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Last update: May 2023
The Ashes Barns and Country House is a barn wedding venue in Endon, Staffordshire. Set across 50 acres of stunning countryside, this idyllic location is brimming with rural beauty and rustic charm. With an exquisite country house, sensational gardens, and a sparkling pond at your disposal, this majestic property is made for unforgettable celebrations.
Facilities and Capacity
By selecting The Ashes Barns and Country House as your wedding venue, you can expect idyllic scenery, premium service, and a tranquil atmosphere. Every inch of this impressive property is available for your exclusive use, from spacious dressing rooms to the stunning renovated barn. With a capacity of 150 guests, this Grade II listed venue is ideally suited to intimate gatherings. If you want to exchange your vows here, the estate is licensed for civil ceremonies.
At The Ashes Barns and Country House, the award-winning staff is committed to making your wedding day magical and memorable. They can provide event coordination and MC services to ensure your day flows seamlessly and according to plan. Onsite accommodation is available at the Country House for up to 16 guests, with extra space at the Coach House and Shepherds Hut.
Whether you're planning a wedding breakfast or evening meal, The Ashes Barns and Country House can provide delicious catering options to fit your tastes. They offer customizable menus, allowing you to put your own stamp on your dining experience. As the venue does not charge corkage fees, you are free to bring along your favourite drinks to enhance your celebration.
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Steven and Nikita’s wedding
What can I say? Perfect from start to finish!
We started our journey with Jane who would have been our planned events manager, she was absolutely fantastic and explained every detail of our booking and immediate planning for the wedding perfectly. Unfortunately, Jane retired prior to our wedding but left a message with the team to pass on which I felt was a lovely touch and we hope that Jane is enjoying her retirement.
We were then allocated our absolute star Lizzy, who can only be described as a complete and utter god send! We met Lizzy on the lead up to the wedding and she put every stress we had ever imagined to rest. She truly went above and beyond to ensure that everything was perfect in the planning and the lead up to our big day! On the day, she was there if you needed her, and she ensured that everything was no less than perfect... and she really did! For that we cannot thank her enough!
The entire Ashes team that we met over the 3 years of planning were extremely helpful, informative and made you feel that nothing was too much trouble and for that we would like to thank everyone at the Ashes!
The Ashes very much speaks for itself, it is just stunning! We fell in love with it on our first visit from driving up the driveway and everything from that just added to how perfect it really is!
I would recommend to anyone that they MUST visit the Ashes even if its locality is not ideal (we live 1 hour away from the venue).
The venue and the grounds are maintained to the highest standard and it is obvious that any imperfections are dealt with no time to spare (We often saw maintenance or the painter touching up paint work on our early morning visits).
The landscape lends itself to a weddings dream of perfect wedding pictures. There are unlimited areas in and around the Ashes to get that breath-taking wedding photo you have always wanted! Our Photographer (Ally M Photography) even commented that he had an amazing time capturing our day.
The Ashes exclusively uses Jenkinson's Caterers, and the food is absolutely amazing. You have the opportunity to try this on your event night. We had so many compliments from our wedding guests of how amazing the food was and also how good the service was as well.
On Site Accommodation:
All of the onsite accommodations are finished to the highest standards, and all have a breath-taking view of the lake within the grounds. We housed our immediate family onsite and all had positive comments in regard to their accommodations and the breakfast we all enjoyed together the following morning. We took advantage of the wedding suite and the Ashes left us a bottle of bubbly to enjoy on our wedding night, which was a lovely touch.
Our wedding from start to finish was truly perfect, and all of our guests had an amazing day with thanks to the Ashes and its team. We look forward to visiting the team (Especially Lizzy) in person over the coming weeks to say thank you in person.
Jamie & Benjamin
A Stunning naturally beautiful venue
If you book your day with the Ashes and your day goes ahead as planned, I’m sure it’ll be perfect, however If there is something you need help that’s when the nightmares can begin.
My partner has received wonderful news of pregnancy some time before our wedding date (February) 2023 and our wedding was meant to be in (June) 2023
The due date, and the complication with last pregnancy meant that the date was put at jeopardy, after calling the Ashes the lady whom I spoken with congratulated me and said sadly there’s not much we can do apart from cancelling and losing our 20% payment. Which was fair enough to us, though after then telling the woman we had paid in full (yes the full balance the day we booked the venue) she then said “oh in that case you will lose the entire amount..
This is 4 months until the wedding, and the ashes received over £4500 the very day we booked with them. NEVER PAY THIS VENUE IN FULL, As it may come back to haunt you later.
So after explaining that wasn’t really fair and asking is there’s nothing that can be done, the woman was adamant that we either cancel and lose our money or stick with it.
After getting nowhere I decided to find the email address of the main Group (the Ashes is part of a venues group) sending an email including a few different email addresses I could find, a complaint was sent.
So after writing a complaint we have managed to get 8% of our money back, which is shocking, considering if we had not paid in full we would only lose 20% and we would have had 80% OF OUR MONEY STILL.
Again to repeat the big lesson here is to never pay in full to this Venue/s
In my complaint I suggested moving the wedding until 2024 stating this would be a good option and we could pay the extra, but no the ashes did not want to move the date whatsoever, they only stated they could move the date earlier in 2023! Doesn’t make sense since we even had offered to pay additional for moving the wedding to 2024.
