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Last update: July 2024

Runa Farm is a wedding venue in Barnard Castle, Durham. This charming venue is brought to you by the people behind Newton Hall and Le Petit Chateau. Runa Farm shares the same high standards as those two award-winning properties but embodies a unique look and spirit in which hints of pure Balearic beauty and fields full of romance feature prominently.

Affordable luxury for every budget, with weddings from £1,995.

Extended Wedding Celebrations

Why consider a two or three day celebration?

1. Your extended stay could be completely free for you the happy couple.
2. Spend more quality time with your family & friends, one of life’s great luxuries.
3. Make your weddings celebrations even more unique & the most talked about in town, our extended stay
opportunities are truly endless.
4. We are the leading industry experts so we guarantee you will have the most amazing and memorable time.

What’s that saying when it comes to celebrating?
...go big or go home!

Facilities and Capacity

At Runa Farm, relaxed Spanish influences augment the venue's rich farming heritage to create earthy, elegant, and beautifully immersive spaces. The ornate tented ceiling, smooth polished stone walls, statement staircase, and shimmering lanterns of the Runa Farm Chapel combine to create a wonderfully ethereal effect.

The Old Barn is the perfect setting for eating, drinking, and merriment. This delightful timber and exposed stone building is brimming with character and is flanked on two sides by picture-perfect private terraces that will make you and your guests feel like you're living in a dream. Of course, life on the farm is all about the outdoors, so whether you want to have welcome drinks in the courtyard or dine in the meadow, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the fresh air and the open spaces.

Services Offered

Runa Farm is available for exclusive use. The venue offers an essential wedding guide that lists the 10 elements they feel are necessary for the perfect day. Carefree yet considered, Runa Farm gives free rein to individual expression and helps couples design unique wedding experiences characterised by simplicity, harmony, and natural luxury. They can't wait to do their part to make your wedding an experience that will stay with you forever. They look forward to seeing you on your big day!


Our Wedding Team are proud of our many wedding awards over the years, including most recently ‘Best Wedding Venue 2020’, ‘Best Wedding Team 2019’, as well as previously voted in the UK’s TOP 3 wedding venues! Now with another two brand new wedding venues to bring to the North East and North Yorkshire we truly have ticked the boxes for any style of wedding…

Whether it be a Medditeranean Garden in the middle of Northumberland countryside at Le Petit Chateau, a Breezy Beach Wedding on the Northumberland Coast or a ceremony in our Enchanted Chapel at Newton Hall, a fairy-tale wedding set in 75 acres of glorious parkland at Lartington Hall or a Supmtious Celebration at Whitworth Estate & Deer Park we have a wedding venue for every type of couple.

Although all of our venues are daringly different you can expect that you and your plans will be in exceptionally safe hands at any of our venues; not to mention the highest standard of scrumptious menus, beautiful ceremony and function spaces and stunning bedroom suites at each of our venues. We offer 11 different pricing levels across all of our venues, we pride ourselves on offering weddings to suit every budget throughout the year, any day of the week. Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have the absolute best! Now all that’s left to do is choose your favourite…

Fact File:

  • 8 unique wedding venues
  • the largest food and drink menu in the county.
  • Hosted over 4000 weddings
  • Wedding experts for over 15 years
  • Hitched and Bridebook Wedding award winners for 10 consecutive years
  • British Wedding Award winners
  • The biggest wedding team in the county

Have you seen our stunning collection of venues?

Grand Villa Heights – Ultimate Coastal Getaway

Lartington Hall – Refined, Elegant, Sophistication

The Croft – Quaint in the Country

Whitworth Hall – Georgian Glamour

Newton Hall - Coastal Celebrations

Runa Farm - Boho, Earthy, Honest

Le Petit Chateau - French Feels in Northumberland

As You Like It – City Chic

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Unusual weddings
Woodland and festival
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:


Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Changing room for wedding guests
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Reviews for Runa Farm

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Hitched Wedding Awards 2024 Winner
5.0 out of 5 rating
19 reviews
100% recommend it
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Alice G. Sent on 22/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Our beautiful, magical, perfect day.

Wow, what a team, what a venue. We booked our wedding a year in advance after falling in love with this incredible, jaw dropping venue. From initial stages of planning to the week before the wedding, the entire team were so incredibly supportive. My Husband and I never had to worry about a thing and our wedding day was simply perfect; we wouldn’t have changed a thing. The supporting team on our day were absolutely faultless, and everyone understood our vision and brought this to life incredibly. We did all the decorations and florals ourselves, but the team knew through various meetings what our vision for the space was and executed this to perfection. We are in absolute awe of Runa Farm and it will forever hold the most important place in our heart. What an incredibly magical place where dreams come true🤍
Nina S. Sent on 07/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Out of this world best venue

We simply had the best day! From
Jenna our wedding coordinator whom morning was too much trouble to all the brilliant staff at Runa farm I’m only sorry I didn’t get all their names! So I’ll list the ones I can remember - the lady who walked us round the night before and tended bar during the day (eve, Ava, Eva possibly) lovely lady. The lady on the front desk who late into the evening before when we realised we were scammed by our photographer came to the rescue and called Tom another member of staff who wasn’t working the day of our wedding but took the time to come and shoot our wedding between studio time - a budding photographer whom I’d recommend to anyone showing us shots along the way that look to be amazing without taking our masses of time of our wedding day. We can’t thank him enough for his time and pricing.
Few other shout outs - Ian our master of ceremonies what a guy just had us feeling at ease all day and couldn’t do enough for us. The lady also running our day I didn’t catch her name but she took the time to check on my 6 year old nephew when he became overwhelmed with emotions and had to sit in the bar area during speeches to chill out. There was also a waitress short hair with red in just lovely always a smile on her face. All the staff infact just fantastic and professional.

