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About

On Hitched.co.uk since 2020

Last update: May 2024

The Darenth is a private and fully exclusive wedding venue located in Sevenoaks, Kent. We are situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty with views over the Darenth Valley and a manicured landscape. We are conveniently located for guests with easy access to the M25, A2, A20 and within 30 minutes of South East London, Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone.

Facilities and Capacity

Our licensed Gallery is a perfect and magical setting for indoor ceremonies and is elegantly styled. For outdoor weddings, The Pavilion is nestled in a secluded and large private garden. Both our ceremony offerings are suitable for up to 150 seated guests.

For wedding receptions our Ballroom is bright, grand, elegant and can seat between 30 and 150 diners and can accomodate up to 300 evening guests. The Ballroom is private and fully exclusive with a separate courtyard entrance, dedicated bar, patio and garden. Live entertainment and fireworks are permitted.

Other Services Offered

The Darenth features modern onsite en-suite accommodation within walking distance of St. Peter's and St. Paul's Church and Shoreham Train Station. Our dedicated Events Team and Maître d' are always available to assist you in every way possible for and on your specail day. Our vast experience ensures that the nearlyweds' special day is organised, elegant and forever memorable.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Stately home
Outdoor license

Ceremony options:

Fire ceremony
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
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:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Helipad
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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Reviews for The Darenth

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5.0 out of 5 rating
132 reviews
100% recommend it
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Suzanne
Suzanne Sent on 12/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Me and Mrs Lilley 23.09.2023

From the moment you walk into The Darenth we were made to feel comfortable. We were taken on a tour of the venue and booked there and then In October 2022 for September 2023. The staff were knowledgable and professional which is what made us book this venue.

Communication was always good throughout, we visited several times with different family members and the staff were alway welcoming. As an older couple we wanted that relaxed but professional day and this is what we got.

The venue is amazedly clean and beautiful with views of the golf course. We was lucky even to get married outside and the outside area is amazing but the staff make this place and your day the best it could be.

We dealt with Kerrie and Jason mainly but everyone we had dealings with were great. Jason ran the day and he was brilliant, I love a bit of banter and he was excellent and even made it fun when I was so nervous 😊 there was also a lady that run the evening (sorry I can’t remember her name) she was also really good making sure everything was ok and stayed until the last guest left. One thing they did do was made sure the bride and groom kept topped up with drinks all day and night again a nice touch, I didn’t visit the bar once 😀

The food was amazing and everyone commenting on how good the food was. We had 9 children and they even did a 3 course for them with milk or lemonade for the toast which was a lovely little touch and made the children part of the day.

The only thing I would have liked would be to have a dressing room on site for the wedding day rather than travelling from elsewhere but that’s my personal view.

Thank you to everyone involved in our day ❤️
Marie
Marie C. Sent on 10/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A dream become a reality

I couldn’t recommend this venue enough. From the day we walked into the darenth to view this venue we have always felt so welcomed and wanted. They couldn’t do anymore to help us as they went above and beyond. The venue is absolutely stunning from the outside to the inside 💕 myself and my husband would like the thank each and everyone of the staff here at the darenth no words can explain how much you made our dream become a reality 💕 we shall be booking to come back for our yearly anniversary. Highly recommend this venue*5
Gavin
Gavin H. Sent on 22/06/2023
4 out of 5 rating

Quality service however badly lacking flexibility

My Wife & I would firstly like to thank Jason for his professionalism, humour, and his skill in dealing with things in real time which put both of us at ease as well as all of our guests.

The catering staff on the day were magnificent and very caring towards us all.

Another plus was the generous of food which all guests appreciated, from the Canopes, Wedding Breakfast & Evening Buffet.

The only issue we did have is that it was agreed that we would have Jallof Rice with the Curry Goat & Fried Fish, but ending up having Rice & Peas with the Curry Goat.

The Jallof Rice being an African dish & Curry Goat being Carribean would have been excellent as we had them at our planning meeting 5 weeks before the Wedding.

The big disappointment was the performance of the in house DJ (Chelmer Discos).

The fact that we could not select our own DJ made us nervous about the music, hence we kept confirming whether the DJ had experience of performing for a mainly Afro Caribbean crowd.

We were advised that this was not an issue, and it turns out according to DJ that he lacks expertise with Afro Beats, Soco & Reggae.

We also asked for the love sign to be displayed as a backdrop in the Ballroom before the Wedding Ceremony commenced which was agreed upon by Chelmer Discos, however it arrived after 19.00.

When we tried to ascertain why the love sign was not delivered at the time agreed, and also, why the music was not mixed as appose to just playing tracks that we emailed to him.

In response we received a rude & threatening email from the in house DJ - Jimmy.

We both loved having our Wedding at The Darenth and all our guests have all commented on how brilliant it was & they loved Jason.

Regards. Mr & Mrs Hutton-Young





Julia
Julia L. Sent on 09/03/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Jules Lomax

Fabulous venue, immaculately decorated. Kerry, Jason and the team were so kind and professional. I have worked at most venues being a wedding florist, but The Darenth was my choice. We had a beautiful day and they treated my guests like family. I will be recommending them to all my brides
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Danielle B. Sent on 29/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing!! Would 100% recommend!

We got married yesterday at this fantastic venue. Jason and his team were absolutely amazing! The day ran smoothly and without any problems. The ceremony room and reception room are clean and sophisticated and we had the most perfect wedding. The honeymoon suite is stunning. Thank you so much to you all! Would highly recommend.
Jen
Jen B. Sent on 01/10/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Nothing was too much

We originally were a June 2020 wedding.
Obviously that was not possible, Kerry and her team kept in contact, reassuring us it would all work out when the time was right. Without us feeling harassed.

