£4499 - £11000 for Venue Hire
Up to 80
16 Bedrooms
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Choose to marry in the unique willow 'cathedral' or secluded silver birch 'church'. Perfect for couples seeking a relaxed countryside venue with glamping and farmhouse accommodation included.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
£4,499
Maximum Price
£11,000
Exclusive use of the entire venue: Old Dairy barn, woodland, meadows, lawns, gardens, willow ‘cathedral’, silver birch ‘church’, orchard, courtyards, gardens and lawns for feasting, fun and general frolicking for your agreed hire period to include: • Use of all 5 Lotus Belle glamping tents • Farmhouse facilities (sleeping 10 in 5 bedrooms) • The quirky Hobbit House Honeymoon suite for your wedding night • Arranged seating for ceremony and main feast/meal as required • Chunky rustic trestle tables and seating plus 4 additional service trestle tables • Use of PA plus mic stand for speeches (not suitable for live music) • Illuminated car parking facilities behind the orchard • Illuminated disabled parking with sloped access behind the Old Dairy barn • Terrace furniture (chunky wooden tables and bench seats) • Festoon lighting ‘chill out’ zone outside the Old Dairy • Bonfire ‘boma’ (fire pit area) with rustic seats, a wood stash for burning and blankets • Use of catering kitchen for DIY catering £1100 for 3 night weekend weddings £9000 for 2 night weekend weddings £8000 for a single night weekend weddings £6500 midweek offer
What is included in this pricing:
Furniture included
Couple accommodation included
Exclusive use
Day before set up available
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Choice of preferred caterers
Guest accommodation included
Features & Capacity

Overview

Venue Type
Barn
Dining Capacity
80
Reception Capacity
100
No. of Bedrooms
16
Sleeps No. of People
40
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Usual Access Time
8:00AM
Usual Finish Time
2:00AM
Yes

Ceremony & Reception

Sound System Available
Wedding Licence
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Confetti Permitted

Venue

Open Flame Permitted
Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Marquee Permitted
Bridal Changing Facilities
Pet-Friendly
Disabled Access
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol

Cultural Specialists

Other
Full Description
We are a friendly and flexible team with the aim of helping you have a truly bespoke wedding celebration that reflects you both, your personalities and interests. A hill-top willow 'cathedral', a majestic tree-lined 'gallop' and a secret silver birch 'church' are places to hold your ceremony, welcome your guests with drinks or host a picnic! TheOld Dairy is perfect for celebration meals and dance parties! You and your guests won't have far to fall - as there is a funky farmhouse for 10 and glamping accommodation for another 28. There is also a really quirky hobbit house honeymoon suite on the woodland fringes for first night privacy! If you want a romantic, woodland, festival vibe, meadow or gentle outdoor wedding celebration - this place could be for you! Exclusive use of the entire venue: Old Dairy barn, woodland, meadows, lawns, gardens, willow ‘cathedral’, silver birch ‘church’, orchard, courtyards, gardens and lawns for feasting, fun and general frolicking for your agreed hire period to include: • Use of all 5 Lotus Belle glamping tents (see separate info below) • The quirky Hobbit House Honeymoon suite for your wedding night • Arranged seating for ceremony and main feast/meal as required • Chunky rustic trestle tables and seating plus 4 additional service trestle tables • Use of PA plus mic stand for speeches (not suitable for live music) • Illuminated car parking facilities behind the orchard, disabled parking with sloped access behind the Old Dairy barn • Terrace furniture (chunky wooden tables and bench seats) • Festoon lighting ‘chill out’ zone outside the Old Dairy • Bonfire ‘boma’ (fire pit area) with rustic seats, a wood stash for burning • Use of catering kitchen for DIY catering • DIY pick of foliage/flowers from the hedgerows, meadows and woodland for you to use for decorating the Old Dairy party barn (please bring your own picking tools) • Use of simple jars and vases for table and venue decoration

