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)

Magical and perfect place
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By Louise & Joe Dower, on 17 Aug 2018Date of Wedding - 10 Aug 2018

"Dode is the most magical and perfect place for a wedding and handfasting. The atmosphere is incredible. Despite having the most dramatic thunder storm it enhanced our day. Our guests were speechless and amazed, they had never been to such a unique venue. We had a wonderful banquet followed by joyousness and dance. Doug, Mary and the Dode Team are amazing and could not do enough to ensure our day went smoothly. With Dodes beautiful scenery we were spoilt for choice for photos." A very very happy Joe and Louise Dower

A truly amazing day
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By Karen & Nick, on 28 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 27 Jul 2018

Thank You Dode , Big thanks to Doug & Graham yesterday - ran like a dream it truly was Magic The Gods Of The East, West,North & South Allowed peace in all directions, a few light speckles of rain but it wasn't spoilt A Truly Amazing Day Thank you so much to the whole team at Dode for making our day so magical and special - xx

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By Sarah & Mitchell Crease, on 09 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 06 Jul 2018

Wow, not sure where to begin but I just wanted to say thank you to yourself, Doug & Mary for the joy and privilege of marrying at Dode. We had the best day of our lives and all of our guests agreed it was such a magical, special place to be married. Can you pass along our thanks to Graham for being such a great support to us on the day, and to Ray as well! Dode will always hold a special place in our hearts! Sarah & Mitchell

Fantastic day
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By Ian & Tony, on 16 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 30 Jun 2018

Hi Douglas/Mary, Thank you for making our wedding day a fantastic day, and one everyone thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks again for making the day so special for us! Kind regards Ian Hosking

Fantastic day
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By Andrew & Diane, on 25 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 16 Jun 2018

Dear Doug & Mary We had a fantastic day at Dode - Graham couldn't have been more helpful! Best wishes Andrew & Diane

Fantastic day
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By Lee & Charlotte Garratt, on 17 Jun 2018Date of Wedding - 12 May 2018

Me and my husband got married here on the 12th of May this year. It was a fantastic venue. Would definitely recommend. Staff were extremely helpful in terms of responding to emails and questions, were present on the day to help with the smooth running of the service and seemed genuinely happy to celebrate the day with us. Our wedding pictures have come out incredible due to our amazing photographer @stevewood and also as a result of the building itself. A great day and well worth every penny! Thanks again Charlotte & Lee Garratt

Perfect Place
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By Tom & Monique Shepherd, on 18 Jun 2018Date of Wedding - 03 May 2018

We would like to thank you, Doug, and the rest of the team, for all you did to make our wedding run smoothly. Hopefully we will return to Dode sometime soon! The Lost Village of Dode was the perfect place for us to get married, and knew we wanted to enjoy our special day there from the moment we visited. Owners Doug and Mary are extremely helpful, and make the whole process of organising a wedding at Dode as trouble-free as possible. We were made to feel very welcome, and for one day, Dode truly felt like it was ours. Best wishes, Tom and Monique

There is nothing else like this!!
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By Karen & Jim, on 31 Dec 2017Date of Wedding - 16 Dec 2017

What can I say about this place? It is truly magical, we had our wedding here on December 16th and it is a day I will never forget, a beautiful building with a kissing bough, and lit torches on the wall, amazing atmosphere and true authenticity. We followed the ceremony with a hand fasting and again a wonderful experience despite the rain. As my friend said to his son, "you will go to many weddings in your life but never will there be another like this" Hope this is ok let me know if you want a couple of pics sent Karen

Brilliant Day
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By Chris & Mandy Bell, on 13 Dec 2017Date of Wedding - 09 Dec 2017

Hi Doug & Mary Just wanted to drop you a quick line to thank you for allowing Nik & Naomi to marry at Dode and being so kind as to do the hand fasting for them. It was great to see you. It was a brilliant day and would be so kind as to pass our thanks on to Graham who greatly assisted us on the day and helped tremendously in keeping things running smoothly. Hopefully if won’t be too long before we meet again in the meantime take care and know that Dode and yourselves will always be special to us. Chris & Mandy Bell

From the bottom of my heart...
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By Daniel & Holly Rose, on 11 Dec 2017Date of Wedding - 01 Dec 2017

Hi Doug & Mary Just thought I would drop by to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you have done for myself and Dan to make our wedding so special. From the day ( 2 years ago nearly) we stepped in Dode and met you we knew instantly that was our venue! Everything went to plan right from the start. Stress free with nothing to worry about. You have all been amazing both yourselves ,Graham, Ray everyone!!! I had wedding blues so we drove up to Dode today just to see it in its snow glory and my gosh it was beautiful! A couple was just leaving from the cottages who had their wedding yesterday and we got chatting. Honestly from both our hearts without you all our wedding day wouldn’t have been possible. We collected our professional photos last Wednesday. I will send some over to you via email. Can’t wait to be back for the Christmas carol service next week. Lots of love Holly and Dan 01/12/17 x

Big thank you
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By Matti & Patti Pope, on 01 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 30 Sep 2017

We would just like to say a big thank you for everything. Yesterday was a fantastic day and we couldn't have asked for a better time! Matti & Patti

Lovely Day
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By Laurence & Frankie Rose, on 01 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 09 Sep 2017

Dear Doug & Mary - Many thanks again for helping us celebrate our lovely wedding at Dode. Regards, Laurence and Frankie

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