The Ashridge Great Barn

£5000 - £6000 for Venue Hire
Up to 140
2 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
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Looking for a DIY rustic venue in Devon? We offer three day hire specifically for couples looking for a completely bespoke wedding, unique to them, in a characterful venue with a stunning setting.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

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Hire includes 3 day barn rental and 3 nights accommodation on site (max. 6 people), on the day wedding co-ordination service, firepit with log supply and use of decorative prop collection including eclectic furniture for up to 60 guests. We do not charge corkage. Limited camping available on request.
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Day before set up available
Couple accommodation included
Furniture included
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Choice of preferred caterers
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
No. of Bedrooms
Sleeps No. of People
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Usual Access Time
Usual Finish Time
Late night availability

Ceremony & Reception

Fireworks Permitted
Wedding Licence
Dancefloor Available
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Confetti Permitted


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

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
Alcohol Licence
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
Asian Catering
Halal Catering
Kosher Catering

Cultural Specialists

Asian Wedding Specialist
Jewish Wedding Specialist
Muslim Wedding Specialist
Full Description
Ashridge Great Barn is set on a working farm in the rolling Devon countryside. Nestled in it’s own valley, the barn is completely Nestled in a picture-perfect valley between green pastures and sustainabilty managed, wildlife friendly woodland, this is a truly enchanting place to say 'I do'. The airy building, with 500 years of history, is extremely versatile. Whether you're looking to cover it in fairy lights, hang vintage bunting or fill it with floral details, this space can be transformed into your dream wedding venue. Every wedding is bespoke and exclusive and you will be given the barn for three days, meaning you can host a rehearsal dinner, prepare the space and relax after your big day with no rush and no stress. The barn can seat 140 and has a maximum capacity of 200, so grand wedding breakfasts and evening receptions are always an option here. Before or after the ceremony you're also welcome to relax by the fire pit or chill out in the snug area, a great space for guests to catch their breath during the celebrations. The Great Barn has an outdoor ceremony space in the gardens and a catering kitchen, as well as list of wedding suppliers at their fingertips, allowing you to choose a tried and trusted supplier to suit your needs and tastes. Great Barn staff will also be on-hand to help with the planning and preparation and to suggest how you can get the very best out of the magnificent space. • Stunning barn with 500 years of history and a light and airy feel • Three day exclusive use (including 3 nights accommodation in their onsite cottage) as standard allowing you to host a rehearsal dinner, prepare the space and enjoy a relaxing send off • Catering kitchen and a list of recommended caterers and suppliers available • Beautiful setting within a valley, nestled between green pastures and enchanting woodland • Maximum capacity of 200 for an evening reception • Use of camping/glamping field with option to hire in bell tents

