Extra facilities: pool, gym, sauna, games room, children's area
Licensed to host civil wedding ceremonies
Various wedding packages available
You have a choice of seven suites in which to host your wedding day, but at the heart of The Victorian Barn lies Osborne Hall, where your ceremony might take place. The old exposed stone has been artistically rebuilt, and the high-beamed ceilings allow the glass roof to reflect sunlight or moonlight onto the flagstone floor. Outside are acres of lush green land, with a series of lakes to feature as backdrop for your wedding photos.
The Victorian Barn is licensed to host civil marriage and partnership ceremonies, and your entire celebration can be held here, with the wedding breakfast either in Osborne Hall or in the adjacent Albert Lounge Bar. The capacity suits traditional-style weddings for up to 120 guests, and a dancefloor can be specially laid for evening entertainment.
Originally built in 1849, The Victorian Barn has over recent years been sympathetically restored, retaining as many of its period features as possible. Nearby is the charming little village of Sturminster Newton, once home to the poet William Barnes, and to that Dorset literary icon Thomas Hardy while he was completing 'The Return of the Native'.
From the atmospheric Hall to the luxurious, hand-picked self-catering accommodation, there are plenty of splendid facilities to enjoy - you won't want to leave! Highly rated on Trip Advisor, The Victorian Barn also houses a heated indoor swimming pool with gym and Swedish sauna. Each bride and groom will be treated to a complimentary wedding night stay in The Hayloft Suite from 11am, allowing the bridal party to prepare in peace.
There are 3 coarse-fishing lakes nearby for the boys, if some of your wedding guests would like to extend their weekend, and there's a play area too for the little ones, with swings, slides and a 14ft trampoline - so even if you want to leave, they won't let you!
Catering and Accommodation
The Victorian Barn also provides cuisine from the fantastic Mill Farm Catering, offering a comprehensive range of formal three-course meals, hot or cold fork or finger buffets, high tea and a variety of evening party food. Take a peek at their sample menus below.
Set in the tranquil grounds are a number of four-star accommodation cottages, lodges, houses and apartments, capable of hosting a combined total of up to 66 of your guests.
The Victorian Barn
Dairy House Farm
Francesca Clarke – 18/08/2016
We had our wedding here in June 2016, and everybody commented on how lovely the setting was! The barn is lovely and wonderfully light, and ideal for the ceremony and wedding reception, even for a larger numbers of guests like we had. Penny, Claire and the team were great on the day, sorting any minor changes without any difficulty. The food from Mill Farm Catering was absolutely amazing, and the Southern Mobile Bar team and DJ were brilliant. We were all able to stay in the onsite accommodation the night before, as well as the night of the wedding, and so did many of our guests. This made for a perfect weekend for our wedding- it couldn't have been any better!
Claire – 11/12/2015
The Victorian Barn was the most amazing venue for hosting the most magical day of our lives. Penny & Claire were so helpful in the run up to the wedding and on the day and everyone commented on how smoothly the day went. It was great to be able to have the ceremony and reception all in one place and the additional bonus of the accommodation to allow friends and family to stay and enable us to meet with them all in the morning to share our memories and stories of the wedding day.
Charlie Howorth – 25/11/2015
The Victorian Barn is an EXCEPTIONAL venue for a wedding. It is set in the stunning Dorset countryside with amazing accommodation for all the guests. It was really important for us to be able to have everyone stay over and make a full weekend of celebrations. I wanted everyone to be in their own groups and Penny was so helpful with this, changing our minds up to the day before where everyone should be located! We stayed the night after the wedding and I would recommend this to any Bride and Groom- we enjoyed our complimentary fizz and sweet treats. The best day of our lives, made so special by the team, I have no doubt we will be returning for many anniversaries in the future.
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