Preston Court

(36)
£7000 - £13500 for Venue Hire
Up to 120
10 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
booked
This is one of the most STYLISH wedding venues in the UK- Oak barns, vintage musical organs, vintage carousel, church, alfresco dining in the courtyard, magical gardens, lakes & Glamping on site.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
£7,000
Maximum Price
£13,500
1. Hire of the Victorian Carousel all day until 9.30pm. 2. 26 bottles of our delicious House Wine. (£550 worth) 3. A dedicated and Experienced Wedding Day Coordinator, in addition to 8-14 bar/ waitering staff. 4. Three planning meetings are also offered in the lead up to your wedding. 5. Hire charges include the EXCLUSIVE use of TWO BARNS, gardens, barnyard etc. 6. Kentish Barn: Use of large 17th century Kentish barn licensed for wedding ceremonies and receptions. 120 people. Two beautiful mechanical organs, one of which is Art Deco and the other is Art Nouveau. 7. Juliana’s Island: Outdoor garden ceremonies take place on Juliana’s Island. 8. Long Lodge Barn. Use of long lodge barn as reception space. Wood burning stove, sofas with wonderful interior styling. 9. 1907 Showman’s Living Wagon: This is the bride and Groom's private space for the day. 10. Bar: Fully licensed & staffed cash bar well stocked with champagne, wine, local ales & artisan beers, spirits cocktails and soft drinks. Table Service available in both barns. 11. Glasswear. 12. Luxury permanent Ladies & Gents W.C’s, with separate large unisex W.C and baby change facility. 13. Furniture: Round wooden banqueting tables & cross back chairs with cream coloured seat pads. 14. An easel for table plan, & cake table. 15. White folding chairs and benches are provided for 17 16. Outside seating on terrace with tables and chairs. 17. Use of LED, fairy, festoon, & other theatrical lighting. 18. P.A System for speeches & ceremonies. 19. Stage. 20. Giant Disco ball suspended above stage. 21. Drinks Table in Garden. 22. Food Preparation area. 23. Heating.
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Furniture included
Features & Capacity

Overview

Venue Type
Barn
Dining Capacity
120
Reception Capacity
200
No. of Bedrooms
10
Sleeps No. of People
30
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Usual Access Time
9:00AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00AM
Yes

Venue

Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Water View
Marquee Permitted
Bridal Changing Facilities
Pet-Friendly
Disabled Access
Grade I/II Listed Building
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator
Open Flame Permitted

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
Asian Catering
In-House Wine List
Halal Catering
Alcohol Licence
Kosher Catering

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Sound System Available
Wedding Licence
Dancefloor Available
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Confetti Permitted

