The Great Barn

(81 reviews) 81 5
Upper Aynho Grounds Aynho Banbury Oxfordshire OX17 3AY
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About The Great Barn

Upper Aynho Grounds, Aynho, Banbury
Oxfordshire, OX17 3AY

Set within 250 acres of stunning wooded estate in Oxfordshire, The Great Barn is a romantic and rustic setting for your wedding celebrations. Surrounded by three picturesque lakes, the venue provides the most spectacular backdrops for your day and all-important wedding photographs.

On the day, you will have full, exclusive use of the venue. You and your guests can enjoy a private celebration in the beautiful barns and grounds, and you will benefit from the dedicated services of our experienced wedding team.

The converted, 18th-century barn is made up of two adjoining rooms: the Aynho Room and the Croughton Room. Both spaces are fully licensed to hold civil ceremonies and there is a seperate Dressing Room so you can spend your whole day here.

Both of the spaces capture the rustic charm and elegance of a barn venue with exposed beam and arrow slit windows. They also have French doors which not only allow the natural daylight into the space but open up onto the gorgeous gardens.

The Croughton Room boasts exposed stone walls, beams and wood flooring. The space can seat up to 140 guests for a formal meal and 200 for an evening reception.  The Aynho Room has the bar as well as log fires and comfy leather sofas which provide the perfect atmosphere for a cosy winter wedding.

For your wedding breakfast, we offer a range of options. Our caterers can supply delicious buffets, relaxed hog roasts, or formal four course meals – the choice is yours! All of the menus can be tailored to suit your specific requirements, personal tastes and guest list.

Conveniently located on the Oxfordshire-Northamptonshire border with good access to the M40, The Great Barn is ideal for travelling guests.

• 18th-century barn set within a 250-acre wooded estate • Exclusive use • Capacity for 140 formal and 200 informal • Wedding management service included in fee • Flexible catering • No minimum spend

Facilities at The Great Barn

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Outdoor License
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
150 to 250 guests
Other Features :
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Pets Welcome

The Great Barn Reviews (81)

We would vote 10 if we could!
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By Jennifer & David, on 11 Dec 2018Date of Wedding - 29 Sep 2018

We loved the little extras that were available to us, thank you for the most wonderful wedding, would vote 10 if we could!

We had a magical day!
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By Emma & Dave, on 11 Dec 2018Date of Wedding - 22 Sep 2018

We cannot say enough thank yous for letting us have our wedding with you. Everything was seamless and done with excellent service. We had a magical day!

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By Niki & James, on 15 Mar 2019Date of Wedding - 09 Sep 2018

We fell in love with The Great Barn the first time we saw it and knew it was perfect for our Wedding. Such a lovely space inside and out along with the lakes make it perfect for photos. The Great Barn team were fantastic from the moment we booked right the way through to our Wedding Day! Nothing was too much to ask for and nothing could have made our day more special. Kearney's food was AMAZING!! You won't be disappointed!

It was the perfect venue...
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By Catherine & Neil, on 11 Dec 2018Date of Wedding - 08 Sep 2018

We would like to thank you everyone at The Great Barn for making our wedding day nothing short of perfect! Your thoughtfulness and patience in meticulously supporting us in planning our special day has made it the perfect day that it was. Our guests love the venue as much as we did - we always knew they would. Many of our guests complimented on how well they were catered for throughout the day and the amazing food by Kearneys ( many commented saying it was the best wedding food they ever had). The Great Barn was the second venue we viewed and from the moment we walked through the front door, we knew it was the one for us, and indeed it was the perfect venue. We cannot thank everyone from The Great Barn and Kearneys enough for being the perfect hosts for our wedding.

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By Rachel & Tim, on 11 Dec 2018Date of Wedding - 15 Aug 2018

Thank you for taking care of us so well. The Great Barn was our first choice because it was so beautiful - charming without the need for decoration.

