What clients say about Monkton
Thank you so much for hosting us at your wonderful venue! We had a truly fantastic day and one we will remember for the rest of our lives. The venue was perfect in every way and it allowed us to have the wedding we wanted and we were able to celebrate in style with all our family and friends. Thank you so much!
Gary & Charly – April 2018
From our first meeting you were so warm and welcoming and the barn was so beautiful, we just knew we had to have our wedding here. Our numerous ‘planning parties’ in the lead up were so much fun, really helpful and we always came away from them with any of our concerns eased. You have been so open and relaxed about everything and always able to offer a suggestion or solution to help us. We were so pleased Peter to have you here with us on our big day – it felt like having another friend at the party. Mel was also amazing, so lovely and personable. The food and drinks were just perfect and nothing was too much trouble.
We have had so many compliments about our day, including it being one of the best weddings people have been to! This is exactly what we wanted. Dan and I will never forget what an amazing day it was and the team at Monkton really made it. We would definitely have another party here! Thank you so very much.
Emma & Dan – March 2018
What a fantastic venue – I can’t thank you and the team enough. Everyone was so full of praise for Monkton Barn. Thank you.
Frazer – December 2017
Thank you for having our wedding at your wonderful venue. We had such a fun time in the day, but also planning it all with you, Wendy and Mel! We were so pleased to have such an experienced and friendly team to work with in the lead up to the big day. If we could do it all over again, we would definitely get married here again!
Amy & James – November 2017
Thank you so much for making our party wonderful. You made the whole process an absolute pleasure and the evening was perfect – thank you!
Natasha & Rob – November 2017
My dream wedding happened at Monkton Barn this July. Thank you so much to Peter and all the other companies involved, who he personally recommended, for helping us pull it all together. The Barn was full to the brim with our friends and family for our ceremony and beautiful views made the slightly rainy day on the meadow picture perfect (thanks to Wendy!). Two months later and guests are still raving about how the day was just so ‘us’. All the best to future Monkton Brides and Grooms x
Rhian Dodson – September 2017
Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding day the best day of our lives! We loved the relaxing setting and flexible arrangements. Hopefully we will visit Monkton Barn again soon for another party
Katie and Rob – October 2017
Thank you for a fantastic birthday party! I could not have dreamt about a better night. We all felt so well looked after from the planning stages, to the morning after. The venue is brilliant. The food was delicious and plentiful so big thanks to Mel and her team. We are also grateful to Wendy for giving us her time in the evening for some family and friend’s photo time. We would love to come back here again!
Matt & Malgosia – September 2017
Thank you for making our daughter Ashley and son-in-law Alex’s wedding day perfect. Stunning venue, just perfect. Nothing was too much trouble and you all smiled and made the atmosphere great. It was truly a day to remember.
You will not find a more helpful host – and Mel, your team were fantastic and again, nothing was too much trouble. Thank you so much.
Kish, Sue and family – September 2017
We had the most amazing wedding day and so many guests commented on how beautiful the venue is. A day we will always remember. Thanks for everything.
Mr & Mrs Moorhouse – September 2017
We can’t thank you enough for all your help and support in making our event such a wonderful success. From the start, your enthusiasm and knowledge has been invaluable and a key part of a great evening. Looking forward to coming back as soon as possible.
CAE Technologies – September 2017
Many thanks for making Ben & Maria’s wedding such a special day, you even arranged the weather. Such a great venue and many thanks for everything you helped with. You have been so accommodating in their plans. Many thanks and we will be back.
The Atwell & Marsh families – August 2017
Thank you so much for helping us make our wedding day amazing. It will be a day we’ll never forget.
Becky & Steven Wilkinson – August 2017
We had our wedding reception at Monkton Barn in September ’16…
From our first visit we were convinced this was the place for us and looked nowhere else
We loved our planning parties with Peter and found the whole experience perfect.
We got to incorporate loads of our own ideas and make lots of decorations, making the venue truly personal!
We cannot fault Monkton Barn and truly recommend it!
Our guests all loved the venue and location! A massive thank you to all who made our ‘vision’ come to life!
Our wedding was incredible (even if we do say so ourselves!)
Sarah & Ollie – June 2017
Thank you for being so accommodating and helping with so much for the special day. Faye and Charlie and all the guests had the BEST day and it was the perfect location!
Hope to come to another wedding here soon.
Tanya Stephenson – 2017
Thank you so much for everything! We had an absolutely fantastic time.
Everything ran really smoothly and our guests all had a lovely time.
Mr and Mrs Eggleton – May 2017
Wow. We honestly can’t imagine having a wedding any other way!
It was utterly fantastic. Thank you so so much for everything.
Same time next week?!
Alaine and Marc Gledhill – 20th May 2017
Thank you very much for helping to make our day so special.
Mike and I had an incredible day, so many comments on what a lovely venue it is.
Aimee and Mike – 6th May 2017
What an incredible day!
Thank you so much for all your help in the build up to our day!
Many happy memories we will treasure forever!
Vicki and Mark – 22nd April 2017
60th Birthday Party
Monkton Barn was an excellent venue and the combination of barn and marquee worked really well.
The companies and individuals recommended by Peter were all excellent.
All guests had a great night .
