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Nestled not too far from the A5 and M1 in rural Buckinghamshire is the unique and charming Furtho Manor Farm. As non-traditional wedding venues goes, this tops my list for quirky, fun and affordable too! Want to know what Furtho has to offer? Then read below.
The long sturdy driveway shows that this is a working farm with real need for vehicular access, so top marks from me in terms of accessibility for vehicles of all different shapes and sizes. No narrow winding mud tracks here, very handy for bussing in your wedding guests from hotels in the area.
As you arrive you see the various 'outbuildings' including a stunning dovecote and traditional farmhouse, but what you might not spot right away is the tiny church and gorgeous gazebo sitting neatly in a dip that leads to a lake. Beautiful, tranquil, with well-kept lawns, the grounds are what sells this venue for the discerning wedding planning couple.
Though the St Bartholomew's Church is no longer in use, it is currently being maintained by the Church Conservation Trust and can be used for blessings a limited number of times each year (nb these cannot be full wedding ceremonies). If you have your heart set on using the church, you must be aware of this and the fact that it is a very old building so not ideal for use on colder days. That said, neither is the gazebo when you get right down to it.
With this style of outdoor venue, you really are best to look at it in terms of summer weddings. The grounds and ceremony area are ideal on perfect summer days, with fun seating available to guests for watching your ceremony and a barn style reception venue with a huge door to a patio. This isn't your 'normal' barn with high ceilings and huge oak beams, it's more like a massive converted sheep shed, which is much nicer than it sounds.
The Furtho Manor Farm barn can be used for ceremonies, if preferred, as can the courtyard and they only accept one wedding per weekend, so prime summer dates are a premium and book up fast. Alternately, if you're looking to do something smaller you could opt for a Tuesday wedding. It's worth noting that this is because they want to allow you plenty of time for setting up your weekend wedding, which is admirable and unusual; many similar venues focus on multiple weddings per week and fast turnaround times between them.
It's also worth noting that they have a limited number of comfortable modern Bed & Breakfast rooms available in the farmhouse and an adjacent field that can be used for camping, but if neither of these options appeal, Furtho Manor Farm is only a 10 minute drive from Milton Keynes and its many, many hotels.
This truly is a blank canvas venue as nothing is set in stone from furniture to lighting and more. The lovely Linda looks after you from the moment you get in touch and has a list of equally lovely, but more importantly trusted, suppliers to help you make the most of this fantastic wedding venue.
Check out the Furtho Manor Farm website (link below) for details of their next wedding fair and open day.