Preston Court

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£7000 - £9700 for Venue Hire
Up to 120
10 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
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This is one of the most STYLISH wedding venues in the UK- Oak barns, vintage musical organs, Victorian 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
£9,700
1. Hire of the Victorian Carousel all day until 9.30pm. 2. 26 bottles of our delicious House Wine. (£600 worth) 3. A dedicated and Experienced Wedding Day Coordinator, in addition to 8-12 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, mediterranean barnyard with elegant seating & hundreds of twinkly lights 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. 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
Day before set up available
Choice of preferred caterers
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

Ceremony & Reception

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

Food and Drink

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

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

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
(48)
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Emma & Dan
Happy couple married in November
November 2022
Every wedding guest we have spoken to since the da
Where do I start. We viewed Preston Court 5 or 6 times before our big day, but nothing prepared us for just how magically astounding the venue looked on the big day. Every detail was taken care of by a hardworking, professional and genuinely thoughtful team. Throughout the day every detail we had asked for was taken care of. Jess, Lizzie & the rest of the team looked after us so well. Every wedding guest we have spoken to since the day has said how impressed they were, that this is like no other wedding they have attended in all the best ways. What we loved, is that guests could move between the lawn, courtyard, barn and bar which kept the day flowing perfectly. I can't say enough nice things. It was a perfect day. Thank you so much, you all go above and beyond. We will be back to visit!
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Mr Creek
Wedding: October
October 2022
Taking the wishes of the lucky couple and turning
My daughter's wedding was yesterday, all the staff were excellent and made everyone feel welcome. Taking the wishes of the lucky couple and turning them into a reality exceeded my expectations, Jess and Lizzy were outstanding and their knowledge was second to none. The venue itself was superbly maintained and reflected the passion of those who were running it. You should be as proud of yourselves as I was on the day. Thank you for all your hard work.
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Heather & Sam
Happy couple married in October
October 2022
Everyone at the venue went above and beyond from o
We got married here at the end of august and I keep wishing we could rewind time and do it all over again. Everyone at the venue went above and beyond from our first visit to the wedding day. We had a detailed plan pack from the venue which made everything so easy for us and made sure we didn’t forget a single detail. Everyone was on hand at all times to answer any questions we had. On the day everything was better than we could have imagined, Colin and Aaliyah were on hand making sure everything was perfect for us and we didn’t have to worry about a thing, everything was coordinated to perfection. Jess and Elizabeth were amazing in arranging everything for us and answering all the questions I had leading up to the day. Izzy from glamping was incredible in organising everything we wanted. Honestly could not fault this venue. They created our dream wedding and we could not have asked for more. Thank you Wilderness!!! Heather & Sam x
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Ella & Charlie
Happy couple married in October
October 2022
Our Dream come true wedding
You went above and beyond from the first visit through to the day.
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Lawrence & Stephanie
Happy couple married in 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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Lisa & Gavin
Happy couple married in September
September 2022
Amazing venue, beautiful day, it blew us away.
Thank you so much to the whole team for their hard work.
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
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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.' At Preston Court we have developed out own planning tool which we make available to every couple. You will be given your own personalised online planning documents, specific to Preston Court, which act a planning guide to help you share information with us, so we can make sure the wedding day is everything you hope for.

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. We also have designed our own digital planning tool specific to Preston Court. When you book you will be given your own personalised planning documents which will act as a guide to planning every aspect of your day. As they are online they can be accessed from anywhere and it means that all of your 'wed-min' is in one safe place.

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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