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Deer's Leap Retreat

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Nestled on the edge of Exmoor National Park, Deer’s Leap is perfect for couples who want to create their own, very personal wedding ceremony and reception.

The days of the happy couple only achieving a quick formal ‘hello & goodbye' to their guests are fast dwindling and a more personal type of wedding tradition is happily emerging. This is at the heart of everything we do at Deer's Leap Retreat. We are an inclusive, relaxed and beautiful venue, full of warmth and love. Be it an elopement, big family get together with everyone involved, small gathering, unique theme, lakeside ceremony, festival, or relaxing country escape. The time you spend celebrating at Deer’s Leap will feel like a wedding holiday.

Think of a DIY wedding, but without the stress of hiring and organising the basics. All packages include refrigeration to chill your wines & champagne, a kitchen area adjacent to the stone barn to store your accessories and any food or drink you choose to supply, fairy lights, festoon lights, oil lanterns, patio heaters, fire pits, outdoor sofa & tables & chairs, wine and champagne glasses, outdoor games, surround sound system, mics and amp, platters, wooden & slate & various Kilner jars, a Tea station replenished throughout the wedding day and night and parking for all your guests.

Our venue also has no curfew so that you can dance and celebrate till sunrise.

For weekend weddings, couples can check-in to the Bridal suite on Thursday afternoon. Hartford Cottage (Bridal Suite), is equipped with a private hot tub and patio, allowing for a relaxing start to their special weekend. Guests can check-in to our beautiful farmhouse, with private hot tubs and sauna, on Friday. The farmhouse provides accommodation for 19 in 9 bedrooms or 21 if using the sofa bed in the snug. With this extra time, couples can relax and enjoy the whole experience. No quick pack up and departure, you are your guests can enjoy the weekend at your leisure before departing on Monday. In addition, a couple of z-beds and cots are available if needed. Between the main Farmhouse and our Bridal suite, Hartford Cottage, we can accommodate 21 guests in 10 bedrooms (including the wedding couple) at the venue. Your wedding guests can also hire our Glamping tents, providing luxury camping facilities for 10-20 guests at Deer's Leap from May to October. Each Bell tent has a king-size bed and private facilities, including shower, toilet, camping kitchen with gas hob and grill, camping fridge, cutlery, crockery, glasses, tea towel and bin. The bell tents are able to accommodate 4 guests comfortably, with 2 guests bringing their own beds and bedding. Camp beds can fit comfortably.

There is plenty of BnB's and accommodation within a 2-mile radius to Deer's Leap, including a campsite with facilities for guests.

We can provide catering, florist, accommodation and firework display recommendations.

In addition to our wedding packages for up to 150 people, we are offering small wedding packages for up to 13 guests during 2021.

We also offer lots of advice and support to help you plan your day, you can do as much or as little of the preparations as you choose. Deer's Leap offers the flexibility to have the caterers of your choice, or self-cater, as you wish. Deer's Leap has a fully functioning kitchen, which caterers are able to use.

Deer's Leap offers various settings for your perfect day. You may want your ceremony in our handcrafted lakeside gazebo, built from our own wood, dappled with sunlight, filtered through the trees in the early afternoon, or as the sun sets over the water bathed in the golden hues of evening light.

Outside is not the only option for your wedding, you may prefer our beautiful, old stone barn which offers a rustic backdrop to your day. If you're planning a smaller wedding and want a more intimate surround, the main farmhouse offers a choice of rooms with oak beams and inglenook fireplaces, all licenced for ceremonies.

Mix it up, make it unique to you, host a wedding breakfast in the stone barn, under a stretch canopy or hire the marquee of your choice. Hold the nuptials by the lake, then celebrate with a full reception dinner in the barn or a hog roast on the patio for something more informal, followed by cocktails and stargazing. You might like to consider holding your wedding reception inside a traditional Tipi or Bedouin Tent, with lighting, seating and planting all bespoke, creating a magical atmosphere.

We also offer a flexible payment plan, helping couples to spread the cost of their wedding, securing the venue with just a small deposit. We can help you organise anything and everything, you can truly have complete control over creating the wedding of your dreams and we're here to help every step of the way.

At Deer’s Leap, you will always find yourself enveloped in nature’s relaxed ambience and our team’s warmth and care.

  • Beautiful indoor & outdoor locations available for your ceremony and reception, including Lake and Stone Barn
  • Accommodation for 21 in Farmhouse, plus children & infants and 16 in Glamping tents
  • Beautiful, private bridal suite cottage
  • No hidden costs
  • Set in a beautiful rural location with exclusive use for an intimate, truly special occasion
  • Hot tubs, Sauna & treatments
  • Annual Celebration weekend held at Deer's Leap for future wedding and past wedding couples.

Frequently Asked Questions

Venue Type:

Exclusive Use
In the Country
Unusual Weddings
Historic
Marquees and Tents
Woodland and Festival
Civil Ceremony Licence
Barn
Outdoor License
Tipis and Yurts
Unique Weddings

Dining Options:

Seated Meal Facilities
Allows Private Catering
Alcohol Licence
Buffet Meal Facilities

Evening Entertainment:

Marquee Available
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
Evening Reception Facilities
DJ Facilities
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted

Overnight Accommodation:

Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests

Venue Staff Assistance:

Wedding Coordinator

Venue Leisure Facilities:

Hairdresser
Health Suite
Beautician

Other Features:

Car Parking
Confetti Permitted
Changing Room for Guests
Pets Welcome
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    Lauren Married on 15/06/2019
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    The most amazing venue!

