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The Lost Village Of Dode

Up to 42
3 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
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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.

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Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Place Of Worship
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
No. of Bedrooms
Sleeps No. of People
Bridal Suite
Standard Room
Usual Access Time
10:30 AM
Usual Finish Time
10:00 PM


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

Ceremony & Reception

Confetti Permitted
Sound System Available
Wedding Licence

Food and Drink

No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
External Catering Permitted

Cultural Specialists

Unusual or spiritual, we can cater for pagan ceremonies.
Full Description
Once upon a time…… located in an almost forgotten valley between Luddesdown and Holly Hill in the heart of the Kent countryside, there stood, sadly unloved, and decaying, a former Norman church built over 900 years ago – the only trace of the now ‘lost’ village of Dode. Now having been lovingly restored by the current owners, this beautiful, charming, enchantingly romantic, now privately owned medieval church is known as The Lost Village of Dode and is available for hire. If you vow to love, honour and respect your partner, we can now offer you a magical, relaxed, romantic, stunning, unique wedding venue for up to 40 of your closest family and friends, with some on-site Self-catering accommodation. 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.

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
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Rachel & Andrew
Married in September 2019
October 2019
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...
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Mr & Mrs Gibbons
Married in September 2019
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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 ...
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Caralyne & Stephen
Married in September 2019
September 2019
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 memorabl...
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Mary & Andy
Married in September 2019
September 2019
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...
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Mark & Jen
Married in August 2019
September 2019
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 th...
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Sally & Steve
Married in August 2019
September 2019
It is truly a magical tranquil place....
On Saturday I felt as though I was the luckiest bride to ever have walked down the aisle & take their husbands hand, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been, but we both feel as ...
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Location & Contact Details


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

Nearest Town

Maidstone kent

Nearest Motorway & Junction


Nearest Train Station

Sole Street

Nearest Airport

Gatwick, London

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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.

What is your venue's most unique feature?

Our stones in the grounds where we hold spiritual ceremonies.