Genuine 18th century stone barn with beamed ceiling
Licensed for civil ceremonies
Able to host up to 250 guests
No minimum guest number or minimum spend
In-house catering provided by chef David Kearney
Set in 250 acres with lakes and woodland
Family run and owned with a relaxed, rustic feel
Located on the Oxfordshire/Northamptonshire border close to Banbury, the Great Barn is a beautiful example of a barn wedding venue that is both elegant and affordable. Just 50 minutes from London, this venue is perfect for couples looking for a unique and accessible wedding venue.
Comprising two large, interconnecting barns, the Great Barn can host civil ceremonies and receptions for up to 250 people. All couples marrying at this lovely venue benefit from their wedding planning service at no extra charge, as well as from their in-house caterers.
The Great Barn is a privately-owned 18th century barn located within 250 acres of beautiful Oxfordshire countryside. Bought by the Stephenson family in 1986, this family run venue has since been lovingly restored and converted with the specific intent to make it an idyllic wedding venue.
The Great Barn is made up of two connected barns, both of which can be brilliantly utilised to ensure the smooth flow of your day. Both are licensed for civil ceremonies and The Croughton Room has a minstrel gallery which is ideal for photographers, whilst The Aynho Room hosts the bar and relaxed seating.
The Croughton Room
Ideal as the setting for your civil ceremony, your evening reception, or both, the Croughton Room has a polished wooden floor which gives it a spacious, airy feel. Its large windows let in plenty of light and it boasts plenty of atmospheric period features.
Civil ceremony capacity - 140 guests
Wedding breakfast capacity - 140 guests
The Aynho Room
This more intimate space is perfect for couples wishing to host a smaller affair and can also play host to your ceremony and evening reception. For larger weddings, it's a wonderful area for you and your guests to have drinks and canapés in before going back to the Croughton room for the wedding breakfast.
Both rooms are used together to host up to 250 guests for an informal reception and cannot be hired separately.
Trusted caterer David Kearney has been providing delicious wedding breakfasts, canapés, and evening buffets for weddings at the Great Barn for years. Whether you wish to have a formal sit-down meal, a buffet, or even a hog roast or barbecue, David is sure to create mouth-watering dishes that will prove to be all-round crowd pleasers.
The Great Barn does not offer drinks packages, however they provide a fully-stocked bar for all weddings and offer the option for you to host it as a 'cash' bar, or to supplement it up to a value of your choice. Wine and champagne can be provided by the venue, or can be brought by yourselves for a corkage charge.
Although the Great Barn does not offer any accommodation on-site, there are a number of hotels, bed and breakfasts, and inns nearby with which the Great Barn has a relationship. For a full list of nearby accommodation, see their website.
To find out more about booking the Great Barn as your wedding venue, get in touch via the contact details to the right of this listing.
The Great Barn
Upper Aynho Grounds
Neha and Kirk
I wanted to say a big thank you for making our wedding so perfect. As soon as we walked into the venue to have a look for the first time, we knew it was perfect for us. It is such a stunning venue! From beginning to end your team has been amazing, helping us organise things along the way and being very responsive to our queries. Laura was very helpful putting our day together and always made us feel valued. On the day itself everything was as we’d asked for. The venue looked beautiful with all of our personalised things in it. It was all so organised and ran so smoothly. All of our guests had such a great day, most of which I would say was down to your hard work. We can’t thank you enough for this. We couldn’t have asked for the day to go any better!
Suzie and William
We had an amazing day! Really just what we wanted! Laura, Jerry and all the other staff were just spot on! I genuinely felt relaxed and just left you guys to it. (Which is very impressive as I can be a bit of a control freak!) Thank you so much to everyone for making it perfect – we want to do it all again now!
Emily and Sam
Thank you so much for a wonderful evening for our reception last night. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and everything went unbelievably smoothly! Thank you for everything you did and helped us with; all the staff were so efficient and lovely. There were no complaints and everyone really loved the food and had such a great time!
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