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On since 2022

Last update: June 2024

The Priests House is nestled within the Yorkshire Dales, near Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire. It sits adjacent to the ruins of the 12th-century Barden Tower, adding a touch of history to every celebration and boasts stunning views of the scenic Wharfedale Valley. This venue has been home to hundreds of milestone days, and possesses a certain magic that is sure to leave an impression on every guest.

Facilities and Capacity

The Priests House is licensed to host civil ceremonies, allowing you to have every stage of your day in one convenient location. Exchange vows in the lovingly restored Chapel. With its grand windows, stone walls, and original fixtures, it's truly worthy of such an important moment. The chapel can also host wedding breakfasts with more than 30 guests. More intimate gatherings can be hosted in the House which offers original wooden beams and log fires for a cosy and welcoming atmosphere.

Couples and their guests can marvel at the scenery from the courtyard, lawn and orchard, which offer outdoor seating. Overnight accommodation for up to 18 guests is available in The Barn at Barden. An exclusive-use venue, this property offers peace and privacy for your milestone day.

Services Offered

The Priests House offers a range of services and products to help make the planning process as stress-free as possible. This includes having an in-house team to take care of catering, access to a range of decorations, outdoor games and a pick and mix sweet station. We can also provide a floristry service..

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Pub or restaurant
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Chapel or temple on-site
Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:


Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for The Priests House

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Tom P. Sent on 13/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Made our wedding day the one we had dreamed of.

We had our wedding here and it was the perfect day for us. The venue is stunning, food was exceptional and the staff went above and beyond for us to make sure we had the wedding day we dreamed of.
All of our guests commented that it was such a beautiful location and they enjoyed the food so much.
Thank you to Connor, Debbie, Steve, Mark and the rest of the team for making our wedding so special, we will forever be grateful.
Tamaryn T. Sent on 07/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Pure Quality

First of all the grounds are absolutely gorgeous, it's like stepping into a wild fairytale. The Chapel really sealed the deal for us with it's large windows which allow plenty of light in, the rustic bare walls and the incredible decor.
The staff were wonderful and the service we received was second to none. Absolutely amazing all round
Michelle W. Sent on 14/06/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely Amazing

We booked our wedding ceremony at the priests house after visiting the venue and falling instantly in love with the place. Discussed our options with both Steve and conor who were both the friendliest most personable people ever, they really made you feel they cared about making your day perfect. They offered us flexibility that suited our budget. They kept in touch in the lead up, let us come down to check details, try out some decor ideas, not that you need much the venue itself is amazing. The canap茅s were delicious and good drinks options available. We cannot put into words how stunning the venue and chapel was, even on a cloudy day. Our final planning meeting had us feeling 100% reasured everything would be perfect and it really was. The team helped set the room up, ensure our guests were well looked after, everything worked like clockwork. Their friendly approach and sense of humour put a nervous bride and groom at ease. We literally couldn't have had a more perfect and beautiful day. Everyone of our guests was blown away with the venue and I've never seen a photographer so excited when he saw the place. We will be forever grateful to the team for making our day a fairytale come true.
Kate W. Sent on 11/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Truly Amazing

I really don鈥檛 know where to start with the priests house. The photos do not do this place justice, it is a whole other level of out of this world beautiful. From the moment we pulled up in the car park we knew that this was the place for us the whole atmosphere is amazing. The chapel is absolutely breathtaking.

From the moment we contacted the venue for a look around everyone was so responsive and went out of their way to be helpful. Steve showed us round and immediately was amazing really working with our vision and budget and really wanting to help us make it our wedding but wasn鈥檛 pushy at all.

Communication throughout was amazing with the whole team and our day was seamless. Conor organised our ceremony and was incredible. Debbie did our flowers which were the talk of the day and absolutely breathtaking! Every single person at the priests house was lovely and went out of their way to make our day perfect, which it was! I truly couldn鈥檛 recommend them enough!
Luna Sent on 29/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Stunning venue!

We highly recommend this venue. Our guests absolutely adored being there for the day as did we. It was a really easy process to book with them and communication was great also. Our wedding photos look stunning thanks to the visually amazing background provided by the venue :)
Gary F. Sent on 19/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely fantastic !!

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Gary Fowell
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7 hours ago
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Lynn Saxton
Local Guide路40 reviews路8 photos
5 months ago
Lovely place for a wedding. My son married here in December. The weather was cold but the venue and staff were fantastic. Couldn't do anymore to make it such a special day. The meal after the wedding was lovely and presented well. Would recommend this place for a wedding but maybe another month that's a bit warmer.

Abby Butcher
3 reviews路7 photos
a month ago
We couldn't have chosen a better venue for our January wedding, all of our friends and family still mention how perfect the setting was, and how great the staff were throughout the whole day. We must thank Conor for all of his help in 鈥ore

Graham Charles
7 reviews路8 photos
2 weeks ago
As a wedding photographer we've covered weddings at many venues however, none match The Priest House for its lovely food, rich character, and period features all nestled in stunning Yorkshire Dales scenery. Conor and his team always go the 鈥ore




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"The Priests House lies within the intimate and unmatched beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, standing within the presence of the majestic 12th century ruins of Barden Tower. Our authentically restored 15th century Chapel is perfect for exclusive... More
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Gary Fowell
1 review路2 photos
7 hours ago
I am not one to leave reviews on social media however this time I feel compelled to do so.

My daughter and her fianc茅 booked the Priest house for their wedding ceremony and wedding function. They booked one of the twilight packages as Ellis wanted the wedding to be intimate and personal. The wedding took place at 5pm then everything just flowed from that point until midnight.
After the ceremony there were canap茅s and drinks whilst pictures were being taken. We then had the speeches followed by the buffet and disco.