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Cat Richards-Kastelic
Congratulations on your engagement and thank you for considering the Ashridge Great Barn as the setting for your celebration! We would be delighted to show you around our venue, we really enjoy hearing about couples’ visions for their big day over a cup of tea and cake. As we live on the farm we can give tours whenever is convenient for you - just email us or call Cat on 01837352025 to arrange a date and time. If you are coming from further afield we can help you to arrange accommodation.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 10 and 30
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Happy couple married in October
November 2021
Best day of our lives
We recently had our wedding at Ashridge Great Barn, and we couldn't be happier with everything from start to finish. When we first visited the venue, Cat greeted us with tea and cake and showed us around the incredible barn and surrounding grounds, and we were made to feel incredibly relaxed and welcome, and every one of our questions was answered. From the off Cat was fantastic in suggesting suppliers, ideas for the running of the day, and just general support in planning such a big day. We honestly can't thank Cat and her team enough for helping to make our day perfect, and we'd recommend to anyone we could to visit and plan your day here. The venue itself is just spectacular, the Great Barn is a beautiful setting and each one of our guests commented on how delightful it was. There was so much freedom with decorating the space, and it was so easy to make it just as we wanted. The Magic Circle, where the ceremony was held, is one of the most wonderful places I could imagine for a wedding. On top of this, having use of the Laundry Cottage over the weekend made for a perfect way to round off the most wonderful few days. Thank you!
James & Cheryl
Happy couple married in October
October 2021
Fantastic venue
Cat and her team are just amazing; they helped with almost every aspect of the wedding and helped us to have a truly wonderful day. The barn was a brilliant backdrop and even though it rained we still had the best day, great value for money and a fantastic venue can not recommend enough!
Jack and Jack
Happy couple married in August
September 2021
Fully customisable wedding with exceptional staff
There are so many brilliant things to mention about having a wedding at Ashridge Court. Firstly, the venue is stunning! The barn looks very medieval and the Magic Circle (the part that sealed the deal for us) is surrounded by acer trees and really does feel like you are blissfully in nature. The best thing to do is go for a visit. I feel I should specifically mention the booking process. After going for a visit and deciding we wanted to have our wedding there, we sent over our deposit to secure the date. It really was that easy - no hidden hurdles to jump through at all. Cat then sent us a list of companies who they've used before to get tables and chairs from. Once we decided, Cat put all the information into a document and updated us periodically, which was very useful because there were a number of occasions when we'd forgotten what it is we'd ordered! We decided to go down the route of taking ownership of our wedding, by doing all the catering/decorating/ in-house by getting various family members involved. This meant that we were able to keep everything as chilled as possible. However, if it were not for Cat and her wonderful team working their magic in the background on the day, it wouldn't have run as seamlessly as it did. Cat is incredibly dedicated - she was even lugging around chairs whilst having a splint on both her thumbs! For the price, you will be surprised with how much you get. Of course, you will have use of the Great Barn and the Magic Circle for the ceremony, but you will also have use of the walled garden (which is full of beautiful plants and some ducks); huge amounts of car parking; a field; the kitchen full of crockery, plates, cutlery, glasses, mugs etc; and an extra barn full of stuff you never even knew you needed, such as signage, table tennis, extra tables, jam jars etc. I cannot stress enough how useful having all this available was. Another really vital part was having the venue over a three night period. Having a gorgeous B&B on site meant that we could take time to relax and enjoy the experience. One of my favourite parts of the whole wedding, was sitting on the rocking chair on Thursday night (two days before the wedding), with a cup of tea and watching the sunset. There is a large area of grass outside the B&B where some of our camping guests could stay, which was brilliant. Although North Tawton itself is quite rural, no one had any issues with booking accommodation. There were a few guests who booked quite late (we're talking a few weeks before the wedding), but again, there was no problem with finding somewhere. Five reasons to pick this venue: the stunning grounds and facilities; the welcoming vibe of the place; the ability to decorate and do whatever you want with the barn and magic circle; the helpful and open-minded management team; really good value for money. Finally, If you are part of the LGBT community, this is a very friendly and welcoming place, so you need not worry about how you will be received. Cat and her team will look after you, just as she would anyone else.
Scott and Rhea
Happy couple married in September
September 2019
Amazing wedding venue!
Amazing wedding venue, stunning barn & grounds for a perfect day! When we first visited Ashridge Barn we knew it was the wedding venue for us. Tea and cake on arrival, with a combination of relaxed atmosphere, stunning grounds and gardens (which we got to see in every season!) and the beautiful barn full of Devon charm. Simple enough for your own stamp but special enough not to need too much dressing to show it off. A huge plus was the ability for our guests to camp which kept the wonderful weekend going the following morning. All of our guests questioned where we found this little gem. Finally, we can’t comment on the venue without mentioning Cat. When we first met she described her team as can do people, which isn’t strictly true, there are can do people, and then there is Cat! From advising on table hire, short listing suppliers, providing foliage and last minute printing of forgotten readings. We even chose our rings based on her recommendation. Cat has the amazing gift of being 100% on hand whilst also being totally invisible. The smooth running of the entire day was down to her hard work and commitment to make it perfect for us. And for this we couldn’t thank her enough and will be forever grateful.
Hannah & Harry
Happy couple married in September
September 2019
Thank You!
We just wanted to send a quick email to say a huge thank you for all your help over the last few months or so, and particularly for everything you've done this weekend. We both had a fantastic day on Saturday and your lovely barn has had many compliments from guests. All of your work behind the scenes made the day run smoothly and stress free (for us at least!) - we really appreciate it.
Rob & Hope
Happy couple married in September
September 2019
Thank You!
Rob and I really cannot thank you enough for everything you have done for us this last year or so! We are so so happy that we chose to have our wedding at Ashridge; not just because the venue itself is stunning (which it is), but also because it felt like you went above and beyond for us. We were both in awe of how much you contributed to helping it run as smoothly as possible on the day... basically, we're just beyond grateful for everything you did for us!!
Location & Contact Details


North Tawton, Devon, England

Travel Notes

It's best to enter our venue into Google Maps and enjoy your trip through Devon's glorious countryside!

Nearest Town

North Tawton

Nearest Motorway & Junction

Nearest Train Station


Nearest Airport


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Press & Awards

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

The best wedding is one where the couple feel surrounded by love and good wishes at the start of their journey together as a married couple. Twee but true!

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

Delegate anything that you don't feel strongly about - you'll have enough to do!

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

It's so hard to choose from all the great touches our couples have added but it's clear that guest reaction is the best indicator - when all the guests notice a personal touch and are affected by it it's always lovely to see!

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Countryside. Rustic. Relaxed. Welcoming. Customisable.

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

There are so many to choose from it's hard to pick!

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

Not that I know of!

What’s your favourite canapé?

Tempura prawns with a dipping sauce are always amazing

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Thai curry

What is your venue's most unique feature?

The Magic Circle Outdoor Ceremony Area

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Our fabulous team