Basic Venue Hire: What's Included?
All our venue hires include exclusive use of the barn and three acre site. Our beautiful barn has space for up to 100 seated guests, with the rafters hung with 200m white fairy lights or festoon lighting. We also include a large vintage Oak barrel for your cake, or a big genuine log cake stand if you prefer. You will have use of our large fire pit & a bag of wood, five straw bales (and the option to hire more), the fully licensed bar and we have festoon lights strung between the bar/firepit and the barn. There's also some big crate tables and an assortment of round wooden 'reel' tables for the outside space. Our vintage caravan sits in the Orchard, adjacent to the barn (small cleaning charge for using her interior, otherwise she just sits there looking pretty!) The barn itself has lots of quirky shelves and spaces to add your own touches. If you hire our enormous Prop Box there are loads of items, from jam jars to large signage, to use on site. Our Prop Box hire comes with a free days hire of our Stylist to help you set up!
We also have a toilet block near to the barn, with two toilets (one of which has full disabled and baby changing facilities)
Can you help with dressing the venue?
We have our own on-site venue sytlist, with years of experience at both wedding planning and venue dressing. She can either completely dress the venue according to your plan, or work alongside you if you wish. Our stylist is also able to assist with your pack down afterwards - talk to us about these options.
We also have a huge variety of decorations and props that you can hire, and a trusted list of local suppliers if you require recommendations for additional items. If you hire our Prop Box, we throw in a free day's hire of our Stylist to help you set up.
Our experienced in-house craftsman Maaker can also turn most Pintrest dreams into reality - from small table items and decorations to elaborate displays, signage and just about anything else you can think of! We even dry our own natural confetti from flowers on site, and can create personalised packaging for you.
How about Public Transport, Parking and Accommodation?
We have two small car parks onsite - one adjacent to the main house and one through our field access. Together these can park around 40 vehicles, plus catering vans on hard standing. This leaves our circular driveway clear for your wedding car, or additional cars if necessary. There is free, unrestricted, roadside parking nearby, but we would encourage car sharing where possible.
We are a rural location and our nearest London mainline train stations of Stonegate & Etchingham are only a short 10-15 minute ride away. We can arrange taxi and mini bus transport if requested.
We are in an area of outstanding natural beauty and have a vast array of local accommodation we can recommend that is less than five minutes drive away - everything from traditional B&B's, to shepherds huts and 5* luxury tree houses! For a fun group 'sleepover' there is also a great little campsite a couple of minutes away - why not have a bell-tent village!
Our nearest large towns with some great hotel accommodation are Battle (15mins), Tunbridge Wells (25mins) and Eastbourne (25mins).
Do you have disabled access?
We are very mindful not all visitors may have full mobility. Our site is a combination of flat and undulating outdoor spaces, however our car park allows flat, step free walking/wheelchair access to the Barn. The lower fire pit and bar area is also able to be accessed step- free.
Please talk to us further should any guests require further mobility or other assistance as we will do our utmost to accommodate any additional needs or requests. We do have a disabled toilet on site.
We want all your guests to enjoy celebrating with you!
Do I have to use your recommended suppliers?
No! One of our strengths is that we want you to have exactly what you wish! We have created a 'Little Barn Book' of trusted local suppliers that we have met, used and loved, however you are welcome to use your own suppliers or the talents of friends and family for any part of your day.
Is your venue child or pet friendly?
We are very family friendly venue, however we would ask you to be mindful that we have a small 1/4 acre lake on-site. We would ask you to ensure anyone bringing a child or non swimmer is made aware that they are responsible for their safety at all times.
Our venue is fully hedged, fenced and gated. The two car park entrances will be closed off once full, with gates between the venue and the quiet country road that can be made child-proof if requested.
We also have a fire pit area, which we are pleased to offer. The usual fire safety precautions apply, and you are responsible for your child's safety at all times.
Whilst we don't provide high chairs or specific child seating (they do love our straw bales), you are welcome to bring your own.
Whlst we do not generally allow pets (with the exception of assistance animals), if this is an important part of your day then do speak with us to see if we can accomodate any requests.
We also wish to advise that we have a very small flock of friendly bantam hens in secure enclosure away from the barn area, which provide organic eggs for our resident baker.
What's your 'Plastics & Environmental' Policy?
We are situated in an 'area of outstanding beauty' and also want to help protect the wider global environment. Single use plastics have a huge impact on the planet. We are encouraging all our guests to consider choosing alternatives that can be re-used, recycled or that are biodegradable. We also only use such items in our bar and for our events.
If you wish to have straws at your event, we would ask that you choose from the ever expanding range of paper straws available as we have banned plastic straws altogether. We also only allow natural confetti made from plants and flowers (not rice paper).
We are able to make & supply beautiful natural hand-dried flower petal confetti in personalised packaging, and a vast selection of paper straw options should you wish to buy direct from us for convenience.
Do you hire the venue for parties as well as wedding receptions?
Absolutely! Our Vintage Tea Parties, BoHo Picnics and Fabulous Feasts are wonderful ways to celebrate! We do all the work so you can just turn up and enjoy your time with us.
Do we hire the barn as a 'blank space' for general party hire? Unfortunately we only offer this option for weddings or wedding receptions at this time.
When can I access the venue?
This varies according to the purpose for hire.
We offer a generous two day access before a wedding day, and for two days following your wedding, for clearing up/removal of your personal items & rubbish. The only exception is food and food waste, which must be removed at the end of on your wedding day. We ask guests and suppliers to leave the site by 11pm. We also allow extra site visits for suppliers and/or other needs by prior arrangment. Externally hired items must be ready for collection according to the supplier's timetable, or a charge will be added to do this if we need to do it on your behalf.
If you require more additional access for any reason, speak with us and we will do our best to accommodate this, however with other events booked on site this cannot be guaranteed.
Do you give to charity?
We have a real heart for social justice. Why not check out our Charitable Giving page to see more about the three great local and global charities that we support as a business. 10% of the profit of every booking is donated to one of these charities, and you can even choose which one! It costs you nothing more, but means the world to those in need.
Can we get married at Crabapple Barn?
We offer a pretty area by our lake for outdoor ceremonies, down by our lake. Included is a genuine Silver Birch archway and straw bales and covers can be hired separately. We are not licensed for marriage, however many of our couples take advantage of the simple service provided by our local registry offices a few days before their wedding to complete the legal formalities, and treat their time with us as their actual wedding day. We know some amazing celebrants who can help you plan the most personal service, that truly refelcts you both as a couple - freeing you up from more conventional service requirements. We have a portable PA system, however you are welcome to bring in your own, or even your choice of live music to accompany your ceremony.
For an indoor alternative, we are thrilled to be linked with The Chantry, just one mile from us. This beautiful decommissioned Chapel is a stunning location for a service of any type for up to 90 guests. The building is licensed for weddings and the owners have the same heart as ours to make your day just as you want it. Get in touch to find our more about this beautiful option that can be booked direct with the owners. We are very happy to work together as a ceremony and reception option to tailor your day perfectly.
Is the venue non-smoking only?
We do not allow smoking anywhere on the property, except in our designated smoking area. We have provided a picnic table for smokers in this area, with views over the South Downs, and not far from the main barn. Please ask your guests to respect this policy at all times.
Can you create a small, intimate setting at your venue?
YES! If you would like us to create a very private setting for a proposal or intimate moment during your day, then do talk to us about the options we can offer.
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