A stunning Grade 1 listed stone hospiteum available for wedding receptions and functions from May 2019. At nearly 200 feet this is one of the longest surviving monastic buildings in the country and was originally the guest house for pilgrims visiting the abbey. The room available for functions is at the east end of the building and is approximately 80 by 30 feet, suiting guest numbers of up to around 150 , although the layout also lends itself well to smaller numbers. The roof structure, a beautiful scissor truss dating from 1387 soars about 40 feet above the floor, and when lit with specialist lighting is quite spectacular.
The Hospiteum is conveniently situated close to Junction 6 of the M20, in the North Downs area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the precincts of a former Cistercian monastery.
The venue will suit those wishing to get fully involved in all the organisation of their function, including choosing a caterer. It will be available for 3 days before and 2 days after a booking for setting up and clearing. As the building is a Scheduled Ancient Monument it has no infrastructure other than basic lighting. As with a marquee event the catering tent, trailer toilets, generator and lighting scheme will need to be organised by each hirer. (The owners can recommend suppliers and provide an estimate of cost). Parking is in a grass field adjacent to the building.
This is a very beautiful and important building, but it is rustic in character and finish. However we know when lit and decorated it transforms into something unique and spectacular. Whilst it may lack the smartness and luxury of many venues for those that seek somewhere to maximise their individuality it will be hard to beat. Providing no damage is caused to the building the owners are open to suggestions as to how hirers wish to organise their event.
They don't have a license for ceremonies, although they may be able to arrange this on demand, so it will be ideal for those who wish to get married in a nearby church or licensed premises, and use the venue for the reception. And of course it could suit the many couples who want to organise their own bespoke ceremony or celebration, having attended a registry office for the legalities beforehand.
The venue is available on selected dates from May to September, at a cost of from £2,500