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Joanna Tomlins
It's a funny thing to say on a wedding planning platform - but we never really planned to open a wedding venue! It all began by planting trees. As the woodland glades began to grow - it just felt like the right thing to do! We are a small family team and love thinking of things that we can do to make your wedding really special! We would love to show you around, to hopefully inspire you and to help you host a really lovely and relaxed wedding.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2019
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 10 and 30
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
4
Reviews
(9)
C
Charlotte and Gav
Happy couple Married on August
October 2021
Beautiful venue, brilliant hosts
The venue is just beautiful and nothing was too much for Joanna and Gary to help with. Including cutting hedges back the day before the wedding for photos opportunities. They had the stretch tent out for previous wet weather weddings but we found it perfect to provide shelter from the sun for the children and children’s entertainment. Thank you for everything.
S
Sally Jackson
Wedding: July
January 2022
This stunning venue is perfect for a Boho Chin wedding!
This stunning venue is perfect for a Boho Chic wedding When you meet Jo the things you notice are her humour, love of nature and free spirit and that is what is embodied within this idyllic venue. She and her team have created a very special wedding venue that is perfect for any couple who want a relaxed, friendly & unique experience. If you fancy spending your wedding night in a Hobbits House or marrying in the silver birch church it's all there! I was absolutely blown away be it's beauty.
J
Jacki Clement
Wedding: July
January 2022
Beautiful, Rustic and Stylish
Beautiful, Rustic and Stylish family run venue that is perfect for any celebration you are having! Jo and her team are wonderful hosts and will take care of all your needs to make sure you have a perfect celebration. The Birch Church and the Willow Cathedral are lovely outdoor ceremony spaces and well worth a visit. Whether you are having a Celebrant-led Wedding Ceremony or a Registrar this lovely venue has you covered with a few different indoor/outdoor options for you to choose from. Higher Holcombe is an absolute must if you are looking for a natural, boho, rustic yet classy feel for your celebration.
T
Tom & Vicki
Happy couple Married on May
December 2021
A venue perfect for a Boho Chic wedding
What a unique venue!! We held our intimate wedding here in May 2021 after so many postponements. The venue provides a relaxed, boho and rustic style with beautiful woodland surroundings for wonderful photos! I spent the night before and the morning of my wedding at the fabulous and spacious farmhouse with my bridal party. Jo was so kind to leave Prosecco for us to enjoy and relax. We had our ceremony in a nearby church and we came back to the beautifully renovated farmhouse for food, drinks and celebrations with our guests. We had the best day ever!! And to top it off, the bride and groom have the option to stay in the quirky hobbit house. Thank you Jo and team - Tom and Vicki x
P
Petite Weddings
Wedding: February
January 2022
Higher Holcombe is such a wonderful wedding venue.
Higher Holcombe is such a wonderful wedding venue. Not only is is perfect for indoor and outdoor weddings in a rewilded wonderland created by the owners. The welcome you receive and the lengths they go to to make sure your day is absolutely brilliant for you is in another league. We cannot recommend these guys highly enough.
D
Deb and Don Marriott
Happy couple Married on September
January 2022
What a way to get married!
What a way to get married! 2020 presented lots of obstacles and anxt but with Joanna and Gary's calm, generous and practical assistance, we had the wedding day of our dreams and more. The venue is stunning and we highly recommend this business. They will do everything they can to help you to make the day just as you want it.
Location & Contact Details

Address

Ottery St Mary, Devon, England

Travel Notes

We are up a narrow lane and are the only property on the right hand side (after a dingly dell bit)! Give way to traffic with trailers!

Nearest Town

Ottery St Mary

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M5 Junction 29

Nearest Train Station

Honiton and Feniton

Nearest Airport

Exeter

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FAQ
(10)

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

It's kind of tricky to answer this one! We believe that you should celebrate in the way that you want - so that your passions and interests are included. We love how couples use different parts of our venue over the course of a weekend - and I think that I love seeing how friends and family gather around to support each couple. It's such a privilege to be in the background and to see all your ideas and plans come to fruition!

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Choose everything that you know will make you happy! Invite your favourite people; eat your favourite food; drink your favourite drinks; dance to your favourite music and enjoy every second!

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

A pick n mix confetti table! Beautiful bowls of dried herbs and flowers that were chosen for their special meanings and connections. This just made me sigh!

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Rural Relaxed Romantic Flexible Inclusive

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

The willow cathedral, silver birch church, the knot garden, meadows, woodland and open fields!

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

Not yet! But David Beckham had an Igluhut (we call ours the Hobbit House) delivered at the same time as ours! Does that count?

What’s your favourite canapé?

I'm all about the dips (beetroot hummus is a fave atm). I've also recently discovered that I now actually like olives! I buy the 'common' ones in brine. . .then drain and rinse them and marinate them in olive oil and fresh herbs. . . yum! (I feel sooo grown up now)!

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

You can't top a tasty toastie (especially a cheese one - with Hatari chilli mash)!

What is your venue's most unique feature?

The hill-top 35m long willow 'cathedral' - a 2 minute gentle stroll through woodland glades (our lovely natural 'aisle' ) to the gorgeous party barn with views of the paddock and meadow. And the silver birch 'church' (a wonderful planting accident)!

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Planting and growing a woodland of 9000 trees over 14 acres. Yes - we have done it all ourselves! It's the reason why I (Joanna) don't have long nails! The hardest bit is banging in the tree stakes! Oh - and the wild flowers are really getting going now!