The Lost Village of Dode

(143 reviews) 143 4.94
Great Buckland Luddesdown Kent DA13 0XF
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About The Lost Village of Dode

Great Buckland, Luddesdown
Kent, DA13 0XF

Unique, exclusive-use, lovingly restored Norman Church is available for intimate civil ceremonies, hand fastings and private events for up to 42 people.

As voted in the Independent as being one of the country’s 50 best Wedding venues, the Lost Village of Dode Is undoubtedly one of the most exclusive and sought after Wedding venues in Kent.

Far, far away, in a magical place, where time has stood still, in an almost forgotten valley between Luddesdown and Holly Hill, nestled in the North Kent Downs in the South East of England, there stands a beautiful, charming, enchanting, privately owned, romantic, former Norman church – the only trace of the now ‘lost’ village of Dode. 

The Lost Village of Dode is perfect for couples who want to begin their tale of love, romance and desire, either inside or outside. You can choose from an intimate indoor Civil Ceremony or Partnership and Renewal of Vows. Or for an outdoor Blessing or Pagan Handfasting Ceremony, you can hold your event within the ancient Stone Circle followed by a lavish Wedding Reception, with dancing and then stay overnight, onsite, in one of the two superb award-winning cottages.

We offer bespoke weddings, tailored to each couple, or package weddings, so you can have your perfect day exactly the way you want it.  After your ceremony guests usually spend time in the stunning grounds, enabling you to have your group photos and enjoy a glass of bubbles and perhaps a selection of canapes. And for your evening reception, we work alongside a number of fantastic professional caterers who can provide a Medieval Style Banquet Wedding Breakfast Reception with all the trimmings. Your Wedding Breakfast might include a hog roast or a roast lamb or we can cater for various dietary requirements...We can also offer a number of unique additions to your day including Ollie the Owl to deliver your rings, or bubbles as you leave the church.

No hidden charges and no corkage charge either!

To end the evening why not choose to add a final chapter to your epic love story by booking one of our award-winning on-site cottage retreats.

For more information please contact our Wedding Coordinator Becky who would be more than happy to discuss your requirements with you.

• Kent Countryside venue with a Church for non religious civil ceremonies • Exclusively yours for the day • Gay friendly • Winter/Christmas Weddings • Professional team of caterers and no corkage fees • On-site award winning cottage retreats including hot tub

Facilities at The Lost Village of Dode

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Chapel on Premises
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Car Parking
Pets Welcome
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Allows Private Catering
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator

The Lost Village of Dode Reviews (143)

Best time ever...
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By Rachel & Andrew, on 16 Oct 2019Date of Wedding - 27 Sep 2019

Becky we had the best time ever! So happy we chose dode it was truly magical Flying pig were fantastic flowers from no were just perfect and the cottages just topped it off. Ray and Graham were brilliant too. So helpful and really friendly made it run smoothly x

Truly incredible day
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By Mr & Mrs Gibbons, on 16 Oct 2019Date of Wedding - 13 Sep 2019

We just wanted to thank you for what was the most truly incredible day. Everything was better than perfect, the ceremonies, the food, the venue itself, just magical. The whole wedding party said it was the most amazing wedding they'd been to. We can't express our gratitude enough. The official photos haven't come back to us yet, but we would love to share them with you. It would be wonderful to visit again. Thank you again, from the bottom of our hearts. Mr and Mrs Gibbons

6th September 2019
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By Rachel and Mark Noon, on 11 Oct 2019Date of Wedding - 06 Sep 2019

What can I say about this venue?! If you’re looking for somewhere truly magical, unique, romantic and want a wow factor, this is the place. The lost village of dode had always been on my wedding wish list and when we went to view it, we looked no further. We viewed it in June 2019 and got married here on the 6th September 2019, that’s how brilliant the package is, supportive and helpful the team there are! We loved the place so much we couldn’t wait to get married there! We can not put into words how friendly, helpful and special the whole team at the lost village of dode are. Particularly Doug and Graham, who put my bridal worries to rest and kept me calm on a few occasions! We highly recommend the package, as the catering team, florist and photographer are simply amazing. I can not stress enough, you will not find any better than them guys! We also did the hand fastening, which was such a lovely, spiritual touch to our special day. We can’t wait to go back in a year and one days time to renew them. Thank you Lost village of dode!

The best days of our life....
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By Mark & Jenny, on 09 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 22 Aug 2019

We have just had one of the best days of our life. Every single thing that happened was perfect. Graham and Ray were great all the way through the day. Graham I especially want to single out for just making us and everyone feel at home and relaxed the whole time we were there. The dode is wonderful and all of our guest were so stunned by just how beautiful it was. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts so letting us use your amazing place. Its now a very special place to us too.

It is truly a magical tranquil place...
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By Sally & Steve, on 09 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 17 Aug 2019

On Saturday I felt as though I was the luckiest bride to ever have walked down the aisle & take their husbands hand, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been, but we both feel as if we’ve been blessed with a new chance at life we thought we’d never experience again. So a huge ‘THANK YOU’ once again to Team Dode for all of your hard work it was really appreciated, however big or small your role, everyone played an important part in our journey making our special day go as smoothly as it did, you all have helped contribute to memories that we can cherish & keep in our hearts for always. To think that almost a thousand years ago ceremonies took place at Dode not to dissimilar to ours & on the 17th August 2019 we now all played a part in Dode’s history, it is truly a magical tranquil place & our wedding felt like a fairytale, a perfect start to our new life as husband & wife. We wish you & your team & families every happiness & all the best for the future & we are so pleased our paths crossed, May the future hold greater joys for you all to treasure.

