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On since 2022

Last update: May 2024

The Old Kent Barn is a wedding and event venue in Swingfield Minnis, a village in Kent, England. Situated in the glorious countryside, this historical setting has been family-owned and -operated since 2005. The onsite barns, lush gardens, and high-quality service will ensure that you and your guests enjoy a one-of-a-kind wedding experience.

Facilities and Capacity

There are 2 barns on site; a purpose-built open plan oak framed barn for indoor weddings and receptions for up to 150 guests and the original 'Old' barn for accommodation, built over 225 years ago. The barns are set in manicured landscaped grounds and surrounded by picturesque Kent countryside, making it the perfect backdrop. The two-and-a-half-acre gardens, which feature formal parterres, are planted with romantic roses, sweeping curved hedges and an informal lake garden with a lit fountain, all set against a backdrop of mature trees. Dedicated gardeners are here on a daily basis. The paved seating area for outdoor ceremonies has a rose and wisteria-covered aisle and glass canopies to accommodate up to 150 guests. Atmospheric up-lights and fairy lights have been placed throughout the grounds for you and your guests to enjoy the surroundings in the evening. Both indoor and outdoor ceremony areas have a high-quality sound system so all your guests can hear the ceremony and music clearly.

Services Offered

The Old Kent Barn offers exclusive use for you and your guests along with calm, precise and supportive management of your day. The team prides itself on the quality and warmth of the service they offer. Mouth-watering and memorable dishes are available from the in-house kitchen, along with their culinary team's renowned attention to detail. They personally work tirelessly with their staff to ensure your wedding is perfect in every way for you, your family and your guests.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Asian wedding
Outdoor license

Ceremony options:

Fire ceremony
Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Elephant baraat permitted
Horse baraat permitted
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Reviews for The Old Kent Barn

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Katherine Sent on 06/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The most perfect venue there ever was

I could not be happier than we chose to have our wedding at The Old Kent Barn. The care and attention to detail the entire team put into everything they do is unmatched. The venue is absolutely stunning, and so many of our guests commented on how incredible it was. The food was amazing - so filling, tasted amazing and looked just as good. We had Sam as our wedding coordinator and she went above and beyond to ensure we had the best day of our lives. I'm so grateful that we found this venue - as it provided us with the most unforgettable day. Thank you TOKB!
Sam Sent on 16/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Best Day of Our Lives

We cannot recommend TOKB enough, the venue, the staff, the food all 5 star. Everything under one roof, super friendly and helpful, everyone went out of their way to help in the planning and on the day. Our only regret is that we can’t do this day again it was just perfect ✨✨ thank you all so much - I would 10000% recommend TOKB special thanks to Chloe - you were unreal with every request we came up with!
Rebecca M. Sent on 10/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing! Fantastic! Wonderful!

A fantastic venue! They sort everything from day one! Food, napkins, co-ordinating the day and even a free food tasting night. The venue is stunning and the staff just make it all the better for it.
Sophie J. Sent on 13/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic venue!

We walked round the old Kent barn and instantly knew it was for us. The staff were so attentive to us, any queries we emailed over were answered within a day! They did such a fantastic job at making sure our day went perfectly. My grandparents were unable to attend due to ill health and the team were kind enough to stream the ceremony so they could at least watch me get married. I honestly cannot recommend or thank them enough for such an amazing experience.
Denise B. Sent on 24/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic day

My daughter and son in law were married here on 19.04.24, it was a fantastic day, the venue was beautiful and the attention to detail was amazing. The staff were all so very polite and professional and could not do enough for us. The rooms we stayed in were so very comfortable and had everything we needed in them. Overall a 5 star experience. Well done to all at The Old Kent Barn.
Melissa Sent on 19/03/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Cannot thank you enough

We cannot thank you enough for all your help and support. Our day was amazing in large part because of the Old Kent Barn staff. Lauren was a fab coordinator (and taxi buddy)

Thank you so much

Mr and Mrs Evans
Rebecca Sent on 14/03/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Could not have wished for a better venue or team

Thank you to everyone at the Old Kent Barn! You made our day so special! We couldn’t of wished for a better venue or team.

Thank you again.