OK, so now we know the order of things it's time to review the service we received from the location and staff.

The location is absolutely stunning, we were blessed with fine sunny weather but I genuinely believe you will be hard pressed to find a location more suited to an intimate and personal wedding. The place was set up to a very high standard and just looked so inviting. You could not have done a single thing to make it any more the inviting.
The owners have all the way through been attentive and responsive and this was carried over to the actual day.
Every member of staff there was again, attentive and responsive but it didn't feel like they were 'staff'. It actually felt like they were all part of the ceremony and we were all there to celebrate whilst maintaining their professionalism. They were brilliant and are an absolute credit to themselves. The Priest House is very fortunate to have people with this kind of attitude and it reflects brilliantly on the venue and management.
Everything we asked for we got. The canap茅s, drinks and food were excellent.
The whole wedding just flowed perfectly and as Ellis said to me, it was the best day of their lives (so far !)

I would like to thank the Priest house for all the work they put in to making it such a great day.

I would 100% recommend The Priest House to anyone looking for a romantic and intimate venue for a wedding.
Thank you.
Tara Sent on 01/01/2020
5 out of 5 rating

So many compliments from everyone...

Both Paul and I would like to express our heart felt thanks for all of the hard work that everyone put into our wedding day.

As soon as I walked into the venue on our look around day, I knew it was the right place for us. On the day the venue was even better than I could ever have imagined. The tables were sensational. All of the finishing touches were amazing!

The food was amazing. So many compliments from everyone. If I wasn鈥檛 in a wedding dress I would have licked my plate clean! Both Andy (vegan) and James (egg and bean allergy) were so happy with all of their food. And Conor brought Andy his own plate of Vegan wedding cake to top it off!
Anne Sent on 01/01/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Thanks for being wonderful!

Debbie, Mark, Conor and staff. Thank you so much for making our wedding day "perfect" in every way. We really appreciate all your hard work. Hope to see you soon but not for a wedding or even a christening!
Shirley Sent on 22/12/2019
5 out of 5 rating

You even arranged the weather!

I am sorry it has taken a while to write this note to thank you for the wonderful day you gave us at Sam and Katya's wedding. Debbie - your floral decorations were stunning; Mark - the food was out of this world and Conor and Kat - the attention to detail and friendliness you gave out party was without fault. You even arranged the weather!

Most of all we cannot thank you enough for being flexible to reschedule the wedding date at short notice.

You have a wonderful venue with professional and experienced individuals who really care that a wedding day is special. Thank you for everything

Shirley (mother of the groom)
Ash Sent on 11/11/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Our day was everything that we wanted and more...

We got married at the Priest house in Feb.. our day was everything that we wanted and more.

Debbie, Mark & staff were all amazing from start to finish. We can鈥檛 thank them enough for everything they did!

The grounds are just breath taking.. and the chapel is my favourite place ??.

Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou.
Asha Sent on 11/11/2019
5 out of 5 rating

A truly fabulous wedding experience...

We recently had the privilege of getting married at this lovely venue. We had a truly amazing day and would just like to extend our gratitude to Debbie and her team who were all utterly fantastic.

They made both ourselves and our guests feel calm, relaxed and very welcome and could not have done enough for us to make sure we were happy on our big day, despite the rain.

The venue and it's setting is absolutely stunning and has been restored impeccably, the people are lovely , professional and very accommodating and the food was fabulous! We had so many guest comments on the beautiful setting and how wonderful they thought the food was on the day. I honestly don't know how they managed to keep to that gastronomic standard for 70+ people.

A Truly fabulous wedding experience.

Thank you
Laura Sent on 11/11/2019
5 out of 5 rating

You always feel a part of the family...

I first noticed this venue whilst out running pre engagement. It鈥檚 rural location and rustic charm caught my eye.

Debbie and Steve were very prompt with communication and we booked to view after confirming they would allow our dog to be part of the day.

Wow, the chapel is stunning and the light floods in creating a truly special place. We knew nothing would compare and agreed a date. We loved how it was family run, it always felt personal and Debbie knows the venue inside out. It took the stress away and the attention to detail was meticulous.

In the lead up to the wedding we went up for Sunday lunch and attended the open day. We knew our guests would be well fed and Debbie would create our vision for the day. They have plenty of decorations which are free to use.

The day itself was perfect and everything as expected. Many guests commented how much they loved the venue and how great the food was, including the portion size. They also plan to come back for Sunday lunch!

This venue is truly memorable and you always feel part of the family and not just a customer. Would 100% recommend.
Dan Sent on 11/11/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you so much for making our day...

Hi Guys

We鈥檝e not long been back from our honeymoon but we just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone involved (Debbie, Steve, Mark, Kat, Conor & co) for how well our wedding day went last weekend. The flowers were just beautiful, the food was amazing and everything was absolutely perfect.

Conor did a cracking job making sure we didn鈥檛 need to worry about anything and everyone loved it. We had so many comments about how amazing the venue was, so we couldn鈥檛 be happier with it all!

Thank you so much for making our big day as special as it could have been.

Daniel and Laura
Clare Sent on 08/11/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Just simply amazing!

The Priests House and Old Chapel is just simply amazing!!

Set in stunning surroundings. However what really sets this amazing place apart from any other is the staff. I had the pleasure of getting married there May 19 2018. Debbie, Steve, Mark and the entire team are amazing and simply couldn't do enough above and beyond. The food is sublime.

We definitely won't be strangers and plan to celebrate many future anniversaries there.
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