St. Augustine's Priory

(125 reviews) 125 4.98
Priory Road Bilsington Ashford Kent TN25 7AU
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About St. Augustine's Priory

Priory Road, Bilsington, Ashford
Kent, TN25 7AU

St Augustine’s Priory is a beautiful, historic setting for your unforgettable wedding celebrations. The unique 13th century building is set within a privately owned estate in the heart of Kent’s stunning countryside.

The seven acres of gorgeous formal grounds provide endless photographic opportunities for your treasured pictures; your photographer will be spoilt for choice! The romantic secret garden and the beautiful gazebo area are just two of the picture-perfect settings on offer.

The Edwardian house is the perfect spot for your ceremony. The Drawing Room and Conservatory are both licensed to hold civil ceremonies and can accommodate up to 60 guests. The house is warm and welcoming with a homely atmosphere, making it perfect for intimate celebrations. Alternatively, you can make the most of the stunning grounds and exchange your vows in our gorgeous garden Gazebo.

At the Priory, we strive to provide your dream wedding day at this spectacular venue. We like to develop personal relationships with each couple to get a real sense of what would make their day perfect. We have over 100 years’ experience as a team, so every wedding here is expertly handled to ensure that everything runs seamlessly on the big day.

We have a fantastic, dedicated team of professional caterers who provide London catering at County prices. All of the dishes they prepare are of the highest quality, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Our pricing structures are clear with no hidden charges. There is also no corkage charge!

For more information, please contact our wonderful wedding team.

• Licensed to hold civil ceremonies in the Grand Hall, Edwardian Drawing Room, or garden Gazebo • Experienced wedding co-ordinators on hand • Professional team of in-house caterers and WE DO NOT CHARGE CORKAGE • Set within Kent’s countryside with over 7 acres of beautiful gardens • Exclusively yours for the day • Parking for up to 100 cars

Facilities at St. Augustine's Priory

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Chapel on Premises
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Outdoor License
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Marquee Available
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking

St. Augustine's Priory Reviews (125)

Winter Wedding
Venue Service

By Deana Coker, on 28 Jan 2020Date of Wedding - 18 Dec 2019

The most wonderful winter wedding 18th December 2019 St Augustine’s Priory Bilsington is a perfect location for a winter wedding full of atmosphere and charm. The Priory wedding team were outstanding and made our small family wedding of around 25 guests, the most perfect day, ensuring every detail was planned and implemented to ensure everything flowed like champagne this was a day that will be remembered for a very long time. A week before Christmas and the main house at the priory which is steeped in history and nostalgia, was transformed into a scene from a Dickenson Christmas card, with roaring open fires, garland dressed banisters and Christmas trees. Our wedding was held in the very quaint candle lit priory chapel, the perfect setting for a Christmas wedding the chapel was dressed in red with white themed winter flower arrangements, when entering the chapel the atmosphere took my breath away it was so beautiful, the ceremony was intimate and romantic and we couldn’t of asked for anything more. We choose a simple reception of champagne and canapes, which was hosted in the drawing room and conservatory of the main house, a lovely setting with views across the Priory Estate. Our guests young and old were all made to feel very welcome and our every need was catered including one of guests with special dietary needs had her own menu catered for. We spent a leisurely afternoon sipping champagne in front of crackling open fire, our photographer was able to capture the magnificent setting and atmosphere of the day. A big thank you to Libby, Zena and Chris for making our wedding day memories a day we will remember for ever.

