The Secret Garden, Ashford

£2000 - £10000 for Venue Hire
Up to 100
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COVID-19 Update
We are open for socially distanced viewings 7 days a week by appointment only. Our events team are always on hand to answer any questions or new enquiries via email or phone.
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

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(price per head)

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Minimum Number of Guests
We have a range of areas to choose from depending on your wedding party size and 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.)

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Prices Start At
Maximum Price
Number of Guests Included
Exclusive Hire Packages start from just £3,500.00 for 30 Guests up to £9,600.00 including 60 Guests for premium dates.
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.)
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
Usual Finish Time


Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Disabled Access
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Food and Drink

In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
Alcohol Licence
External Catering Permitted

Ceremony & Reception

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


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Lin and Andy
Married in October 2020
December 2020
venue is a beautiful location for a wedding
Dear Secret Garden We have just celebrated a wedding at the secret garden and had the most marvellous time! It was so beautiful and such a wonderful day, especially considering all the restrictions in place at the moment in these strange times! We really want to thank all the staff for being so incredibly keen to make the day special for the bride and groom and the guests, nothing was too much trouble and the attention to detail was really special. The venue is a beautiful location for a wedding and the food was spectacular! The wedding was meant to be a large event but due to the strange conditions of this year it was reduced to smaller numbers, but the Secret Garden made it really special for the couple and are so accommodating for any requests and ensured that they had a wonderful day! Thank you all so much!
Sam and Jess
Married in October 2020
December 2020
couldn’t have asked for a better day
Just wanted to say thank you so much for yesterday. Honestly we couldn’t have asked for a better day and we are so glad that we were able to get married at The Secret Garden. Your food, staff and customer service is beyond anything we could have hoped for. I hope that everything has been cleared as Sams Mum should have picked up the decoration box this morning but if not please call me as Sam and I are staying at a hotel near by for the rest of the weekend. Also one apology as I believe we left the Sheperds hut in a bit of a mess after Sams present opening and I was going to sort it before we left but it just slipped my mind. So very sorry. Thank you all again.
Jen and Phil
Married in August 2020
December 2020
Thank you!
We just wanted to say thank you for the amazing day that we had on Monday. You and your team made the day very special for us all. The glasshouse shone in the sunshine and looked perfect for our wedding day. The food was out of this world and the sausage rolls deserved an extra applause as they have been mentioned by all! We couldn’t have asked for anything more, or imagined a better day. Once we have received our photos, we will send some through to you and we are more than happy if you want to use them on social media. Can’t say enough how much the day meant. Many thanks Jenny and Phil xx
Laura and Robert
Married in January 2020
December 2020
absolutely loved it everything was perfect
The only feedback from guests and myself is what wonderful staff you have including you! You were really helpful and accommodating and we got there eventually to create a beautiful new year themed wedding...I absolutely loved it everything was perfect and wish I could do it all over again so thank you!
Terryann & Paul
Married in December 2019
December 2020
Just again a big thankyou for everything you did to make our wedding day perfect. It was just the way we planned to bring our families together. Thank you again!
Jake and Olivia
Wedding: October 2019
December 2020
fantastic meal, great quality, presentation
With all the wedding celebrations for Jake and Olivia behind us we just wanted to let you know how delighted we are that the days events were held at the Secret Garden. So often promises are made and disappointments follow, however we are delighted to say that every aspect of Jake and Olivia’s wedding celebration was delivered by your team to the highest professional standard. The front of house staff were exceptional, whether ensuring that the set up was inline with our wishes, making everyone welcome as they arrived, not just the top table, dealing with add hock requests, delivering a fabulous meal service and managing the evenings activities. What a team. Special mention also to your chefs, what a fantastic meal, great quality, presentation and quantity. It’s difficult to find that standard of service and food in a restaurant let alone catering for sixty. An incredible job. We would also like to thank the back of house team for their contribution towards making the day a very, very special occasion. We remember being told to enjoy the day and didn’t worry about a thing, and that’s exactly what happened. We can’t thank you enough.
Location & Contact Details


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


Nearest Motorway & Junction

Junction 10 M20

Nearest Train Station

Ashford International

Nearest Airport


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Press & Awards

Industry Awards (3)

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

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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