Mr and Mrs Oliver 22.02.2020
Emma Sent on 14/03/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Food was out of this world

Thank you so much to everyone at the OKB. Had the most wonderful day, thank you for all of your help to make our day so amazing. Food was out of this world, couldn’t have asked for a better day.

Love Emma and James xx
Charlotte Sent on 14/03/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Everything I dreamt of and more

The staff at OKB have been amazing – the girls especially Ashleigh made our day run so smoothly. I cannot thank you all enough! My day was everything I dreamt of and more.

Thank you so, so much.

The New Mr and Mrs Harris x
Laura Sent on 09/04/2019
5 out of 5 rating

It is just the most stunning venue

We just wanted to say such a massive 'Thank You' for the absolutely amazing job you all did with our wedding on Saturday.

From the moment we walked into The Old Kent Barn to look around a year ago, we absolutely fell in love with it, and when we looked at other venues, none of them matched up. It is just the most stunning venue - we feel incredibly lucky to have had our wedding here.

But what makes it even more special is everyone who works there. You really are such a lovely group of people and it was a real pleasure to share our day with you.

We had the best day of our lives and we are so grateful for everything you have done for us.
Aimee Sent on 01/04/2019
5 out of 5 rating

We fell in love straight away

Me and my husband Paul looked around a few venues at first then we came to The Old Kent Barn well what can I say it is an amazing venue and we fell in love straight away and booked for us to have our wedding there. We got married on Friday 17th August 2018 from start to finish was fantastic, I have to say the staff are amazing and nothing is to much to ask. I have to say a big thank you to Chessie you are amazing at your job you made me feel so at ease and we’re happy to help my 2 little girls get in there dresses and help with mine. And also a huge thank you to Joe you are also amazing at your job you are all so professional I was feeling a little on edge when you guys said you was finishing now and then you introduced Brandon (I hope that’s right) he was an absolute star helping us in the evening he helped get my 2 girls there pjs so I would just like to say a big thank you to you all. And if anyone is looking for a fantastic venue you definitely have to look at The Old Kent Barn
Alex Sent on 01/04/2019
5 out of 5 rating

The day could not have been more perfect

We had our wedding here on the 7th of December and the day couldn’t of been more perfect. Thanks to TOKB.
Everything from booking the venue to Joshua on team groom ironing our shirts on the day was amazing.
Chessie looked after our wedding and was incredible, she made us aware of everything that was going on throughout the day. Making sure that everything ran smoothly for us.
Brandon was amazing and couldn’t do enough to help us and our guests.
The only disappointing thing is that now our wedding is done.
Kirsty Sent on 01/04/2019
5 out of 5 rating

The barn went above and beyond

My husband and I had the absolute pleasure of getting married at this stunning venue last Friday. The barn went above and beyond in every aspect of the day. Team Bride coordinator Helen was fantastic and the whole bridal party just loved her so much - she put us all completely at ease! Joe was also great for Team Groom! Our guests had the BEST time. The food was stunning. There is genuinely nothing we would change about our day and this is largely due to The Barn and it’s staff. Thank you so much! Mr and Mrs Collins
Lucy Sent on 01/04/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Nothing was too much

We got married at the barn on Sunday. We were absolutely blown away with how stunning the venue was and how amazing the staff were from start to finish. Nothing was too much and they guide you through the whole day. We have had endless comments from our guests. I can now see why the barn and staff win so many awards. It truly is amazing!! Thank you for making our day more than we could have dreamed of. Joe and Lucy x
Hayley Sent on 01/04/2019
5 out of 5 rating

We fell in love from the moment we viewed

We had our Disney/fairytale themed wedding here in June and had the most amazing day. We fell in love with this place from the moment we viewed it back in 2016 and immediately decided to book our wedding here even though it was the one and only place we had viewed.
Everyone at The Old Kent barn are absolutely incredible. The stunning venue speaks for itself and all the staff here are completly dedicated and make sure that not only your wedding day is perfect but the whole process leading up to your special day. The food was delicious and we went for the bbq option which was great, the evening food was great too and we had plenty to go around. The whole day was perfect and everyone here help to make this happen.
Thank you all again
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The Old Kent Barn Real Weddings

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