies and pygmy goats to exotic species like alpacas, miniature Mediterranean donkeys, wallabies and even reindeer.

Facilities

The Corn Barn

Licensed to host civil ceremonies, the Corn Barn is normally a family games room for the visitors staying in the holiday cottages. Of course, the space is cleared down, prepared and decorated for each wedding party, and the lovely cob and stone barn simply oozes character, with its large oak doors that lead out onto a terrace and the views beyond. The terrace even sports its own bar.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 80 Guests
Formal Reception Capacity - 80 Guests

Marquees And Outdoor Activities

Near the Corn Barn and cottages there's plenty of space for a whole range of marquees, tipis or other structures. Couples have hired in bouncy castles, festival-style activities and much more in the past - view the photos in the gallery to see what we mean.

Live music is welcome up to 11.30pm in a marquee on the lawn, whereafter a disco or a DJ can play in the Corn Barn up to 1am.

Summer Reception Capacity - 120 Guests
Winter Reception Capacity - 70 Guests

Catering And Accommodation

As Country Ways is to all intents and purposes an entirely DIY wedding venue, couples can of course provide their own catering company. Anything, from hog-roasts to finger buffets, picnics, barbecues, multi-course formal banquets and more, is permissible.

Accommodation

There are six lovely self-catering cottages available, all of which are included with hire of the entire site. These units can sleep up to 35 guests in total. Each cottage has a kitchen, central heating, TV, free WiFi and much more. Get in touch for further details.

Special Offers

Wedding couples who book Country Ways via The Wedding Secret website will qualify for a generous 10% discount!

Winter Weddings

Host your big day at Country Ways between November and March from just £900! Get in touch with the team to find out more.

The wedding hospitality team at Country Ways can be contacted using the details found at the bottom of this listing.

Address
Country Ways
High Bickington
Umberleigh
Devon
EX37 9BJ

Reviews

  • Grateful Bride

    Country Ways really is the perfect DIY wedding venue, its beautiful, relaxed and every inch of it is just gorgeous. Sue is fantastic to work with and all our guests commented on what an amazing setting it was :) It made the dreams of what we had for the day come to life.

  • Jenni

    We got married at Country Ways at the start of the month. The venue itself made us decide it was the perfect place within the first 5 minutes of visiting and Sue has been absolutely amazing from start to finish, always responding to emails promptly no matter how silly the question, giving recommendations, allowing us to stay numerous times in the run up to get our plans in place etc. The venue is simply stunning, even in the rain! We had the most perfect day and this was as much down to Sue and her help as it was the beautiful setting - obviously not to mention my deliciously handsome groom and wonderful friends and family!

  • Thrilled bride

    We got married here over one of the wettest weekends of the year and despite the weather we had the most awesome time of our lives! Sue and the Country Ways team couldn't have been more helpful and supportive throughout the wedding planning process and they were all an absolute pleasure to work with from beginning to end. The ethos around Country Ways could not be more friendly or caring, with their help we have created memories with family and friends to last a lifetime...mission accomplished!

  • Parents of the groom

    We were there for my son and now daughter-in-laws wedding, Sue could not have been more helpful, idyllic setting and the backdrop of the country side were fantastic, the cottages are really spacious, we had one with a hot tub which was a hit not only for us but for my grandchildren too. We all loved the animals, and we were able to get up close and personal with them thanks to sue.I cannot praise Country Ways enough, great place either for a holiday or for a wedding.

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