Brilliant day and a great team
By John and Sarah Stevens, on 16 Mar 2019Date of Wedding - 15 Sep 2018
We had an amazing day at Dovecote which in no small part was down to Mel and the team. The venue itself is beautiful and exactly what we were looking for. The barn has a lovely rustic feel to it and the adjacent courtyard was perfect for canapés. We had our wedding breakfast in the tepee which, being slightly different from your standard wedding venue, we and our guests loved.
You can really tell that Dovecote is a family run business as the team were very friendly and couldn't be more helpful during planning and the actual day. The food was great as well and given they do it all in house was pain free to organise. The food tasting was one of the highlights!
Overall we would thoroughly recommend Dovecote as a wedding venue, we and all our guests had a great time. Thanks to Mel, Matt, Nicki and everyone else who made our day the best it could possibly be.
Sarah and John
By Hayley & Dan, on 15 Feb 2019Date of Wedding - 01 Sep 2018
Having worked in the events and hospitality industry for over 10 years, it is fair to say that our expectations and standards for our own wedding day were pretty high. But we were not disappointed by the team at Dovecote Barn,
The venue is wonderful and our friends and family have continued to comment on how beautiful the location and setting was. The marquee has the most fantastic view out over the fields and the children that were attending absolutely loved the space to run around outside, It also did not feel like we were in a marquee; no bouncy floor or tent-like feel, like you can get sometimes.
Melanie, Matt, Nikki and the rest of the Dovecote team were so efficient, professional and friendly. From the start, our contact with Mel was relaxed and she was very helpful, patient and knowledgeable.
The food was excellent and the kitchen team were really flexible with our menu requests and guests' dietary requirements too!
We just wanted to pass on our heartfelt thanks to all the team. The food, service and support provided really are testament to the Dovecote team and we won't ever forget our perfect wedding day at Dovecote Barn. Thank you x
The most Amazing Day
By Lorraine and James Trevitt, on 25 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 21 Jul 2018
My husband and I recently had our website reception in the Tipi at Dovecote Barn and we would not change a thing. The day was the most amazing day from start to finish. It was so relaxed and run so smoothly and that is mainly down to Mel, Matt and all staff at Dovecote. We would not have changed a thing. Our wedding breakfast was not your average, a jacket potato with a selection of topping was absolutely delicious. From booking 2 years in advance the whole time we was made to feel like nothing was an issue and that Dovecote would help in everything we wanted. Absolutely amazing venue, amazing views and everything amazing.
I would re live this day over and over again if i could.
Perfect, perfect, perfect!!!
By Veniese Pollard, on 11 Jan 2018Date of Wedding - 04 Nov 2017
Dovecote Barn was the first and only venue we viewed. From the minute Mel & Matt walked us through the beautiful big barn door we just knew this was the ideal place to hold our wedding reception. Dovecote barn has a lovely feeling of warmth & comfort and as we were planning an autumnal wedding, we could really envision our theme & décor fitting in perfectly. The team at Dovecote went above & beyond to work with our vision, making amazing suggestions for our wedding breakfast meal & adapting some dishes on their menus to fit our autumnal vision. The food was outstanding on the day (I’d happily have our wedding breakfast for every meal if I could!), even our guests with various dietary requirements were astounded with their adapted versions of the meals. Mel & Matt not only made us feel relaxed throughout the planning process, but also made us feel like friends. They made every pre wedding meeting feel so personal & nothing seemed too much for them. We honestly had no worries at all as we knew our wedding reception was in the safest of hands! The team did a fantastic job of setting up in the morning, making everything look perfect & throughout the evening they were professional & attentive. So many of our guests were amazed with the venue, food & relaxed atmosphere Dovecote has to offer! It truly was perfect in every way & absolutely nothing could have been done to top it! We would highly recommend Dovecote barn to anyone & everyone wanting to plan a relaxed, stress free & unforgettable wedding. Not only for the beautiful venue, but for the wonderful staff too! You guys rock!!
Best day ever!
By Amy and Kyle, on 18 Jan 2018Date of Wedding - 30 Sep 2017
We had the most wonderful wedding day at Dovecote Barn, with the service in the Barn and reception in the Tipi. All our guests loved it and commented on how beautiful the venue was and the amazing set-up. Mel, Matt and Elle were so helpful in the run up to the event, dealing with some quite specific food requests and feedback, and providing recommendations for their preferred suppliers - Terry is a great DJ who had everyone dancing all night! Their pop-up supper club events are excellent too- we took our parents out to dinner to say thank you and the service is faultless. We only wish we could do it all again!
Fantastic Venue, Amazing Staff
By Rob and Hayley, on 04 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 26 Aug 2017
From the initial tour, to after our big day the team at Dovecote barn made it a special occasion. Our wedding guests were extremely complimentary about the food, the chef even went out of his way and performed miracles to rescue our wedding cake. The barn is a delightful venue and we couldn't have wished for anything more.
Best day ever
By James and Clare, on 28 Sep 2017Date of Wedding - 19 Aug 2017
We had the best day ever and thanks to Mel and the team at Dovecote Barn for making it special. We really didn't have to worry about a thing on the day everything was just as we imagined and the food was fantastic. We would recommend this stunning venue and the amazing team with no hesitation. Thank you for a day to remember.
