• Caroline Stocking

The Barn

Have you been searching for that perfect venue? Something that has it all? Outside areas, Inside Space, Somewhere to Sleep, Unique? But you feel it doesn't exist?

Well it does! and it could be yours for your special fact it could be yours for a whole week!!

The Barn at Avington is nestled away on farm land in the beautiful countryside on the outskirts of Winchester in Hampshire, UK.

Trust me when I say, it has everything you could ever want for your unique, bespoke, rural Wedding Day.

The Barn has it all, and it's not just a barn! The site is made up of a modern restored farm barn. However, it's not just another barn conversion..! It is light, bright, spacious, contemporary, industrial almost, but with a big chunk of style thrown in.

The owners spent many hours planning out how they would like the space to work, and to maximise the space available. A carefully thought out refurb, has transformed a tired old metal outbuilding, into something quite stylish.

The Barn has it's own toilets, and supplier space for caterers etc.

Suppliers are required to bring all their own equipment, but the space provided is perfect.

Alongside the barn, is a beautiful converted holiday cottage, that can sleep up to 10 people. The holiday cottage, can be seperated into smaller units, or you can have it as one big party house, where everyone can join together. It's a great space, with the added extra of a bright orange hot tub in a secluded courtyard! Having the chance to stay on site for the duration of your set up, is amazing. It takes the stress out of travelling to and from your venue.

The surrounding estate hugging the barn hold lots more exciting features.

Just adjacent to the barn, is the most beautiful outside ceremony space. Overlooking the river, it can seat a large number of guests, and makes for the most magical, woodland service.

Having this space, as well as the barn means all your weather scenarios are covered, as the service and reception can take place in either the outside space or the inside space.

A 2 minute car journey away, or a drunken 10 minute walk holds The Glad. A rural countryside spot to have festival style glamping, so all your guests can stay over. There is plenty of space for all your guests, and more than enough room to supply toilets and shower blocks for them too.

However despite the holiday cottages, and the glamping, I believe there is one more feature that really does put the cherry on the cake.

Hidden away, at the top of a hill, out of site and mind of your guests, sits the most stunningly beautiful bespoke, deluxe glamping experience, I have ever seen! A purpose built chalet especially for newly weds, or couples that just want that secluded romanic retreat!

With a triangle bed area, a seperate toilet and shower, and an open kitchen area, this truly is one in a million.

Imagine waking up to unspoilt views of the Hampshire countryside? I fell in love with it that much, I'm secretly thinking about booking it for myself and Mr C at some point.

How could you not want to stay in this after your wedding? You could hide away in the Hampshire countryside, and dream of your futures together.

The Owners and Event managers have really thought of everything, and have certainly taken their time to ensure every need is met. It's a world away from your rustic converted barn, or rural hotel. The Barn at Avington really is something special.. If you love the countryside, and love the outdoors, then this is the venue for you!

I really believe you could celebrate in style here, and make your day super unique and individual.

The Barn is left as a blank canvas for you and your chosen suppliers to add your personal touch. Beth the event coordinator is amazing, and is on site throughout your wedding experience, to help out in what ever way is needed.

Being able to be present on site for a whole week, is the biggest winner for me. So many times, I hear of couple not having enough time at venue's and feeling like they are being rushed. Here there is none of that. You can arrive on a Monday and leave the following Monday. What more could you want?

They limit the amount of weddings throughout the year to, to ensure the areas remain unspoilt, and truly individual.

If you want an alternative, back to nature wedding, then get in touch with the guys at The Barn. I really think you will love it!

Thanks to the guys at The Barn for showing me around, and showcasing such a special venue.



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