Venues Preston Court
Preston Court
  • Historic country estate in Kent
  • Set in farmland near Canterbury
  • Georgian mansion, oasthouse, barns
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Formal receptions for up to 150 guests
  • Evening receptions for up to 250 guests
  • Romantic outdoor ceremony on lake island
  • Lovely grounds, bluebell woods, wetlands
  • Steam-engines, organs, fairground rides

This Canterbury-based wedding venue boasts a broad history which begins with Saxon legend, develops in the 12th century into becoming home to England's wealthiest woman, and later the site of a Georgian Manor and a Victorian Oasthouse. Today the grounds are dotted with a quirky steam-engine collection, featuring fairground rides and mechanical organs, and provide habitat for much wildlife including peacock, guinea-fowl, swans and other avians in the extensive bluebell woods and wetlands.

Offering three areas licensed for civil ceremonies - the Saxon church, a 17th-century barn or a romantic island in the middle of a lake - Preston Court can accommodate wedding parties of any size. The Kent Barn hosts both small and large receptions, as it is easily combined with the neighbouring Long Barn, and can be used as a versatile DIY space to decorate as you wish.

History

While nowadays Preston Court's Victorian influence appears dominant, its full history actually traces back to Saxon times. According to the ancient legend, St Mildred chased her deer herd across the British countryside and constructed churches wherever they stopped for water. The springs that inspired her to create a shrine of worship at Preston Court still exist today.

Juliana de Leybourne, who became the wealthiest woman in England for much of the 12th century, resided at Preston Court. Some of the footings of her medieval palace still remain today. The current late Georgian house was constructed in 1811, and in subsequent years the grounds and lakes were redesigned to resemble the prestigious court it is today. An oasthouse looms over the garden and a quaint 130-year-old fairground carousel is available as a unique wedding prop, thus the Victorian-esque environment is an inspiration for a timelessly romantic wedding.

Facilities

The Kent Barn

This 17th-century building presents a splendid wooden-framed interior, ideal for both ceremonies and receptions. With its own dancefloor and a raised stage area, it can be decorated to suit individual requirements or with those fairground props in mind.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 120 Guests
Formal Reception Capacity - 150 Guests
Combining With Long Barn - 250 Guests

Juliana's Island

Named after the court's 12th-century resident, this romantic small island is located in the middle of a scenic lake. For that ceremony with a difference, brides can walk across the white iron bridge to meet their groom. Ceremonies take place under a rose-arch bower with guests seated on the lawn either side.

Power supply and amplified sound are available on the island - it's perfect for a champagne reception on the lawn afterwards.

St Mildred's Church

Also available is an opportunity to marry in the Saxon church of St Mildred, sited in Preston Court's grounds. The event team at Preston Court can put you in touch with the local reverend, who handles bookings for St Mildred's. The church holds up to 120.

C of E Ceremony Capacity - 120 Guests

Catering And Accommodation

Preston Court recommend a selection of reliable local caterers who provide the highest quality cuisine and harmonise with the relaxed ambience of the venue. The selected firms use locally-sourced produce wherever possible, fuse classical and modern cuisines and are extremely adaptable to suit any special allergy requirements. Between them they can offer a range of mouth-watering menus - the only difficulty will be choosing which one!

There are plenty of accommodation options in the local area to suit all styles and budgets. Preston Court work with many of the providers and can often secure exclusive discounts for wedding parties - the event team will be happy to answer any enquiries.

For more information, get in touch with the Preston Court event team via the contact details listed above and below.

Address
Preston Court
Court Lane
Preston
Canterbury
Kent
CT3 1DH

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