I would strongly recommend the following for future parties:-
1.The photo booth with dressing up outfits was a fantastic success and in the end people were queuing up to use it.Having it linked to a Facebook page afterwards was also a great hit. But for the host to receive a album with key photos from the night before the end of the evening was superb.
2. The magician was also an outstanding addition to the evening and everyone was stunned at his skill. My mother still cannot believe how he removed her watch that was so firmly held in place!
3.The Jenga—People really got into building it high and were still building it at 12.15 am!
If you’re looking for a party that does not just feel like another hotel event then I would recommend Monkton Barn. You have total flexibility on what you want for the night and the atmosphere in the barn and marquee just got better and better as the night developed. Our guests were still talking positively about my 60th party many weeks later.
Well done to Pete and the Monkton team.
Robb Judd – 25th March 2017
What a fantastic venue!
Thank you for everything, we had an amazing wedding and a great start to 2017. Can we do it all again soon.
We had so many compliments about Monkton Barn, everyone thought the place was perfect!
Thank you again.
Natasha and Ashley – 31st December 2016
Never had we encountered a person so passionate about their business and enthusiastic about exceeding their clients expectations. Peter and his team were a delight to work with and Monkton Barn’s extensive list of suppliers made it very easy to plan and find the services we required for the big day.
On our wedding day Peter ensured all ran smoothly and to plan. Also his wife Wendy is an amazing photographer and we couldn’t recommend her highly enough. She captured our wedding day effortlessly and with pure class. The photo’s we received were breathtaking.
We can’t thank the team at Monkton Barn enough for making our special day even more special & for helping our family & friends feel so welcome.
We look forward to another infamous planning party !
Darrell & Kerys, Mr & Mrs Thorpe! – 14th October, 2016
Absolutely superb venue ! Can’t recommend more highly ! I have just booked this for my 40th birthday, and the venue is simply stunning ! The venue can be flexed to work for lots of different numbers of guests, and it is beautiful ! I booked under the ‘turn up and party’ banner, and it was exactly that – so simple to organise especially with Peter, Mel and team who couldn’t be more helpful. Great atmosphere, beautiful setting, stunning lighting, superb food and great bar. I just wish that I could do it all again.
40th Birthday party – November 2016
Me and my fiancé had the most amazing engagement party here, the staff and owner Peter were so helpful and made our party a walk in the park to organise. can’t thank them enough, ACE!
Engagement party – February 2017
Peter and your wonderful team at Monkton Barn. We had the most amazing day imaginable. Everybody was fantastic, especially Mel and her team behind the bar, who were all so friendly and kind. Food was unbelievable, especially the late night pizza! Thanks for everything you have done in making our day so special.
Deb & Rob, 13th August, 2016
Many thanks to everyone at Monkton Barn for helping us to make our day very special. It was great to be able to have the wedding we envisaged with all our individual touches. A fantastic day! All the best!
Ross & Becci – Wedding Summer 2016
Perfect day spent at a perfect venue! We can’t begin to thank everyone enough for all of the help and support we have had. We will miss our planning parties! All of our wishes and dreams came true!
Ollie & Sarah – Sept 2016
Thank you to Peter and all the staff for a fantastic day, and for giving us the opportunity to personalise a perfect venue. Could not have wished for a more perfect wedding. And we love Darcy!!
Jo-Jo & Mark – September, 2016
Amy & Jackson’s Wedding
Such a welcoming and perfect venue. Peter is a gentleman, who could not have done more. It was a perfect day. Thanks to all at Monkton Barn.
Barry & Julie Evans – September, 2016
Dear Peter, Thank you so much for such an amazing day. From start to finish you have gone above and beyond and made the whole process easy and helped create our magical day. The venue, staff and everything was fantastic. Lots of love.
Mr & Mrs Page (Tim & Leanne) – September, 2016
Dear Peter, Thank you so much for making our Anniversary such a success. We will always remember Monkton Barn. Once again, Thanks.
Paul & Steve – 1st October, 2016
40th Birthday Party
After lots of planning (and great planning sessions with Peter!) the party went wonderfully. Food was amazing – perfect cocktails. I even enjoyed the camping, waking up to a beautiful Sunny Autumn day. Everyone I have spoken to has had a brilliant time. Thank you so much Peter and Mel and all the staff. Best wishes
Sarah & Rob – 8th October, 2016
Peter, thank you so much for helping us have the most amazing night. It’s been a joy from start to finish. We loved the night as much as all our get together’s beforehand. Thanks again.
Charlotte & Tom – Oct 2016
Peter, what a night & what a venue! Amazing from start to finish, from every detail of organising (well you did it all really!) to a fabulous evening. The lighting, food, drinks were all superb and in fact there is absolutely nothing that I would change at all! I only wish that I could do it again! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart (and aching feet!)
Diane and Daniel Hill – November, 2016
Company Christmas Party
Hi Peter, Thank you for a fantastic time last night! All our staff are raving about the venue, food, bar and music. A few sore heads here this morning but everyone is in good spirits. Many thanks
Karen – World Challenge – Dec 2016.
Wedding New Years Eve
What a Fantastic Venue! Thank you for everything, we had an amazing wedding and a grat start to 2017. Can we do it all again soon? We had so many compliments about Monkton Barn, everyone thought the place was perfect, Thank you again
Lots of Love Natasha and Ashley – 31st Dec 2016/7
Dear Peter and Wendy, What a 40th Birthday Party to remember, I couldn’t of asked for more, I can’t thank you enough for everything! Just Brilliant! Thanks and Much Love.
