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On since 2021

Last update: June 2024

Want a truly personalised wedding?

An elegantly rustic Devon barn and woodland wedding venue between Exeter and Honiton. Set in the countryside - it's perfect for couples who want to express their style and personalities as you will have complete free choice of all suppliers.

Facilities and Capacity (80)

Be warned! You might find it hard to choose between the two beautiful outside ceremony spaces. The unique hill-top willow cathedral is surrounded by trees and meadows. Here, you and your loved one can exchange vows in this picture-perfect setting with gorgeous countryside views. Or hold your outdoor ceremony in the secluded silver birch church. Nestled in the woods, this private area is also perfect for elopements . There is also a funky 'wet weather' stretch tent which you can also use as a chill out area for your guests (or more, usually for extra shade)!

After drinks, use the elegantly rustic barn for a delicious meal with views of the meadows. At dusk, the festoon lighting will create a magical festival atmosphere and your guests will enjoy relaxing by the fire pit and gather their energy for either dancing the night away, or just enjoying each other's company for your wedding celebration.


A spacious modern farmhouse - perfect for the main wedding party to relax in and get ready. There are festival style glamping tents and more luxurious shepherds huts for your guests. Don't forget the dedicated honeymoon suite for you and your partner - the quirky Hobbit House with private facilities. So much to choose from for a weekend or destination wedding mini break!

Services Offered

When planning your wedding, this blank canvas venue gives you full creative control. Either DIY or choose outside caterers, stylists and florists to help bring your visions to life (or mix it up). There are no corkage charges - so you can either bring in your own drinks, book a bar service or even invite your wedding guests to bring their favourite tipple! What's not to like?

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unusual weddings
Marquees and tents
Woodland and festival
Outdoor license
Tipis and yurts
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Chapel or temple on-site
Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Private catering allowed
Buffet meal facilities

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Health suite

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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Reviews for Higher Holcombe

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Jennifer A. Sent on 25/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The BEST day ever!!

We honestly could not have hoped for a better wedding day! It was magic from start to finish - the venue was just perfect and Joanna, Gary and Higher Holcombe’s team were so flexible, helpful and were clearly on side and routing for us to have the best day .

Our wedding day was earlier this year in August and the weather was looking unreliable - rain/wind weather warnings on your wedding day… not ideal! However we hardly noticed the bad weather because of the double stretch tent and of course the barn. There was also a stash of beautiful umbrellas and I loved that some of the guests even wore wellies to the ceremony! My top tip would be to not be put off by the idea of an outdoor venue and rain. There are enough indoor spaces and the Higher Holcombe team is incredibly creative when it comes to making things work!

We had a theme of trees running through the day and what better place to tie the knot than the ‘Silver Birch Church’. The sun even shone through (the rain held off for our ceremony!) and the dappled light was so pretty. Friends made an archway from foraged greenery which was just perfect at the end of the aisle.
The majority of our guests stayed on site – many of them where in the gorgeous lotus bell tents. A few lucky families got the shepherds huts which were ideal for their young children. There is also a very conveniently located shower and loo block up in the forest which meant campers needn’t trek down to the main site. It was amazing to have guests arrive and stay on site ahead of and after the wedding day itself – something which not many other venues offer. We also got to stay in the honeymoon suite – the Hobbit House – a cosy hidden away hut with everything you could need. This was such a treat!

We were given the freedom at Higher Holcombe to really craft a day which was perfect for us as a couple – we certainly made use of the barn’s kitchen and Joanna’s stash of wedding props! Joanna was there at every step to support us with answers to questions and ideas.

We had the absolute best day. 5 stars - thank you Higher Holcombe!
Beth L. Sent on 22/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The most amazing DIY wedding venue you could ever find

