The Secret Garden, Ashford

£2000 - £10000 for Venue Hire
Up to 100
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COVID-19 Update
We are open for socially distanced viewings 7 days a week by appointment only. Our events team are always on hand to answer any questions or new enquiries via email or phone.
The Secret Garden is Kent's most romantic venue; complete with immaculately presented Gardens, a historic Cobbled Courtyard, lovingly restored Victorian Glasshouse alongside the main Coach House.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

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(price per head)

Prices Start At
Maximum Price
Minimum Number of Guests
We have a range of areas to choose from depending on your wedding party size and packages to suit all.
What is included in this pricing:
Furniture included
Private room(s) included (non-exclusive use)
Wine / soft drinks allowance per guest
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)

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Prices Start At
Maximum Price
Number of Guests Included
Exclusive Hire Packages start from just £3,500.00 for 30 Guests up to £9,600.00 including 60 Guests for premium dates.
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Furniture included
Wine / soft drinks allowance per guest
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
09:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00 AM

Food and Drink

In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
Alcohol Licence
External Catering Permitted


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

Ceremony & Reception

Sound System Available
Dancefloor Available
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Confetti Permitted
Wedding Licence
Full Description
The Secret Garden is easily one of Kent’s most romantic and picturesque venues, it’s a passionately run family business with a talented team who are dedicated to making sure wedding couples have their perfect day. Based in the original Mersham le Hatch estate, it's stunning historic surroundings provide a perfect and secluded escape for weddings. There are endless photo opportunities to suit couples of all tastes and styles - from the stunning relaxed and rustic Wild Flower Gardens and Shepard’s Hut to the historic and elegant Cobbled Courtyards, Old Archways and Clock Tower. This venue is a dream for photographers as well as couples! The Secret Garden offers a variety of fully licensed ceremony spaces, including the beautiful Gazebo located in the heart of the Gardens, the historic and elegant Chapel which is perfect for weddings in all seasons or weather and the Glasshouse which is the best of the outdoors inside and is the perfect space for smaller and more intimate weddings. As well as the gorgeous settings, the Secret Garden has an incredibly talented team including dedicated servers, highly talented and knowledgeable wedding coordinators and world class chefs who pride themselves on using Kent’s finest and locally sourced fresh produce. We even grow our own fruit and vegetables onsite! Whether you're looking for a delicious 3 Course A La Carte, or a more relaxed informal BBQ Breakfast, the options for catering at Weddings here are endless and bespoke menus can even be arranged for couples who are looking for something really special. You even have an option to arrange external caterers and suppliers but we know the food here will outclass most! We offer Exclusive Hire as part of our All-Inclusive Packages for all Wedding parties over 30 guests, however we do also offer Non-Exclusive Hire for more intimate celebrations – meaning The Secret Garden is the perfect venue for all parties from 2 guests to 150!

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Stephanie
A huge congratulations on your engagement! Thank you for taking the time to have a peek at The Secret Garden, our dedicated Events Team are always on hand to show you around & answer any questions you have regarding your Big Day. We look forward to hearing from you soon and showing you why weddings at The Secret Garden are so magical!