April 2016 – Rachel and Nick Billinghurst
Dear Peter and Wendy, Can’t fault anything. Peter was lovely and so helpful. The venue was loved by everyone. The food by Feast was delicious. Thank you so much.
May 2016 – Ady, Leah and Mel
Dear Peter and Wendy, You have made our special day amazing! Thank you so much for our warmth, energy, kindness, patience and epic organising. You both have been a lovely part of our wedding. With Love and Thanks.
June 2016 – Alex and Anna
Dear Peter and Wendy, What a wonderful and perfect wedding we have had! Bell tents, picnic tables and a beautiful barn! Even the sun made an appearance! We’ve loved every minute of it! Thank you so much for all of your help and patience.
June 2016 – Cecilia and Stephen
Dear Peter and Wendy, Sitting on a hay bale as I am now, looking out over beautiful meadows on a Sunday morning, I reflect upon a party in which we never knew we could have had! Thank you for enabling our ideas to germinate and grow and for me to go to the best party I have attended in my life – and it was my own! You are a master, so skilled in your selection of party partners, caterers, bar suppliers and so on. With your guidance we were able to shape the unforgettable event, bringing your specialist contacts together to both do what we asked but also to capture the best of their creative thinking such that they had a great time. As such I felt we had the best of what they would do. With our love and heartfelt thanks.
July 2016 – Jess and Simon
Dear Peter and Wendy, Thank you for letting us host our wedding at your beautiful venue. We had the most amazing day! All the staff were so helpful and friendly even in the 30 degree heat! A special Thanks to Debbie , her attention to detail and caring attitude helped make our day perfect. With love and Thanks.
July 2016 – Megan and Billy
Dear Peter and Wendy, Thank you for making our wedding unbelievably special. We had an amazing day here at Monkton Barn and wouldn’t have changed a thing!
July 2016 – Tom and Nicole
Company 10th Anniversary Party – Ella’s Kitchen
100 Revellers enjoyed Ella’s Kitchen’s 10th Birthday party with designer cocktails, a superb BBQ served in the courtyard followed by freshly made pizzas from our wood burning oven with a photobooth and dancing with our brilliant disco in the marquee until nearly 2am. A dozen hardy campers on Home Meadow.
“Hi Peter, I just wanted to drop you a note of HUGE THANKS for such a great event yesterday. Thank you for all your help in making last night such a success. You really do have a great venue and setup that works perfectly. Thank you again for being so brilliant.” Cheers, Jo Wilby
Wedding Reception – 120 guests
Two day Wedding celebrations, on Friday a small number of guests were greeted with finger food and Prosecco. Saturday evening comprised arrival drinks and rustic canapés served in the barn followed by Monkton’s Rustic Table hog roast served with wine and beer. Ceilidh band and dancing followed by DJ and disco with pay bar.
“Dear Peter and Wendy, thank you so much for making our wedding so wonderful. You basically did it all, allowing us just to enjoy. Had an amazing weekend!” With love, Kathy and Glen Harding
Big Family “99th” Birthday Party – 100+ guests
Arrival drinks served alongside DJ and disco, pay bar with vodka luge and ice sculpture. Fantastic barbecue buffet served in our heated marquee followed by dancing til late.
“Peter, thank you so much for providing such a fabulous venue for our joint 60th, 21st and 18th Party. It looked absolutely stunning and was all I could have hoped for and more. All of the guests I have spoken to thoroughly enjoyed themselves, so thank you also for your help in coordinating the evening. I hope that we shall soon have something equally momentous to celebrate for us to return!” Many thanks, Jess Pope
“What can I say? Simply the best! Thank you for everything, the whole process from the planning to the evening itself was a pleasant, stress-free experience. I hope one day to be able to do it all again.” Louise Pope-Morgan
Autumn Wedding – 80 guests
Stylish, simple, ultra relaxed – 80 Guests – Civil ceremony in Monkton Barn, followed by music, sizzling hot pizzas with salads and bar til late
“Thank you so so so much for having such a perfect venue for our special day! Every guest commented on the beautiful surroundings and great set up. Best party EVER!!!” Love and cuddles Hannah & Simon (The Diplocks)
“Not” Wedding – 70 guests
Evening commitment ceremony on Home Meadow with jazz accompanied travel inspired dinner with food from the four corners of the globe. Dancing, bonfire and fireworks with many guests staying at Monkton’s (Canvas) Hotel on Home Meadow with bell tents. Survivor’s breakfast served with the Sunday papers in heated marquee
“Thank you for your calm, profession support and help in both setting up our “Not Wedding” and making the day so special for us. It would not have worked without your help. Thank you and the barn and meadow are wonderful.” Chris & Debbie
Summer Wedding – 200+ guests
Summer wedding on home meadow with beautiful stretch marquee, seated wedding breakfast, rock band and dancing until way past bedtime!