We were then told that if they managed to resell / move a wedding onto our date of June 21 then we would receive more of our money back.
Now, knowing how rude the original lady I spoken to over the phone whom told me that we would not be getting a penny back 🙂 and was not helpful with even discussing possibilities / dates etc .
I didn’t have much trust in the ashes telling the truth sadly, so asking the ashes via email if the day had been fulfilled they have said no every time.
On the date we were supposed to get married, I rang the ashes asking if it’s ok to pop down and possibly thinking of booking with you as I’m in the area nearby currently (did not give my name / details) this was at around 10am
So the women I spoken with stated I’m more than welcome to come have a look at the venue and would love to show me around today but would need to arrange an appointment as they have a WEDDING ON, now this of course wasn’t our wedding because like stated above we were not able to go through with due to medical reasons.
So great, knowing that the ashes fulfilled our date we know we’d be getting our money back right?
Contacting the Ashes regarding this, the very next day we were emailed back to say sorry there was no wedding and you would not be getting any back.
So, one of them was lying and who?
To our regret we couldn’t drive to the venue on the date and confirm this due to my partner being in hospital as we stated would be the case to the ashes.
However the phone call I had with the lady in the morning made me feel confident since she told me there was a wedding on, surely the calls are recorded? Perhaps, we may take this further though just looking at our option and seeking legal advice.
Don’t get me wrong some of the girls we dealt with I.e Libby and Tamara were lovely but they were admins whom couldn’t help with much sadly.
It is the management team who soon become hostile and unhelpful should an issue arise.
A simple warning about The Ashes Barns and the Best Day Ever group (ashes is part of this group)
Missing wedding cards and gift money
We are very sad about having to leave this review. We had a wonderful wedding at The Ashes Barns and the venue itself is beautiful. We are devastated to have to leave a negative review, however we want to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else.
Unfortunately, we had a huge come down the following morning when our belongings were returned to us. Our card basket was returned to us empty and our cards were missing, as well as a lot of our items damaged due to poor packing up / storage.
Some of our cards were recovered by staff from the large onsite bins (not covered by CCTV) 2 days later, they were opened and the gift money taken. We were not informed about the recovery of these cards until another 6 days later.
We had a very small, intimate wedding with only close family and close friends, with no extra evening guests. Our card basket was on CCTV all day, with no suspicious activity. All of our guests left the site at the end of the wedding day. Our card basket was taken by a staff member at the end of the night to the 'secure overnight storage room' and was not shown on CCTV at all times. The following morning it was returned to us empty.
We feel that the response from the venue to our incident was abysmal, which caused a highly distressing time for ourselves and our guests to be made even worse.
After reviewing their own CCTV footage, the Ashes manager still had the audacity to suggest that ourselves or our guests might be responsible - even though the CCTV covered the card basket until all guests had left.
We are writing this in hope of helping future and prospective couples. The Ashes event manager informed us that our cards and gifts would be taken to our overnight wedding suite to ensure that they were safe. The online wedding planner informed us that our belongings would be stored securely overnight and that valuables would be locked in a valuables box. However, the T&C's state that the Ashes will take no responsibility for your belongings. We would highly recommend that you ensure that your wedding cards and gifts are safely stored with yourselves or your family/friends and not left with staff.
We do not want this to happen to any future couples. The event manager failed to take our card basket to our overnight suite to ensure safety and resulted in this incident. Although we have been refunded solely for the missing monies, we have raised concerns regarding the conflicting policies and the safety of future couples' property - unfortunately we have received no feedback to reassure us that anything has changed as a result of this incident.
We feel extremely let down by the poor aftercare which caused us even more distress on top of this wrongdoing which should not happen to any couple on their wedding day.
Sadly, this has tainted our view of the venue that we loved and now overshadows a place that should be special to us.
From the get go we knew that we were in safe hands
We couldn't have wished for more and wouldn't change a minute of it (well it would be nice to do it all again next week, lol).
Lots of love from
Nicola and Craig X
We loved the highland cattle too!
We also wanted to personally thank Jayne who made sure the day ran smoothly and the way we’ve envisioned it. She’s done a great job and was so pleasant all the way through our planning.
We can't thank you enough - there’s not a single thing we’d have done differently (apart from perhaps getting less alcohol, but we’re stocked for good few months!!!).
Best wishes, Maggie & Martyn
You are all so lovely and helpful!
Love from the new Mr & Mrs Massey.
Lisa was amazing!
Staff were knowledgeable, friendly and well-presented. They went out of their way to ensure certain requests on the day which was very much appreciated.
Lisa was amazing - very helpful, always around but not too much and always close by if needed. She very much put our minds at ease and helped our day to run smoothly. We had a lot of positive comments about the venue too.
Thank you all for making it such a special day and one that we will remember for the rest of our lives!
We wish we could do it all over again!
Love from Lauren & Dave. xxx
Pass our thanks to Jenkinsons-the food was amazing
Best wishes, Fran & Leroy
From the second we set our eyes on The Ashes it had our heart and we knew it had to be our venue. To then find out that the team making the magic happen were equally perfect was a blessing.
Wishing you all a 2020 filled with good health, happiness and love.
The new Mr & Mrs Birkett. xxx
Breakfast was delicious in the morning!
We also enjoyed our stay in the Country House, breakfast was delicious in the morning.
Merry Christmas to you all! Thank you again! Joanna and Kevin (Penny’s Mum and Dad)
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