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Helen & Buster
Married in December 2018
September 2017
What can I say?
What can I say? Just...thank you! Thank you so so much! Yesterday was just the most incredible day of our lives and you and your wonderful, amazing team played an absolutely massive part in that! So many of our guests commented on how beautiful the venue looked and how slick everything was, not to mention the absolutely delicious food!! I will be in touch again soon, but I just wanted to thank you all for contributing in such a large part to our best day ever! Love, Helen (Gibbons!!!!!) xxx
Rachael & Steve
Married in September 2018
September 2017
So Wonderfully Perfect!
We have wanted to send this through for some time, and with one thing and another, waiting for photos, work other boring things taking over, it has taken this long! A massive and sincere thank you from us both for making our wedding day so wonderfully perfect! :). It was a very special day for us both of course already, and made all the more special by all the staff at the Secret Garden taking such good care of us and all our guests. The tables, garden, music, decorations, flowers, games, ice cream, cake, food, drinks everything was amazing :) Everyone had a really great time, and there was not one thing we would have done differently. All the guys were attentive, considerate, and happy to make sure everything was perfect. I am gushing on I know, but hard to express enough. thank you again, and I am sure we will see you soon the next time we come for tea and lovely cakes! :) take care and all the best Rachael and Steve xx
Kerry & John
Married in October 2017
September 2017
To the Whole Secret Garden Team
I wanted to send a message to say the biggest thank you for helping us make our wedding day so special. I have not stopped smiling. I knew we had chosen the right place after viewing it the first time, we were put at ease straight away by Laura. The lead up was very hectic as was the morning on the day for me, but once arriving I knew it was all worth it. The food was amazing and all of our guests commented on how lovely it was and how friendly and helpful the staff were. The evening was fabulous and we danced the night away. Finally to all the staff who were so friendly and attentive to all our guests needs. But may I say a particular thank you to Laura, who was there right from the start to the big day. Dealing with my many emails with questions and always putting us at ease with your replies. It was unfortunate our youngest daughter was poorly on the day, thank you for accommodating her with jam sandwiches. I can't tell you how grateful I am when I saw you speaking to her and trying to make her feel better. We will never forget this day, we have so many happy memories!
Dan & Louisa Wills
Married in October 2017
September 2017
A Fantastic Day
I just wanted to thank you all for a fantastic day on Friday. It was Perfect! We didn't have to ask for anything and it run so smoothly. We had the most wonderful day. We were lucky with the weather! And most importantly my glass was never empty! :) You were brilliant. Such great communication before the event and throughout the day. I didn't have to worry at all, just happy to enjoy ourselves. It was a pleasure to meet you all and I will be back soon to indulge in another afternoon tea! Take Care Louisa Wills xx
Christina & Rich
Married in September 2017
September 2017
A Massive Thank you
I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and all the staff who worked on Friday. We had the best day and everything was amazing from start to finish. The venue was beautifully decorated and exactly how I imagined it to look. Everyone commented on the food and most said it was the best wedding food they'd eaten!! Lovely to hear. So thank you again! Also, thank you to you. I am so glad we decided to go with the Secret Garden. You made the whole planning effortless and straight forward, always there to guide and answer all queries. I have heard friends who have got married say how difficult it is but because of your work I didn't find that. As you may have noticed I'm not the most organized person! The hardest part of organizing it was the bridesmaid dresses! So thank you for making it so stress free!! We couldn't have asked for a better day! We're still on cloud 9! So many guests said how much they loved it too, which is lovely to hear! I'm sure we'll be back soon again! Thank you again for all your work!! Christina and Rich xx
Paula & Neil
Married in August 2017
September 2017
HUGE Thank you
Neil and I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you again for making our day as special as it was. It was completely stress free and we enjoyed every second of it! Paula xx
Location & Contact Details


The Courtyard, Mersham-le-Hatch, Hyth Road, Ashford, Kent, TN25 6NH, England

Travel Notes

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction

Junction 10 M20

Nearest Train Station

Ashford International

Nearest Airport


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Press & Awards

Industry Awards (3)

Kent Wedding Awards Finalist 2015
Top 10 Kent Bridal Venues
South East England Prestige Awards Winner 2020

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

Every couple and every wedding are completely unique - no two are ever the same, and that's the best part of working in this industry.

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

Plan the day you want and would be happy to remember for years to come. Its a long day, but it goes so fast - so take some time to have some alone time with your partner during the day, taking in the moment.

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

Memory tables are a beautiful addition for loved ones who are no longer with us, to include them as part of your Big Day.

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Unique, Rustic, Enchanting, Secluded and Relaxed.

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

Hidden in the Wildflower Meadow!

What’s your favourite canapé?

Our Canapes are to die for! I couldn't possibly pick one!

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Wedding cake for the car ride home!

What is your venue's most unique feature?

Our restored Victorian Glasshouse; which is a licensed Ceremony Area, perfect for Intimate Wedding Breakfasts or the perfect Botanical Chill-Out Area for larger Wedding parties. Complete with rustic exposed brick, festoon lights along with a Kiwi Vine wrapping the middle beams, its a completely unique space to us that perfectly compliments The Secret Garden - bringing the Gardens indoors.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Our lovely and dedicated Wedding Coordinators, Front of House and Kitchen Team! Without them, we would not be able to offer the customer service, care and menus we have.

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