The Lost Village Of Dode

£2,280 - £4,220 for Venue Hire
Up to 42
3 Bedrooms
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Unique with no other venue offering the seclusion, history or atmosphere in an original medieval Norman Church and approached by a winding lane overhung with trees and lit by candles and braziers. Ceremony and receptions for up to 42 guests.
The Lost Village Of Dode Pricing & Costs

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Venue hire can be for ceremony only or the full day to include reception time. Special prices available for Micro Weddings of 15 people or less.
What is included in this pricing:
Furniture included
Exclusive use
Guest accommodation included

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Number of Guests Included
Our packages include a superb two-course hog roast banquet with more than enough food for over 40 people, flowers for the church and also our in-house photographer who will be there to capture your special day. We work with only the best suppliers who have worked with Dode for a number of years so we pride ourselves on being able to provide a seamless and stress-free day for you. Custom packages can be catered for on request.
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Canapés included
Furniture included
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Multiple course wedding breakfast
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The Lost Village Of Dode Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Historic intimate
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
No. of Bedrooms
Sleeps No. of People
Bridal Suite
Standard Room
Usual Access Time
11:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
10:00 PM

Ceremony & Reception

Sound System Available
Confetti Permitted
Wedding Licence
Outdoor Ceremony Available
We also offer the unique opportunity of having a handfasting ceremony alongside a civil ceremony


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

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
In-house Catering
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol

Cultural Specialists

The Lost Village Of Dode Full Description
Located in an almost forgotten valley between Luddesdown and Holly Hill in the heart of the Kent countryside, there stood, sadly unloved, and decaying, a former Norman church built over 900 years ago – the only trace of the now ‘lost’ village of Dode. Now having been lovingly restored by the current owners, this beautiful, charming, privately owned medieval church is known as The Lost Village of Dode and is available for hire. We can now offer you a magical, relaxed, romantic, unique wedding venue for up to 40 of your closest family and friends, with some on-site Self-catering accommodation. The Lost Village of Dode is perfect for couples who want to begin their tale of love, romance and desire, either inside or outside. You can choose from an intimate indoor Civil Ceremony, Partnership or Renewal of Vows. For an outdoor Blessing or Pagan Handfasting Ceremony, you can hold your event within the ancient Stone Circle followed by a Wedding Reception with dancing, and then stay overnight on-site, in one of the two superb award-winning cottages. We offer bespoke weddings tailored to each couple or package weddings, so you can have your perfect day exactly the way you want it. After your ceremony guests can spend time in the stunning grounds, enabling you to have your group photos and enjoy a glass of bubbles and perhaps a selection of canapés. For your evening reception, we work alongside a number of fantastic professional caterers who can provide a Medieval Style Banquet Wedding Breakfast Reception with all the trimmings. Your Wedding Breakfast can include a hog roast or a roast lamb (catering for various dietary requirements), grazing tables or an afternoon tea. We also offer a number of unique additions to your day including an Owl to deliver your rings, cuddly alpacas or bubbles as you leave the church. Dog friendly so you'll be welcome to bring your furry friends with you. No hidden charges and no corkage charge either!

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Becky Bosman
We look forward to your email or call to make an appointment to come and visit us - you will not be disappointed.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Happy couple married in June
July 2024
Exceptional venue, increidible team
The Lost Village of Dode provided the most magical setting for our wedding celebration. This unique, lovingly restored deconsecrated church exceeded all our expectations as an exclusive-use venue. Becky and Charlotte were incredibly attentive throughout the day, ensuring our guests felt relaxed and welcome in this stunning location. Their professionalism and dedication to making our day perfect were truly outstanding. The venue itself is breathtaking, with its Norman architecture and picturesque grounds creating an intimate and romantic atmosphere. Our guests were in awe of the beauty and history of the Lost Village of Dode, and many commented on how wonderful they found the location and service. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect setting to exchange our vows and celebrate our love. The Lost Village of Dode will forever hold a special place in our hearts, and we highly recommend it to any couple seeking a truly unique and unforgettable wedding experience. Thank you to all the team at Dode for having us, and we look forward to visiting again in the future.
Trudi & Bill
Happy couple married in May
May 2024
Everything was perfect and magical
We just wanted to say a very massive thankyou to you all at Dode for all your help to organise our wedding day and also Paul for looking after us so well. Everything was perfect and magical. The guests were amazed at the venue and how different the day was to any other wedding they have been to before. The weather couldn't have been better and we loved staying in the Retreats and was able to have breakfast outside and watch the ducks and pheasants. We are really looking forward to next year.
Alex & Justin
Happy couple married in May
May 2024
Everybody was blown away by the beauty of Dode
We had the most magical day. Dode was as magical as we hoped. Everybody was blown away by the beauty of the setting. We cannot thank you enough for your kindness and smooth running of the day and how lovely Paul was. Thanks again Alex and Justin
Susan & Keith
Happy couple married in April
May 2024
Thank you for such a special day
We really want to thank you and everyone at Dode for making our day so special, Doug has made it such a magical place. The hand fasting with Paul was exactly what we hoped for, and luckily the rain waited haha. Everyone involved, Matt, such a nice guy, made everyone at ease, looking forward to seeing the photos, Jo made such beautiful flower displays and the food was amazing.
Lavinia & Chris
Happy couple married in December
February 2024
A totally wonderful and magical day...
Thank you so much Becky. We want to say a massive thank you to you, Paul and Charlotte. Everything has been wonderful from start to finish. We had a totally wonderful and magical day. Everyone loved it, it couldn’t have gone better. Thank you again, it was perfect. Best wishes, Lavinia and Chris x
Joe & Lucy
Happy couple married in December
January 2024
It was truly special...
Thanks so much for your well wishes and for your part in helping us have an amazing day. It was truly special. All of our guests were blown away by the venue. The cold only added to the ambience and the atmosphere was very cosy and warm even if the temperatures were the wrong side of zero. No doubt we'll call in on our next walk in the area, so we may bump into you again in the near future!
The Lost Village Of Dode Location & Contact Details


The Lost Village Of Dode, Luddesdown, Kent, DA13 0XF, England

Travel Notes

Turn off the A228 at Cuxton and proceed along Bush Road. At the junction take the left fork, signposted Luddesdown. Follow this lane and watch out for the signpost indicating Great Buckland. Before reaching Great Buckland there is a ‘no through road’ sign to the left. This is the lane leading to Dode, which is on the right after half a mile or so.

Nearest Town

Maidstone kent

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Nearest Train Station

Sole Street

Nearest Airport

Gatwick, London

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