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This was one of those venues that I've wanted to work at for years. To get the opportunity to do so was a huge pleasure and didn't disappoint. Read on to find out more about this stunning Cambridgeshire wedding venue.
You know a venue is popular when they have a storage space with days of the week shelves, which they use for all the bits and pieces that are left over from that days booking. South Farm is one such venue. For starters this means that should any of your display items or something unexpected be left behind after the clear up, you know the venue will store it safely for you.
This is just one small example of this venues attention to detail. First up, you arrive along a stunning driveway lined with lights for the evening and immaculately kept lawns, then you see the farmhouse in all its splendour. It's painted in a colour scheme that suits them and their brand and gives you a smile as you arrive. It feels homely.
Car parking is ample and nearby but made with gravel so be aware with wheelchair users, though there are stone pathways available. And right next to their gypsy caravans, yes they have a limited amount of accommodation in those caravans, and a lovely clean toilet and show block for campers. The main forecourt is also gravel but they rake it into a lovely swirl, which is such a nice touch. Most weddings start in the Old Dairy which is a lovely long narrow room with a bar and seating; the ideal place to welcome guests.
The venue is licensed for civil ceremonies and there are lots of options for you depending on the size of your party. The Drawing Room is the space that first appealed to me as it is quirky but small, not necessarily to everyones taste but ideal if you have up to 35 guests. The Barn and Old Dairy can be used for larger ceremonies, and for outdoor ceremonies you have the Summer house (up to 146 people). This is an exclusive use venue though so there should never be another wedding happening at the same time as yours.
The grounds as I say are immaculate and change with the seasons to some degree. You have the arboretum and the kitchen garden as well as the flower garden, but pretty much everywhere is a beautiful backdrop, inside and outside. The main bit that you don't get anywhere else is the Barn Yard. Pigs, chickens, and whatever wildlife feels like dropping in. This is a working farm and chefs are known to use seasonal offerings from the farm and kitchen garden - you don't get fresher or more low environmental impact than that!
If you're not sold already, the venue has accommodation for 24 further guests in addition to those in the caravans, and a lovely 'bridal' suite, but is not too far from further hotels. The bars are well stocked and sizeable. The food smelled divine (I have yet to taste it, next time fingers crossed) and menus are traditional but with the option of a Fusion menu, which has a Thai/Asian/Japanese theme. Prices are reasonable and food is organic, fresh and locally sourced. All in all, this venue does not disappoint, at least in my eyes and that of the many happy couples who have been looked after by them.
They have Amazing Special Offers now available. Free Venue Hire in January, February and March 2010 or 50% OFF Venue Hire for remaining dates Mondays - Thursdays in April, May and June 2020! X