Deer's Leap Retreat

(5 reviews) 5 5
Deer's Leap Farm West Anstey Devon Exmoor Devon EX36 3NZ
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About Deer's Leap Retreat

Deer's Leap Farm, West Anstey
Devon, Exmoor
Devon, EX36 3NZ

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 relaxed country escape, the time you spend celebrating at Deer’s Leap will feel like a wedding holiday.

We exclusively offer for each ceremonie or wedding our beautiful farmhouse, with private hot tubs and sauna, providing accommodation for 19 and a 1 bedroom bridal cottage with private hot tub. During the spring and summer months, 5 luxury Bell tents, which sleep an additional 16 people for your guests to hire. It’s easy to keep your nearest and dearest friends and family close.

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 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, maybe with a glass roof. 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 star gazing. 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 beautiful rural location with exclusive use for an intimate, truly special occasion • Hot tubs, Sauna & treatments

Facilities at Deer's Leap Retreat

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Outdoor License
Tipis and Yurts
Marquees and Tents
Woodland and Festival
Unusual Weddings
Unique Weddings
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Marquee Available
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Venue Leisure Facilities :
Health Suite
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
Allows Private Catering
Alcohol Licence
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Changing Room for Guests
Car Parking
Pets Welcome

Deer's Leap Retreat Reviews (5)

The most amazing venue!
Venue Service

By Lauren & Stuart, on 26 May 2020Date of Wedding - 15 Jun 2019

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!

Amazing venue and Amazing owners!
Venue Service

By Ana & Keith, on 12 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 13 Oct 2018

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!

The best wedding venue EVER
Venue Service

By Nicola, on 22 May 2020Date of Wedding - 14 Jul 2018

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.

Perfect, perfect, perfect!
Venue Service

By Nicola, on 28 Feb 2020Date of Wedding - 14 Jul 2018

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

The best weekend ever
Venue Service

By Anna and John Glinister, on 22 May 2020Date of Wedding - 17 Jun 2017

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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