“Thank you so for everything you did for us to help make our wedding day the most amazing day of our lives! The advice, support and planning expertise were invaluable and you were so accommodating of all our ideas – you made all of Stacy’s visions come to life. I wish you all the very best for all the future weddings and functions you have here, and if I ever need a venue to hold a 200+ party again, I know who to call!! Thanks again.” Love Dave & Stacy
Traditional Summer Wedding – 120 guests
“We just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU for helping us create the wedding of our dreams, it would not have been possible if it hadn’t have been for you. We really are going to miss our little get togethers with the wine & cheese!! The venue was absolutely beautiful and everyone said how lovely the day was. So once again we just wanted to thank you. We have loved every minute of it.” Lots of love, Denise & James xx
Beer Festival Summer Wedding – 120 guests
A selection of real ales served in personalised pint glasses on the meadow followed by outdoor games and a rustic hogroast, cheese tower and a selection of late night wood fired pizzas
“Thank you so much for everything! Our wedding was exactly as we hoped it would be and the planning parties were always fun! We found all the suppliers really easy to deal with and would not hesitate to recommend. You helped make our wedding a “STELLAR” occasions.” Love and Hugs, Anna & Wayne Steel xxx
Funfair Themed Summer Wedding – 150 guests
Summer marquee decorated with hanging pom poms on Home Meadow with DJ and dancing till late. Guests enjoyed swingboats, funfair rides, crazy golf, lawn games, coconut shy, hoopla and darts accompanied by a sweet treat Ferris wheel display
“We had the wedding of our dreams at Monkton Barn. Peter and his suppliers were fantastic, allowing us to take the ideas in our head and make them come to life. Peter’s amazing planning parties paved the way for us to have our funfair stalls, swing boats, crazy golf, our whiskey bar and a bright, colourful marquee. We will definitely be back in touch when we plan our next big party! We just wanted to say again a massive thank you for hosting the best party of our lives. It was lovely getting to know you and we thoroughly enjoyed sharing our ideas with someone else who ‘got’ us. Our friends and family had such a great time and we’d particularly like to thank you for making the clean up so easy and stress-free for our parents!” Lots of love, the Girvans xxx
Rustic-style Summer Wedding – 100 guests
Summer marquees in courtyard. As the Groom is a Golf Pro, the couple arrived by golf buggy. Guests enjoyed BBQ pulled pork, full-bodied red wine produced by the groom, followed by dessert served from vintage ice cream van. Nearest the Pin competition on Home Meadow with dancing till 1am
“Thank you Peter for being such a brilliant host! You helped us make the planning of the wedding painless by allowing us to make our dream come true.” Crue & Billie xxx
50th Birthday Party – 65 guests
Canapés followed by a hogroast and live rock band. Photo booth and giant garden games in the courtyard. Party organised remotely with clients in Dubai
“Fantastic venue – great host, made it so easy to organise from afar (Dubai). We will hopefully be back! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.” Anna & Glen xx
West Indian Themed Wedding – 300+ Guests
Large family Wedding reception in barn and courtyard with live Caribbean band, BIG disco and dancing. Caribbean street food with hog roast and Pay bar till late.
“Monkton Barn and Peter are amazing! With a huge West Indian wedding to plan and over 300 guests, it was a challenge but we made it happen and had the night of our lives. I’m still drunk but I’m happy. Thank you so much for helping to make our day extra special.” Lian & Kyle Allard x
Second World War Theme Wedding – 200 Guests
Humanist marriage ceremony and baby naming ceremony on Home Meadow. Triple summer marquee on Home Meadow with dance floor. Patriotic bunting, 1940’s menu, rides in vintage military vehicles, jazz quartet and DJ and dancing till late
“When we first saw the meadow, we knew that we wanted to have our wedding there. We also knew it would be a tremendous challenge to pull it off. But with your guidance and calm presence we did! We have a wonderful wedding, thank you so, so much.” Mark and Kath and JJ (The Caseys!)
Summer Wedding – 115 Guests
Reception drinks in the barn with photo booth, hogroast and DJ
“Thank you so much for providing us with the perfect venue in which to host our wedding. We had great fun setting the barn up the day before, and even more fun seeing it all come together on the day. Hopefully we shall return to Monkton Barn for another celebration in the future.” Kim and Andy xxx
Comments on catering – “Thank you so much for the lovely food you provided for our wedding on 9th May. We couldn’t have been happier with it all. Also, it ran so smoothly and the whole catering team were fantastic.” Kim and Andy xxx
Informal Summer Wedding – 200 Guests
Civil ceremony in Monkton Barn. Rustic hogroast buffet with Bake-Off style dessert competition. Guests enjoyed glamping on the meadow in our GO-Tel and bell tents
“Thank you so much for all your help with our wonderful wedding. It exceeded ours and our guest’s expectations and truly was the most special occasion. Was a wonderful, amazing day! From start to finish you’ve been nothing but wonderful. Thank you for making our wedding so special.” Ellie & Satinder
“We had a marvellous sleep in our GO-Tel camper unit. The bed was comfortable and we loved having electricity in the GO-Tel. We even used it for a short nap in the middle of the wedding festivities!” Jude Ewa, Calgary, Canada
Early Summer Wedding – 150 Guests
Arrival drinks and antipasti served on Home Meadow. Live band and late night chips served
“Fantastic venue, amazing party. The barn and the meadow looked stunning in general and special in the sunshine. Truly magical. Thanks for helping us plan for our perfect wedding party. All the best!” Mr & Mrs Bennett-Meere x
Spring Wedding – 80 Guests
Ceremony on Home Meadow with arrival drinks and rustic canapés. Informal hogroast, evening buffet with cheese tower and late night pizzas. Pay bar and DJ
