The Old Kent Barn

£4200 - £8750 for Venue Hire
Up to 150
3 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
COVID-19 Update
Following the National Lockdown announcement, we will temporarily be unable to offer on-site viewings. We will continue to offer our virtual assisted tours, enabling you to tour from the comfort of your home. To book a virtual tour please email
The Old Kent Barn is a passionate family business offering the very best facilities, a first-class service and a high attention to detail. Our venue is exclusive to you and your family.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
Maximum Price
What is included in this pricing:
Furniture included
Couple accommodation included
Exclusive use
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
No. of Bedrooms
Sleeps No. of People
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Usual Access Time
08:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00 AM

Ceremony & Reception

Wedding Licence
Sound System Available
Dancefloor Available
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Confetti Permitted


Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Bridal Changing Facilities
Disabled Access
On-Site Parking
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Food and Drink

In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Alcohol Licence
Halal Catering
Full Description
We pride ourselves on the quality and warmth of the service we offer, and we personally work tirelessly with our staff to ensure your wedding is perfect in every way for you, your family and your guests. Set in an idyllic rural location, there are 2 barns on site; a purpose-built 110ft oak framed barn for indoor weddings and receptions and the original 'Old' barn for accommodation which was built over 225 years ago. The barns are set in manicured landscaped grounds and surrounded by picturesque Kent countryside making it the perfect backdrop.

The 2 ½ acre gardens, with formal parterres, are planted with romantic roses, sweeping curved hedges and an informal lake garden with a lit fountain all set against a backdrop of mature trees. Dedicated gardeners are here on a daily basis.

The paved seating area for outdoor ceremonies has a rose and wisteria covered aisle along with a canopy to shelter up to 150 guests. Both indoor and outdoor ceremony areas have a high quality sound system so all your guests can hear the ceremony clearly. Atmospheric up-lights and fairy lights have been placed throughout the grounds, both you and your guests can enjoy their surroundings in the evening.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Kerry Godden - Office Manager
Welcome to The Old Kent Barn, we are always happy to help with any questions you may have, we have fantastic team, all dedicated to you and your wedding. We look forward to hearing from you.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Rebecca Sherwood and John Oliver
Married in February 2020
June 2018
We couldn’t of wished for a better venue or team.
Thank you to everyone at the Old Kent Barn! You made our day so special! We couldn’t of wished for a better venue or team. Thank you again. Mr and Mrs Oliver 22.02.2020
Charlotte McCabe and Matthew Harris
Married in February 2020
June 2018
My day was everything I dreamt of and more.
The staff at OKB have been amazing – the girls especially Ashleigh made our day run so smoothly <3 I cannot thank you all enough! My day was everything I dreamt of and more. Thank you so, so much. The New Mr & Mrs Harris x
Emma Foord and James Tonge
Married in February 2020
June 2018
Food was out of this world
Thank you so much to everyone at the OKB. Had the most wonderful day, thank you for all of your help to make our day so amazing. Food was out of this world, couldn’t have asked for a better day. Love Emma and James xx
Daisy & James
Married in December 2019
January 2020
Best Day EVER!
Where do I even begin with this place! If I could give 10 stars I would give 11! What a venue, what amazing staff. I literally don’t even have the words to say how unbelievable this place is. From the day we viewed it nearly 2 years ago to getting married 2 days ago they have been incredible. There was not one thing I had to question. They have this under so much control it doesn’t seem believable. From arriving first thing to the the food, the bar, the staff (unreal), the grounds, absolutely everything, they couldn’t do enough for us! Thank you Sam, our Coordinator on the day, amazing. Thank you so much to Josh also for sorting the boys out. James said you couldn’t help him anymore than you did, we really appreciate it.My guests have said there is not one thing they could fault about this day. Will never be able to thank you enough for one hell of a day! Thank you so so so much. I’ve never been so calm in all my life knowing I had absolutely nothing to worry about. Thank you again. Mr & Mrs Read xxxxx 07.12.19
Correna Stingemore
Married in October 2018
November 2018
old kent barn
This venue has it all ,it ticked all our boxes . you have the option of getting married outside in the beautiful gardens with your guest under a glass canopy or if the weather turns as ours did it got very cold so it was turned around in no time indoors still looking pretty with twinkle lights and white vials around dance floor . Food was amazing our whole day was run so smoothly if there was any issues we didn't know about them . they will ask you so many questions about how you want your day but this is how they make your day is perfect
Natalie & Calvin
Married in July 2018
November 2018
1st class venue with 1st class service
The wow factor ! Words can not describe how amazing this venue and its staff is . From start to finish we had a perfect experience at The Old Kent Barn . It’s immaculate , beautiful and just stunning . Every staff member is lovely and so helpful . My guests were amazed by this venue and not one fault could be found . If you want the perfect wedding , this is your venue .
Location & Contact Details


Smersole Farm, Swingfield , Kent, CT15 7HF, England

Travel Notes

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction


Nearest Train Station

Folkestone West

Nearest Airport

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Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

Rather than the best wedding (because in our opinion they are all so special) we feel the best weddings are when everyone truly relaxes, enjoys all the day has to offer and then dance the night away, memories to cherish.

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

Take everything step by step, start with your ideas and research, choose your ceremony and reception location and from there, each supplier as you would need them throughout the day.

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

Our couples are fantastic choosing their personal touches, we love to see them! Some of our favourites are personalised miniature funny pictures of the guests as their name places, sometimes these have been animated too, always a joy to allocate these to their corresponding table place during the morning and seeing their delight later when they find their place at the table.

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Welcoming, passionate, supportive, enthusiastic & consistent

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

We are fortunate to have so many favourites, the illuminated Orchard is particularly magical. TOKB Top Tip! Check what time the sun is due to set at the time of year you are marrying, if for example in the Summer, the sun will set later and you may need to book your photographer longer to capture any night time shots.

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

We have had a range of celebrity guests over the years, all of whom have been very lovely and a pleasure to see them at the barn.

What’s your favourite canapé?

It has to be the mighty parmesan arancini. These delicious crunchy parmesan risotto rice balls Japanese-style breadcrumbs, quickly deep fried are such a delicious warm treat, they even have their own following! Our honey and mustard sausage bites are a close second!

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Wedding cake! We always make sure there is some wedding cake in our couple's overnight suite so they have a chance to have some cake if they have been too busy during the evening.

What is your venue's most unique feature?

The old barn, it has been stood for over 225 years within the grounds, and has proudly been part of over 1000 weddings to date. It's unique character and welcoming feel makes it the perfect location for overnight stays with views over the grounds in addition as a great backdrop for wedding photography.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

The family of staff, who all work tirelessly looking after each couple and their wedding, we are incredibly proud of them and all of the work that they do.