Harburn Barn is a beautiful venue and there is no doubt about it.
The Barn itself is great for rustic style wedding and doesn't require much decorations to make it look great.
The gardens are well looked after and are making an amazing background for photos.
I do want to say that you should not consider this venue, however, if you think the relaxed style of the venue means you will have cheap(ish) or fuss free wedding:
1. You are expected to do pretty much everything including cleaning yourself.
We stayed in the cottage next to the barn for two nights.
At the end of your stay you are expected to clean everything, strip the beds and take the trash you have accumulated with you.
When you check in you have to sign the document in which you agree to do all of the above which I found unfair considering the price you pay to stay in this cottage.
Moreover, be aware that we weren't provided with basic stuff like washing up liquid to wash dishes or bin bags to remove the trash.
To top this up you are expected to clean everything in the barn after the wedding including but not limited to stacking chairs.
Again this is not what you want to do on first morning as a married couple.
You are expected to leave premises by 12am which means you need to wake up early and get on with the cleaning except if you hire some help of course.
2. Although the venue is DIY which suggests certain freedom you need to pick caterers from specifically approved list that Harburn Barn works with.
Although this is not unusual, I suppose, I did expect that the caterers that were advised to us would have proven to be excellent and hence made it to the list.
We were quite disappointed by the quality of food and service (as this is not review of the catering company I will just say this).
Also most of the caterers suggested on the list are quite pricey.
3. Be careful what you sign - we had a wedding during the Covid pandemic and although the numbers got restricted and we had to scale down a bit that did not affected the price of the venue.
We did have a communication with them asking if we could at least get a small discount considering the restrictions.
To that we were told that they have discussed this with their lawyer and there is nothing they could do as we signed the contract.
I do understand how contract works, but we hoped a bit more understanding considering the circumstances.
At that point we paid 2/3 of the final sum and hoped we can get a bit off of the third portion.
Note: that if we canceled wedding at this point it is highly unlikely someone else would book for same date.
So be aware that it is unlikely you will get any of the money back/discount no matter what your situation is.
4. There were problems that we encountered with the Barn and attached cottage - the heating was not working in 2 rooms, no matter what we did.
Thankfully it has been summer, but still the nights are still cold in Scotland.
The boiler stopped working all together the day of the wedding and people had to take
cold showers because fixing this problem took 3 hours and ladies needed to get their hair washed before it could be done.
Overall - stunning surroundings and venue but we definitely expected a bit better attitude and treatment.
I have worked on weddings in a big hotel during the university years and service provided is on another level.
You are certainty not expected to sweep the floor the day after the wedding.