The food! My word so many complements that it was the best wedding food they have ever had! So well worth the money. For context we had breakfast bites arrival bites, canapé reception after ceremony. For the wedding breakfast we had gourmet bbq with pimp your own fries, crepes and waffles with lots of different toppings. Then fish and chip cones in the evening food along with the cake.

Venue itself just stunning from top to bottom.
Kirstie A. Sent on 05/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Out of this world

We booked our wedding at Runa Farm last May and from the first viewing we were blown away with the venue and the apartment group. From the planning stages to checking out after the wedding, everything was seamless and perfect.
We used the farm house the night before which was well equipped and such a gorgeous place to get ready. It’s such a relaxing environment to calm any nerves!
The day its self was managed by Emma, who had initially shown us around, and she went above and beyond to make sure it was perfect. She took away any stresses or worries I had straight away.
Ian was our master of ceremonies and he was great, nothing was too much to ask and he was great with our boys.
The serving and waiting staff were fab but special mention to Lewis who was there from the night before until we checked out the day after, he was very helpful and friendly, an asset to the venue.

The only negative I have is that the day is over and we can’t do it again!
I would recommend Runa to anyone looking for a well run, organised, stress free wedding in an outstanding location and beautiful venue!
Molly C. Sent on 26/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect day start to finish

I’m not sure I have enough words to describe just how utterly perfect our day was! Every single staff member was insanely attentive and clearly wanted to make sure our big day was perfect.

From the first step into Runa Farm we were looked after. We were fairly certain from the images online that it was the wedding venue for us but seeing it in person was just another level! It’s the perfect mix of rustic and elegant and the ceremony room is just dreamy!

Our wedding coordinator Jenna was incredible throughout the whole process and I don’t think she could have made us both feel any more confident about everything if she’d tried. Her communication was amazing and everyone went above and beyond accommodating any requests that we had. We could tell that we’d chose the right venue and company.

Each and every part of our day ran perfectly and that was all down to the staff. All of the waiters/waitresses and bar staff were so lovely and the bar staff especially made us feel super special throughout the day. The food was also incredible!
Emma who was at reception on arrival started off the few days perfectly and set the tone making us feel really excited. Our meal on the evening before with our family and friends was also lovely in the Smithy.

Becca our wedding manager made us feel at ease from the get go during our meeting the night before. She didn’t miss a single detail and was happy to make any tiny changes that we needed. On the day she was so relaxed which wore off on me, my husband and the rest of the bridal party. Even though she was really laid back, I could tell she was also amazing at her job and was going to make sure all the details were spot on.

A special mention has to go to Ian the MOC on our day. Ian was actually at our food tasting evening back in December, so it was lovely to see his face again. His aura just makes you feel instantly at ease and you can tell he truly loves what he does. Myself and my husband could rave about him all day long, he looked after us like we were royalty. My Mum also had so many good things to say about Ian. He really made her feel comfortable and helped her whenever needed. Ian is the perfect MOC and he is absolutely amazing in this role.

From start to finish our day was just a dream and we can’t thank everyone enough!
Diane A. Sent on 14/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Best Day Ever!!!!!

All of my guests took the time to tell me how beautiful they thought runa farm is!! It was the perfect venue for my rocker style wedding. The staff were amazing and made the whole day effortless and I think they were just as excited as I was! Massive thanks to runa farm and co, I can't wait to be able to attend a wedding here as a guest!!
Briony L. Sent on 29/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The wedding of our dreams

We had the most amazing day and best wedding ever at Runa Farm!

From the start, the whole team were incredible, and our wedding coordinator Jenna was helpful, kind and attentive to everything we needed/wanted.

The venue was everything we could have hoped for, from the decor, service, rooms and food, it was all perfect.

Major shoutout to our wedding manager on the day, Emma, and out MC Ian, who were utterly perfect and made the day go off without a hitch. Couldn't fault a single thing they did, they went above and beyond to make it the most stress free wedding day for us both.

10000% would recommend anyone to get married here, you won't be dissapointed, and all our guests commented on how incredible the venue and staff were!

Briony and Andy
Kate D. Sent on 20/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Could not have been more perfect

We fell in love with Runa Farm the first time we saw it. Aesthetically it was our dream venue but what made the whole day and the experience leading up to it was the exceptional service we received from EVERY individual at every level. Nothing was too much trouble and everything was executed perfectly. The food was amazing which is no easy feat when catering for 120 people, but every dish was delicious and executed to the same if not higher standard than we experienced at our tasting. Could not recommend more highly!
Natalie J. Sent on 26/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Runa farm/ magical day

My wedding day ran smoothly. The staff couldn’t have done anything more for us. The venue is incredibly beautiful .
Rebecca H. Sent on 12/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Our dream wedding day!

