I’m telling a bit of a fib.. this one was actually venue no.9, but I wanted to save the best ’til last!! So this has become venue no. 8.. Notley Tythe Barn, near Thame, Oxfordshire.
The pictures on the website look lovely, we were really looking forward to going to see this place. The weather was good, and the views as you drive up to the Barn are fantastic, all fields and trees and landscapes.. lovely! Car park – great amount of space, outside of the barn, lovely. Here’s a few piccies to get a feel for the place..
Stunning, right? All the lovely paving, landscape gardens, beautiful.
And then we went inside. To start with, it didn’t help that the barn is only heated when there is a wedding on. Which there wasn’t today. And it was blooming freezing!! I know, what was I expecting, it’s a barn, right!! Well, I wouldn’t have been suprised to find cows in this barn!
It was like stepping into a completely different world inside. It felt dated and gloomy, and in some ways just outright bizarre… I have no idea why there are a pair of skiis (ancient looking, faded, dusty skiis) attached to the ceiling beam above where the civil ceremony would be held. On other walls I’m sure there were deer heads and antlers.. although that could just be my memory playing tricks on me!
Now, this could have all been because we’d just come from another venue that was just absolutely everything we could have dreamed of, and looked even better than it did in the pictures. But this place just made me feel sad. And I hated the fact that the whole place seemed to be on a slope, I just felt disorientated.
On the left hand side of the barn, is another barn, attached to the first one. But it’s not water-tight, so there’s a permanent marquee that’s been put up inside the barn. It looks claustrophobic, it felt claustrophobic. I felt like the whole ceiling needed to be lifed up by about 6 inches!
To top it all off (and yes, I really am moaning now), the toilets were minging. And the disabled toilet, that my much loved granny would have to use.. let’s not even go there!!
Disappointed is an understatement. It was such a promising start, it looks AMAZING from the outside, but then the inside just felt like it needed so much work. It’s still on the shortlist, but I would have to factor in that I would want to do a lot of interior decoration, and possibly rent some porta-potties before I would consider having our big day there.
Plus, the best is still yet to come…!