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On since 2022

Last update: January 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.

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…

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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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12 reviews
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!!
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
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!
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
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❤️
Danni H. Sent on 09/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Bohemian Chic Venue At Its Finest

Heaps of rustic charm, a ceremony space like no other and a super personable service with a team that wants your day to be as unique as you are as a couple - Runa Farm is the perfect blend of bohemian chic - the perfect backdrop for free spirited couples looking for somewhere a little bit different
Hollie G. Sent on 10/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing new venue!

I would recommend Runa Farm to anyone looking for a truly special wedding venue. Every room is stunning and different but the ceremony room is unbelievable and has such a beautiful atmosphere too. The food is delicious, the service from the staff is immaculate and friendly and the bridal prep rooms are huge and perfect for getting ready in, or even just for a getaway.
Laura K. Sent on 09/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful venue, great service and super cool rooms

This venue is so unique and stunning. The ceremony area, has an amazing staircase to walk down to create a beautiful entrance to the ceremony. There are so many cool rooms, with unique styling to pick from for the guests to stay in. Some have hot tubs too! The wedding breakfast room is light and airy and looks over a lovely garden with huge seating area for guests. The food was amazing and the staff were super helpful. I cannot fault the place.
Lamiece Sent on 07/04/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Beautiful, rustic, intimate venue

We got married here in Feb 2023. We chose Runa because we loved the laid back, Mediterranean decor and the stunning ceremony room. We also got the feeling that the staff knew what they were doing - weddings is the company’s core business - and as we were getting married quickly, we felt in safe hands.

The prep ahead of the day was excellent - our wedding coordinator Lauren really helped us to personalise our day! We also used several of the suggested suppliers and they were all excellent. On the day, it ran like clockwork and any issues were communicated to us efficiently. The MoC in particular was amazing!

The only thing they lose a star for was that one of my coeliac bridesmaids was served gluten at some point for her breakfast at the farmhouse and had to miss parts of the day due to illness. While they were on top of our dietary needs at the actual wedding (we had several Muslim and vegetarian guests attending), I didn’t feel they took this particular issue as seriously as they should have.

Defo recommend! Unless you/your guests have serious food allergies in which case you may want to think twice or be very clear indeed with the venue.
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Hitched Wedding Awards 2024 Winner

Runa Farm Real Weddings

Nicola & Neil
47 photos · 18/11/2023
Jayne & Calvin
21 photos · 30/10/2023
Hayley & Steven
21 photos · 11/09/2023
Ellie & Liam
19 photos · 18/08/2023
Sophie & Graham
10 photos · 03/08/2023
Sophia & Neil
17 photos · 23/07/2023



24 Apr
Open Door

Join them for a joint Open Evening with their Sister Venue Lartington Hall on Wednesday 24th April '24 from 6 pm until 8 pm!

Free to attend and appointments with their fabulous wedding coordinators available upon request!

Date: From 24/04/2024 to 24/04/2024 Schedule 18:00 - 20:00
Place: Darlington Road, Barnard Castle, Bowes, Durham

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Le Petit Chateau
4.9 out of 5 rating , 82 reviews
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· Stately Home
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As You Like It
4.9 out of 5 rating , 33 reviews
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Darlington Road, Barnard Castle DL12 8TA Bowes (Durham)
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