If you’re on the hunt for a wedding venue in Kent, Cooling Castle Barn needs to be on your ‘to visit’ list. It’s in a really picturesque and secluded setting near the North Kent Marshes, yet only ten minutes from the closest train station and not far from Rochester and Gravesend – it’s easily accessible from London and beyond.
Approached through an elegant arched entrance, Cooling Castle Barn actually comprises a number of restored barns, each one slightly different in style.
The Fathom Barn is perfect for civil ceremonies. Imagine making your first appearance via a raised balcony entrance and walking down a 60-foot aisle – this barn, with its exposed brickwork and oak beams, is on the grand scale and quite breathtaking.
The Tithe Barn has been beautifully renovated and has a rustic yet elegant feel. The space can be easily transformed to create whatever theme you may have planned for your wedding. It’s also big enough for the wedding breakfast and evening party.
If you’re dreaming of saying your vows outside you can get married in the garden. In the event of bad weather, the Pavilion (see pic below!) will be ready – no way will your wedding day be ruined by rain! And if you’d prefer a church wedding, you can apply to marry in the very quaint St James’ Church nearby.
An added bonus is being able to accommodate your nearest and dearest overnight. What was once a stable block is now really comfortable bedrooms with all mod cons. Naturally, there is a honeymoon suite for the bride and groom!
The team at Cooling Castle Barn works relentlessly to provide you with a beautiful and memorable experience. From settling you in the newly opened Moat House, where you’ll be able to get ready in relaxed surroundings, to ensuring that your wedding breakfast is perfect, they will make sure your wedding day runs smoothly. I love The Dressing Room (see above pic) in the Moat House as there is plenty of space for you to get ready with your bridesmaids and good light for doing your hair and makeup!
And the catering is fantastic – order a hog roast or go, Mexican, there are plenty of unusual and some more traditional options!