The Secret Garden, Ashford

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£1000 - £5100 for Venue Hire
Up to 100
Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
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The Secret Garden is Kent's most romantic venue; complete with immaculately presented Gardens, a historic Cobbled Courtyard, lovingly restored Victorian Glasshouse alongside the main Coach House.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
£1,000
Maximum Price
£5,100
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Private room(s) included (non-exclusive use)
Furniture included
Choice of preferred caterers
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Multiple course wedding breakfast

In-house catering
(price per head)

Prices Start At
£55
Maximum Price
£113

Packages
(price per head)

Prices Start At
£85
Maximum Price
£115
Minimum Number of Guests
2
We have a range of ceremony and dining areas to choose from depending on your wedding party size and a great selection of packages to suit all.
What is included in this pricing:
Furniture included
Private room(s) included (non-exclusive use)
Wine / soft drinks allowance per guest
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Exclusive use
Day before set up available
Canapés included

Packages
(total price)

Prices Start At
£3,500
Maximum Price
£10,800
Number of Guests Included
15
Exclusive Hire Packages start from just £3,500.00 for 30 Guests up to £10,800.00 including 60 Guests for premium dates. We have packages to suit wedding parties of all sizes/ budgets and are always happy to create bespoke packages so our couples have everything they need in their special day!
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Furniture included
Wine / soft drinks allowance per guest
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Private room(s) included (non-exclusive use)
Canapés included
Features & Capacity

Overview

Venue Type
Garden
Outdoor
Dining Capacity
100
Reception Capacity
150
Usual Access Time
9:00AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00AM

Venue

Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Pet-Friendly
Disabled Access
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator
Grade I/II Listed Building
Open Flame Permitted

Ceremony & Reception

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

Food and Drink

In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
Alcohol Licence
External Catering Permitted
Full Description
The Secret Garden is easily one of Kent’s most romantic and picturesque venues, it’s a passionately run family business with a talented team who are dedicated to making sure wedding couples have their perfect day. Based in the original Mersham le Hatch estate, it's stunning historic surroundings provide a perfect and secluded escape for weddings. There are endless photo opportunities to suit couples of all tastes and styles - from the stunning relaxed and rustic Wild Flower Gardens and Shepard’s Hut to the historic and elegant Cobbled Courtyards, Old Archways and Clock Tower. This venue is a dream for photographers as well as couples! The Secret Garden offers a variety of fully licensed ceremony spaces, including the beautiful Gazebo located in the heart of the Gardens, the historic and elegant Chapel which is perfect for weddings in all seasons or weather and the Glasshouse which is the best of the outdoors inside and is the perfect space for smaller and more intimate weddings. As well as the gorgeous settings, the Secret Garden has an incredibly talented team including dedicated servers, highly talented and knowledgeable wedding coordinators and world class chefs who pride themselves on using Kent’s finest and locally sourced fresh produce. We even grow our own fruit and vegetables onsite! Whether you're looking for a delicious 3 Course A La Carte, or a more relaxed informal BBQ Breakfast, the options for catering at Weddings here are endless and bespoke menus can even be arranged for couples who are looking for something really special. You even have an option to arrange external caterers and suppliers but we know the food here will outclass most! We offer Exclusive Hire as part of our All-Inclusive Packages for all Wedding parties over 30 guests, however we do also offer Non-Exclusive Hire for more intimate celebrations – meaning The Secret Garden is the perfect venue for all parties from 2 guests to 150!

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Stephanie
A huge congratulations on your engagement! Thank you for taking the time to have a peek at The Secret Garden, our dedicated Events Team are always on hand to show you around & answer any questions you have regarding your Big Day. We look forward to hearing from you soon and showing you why weddings at The Secret Garden are so magical!