Everybody commented on how amazing the venue was..
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By Emily & Daniel, on 11 Dec 2018Date of Wedding - 26 May 2018

The staff at the Great Barn and Kearneys were amazing for making our day run so smoothly! Everybody commented on how amazing the venue was along with the incredible food. Thank you, it helped to make our wedding the best we could ask for.

An incredible day in an incredible venue!
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By Katrina & Sam, on 11 Dec 2018Date of Wedding - 21 Apr 2018

An incredible day in an incredible venue! We had a truly incredible day, the best day of our lives. We would highly recommend this venue to all engaged couples looking for their dream wedding venue, moreover, anyone wishing to celebrate a special occasion in an equally special venue. We knew The Great Barn was the venue for us almost instantly. Set in beautiful countryside, close to the Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire county borders, the barn is idyllic, surrounded by fields, lakes and is set far enough away from the road to spend a day completely on your own or in our case, surrounded by our nearest and dearest with room to spare. The wedding guest capacity is quite large, so the Barn can accommodate most needs. Kearney's Catering run exclusively at the Barn and we can safely say that the catering on offer is worth every penny. The food was simply delicious and our guests said how wonderful it was, everything from our canapes to our evening pizza bar! David helped us create a menu from scratch, perfect for the season and enough to suit all tastes and cater for all appetites! On the day Jerry and Sue from Kearney's ensured our day ran like clockwork, we never had the opportunity to thank you properly for all that you did but thank you for looking after us and our guests so well. Thank you for such an amazing day in an amazing venue, we will look back fondly on the memories we made at The Great Barn for the rest of our lives.

...Simply magical...
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By Louise & Philip, on 11 Dec 2018Date of Wedding - 06 Apr 2018

Simply magical - we instantly fell in love with the barn. The planning of the wedding was professionally done, any questions or queries were answered immediately and nothing was ever too much trouble. On the day itself everything was more than perfect and Jerry was simply brilliant. The food and canapés were amazing, everyone commented on how much they enjoyed the food. The attention to detail is always at the highest and we had so many compliments on how beautiful the barn was, how lovely the food was and everyone had the best time. You made our day the best ever - an amazing venue to get married at.

The atmosphere you all created for us
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By Charlotte and Craig, on 12 Apr 2018Date of Wedding - 03 Apr 2018

A huge thank you to Jerry and the team for looking after Charlotte and Craig so well for their wedding on Good Friday. You made them and all of us so welcome from the moment Charlotte and her Bridesmaids arrived at about 8.30. Everything was organised so well. The Barn looked magnificent. The canapes and meal were fabulous and your staff so attentive and friendly throughout. Jerry, you were a great Master of Ceremonies. I know that Andy, the photographer, and the musicians were equally pleased to be spending time there. The weather was not kind but that didn't matter in the slightest. Everyone was so impressed by the venue and the atmosphere you all created for us. A memorable day for all, not least the Bride and Groom. Over the last year I have spoken with so many people who have been to weddings with you and they all spoke so highly of your venue. I can see why. Thankyou, from the Father of the Bride.

We had the best day!
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By Rebecca & Sam, on 11 Dec 2018Date of Wedding - 31 Mar 2018

Thank you for ensuring that we had a fantastic day on the 31st March. Everything ran smoothly and we had so many lovely comments about the venue etc. We had the best day! So sad it’s all over. We appreciate that us living the other side of the world probably made things tricky so thanks for your support.

We felt all staff to be more than accommodating
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By Samantha and Carl Tucker, on 12 Apr 2018Date of Wedding - 15 Feb 2018

We booked The Great Barn two years prior to the wedding and we felt all staff to be more than accommodating whenever we wanted to look around the venue, or had any questions. On the day of our wedding all staff were extremely friendly and professional. They helped the day run smoothly and took all the stress away from us. I would definately recommend booking the dressing room as it allowed the bridal party to get ready comfortably prior to the wedding. We would highly recommend The Great Barn to anyone looking at getting married locally.

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By Zara Ward and David Jones, on 12 Apr 2018Date of Wedding - 09 Sep 2017

We had a fantastic day. Thanks so much to everyone at The Great Barn who helped to make our day so special.

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