We fell in love with this venue from first seeing it and we are so happy we celebrated our day here. From the get go the staff were super friendly and helpful, it wasn't about them or the money, it was about us and our day! Which when looking at other venues we often felt like it wasn't our wedding. We felt so welcomed at Runa and no question was too silly. It was so private, from arriving at the Farmhouse the day before to saying goodnight to our guests, we did not come across any other guests that were staying at the venue or visiting the Smithy. Nothing was ever an issue and we would massively like to thank all staff but special thanks to Rob the Master of Ceremonies and Eva, her insight into weddings at Runa was so helpful on making food, drink & entertainment choices. You made it so special for us and we felt we could come to you for anything no matter how big or small. If you are considering booking this venue, do it! You'll have the most relaxed and magical day!
Kerry S. Sent on 14/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Most magical venue ever!!

We took a gamble on Runa as it was still in the making when we booked our wedding.. And we were not disappointed one bit!!
The staff, the venue and the location are all amazing!!
Situated near Barnard Castle, plenty of accommodation nearby. However, the rooms at Runa are unreal! With scenic views and landscapes, even ponies!

The venue itself was breathtaking. From the chapel with it's grand staircase, to the reception room with the overview balcony.

All of our guests could not believe how magical the venue was and all said they would definitely return for a weekend away.

Cannot fault this beautiful venue! It went beyond our dreams!!
Kirsty C. Sent on 30/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

the most outstanding venue and service

I don't think I can quite put into words how stunning of a venue Runa farm is .

This is matched by the most impeccable service from start to finish.

Our wedding was more than we could have ever imagined.
Natalie G. Sent on 02/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing experience from start to finish!

Beth Courtier from the Apartment Group wedding team was fantastic with me and my partner from start to finish. Although we planned our wedding on a shorter timeline than usual, we were able to meet with Beth several times in the run up to the day to confirm all details with her (as well as exchanging countless emails back and forth!) Beth listened to and understood our preferences for the day and helped us to adapt traditional timelines to fit with our ideas. She was always professional and responsive and went out of her way on several occasions to find out additional details for us such a vegan wine options at the venue and a recommended seamstress!

Beth’s calm and thorough approach made us feel like everything was under control at all stages in the process which made such a big difference to the planning of the day and it became a pleasure rather than a chore / stress. We can’t thank Beth enough for everything she did for us and would highly recommend her to others in future.
Danielle M. Sent on 06/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Hitched without a hitch- a 5 star wedding at Runa!

Hello to everyone who recently helped us celebrate the most amazing wedding day together at Runa Farm on the 13th of July!

We just wanted to pass on how amazing the day was for us and to thank everyone for how smoothly the planning and organisation went.

We also wanted to thank those like Mark who showed us around last year and immediately made us want to get the day booked, the catering team- we know we're biased but it's honestly the nicest food we've ever had at a wedding!

The accommodation rooms were absolutely gorgeous- and the venue itself is just such a show-stopper, there's nothing quite like it.

Rebecca, who saw to everything the night before with me at the Farmhouse and wedding morning- she was absolutely phenomenal, covered every single base and everyone kept saying how calm I was on the morning and I think Rebecca was a main factor in this so a big thanks to her!

Bar and reception staff were all lovely to deal with too- the lovely blonde lady at reception actually stopped us forgetting our wedding cake as we went out the door so a special shout out to her too haha.

There's absolutely nowhere quite like Runa, it's a very special place and you've clearly got a fantastic team of people all top of their game- I'd be scared to be your competition! Thank you so much for accommodating all our requests and helping us get hitched without a hitch!

Lauren Martin was absolutely perfect as our wedding planner/co-ordinator; a pleasure to chat too, very friendly and completely put us at ease with the whole process. Lauren always dealt with our queries very promptly and nothing was ever too much trouble, which is exactly what we needed in a planner- calm organisation, support and reassurance! Thank you so much for your services, you're clearly very good at your job and a credit to the Apartment Group.

Thanks again everyone!

Danielle and Phil
Rebecca W. Sent on 01/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The most magical day

Runa Farm is the ultimate relaxed venue for those less traditional couples - they are super accomodating and the staff are the most friendly and supportive I've ever met. Emma (our wedding manager) was incredible, and really made our day the best. Could not recommend any more!
Mel B. Sent on 11/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The best day ever at an amazing venue

Had the most amazing wedding at this fabulous venue.
I have nothing but praise to all the staff involved with helping us plan our special day in such a short time,
Our wedding coordinator Alysha was so helpful in helping us plan the finer details.
On the day Rob & Emma were just the best and all the staff were just the best. The food was fantastic , all of our guests complimented everything about the day.
Wish we could do it all again❤️
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Runa Farm Real Weddings

Kirsty & Martin
13 photos · 20/02/2024
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21 photos · 30/10/2023
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