The Lost Village Of Dode

£2280 - £3840 for Venue Hire
Up to 42
3 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
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

Food and Drink

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

Ceremony & Reception

Sound System Available
Confetti Permitted
Wedding Licence

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
Chris and Sally
Wedding: June 2019
December 2019
Magical place amazing staff
I got married at the Lost Village of Dode June of this year ❤️ what an amazing magic and atmospheric place 😊😊 beautiful venue awesome staff... I can't recommend this venue enough ❤️❤️❤️
Lauren & Anthony
Wedding: July 2017
December 2018
Absoloutley Amazing
Everything was perfect. Dogs were allowed (horse would have been too!) As many visits as you want before your day. It's picture perfect, no decorations really needed. Handfasting was amazing even if it rained in the middle of July, Doug in his coat was superb. Community is amazing! Cannot reccomend highly enough!
Sam Lloyd
Wedding: August 2018
August 2018
Simply the best wedding venue
Intimate, magical - like walking into a novel!
Treats on a Tricycle - Cliff Bolton
Wedding: December 2018
August 2016
No other place quite like it
As a wedding industry provider we have attended hundreds of weddings venues across the South East. Dode is unique, there is no other place quite like it and the word 'Magical ' does not even do it justice. An intimate and historical venue unlike any other.
Rachel & Andrew
Wedding: 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
Matt James Photography
Wedding: December 2018
August 2016
Amazing Days...
Love being the recommended photographer for this place ... never had anything but amazing days here.
Location & Contact Details


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

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?

A tattoo on the foot of one of our couples.

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

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.

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

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

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Too many to pick one out

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

Romantic, unique, Intimate, historic

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


What’s your favourite canapé?

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