The Lost Village of Dode

Great Buckland, Gravesend (Kent) DA13 0XF Map · Telephone · Website
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About The Lost Village of Dode

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
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4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of the Service 4.9
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value for Money 4.9
  • Response time 4.9
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    Eddy Mills · Married on 19/09/2020

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    Amazing Venue

    We got married here on 19.9.20 and had an absolutely amazing day the pictures do not, do this place justice Graham was very helpful and made everyone welcome and at ease and was very accommodating
    Thank you to everyone at Dode for making our day amazing
    Eddy & Cheryl

    Sent on 20/09/2020
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    Rachel & Andrew · Married on 27/09/2019

    5.0
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    Best time ever...

    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

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    Mr & Mrs Gibbons · Married on 13/09/2019

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    Truly incredible day

    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

    Sent on 16/10/2019

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The Lost Village of Dode FAQ

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

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