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Last update: June 2023
The Secret Garden is a wedding venue located in Ashford, in the Kent region of England. As a family-owned and operated business, this establishment is committed to ensuring that your big day is unforgettable. Nestled in the Mersham Le Hatch Estate, the venue offers a picturesque, romantic, and tranquil backdrop for celebrations of love.
Facilities and Capacity
The Secret Garden is available for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Licensed for ceremonies of up to 90 guests, the chapel boasts stunning courtyard views. Meanwhile, The Glass House can accommodate ceremonies of up to 50 guests and seated dining for 24 people. This vintage glass greenhouse offers an intimate ambience for weddings and a private herb garden for an alfresco meal. The venue’s other outdoor ceremony spaces include the gazebo and terrace, located in the walled gardens. You and up to 90 guests can enjoy a three-course meal in the Main Coach House for your wedding breakfast. Once home to the estate’s carriages and horses, this structure was restored in 2006 to provide a warm and whimsical ambience. Through its double doors, you and your guests will find a terrace overlooking the walled Victorian gardens. This space is also suitable for evening receptions of 150 people.
The culinary team at this venue works hard to create a wedding meal that leaves a lasting impression. Their wedding packages include your choice of a three-course A la Carte menu, Kentish BBQ, Feasting Menu or Afternoon Tea. With evening food that truly offers something for everyone, including wood fired pizzas, gas pan paella, grazing tables and many more.
The event staff at this venue are dedicated to producing memorable wedding occasions. Their all-inclusive packages provide a wide range of event rental items and services. Before your big day, their team will provide you with planning advice to ensure a stress-free and smooth event. They are happy to manage table decoration and room set up for your convenience on the big day. The Secret Garden provides many event rental items, such as linens, tables, Chivari chairs, cake stands, easels, and vintage garden games. They also include the necessary dining equipment such as crockery, cutlery, glasses, and china. As a special touch, you and your guests can even play an assortment of vintage garden games during your event.
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The Secret Garden
Olly Knight Photography
The Wedding Chaps
Scott Kendall Photography
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Perfect wedding venue for us
We got married there in August and had the most amazing day. Alisha and the team were outstanding and so organised. We did not have to worry about anything at all on the day and the team always made sure that we had everything we needed.
We were so happy with the food - we went for the feasting menu and it was not only delicious, there was also so much of it! We got a lot of great feedback from our guests, so thanks again to the chefs.
We had the best day and would highly recommend the Secret Garden to anyone! Thank you to Alisha and the team once again for the amazing day!
Amazing Venue & Team
The perfect venue
The Perfect Wedding Venue
The venue speaks for itself, as it is stunning and is very special to us anyway, as it is the last place we had afternoon tea before my mum passed away in 2017.
The staff are very attentive and organised. They ensured that we had everything we needed and nothing was too much effort on the day. They went over and above for all of us.
The food was amazing and the feedback from our guests about the menus on offer was great, the best wedding food they've had! So, compliments to the chefs!
All in all we didn't want it to end. The glasshouse was very cosy and intimate once the sun had gone down and the perfect romantic setting for the evening.
We had the best day and would highly recommend the Secret Garden for a wedding!! Thank you to Josie and the team once again! ❤️ 💛
A Magical Venue
Upon learning that the Glass House was not available for November, our plans and numbers have started evolving. Throughout this period of making and changing decisions almost every day, the team had always been very kind and patient. We ended up holding our ceremony in the Chapel at twilight and the reception in the Coach House during the evening. All the spaces were already so beautiful that we had minimal decoration, mostly candles and fairy lights, and it turned out truly magical!
A big hurrah to our coordinator Alisha, and all the staff who made us feel so special from the moment we walked through the beautiful orchard to the last moments of our night. We must also mention how great the food was, but especially the care given to accommodating our dietary requirements, which made us feel very safe.
Thank you to everyone at the Secret Garden for making this all possible!
The Secret Garden Dream Team
Excellent professional and caring experience
The most stunning venue
The day was incredible and we are so glad we booked here. Our guests commented that it was the best wedding food they had ever had! And having a gorgeous backdrop definitely helps for gorgeous photos. 100% recommended!
Lily and Charlie xx
Most amazing day
Absolutely amazing day
Would 100% recommend
Most amazing day ever !
We choose to have the 3 course meal were guest had the choices between starters - Lamb kofta , pork belly and Cheddar Croquettes
Mains- beef , chicken and salmon
Desserts biscoff Cheesecake, brownie or creme burlee.
Then me had the evening bbq
And every single dish was incredible all my guest were absolutely raving about the food and are still talking about it .
The day ran so smoothly thankyou to amy , alisha and the team and made mine and my partners day one to truly remember and treasure for the rest of our lives.
Perfect from start to end
We have just returned from our honeymoon in Yorkshire and would like to say thank you to everyone involved in making our day so special.
Mike at boombox for getting everyone on the floor and dancing, the bar staff and waitresses for not only serving the guest but actually being part of the celebrations and being so warm and friendly.
The food was out of this world and we had some great comments regarding the food from our guest.
All in all everybody had a great time and this was down to everyone at the Secret Garden.
Thank you so much x
Lovely intimate wedding at the Secret Garden
The most magical day!
The most precious day
Perfect Wedding Venue
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