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 Day of our lives
Venue Service

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

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
Venue Service

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
Venue Service

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
Venue Service

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

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