The Old Kent Barn

£4,200 - £8,750 for Venue Hire
Up to 150
3 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
Late Availability
Last Minute Dates Available
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Mid Week Venue Hire from £4,000
The Old Kent Barn is a passionate family business offering the very best facilities, a first-class service and a high attention to detail. Our venue is exclusive to you and your guests.
The Old Kent Barn Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
Maximum Price
What is included in this pricing:
Furniture included
Couple accommodation included
Exclusive use
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Multiple course wedding breakfast

In-house catering
(price per head)

Prices Start At
Maximum Price
We have a great choice in our menu for you to offer your guests during the day and evening, from relaxed to formal, there is something for everyone, we love to chat all things food to help you plan your day!
What is included in this pricing:
Menu tasting included
Minimum numbers apply
Cutlery included
Table linen included
The Old Kent Barn Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
No. of Bedrooms
Sleeps No. of People
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Usual Access Time
08:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00 AM

Ceremony & Reception

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


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

Food and Drink

In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Alcohol Licence
Halal Catering
Asian Catering

Cultural Specialists

Asian Wedding Specialist
Muslim Wedding Specialist
The Old Kent Barn Full Description
We pride ourselves on the quality and warmth of the service we offer, and we personally work tirelessly with our staff to ensure your wedding is perfect in every way for you, your family and your guests. Set in an idyllic rural location, there are 2 barns on site; a purpose-built 110ft oak framed barn for indoor weddings and receptions and the original 'Old' barn for accommodation which was built over 225 years ago. The barns are set in manicured landscaped grounds and surrounded by picturesque Kent countryside making it the perfect backdrop.

The 2 ½ acre gardens, with formal parterres, are planted with romantic roses, sweeping curved hedges and an informal lake garden with a lit fountain all set against a backdrop of mature trees. Dedicated gardeners are here on a daily basis.

The paved seating area for outdoor ceremonies has a rose and wisteria covered aisle along with a canopy to shelter up to 150 guests. Both indoor and outdoor ceremony areas have a high quality sound system so all your guests can hear the ceremony clearly. Atmospheric up-lights and fairy lights have been placed throughout the grounds, both you and your guests can enjoy their surroundings into the evening.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Kerry Godden - Office Manager
Welcome to The Old Kent Barn, we are always happy to help with any questions you may have, we have fantastic team, all dedicated to you and your wedding. We look forward to hearing from you.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Beth and David
Happy couple married in August
August 2023
You made my dream wedding come true
We had the most amazing wedding day, and we can’t thank the staff at The Old Kent Barn enough! Every single member of staff was so kind and helpful, and made us feel so relaxed the whole day. They really made my dream wedding come true. We had so many compliments on the staff and food, we’ve never tasted nicer food! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Sean & Nads
Happy couple married in July
August 2023
You all went above and beyond to ensure we had the best day
Well where do we even start with this! As I said on the evening and the morning after, you guys are something else. You all went above and beyond to ensure we had the best day. You certainly made our lives easier and stress free. Our whole wedding party have not stopped raving and complementing us on how good our wedding was and I quote from a guest "it felt like I was at a celebrity wedding" Haha. We cannot believe how calm you all were, organised and professional. The barn decorated, look out of this world. We will definitely be up to see you all soon. Thank you once again.
Sadie & Christopher
Happy couple married in July
August 2023
You went above and beyond to help us have a wonderful day
Thank you so much Sam for being our coordinator, you were absolutely fantastic and went above and beyond to help us have a wonderful day. We received so many comments on how friendly and approachable yourself and your staff were towards the guests.
Ellis & Lewis 
Happy couple married in July
July 2023
We couldn't of wished for a better venue to have our wedding at
Thank you so much for helping make our big day as an amazing as it was. It was the dream wedding we have been planning over the last 3 years. The team at the Old Kent Barn are amazing and we couldn't of wished for a better venue to have our wedding at. The whole day literally ran so smoothly and me and Lewis felt so at ease knowing you all had it under control. From the minute we arrived at The Old Kent Barn we felt so calm and relaxed and we want to thank Ashleigh for being the most amazing wedding co-ordinator! She literally took all the stress and worries away. All our friends and family haven't stopped talking about how amazing the venue and the wedding was. I wish we could do it all again! Nothing seemed to much to ask and all the staff we're amazing at helping get everything ready and prepared in time. I wish we could do it all again, and we wouldn't change a thing.  We will definitely be back to visit soon!   
Jack and Paige
Happy couple married in July
August 2023
From getting ready, to breakfast the next morning you have all been fantastic
To the incredible staff at TOKB We had the most amazing wedding and the staff at TOKB made the day run so smoothly. We cannot thank you enough. From getting ready to breakfast the next morning you have all been fantastic. All our thanks
Charlie and Shannon
Happy couple married in July
August 2023
We couldn’t have picked a better venue - because it’s doesn’t exist!
To the amazing team at TOKB, Thank you all for making our day incredible, each and everyone of you were amazing and we cannot thank you enough. We couldn’t have picked a better venue - because it’s doesn’t exist! All our thanks and love,

Welcome To The Old Kent Barn

6th January 2024
Welcoming you to The Old Kent Barn on Saturday 6th January 10-4pm. View the barn & grounds with styling & inspiration for your I Do's. Book a 1-1 tour via Bridebook message or call/email direct.
The Old Kent Barn Location & Contact Details


Smersole Farm, Swingfield , Kent, CT15 7HF, England

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction


Nearest Train Station

Folkestone West

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Frequently Asked Questions

Describe the best wedding that happened at The Old Kent Barn?

Rather than the best wedding (because in our opinion they are all so special) we feel the best weddings are when everyone truly relaxes, enjoys all the day has to offer and then dances the night away, memories to cherish.

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

Take everything step by step. Start with your ideas and research, choose your ceremony and reception location. From there, add each element/supplier as you would need them throughout the day from beginning to end.

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

Our couples are fantastic choosing their personal touches, we love to see them! Some of our favourites are personalised miniature funny pictures of the guests as their name places, sometimes these have been animated too, always a joy to allocate these to their corresponding table place during the morning and seeing their delight later when they find their place at the table.

Describe The Old Kent Barn in 5 adjectives

Welcoming, passionate, supportive, enthusiastic & consistent

Where’s the best photo spot at The Old Kent Barn?

We are fortunate to have so many favourites, the illuminated Orchard is particularly magical. TOKB Top Tip! Check what time the sun is due to set at the time of year you are marrying, if for example in the Summer, the sun will set later and you may need to book your photographer longer to capture any night time shots.

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at The Old Kent Barn?

We've welcomed a range of celebrity guests over the years, all of whom have been very lovely and a pleasure to look after at the barn.

What’s your favourite canapé?

It has to be the mighty parmesan arancini. These delicious crunchy parmesan risotto rice balls Japanese-style breadcrumbs, quickly deep fried are such a delicious warm treat, they even have their own following! Our honey and mustard sausage bites are a close second!

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Wedding cake! We always make sure there is some wedding cake in our couple's overnight suite so they have a chance to have some cake if they have been too busy during the evening.

What is The Old Kent Barn most unique feature?

The old barn, it has been stood for over 250 years within the grounds, and has proudly been part of over 1400 weddings to date. It's unique character and welcoming feel makes it the perfect location for overnight stays, with views over the grounds in addition as a great backdrop for wedding photography.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

The family of staff, who all work tirelessly looking after each couple and their wedding, we are incredibly proud of them and all of the work that they do.