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The BarnYard

Hartlip, Kent View map Visit website
4.9 out of 5 rating 72 reviews
Menus from £95
50 to 250 Guests

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Your Dream Wedding Venue

Nestled in the heart of the Garden of England, surrounded by 150 acres of stunning Kentish countryside combining rolling hills, natural wooklands and romantic apple and pear orchards, The BarnYard is an enchanting setting for the most memorable day of your life. Tranquil, charming and unique, licesed for Ceremonies and home to both a beautiful old barn conversion as well as a truly luurious grand marquee which can host lavish receptions for 50 to 300 guests. Combing breathtaking scenery, outstanding service and fine locally sourced food, The BarnYard is the perfect setting for your most perfect wedding day!

Why choose The BarnYard?

  • Fantastic Kentish setting with the chance to theme the wedding exactly as you wish
  • Various function rooms and areas for your exclusive use
  • Services of our dedicated wedding co-ordinators and team
  • Choice of wedding ceremony areas to suit the British weather
  • Quality home-cooked, locally sourced Kentish catering with a great choice of menus
  • No charge for children aged 0 to 4 years but catering provided. Children aged 5 to 11 years charged at half the adult package price
  • Use of the grounds and beautiful gardens for fantastic unique photographs
  • Ample free on-site private parking for your wedding guests
  • A fully licensed bar at competitive prices
  • Accessible by car and public transport
  • An informal toast master
  • Gorgeous dressing room for bride and bridal party getting ready on the day
  • Excellent accommodation in the immediate locality
  • AND most importantly... no hidden costs!
  • The luxurious Marquee is set amongst 150 acres of orchards. This beautiful landscape provides an enchanting and picturesque setting, creating stunning photo opportunities.
  • The BarnYard can hold lavish receptions from 50-300 guests.
  • The BarnYard is licensed to hold indoor ceremonies in their Elegant Marquee and outdoor in their stunning Topiary Garden for Spring and Summer ceremonies.
  • The BarnYard provides a variety of food and drink packages to choose from, using fresh and locally sourced ingredients to create truly delicious dishes.
  • The Marquee is a permanent structure catering for all seasons with air con and heating
  • The Marquee features an impressive bar area, dance floor, atmospheric lighting, PA system and toilets.

Frequently Asked Questions

Venue Type:

In the Country
Marquees and Tents
Civil Ceremony Licence
Barn
Outdoor License

Dining Options:

Seated Meal Facilities
Alcohol Licence
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering

Evening Entertainment:

Marquee Available
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
Evening Reception Facilities
DJ Facilities

Venue Staff Assistance:

Wedding Coordinator

Other Features:

Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Confetti Permitted
Pets Welcome
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    Kate S. Married on 03/09/2021
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    Gorgeous Wedding Setting!

    We had our wedding at the BarnYard in September and it was the most magical day, the perfect venue and setting for what we were after. We had so many compliments from guests on the venue being stunning and glad we dragged them there. We did drag our guests a while but without a doubt was worth it for the beautiful Kent countryside, gorgeous outside ceremony area and idyllic orchards.

    We had a BBQ for the main meal on our day, guests said the food was great!

    Without a doubt, we could not have chosen a better venue for us. The size, versatility and beauty of the venue are all amazing and you just have to see it to know what I mean. I wouldn't hesitate recommending this venue to anyone if they are looking for a beautiful outdoor and indoor setting for their big day.
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    Nicola W. Married on 31/05/2021
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    Terrible Attitude to Us

