Patrick’s Barn is in Chiddinglye, West Hoathly, West Sussex. It’s a rustic and quirky wedding venue set in 360 acres of farm, parkland, formal gardens and woodland. They have the space to accommodate most wedding day craziness – for example glamping, fairground rides, treasure hunts, bouncy castles, bucking broncos and welly wanging… they even have a Druid wedding booked for next year!
The ‘Byre’ behind the barn is a huge covered area previously used to house the cows in winter (and still has the sheep in for lambing). It’s a versatile space seating 120 or a space for games, hay bale chill-out areas or even table tennis and subbuteo… they love all the imaginative ideas couples come up with for the space!
Above photos Marcel Grabowski
The venue provide tables and chairs for up to 100 guests, toilets, festoon lighting throughout The Byre and a Bose sound system inside the barn (music until 11pm).
You get a whole week to decorate the venue and get things ready in your own time, which means you can relax, get to know your surroundings and enjoy your wedding without feeling rushed or stressed. You can DIY/use your own suppliers (only catering is strictly in house). The staff at Patrick’s Barn can recommend wonderful local suppliers if necessary, they’ve had some brilliant talent there for weddings over the years and it’s a popular location for bridal shoots.
The formal gardens at Chiddinglye House make a wonderful setting for the blessing ceremony, arrival drink/canapés or a game of croquet. The field can be used for tipis and bell tents, ideal for festival-style events.
Above photos: Marcel Grabowski
The Garden Chef are the inhouse caterers and they run the events. Becky and her team love tailoring bespoke menus for unique and quirky couples. They’re always open to new ideas and they’re happy to make suggestions based on their extensive experience. They offer sit-down wedding breakfasts, buffets, high teas, picnics etc.
Becky is passionate about creating beautiful menus using only the best produce. Her base allows her access to wonderful ingredients on the doorstep; lamb, venison, apples and soft fruits. Pork and beef come from the neighbour’s farm, so she knows it is of the highest welfare. Becky loves working with local producers who share her passion for delicious food and she believes food should be fun and vibrant.
You can bring your own drinks for post ceremony/arrival/meal for a corkage fee. Post-meal it will be the venue’s own fully-stocked bar. This includes beer and cider made in their own on-site brewery (Missing Link Brewing). There is even the option to take part in a brew day to make your own beer to serve at your wedding, you can even have it canned with your own label!