The Secret Garden, Ashford

£1,000 - £5,100 for Venue Hire
Up to 100
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.
The Secret Garden, Ashford Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
Maximum Price
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
Maximum Price
What is included in this pricing:
Bespoke menu available
Menu tasting included
Wine allowance per guest
Corkage charge applicable
Minimum numbers apply
Cutlery included
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Table linen included

(price per head)

Prices Start At
Maximum Price
Minimum Number of Guests
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

(total price)

Prices Start At
Maximum Price
Number of Guests Included
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
The Secret Garden, Ashford Features & Capacity


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

Ceremony & Reception

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


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

Food and Drink

In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
Alcohol Licence
External Catering Permitted
The Secret Garden, Ashford 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
Francesca & Andy
Happy couple married in July
August 2023
Absolutely amazing day
Such a good day. Super chilled, like us, and we felt fully confident in their hands. Took control of the day, did everything we asked, and helped us out when caterers messed up. Can’t rate more highly.
Julie & Matt
Happy couple married in June
June 2023
We really could not have asked for a better day...
We would just like to say thank you to everyone at the Secret Garden for making our wedding day so perfect yesterday 😍. Both myself, Matt and all of our guests had such an amazing time, with everyone complimenting how beautiful and special the venue is, how attentive and friendly all of the staff are, and how incredible all of the food was. We really could not have asked for a better day, The Secret Garden really is a special place and we will cherish the day forever.
Jasmine & Jack
Happy couple married in October
January 2023
Thank you for making our day a day to remember❤️
We wanted to say a huge thank you for being just a wonderful venue and for all of the hard work of all of the staff at our wedding! A special mention to the lovely Josie and Harry who were so calming and so organised, from the meetings to the big day you guys put us at ease and made the entire process enjoyable! You were absolutely perfect and ever so professional our guests couldn’t (and some still can’t!) stop talking about you! We have recommended you to just about everyone we know!
Rosie & Duncan
Happy couple married in September
January 2023
I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
"We couldn’t have dreamed for a better wedding venue" "you honestly made us feel that we were the only wedding you had on last year with how special you made us feel - let alone probably the 5th of just that week!" "The entire staff on the day were so patient as we were running behind, so kind and charming to all of our guests, everyone was also super efficient and accommodating" "I would 100% recommend the Secret Garden to all my friends / family for a venue."
Natasha & Hugh
Happy couple married in August
January 2023
everyone at the secret garden is amazing
We had so many lovely comments about our day and how perfectly it went, it was relaxed, fun and the food!! Wow!! It was phenomenal!! Everyone was raving about how incredible the food was! Every little detail was so well thought out, the placement of everything worked so well with the flow of the venue, just perfect! The gardens are beautiful, there are so many different areas all with their own little quirks, we had a badminton net set up and the kids loved running around there.
Sara & Landon
Happy couple married in July
January 2023
You made our day so magical!!
We would recommend to anyone to have their wedding with you. You were all so helpful when we had to change the date three times!!! It is the most special place and we always come to your pudding nights so to have our wedding there was brilliant. The gazebo and the coach house looked beautiful with the flowers and all of the vintage crockery. The food was amazing and all our guests loved the picnic and the BBQ. The team were always one step ahead of us and made the day go seamless.
The Secret Garden, Ashford 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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The Secret Garden, Ashford Press & Awards

Industry Awards (3)

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

Bridebook Awards (1)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Describe the best wedding that happened at The Secret Garden, Ashford?

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 The Secret Garden, Ashford in 5 adjectives

Unique, Rustic, Enchanting, Secluded and Relaxed.

Where’s the best photo spot at The Secret Garden, Ashford?

Hidden in the Wildflower Meadow!

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at The Secret Garden, Ashford?

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 The Secret Garden, Ashford 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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