    We selected Deers Leap for our wedding as it had the relaxed individual kind of feel we wanted to be able to create our dream wedding rather than having everything chosen for us. The venue itself for the ceremony and reception was beautiful and the added bonus of so much accommodation meant we could make a real weekend of it with lots of family coming from further afield. We had lots of positive feedback from family staying in the Bell tents and we made good use of the hot tubs!

    Heather, James and the team went out of their way to assist with any requests and to make the day run smoothly so thank you!
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    Ana Married on 13/10/2018
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    Amazing venue and Amazing owners!

    Heather made us feel absolutely welcomed from day 1! We were able to go and see the venue before hand and I loved the fact that it would be all to ourselves!

    She helped us find local florist, caterers and she was flexible too in terms of accommodation, drinks being served, etc!

    We were supposed to be having our wedding outside by the gazebo, but that's when we were hit by this massive storm Callum. Luckily they had license too to be used at the top of the barn, so majority of family and friends were all hands on deck (while I was having my hair and make up done!) to move chairs and decorate that place!

    IT WAS PERFECT!!!!!

    Heather, her husband and family had to moved some of the guest that were staying at the tipis due to the strong winds and rain somewhere inside the house and barn.

    I was so glad it was close friends and family, everyone was happy to have a dry bed for the night and they made it extra special

    We are looking forwards to going back to celebrate one of our anniversaries and be able to use the hot tubs!
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    Nicola Married on 14/07/2018
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    The best wedding venue EVER

    We were so lucky to find Deers Leap Retreat. After months of searching for the perfect weekend wedding spot that we could afford we finally found this little gem. We had some key criteria on our list and Deers leap catered for all of our needs:

    - weekend venue
    - bring your own booze with no charge
    - no curfews
    - Laid back atmosphere
    - bring your own catering
    - a team that will do absolutely anything for you
    - only wedding on site/ whole site just for your guests
    - all your bridal party can stay onsite
    - one price with no hidden extras/ add ins

    The team at Deers leap really make this the perfect venue. Not only is the sight just beautiful! You can get married by a beautiful lake with pontoon lightning and even have a fireworks display all finished off by champers in the three hot tubs! Heather and the Gang will help sort out anything including building a flower archway, hiding our surprise mariachi band, letting us stay from Thursday - Monday, giving out left over wine free to our guests, giving free lifts home to our tipsy guests, and organising last minute speeches with cake at the lakeside gazebo! No ask is too big and heather will make sure you have your dream wedding.
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    Perfect, perfect, perfect!

    Absolutely the perfect venue for a weekend wedding!

    The pictures don’t even do this beautiful venue justice. Heather and the team are more then happy to do anything to make your day perfect! From building flower arches, handing out blankets and lighting up the lake with lights in their little boat!

    Such a relaxed venue, with bring your own booze allowed (at no extra cost) and a licence to party into the night for as long as you like! No annoying midnight curfew - so make sure you get the most use out of those hot tubs! Xx
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    Anna Married on 17/06/2017
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    The best weekend ever

    We had the best weekend ever at Deers Leap celebrating our wedding and spending a bit of extra time together with our loved ones. We had a small wedding, we wanted quality time with our family and best friends along with our wedding. Heather and James had tailored the wedding package to include catering and for nearly all of us to stay for the whole weekend - including our dog and our then 2 year old son. Nothing was too much trouble and it was so much more than a wedding. There was no rushing off after the ceremony somewhere else for the reception, there was no fortune spent on decorations as we were outside and the landscape there will outdo the best decorations. There was a lot of care from them to make our day perfect, there was an awful lot of help and ideas from them, along with friendliness, generousness, and they did everything with so much attention that it was an absolute joy to deal with them and even better to be there. People at our wedding made an amazing life time memory that day and we consider Deers Leap as one of the happiest places we have ever been where we also gained some friends.
    If you are looking for a beautiful countryside venue without the added "poshness" that they overcharge for, a place with pure love and care for what they do and if you appreciate the beautiful outdoors, then look no further because you won't find anywhere better.

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Deer's Leap Retreat 1
Offer

This offer is for after ceremony cocktails. At Deer's Leap, we have a fully equipped bar and mixologist at hand to make your favourite cocktails or mocktails during your after ceremony free of charge. This is a perfect way to bring a bit more personality to your after ceremony drinks.

T&C's
Only one cocktail per guest who is attending the ceramony.
Free Cocktails only served at after ceremony drinks.
Cocktails and Mocktails are not allowed to be substituted for an alternative drink.
Only one offer can be redeemed per wedding.
Image is for offer promotion and is not representional of actual product.

Deer's Leap Retreat 2
Offer

This offer is to provide lanterns on the lake free of charge for weekend weddings held during 2021. Lanterns are a beautiful addition to our large lake, lit at dusk for full impact. This creates great photo opportunities as well as creating a magical atmosphere for you and your guests to enjoy.

T&C's
Maximum of 40 Lanterns per wedding.
Only one offer may be redeemed per wedding.

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Deer's Leap Farm EX36 3NZ South Molton (Devon)

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