Preston Court

(45 reviews) 45 4.96
Preston PRESTON Canterbury Kent CT3 1DH
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About Preston Court

Preston, PRESTON, Canterbury
Kent, CT3 1DH

Looking for something extraordinary?  Preston Court is a rare find and one of the most stylish venues in the UK. 

We are family owned and run venue, combining traditonal beauty with artistic, fun touches.  Barns, barnyard and heavenly gardens with lakes and a medieval island, bluebell woods, vintage carousel and mechanical organs and live entertainment.  Delcious local food can be cooked outdoors over open fires and paired with award winning local sparkling wines from Chapel Down and Simpons vineyard down the road, as well as local craft ales and ciders, and a pop-up cocktail bar.  You can sleep under the stars here in our luxury on-site glamping a short stroll away. 

We are less than one hour onf the train from central London and we are surrounded by great hotels, including the new Pig Hotel at Bridge Place.

Set within 550 acres of private estate, the listed Georgian manor house and charming 17th Century oak barns offer the perfect place for a relaxed informal day. 

For your wedding ceremony, we offer three fantastic choices. Our gardens are perfect for an outdoor event; Juliana’s medieval moated island boasts a pretty pagoda in which to say your vows. Alternatively, the timeless 12th Century St. Mildred’s Church stands within the estate, or you can choose our gorgeous Kentish Barn where the organs sit surrounded by hundreds of twinkly lights, with reception to follow.

At Preston Court we have a few special features which lend themselves perfectly to a variety of styles. Our wonderful Victorian Carousel and 1920’s Art Deco mechanical fairground organs are available for hire to wow your guests and are the perfect additions for a ‘Vintage Fairground’ theme.  We have our own in-house street food for the evening with 'Wilfie's Wood-Fired Pizza' served from a vintage horse box.  Late licences are available too.

We can tailor and decorate to suit any style; from rustic to vintage, festival, country house, boho or woodland.   

Over the years, we have accumulated an extensive list of trusted suppliers for bands, cars, florists, photographers and more. You can also choose from a fantastic selection of caterers.

We have agreed special rates with many local boutique hotels and fabulous restaurants. There are also some delightful Kentish properties to be rented by groups over the wedding period. Why not stay a few days, or even a week, to discover all this beautiful part of Britain has to offer...We are just 15 minutes from trendy Margate which is full of retro antique shops, quirky private galleries, cool cafes and beachfront bars and Bistros.  There are art galleries, including the new Turnery Contemporary, incredible pubs and gorgeous sandy beaches with dreamy sunsets.  Historic Canterbury is also close by, as is hip Whitstable with its pebble beaches and award winning oyster restaurants.

• Get Married on a lake surrounded by water, or in the dreamy Kentish Barn, or even our wonderful church on site? • Our Kentish barns accommodates up to 120 people, this can be extended to 250/ 350 with beautiful stretch tent. • Optional hire of our original Victorian Carousel and vintage fairground organs • Amazing Local Food, Our ow In -house Street food, 'Wilfie's Wood-Fired Pizza from a vintage horse box, open-fire cooking, Sharing and Feasting Menus, Street Food... • Accommodation on site: ON SITE Glamping for guests of fab local boutique hotels and quirky cottages. • Giggle Box - Video & Photo booth which takes place in the beautiful Granary building (optional hire)

Facilities at Preston Court

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Chapel on Premises
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Outdoor License
Woodland and Festival
Unusual Weddings
Unique Weddings
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Car Parking
Pets Welcome
Allows fire ceremony
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Allows Private Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
150 to 250 guests
250 to 400 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator

Preston Court Reviews (45)

The venue of our dreams!
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By Amy and James Pope, on 04 Jan 2019Date of Wedding - 31 Jul 2018

We got married at Preston Court on 31st July 2018 and it was the most perfect day of our lives. From the weather on the day to the staff ensuring everything went smoothly, we couldn’t have imagined a more amazing wedding day. We got married on a Juliannas Island, followed by drinks and nachos on the lawn and then a BBQ wedding breakfast in the barn, followed by a night of music and dancing. We ended the night glamping in the on-site teepees, and continued the celebrations with a lovely Breakfast and even a game of rounders the next morning. The venue is nothing short of stunning, with steam engines and even a showmans wagon for beautiful and unique wedding pictures. Nothing was too much for the staff, they clearly love what they do and do it very, very well! I just wish that we could do it all over again!

