The Old Kent Barn

£4200 - £8750 for Venue Hire
Up to 150
3 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
Late Availability
Last Minute Dates Available
Winter Weddings 2023
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 family.
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
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

Food and Drink

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


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

Ceremony & Reception

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

Cultural Specialists

Asian Wedding Specialist
Muslim Wedding Specialist
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 in 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
Wedding: April
May 2022
Went as a guest and loved it!
I went to Old Kent Barn and it was our first wedding since COVID, the food and atmostphere was like nothing else!!
Mr and Mrs White
Happy couple married in January
January 2022
Everything went to plan
We had a lovely time, everything went to plan including the weather, will recommend to all our friends and families. Sam was amazing, thank you
Mr and Mrs Marchant
Happy couple married in December
January 2022
We felt very lucky to have you on our wedding day
We felt very lucky to have you with us on our wedding day, and appreciate everything you did.
Mr and Mrs Reynolds
Happy couple married in December
January 2022
There are no words to do it justice
We had our wedding at TOKB on 11/21/21 and there are no words to do it justice. The venue is incredible but the staff are like no other, our day was perfect from start to finish and we will be forever thankful for all of the effort put in by the team and especially Sam, our on the day coordinator. Thank you so much
Mr and Mrs Ruddick
Happy couple married in December
January 2022
You kept all of us calm and stress free
Thank you so so much to every single person at the barn. You made our day magical, kept all of us calm and stress free but more importantly made our wedding day perfect. Thank you so much again from the bottom of our hearts
Mr and Mrs Matthews
Happy couple married in December
January 2022
The perfect day
From start to finish the Barn would be at hand to help with any matter. Nothing was any trouble! The venue was beautiful for our Winter wedding , was the perfect day
Location & Contact Details


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

Travel Notes

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction


Nearest Train Station

Folkestone West

Nearest Airport

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Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

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 dance 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 and from there, each supplier as you would need them throughout the day.

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 your venue in 5 adjectives.

Welcoming, passionate, supportive, enthusiastic & consistent

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

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 your venue?

We have had a range of celebrity guests over the years, all of whom have been very lovely and a pleasure to see them 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 your venue's most unique feature?

The old barn, it has been stood for over 225 years within the grounds, and has proudly been part of over 1000 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.