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On since 2020

Last update: November 2023

Combining historic charm with rustic elegance, The Tithe Barn, formerly known as Barns Hotel, is an award-winning, 800-year-old riverside venue located in Bedford, Bedfordshire. This property is sure to embrace you and your guests from the minute you arrive with its captivating scenery.

Facilities and Capacity

Situated in a beautiful riverside location with newly manicured lawns, The Tithe Barn has many period features, wonderful views over the River Great Ouse, and a stunning new Tipi tent for receptions. With so many options available, it allows you to snap amazing photo opportunities anywhere and make memories you will never forget. This venue's event space boasts a charming rustic aesthetic with high ceilings, wooden beams, and hanging bistro lighting for an added whimsical look. At The Tithe Barn, you can enjoy a wedding celebration with a team of expert event coordinators who strive to tend to every aspect of the planning experience.

Services Offered

The dedicated wedding team prides themselves on delivering a magical experience. Partnering with the finest wedding suppliers in Bedfordshire, the wedding team will assist you with special attention to detail so you can wine, dine, and celebrate the best day of your lives. Located just 10 miles from the M1 and 8 miles from the A1, The Tithe Barn can accommodate up to 90 guests for your ceremony and 120 for your evening reception. There are also 49 bedrooms, including three-period suites, for you to stay over the night before, be pampered, and get prepared with your bridal party. The venue is also wheelchair accessible and has ample parking available to convenience all guests arriving for the occasion.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities
Outdoor fireworks permitted

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for The Tithe Barn

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88 reviews
99% recommend it
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Jack E. Sent on 20/10/2023
4.2 out of 5 rating

Beautiful venue

Hermione & the rest of the weddings team were absolutely brilliant, made the day run so smoothly and no request felt like too much of an issue
Katie A. Sent on 03/11/2022
4.8 out of 5 rating

Wonderful venue

We got married on 29.10.22, the Tithe Barn were absolutely amazing. The staff were helpful, friendly and professional, particularly Lucas and Scott who were our on-the-day coordinators and everyone who helped us on the lead up to the. The venue itself is a gorgeous rustic barn with all the mod cons and attached to a lovely hotel and restaurant. We chose to add a marquee for the day and it was a great additional space. 100% would recommend!!
Hannah Sent on 09/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Our perfect day!

We got married at The Tithe Barn Bedford on the 31/08/2022. We had the most perfect day! From booking to planning to food tasting to the stay in the bridal suite, the organisation, the set up, the staff, the food, the professionalism, everything was fantastic! We cannot fault anything at all. Thank you to The Tithe Barn for making our day everything we dreamed of and more!
Giuseppina Sent on 21/02/2024
3.4 out of 5 rating

Unprofessional staff

Some staff are shockingly unprofessional and rude which then means others have to pick up the slack. No flexibility with menu tasting dates so almost didn't have one.
Suites are dirty which is a shame as the venue is beautiful.
Food was lovely and portion size is big.
If you bring your own decor, make sure you get it back on the night otherwise it'll go walk abouts with back to back weddings.
Gabriella Sent on 08/08/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you to everyone...

Hi Sam,

Hope you’re well.

We just wanted to send you a quick message to thank you and all the staff at the barns for our perfect day.
All the staff on hand on the day were amazing!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to making our day run smoothly.

Kind regards
Gabriella and Sophie
Nikki Sent on 08/08/2019
5 out of 5 rating

The most magical day of our lives.

Hi Sam

I just wanted to take a moment to let you know how grateful we were to the barns team on Friday.

When the day started and Alec arrived I was so dubious having not dealt with anyone other than you that he would be able to deliver our day the way I had wanted.

I had nothing to fear. Alec deserves a medal for the amount care and attention he put in. He didn't just over see our day he bent over backwards to ensure every detail was perfect.

My cake had arrived looking like a second thought and nothing like what we had paid for and I mentioned casually to Alec that I was disappointed by it and explained how it should of looked. Before I knew it his team had raided the kitchen and fixed the cake to look as it should have and I can not thank them enough for this, it was way above and beyond any level of customer service that could have been expected from them but they did it anyway!

Alec was charming and professional throughout, he engaged with my guests and quietly stood back at all the right moments. He checked with great care that everyone was happy and went out of his way to rectify any problems even fetching a blanket for my sleeping youngest.

The barns team out did all our expectations and we really did have the most magical day of our lives.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,

Mr and Mrs Feller
Anonymous Sent on 08/08/2019
5 out of 5 rating

We just want to do it all again!!