We chose Higher Holcombe as we wanted a festival-style wedding with plenty of flexibility. We booked a viewing on a bit of a whim, but we knew straight away at our visit that it was the perfect venue for us. Joanna was such a delight and sent helpful bits of info, recommendations and check-ins. You can really sense she is so passionate at what she does and that comes through in what amazing attention to detail there is at the venue. We were able to make the most of the stunning scenery, as well as using the barn as a central hub. We loved that the venue provided a whole bunch of borrowable decorations and props, and also there were no sneaky ad-on charges meaning we had peace of mind when booking suppliers. We had the most amazing wedding day, I can't put it into words, but it was definitely all thanks to Higher Holcombe letting us run wild with our plans and ideas. We also love that the venue encourage an eco-friendly mindset which is something that was important to us too. The on-site accommodation was fantastic too, enabling many of our guests to stay on site and not have to spend a fortune on overpriced hotel rooms. The inceribly flexible space and accommodation options also enabled us to have our closest friends and family stay from the evening before the big day. In hindsight this was extremely valuable to us as it allowed us time to properly speak to all our guests over the course of the weekend - we would have really struggled had we only had the wedding day. Higher Holcombe are constantly making improvements to the venue, and I can't wait to see what wonderful things they add in the future. If you want a flexible venue in a beautiful natural setting, you won't find better.
Beth A. Sent on 28/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely amazing

The whole experience at Higher Holcombe was incredible! From the welcome at our initial visit right though to the wedding weekend! Joanna is a wonderful host, and so accommodating to all our needs. We were able to create a day that really suited us, and we’re supported with every decision and advised by Joanna when needed. We opted for a full weekend, so we had the venue from the Friday at 12pm until the Monday at 12pm. It was so amazing to have the surrounding days as bonus time with our guests, as well as having a huge amount of accommodation on site! The honeymoon suite was our particular favourite touch! We really couldn’t have asked for a better venue, and host for our wedding! We would really recommend!
Vicki H. Sent on 29/10/2021
5 out of 5 rating

What a unique venue for our dream rustic wedding!

The venue provides a relaxed, boho and rustic style with beautiful woodland surroundings for wonderful photos!

I spent the night before and the morning of my wedding at the fabulous and spacious farmhouse with my bridal party. Jo was so kind to leave Prosecco for us to enjoy and relax. We had our ceremony in a nearby church and we came back to the beautifully renovated farmhouse for food, drinks and celebrations with our guests. We had the best day ever!! And to top it off, the bride and groom have the option to stay in the quirky hobbit house. Thank you Jo and team - Tom and Vicki x
Becky G. Sent on 02/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

10/10 the most beautiful venue

We absolutely cannot fault Joanna and Gary at Higher Holcombe. Right from our first visit to leaving in our party clothes the morning after our stunning day they were so welcoming and helpful. The venue was absolutely beautiful, and having exclusive access to all parts of it, including the room for over half of our guests to stay overnight, made it absolutely worth every penny and such good value. Jo was super helpful and always responsive to texts, emails and calls, and was really flexible with all of our requests and vendors if there were things that we had to adapt or mover around. I would thoroughly recommend Higher Holcombe, it was the most perfect place for us to tie the knot and I can't imagine having chosen anywhere else!
Laura F. Sent on 16/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect wedding venue

Wow! There are not enough words to thank Joanna and Gary for everything they did for our Wedding Day.

Higher Holcombe was the first wedding venue we looked at and we fell in love straight away. As it was the first, we wanted to explore others and went on to look at 7 more. However, nothing compared to Higher Holcombe!

This laid-back venue was everything we wanted and more. It allowed us to make our day completely unique and I loved having free rein of how it was decorated.

Joanna made the process very easy from start to finish with regular meetings to help us plan and ask lots of questions. On the day, they helped to organise our guests and complete final touches and this really helped.

The venue itself has such beautiful and unique grounds and there is so much space to play with. Our guests were able to stay in bell tents and the main guest house and this added to our wedding experience, making the most out of the weekend.

The no corkage charge was also very handy! This allowed us to bring our own alcohol and we made our own help yourself bar that guests loved - it was cheaper too!

I could write so much more about Higher Holcombe and Joanna and Gary. We are so grateful we found this unique venue and it allowed us to have the day exactly how we wanted it with limited restrictions in comparison to other places we visited.

Choose Higher Holcombe for a beautiful setting, relaxed atmosphere and the ability to make your day completely your own.

Thank you!
Jolene E. Sent on 15/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating


Higher Holcombe is something out of a fairy tale! Joanna is THE kindest person and goes above and beyond to make sure you have the most amazing day. I couldn't have imagined having a more perfect venue for our wedding and we definitely wouldn't have been so chilled if it wasn't for Joanna and Gary! Both such genuinely, lovely people!
10/10 recommend!!
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