Preston Court

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£7000 - £12500 for Venue Hire
Up to 120
10 Bedrooms
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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
£12,500
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. Use of grounds of Stourmouth House for engagement and pre-wedding couples shoot. 6. Hire charges include the EXCLUSIVE use of TWO BARNS, gardens, barnyard etc. 7. 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. 8. Juliana’s Island: Outdoor garden ceremonies take place on Juliana’s Island. 9. Long Lodge Barn. Use of long lodge barn as reception space. Wood burning stove, sofas with wonderful interior styling. 10. 1907 Showman’s Living Wagon: This is the bride and Groom's private space for the day. 11. 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. 12. Glasswear. 13. Luxury permanent Ladies & Gents W.C’s, with separate large unisex W.C and baby change facility. 14. Furniture: Round wooden banqueting tables & cross back chairs with cream coloured seat pads. 15. An easel for table plan, & cake table. 16. White folding chairs and benches are provided for 17. Outside seating on terrace with tables and chairs. 18. Use of LED, fairy, festoon, & other theatrical lighting. 19. P.A System for speeches & ceremonies. 20. Stage. 21. Giant Disco ball suspended above stage. 22. Drinks Table in Garden. 23. Food Preparation area. 24. Heating.
Features & Capacity

Overview

Venue Type
Barn
Dining Capacity
120
Reception Capacity
300
No. of Bedrooms
10
Sleeps No. of People
30
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Usual Access Time
9:00AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00AM
Late Night Extension
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

Cultural Specialists

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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 ins 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. We have small and very dedicated and experienced team who love what they do. We are currently offering Virtual Viewings by Video platforms such as Facetime and Whatts App etc. Please get in touch for a viewing - there is so much to see here and we are continually striving to improve to have the very best.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2008
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
15
Reviews
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Jess and Sam
Married in September 2021
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.
Lee & Hannah
Married in September 2021
September 2021
Your reputation is well-deserved.
An incredible venue that is simply one of the best and unique places to get married in the UK. Having struggled to find somewhere that is actually licenced to marry couples outside that lives up to the high fairy-tale standards of my new wife, this venue really delivers. If you are looking for something outside of a traditional wedding then this is an amazing choice. The versatility of getting married on an island, moving to an estate lawn, onto a magical luxury barn, under a beautifully lit maypole. All of this whilst being surrounded by activities such as a carousel, wood-fire pizza van and a video diary room is mind-blowing. Then you have the option to move onto a glamping field. Considering everything mentioned is all contained in a 500m radius with no travel involved, it provides the perfect place to get everything you could want in a wedding day. Thank you again to the staff and everybody involved at Preston Court. Your reputation is well-deserved.
Steph and Pete
Married in September 2021
September 2021
Anna what can we say it was above and beyond and I know everybody says their day was perfect but ours literally went perfectly, all of the s
Anna what can we say it was above and beyond and I know everybody says their day was perfect but ours literally went perfectly, all of the staff you have are incredible, Steph will be in touch with photos and a longer message but everybody was superb!
Simon and Emily
Married in September 2021
September 2021
Our wedding the BEST DAY EVER
Thank you so much to your whole team for making our wedding the BEST DAY EVER! From start to finish it was absolutely perfect and everyone was just brilliant. All of guests said what a beautiful venue Preston Court was, we wish we could do it al over again.
Amy and Martin
Married in September 2021
September 2021
literally can't recommend the venue enough. It is firstly STUNNING and the day was just perfect.
We had the MOST incredible wedding at Preston Court- literally can't recommend the venue enough. It is firstly STUNNING and the day was just perfect. Jess, Anna and Susie are all amazing and were so helpful from the day we booked Preston Court, right through the whole process. Planning a wedding during a pandemic was made so much less stressful due to their ongoing support, emails and always able to help with any questions we had. They also made the day covid secure. We had our first dance under the maypole of lights, and also had our ceremony on the beautiful island- it literally was like something from a film. We couldn't have picked a better and more special place to get married! Our suppliers we had were also incredible- Will Burnett for food, Alex Tenters photography, This Modern Revelry for videography, Jane's Country Roses and BluBelle Creative for flowers, Harry Kilby as our DJ, Odyssey Photobooth, Fairy Dust Bakery for our cake and Tiggi from Salty Carnival kiss for vintage games and decorations! Amy & Martin
Aimee & Jack
Married in August 2021
August 2021
6 days agoNEW Honestly, the Preston Court team are amazing!! They helped us plan the most truly amazing day. The venue is STUNNING and all o
6 days agoNEW Honestly, the Preston Court team are amazing!! They helped us plan the most truly amazing day. The venue is STUNNING and all of our guests said this themselves. The noise limiter did not cause us any issues!! We partied all night with an amazing band and had no issues! The music was extremely loud so the limiter did not effect anything!!! Really am so happy we decided to get married here! Everything you need in one place with exceptional service. Thank you!
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 steam engines, the 'white' Victorian carousel, the mechanical fairground organs, Juliana's Island, the lakes, the manor house, the Showmans wagon, 17th century oak barns, 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 Quirky Idyllic Picturesque Majestic

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 Steam engines, the fairground rides and organs.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

The overall experience we offer and the beautiful surroundings.

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