Barn wedding venues are a trend that’s going nowhere. So, what makes The Barns at Redcoats one of my favourites? Read on to find out.
Redcoats Farm is nestled in the Hertfordshire countryside between Hitchin and Stevenage. The Barns at Redcoats is located conveniently off the main roads in a peaceful area surrounded by field, but still ideally situated for major routes like the A1. They offer 28 hotel rooms including a gorgeous honeymoon suite, but also within easy travelling distance of other hotels in the area. You can choose between a Classic, Superior or Luxury stay, but all the bedrooms are comfortable, classically stylish as well as being dog and/or family friendly.
With the fabulous location you’ve got a fantastic backdrop for photographs: rolling fields and sunsets for miles. The historical farmhouse, barn and other buildings offer wooden beams and brightly coloured bricks, gorgeously rustic. Or maybe the beautiful garden is more your thing. Whatever your preference you’ll be spoilt for choice and have options whatever the weather throws at you. The barn hotel rooms have a more modern feel than the farmhouse and are closer to the venue space but and is secured for residents after hours so that other visitors can’t get in.
The Cowshed is the bar area of the barn with the fun art on the walls, which you may recognise from popular images of the venue. It’s also the main way into the main barn. Guests are welcomed here before going through to the barn proper or to the covered patio and outside ceremony area by the grain store. The barn was refurbished in 2018 and is packed with modern conveniences including a fabulous flexible lighting system and plenty of power points for your suppliers to use.
The barn is available for your whole day from ceremony to evening reception, with a licensed capacity of up to 140 guests, and they have a fab covered patio area, which is perfect for guest mingling while you do your photos and the room is rearranged from one part of the day to the next. For smaller gatherings, especially right now, they have the space to adapt to smaller or larger numbers as needed, including using private dining rooms in the main house rather than the big barn. It’s also possible to install a drapery wall to divide the larger room up, keeping the rustic aesthetic without feeling like you’re rattling around.
In terms of decoration and extras, Redcoats has bags of them, including a cart they can use for your drinks reception rather than have your guests queue up at the bar, which you can have themed to your wedding. Instead of the usual chivari chairs, Redcoats have gorgeous cross-back wooden seating, which is very in-keeping with the oak beams. The furniture in the bar is modern and comfortable but with a nod to tradition, much like the whole hotel. And the comfortable and quirky bar is well stocked with a great variety of drinks on offer.
The Barn at Redcoats is licensed for civil ceremonies as is the grain store for outdoor ceremonies. Of course, you can decorate the whole venue as much or as little as you like, but it doesn’t take much to make this beautiful venue absolutely stunning. By adding extra rustic touches, or gorgeous florals and delicate linens will take this functional farm venue and transform it into an elegant reception area. The barn also has a handy alcove that is a perfect fit for top table, a DJ booth, or stage for a band, without affecting your dance floor space. But you’ve still got lots of room for hired-in extras like a photobooth or magic mirror, as well as your buffet and cake tables and a candy cart or dessert table if you wish.
Having eaten here on several occasions I can confirm that food is tasty; if you have a look at their website you would expect that to be the case. Redcoats have an award-winning catering team, and menus are seasonal, made with local and regional ingredients, so about as fresh as you can get. Their menus offer everything from canapes to hog roast, fine dining to bacon butties, and the executive chef is happy to work with you to create a menu you and your guests will love.
Looking at their website and wedding brochure it should come as no surprise that The Barns at Redcoats falls into the upper end of a mid-price venue. You may need to save up a bit longer but what you’re getting here is well worth every penny. There are ways to make this venue more budget friendly, such as adapting your choice of menu from sit down meal to buffet. Also, very little decoration is needed here, so as well as potentially making savings there if necessary, the rustic aesthetic lends itself to details like DIY table centres.
In my opinion, The Barns at Redcoats is one of the best barn venues in Hertfordshire and well worth viewing, even in these unusual times. With the gorgeous rustic barn styling and fabulous spacious hotel rooms, along with flexible smaller private dining spaces and finally it’s all in a beautiful location! What more could you really want from a venue? Check out their website for details of their wedding offer and contact details. Happy Planning x