Take a tour of our barn wedding venue
Doxford Barns is a beautiful barn wedding venue characterised by grade II listed, 18th century stone and oak barns. Our venue comprises of the Threshing Hall, Great Barn, Cart Shed and Forge, which seamlessly link together to create a harmonious flow as you move through the order of the day.
The variety and depth of character at Doxford Barns combines traditional outbuildings, which carry a history dating back to the 18th century, with modern architecture. The design of our barns are laid out to deliver a contemporary twist to traditional barn wedding venues, offering entertaining spaces for both intimate weddings and larger celebrations, amid the luxurious amenities provided for at Doxford Barns.
The Threshing Hall
The Threshing Hall is the jewel in the crown at Doxford Barns. Dating back to the 18th century, we have lovingly restored this traditional stone and oak barn to create a striking setting for romantic barn ceremonies.
We have retained the Threshing Hall’s original character including its solid oak frame, hand-carved stone walls, grand fireplace, exposed balcony and flagstone floor. We have restored the barn in a way that creates the most wonderful and romantic setting for you to say ‘I do’ in front of up to 160 guests.
The modern touches we’ve introduced enhance the barn’s character further, such as vast chandeliers and Festoon lighting, which hang from the ceiling and run the full length of the hall. Our choice of lighting floods the space with a warm and soft candlelit ambience. Dried hops hang from the balcony, leading up to the original stone fireplace where beautiful bespoke floral and candlelit displays can perfectly compliment your wedding theme in this beautiful barn.
The Great Barn
The Great Barn sits at the centre of our barn wedding venue and provides the perfect setting for your wedding breakfast. The Great Barn can cater for up to 180 day guests, followed by evening entertainment capacity for up to 250 evening guests.
Views from the Great Barn overlook uninterrupted rolling green meadows, which add to the charm of this highly impressive space. It’s decor is sure to wow your guests, as we create the most picturesque backdrop and beautiful surroundings for you to enjoy your wedding breakfast.
We have carefully chosen warm, neutral colours in the Great Barn to create both a calming and welcoming atmosphere that perfectly highlights the barn’s exposed oak beams, dried hops and romantic festoon lighting. We’ve also chosen this colour scheme so the colours from your wedding theme take centre stage and are complemented throughout. (image courtesy of Sean Elliott)
The Cart Shed
The warm and welcoming Cart Shed is the first barn you’ll approach at our barn wedding venue and is where we’ll welcome you in for reception drinks and canapés, set within stylish and chic surroundings.
From the Cart Shed, you can access our contemporary lounge (the Forge) or the trendy Turnbull bar where industrial Festoon lighting and exposed stone walls create a stunning, informal area for you to enjoy your tipple of choice.
Leading on from the Cart Shed and through stone arches, you’ll enter the Great Barn, where you’ll be met with vast exposed oak beams that frame the dining area and where we’ll host your wedding breakfast followed by evening entertainment.
(image courtesy of Sean Elliott)
Adjoining the Cart Shed and sharing its traditional oak and stoned wall features, is our contemporary lounge – the Forge. Here we have introduced contemporary décor that adds a modern twist to this part of the barn, resulting in a charming and calming haven to relax.
Featuring original bellows and open fireplace, the Forge has many points of interest, including the antique chandelier which hangs beneath the vast ceiling and exposed timber beams to flood the lounge with warm light after dark.
The Morning Room
The Morning Room is the latest addition at Doxford Barns, which has been designed to give our brides and grooms another luxurious and calming space to prepare, for the moment you walk down the aisle.
In a room that affords plenty of space, our lead designer – Jo Aynsley of Jeffreys Interiors, (also lead designer of our sister venue Charlton Hall) has chosen a contemporary design that delivers a luxuriously tranquil ambience. Statement wallpaper by Harlequin Sumi reflects off the magnificent mirror, whilst a pop of colour cleverly balances the sophisticated muted tones in the room.
Flooded by an abundance of natural light, The Morning Room opens out on to The Courtyard through a pair of oak-framed glass doors that overlook the rolling green fields across our 550 acre estate.
The Morning Room also bring you out to the path that leads up to the Threshing Hall.
The Morning Room is included in our 1 day weddings and is available for use from 1pm – 3pm. Should you wish to use this room for a longer duration or if you would like to hire the Morning Room as part of a 3 day wedding, packages are available on request.
The Turnbull Bar
The Turnbull Bar is set beneath one of the stone arches leading from the Cart Shed and is where we serve the best local ales, fine wines and spirits until 2am.
At this stylish bar, we have framed the barn’s traditional stone walls with ambient Festoon lighting, which hangs over original oak beams. This is one of the most eye-catching bars at Doxford Barns and makes for a perfect setting to catch up with those dear to you.
The Baldy Reiver Bar
The Baldy Reiver bar is the largest bar at Doxford Barns and is found within the Great Barn, cocooned by a bespoke 53 Festoon light installation that really does create the wow factor.
At the Baldy Reiver bar, our award-winning team serve premium spirits and cocktails straight from the dance floor until 2am.
New to Doxford Barns is the central courtyard, which adds an additional outdoor lounging area for you to relax upon comfortable seating. Adorned with tables, outdoor heating and fire pits, this area will keep you warm well beyond the time when the sun goes down.
The courtyard is situated directly behind the Great Barn and has been designed to give you and your guests another sociable area to sit and sip champagne.
After dark, the Courtyard offers a peaceful haven to reflect on the day, where a dark sky lit by shining stars is your canopy and firepits are provided to offer you a soft flame of warmth.
The Front Lawn
The layout of our magical barn wedding venue includes impressive outdoor spaces for you and your guests to mingle or lounge outdoors.
The front of our barns is a presented as a lovely grassed area where the sun loves to shine and the views overlook rolling green meadows. Known as the front lawn, this area provides the perfect setting for you and your guests to gather before and after the ceremony, as well as offering the amount of space and a perfect backdrop for group photographs.
To keep the younger ones entertained during the day, the grassed area can be used for lawn games, of which we have plenty for you to choose from!
Bench seating areas give you the option to sit out here and enjoy some fresh air in one of the many outdoor spaces we have to offer. Optional chimneas give you the option to watch the stars in front of an open fire long after dark….the options are endless…
Standing proudly on the edge of Doxford Lake is a jetty, overlooking 3 acres of shimmering water framed by the beautiful scenery made up of the evergreen woodland. The views overlooking Doxford Lake are simply breath-taking and make a beautiful backdrop for wedding photography .
You have the freedom to use this beautiful setting as you like. Whether this be for photography, your intimate ceremony or where you choose to spend some quiet time together on your big day. Either way, you’ll be completely at one with nature and wildlife at Doxford Lake.
Doxford Lake is located 1/2 mile from the Great Barn and if you’d like to take a trip up here, our team will take care of all the timings and logistics to ensure your visit to the lake fits seamlessly with your order of the day.
The Farmhouse Lawn
The Farmhouse Lawn offers you the option to host your reception drinks or to say your vows in front of Doxford Farmhouse. The lawn presents luscious green surroundings within an English garden setting and is available during the summer months.