The Ashridge Great Barn, North Tawton, Devon

inside barn with haybales, bunting and backdrops
Credit: Yeti Photography

This historic wedding barn is set on a working farm in the rolling Devonshire countryside. Nestled in its own valley, it's surrounded by green pastures and a sustainably managed, wildlife-friendly woodland. Previously a grain barn and with some parts of the structure being 500 years old, it retains many original features. The space is split-level with a built-in dancefloor, moveable bar and flexible entryways. It also features a snug area and accessible toilet facilities. The exterior space includes a firepit, space for food vans and outdoor seating, a catering barn and a lawn area. The pretty gardens situated beyond the barn include a Victorian arboretum, walled garden and a civil ceremony space known as the Magic Circle. There are plenty of photogenic spots for big-day photographs and al fresco drinks.

Ceremonies take place in the main body of the barn, known as the Main Barn, that provides a rustic backdrop for up to 120 guests. There's also the snug area that's often used for a more intimate ceremony and holds up to 40 loved ones. Outdoor ceremonies take place in the Magic Circle Pavilion, an idyllic spot tucked away in the grounds surrounded by a ring of conifers and Japanese maple trees. It offers unlimited capacity and is ideal for summery celebrations.
The wedding breakfast takes place inside the barn for up to 140 seated guests with a maximum capacity of 200 loved ones for the evening reception. Formal seating at round or trestle tables can be arranged, or a more informal atmosphere can be created with mixed pieces of furniture and there are no corkage charges. The outdoor space adjacent to the barn that includes the lawn is ideal for garden games and an evening buffet, and the gardens (including those that surround the Magic Circle) are great for an afternoon tea party or drinks reception.

We love... that the barn is available for exclusive-use over three days with three nights accommodation on-site included in all bookings. Couples will have access to the collection of props to style the venue and grounds, and a team of experienced, friendly staff are on hand to help with the planning and on-the-day organisation.

Ceremony licence? Yes
Contact: 01837 352 025,
North Tawton, Devon, EX20 2DH

Photography of The Ashridge Great Barn courtesy of and

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