“Thank you a million times, you personally made our day special. Thank you for all of the fun ‘planning parties’. You have been amazing throughout the planning process and on our amazing day. Everything about it was fabulous and perfect. The food provided by you and Mel was amazing. Everybody loved the cheese tower, late night pizzas and hogroast. We cannot say THANK YOU enough! Thank you again for everything and for making our wedding day as special as it was! We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day and a more perfect venue! Lots of Love and smiley hugs” Steffie and Ollie Adkins xxxx
Spring Country Fair Wedding – 140 day Guests – 170 evening Guests
Country Fair Theme with bunting and an ice cream van on the meadow. Music provided by a string quartet and live band
“We had such an amazing wedding at Monkton Barn. I can’t thank you enough for all of your help towards the smooth running of a hugely memorable day. The setting was so beautiful and the opportunity to make the wedding our own was just perfect. It was all fabulous. Thank you for everything!” Christine and Jeremy Saul, Hughenden
Spring Italian Wedding – 120 day Guests – 170 evening Guests
A wedding breakfast in the courtyard marquee. Glamping on Home Meadow in bell tents
“Thank you so much for everything throughout the planning of our big day and on the day. We had a truly fantastic day! Thank you.” Lucy and Deen
November Big Birthday Party – 70 Guests
Snacks and nibbles, followed by bowl food, fine wines and a live band
“Thank you so much for all your help with our party. We’ve had so many nice comments from our guests about the lovely venue, food, band etc. So many, many thanks for your thoughts and guidance along the way. Your setting at Monkton Barn is fantastic and you were correct that you have made the process as simple as it can be. Your information and contact pack are great. The hardest part was choosing between the good suppliers that you had recommended! We liked that we could supply our own drinks. We really did have the party that we had hoped for – as you assured me we would! So thank you again for all your help to bring the whole thing together.” Sarah and Derek Lloyd
Autumn Wedding – 90 day Guests – 150 evening Guests
Marquee attached to Monkton Barn, arrival drinks served in the courtyard, festoon and fairy lighting. Pay Bar and DJ in the evening
“Thanks for your support and advice during the planning stages and giving us the scope to have the most amazing day” Sam and Ian
Informal Autumn Wedding – 160 Guests
Arrival drinks in the courtyard with marquee. Rustic canapés, hogroast buffet, late night pizzas, cheese tower and a Pay bar
“Thank you, thank you, thank you! You have been absolutely amazing to us. We were treated like royalty! You made planning our wedding so much fun and nothing was ever too much to ask. Peter, your friendly, smiley face was a delight to see and we had the most incredible day thanks to you and your beautiful venue! The food was insane! All our guests loved the food and display! Especially the cheese tower! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!” Guy and Vicky Miller xxx
Late Summer Wedding – 115 Guests
Canapés and wedding breakfast accompanied by a string trio, followed by a Pay bar and DJ
“What an experience! We have loved every second of our Monkton adventure with you, and our wedding was everything we could possibly have dreamed of and more. As I said in my speech (yes, you got a mention!) you have been worth your weight in gold. We had no idea about all the things we would need to consider when planning the wedding, and the day would have been nowhere near as good without your help and guidance from the word go. We will be back! Thank you for everything.” Matt and Fi Carter
Family Meadow Wedding – 60 day Guests – 80 evening Guests
Bouncy castles and games on Home Meadow with a hogroast. Pay bar in the evening with late night jacket potatoes served in the courtyard
“Thank you so much for letting us use your venue for our wedding. We had the most perfect day, and much of that was down to your wonderful barn and meadow. Your wonderful venue, excellent advice and enthusiasm made our wedding dreams a reality! Thank you so much, we enjoyed every second of our Monkton Barn experience!” Lots of love, The Fox’s
Summer Wedding – 60 day Guests – 90 evening Guests
Canapés served in the meadow, followed by a laid-back BBQ style menu
“A huge thank you to Peter and Wendy in helping make a perfect day. A beautiful day in beautiful surroundings. I write on behalf of Jan and Em to say that they couldn’t have wished for better!” David Hutchins, Father of the Groom
Summer Wedding – 100 Guests
Ceremony on the meadow with arrival drinks in the courtyard. A rustic hogroast buffet, an informal evening buffet followed by late night pizzas and a live band
“Well what can we say!? We really did have the most amazing and magical wedding day here. The setting was beautiful with the incredible rolling fields just next door. We couldn’t have asked for a better venue. The facilities were great and the atmosphere at the barn was electric. Peter was the perfect host and all through the planning and organising has been a great help and support. Everyone that came to our wedding said they had an amazing time. So sad it is all over as we really had fun with all the meetings with Peter helping us to plan the perfect day, which it really was! Thanks again to Peter and Wendy at Monkton Barn!!! The memories will stay with us forever!” Claire and Mike Buckley xxx
Summer Wedding – 124 Guests
Summer cocktails and a Spanish guitarist followed by a live band and fireworks
“Everybody says it is the best day of your life and it was! We had an absolutely amazing wedding day here at Monkton Barn and it has been such fun planning it all with Peter. From day one he has always made us feel welcome. Thank you for the countless meetings with crisps, wine, tea and coffee. Nothing has ever been too much and you have ensured we had the wedding of our dreams. We will definitely recommend you and who knows; maybe we’ll be back in 20 years to celebrate a 50th. We cannot thank you enough!” Hannah and Chris xx
Spring Wedding – 100 Guests
