£4250 - £6100 for Venue Hire
Up to 144
2 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
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A gorgeous 18th century exclusive barn wedding venue set in 250 acres which is licensed for civil ceremonies, holds 144 formally (seated) and up to 175 in the evening. Rustic, rural and romantic.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
£4,250
Maximum Price
£6,100
Exclusive use
What is included in this pricing:
External caterers not permitted
Furniture included
Exclusive use
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)

In-house catering
(price per head)

Prices Start At
£40
What is included in this pricing:
Table linen included
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Cutlery included
Bespoke menu available
Features & Capacity

Overview

Venue Type
Barn
Dining Capacity
144
Reception Capacity
175
No. of Bedrooms
2
Sleeps No. of People
4
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Usual Access Time
9:00AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00AM

Ceremony & Reception

Sound System Available
Wedding Licence
Dancefloor Available
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Confetti Permitted

Venue

Water View
Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Bridal Changing Facilities
Pet-Friendly
Disabled Access
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Food and Drink

Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Halal Catering
Alcohol Licence
Full Description
The Great Barn is a privately owned idyllic 18th century wedding venue set in 250 acres of rolling farmland and landscaped grounds – the perfect location to have your wedding, reception or private function. The Great Barn is located on the Oxfordshire/ Northamptonshire border just 10 minutes from Junction 10 of the M40 between Bicester and Banbury. The venue comprises two beautifully restored interconnecting 18th century stone barns which were built in 1770 and converted in 1986 specifically for weddings, private parties and corporate functions.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Laura Davis
Welcome to The Great Barn. I hope you have found all the information you need and that you have had a chance to look at our website and social media to help you get a better idea of what we can offer. It really is a beautiful venue and we would love to show you around. If you have any questions regarding weddings at The Great Barn, please don't hesitate to get in touch - we will be more than happy to help.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
1987
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
4
Reviews
(104)
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Hannah
Happy couple married in September
October 2022
Beautiful venue
We had our reception here and they were so accommodating. The venue was beautiful and so cosy for an autumn evening. Would highly recommend
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Laura & Ryan
Happy couple married in September
October 2022
Perfect -the grounds are something out of a movie!
Searching for a venue when you don’t live in the country is not easy but from the moment we sent our enquiry to The Great Barn, they made planning our wedding seamless! Laura, Beth and the team are incredibly responsive, calm and really share the excitement and joy for your big day. The grounds are something out of a movie and you feel like royalty, especially when dining in the amazing barn. We also stayed in the cottage, which was beautiful and the perfect end to an incredible time. We will never forget our day and will be forever grateful to The Great Barn for bringing our dream wedding to life!
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Amie & Liam
Happy couple married in August
September 2022
Incredible from start to finish!
I just want to say a ginormous thank you - it was absolutely incredible from start to finish and everything felt completely seamless. We honestly would recommend TGB and the team in a heartbeat. Thank you for making our day so stress free and memorable.
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Kim & Daniel
Happy couple married in August
September 2022
Absolutely perfect - we were blown away!
There are not enough words to convey what our day meant to us. For us it was absolutely perfect and completely surpassed our expectations, we were blown away. So many guests have commented both on the day and since about what a beautiful venue the barn is. The feedback from everyone has been amazing not just with the setting but about the staff and catering as well. A huge thank you to Laura for her guidance and dealing with me bombarding her with emails/questions!! Gabby was fabulous on the day and guided us through, so grateful to her for that.  It felt amazing to be the first outdoor ceremony as well 💗🥂💐. Having the cottage was a massive bonus for us as well, being able to have the girls stay with us. We were so well looked after by everyone, even to the point of putting sausage and bacon baps in there for us to have after the party. The breakfast was delicious too. We felt like royalty. We have already said how great if would be to hire the venue when we reach a milestone anniversary and have everyone celebrate with us there again. Please pass on our messages of thanks to everyone there.
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Lily & Matt
Happy couple married in August
September 2022
We had the wedding of our dreams!
We had a wonderful day and are so grateful to The Great Barn for allowing us to have the wedding of our dreams. The day ran smoothly and on time, our guests loved the outdoor space to mingle and drink in the sunshine, and the room looked so beautiful thanks to all the hard working staff who worked so well with our suppliers to achieve our vision. The food was delicious and we had so many compliments from guests about the canapés, both courses, and the pizza bar went down amazingly! Thank you to Kearney’s staff for being so kind to us and ensuring we had food even at the busiest times of the day. The dressing room was perfect for what we needed and I can’t thank Anna enough for her hospitality and getting us lots of pastries so early in the morning. The kind staff also helped us to the cottage in the evening and with packing presents into our car which was so appreciated. We also loved going down to the lake with our photographer on the golf buggy, it was so beautiful and felt like a bit of a dream half way through a busy day! 
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Hope & Matthew
Happy couple married in July
September 2022
We really did have the best day of our lives!
I don’t even know where to begin with thanking everyone at The Great Barn. We really did have the best day of our lives! All the way from booking the venue to pulling off the day we have only ever dreamt of, everyone has been amazing. Laura has always been on hand to answer any of our questions. Beth was outstanding on the day and everything ran so seamlessly thanks to her organisation. All of the other members of staff on the day were all so super lovely and attentive. So many of our guests commented on how beautiful the venue was and how fantastic the staff were. There are no words to explain just how grateful we are. THANK YOU!
Location & Contact Details

Address

Upper Aynho Grounds, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX173AY, England

Travel Notes

Please be aware that our postcode takes you to our neighbouring property, Mill House. We are clearly sign-posted 100m to the south of Mill House.

Nearest Town

Bicester or Banbury

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M40 Junction 10

Nearest Train Station

Bicester or Banbury

Nearest Airport

Birmingham or Heathrow

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Press & Awards
(4)

Industry Awards (4)

The Wedding Industry Awards 2019 Regional Finalist
The Wedding Industry Awards 2014 Regional Finalist
The Wedding Industry Awards 2016 Regional Finalist
The Wedding Industry Awards 2020 Regional Finalist
FAQ
(10)

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

So many - so different. They are all unique. Perhaps the best ones are the most relaxed ones where couples are happy just to enjoy the day with their family & friends.

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

Tell us what your dreams are and then relax & enjoy it!

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

A basket of flip-flops for tired feet to dance in!

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Rustic, Expansive, Romantic, Private, Relaxed

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

On the bridges, down at the lakes

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

Yes - Dawn French was our most recent one!

What’s your favourite canapé?

Gressingham Duck Pancakes with Hoi Sin, Cucumber & Spring Onion....yum!

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Sitting on the patio down by the firepit toasting marshmallows!

What is your venue's most unique feature?

As barns go, we are unusually large and spacious and the two interconnecting barns allow one part of the party to dance the night away and the others still be able to hold a conversation without feeling that they are separate groups.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Our staff - guests time and time again comment on how attentive, polite, courteous and flexible they are and they go the extra mile to make your day really special.