Magical Wedding amidst the Kent Flood
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By Lina, on 14 May 2018Date of Wedding - 30 Apr 2018

Preston Court is a magical venue. We fell in love with it the first day we set foot on the grounds and booked it straight away after that. The day of the viewing was a beautiful sunny day and we planned the wedding to be half outside and half inside as the grounds are just stunning. Sadly on our wedding day last day of April this year, it was the worst weather of the year - with 1 degree, flooding all over Kent due to massive amounts of rain and I truly thought this will ruin our day. But the Preston Court team made sure we still had the best day ever. They adjusted the schedule at the last-minute and even though most of the running order was made for outside/inside combo, they did a marvellous job adjusting on the day and making sure all the suppliers and guests knew about the changes. I (bride) didn't have to do a thing and it turned out to be an amazing day despite the weather conditions. Yes, the venue is beautiful, but the staff deserves 5* as well as they were very accommodating, their email communication across the 7 months of planning was great and on-time, they answered all my questions, helped with all the suppliers and were just wonderful on the day as well. Thank you a million times for turning a rainy day into a ray of sunshine for us :)

Happy Ever After
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By Olu & Agniete, on 19 Apr 2018Date of Wedding - 29 Sep 2017

It was a pleasure and such a delight to hold one of the most important days of our lives at this beautiful venue full of professional, friendly and hard working staff, fairytale kind of envirnoment, beautiful decor, and fantastic location. We truly had a dream wedding that you can only expect to see in movies, therefore, we cannot thank Preston Court enough for making our day so special not just to ourselves but our guests too! Our expectations were not only just met but definitely 120% overexceeded! THANK YOU! #happyeverafter

We cannot thank everybody at Preston Court enough
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By Jen and Adam, on 19 Apr 2018Date of Wedding - 16 Sep 2017

We cannot thank everybody at Preston Court enough for all their hard work, continued support and always going the extra mile to ensure we had our dream wedding. When we looked round the venue in summer 2015 with Anna and Jen we knew it was the venue for us and booked it! (Over 2 years in advance!) This venue is so unique as it has those extra touches like the incredible carousel, gigglebox and resident peacocks Dave and Steve. The staff are incredibly friendly- always! We want to say a special ‘thank you’ to Tiggi for her excellent venue styling, signage making (which will go up on our walls at Home!) and just listening to us and getting our vision for our day. Don’t bother with any other venue styler, she is everything you need and more and is absolutely lovely as are all the staff at Preston court! Thank you, thank you and thank you Preston Court! Adam and Jen Burrage xxx

I can't recommend these guys enough
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By Sabrina and Nick, on 19 Apr 2018Date of Wedding - 15 Sep 2017

Wow!! Preston Court was the best location and venue I had seen on my initial hunt for the perfect wedding. Quirky, unique, creative and more importantly, somewhere that you can inject a bit of your own personality into. All the staff are super easy to deal with and managed my "control freakiness" with ease!!!!! Nothing was too much trouble and with their stellar recommendations, I had a wedding that Pinterest would be proud of!! I can't recommend these guys enough if you're looking for something less ordinary. AND Gigglebox is very fun. I loved watching the edit and seeing all my mates reactions on film. Great idea and so glad we did it!! A day we'll never forget.xx

It is an amazing and beautiful venue
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By Kelly and John, on 19 Apr 2018Date of Wedding - 27 Aug 2017

Everyone at Preston Court were so helpful, friendly and made our wedding day in October so very special. It is an amazing and beautiful venue and we couldn't have imagined getting married anywhere else. Everyone at the wedding commented on how unique the venue was and how lovely the staff were. Thank you for making our day so wonderful and one we will remember forever.