Live music and canapés in main hall on arrival – seated wedding breakfast for 100 in marquee – Evening Live band, pay bar and sparklers
“Thank you so much for a beautiful perfect wedding. From start to finish it has been great fun and enjoyable. A massive thank you to Peter for EVERYTHING he did for us. Nothing was a chore, it was all a pleasure! We will definitely be returning for one celebration or another. So many people complimented the gorgeous venue, which made us feel particularly proud to have had it as our wedding venue.” James & Stef xx
June Wedding – 96 Guests
Arrival by vintage coach – Reception drinks with canapés on Home Meadow – Wedding breakfast in summer marquee in courtyard – evening Live Band and DJ in Barn
“The best day ever? Even Better! We thoroughly enjoyed our day – everything went perfectly! We were delighted to be able to use the meadow – many of our French guests commented on how “English” it was! We have hundreds of happy memories and will really enjoy looking through our photos in years to come. The barn looked beautiful and we’d like to thank you for guiding us through the wedding planning process. Our day really couldn’t have been any better.” Elsa & Renzo
Summer Wedding – Guests 82 adults 17 children
Arrival drinks in Courtyard, informal hog roast buffet in marquee and courtyard, evening buffet, band and Pay bar, Guests camping on Home Meadow
“Thank you for making our special day even more memorable! Throughout the planning stages, your help has been invaluable, and all you did behind the scenes made the day run seamlessly. We are so glad we chose to hold our wedding reception at Monkton barn, and will be recommending it to everyone we know. Again, thank you for such a wonderful venue to hold our celebrations, and for holding true regarding the weather! What a fabulous day!” Love, Jen & Derek
Summer Wedding – 100 Guests
Reception vintage tea party in marquee in courtyard, evening hog roast.
“A Massive thank you to you peter, you have made the entire whole process easy and so enjoyable. Always happy to help and willing to do more than required to ensure things go smoothly. We will definitely be recommending Monkton barn along with Carol,(caterer) Mel (bar) and Jo (florist). Being a control freak I don’t find it easy to hand over to people, but they all made me feel so confident in what they were doing that I didn’t worry! The food was lovely and so were all the lovely staff. We couldn’t be happier. Thank you again.”
Ps – very pleasantly surprised to find everything cleared away too! Ruth & Chris xxx
Informal Summer party following wedding – Theme English Vintage / Country fete – 80 adults – 20 children
Afternoon tea and sundowners, party games, evening hog roast, band, small marquee for children
“What a wonderful venue, lovely host and the party went with a bang. A fantastic host, Peter, makes the whole event stress-free and takes the pain our of organising a party. We are forever grateful for the wonderful memories the name “Monkton Barn” will evoke, not just in us, but with everybody who attended” David & Lorri.
Summer Wedding – 80 day Guests
Ceremony lead by Celebrant on Home Meadow, followed by drinks and canapés on meadow, wedding breakfast in marquee, Band – Dancing till late
“We had such an amazing wedding at Monkton Barn, it looked beautiful, especially in the evening with all the fairy lights! Thank you Peter for your help, we also found Carol a pleasure to work with on the catering side and Jo did a perfect job with the flowers. The whole venue had a lovely relaxed atmosphere which was exactly what we wanted.”Katie & Tom
Summer Wedding – 100 Guests
Ceremony – Short-form civil ceremony at registry office followed by ceremony lead by celebrant in glorious sunshine on Home Meadow Champagne reception canapés in barn and courtyard, three course wedding breakfast in summer marquee – rock band – dodgems
“Thank you for providing the perfect wedding venue for us. The day could not have gone any better! Thanks for all your help leading up to the wedding and on the day. We loved it all and so did out guests. We had many compliments on our choice of venue and how smoothly the day went. We could not have done it without you.” Emma & Marcus
Autumn Big Birthday Party – 70 Guests
Balloon arches, cool club furnishings, soft lighting, Waitress service, Canapé’s, bowl food and bubbles.
“Dear Peter & Wendy, Well that went well!!! As I am sure you realize we are both so grateful for all you did to make Beryl’s 70th go off so well. Everyone involved did a great job. The Barn looked a $million and thanks to your watchful eye it all went so smoothly, both in planning & execution. All our guests remarked on the Venue & how appropriate it was for our DO. Your recommendation of Chris for catering paid real dividends & now we know you can fix weather I will be in touch!! Wendy worked tirelessly to photograph the day & we look forward to seeing the Photos. Thank you both again, Every Best Wish ,Alan & Beryl”.
Spring Wedding – 100 Guests
Ceremony followed by: Vintage coach – Capri Marquee attached to Monkton Barn – Caribbean BBQ – Steel band – Fairground Bumper Cars – DJ – Vintage ice-cream van – Bar
“We really did have such an amazing day and truly love your venue. It’s so rare to find a venue where you can put your own stamp on it. We really are thankful to you for accommodating all our ideas, especially the bumper cars. We also found your supplier list extremely helpful, a great starting point for sourcing caterers etc. Your enthusiasm is infectious and made the whole planning process so much fun”… Dan and Kim
New Year’s Eve Wedding – 70 Guests
Wedding ceremony – short form ceremony @ Registry office followed by ceremony in Monkton Barn lead by celebrant. Canapé’s – Champagne – Waiter-served Hog Roast + 2 courses – Digital jukebox – fireworks – Bar
“We both absolutely loved our wedding at Monkton Barn, there isn’t very much we’d have changed to be honest. Your recommendation of Carol (caterer) turned out to be very good and I would highly recommend her to any of your future guests using Monkton Barn, she is lovely to deal with , very helpful and accommodating, and always gave useful advice when needed. In fact all the suppliers that we used were great.” Kelly & Jonny.
