Weddings and Events at Chaucer Barn
With 20 acres of landscaped gardens and grounds, and luxury accommodation for 18 guests, the award-winning Chaucer Barn makes the perfect year-round private retreat for smaller intimate groups or larger weddings. During the summer, make the most of our National Garden Scheme-approved gardens and in the winter enjoy the cosy romance of our beautiful interiors, stunning views and open log fires.
We work closely with an outstanding list of suppliers from caterers to photographers, with no restrictive packages or hidden charges. As a family business, this award winning venue will give you the individual attention we stake our reputation on.
What We Offer
Enjoy an exclusive 3 day weekend at the award-winning Chaucer Barn, giving you time to relax, celebrate and prepare for your wedding. Mid week options are also available at at 25% discount. Exclusive use of 4 acres of landscaped gardens (approved by the National Garden Scheme) and a further 16 acres of parkland.
Choice of ceremony spaces:
- Outside ceremony - various lawns or anywhere in gardens or parkland
- Banqueting Hall - seats 50 plus standing 30
- Drawing room - seats 20
- East Wing - seats 80
- Woodland ceremonies
Other facilities we offer at the Barn:
- Interview room for couple with the registrar
- 4 acres of beautiful gardens plus 16 acres of parkland for photos, outdoor reception and marquee
- Banqueting table seating 18 for intimate family dinner
- Indoor dance-floor area for band or DJ
- For summer weddings, we have an outdoor BBQ area with garden furniture
- Excellent list of local suppliers
- Unlimited car parking
- Childrens play area
- Camping and glamping available on request
- In-house, free of charge, wedding planning service available
* For legal reasons, the legal part of the marriage ceremony is performed in the licensed room within Chaucer Barn as part of a Duo Ceremony prior to the outside ceremony.
Why We're Different
At Chaucer Barn, we have two guiding principles that set us apart from the rest:
We want your wedding or event to be exactly what you want. We don't tie you in to our own caterers or suppliers - we provide the blank canvas with which you can create your perfect day. Tired of being told how to plan your own wedding, when to eat, what to drink, when to dance, when to go home? At Chaucer Barn, we do things differently. You have free rein to design, plan and style your wedding the way you want it. We differ from the standard one size fits all wedding - we fit in with you rather than the other way round - presenting you with a blank canvas on which to project your own style and personality.
Because no two weddings are ever the same here, we have a unique wealth of experience. You will therefore find our free-of-charge wedding service enormously helpful.
We encourage you to visit the barn as often as you like so that you can get a feel for what will be a blank canvas, you are most welcome to decorate both inside and outside to your own individual style. We try to do everything differently from the rest of the wedding industry in order that your special day is as unique and individual as you are.
HOME FROM HOME
Because you have exclusive privacy at Chaucer Barn you will have had up to 24 hours in which to relax with your house guests, sink your roots and take 'ownership' of the Barn. Therefore, when the majority of your friends and family arrive for the wedding day you will have already adopted Chaucer Barn as your home. When your guests arrive you are inviting them into your space - unlike the typical wedding venue where you arrive (and leave!) at the same time as your guests so that it is the venue essentially plays host.
We get out of your hair, allowing you to entertain your guests, no differently from how you would at home, only here you have acres and acres of beautiful, award winning space!
Before booking your wedding you must confirm dates with North Walsham Registrar using their online enquiry form at www.norfolk.gov.uk/ceremonyenquiryform. They will ask for a separate fee of approximately £350. Time slots are 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm or 4pm.
We strongly recommend that you view the Barn to get a good understanding of how to set things up. Please contact our office on [email protected] or 01263 577 733.
Renewal of vows and baby naming ceremonies are also most welcome - please ask for details.
For additional accommodation we provide you with a list of good local B&Bs and hotels.
We can help you plan your wedding but it's entirely your choice what suppliers you use. In line with our 'blank canvas' approach, we can provide you with a list of excellent local suppliers from flowers, catering and hire equipment to photographers, marquee hire and entertainment.
Please note: we only allow rose petals for confetti. We recommend www.confettidirect.co.uk.
Pricing for Civil Ceremonies, Weddings & Events
Prices range depending on season, nights, guests and time of the week. Please call us on 01263 577 733 to discuss pricing.
For quotations over Christmas and New Year please contact the office.
Catering at Chaucer Barn
At Chaucer Barn we can recommend a range of caterers to suit your requirements, or you're completely free to use your own. We do, however, highly recommend award winning Norfolk chef Andy Parle.
Andy has over 25 years of professional experience, working for esteemed establishments such as The Canteen (Michelin star restaurant), Pont de La Tour and recently as Head Chef for the Walpole Arms - one of Norfolk's leading gastro pubs and one of only 19 pubs in the UK to hold a Michelin Bid Gourmand.
Andy brings endless enthusiasm for food and service to all things catering. He relishes being surrounded by the best in game, livestock, seafood, dairy and garden produce Norfolk has to offer and this produce is where the emphasis of his cooking is centred.
Andy will work directly with you to produce quality bespoke menus for dinner parties, lunches, cocktail parties, and weddings. Alternatively let Andy take the stress out of your weekend by dropping off delicious home cooked meals all you need to do is pop them in the Aga! Please see the sample menus on the left.
To book Andy and discuss your own requirements please contact him directly at [email protected] or 01603 871413. To avoid disappointment do it well in advance.
If, for any reason, Andy is already booked, please contact us for other recommended caterers.