A beautiful place to get married!
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By Katharine Dovey, on 03 Apr 2018Date of Wedding - 26 Aug 2017

I, and my husband, adored this venue. The staff couldn't have been more accommodating (with the lead up to the big day, the day before and the actual day itself). The wedding day was simply gorgeous. Everyone was so friendly and helpful, and just really made the day fantastic. Our guests all said how picturesque the place was, and they all loved the carousel. We only had one problem throughout the whole thing, and that was on the day, due to the glamping being on the venue. We unfortunately had strangers walking around on the venue which ruined the feeling of exclusivity of the day. The exclusivity was one of the main reasons we booked the venue, and something I as the bride had always imagined my big day to have. Despite the amazing job everyone did, we may not have booked here if we had known that strangers were allowed to be walking around taking pictures. The staff did apologise and spoke to the strangers, but it was a bit of a let down and something that could have been better organised. It honestly was almost a perfect day, and we would definitely suggest it to other people, but just not to those looking for an exclusive venue (unless something has been done to stop strangers walking in!).

Susie, Event Coordinator at Preston Court responded to this review on 20/04/2018 14:52:02

Thank you for your valuable feedback Katharine and we are pleased to hear how much your guests enjoyed the day and how you both adored Preston Court. Since last summer, we have planted a hedgerow across the upper field between the glamping meadow and the Carousel which backs on to the top of the glamping field. The Tents are scattered across the lower field and as the hedgerow matures, the carousel and structures beyond are obscured from sight. All our couples are offered exclusivity of the Glamping Meadow at the time of booking their Wedding and since this isolated incident last summer where glampers did wander up to the courtyard area, guests are briefed at check in on any events taking place whilst they are staying with us. There is a separate car park and entrance for the glamping meadow . If couples do not take the accomodation for their wedding guests, it is run as an independent luxury glamping experience with guests to the camp well informed of Weddings that may be taking place around neighbouring Preston Court and the beautiful courtyard framed by the barns and carousel.

Anna and the team are friendly and professional
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By Jennifer & Thomas, on 19 Apr 2018Date of Wedding - 04 Aug 2017

We got married here in August and had a fantastic experience. The venue is perfect as it is with bunting and blankets in the bar, and fairy lights in the barn. However, the staff are also great at allowing for all the little quirks you want to add yourself. They were happy to accommodate everything from home brew to glitter stations and even cleared everything up ready for collection the next morning! Anna and the team are friendly and professional and quick to help with any questions big or small. It's a beautiful, unique venue; I can't recommend it enough!

Thank you so much for hosting
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By Charlotte Kirby, on 19 Apr 2018Date of Wedding - 20 Jul 2017

Thank you so much for hosting such an incredible venue and thank you girls for helping us plan our best day!

They could not get over how amazing Preston Court
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By Sophie and Ross, on 22 May 2017Date of Wedding - 20 May 2017

''Just a quick one as we're mid packing! Thanks so much for your email. We had a great time and Tiggi and Emily were amazing with helping us the whole day and evening and offering to go to Canterbury to get pizza, was so nice to have that support. It must be so knackering for them but you could never tell. Everyone LOVED the venue, we had so many people say it was the best wedding they'd been to and that they couldn't get over how amazing Preston Court was. The garden was stunning and everyone loved the carousel, the organs and the peacocks. We loved being able to spread the reception between the grassy bit and the courtyard and I think the guests loved it too. We can't believe how lucky we were with the weather, it all looked stunning. We were very sad to leave yesterday after collecting our stuff thinking it would likely be our last time there. It feels very strange and a little depressing that it's all over but we're going to the Maldives for a week today so that should help!!''

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By Lisa and Adam, on 11 Nov 2016Date of Wedding - 24 Sep 2016

It was even better than we could have imagined. Married on the 24th of September 2016.

Best Day
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By Felicity and James, on 11 Nov 2016Date of Wedding - 25 Aug 2016

We had the best day ever thank you to all your staff! Felicity and James.

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