1. Where are you?
Church Road, Michelmersh, Romsey SO51 0NS. We are 4.6 miles out of Romsey.
Coming via Southampton/Romsey
Take the A3057 towards Stockbridge. About a mile after the Bear and Ragged Staff, turn right up Mesh Road (a small turning by the postbox). At the top of the lane, turn left into Church Road. After 30 meters you’ll find the barns on your left. The ancient church of St Mary’s is a little further up the road.
Coming via Stockbridge
Take the A3057 towards Romsey and after King’s Somborne you will pass through the winding hamlet of Brook. There is then a long, straight stretch of road. Mesh Road is on your left as this slows, immediately after the parking sign for the Test Way and the 50mph sign. At the top of the lane, turn left into Church Road. After 30 meters you’ll find the barns on your left. The ancient church of St Mary’s is a little further up the road.
2. Can I hire your barns in the winter?
Yes. The massive Long Barns can look gorgeous in the winter but we’d need to heat them and put big warm drapes up across the open door of Long Barn 1. This isn’t a cheap option. But it’s a stunning one.
Alternatively, the Old Barn is cosy and warm all year round. It is licensed for wedding ceremonies for 60 people or other events for up to 100 people.
3. What WC facilities do you have?
We have one Ladies/Disabled loo in the Old Barn and one Gents, which are also open to users of the Long Barns. Previously event planners have had to bring in trailer loos but, from March 2019, we’ll be able to offer 5 gorgeous new loos for all in our stable block conversion.
4. What about parking?
From spring through autumn, there is field parking for up to 44 cars and farmyard parking for up to 25. Lots of people choose to keep the farmyard parking for their infirm guests/immediate family. It’s expensive but possible to extend the field parking into winter using ground mats.
The farmyard parking is on gravel and can be used all year round.
We’re also keen to have a transport policy which minimises impact on this small community and so are looking into affordable coach/bus options for our clients.
5. Can I get married at the church and have my reception at the barns?
Yes, that’s a lovely way to do things: you and your guests can walk 100 metres down the very rural lane to the barns after your wedding ceremony. In theory, you should live in the parish/benefice to marry at the lovely church of St Mary’s. However, you can almost certainly marry there if you try to attend church at least monthly in the six months before your banns are read. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The church can take 112 - or even 144 if your guests don’t mind sitting quite close to each other in the pews and if you seat some up near the organ.
6. Do you have a preferred caterers’ list?
We are compiling one. In the meantime we can make a few suggestions – but don’t forget that we also offer catering ourselves. This saves you money because our own staff who are working on the day help to serve. Our catering combines the skills of several caring family firms to create delicious, fashionable, and attractive meals to suit your budget.
7. Can I decorate the barns myself?
We used to offer DIY weddings but too many people were bashing away at these historic barns. Now we offer the barns decorated, but all our work is, of course, in collaboration with your vision too. We are happy to help you plan your event, and we’ll manage on the day in a very friendly, low key way so that you can relax and enjoy yourselves.
8. So what is your decorating style?
Dramatic! We use big drapes, trees and flowers in a simple, stunning way. The barns – especially the enormous Long Barns – are truly rustic. Not mock rustic. Truly rustic. We enhance that. There is nowhere else like our barns. And our weddings look like no others. We do care about making this venue unique for you and, in fact, we are limiting the number of weddings we hold because we don’t ever want to embrace the conveyor belt mentality of so many venues.
9. I suppose if each wedding is unique, it’s going to cost a fortune?
Maybe. But not necessarily. Our motive is to keep these wonderful buildings standing, used and enjoyed. The income from weddings and events is vital. Our charges reflect the need to keep the barns maintained and the need to pay staff fairly. Nothing more. We’ll be fair and honest with you. If you tell us your budget and what you want, we’ll do our best to make it work for you.
10. Do I really have to finish at 10.30pm?
There’s simply no way round this one. We can hire a field for a marquee and an all-night party for you nearby if you’d like that… but many couples are pleased, in their heart of hearts, to stop at 10.30. And we will help plan an exit strategy for you and your guests to make sure your wedding ends as sweetly and beautifully as it began.