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
The Lost Village Of Dode Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
No. of Bedrooms
Sleeps No. of People
Bridal Suite
Standard Room
Usual Access Time
Usual Finish Time

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
Kayleigh & Connar
Happy couple married in September
October 2023
Dode really is magical...
We just wanted to drop you a message to thank you all for everything you did to make our day so special. Dode really is magical and we loved every minute of our time there. Paul was absolutely wonderful, please pass him our heartfelt thanks and best wishes, what a lovely man he is.
Helen & Dan
Happy couple married in August
September 2023
Everything was simply perfect...
It will take a long time for Dan and I to process what happened on Thursday. It really was beyond anything we had hoped for, (and our expectations were high!) Undoubtedly it was the best day of our lives. As my Mum said, "everything was simply perfect." We cannot thank you enough. Everyone involved in making the day happen, (yourself, Paul, Jo from Moody Blooms, Sally at Flying Pig) were just incredible. Thank you. x
Nina & Dan
Happy couple married in August
August 2023
It far exceeded our expectations...
Dan and I had a perfect day. It far exceeded our expectations and our vision. Dode was the perfect setting for our quirky heterosexual medieval themed Civil Partnership and Handfasting ceremonies. Our guests stated that they had an amazing time and the food from Sally and Rob at Flying Pig was exceptional and there was so much of it!!!! Paul was on hand all day to cater to our every need. The food, entertainment and whole experience was far better than we could ever have imagined.x
Nina and Dan
Happy couple married in August
November 2023
Unique magical venue with a spiritual heart
The Dode was absolutely perfect for our nontraditional civil partnership medieval style pagan wedding. Steeped in history and a sense of peace and wonder. The Dode is a gem in the heart of Kent. The venue organisers are very open to unique ideas, you decide the ingredients for your special day, we had a town crier announce guests, a handfasting, a jester doing circus skills, haribo rings, a medieval feast, and a ceilidh band. We loved that the Church is used for the ceremony, meal and reception. A truly magical day!
Isobel & Jack
Happy couple married in July
August 2023
We had the best day ever...
It was magical, better than we could have imagined. There isn't anything I would change about the whole day. We were extremely lucky with the weather. We had a beautiful sunset as well! Everyone said how amazing the venue is and how they've never been anywhere like it. Our dogs had the best day ever as well and I'm so glad they were with us. The flying pig and double bubble were amazing. Paul was fantastic and very helpful x
Rebecca & Colin
Happy couple married in July
August 2023
Thank you all soooo much....
Becky! It was amazing!!!!! Thank you all soooo much!! Sheila the swan is feeling super proud ❤️. Thank you, Rebecca and Colin X
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

Nearest Motorway & Junction


Nearest Train Station

Sole Street

Nearest Airport

Gatwick, London

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The Lost Village Of Dode Press & Awards

Bridebook Awards (2)

Frequently Asked Questions

Describe the best wedding that happened at The Lost Village Of Dode?

Too many to pick one out.

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

Just stay relaxed and enjoy your day, if things go wrong your guests don't know so don't panic.

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

A tattoo on the foot of one of our couples.

Describe The Lost Village Of Dode in 5 adjectives

Romantic, unique, Intimate, historic

Where’s the best photo spot at The Lost Village Of Dode?

So many, it's hard to of my favourites has to be the back wall of the building, the old stone and greenery​ climbing up really add a stunning backdrop to any photo.

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at The Lost Village Of Dode?


What’s your favourite canapé?

Bloody Mary shots with king prawn and celery

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Vintage Ice cream treats on a tricycle or I am a sucker for a sweet table!

What is The Lost Village Of Dode most unique feature?

Our stones in the grounds where we hold spiritual ceremonies and handfastings.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

We are a small family run business and are very personable dealing with all the couples directly, no big teams to have to worry about working around.

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