Our wedding was perfect!
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By Mary & Andy, on 09 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 10 Aug 2019

Our wedding was perfect! Yourself, Mary, Doug and Graham were brilliant from the day we booked, always offering kindness and support. You made us feel special and we felt that you really cared about making wedding perfect. We love Doug, as did our guests, and our handfasting ceremony was beautifully delivered by him. You kindly gave us time to decorate the church with my Dad’s flowers and because of how well Dode is loved by you all, the venue was stunning. We felt like we didn’t have to worry about anything on the day due to the coordination and hard work of Graham and The Flying Pig Kitchen. Both of whom were excellently-humoured and friendly to everybody throughout. Dode was already, but is now even closer to our hearts as the place of our most special day. Our wedding couldn’t have been in a better place or in the hands of better people and we thank you all!

Truly a unique place...
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By Colin and Mo, on 04 Jul 2019Date of Wedding - 14 Jun 2019

We just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and Graham and your team for making our daughters wedding so special last Friday. The Lost Village of Dode is truly a unique place but what makes it so magical is the ethos and the feeling that you have created there through your own personality. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to start them out on their married lives in the the most perfect way. As I think you know the guests came from all over the world, including the North of England ??, and they were absolutely blown away by the setting, the ceremony and the refreshments. Your team and Jo Moody, Sally and Rob, and Matt were fantastic. Thank you again and kind regards

A touch of magic and elegance not found elsewhere
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By Lauren & Robin Dowd, on 16 Aug 2019Date of Wedding - 08 Jun 2019

After many years of planning (Roughly ten months ago actually) we decided to get married, we both plan for a living so it became apparent that there were certain criteria to be met. We required a single venue for a limited number of guests and family. A place with a unique feel and no religious implications, though an amount of pomp would be favoured. With our (Lauren’s) research only one venue fitted the bill, we were well guided by Doug (Owner)and Becky (Coordinator) but come the sunny/rainy day that we were due to be married, Graham our host for the day really shone through as he enabled minibus offloading, parking management, guest wrangling and later in the day he also stood in as MC and music arranger (Most of our tech failed on the day). Dode is as good as it looks on the brochure, better in fact, the package we went for was as full as we required and none of us felt rushed at all. Becky had put us in touch with the caterers who were superb, the photographer who did an excellent job in capturing our day, the Vintage Games company whose games provided some great entertainment and the florist who provided beautiful bouquets and displays. The day went very smoothly and I am pleased to say all that were at our wedding had a brilliant day. The location provided a touch of magic and elegance that we would not have found elsewhere. We will remember our day fondly for the rest of our lives. Thank you to all at Dode we are very grateful for you making our big day so special! Love Lauren and Robin xx

What an amazing day
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By Chris & Sally, on 10 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 06 Jun 2019

Just wanted to say a massive thank you... To all at dode... What an amazing day ???????? ?? Every single person from your team went the extra mile and beyond. I would like to note for Doug please that Graham was outstanding. A massive help, ultra friendly and looked after everyone like they were his family... I can't praise him enough ?? We can't thank you enough for such a perfect day ?? Doug was superb with the hand fasting... Ray with the music And Matt photographer brilliant Lastly Rob, Sally and team at the flying pig... Second to none ?? Kind funny and so helpful and professional.... With the best wedding food we've ever had. Love to all of you Chris and Sally Barnett

Everything was just perfect
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By Amber & George, on 19 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 03 May 2019

As soon as we walked into dode we decided it was the place where we were going to get married, we hadn’t even looked anywhere else. We booked it there and then. Dode is truly magical and to be able to wed there was a dream come true. From the very beginning, everything was dealt with smoothly and ease. There was no stress at all involved in planning our wedding. Doug and Becky made everything simple for us, down to offering suggestions for wedding suppliers to planning the timing of the day. Dode doesn’t need any decorating as it’s already so beautiful. The caterers, photographer and florist that were supplied by dode in our package were more than we could have asked for and everything was just perfect. Any special requirements such as bringing a piano up on to the alter for a sing song in the evening or having our first dance outside in the grounds of dode was also catered for! We were told by our guests that it was the best wedding they had ever been to and that the day just flowed naturally. It was one of the best days of our lives thank you so much for making it perfect.

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By Cliff & Rebecca, on 10 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 23 Apr 2019

Cliff & I had our Wedding Vows Renewal on Tuesday 23rd April @ 3pm, which was the exact date & time 25 years ago when we said "I Do" the first time. Our Pagan ceremony of Hand Fasting & Jumping The Broom was a great representation of us as a couple now. Dode Church was breathtaking, with its stone walls lit by candles, straw covering the floor, and little benches made warm by sheepskin. The venue memorized not only us, but our lovely guests too, with its wealth of history and mystery. Thank you for allowing us the privilege to hold our ceremony there.

Special place
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By Rick & Maxine, on 31 Oct 2018Date of Wedding - 21 Oct 2018

Rick Weaver 21 October Lovely day at Dode hand fasting. Such a special place. Thanks Doug. See you again.

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