To kick off this series of Big Barn Wedding Bash posts I thought what better place to start than with some details on our idyllic venue. As you’ll have read here, Jonny and I got married on the 17th May in an intimate ceremony at Bilton House in Harrogate. To celebrate our marriage we planned a big country barn party which we aptly titled ‘The Big Barn Wedding Bash’ on our invites.
With a guest list of 140 people, including 14 young children, we knew we wanted a venue with plenty of space and a laid back atmosphere. We had a tight budget and all the planning and craftsmanship was done by myself with the help of friends and family. After receiving some rather eye watering quotes from local venues it seemed insane at one point for us to continue the search, so when my dad found our venue in late summer of 2017, we were over the moon! It has been so special for us that he had played a part in our very memorable celebrations in so many ways, but particularly this one...
Hornby Laithe Bunk House Barn is based just outside of the scenic rural village of Settle, North Yorkshire in a place called Stainforth. The cost to hire the barn also included a camp site and best of all a 50 bed bunk house, perfect for sleeping some of our guests which was ideal for us when so many helping hands were needed to set up and pack down. We all eagerly arrived on Friday 19th May at 11am and left around 10am Monday 22nd at an absolute steal!
The bunk house itself had ample space for all our canapés to be prepped and made in a cafe sized kitchen on the first floor, as well as countless shower rooms, bathrooms and lounge areas. Guests were impressed with how well equipped the house was, many commenting they’d like to book themselves for various birthdays and celebrations ahead. A handful of friends decided to camp on the lush green field either by tent or camper van and enjoyed endless views of the sunny valley. Enid and Neil who own the properties and land were so lovely to organise with and happily left us to our own devices which was such a luxury having so much time and freedom to get everything ready.
We honestly can't recommend Hornby Laithe Bunk House Barn enough and for anyone looking to plan a weekend of celebrations in the Yorkshire Dales with a large group, this spot is well worth investigating. Please note this is a very rustic set up, you'll need to have your own vision of what you want, but once you're armed with an idea (+ a few Pinterest boards) and are prepared to graft and rope in some loved ones to help, this place can be transformed into anyone's dream wedding reception venue!
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Hornby Laithe Bunk House Barn
Main Rd, Stainforth, Settle BD24 9PB