Summer Wedding – 70 day Guests – 100 evening Guests – Theme – Vintage summer fete
Church Ceremony followed by: Marquee on Home Meadow – Hay Bales – Games on Home Meadow – Vintage afternoon tea – Evening Hog roast – Morris dancers – Rock Band – Dancing – Bar
“We really had a great day. As I mentioned, we had no end of positive comments from our guests regarding the barn, the meadow and generally the rustic but classy feel of the whole place. Our Morris dancers enjoyed themselves in particular and said how much they enjoyed being part of our day and how nice the venue was.
All-in-all it could not have gone better. There were just so many options when it came to decorating, it made it so much easier. Your hire partners were really nice to deal with and Mark in particular, he was the kind of guy you can have a practical conversation with, rather than just a business one. I can see why you like to use them. Our caterers had plenty of space to work with and there was plenty of storage for drinks etc. ….. I’m fairly sure everyone had a good time and if they enjoyed it half as much as we did, it will have been the best wedding they’ve ever been to!” Kevin and Melanie.
Summer Wedding – 120 Guests
Wedding ceremony – short form ceremony @ Registry office followed by ceremony on Home Meadow at Monkton Barn.
Village Fete Games on long Meadow – Bouncy Castle – Vintage tea party – Marquee attached to Monkton Barn – Mock Fish & Chip shop – DJ – Dancing – Bar
“Thank you for making our wedding such a memorable occasion – what a day!. The setting of Monkton Barn is beautiful, the flexibility to do just what we wanted was perfect and everyone had a fabulous time. Your unique venue was just what we were looking for. The meadow was an amazing setting for our marriage ceremony and the kids loved the fete we had set up in the long meadow. The combination of the courtyard marquee for afternoon tea and the barn for drinks and dancing worked perfectly…. I’d also like to thank you for the supplier recommendations – all the companies you recommended to us were easy to work with and delivered a high quality service.” Rachel & Chris
Summer Wedding – 112 day Guests – 130 evening Guests
Marquee attached to Monkton Barn – Photo Booth – Rock Band – Dancing till late – Bar – Seated wedding breakfast for 122 -– Camping and Glamping on Home Meadow. Catering – Our caterers were delighted to use ingredients including beef, eggs, milk, butter, cream and ice cream supplied from the clients own farm.
“We have fantastic memories of our day at Monkton Barn, it was great to be made to feel that nothing was too much trouble and to have a blank canvas without restrictions.. Thanks again for helping to make the day so special, we have already been recommending your venue and I have heard that a couple of guests have also been recommending you!” Dawn and Gid
Summer Big Birthday Party – 250 Guests – Theme 1950’s village fete
Marquee and circus ring of hay bales on Home Meadow – cake baking competition – fancy dress – vintage tea party – antique musical organ – Vintage Ice Cream van – Petting Zoo – Glamorous Dog show – Candy Floss – Tug of War, Egg & Spoon Race – Village Fete games – Bumper Cars – Marquee attached to Monkton Barn – Hog Roast and BBQ Swing band – Bar – Dancing till late.
“We just wanted to say a BIG thank you for all your support for my 50th Birthday event on Sunday. Everyone commented how great Monkton Barn and the setting for the meadow was and how friendly you both were with nothing being too much trouble. When we have any future events we will definitely thing about using Monkton Barn again.” Sean and Matthew
Summer Wedding – 70 Guests
Peter and Wendy said to us at our first meeting that they “would have done their job if on our wedding day we can welcome our guests to Monkton as if it’s our own. And he and his team have done a wonderful job! The beautifully converted barn provided a perfect blank canvas so we were able to decorate it exactly how we wanted to. The courtyard, the country lane, and the field provided ample space for our guests to mingle and relax. Everyone had a great time. We are very glad that we chose Monkton” Ben and Lu Cox.