Just Perfect in every way!
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By Vanda Robinson, on 28 Nov 2017Date of Wedding - 14 Oct 2017

After visiting pretty much every single wedding venue in the area, Bilsington Priory to me was by far the best. I always wanted a Church wedding as I love the feel you get at a Church wedding but I've never really wanted the Religous ceremony so I was ecstatic to find this venue which had the exact look and feel that I had always dreamt of. We was not looking to get married this year and was just at the browsing stage but after visiting the venue and meeting Libby with her relaxed, can do attitude, we booked it all within 5 months and had the best days of our lives!!! Libby has a fantastic team who went over and beyond for us from the beginning to the very end. Rob who was in charge of the catering and was the Master of the Ceremony on the day was fantastic, his team delivered a brilliant service and the food was amazing! Their in house florist Rachel is such a talented lady and she blew me away with the flowers as they were exactly what I wanted and complimented our theme perfectly. Zena was also very helpful with any general questions and even on the day both her and Libby were at hand to help the groom and groomsmen with their button holes :) Thank you all for all your help in making our wedding day soo amazing. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves and loved the venue just as much as we did!

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By pauline lawley, on 05 Nov 2017Date of Wedding - 14 Oct 2017

My sister Vanda married Lee here on 14th Oct 2017. From the day we first viewed the Priory Vanda and Lee fell in love with it and knew it was the place they wanted to celebrate their special day. They anised it all in 5 months. Libby was absolutely brilliant she was so obliging, flexible and helpful, giving advise when needed. Her confident and laid back approach was always comforting when the bride was a little stressful!!!! Nothing was too much trouble no matter how many times we went to the venue or asked questions. On the day Libby and her wonderful team made the day run smoothly without any problems and always working very hard in the back ground. I really do thank them all and would highly recommend this venue if you were looking for a truly magical wedding day,

Exceeding High Expectations
Venue Service

By Mr and Mrs Cunningham, on 29 Jul 2017Date of Wedding - 08 Jul 2017

We got married here on the 8th July 2017. It is a truly magical venue, owned by the beautiful Libby Lawson who's laid back approach and can-do attitude won our hearts (and money!!). Nothing was too much trouble, and they were very accommodating with our special requests. Totally flexible, whatever we wanted, they did, no questions asked (or raised eyebrows!) and on the day they really pulled it off. All of our guests were very well looked after, the food amazing, they were always there but you'd never know it. A perfect example of total professionals, without the arrogance. Everyone has commented on what a spectacular venue it was, they were well fed and those who spoke to Libby loved her as much as we did. Please put your trust in the team here at St Augustine's Priory...we did and they exceeded all of our expectations and more. They really know what they are doing...and some! Thank you Libby, Zena, Rob and the team for making our special day really memorable for all the right reasons. You were fabulous. I hope to be able to visit the sunken garden to have another blessing in 10 years time!

Fantastic venue, amazing team!
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By Ashley & Richard, on 08 Oct 2016Date of Wedding - 08 Sep 2016

My husband and I got married here in September 2016. This venue was recommended to us by a friend and we are so glad it did! From day 1 the team were professional and supportive. We had so many questions and ideas - all of which they were happy to discuss with us in the level of detail we wanted.Planning the day was a breeze with everyone involved from venue dimensions, decorations, food, drinks etc. every question was answered with detail and helpful suggestions. Libby and Rob were incredibly flexible and open to any ideas or suggestions we had for our very quirky wedding! On the day we and our guests just had the best time possible - Zena, Rob and their teams made sure every guest was treated with a personal level of service - down to remembering what drinks they wanted!! Drinks and food were never far away for anyone. Richard and I were made to feel very special and were able to enjoy our big day - nothing was too much trouble for anyone. Since the big day almost everyone has commented on the venue, staff and food - our guests just cant stop talking about what a good day they had! We absolutely cannot recommend this venue enough - if you are looking for a beautiful venue, reliable service, flexibility, great food and an amazing time then book this place!

Ashleigh and John Jones wedding
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By Jayne Bourne, on 22 May 2016

I would just like to say that as the Mother of the bride....what a fantastic wedding my daughter and her hubby John had on 20th May 2016. The location is just spectacular and I have to say a special thanks to Libby and all her staff who worked tirelessly to make sure we all had a fantastic time. I would recommend this venue to anyone thinking of getting married. I know I'm biased but this was the best wedding I have ever been to.