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2006
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
25
Reviews
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(44)
Kealeigh & Lauren
Married in October 2021
December 2021
We wouldn’t have wanted to get married anywhere else
To all of the team at the Secret Garden, just a little note to say thank you so so much for everything you did for us in the lead up to our special day + on the day itself, you were amazing. You made the day for us. The planning before felt super easy + as little stress as there could have been. The day was perfect and that was largely down to each and every single one of you! Special shout out to Harry for answering all of our questions and generally being amazing AND Josie for keeping the photographers in check on the day itself lol. In all seriousness, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We wouldn’t have wanted to get married anywhere else. Love Kealeigh & Lauren xx
Kate and Mike
Married in October 2021
December 2021
a huge thank you for everything you've done to make our wedding day the best day of our lives.
We just wanted to say a huge thank you for everything you've done to make our wedding day the best day of our lives. From the moment we got in touch with you Harry was incredible, always happy to help and eased all of our worries re. covid. Thank you for working with us and being so accommodating as we had to postpone our big day twice due to government restrictions! Our guests have been beaming since the day, we’ve heard nothing but great things about your venue and food - the curry in particular was so well received! Thank you also for catering to the vegans, the food was delicious. We would like to stop by and say thank you in person so I’m sure we will see you soon, and we plan to bring our parents back for afternoon tea perhaps after Christmas now. We will be in touch to book a table!
Jeremi & Mirka Reda
Wedding: September 2021
December 2021
It was a great success, thanks in no small part to your organisational skills and the hard work of you and all of the staff.
We’d like to express are thanks for the great service that you and your staff provided in staging our daughter’s (Kasia Reda) wedding on Wednesday 15th September. It was a great success, thanks in no small part to your organisational skills and the hard work of you and all of the staff. Everyone was polite, enthusiastic and ready to help with any issues. Everything was done with a smile and with good humour, and helped to make the day the wonderful success that it was. Could you please pass on our thanks to all of the staff. Yours sincerely Jeremi & Mirka Reda
Louise Almond
Wedding: September 2021
December 2021
. It was the most perfect day - your staff were amazing, so attentive, polite and cheerful.
Dear all, Our daughter Hannah, got married at your venue yesterday, with her reception in the glass house. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone. It was the most perfect day - your staff were amazing, so attentive, polite and cheerful. The food was delicious and the setting beautiful. Please pass on our thanks to everyone involved. With kindest regards Louise Almond
Sophie and James
Married in September 2021
December 2021
thank you for all your help over the past 2 years
To harry, Josie + all the Secret Garden team, we just wanted to say thank you for all your help over the past 2 years, we are delighted he day is finally here and to be getting married at the Secret Garden. Thank you also for being witnesses on our special day. We wish you and the team all the best in the future. Love Sophie and James x
Tsui Sui, Alex & Coco
Married in August 2021
December 2021
We absolutely loved every second of that day and will forever remember it
To the Wonderful staff at the Secret Garden, thank you so much for all the hard work that went into an amazing day! The venue was stunning the food was so delicious and the staff on the day were truly amazing! We absolutely loved every second of that date and will forever remember it. Lots of love Tsui Sui, Alex & Coco

Wedding open weekend

22nd January 2022
Calling all recently engaged couples…. The Secret Garden are delighted to announce we’ll be holding a Wedding Open Weekend on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd January 2022! 🥂
Location & Contact Details

Address

The Courtyard, Mersham-le-Hatch, Hyth Road, Ashford, Kent, TN25 6NH, England

Travel Notes

How to find Secret Garden Our address:- Secret Garden, The Courtyard, Hythe Road A20, Near Ashford Kent, TN25 6NH/5NH Car: From London: - Follow the M20, Leaving junction 10, take 2nd exit onto the A20 Hythe Road. Go straight over little round about next to a Tesco Store. Follow A20 for approx. 1.6 miles. We are on the left hand side of the road next to Mersham Le Hatch Cricket ground. If you go past a café called Blue and White you need to turn around. From Folkestone:- Follow the M20, Leaving at junction 11, take 3rd exit onto the A20. Follow road for approx. 4 miles. You will go through the village of Sellindge. We are just pass a café called Blue and White on the right hand side next to Mersham Le Hatch Cricket ground. Satellite Navigation systems do not always send you in the right direction, please check as per above directions. Leaving Cars: You are welcome to leave your car overnight within the main car park. Please note however that we do not own the car park and thus cars are left at your own risk. The main car park shall be locked between 12midnight and 7am. Train: Our nearest train station is Ashford International Station, which is approx. a 15 minute car ride away (5 miles) Bus: Number 10/10A – Ashford to Folkestone – Nearest Stop: Mersham Turn Taxis: Arrow Taxis – 01233 666666. We advise for guests to pre book their taxis in advance.

Nearest Town

Ashford

Nearest Motorway & Junction

Junction 10 M20

Nearest Train Station

Ashford International

Nearest Airport

Gatwick

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Press & Awards
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Industry Awards (3)

Kent Wedding Awards Finalist 2015
Top 10 Kent Bridal Venues
South East England Prestige Awards Winner 2020
FAQ
(10)

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

Every couple and every wedding are completely unique - no two are ever the same, and that's the best part of working in this industry.

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

Plan the day you want and would be happy to remember for years to come. Its a long day, but it goes so fast - so take some time to have some alone time with your partner during the day, taking in the moment.

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

Memory tables are a beautiful addition for loved ones who are no longer with us, to include them as part of your Big Day.

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Unique, Rustic, Enchanting, Secluded and Relaxed.

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

Hidden in the Wildflower Meadow!

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

We recently hosted a very special baby shower event for a delightful and well known couple you may recognise from Strictly come dancing!

What’s your favourite canapé?

Our Canapes are to die for! I couldn't possibly pick one!

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Wedding cake for the car ride home!

What is your venue's most unique feature?

Our restored Victorian Glasshouse; which is a licensed Ceremony Area, perfect for Intimate Wedding Breakfasts or the perfect Botanical Chill-Out Area for larger Wedding parties. Complete with rustic exposed brick, festoon lights along with a Kiwi Vine wrapping the middle beams, its a completely unique space to us that perfectly compliments The Secret Garden - bringing the Gardens indoors.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Our lovely and dedicated Wedding Coordinators, Front of House and Kitchen Team! Without them, we would not be able to offer the customer service, care and menus we have.

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