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The Secret Garden

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Menus from £85
2 to 150 Guests

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Menus from £85
2 to 150 Guests

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 on 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 both wedding ceremonies and receptions. Licensed for ceremonies of up to 90 guests, the Chapel boasts stunning views of the courtyard. 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, both located in the walled gardens. For your wedding breakfast, you and up to 90 guests can enjoy a three-course meal in the Main Coach House. 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.

Services Offered

The event staff at this venue are dedicated to producing memorable wedding occasions. With their all-inclusive packages, they 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. On the big day, they are happy to manage table decoration and room setup for your convenience. The Secret Garden provides a wide range of 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.

Cuisine

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 wedding breakfast, afternoon tea, feasting menu, BBQ, paella feast, or picnic menu. Highlights from the menus include beef bourguignon, chicken supreme, slow-cooked lamb, and seafood paella.

Frequently Asked Questions

Venue Type:

Exclusive Use
Chapel on Premises
In the Country
Pub or Restaurant
Historic
Woodland and Festival
Civil Ceremony Licence
Outdoor License
Unique Weddings

Dining Options:

Seated Meal Facilities
Corkage Option
Allows Private Catering
Alcohol Licence
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering

Evening Entertainment:

Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
Evening Reception Facilities
DJ Facilities

Venue Staff Assistance:

Wedding Coordinator

Venue Leisure Facilities:

Hairdresser
Beautician

Other Features:

Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Confetti Permitted
Changing Room for Guests
Pets Welcome

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    Lauren Married on 01/12/2021
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    The Secret Garden Dream Team

    We just had the most wonderful winter wedding & it’s thanks to this incredible team of people that made it all possible. They put my worries to rest leading up to it with top notch organising and answering any burning question I had. From the small details of having my favourite drink of mulled wine ready for me as we finished the ceremony (I mean can it get better than that?!) To making sure everything ran smoothly throughout the day. We are both amazed by how everything turned out and saw how hard this team works. Thank you so much!! Xxx
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    Frances C. Married on 29/11/2021
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    Excellent professional and caring experience

    Fantastic venue and staff. Absolutely magical wedding day. Highly recommend
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    Lily T. Married on 16/08/2021
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    The most stunning venue

    We got engaged and wanted to book our venue straight away. I knew The Secret Garden was on our list, but we didn’t even bother viewing others. The first viewing, the venue was gorgeous, relaxed, pretty details, stunning gardens, pizza oven - what more could you want. Josie and Harry were both involved in the planning and they were both great, so friendly, quick at responding and plenty of patience when asking silly questions.
    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
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    Tracy B. Married on 16/06/2021
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    Most amazing day

    Really couldn’t fault the secret garden beautiful gardens
    Absolutely amazing day
    Great food
    Would 100% recommend
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    Connor W. Married on 10/11/2021
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    The most precious day

    We honestly had the time of our lives, the staff were on it all day, no complaints! They were always telling us what was going on, what was happening next, the food was absolutely amazing. We had some guests that didn’t normally like weddings who said it was the best wedding they’ve attended! The gardens and the florist was amazing. Harry and Josie were always so lovely and attentive, I could go on and on about our day but it was just up to standards, we still come for afternoon tea as we wouldn’t want to lose the memory of this place and beautiful location.
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    Sue S. Married on 02/10/2021
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    Fabulous Day!

    My daughter was married at The Secret Garden on Saturday, 2nd October, 2021, and yes it was raining! Unfortunately the weather prevented the ceremony from taking place in the beautiful gardens. The Staff had prepared the Chapel as an alternative to the pagoda and the atmosphere was such that the ceremony was perfect. The married couple were able to have some outdoor photos taken later under umbrellas, the pagoda and an archway. The Staff were professional, efficient and unobtrusive while always being available if needed. The food from the canapés, to The Wedding Breakfast, to the evening BBQ selection was amazing.
    All the flowers, provided by Karen at Anemone Blue, on site, were absolutely fabulous and Tom Cullen, the photographer, while being very busy, blended in with the guests. The Band was excellent.
    A very memorable day. Thank you..
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    Beautiful venue, fantastic staff, excellent value for money

    The Secret Garden is an amazing wedding venue, the events team were really accommodating and helpful every step of the way when we were planning our day. We had a smaller wedding and they were the only venue we had looked at who were able to cater for exactly what we wanted and all for a fantastic price. All of our guests commented on how friendly the staff were. Food was fantastic. Venue is stunning and we were so pleased we chose The Secret Garden for our special day, they were brilliant. We would highly recommend.
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    Jan Married on 17/06/2019
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    An unfortgrttable day created by her team

    We and all our guests could not be more impressed and amazed at the slick professionalism of the service, plus quality of the food and presentation that was provided to make our wedding ceremony and celebrations so perfect.


    Your unique environment complimented by a wonderful staff who could not do enough to ensure every single guest was catered for.

    We loved The Secret Garden from our first visit but expectations were exceeded on every level.

    Thank you for making our wedding day so special in every way.
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    Hanna Married on 01/06/2019
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    Thank you

    You made our wedding day the most beautiful and relaxed day that we will always remember, it was just perfect, thank you so much.
    All the staff were so friendly and genuinely happy to be part of our day.
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    The Married on 31/05/2019
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    Just want to say thank you

    To you all at the Secret Garden

    Our most sincere appreciation to all the staff for contributing not only professionally to Hayley and Sam's Special Day but also with warmth, good humour and with friendliness from start to finish!

    The food was outstanding and met with all our expectations.
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    Jo Married on 10/04/2019
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    Wonderful wedding Day

    Just wanted to say a huge thank you for our wonderful wedding day. All the guests enjoyed the day and the food was delicious. Everything ran seamlessly which meant we could just enjoy our special day.
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    Gemma Married on 29/03/2019
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    Really BIG BIG thank you!

    We wanted to say a really BIG BIG THANKYOU for all your hard work and fantastic organisation during our daughter Gemma and (new son in law). All the guests had a fantastic day and were so complementary about your venue and also how pleasant and hardworking everyone was through out the day.
    Thank you for all the support and advice you gave to Gemma and Sam leading up to their big day... they cannot speak highly enough of you :) They had the most amazing day and seemed to smile from the first to the last minute of the day. It could not have been a happier or more perfect wedding day.
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    Ben Married on 12/03/2019
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    Thank you

    Thank you for making our wedding day so special. Everyone enjoyed the venue and commented how beautiful it is!

    We truly has the best day!
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    Annabel Married on 19/12/2018
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    Making our wedding day perfect!

    Thank you for making our wedding day perfect! We had the most wonderful day and all the support and hard work you put in really showed!

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