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By Helen Jordan, on 19 Aug 2013

My husband and I got married here on 9th August this year (2013) and we could not have asked for a more perfect venue! The place is just stunning, the gardens, the chapel room, the marquee, just everything looks perfect. The staff were incredible the whole way through and nothing was too much of an ask. They made the whole planning process seem so easy and smooth running. They were amazing on the day and incredibly helpful. The food, well we have not stopped having comments from the guests about how amazing it was. The afternoon tea and BBQ and canapes were to die for! They put the venue together along with Ambience and Victoria the florist so so well and everything look just how I pictured it. Our guests loved the venue and again have not stopped talking about it since!! We could not have had a more perfect day if we tried thanks to the team at the priory!!! I could not recommend this venue more highly if you want a perfect day.

Wonderful Venue!
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By Mr & Mrs Tinsley, on 30 Aug 2012

Not only is this venue visually stunning, but from the moment you view it, right through to the wedding day itself, you get the impression that nothing is too much trouble for the staff. They really do go above and beyond. The food is absolutely delicious! Many of our guests commented on this. Rob & his brother Jonathan make an amazing team. We also really liked the fact that everyone is looked after so well on the day, including the suppliers. Liz is a fantastic co-ordinator, and is very approachable and enthusiastic. She also dealt with difficult relatives extremely well! The flowers, delivered by Victoria, the in house florist, were just beautiful. I was so pleased with them. We had the best day, and importantly so did our guests. We've received many comments since about how impressed they were with the venue. Everything ran smoothly, despite us not having the best weather on the day! Many thanks to everyone who made our day, on 14th July 2012, so special.

The most magical place imaginable!!
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By Mr and mrs Russell, on 16 Jul 2012

We had our wedding here on 6th July 2012! I am some what of a perfectionist and was really worried whatever venue we chose that I would want things a certain way! I can tell anyone considering to get married here to do it, they went beyond everything we could imagine. The day was flawless and nothing was too much trouble. Liz and Rob are truly amazing at what they do! Victoria the florist decorated the venue in the most beautiful flowers for us. All the other venues we visited didn't even come close and we knew the second we saw the priory and met the team we weren't even going to find anything close to this! If you want a beautiful private venue with amazing food and atmosphere look no further!!

The most amazing team and beautiful venue
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By Elton and Emma Ross, on 16 Jul 2012

We got married here on the 27th May 2012 and choose this venue for its uniqueness. It is the most amazing and beautiful venue and we can not put in words what a truely wonderful day we had. From the moment we booked the venue 18 month previous the staff have gone out of their way to accommodate our needs and ours wasnt a conventinal wedding day!! Liz you were a star and knew exactly what i wanted, Rob the food was fantastic and Victoria, the flowers were more than we had dreamt of. Thank you so much for all you did for us, I wish we could do it all again :-) And to top it all it was the best weather of teh year!!

Everything you could ask for
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By Mr and Mrs Roberts, on 04 Jul 2012

What a fantastic wedding day we had! We got married on 22nd June and it was everything i had hoped for and more. The team are absolutely fantastic. The food for the meal and the hog roast was amazing. We love cocktails so Rob made us Mojitos for our reception drink which were sooo good. Liz was there to answer questions and help us out at every corner. The venue is stunning inside and out and Steve the resident DJ did a fab job keeping the crowds partying, the dance floor was full all night. We felt really looked after by a team that really cared and the whole day had a lovely relaxed vibe which is just what we wanted.

Our Fairytale Day!
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By Lisa Holden, on 26 Jun 2012

We just want to say a GREAT BIG thankyou to all Staff at BPE.We got married here on 9th June 2012 and had an amazing day it all went better than we could have ever imagined. Everybody commented on how beautiful the venue is and how friendly and accommodating ALL the staff was, Not to mention the food was amazing!! Victoria done a superb job on our flowers and the resident dj Steve kept everyone dancing (especially The Bride!)until the taxis arrived at the end of the night. We really did have a fairytale day we wish it didnt end! We highly recommend it to anyone getting married as you will not be dissapointed in any way. Mr & Mrs Holden :) xxx

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