November Wedding – 70day / 150 evening Guests
We loved using Monkton Barn as our wedding venue. The organisational challenge was one we enjoyed and were supported thoroughly in by Peter and Wendy. Peter with all his experience of hosting weddings was able to give us valuable advice for how to organise the event. He was thorough in making sure all our contractors were ready to use the barn and always reminded us to enjoy it, which we were grateful for. We appreciated how they were so flexible and accommodating with seeing the venue, making plans, having live music and bringing in a variety of contractors. They were always very pleasant and helpful right until the end of the actual day and the cleaning afterwards, even to lend us wellies for photographs! Thank you. Phil and Sophie Hardwick
40th Birthday Party – 80+ guests
Thank you for letting us use your fantastic barn for my 40th party, everyone had such a fantastic time and the place looked great. The band, which you recommended was fantastic and everyone loved them. Charles Perry-Adlam, Marlow
Summer Wedding for 140 guests
Our Daughter’s wedding at Monkton Barn was a huge success and we would like to thank you for helping to make it such a special day.The combination of the barn and marquee worked brilliantly and the venue looked amazing. Your flexible approach allowed us to plan exactly the wedding we wanted and you were always on hand to give support and advice when needed. That’s what they call “customer Service”. David McMillan
Autumn 50th Birthday Party for 120 guests
“I celebrated my 50th birthday at Monkton Barn with 120 guests for a hog roast and disco. It was the perfect venue for the event. The layout of the barn allowed 3 distinct but joined areas: disco, lounge and bar. The “blank canvas” approach allowed us to theme and design the party exactly how we wanted it. You were very accommodating regarding suppliers turning up and setting up and also with break-down the following day. There was ample storage room and preparation room. All our guests remarked on how lovely the Barn and the courtyard were and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone for a party /wedding/business day etc. etc. Many thanks Peter we all had a ball”. Jackie and James Heal
Summer Wedding Ceremony and Reception 90 guests
“I just wanted to drop you and Wendy an email to thank you both again for allowing us to use your barn for our wedding reception. We had a truly wonderful evening. After viewing many different venues, we decided on Monkton Barn for our wedding reception due to it’s location, size and also because of the fact we had freedom to make our own arrangements. I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions we made. The barn itself is simply stunning. Light and airy, free from noise and set amongst a beautiful meadow backdrop. The size of the barn created an intimate atmosphere for our 90 guests and everyone who attended commented on what a beautiful venue it was. We made use of the wedding planning service that you offer and were not disappointed. It was so nice to have peace of mind that the setup would be done for us and that the personal touches and details were taken into account. Best of all, it was great waking up the morning after the party safe in the knowledge that the clean-up was being taken care of. Overall the venue was all we could have wished for and more and was instrumental in making our wedding reception truly memorable. Thank you”. Emma & Rob
“Thank you for letting us host Libby’s wedding in Monkton Barn Galleries. Libby and Gareth were completely overjoyed by the location and the whole event.” Bob Waterfall
40th birthday party for 60
“Monkton Barn is an absolutely lovely venue in a beautiful setting and was perfect for my 40th birthday party. It has the character of an old barn with the benefits of modern facilities. There was plenty of space inside for the barn dance and disco as well as for the buffet, bar and seating. Thank you for all your help and recommendations and, in particular, your enthusiasm while I organised my party.” Jane Bark-Jones
Wedding reception – 125 guests
“Monkton Barn Galleries (Marlow) was our chosen option for our wedding reception venue in September 2011. the venue itself is a typical English barn with authentic and enchanting characteristics, set in an easily accessible rural location. Ideal if you are looking for something a little more special. We loved the “blank canvass” approach that the barn offers and Peter Aldiss is a very friendly and accommodating owner – which made our lives a lot easier during the planning process. By and large we sourced our own suppliers for the day using mostly local businesses. all of whom Peter now has on his database so they should be obtainable via him. The barn itself is a good size for 125 guests. It has excellent acoustics. You can put a marquee up on the side of the barn if you need more space. The day itself was excellent. Everything came together to provide a joyous occasion. The reception turned into a great party when the band arrived : all enhanced by the venue itself. Overall Monkton Barn Galleries provided the perfect wedding reception location for us and our guests. It helped make our special day even more memorable and comes highly recommended from us” Danny & Carla Dixon.
“We had just the best time here at my daughters wedding with a marquee on the meadow overlooking a patchwork of farmland. we also hired the barn for the caterers use, tiolets and quiet area for those that wanted it. Our hosts at Monkton Barn Galleries are very relaxed and helpful and joined us for a glass of bubbly in the evening. We chose this venue initially because we could use our own caterers and bring in our own drinks which greatly reduced the cost of the wedding and because of the location we were able to have a live band. I would most certainly reccommend it and have done so many times. Thank you Peter & Wendy” Jan Duckett
Corporate Summer Party
“We had an amazing time at our recent corporate summer party on Home Meadow, thank you. The rain was long forgotten as soon as the music started! Many people have said what fantastic hosts you were, it was much appreciated. You could not have done anything else to make our event better.” Lisa Hamill, Octopus Communications
Psychotherapy Counsellor Training
“Having completed an eight-day training programme for counsellors and psychotherapists at Monkton Barn Galleries, our experience was that the facilities were very good. Specific requirements were met promptly, with the venue owner’s attentive and available at all times. The venue was spacious allowing the participants to break into small discussion groups. The decoration was warm and welcoming creating a pleasant and comfortable environment for participants to learn in. The venue was quiet, a step away from the hustle and bustle of the busy world around and surrounded by beautiful, quiet countryside for participants to take a leisurely walk during course breaks, and yet close enough to all local amenities to be there in just a few minutes by car. The location of the venue was easily accessible and useful for all with junction 4 of the M40 just a few minutes away, making travelling for everyone stress free. The experience of training at Monkton Barn Galleries was pleasurable for all” Sharon Fairclough, Arena Counseling.
Corporate training day
“Many thanks to you all for having us and for the fantastic service at our recent training day. We are all in agreement that it went absolutely according to plan – refreshments were perfect in both timing and supplies and the lunch was heavenly. Exactly what we needed and more than we imagined. The venue itself was spot on – couldn’t have asked for any more. We will definitely consider you for any of our future events. Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you in the near future.” Emily Fowke, Client Services Partner, Full Potential Group