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Crockwell Farm – Review

Set in a breathtaking rural location in South Northamptonshire, it’s hard to believe that Crockwell is a working farm and so close to the major central motorway networks.  Crockwell Farm is exclusively yours for the day and with its acres of gardens and fields, it’s an ideal country wedding location.  The directions supplied on the Crockwell website are very clear and a must have as this venue really is in the middle of nowhere. 

A long driveway expands from the countryside with Crockwell Farm looming in the distance.  I imagine a wintry afternoon with the setting sun giving a distinct orange glow and candles lighting the driveway would look magical.  You are surrounded by countryside and the Village of Eydon emerges in the backdrop.  The venue is well organised with a variety of signs indicating what you need to know about parking (of which there is plenty for all guests), camping, accommodation and dropping off guests.  The grounds are extensive with lush green grass and landscaped gardens overflowing with beautiful flowers.  Utilise these grounds in the summer with outdoor garden games and even a visit from an ice cream van!  On first impressions, it really is picture perfect.

The 18th Century stone vaulted hall is licensed for wedding ceremonies and seats a maximum of 70 guests.  There is an option of additional guests viewing the ceremony live in a different room via plasma screens.  In honesty I’m not entirely convinced by this live screening as I fear you would lose the intimate atmosphere, however I’m sure it would suit larger wedding parties.  The vaulted hall is quite compact with high ceilings and exposed beams and stonework.  There are a number of original windows and ledges making it ideal to display flowers or pillar candles.  The hall doors lead directly onto the courtyard overlooking the miles of countryside, making for a lovely location to throw confetti rose petals over the newly married couple.

The bar marquee is adjacent to the vaulted hall and is large enough for guests to congregate after the ceremony for drinks and canapés.  If the weather is nice guests can make full use of the gardens and covered veranda; each location offering unique and breathtaking views with numerous picture opportunities.  The well stocked bar offers prices similar to local pubs and bars.  If there are any special requirements the team will endeavour to order these for you.  You can provide your own drinks however a corkage fee is charged.

Remaining undercover and following on from the bar marquee is the 220sqm main marquee which has been specifically designed for wedding receptions.  The floor to ceiling marquee is all white with elaborate chandeliers hanging beautifully from the ceiling lining.  The marquee seats 180 guests and is very roomy.  Smaller sized weddings may feel overwhelmed in the marquee therefore a clever seating plan would be of benefit.  There are two grand white balustrades each with a huge flower stand.  The balustrades can be moved to your chosen location within the marquee to compliment your seating arrangement.

Crockwell insist you use their local catering suppliers, The Chopping Block, who they have been working with since 2002.  They have extensive wedding catering experience and offer advice and guidance ensuring you achieve exactly what you want for your wedding breakfast.

Just off the main marquee is the dance floor area.  This remains hidden behind a curtain throughout the day until the bride and groom are ready for it to be revealed.  This is a real plus point as your evening entertainment can set up without disrupting your daytime activities.  It is very dark in the dance floor area with black walls and lots of twinkling lights.  There are no tables or chairs so this area would solely be for dancing.  The main marquee and bar area would be used for guests who would like to sit down and chat.  The covered veranda and gardens make for a relaxing evening summer drinks reception.Crockwell do not take full wedding bookings on consecutive days therefore the venue and accommodation really is exclusively yours.  This allows you to fully relax and arrange your venue however you choose within plenty of time before the big day arrives.  Of course the team at Crockwell will complete the venue dressing should you wish, but this flexibility just gives you a bit more control.   

Crockwell offers a unique option to camp onsite the night before and the night of the wedding for a nominal fee.  It’s a great summer bonus and ideal for children.  There are also a variety of onsite bed and breakfast rooms available for those who are not so adventurous.  The accommodation is finished to a high standard and reasonably priced.  Dryden cottage is a self contained one bedroom property intended for the married couple.  It leads directly into the vaulted hall making it an ideal pre wedding location for the bridal party.  The cottage is pleasant and reflective of the country charm location.  Tyrell cottage is a two bedroom cottage ideal for families at it has an open plan sitting room and kitchen area.  Two further twin bedrooms and two family rooms complete the accommodation, totalling seven onsite bedrooms.  There is also a two storey, two bedroom cottage located one mile from Crockwell, available for rent on a B&B basis or for longer self catering vacations.Crockwell is definitely at the higher end of the venue hire budget but with its elegant and rustic English charm it does offer the wow factor.  There is an abundance of attention to detail and the team are very friendly and experienced.  The gardens and acres of surrounding land are second to none, offering the most perfect picture locations.  It is a very large venue which will be perfect for larger wedding parties but smaller weddings run the risk of being swamped unless you tailor your seating plan to compliment the sizing of the rooms.  Viewing is highly recommended. 

Penelope x x