You will arrive at the Sancroft Barns venue up a tree-lined drive flanked by an old wood, our paddocks and farmland, with glimpses of the Barns and house. Then it’s to the parking and through the old farm’s Stackyard, with plenty of evidence of more recent and current farming activities. You’ll see the splendid marquee, nearby animal sheds and shelters, grain silos and feed bins, and sometimes some modern farm machinery actually working the adjacent land. This whole area of rustic landscaping is perfect for guests to gather, relax and take in the views of the Suffolk fields and huge skies. You’re unlikely to see another soul, after all it’s for your exclusive use.
The Tudor Barn
The simple yet gorgeous heart of the venue is the old 16th century Tudor Threshing Barn and Porch. It is licensed for weddings, but equally suitable for other events too. We still do use it out-of-season to store some farm machinery if needed, but you will see its built-in bar, wooden floor, wedding seating and stunning lighting that enhances the sympathetically restored timberwork, roof, walls and doors. It is in here that you will have your ceremony with the registrars or celebrants (and of course up to 115 guests) and later on have your evening partydance for up to 150. But, with its integral central heating, it can be used all the year round for smaller weddings of up to 50 only: ceremony, reception, wedding breakfast and party all in one place if required. It is also perfect for conferences, meetings, parties, exhibitions or other celebrations and gatherings. In the northern brick portion of the Barn we have a simple prep kitchen area that your caterers can use to prepare your wedding meal, afternoon tea or other suitable feast.
Come through the Barn and you step into our stunning new courtyard, which was previously a much smaller flint-strewn cattle yard. It is flanked by the old Granary Barn and previous animal sheds and shelters. This area is a real south-facing sun-trap and just perfect for your reception, but there is shade or shelter as well from those ever unpredictable elements. Opposite you will see our modern loo-block, again standing on the site of an older but now demolished cattle and chicken shed.
The Stackyard Marquee
The marquee in the stackyard will stand from April to September (inclusive) for your wedding breakfast. It is lined but you can deck it out with decorations and flowers of your choice. The carpeted wooden flooring ensures a stable base for your guests, again on the chairs and tables of your choice, and there is covered access to and from the Barn for caterers and guests alike. It is also suitable to hold a smaller reception in the event of bad weather.
If you want the more rustic, countryside experience, the 1½ acre paddock (about the size of a football field) allows you ample space to put up a large marquee or two for your whole day’s activities, even with the scattered trees. There’s room for generators, luxury loo block, shower hut, outside games and much more. The dappled shade is a real bonus on those boiling days when you need to escape the sun, and your marquee will of course provide that shelter from the rain. The paddocks are also available for your guests to camp or glamp. This can be arranged through specialist suppliers, who only take payment from those guests who want to book them, but there is space for personal tents to be pitched as well.
We have some parking in the Stackyard, for wedding VIPs (ie you, your family and disabled users) and for some electric vehicles. Our other parking is adjacent to the venue on grass with reinforced mesh, so you don’t need to worry about getting stuck, and then it’s only a short walk to the venue itself.
The House and Garden
Although the house and garden are not part of the wedding site, we do allow you and your immediate bridal party access to our private gardens to take photographs. You are more than welcome to use the backdrop of the house, moat, ponds, flower beds, fields, and arches.
As of 2022 we have no accommodation on site for you or your guests. But there are plenty of nearby B&Bs, pubs, cottages and hotels from which to choose.