You will arrive at the Sancroft Barns venue up a tree-lined drive flanked by an old wood, wild flower paddocks and farmland, with glimpses of the Barns and house. Then it’s to the reinforced grass parking area and a short stroll to the Barn. 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 the venue is 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 (115 seated guests), but equally suitable for other events too. We still use it out-of-season to store some farm machinery if needed, but you will immediately notice its sympathetically restored and original timberwork, roof and walls, new doors, wooden floor, wedding seating and stunning lighting. It is in here that you will have your ceremony with the registrars or celebrants and later on your evening partydance for up to 250. With its integral central heating, it can be used all the year round for smaller weddings of up to 50 day guests: ceremony, reception, wedding breakfast and party all in one place if required. It is also perfect for conferences, meetings, parties, exhibitions or other events and gatherings. In the northern brick portion of the Barn we have an area for bar storage, a cake fridge, ice freezer and washing facilities.
Come through the Barn and you step into our stunning courtyard, which was previously a much smaller flint-strewn cattle yard, still flanked by the old Granary Barn. This area has our patio furniture and is a real south-facing sun-trap - just perfect for your reception. There is shade or shelter as well from those ever unpredictable elements in a comfortable open sided Victorian cattle shelter, known as the 'Wed Shed' - also great for small bands, prosecco walls and other small displays.
The Stackyard Marquee
The marquee in the stackyard is up from April to September (inclusive) - normally recommended 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, and for other evening entertainment.
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, among the scattered trees. There’s room for generators, 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.
Parking and Loo Block
Our main 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. And we have some parking in the Stackyard, for wedding VIPs (ie you, your family and disabled users) or eg cooling trucks etc. The fully accessible loo block also sits in easy reach of the Barn and marquee, and there's even a shower for campers.
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.
We currently 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. And there's local taxi services who know where we are.