Lee and Sarah
By Lee and Sarah Baker, on 02 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 18 Aug 2017
Melanie and Matt and all of the staff at Dovecote really made our wedding the dream day we had imagined. Right from the offset on our first visit we were made to feel at home and could immediately envisage our wedding there.
On the day we had absolutely nothing to worry about, the Dovecote barn event team ran the whole day seamlessly and if there were any issues we never knew about them! We had rain as well as glorious sunshine and the team had thought of everything, we were able to use the venue in its entirety without hiccup or problem. We cannot recommend Dovecote barn more for those couples who want a stunning, personal and intimate wedding.
It was absolutely the most perfect day.
We have had so many comments on the beauty of the venue.
All guest commented on the quality and quantity of the food as well as the excellent waiting and bar staff. They were all so very approachable, smiley, proactive and very efficient.
There was also great praise for the young man Tom who from first meeting the day before wedding he was so welcoming. Also lots of guest have said he was very professional whilst being very welcoming.
So, thank you again to you and your team for making it the most perfect day.
'Best Day of My Life'
By Michaela Harris, on 01 Sep 2017Date of Wedding - 12 Aug 2017
'Best day of my life' was said not only by the bride and groom, but also the mother of the bride.
We chose Dovecote Barn because of the laid back attitude of the staff who were accepting of some of my more crazy ideas (we were going to have go karts as part of the reception!). From start to finish, Mel and Matt were incredible.
On the day everything ran like clock work and it all seemed effortless. I am a total control freak and struggled to hand over my ideas for the day... during the wedding whenever I was worrying about something that needed doing, it had already been done so that I could enjoy every second of it.
Lots of the guests commented on the beautiful surroundings (we were lucky with the weather too!), someone said it was the best wedding food they had ever had... and there was lots of it so no one went hungry.
The best part of it all was that no one there was out to rip us off, prices at the bar were reasonable, we weren't charged corkage for during the day and we were even told that we were feeding our guests too well and that we should change the menu to reduce costs.
I couldn't have been happier... it really was the day I had dreamed of, if not better. I would recommend the barn and the team to anyone!
Best day of our lives despite Louise
By Andy Davies, on 23 Sep 2017Date of Wedding - 05 Aug 2017
Mel, Matt and Elle were a dream to work with. The venue is amazing and the food brilliant. However, for some reason Louise the owner decided that she wanted to take control of our special day, leaving poor Mel nothing but a spare part on the day. Mel had worked diligently to give us the best possible experience however Louise worked diligently to undermine her great work. Throughout she persistently upset our guests to the point that almost all complained about her and her attitude. She had no idea of our specific requests as she had only attended one of our many meetings prior and chose to impose her seemingly money grabbing agenda. We just hope that future weddings at this venue are delivered without her attendance and meddling.
Beautiful venue and amazing service
By Natalie & Ben Cahill, on 14 Oct 2016Date of Wedding - 17 Sep 2016
We held our wedding ceremony and reception at Dovecote Barn in September and the day couldn't have been more perfect! The team are extremely organised and covered everything with us in advance so that we could just relax and enjoy the day without having to worry about a thing. The venue is beautiful and makes for a very relaxed day. We had lots of comments about the lovely venue, and there are plenty of beautiful spots for photos all around the grounds.
We were able to personalise the barn and adjoining marquee with all our own touches the day before. The food was fantastic - so tasty and plentiful! Again we were able to design our own menu from their options and some of our own favourites.
The whole team (Elle, Mel and Matt) were extremely responsive and helpful both before the wedding and on the day - no detail was too small. We never felt like we were just one of many weddings they were dealing with. They really care that every wedding is perfect. They also helped us by recommending some great local suppliers.
Thank you so much for giving us such a perfect day. Nat & Ben
Our perfect relaxed day!
By Gemma Kilmurray, on 03 Oct 2016Date of Wedding - 03 Sep 2016
We recently got married at the barn and it was more than we had hoped for! We were looking for a rustic venue that wasn't too formal and Dovecote barn was perfect for this, the barn itself is beautiful and it provided the perfect relaxed atmosphere that we were after.
The barn is great if you want to add your own personal touches as it seemed like everything we asked for was accommodated.
The food and service was brilliant and we loved that we could pick the menu ourselves and have anything that we wanted. We chose canapés for the drinks reception and posh fish and chips or gourmet burgers and the guests picked beforehand what they wanted, I was surprised at how well this worked and we had lots of comments on how delicious the food was. We provided our own cakes for pudding and they were served to the tables. The cocktails served at the bar were also an added bonus!
We had our ceremony & reception in the barn and although it rained throughout the day it didn't hinder our day and it was seamless from start to finish.
We chose to stay in the honeymoon tent after the wedding, which is situated near the barn in the pretty grounds and although the rain was still persisting it was cosy (the heated blanket is a great touch!) and romantic and the perfect end to our day.
We honestly had the best day and we couldn't thank staff (Elle, Matt, Mel and everyone else) at the barn enough for all their hard work!