Good Morning Sam,

We just wanted to say Thank you so much to you and everyone at The Barns involved in our day on the 3rd of May. Mags & Alec we’re so attentive throughout the whole day and made us feel nothing was too much trouble. Holly did a great job of running the evening and keeping me involved.

Thank you for your help on the build up, you must have so many weddings to plan but you knew exactly how to calm my over worrying mind!!

We just want to do it all again!!
We will be back!

Mr & Mrs Barker
Gemma Sent on 08/08/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Our wedding was absolutely perfect...

Our wedding was absolutely perfect, thank you so much. We could not fault anyone who assisted on the day and guests have commented on how pleasant and helpful all staff members were. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble and any questions were answered with a smile on their faces. They all made me feel so special and therefore had all my trust on what was obviously a very important day. I would recommend your venue to anyone that it would suit.

I have already told Rob we will certainly be coming back for meals on our anniversaries- the food was delicious!!

Thank you again for everything,

Cheryl Sent on 08/08/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Made our wedding day extra special

Hi there Sam....

Just wanted to say a very big thank you to yourself and your staff members that made our wedding day extra special...we cannot thank you enough.
Alec was top class on the day and attended to all our needs he really exceeded and gave us 100% ..

I am still buzzing and we have just got back from our Honeymoon..

...thankyou once again you are all amazing.
Sylia Sent on 08/08/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Could not have been more efficient...

Just a note of thanks for looking after us on our special day last Saturday.

Such a lot of planning goes into those few hours but your venue, and of course the weather, combined to make it a beautiful and special day that we will remember for ever.

I would particularly like to single out Alec our Co-ordinator for the day who could not have been more efficient, and full of empathy for all of the Wedding party and their needs – something that is sometimes missing in staff who deal with customers on a regular basis, handling what are in reality the same old questions and issues!

The Hotel Manageress on the day and in breakfast the following morning, whose name sadly escapes me, could also not have done more to make us feel valued.

I trust you will pass on our gratitude to your team.
Phil Sent on 21/04/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you.

We just want to say a huge thank you to everyone at the Barns for everything you have done to make our special day perfect. We couldn't have asked for a better team to look after us. So many people commented on how lovely the venue was and how nothing was too much trouble. They really did go above and beyond. Thank you again Phil and Sarah Molyneux
Michelle Sent on 21/11/2017
5 out of 5 rating

We had a wonderful time

Dear Sam,
Thank you for your lovely email to both of us.
Both Jon and I would like to thank you and all of the staff at The Barns for making us feel so welcome and ensuring that our wedding day ran so smoothly.
We had a wonderful time and our friends and family thought that the setting was absolutely wonderful along with the horse and carriage that made the whole setting truly magical.
We would also like to thank you for the added extra attention you paid to lighting candles and presents birthday cakes to both Jon and our daughter Lily on the following day as she turned 13 years old, this helped to make both Lily's and Jon's birthday's so special.
We have just returned from a wonderful honeymoon in Portugal and look forward to now starting our journey in our married life together.
Thank you once again you have helped to make our day so very special and both Jon and I will remember our day for the rest of our lives together.
Best Wishes
Michelle & Jon
Melissa Sent on 21/11/2017
5 out of 5 rating

We would definitely recommend The Barns Hotel

Afternoon Sam,

Thank you for your email.
We had an amazing day and cannot thank the staff enough - especially Rebecca.
Although there were a couple of things, they were dealt with quickly and importantly Mark and I were not aware of them at the time. Rebecca dealt with these issues as did my brother our Usher.
Aside from these minor issues, we had an amazing day. We had heard very good opinions of the Barns (service included) towards the build up of our day and can honestly say you have exceeded our expectations and hopes.
We would definitely recommend The Barns Hotel as a venue for any special occasion.
A huge thank you and well done for ensuring that our day went smoothly and to help in making it memorable for all the right reasons.

Thank you.
Melissa & Mark
Kirsty Sent on 21/11/2017
5 out of 5 rating

It was the perfect day!

Hi Sam,

Thank you so much to you and your team! It was the perfect day and everything ran smoothly and the venue was gorgeous. Margaret was amazing and nothing was too much for her.

I would definitely recommend you to anyone getting married.

Many thanks,
Kirsty and Darren
Kelly Sent on 21/11/2017
5 out of 5 rating

The only way I can describe the day is Epic!!

Hi Sam,
The only way I can describe the day is Epic!!
Leah was absolutely amazing & it couldn't have been more perfect. There were a couple of minor niggles, but nothing worth mentioning really.
We absolutely love The Barns & so did all of our guests.
We are very grateful for the memories we will share forever.
Thank you for all your time & patience Sam. I want to do it all again!!
Kelly & Steve
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