    Our wedding was meant to be in May 2021 but due to COVID restrictions that were in place we sadly had to cancel our wedding. When it became apparent that the restrictions would affect our wedding, we asked The Barnyard, quite reasonably we think, whether we could postpone the wedding to May 2022. We were reticent to book it for later in 2021 because we really didn’t know earlier in the year whether the pandemic would be finally under control and restrictions lifted completely. The best date for us was to roll it over for the same date the following May 2022. When we originally booked the wedding back in late August 2020, obviously we knew that COVID-19 could still be a problem and we asked at the time, that if there were restrictions, could we postpone the wedding to a later date. The answer came back “yes, that would be fine to do and no problem at all” at no point was it said at the time that we wouldn’t be able to postpone for a whole year. If that had been said at the time we would have seriously considered not booking this venue. Only later did they say we couldn’t postpone a whole year. They said we had to take the wedding by 22nd February 2022! They would not change their stance on this at all and would not appreciate the fact that we had already parted with £1995 to secure the venue and we were not going to get this back. It smacked of pure greed. It’s obvious to us that this venue wanted to be able to book in new weddings for the 2022 wedding season. After speaking to other couples that had booked other wedding venues, it became apparent that other venues were considerate in allowing their weddings to be rolled over a whole year. We didn’t want anymore than this, just one year’s grace. Be VERY wary if considering booking the Barnyard as your wedding venue. It would also be interesting to know of other wedding couples who had chosen the Barnyard, if they were faced with the same issue. We can’t be the only ones who have been let down by the barnyard.
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    Lizzie L. Married on 26/05/2018
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    Wedding reception at the Twilight Barn

    We recently had our reception in the Twilight Barn.

    Pros:
    - the venue really is very beautiful, everyone commented on how stunning it looked
    - it needs very little decoration which helps with budget
    - food on the whole tasted good
    - booking process was very easy and organised

    Cons
    - the service just was not good. On the night we had a different coordinator to the one we had booked/planned with. At no point did she introduce herself or speak to the bride and groom other than to ask me how much cake we wanted saving
    - we said there were 100 guests expected - they put 1 person on the bar. Reports from guests were that this person was slow and a number commented on their rude/abrupt manner. It took 30 mins for one guest to get a coffee.
    - other staff on the evening didn't seem bothered about being there.
    - food although good wasn't a great variety and very expensive for what it was (in comparison, where we had our sit down wedding meal was only £5 more per head for a 3 course meal) We had BBQ option. I had to organise all the veggies/vegans being fed first, the staff didn't step in to help
    - the barn is incredibly hot. It was a mild evening but inside was really hot. This wasn't major but maybe something they could consider
    - just something small but when we collected our decorations the next day, our balloons had been left outside all tangled up, and we had to go and look for everything else ourselves. Nobody that was in the office came out even just to say hello and did you have a good night. This just added to our experience of people only really being there because they need to, not because they want to provide excellent weddings

    Overall we had a great night due to our band and all of our guests. I didn't feel that the staff were interested in us or our evening and certainly didn't go the extra mile. For the money we paid, I did expect much more as it wasn't cheap. Friendly, helpful staff would have made this a completely different review. Still, it was a beautiful venue and with a few improvements could do some fantastic weddings.
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    Simon Married on 07/10/2018
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    Our perfect wedding.

    We spent ages deciding on our wedding venue before we found The Barnyard. We knew almost immediately it was the right venue for us. The setting is absolutely beautiful; surrounded by apple orchards, deep in the Kent countryside. The layout and organisation of the venue allowed for a flawless and seamless day. All our guests commented on how beautiful and well-run the venue is. It really was a perfect day and we are very grateful to Claire and the rest of the team for making sure the day was as magical as possible.
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    Peter Married on 06/10/2018
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    Beautiful setting

    We had a twilight wedding. We are a same sex couple and didn't want the traditional service which they were able to cater for. We also didn't want a massive wedding that why we chose the Barn. Everyone who attended said how lovely the venue was. The events team are all really lovely and helpful. Anyone in their team are ready to help. On The day the staff were friendly and helpful, one particular helped our boy who was feeling unwell. The venue looked amazing and decorated as requested and it didn't need too much anyway as it's so pretty. My friends all want to get married here now!
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    Helen Married on 15/09/2018
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    A perfect wedding venue!

    The BarnYard is a fantastic venue for a wedding. My son and daughter-in -law got married yesterday and we had the reception there. There were about 145 guests for the meal and 200 in the evening. We have only positive things to say - it was perfect! The setting is amazing with the fields and orchards behind, the outside seating areas are excellent and the huge permanent marquee is beautiful.
    The food from start to finish was absolutely first class - delicious, well presented and so much of it! Everyone was very impressed. We did not go hungry!
    The staff were polite, friendly, professional and very helpful. The service was slick, smooth and unobtrusive.
    Thank you!
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    Mr Married on 20/04/2018
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    The Barnyard is a lovely venue for a wedding .
    The Marquee staff were very , very good.
    The food hot and very tasty.
    Your teams attention to detail really made our daughter’s wedding day special
    Thank you
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    Emma Married on 29/03/2018
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    Even better than I had imagined.....

