The Lost Village Of Dode

£2280 - £3840 for Venue Hire
Up to 42
3 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
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COVID-19 Update
We are open for limited in person show rounds on Sundays and some weekdays, please get in touch to discuss availability and options. We look forward to welcoming you to The Lost Village of Dode.
Unique with no other venue offering the seclusion, history or atmosphere in an original medieval Norman Church and approached by a winding lane overhung with trees and lit by candles and braziers.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
Maximum Price
Venue hire can be for ceremony only or the full day to include reception time.
What is included in this pricing:
Furniture included
Exclusive use
Guest accommodation included
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
No. of Bedrooms
Sleeps No. of People
Bridal Suite
Standard Room
Usual Finish Time
10:00 PM


Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Disabled Access
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Ceremony & Reception

Sound System Available
Confetti Permitted
Wedding Licence

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
In-house Catering
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol

Cultural Specialists

Full Description
As voted in the Independent as being one of the country’s 50 best Wedding venues, the Lost Village of Dode Is undoubtedly one of the most exclusive and sought after Wedding venues in Kent. Far, far away, in a magical place, where time has stood still, in an almost forgotten valley between Luddesdown and Holly Hill, nestled in the North Kent Downs in the South East of England, there stands a beautiful, charming, enchanting, privately owned, romantic, former Norman church – the only trace of the now ‘lost’ village of Dode. The Lost Village of Dode is perfect for couples who want to begin their tale of love, romance and desire, either inside or outside. You can choose from an intimate indoor Civil Ceremony or Partnership and Renewal of Vows. Or for an outdoor Blessing or Pagan Handfasting Ceremony, you can hold your event within the ancient Stone Circle followed by a lavish Wedding Reception, with dancing and then stay overnight, onsite, in one of the two superb award-winning cottages. We offer bespoke weddings, tailored to each couple, or package weddings, so you can have your perfect day exactly the way you want it. After your ceremony guests usually spend time in the stunning grounds, enabling you to have your group photos and enjoy a glass of bubbles and perhaps a selection of canapés. And for your evening reception, we work alongside a number of fantastic professional caterers who can provide a Medieval Style Banquet Wedding Breakfast Reception with all the trimmings. Your Wedding Breakfast might include a hog roast or a roast lamb or we can cater for various dietary requirements...We can also offer a number of unique additions to your day including Ollie the Owl to deliver your rings, or bubbles as you leave the church. No hidden charges and no corkage charge either!

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Becky Bosman
We look forward to your email or call to make an appointment to come and visit us - you will not be disappointed.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Colin & Susan
Married in December 2019
August 2016
Everything was perfect
Just a small thank you please to yourself, Graham and Doug for all your help and hard work in making our Wedding the special day it was. Everything was perfect and we cant thank you enough for all you did. A heartfelt thank you to you all , Love Sue & Colin
Rachel & Andrew
Married in September 2019
August 2016
Best time ever...
Becky we had the best time ever! So happy we chose dode it was truly magical Flying pig were fantastic flowers from no were just perfect and the cottages just topped it off. Ray and Graham were brilliant too. So helpful and really friendly made it run smoothly x
Mr & Mrs Gibbons
Married in September 2019
August 2016
Everything was better than perfect...
We just wanted to thank you for what was the most truly incredible day. Everything was better than perfect, the ceremonies, the food, the venue itself, just magical. The whole wedding party said it was the most amazing wedding they'd been to. We can't express our gratitude enough. Thank you again, from the bottom of our hearts. Mr and Mrs Gibbons
Caralyne & Stephen
Married in September 2019
August 2016
Wonderful memories
We had our wedding at Dode on Saturday and it was a lovely day. On behalf of Stephen and myself I just wanted to say a big thank you for helping us to achieve a memorable day that was loved by us and our guests. Sally and her staff were great, we could not have asked for better caterers and the food was well received too. I would also like to say a special thank you to Graham, he was brilliant from our first meeting with him on the Friday to the clearing up Saturday evening. He was constantly attentive, extremely helpful and very patient with a nervous bride and a certain guest who managed to drink far too much! All in all we could not have chosen a better location for our wedding. Our thanks to you, Doug and everyone who helped us create such wonderful memories.
Mary & Andy
Married in September 2019
August 2016
Our wedding was perfect!
Our wedding was perfect! Yourself, Mary, Doug and Graham were brilliant from the day we booked, always offering kindness and support. You made us feel special and we felt that you really cared about making wedding perfect. We love Doug, as did our guests, and our handfasting ceremony was beautifully delivered by him. You kindly gave us time to decorate the church with my Dad’s flowers and because of how well Dode is loved by you all, the venue was stunning. We felt like we didn’t have to worry about anything on the day due to the coordination and hard work of Graham and The Flying Pig Kitchen. Both of whom were excellently-humoured and friendly to everybody throughout. Dode was already, but is now even closer to our hearts as the place of our most special day. Our wedding couldn’t have been in a better place or in the hands of better people and we thank you all!
Mark & Jen
Married in August 2019
August 2016
Every single thing that happened was perfect
Well what can we say? We have just had one of the best days of our life. Every single thing that happened was perfect. Graham and Ray were great all the way through the day. Graham I especially want to single out for just making us and everyone feel at home and relaxed the whole time we were there. The dode is wonderful and all of our guest were so stunned by just how beautiful it was. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts so letting us use your amazing place. Its now a very special place to us too.
Location & Contact Details


The Lost Village Of Dode, Luddesdown, Kent, DA13 0XF, England

Travel Notes

Nearest Town

Maidstone kent

Nearest Motorway & Junction


Nearest Train Station

Sole Street

Nearest Airport

Gatwick, London

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Press & Awards

Press & Awards (2)


Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

Too many to pick one out

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Just stay relaxed and enjoy your day, if things go wrong your guests don't know so don't panic.

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

A tattoo on the foot of one of our couples.

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Romantic, unique, Intimate, historic

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

So many, it's hard to of my favourites has to be the back wall of the building, the old stone and greenery​ climbing up really add a stunning backdrop to any photo.

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?


What is your venue's most unique feature?

Our stones in the grounds where we hold spiritual ceremonies and handfastings.
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