The Wiltshire countryside hides a beautiful wedding venue secret.
Now barns come in two flavours: Olde-worlde and modern.
Wellington Barn is externally modern. But inside is a completely different look.
The main wedding reception area is a large open room with huge picture windows looking out upon gorgeous rolling countryside. The ceiling is hung with draped fabric. And hanging from it are several large ornate chandeliers.
Rustic timber beams abound. Most obviously these were salvaged from a much older barn. They’re integrated into the design very effectively. You walk through an opening in the rear wall of the reception room and find yourself in the reconstruction of the old barn, complete with more heavy oak timbers than you could shake a heavy oak pencil at.
Off to the side is the cosy but well stocked bar. And hidden somewhere else is the kitchen creating wonderful wedding breakfasts.
Outside, there is a large flag-stone paved area with tables and seats and patio umbrellas. Next to this is a modest lawned area with some trees and an arbor and the whole lot is surrounded by rustic timber fencing.
Beyond the fencing is the countryside. This is agricultural land. So there are wide, open, undulating fields as far as the eye can see. When we visited, a combine harvester was busy throwing wheat and chaff high into the air on a nearby hillside.
Just a stones throw from the barn is a wonderful wild-flower meadow. Someone has thoughtfully cut through the long grass and tall stemmed flowerscreating a mowed path through the glade.
I could have laid down in the field chewing the best wheat stalk money could buy.
And then it became night. Rarely in this country will you see such vast uninterupted fields of stars. Magical.
You just want to come back to places as idyllic as Wellington Barn.