The team helped us have a small ceremony last September 2020, which was lovely. The weather was beautiful and meant a safe outside ceremony.

We then finally got to celebrate this September 2021. They couldn’t have been more accommodating for us, nothing was any issue.

The venue is beautiful, all our guests commented on it.

When we booked our wedding in 2018, we knew this was where we wanted to celebrate, the area is clean and modern, with the romantic touch!

With the build up Kerry’s team were great, calm and professional. On the day Jason looked after us very well, the weather was a bit temperamental, but Jason very much wanted us to be involved in deciding whether to move inside or not. He really helped make us feel special on our day!

Thank you all so much. In a time of such uncertainty we’ve still managed to get married and celebrate how we wanted, with amazing memories from both occasions.

Highly recommend this venue.
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Julie M. Sent on 15/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fabulous venue with a wonderful team!

We found The Darenth when looking for a venue for our twilight wedding. We wanted our wedding to truly reflect us as a couple and where we could be flexible with how the day would go.

When we went to see The Darenth, not only was the venue stunningly beautiful, inside and out, there was a warmth to the place and the team were so friendly and very helpful. From the moment we contacted the team, Lucy was our main contact and couldn’t help us enough. Despite the number of weddings held here, we felt special throughout as if our special day was the main focus for them all. Lucy was great with all the details, understanding what we wanted and offering help and support without pushing anything.

On the day, Jason was amazing at managing the day - making sure we had time to ourselves but that the day ran exactly as we wanted. He was also very supportive and did a great job putting us at ease when we were nervous leading up to the ceremony. The whole team were thoughtful and looked after us all day, making sure we had food and drink and anything else we needed. All our guests commented on how wonderful the staff were and it allowed us to truly focus on enjoying our day. Leigh and Kerry were also fantastic on the day, couldn’t be more helpful.

We had an amazing day, everything went exactly as we hoped and better. A massive part of that was down to The Darenth and their incredible team - we couldn’t recommend highly enough!
K
Kate S. Sent on 28/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Simply amazing!!

We got married at this beautiful venue 11.08.23 and cannot recommend enough!! Everyone commented saying how perfect the day was, and every detail was covered by the amazing staff!! Nothing is ever too much to ask - we want to do it all over again!! Massive thanks especially to Jason, Kirsty & Kerry!! My go to people on the day and leading up to the wedding! But every member of staff were just amazing and on the ball with everything. Thank you from a very happy couple 🤍
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Jenny S. Sent on 30/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Our perfect wedding

We celebrated our wedding day at the darenth on Thursday 25th may.
I can not fault our experience at all. From start to finish Jason/Kerry & the team made our day perfect.
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Joanne Sent on 11/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing wedding venue

Just had my wedding at The Darenth and what an amazing experience it was from start to finish. The staff are all fantastic they made me feel very special on my day. They kept us informed throughout the day with everything that was happening and are all so good at their jobs. The food was amazing and got so many compliments from our guests as did the stunning venue. Special shout out to Jason who was our rock during the day.
K
Kerry M. Sent on 16/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Best Day Ever ❤️

We got married here 2/12/22 and had an amazing day. Everything went to plan. The venue is gorgeous and the team looked after our every need. Jason especially made sure we had everything we needed and a drink in our hand throughout the day. The day went so quick and we wish we could do it all over again. Maybe again in 10 years time.
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Lauren H. Sent on 13/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful October wedding

The darenth was the perfect location for our wedding. From our first visit, we fell in love and the staff treated us so well with canapés and complimentary drinks. Really sets the tone for how professional they are and how well they will treat you on the day. Kerry, in particular, was amazing and guided us every step of the way, answering all our questions no matter how small.
The venue is stunning, modern and clean and has the perfect backdrop for beautiful pictures. The food was amazing, the DJ they recommend is excellent - couldn’t fault it.
Thanks to the team for the smooth running of day - faultless! Would 100% recommend
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Megan C. Sent on 26/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing day!

I was married at The Darenth on one of the hottest days of the year and had the most perfect day. We had a brilliant time and the staff all made it run so smoothly (both on the day and in all the planning beforehand) and we are so grateful. Our guests all commented on how nice the food was and how much fun they had, and how beautiful the venue looked. The guest rooms were modern, comfy and tidy, and very much welcomed after a night of partying! We also appreciated all your help with it being so hot and trying to keep us as cool as possible! I don't think I was ever without a drink in my hand, and all the events team and waiting staff were so helpful and polite. Thank you for giving us such an amazing day - I wish I could do it all again!
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Steve W. Sent on 23/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding reception

We held our daughters reception here on 21/05/22. I am unable to express enough my gratitude to Jason and all of his team and staff for the quality of their service. Always attentive without being intrusive. A special mention though to Jason who was utterly professional throughout and a pleasure to deal with. Thank you for making such a special day run so smoothly. I cannot recommend this venue highly enough.
Georgina
Georgina B. Sent on 02/03/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The venue is stunning

Kerry and the team have all been fantastic, specially as its not been easy with covid going on. The venue is absolutely beautiful and very clean, it isn't far from the train station and they do recommend that guests book cabs in advance. We had an amazing day and the food was delicious, all the guests were saying they really enjoyed their meals.
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Station Road TN14 7SA Sevenoaks (Kent)
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