Cultural Specialists

Other
Full Description
Preston Court is one of the most stylish venues in the UK and just that little bit bonkers. Nestled in beautiful countryside near Canterbury, the historic Preston Court is a 600-acre private estate and farm offering three exceptionally unique spaces for your wedding celebration. Fully licensed for civil ceremonies and partnerships, your wedding can take place either in a magical moated island, in an enchanting fully-decked 17th century barn, or within the walls of an ancient 12th century Saxon church. Meet farmyard animals or take a ride on a glorious Victorian carousel set on their extensive grounds. Exclusive use of this exceptional estate in Kent is a haven for the most captivating wedding photography and the best celebration you can imagine. Luxury Glamping is available on site including duluxe Bridal 'Emperor' Bell tent.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Anna
Welcome! Thank you very much for looking at Preston Court - we really do love every single wedding we do here at my family home and each and everyone is different. Its stylish without being to try- hard and your guests will be able to relax and be themselves. Please get in touch for a viewing in person - there is so much to see here and we are continually striving to improve to have the very best. You can stay here over night in our beautiful bell tents or locally at the Pig Hotel.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2008
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
15
Reviews
(36)
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Lawrence & Stephanie
Happy couple Married on September
September 2022
5 stars isn't enough, our thanks to everyone for m
where to begin! We recently got married at Preston Court and could not have asked for a better experience. We only went to view one wedding venue before deciding this was the perfect place to get married at. The location speaks for itself and pictures don't really do it justice. But after the location, the thing that makes Preston Court really special are the people. The help and support we received leading up to the wedding was outstanding, answering all our stupid questions, letting us see the venue multiple times, providing their advice and insight every step of the way. The day itself was utterly magical. The team (special shout out to Jess & Emma who were our coordinators on the day) sorted EVERYTHING for us. We were worried about all types of small bits but they helped organise everything with near military precision & made sure both my bride and I had the best experience - making sure we were top of the priorities for them at every minute. By the end of the day they felt more like friends/family and to be honest it's a shame we only got to spend the day with them! 5 stars isn't enough, our thanks to everyone for making our wedding day the most special day we've ever had. Lawrence & Steph
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Amelia & Danny
Happy couple Married on July
July 2022
All of our guests were in awe with the venue and h
All of our guests were in awe with the venue and had such a brilliant day. We loved all the staff who were so attentive on the day and in the lead up too. Special shout outs go to Jess, Lizzie, Lotte & Ally. The dream team!
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Calum & Lucy
Happy couple Married on May
May 2022
Preston Court will forever be part of our family.
It really was the most perfect day in every way. We cannot thank you all enough for making our special day so memorable for both ourselves and every guests in attendance.
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Roger & Beth
Happy couple Married on March
April 2022
Best Day EVER!
We just love this place - it is so us! We had our wedding in late March as the spring flowers were blooming. The venue made sure the guests stayed warm and the day ran brilliantly. Thank you so much
S
Steph and Pete
Happy couple Married on November
November 2021
If you are looking to get married and haven't been to Preston Court - go now! Go right now.
On September 25th 2021 I married my wonderful Husband - Peter Tomlin at Preston Court. After 18 months of uncertainty and worry due to ongoing covid situation, we were extremely lucky to be able to share our special day with our family and friends. From day 1 the team at Preston Court were nothing short of AMAZING! Throughout the months of planning the team answered all our queries, shared useful tips, support, help and came back to all our emails with consideration, kindness and a can-do attitude. Not only is Preston Court one of the most beautiful locations in Kent, it was the place where we immediately felt at home. This is a family run business with a personal touch that makes you feel like you are the only 2 people in the world getting married and that our day was the only priority. I couldn't have imagined saying our vows and sharing our wedding day with those we loved anywhere else. Preston Court provides a magical backdrop to any wedding day. From the storybook house and grounds with the wrap around lake, to the canopy of lights that twinkle through the hedgerows and of course the majestic carousel which went down a storm with our guests- It's the perfect balance between English country garden, fairground chic and romantic glamour and I can see why the venue is so popular not only for couples getting married, but for fashion shoots and filming. The entire team on our wedding day helped to bring all of our planning to life. It was absolutely excellent - we couldn't have wished for better service, support, and kindness on the day - it went without a single hitch. The team are hugely experienced and work extremely hard to accommodate all of your wishes, no matter how large or small. This is the team you want next to you when you are getting married, this is the team that will ensure you can fully let go on the day and just enjoy yourself and this is the team that will make your wedding dreams come true. We would also like to thank Izzy who looked after the glamping element at Preston Court. Our guests absolutely loved the bell tents and it was the perfect 'mini Glastonbury' vibe that the guests who glamped were excited about :) Thank you. We talk about our wedding day all the time, and we have had so many guests comment on how unique and amazing the venue is. If you are looking to get married and haven't been to Preston Court - go now! Go right now. Thank you to everyone at Preston Court! We couldn't be more grateful and thankful for everything. Lots of love -Steph & Pete x
J
Jess and Sam
Happy couple Married on September
September 2021
There aren't really any words to describe Friday other than perfection, and we wish we could do it all again
We don't know where to start! There was a time when we thought we would never get to have our special day, but you guys supported us so much by allowing us to postpone four(!!) times and you really kept us going with your positive energy and can do attitude. There aren't really any words to describe Friday other than perfection, and we wish we could do it all again. We have had a lovely few days away on a mini moon and all we could talk about was how incredible the day was, and how seamless it was. Our guests have been raving about it, saying it's the best wedding they've ever been to at such a beautiful venue. From booking our wedding with you almost three years ago (we remember Susie insisting we take a date as 2020 was almost fully booked!) all the way through to our final planning meeting with Jess, where we laughed until our faces ached we just can't fault any part of it...and we're still not convinced Jess ever sleeps (!!) Dawn/Charlotte and the rest of the team were amazing on the day and ensured that it was completely stress free for us both, we couldn't have asked for anything more.
Location & Contact Details

Address

Preston Court, Canterbury, Kent, CT3 1DH, England

Travel Notes

We are 1.5 hours drive from central London or 56 minutes on the train from London St Pancras.

Nearest Town

Preston Canterbury

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M2

Nearest Train Station

Canterbury West

Nearest Airport

Gatwick

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FAQ
(10)

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

Totally enchanting and unique- so much charm. The twinkly maypole of lights, the Victorian carousel, the musical organs, Juliana's Island, the lakes, the manor house, the Showmans wagon, 17th century oak barns, The beer canoe Bar, Ari Aperitivos, Wilfie's Pizza truck, the on site luxury Glamping for 30 guests.

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

Look at a few different venues in person to really get a true understanding of what you are looking for - you might not know until you view 'the one.'

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

The beautiful bride had gorgeous orange flamed hair and whilst discussing the choice of wedding colours, she joked with her groom that they must make sure nothing is orange as the colour of hair was enough ginger for everyone!! The groom took it upon himself to secretly make things 'ginger' to make a point that he LOVES her 'gingerness' and he can't get enough of the beautiful colour. They had orange cocktails (Aperol cocktails) as their reception drinks, orange napkins and the favours were male and female gingerbread men. Needless to say, the bride thought it was hilarious and very sweet of her groom. We were really moved by how simple little things can bring laughter.

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Charming Stylish Idyllic Picturesque Relaxed

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

Wow, that is very difficult as one of our many highlights is the variety we offer for beautiful and artistic photo opportunities, what with the manor house, the lake, Julianna's island, the horses, the vintage steam engines, the showman wagon, the organs. However, if we had to choose one it would be the bride and groom riding the carousel with the sun setting behind, which transforms the sky into a glowing backdrop of stunning caramel and peach colours.

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

Jesse Ware has been a guests & performed for weddings here.

What’s your favourite canapé?

Mini Beef Wellingtons.

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Crepe Suzette.

What is your venue's most unique feature?

The Maypole, The Steam engines, the fairground rides and organs.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

The fact we are small family owned and run venue and we have a super duper team of brilliant staff

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