    We feel in love with The Barnyard online but even more so when we visited in person. The team were so helpful, giving us idea's, things we needed to consider, advising on suppliers, where to stay, etc. it made the whole planning a lot less stressful! The day of the wedding was just perfect, everything went to plan and the whole team worked together seamlessly. No request was to great. The food was amazing both at the wedding breakfast and the buffet. It was the perfect day. Most of our guests commented that it was the BEST wedding they had been to! This was not just because they enjoyed celebrating with us; they also commented on the beautiful setting of the venue and the lovely team behind the scenes. Thank you The Barnyard for making our special day the best of our lives - I cannot recommend highly enough!
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    Craig Married on 05/10/2017
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    Could not have wished for more.

    A massive thank you to Kerrie and the wedding team for making the day so special and memorable for us. The setting is beautiful and we had the perfect weather, everything ran so smoothly. The high tea wedding breakfast was superb and went down a storm with all our guests. We cannot recommend you highly enough.
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    Felicity Married on 24/09/2017
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    A truely magical day - thank you!!

    Dear Kerrie,

    We just wanted to say thank you so much for all your help and support organising our wedding.
    We couldn't have wished for a better day. The Barnyard looking stunning and with the exceptional weather we had a truely amazing time!
    We will forward you some photos in due course!
    We have had so many positive comments from our guests about how amazing the venue was.
    Thank you for the care and attention you and your team gave Felicity and myself on our special day, nothing was too much trouble. The entire day will be forever in our memories!

    Warmest regards,

    Flick (Felicity) and Rob.
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    Mrs Married on 17/09/2017
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    Our Perfect Wedding Day!

    We got married at The Barnyard and since the new management have taken over it feels like a new lease of life has been breathed into this beautiful place, having booked our wedding 2 years ago. Our wedding day was absolutely perfect, the food was out of this world amazing - hot, fresh and delicious, and the staff could not do enough for my husband and I and all of our guests. Nothing was too much trouble and the venue was spotlessly clean, the staff and owner were friendly and enthusiastic and we truly felt like we were the first and last people to ever marry at The Barnyard they made the experience so special. Our guests have since commented on how impressed they were - with everything from special dietary requirements, to assistance with elderly relatives and children, and the beautiful venue itself. We have since been for another visit and had a lovely Sunday roast, despite the restaurant hosting a hen party at the same time. I can't thank and praise The Barnyard enough - well worth a visit!
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    Mrs Married on 16/09/2017
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    A Perfect Day!

    My daughter had the most amazing day on Saturday Her dream came true as she married Mr Richard Kirby
    Jo and her fantastic team made her day most magical They were attentive to her and guests nothing was too much trouble
    The whole day was a magical event
    The wedding breakfast and buffet was first class The decorations superb
    A PERFECT DAY
    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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    Annie Married on 16/09/2017
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    Silver Wedding Celebration

    We had a wonderful evening with family and friends at this very attractive venue. Drinks to start outside on a beautiful evening in a lovely setting. The food was delicious, hot and nicely presented and there was plenty of room to eat inside or outside. The staff were very helpful and friendly. It made a very special occasion even more memorable
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    Julie Married on 15/09/2017
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    Fantastic Wedding Celebration

    We held our wedding celebration in the barn itself (not the marquee) after getting married overseas. It was quite simply the perfect venue, beautiful and romantic, and the courtyard with its twinkling fairy lights is completely magical once darkness falls.

    All the staff were professional and friendly, couldn't fault them at all. Special thanks go to Tom and Brian with whom we made all the arrangements beforehand - but really I would mention everyone by name if I knew them, as everyone made the evening special to us. We wanted exclusively vegetarian and vegan food, which was outside of their usual offering, but they were helpful and obliging about this and really went the extra mile for us. Everyone commented that the food was totally delicious and attractive, and there was plenty of it, so many thanks for that.

    All in all, a special, beautiful place with great staff.

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