The Old Kent Barn | Wedding Venues in Kent, South East

The Old Kent Barn

The Old Kent Barn is set in an idyllic rural location. They have two buildings - a purpose built 110ft oak-framed barn (for indoor weddings and receptions) and the original barn (with guest accommodation) built over 225 years ago.
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Need To Know
  • Ceremony Capacity : 150
  • Reception Capacity : 150 - 250
  • Licensed for Marriage : Yes
  • Catering : In-house
  • Bar : In-house
  • Accommodation : 3 bedrooms
  • Child Friendly : Yes
  • Pets Welcome : Yes
  • Late License : No
  • Exclusivity : Yes
  • Disabled Facilities : Yes
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Contact Details
The Old Kent Barn
Smersole Farm
CT15 7HF

The Setting

The Old Kent Barn is set in an idyllic rural location. They have two buildings – a purpose built 110ft oak-framed barn (for indoor weddings and receptions) and the original barn (with guest accommodation) built over 225 years ago. The barns are set in manicured landscaped grounds and are surrounded by picturesque Kent countryside making it the perfect backdrop.

An hours drive from London and only a short drive from the Kent coastline. Accessible from both main motorways.

Two train stations in the town of Folkestone available locally, with a short journey to the venue and the historic city of Canterbury only a 20 minutes drive.

The Vibe

The Old Kent Barn is a 200-year-old oak framed Tythe barn, full of character and beams and home to their 5* accommodation for the venue with a luxurious newlywed suite and two further double ensuite rooms.

The design of the New Barn (where receptions are held) is both opulent (the chandeliers have won an international design award!) and neutral to co-ordinate with any colour scheme or theme. It’s oak framed with large windows and an open plan space. Their neutral tones lend themselves to any theme, from rustic to vintage, to modern and contemporary. A light tiled floor throughout the venue including a solid wooden dance floor and stage area, softened with ivory drapes and a magical starlit ceiling guide you on to the floor for your first your first dance.

A fabulous dressing room is available for brides or grooms to arrive from 7.30 on the morning of the wedding to relax with their bridesmaids or groomsmen. The dressing room has a shower room ensuite, enough dressing gowns for everyone, a digital TV, an iPod docking station, air conditioning, lots of beautiful mirrors, fridge and of course attentive staff on hand to get fresh coffee, tea or whatever you need.

The 2 ½ acre gardens are professionally landscaped creating formal parterres with romantic roses, sweeping curved hedges and an informal lake garden with a fountain all set against a backdrop of mature trees and countryside. Within their landscaped grounds sits a large gazebo with a panoramic view of the surrounding rural countryside.

The paved seating area for outdoor ceremonies has a rose and wisteria covered aisle and glass pergolas to shelter up to 150 guests. Both indoor and outdoor ceremony areas have a sound system so guests can hear the ceremony clearly. Atmospheric up-lights and fairy lights have been placed throughout the grounds, in the evening the picture-perfect fairy-lit areas create a truly magical setting.

In the Winter months, couples marry under the stars within the barn itself under their beautiful fibre optic starlit ceiling. Their ivory drapes create a beautifully intimate ceremony space, with bespoke wooden benches to seat your guests. This wonderful space can be dressed in so many different designs and seasonal styles for your wedding.

Throughout the day a dedicated coordinator is on site to run the full day and evening. Couples get exclusive use of the new and old barn as well as all the grounds for the day. Inclusive in their hire fee is a complimentary stay in the newlywed suite in their on-site 5* guest accommodation within the Old Barn and inclusive of a freshly prepared breakfast the following morning.

They are proud back-to-back winners of Kent Wedding Venue of the Year and the only Kent venue to have won it three times!

They offer their couples a complimentary food tasting event for food and wine choices.

They have a vintage ivory four-seater taxi to transport the bridal party from the dressing room to the ceremony area.

Disabled Facilities & Access:

  • Designated accessible parking spaces
  • Barn and Ceremony area is wheelchair accessible with pre-bookable allocated seating for wheelchair users (aisle edge)
  • Accessible facilities within the main barn
  • Wheelchair suitable guest tables
  • Ground level dressing room for couples (available on request)
  • Full support of trained staff – including advance requests