Meet The Supplier… Upton Barn & Walled Garden

An Unique, Rustic Devon Wedding Venue…

Its always really exciting when we find a new wedding venue and even though its Upton Barn‘s first year, it is already proving to be extremely popular. This is hardly surprising with the beautiful, newly renovated 17th Century cider barn and its idyllic secret walled garden.

With views over the Blackdown Hills of Devon, Upton Barn has the option for a civil ceremony within the romantically lit cider barn, or outside in their lavender lined walled garden… it truly is a stunning and picturesque venue.

The exclusive use wedding venue is a family run affair and with its award winning lodge accommodation set within its 160 acre site, its perfect for couples looking for a totally private location with unspoilt views of the countryside.

Here the lovely Claire, owner of Upton Barn tells us more about the venue, what it offers and how they offer flexibility to help you create the perfect wedding day with your own personal style…


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Tell us a bit about your business…

Opened in December 2015. Upton Barn and Walled garden is a lovingly restored 17th century cider barn and a secret walled garden with breathtaking views over the Blackdown Hills, all set within 160 acres of organic farmland. Upton is a unique, yet relaxed Devon venue which can now be exclusively yours for the wedding of your dreams.

What made you start up the business…

When we decided to “Tie the knot” in October 2011, we looked at other local wedding venues, but in the end we couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else apart from at home at Upton. At the time our walled garden was completely overgrown and crying out to be rescued! As our ideas and plans started to evolve, we realised bringing our walled garden back to its former glory gave our home something unique that we wanted to share with other couples on their wedding day…..and so the idea for Upton Barn & Walled Garden was born!

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​What makes you Unique….

We understand that each couple and wedding should be unique, so we only offer exclusive hire, this gives you the day before your wedding to decorate the barn and grounds exactly how you want it. We don’t offer packages, instead we encourage you to use the wealth of talented local suppliers according to your vision and budget.

We are a “no corkage” venue, which cuts down your costs considerably and enables you to personalise your drinks on your day too. We manage the venue ourselves, so care a great deal about your experience. One of our couples recently told us “from the minute they walked into Upton they were made to feel completely relaxed and at home and that these qualities were what made us stand out from other venues” They made us promise that we would never change! So from the minute you meet us, leading right up to your big day, we will be here at every step to guide and support you as much, or as little as you need.

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What kind of couples match your style of service…

Couples looking for a rural venue with a mixture of understated elegance and rustic charm, offering the flexibility to source their own suppliers and create a wedding day unique to them.

Tells us what you love about your business…

I absolutely love meeting our couples and sharing their emotion when they view Upton for the first time. Most fall instantly in love with our home and know it is where they want to get married. I love hearing the excitement in their voices when they contact us to book their date. Getting to know each of them throughout their planning and supporting them to build their dream day is such a privilege. I am always so excited for them on their big day!

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Most favourite event/ wedding…

Apart from our own wedding which was the inspiration behind Upton Barn and Walled Garden, we have hosted 3 weddings at Upton so far, they have each been unique in their own way, therefore I have loved every one of them as much as the other!

People’s reaction to your business…

As they arrive at Upton people’s reactions are often a mixture of surprise and excitement when they see what we have to offer in terms of views, hidden gems; like the walled garden and the quality of finish to the barn. They also find it refreshing to be able to deal with us directly and that our meeting with them is so relaxed and informal and not prescriptive. As they leave, many people comment on how welcome they were made to feel and how they were completely relaxed and at home here. Upton is not just a building… it’s a feeling!

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Future plans…

To grow Upton into an award winning venue that delivers on every level! Through our experience we would like to build up a portfolio of local quality suppliers who we can recommend to our couples to assist them in seamlessly creating their perfect day!

If this venue sounds perfect for you and your plans, check out their website here.

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2 thoughts on “Meet The Supplier… Upton Barn & Walled Garden”

  1. I LOVE this venue, it is stunning! It was fantastic to be part of this shoot :-)

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