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 wwe have step free walking/wheelchair access to the Barn.
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 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.
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.
Need more information? Do just get in touch below and we would be pleased to have a chat!