The Lost Village of Dode

(137 reviews) 137 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 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 (137)

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.

Best Day of our lives
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By Julien & Valentina, on 22 Oct 2018Date of Wedding - 20 Oct 2018

It was literally the best day of our lives. Thank you for making it happen! All your guys and the suppliers were fantastic! Julien & Valentina

Awful customer service
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By Lisa, on 22 Dec 2018Date of Wedding - 19 Oct 2018

Awful customer service, surprised by reviews, a friend got married here this year and they were not accommodating in the slightest! They were told they could have confetti and on the day not and made a massive fuss about it by going on and on and about neighbours complaining and they don’t want to lose their license, this is not how a venue should behave on the day! They were too vocal about everything! Didn’t care about the Bride and groom just about their licence and neighbours.

Doug Chapman, Owner at The Lost Village of Dode responded to this review on 07/01/2019 11:41:15

Sorry, you feel this way - it was only metal confetti that you were told you were not allowed (I’m not sure many venues would want that nowadays) we feel we were highly accommodating considering the various issues there were including the coach etc. The couple and photographer at this wedding were clearing trespassing on a neighbours property which is unacceptable and could have repercussions for all other couples who wish to get married at Dode if our licence is revoked due to neighbourhood objections. We make no apology for being considerate in terms of the environment (metal confetti) or our neighbours (trespassing).

Lost for Words
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By Vanessa & Alfonso, on 07 Oct 2018Date of Wedding - 23 Sep 2018

Dear Dode team, Thank you so much for turning our wedding on 23 September into a truly magical event! From the first day we set foot into the church on a snowy day in March we knew it would have to be “our” venue - and that no other would do. But on the day it surpassed all of our expectations. Our families told us later how atmospheric the inside of the church was when they walked in. They even commented on the music and how fitting it was. The fact that we’d kept the venue a complete secret from all of them made it even more special. Every moment of the day was memorable and you and your team were so warm that it truly felt like a family party. I think I already mentioned to Becky in the run-up to the wedding how much I appreciated that the people you put us in touch with (Russell from Kitchen of Kent, Astrid from Nuptuowls, Robbie from Vintage Games, Cliff and Rebecca from Treats on a Tricycle, Jo from Moody Blooms and Matt James the photographer) were all a pleasure to deal with as well as being exceedingly good at their jobs. Our guests were stunned by the whole experience...their comments ranged from “magical” to “lost for words” and “unforgettable”. We can’t wait to visit Dode again! Many, many thanks! Vanessa & Alfonso

Fantastic day
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By Jon & Hayley, on 11 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 24 Aug 2018

We had a fantastic day and thank you all for your help in the build up to the wedding and on the day. Weather was perfect and all our guests were extremely impressed with the venue. Jon & Hayley

Wonderful time
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By Bronagh & Kevin, on 11 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 23 Aug 2018

Ah thanks Mary and Doug. We had such a wonderful time and thank you so much for your assistance. Bronagh & Kevin

Magical location
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By Sarah & Bryan, on 14 Aug 2018Date of Wedding - 11 Aug 2018

A truly special wedding day in an absolutely magical location. Doug and the team made the day seamless from selecting the venue and planning, right down to covering the tiny details on the day itself. Thank you so much for such a memorable, wonderful occasion with memories that we will cherish for many years to come!’ Thanks so much again for everything Sarah and Bryan

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