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Get Married at Bore Place

An eco, sustainable, licenced wedding venue nestled in the heart of the Kent countryside on a private 500-acre organic estate. Beautiful gardens, a charming Jacobean manor house as well as a large barn, perfect for parties make it an ideal place for your special day.

About Bore Place

Exclusive Use

Couples getting married at Bore Place have exclusive use of the organic farm and estate for 48 hours – either the whole weekend or for 2 days and 2 nights during the week. This gives you the chance to spend time with friends and family before and after the event, as well as allowing you to set up just as you want. The relaxed and special atmosphere of Bore Place is what sets us apart. We actively encourage you to use and decorate the space as you wish and make the day yours. We offer overnight accommodation on-site for 60 with additional capacity for glampers and campers.

Location

Bore Place is a beautiful spot, surrounded by rolling hills, woods full of wildlife, stunning walks and glorious, organically-managed gardens. We are situated just outside the perfectly preserved Tudor village of Chiddingstone, where there is a very pretty church.

We are only an hour from London and a short drive from the M25, as well as being easily accessed by train (nearest stations Penshurst and Sevenoaks).

Sustainability at Bore Place

We are determined to ensure this is an eco-friendly venue, making us an ideal choice for couples looking to hold a sustainable event. For over 40 years sustainability has been central to our ethos. From our early commitment to organic farming to our ambition to reduce our carbon emissions by generating green energy to the way we process our wastewater, Bore Place continues to evolve with a green and environmentally-friendly agenda.

Eco-Venue

If you’re looking for an eco-venue with sustainability at the top of its agenda, you’ve come to the right place. As well as generating our own sustainable energy through a wind turbine and photovoltaic panels, we also heat our buildings and hot water through woodchip harvested on the Bore Place estate.

The gardens and wider estate at Bore Place are buzzing with wildlife. This is because the whole estate is managed organically and because we actively promote wildlife and support protected species through the way we manage our woodlands, hedgerows, ponds and field edges.

We can help you to minimise the impact of your day by recycling and composting all waste. Our chosen catering partners share our values and are also committed to minimising their environmental impact and sourcing food locally and responsibly.

Bore Place has been a centre of sustainability and green living since the 1970s and profits from your day will be ploughed back into projects with these values at their core.

Spaces and Accommodation

The House

Bore Place House is an attractive Jacobean house with a large drawing room that can be set up for ceremonies or drinks receptions. With an open fire and doors opening on to the gardens it is a perfect space for entertaining.

There is also a light and airy studio which opens on to the terrace overlooking the walled garden and an ornamental pond which can be used for ceremonies as well.

The house features 12 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms (sleeping 25), a further sitting room, a large eat-in kitchen with Aga and dining hall.

Surrounded by pretty gardens with terraces and ponds, lawns and lovely, well-tended borders, it is full of charm and is an ideal focal point for a weekend of celebrations.

The Barn

A restored 17th-century timber barn which offers a flexible space that can seat up to 100 guests for dinner or hold more for a party or drinks reception. With doors opening up onto the Old Stables Courtyard with pretty festoon lighting, many couples choose to hold their reception here. It can also be used for wedding ceremonies and is an ideal venue for traditional or vintage style events.

The Hide

Tucked away in our pretty, organic gardens The Hide is where most couples looking for an outdoor ceremony choose to get married. With benches handmade from Bore Place oak, seating 100, and a charming shelter for the exchanging of vows, this spot makes an idyllic setting for your ceremony.

Cedar Cottage

A cosy cottage with 2 bedrooms - both with en-suite bathrooms. Also featuring a well-equipped kitchen and cosy sitting room with wood burner. A good place to stay overnight for those keen not to be in the hub of the party or for getting ready ahead of the day. Situated next door to Bore Place House.

The Gardens

The organically-managed gardens at Bore Place are a real highlight of the estate. During the summer months, the gardens are alive with pretty flowers and there is a walled garden enclosing a reflecting ornamental pond which creates a stunning backdrop. Some couples choose to hold their wedding breakfast at tables around the pond. There is a swing hanging from a tree and quiet areas to escape to as well as a large terrace ideal for drinks receptions and a giant lawn perfect for party games. Further afield, there is an apple orchard and abundant market garden from which we source much of our fruit and vegetables. Many guests end their day relaxing with friends around our fire pit!

The Small Barn

The Small Barn is a cosy space often used by the bridal party to get ready. It has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a kitchenette and a sitting room with a wood-burner.

The Old Stable

The 19th-century Old Stable has 11 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and can be booked by couples to accommodate more guests overnight. This building is also accessible to wheelchair users and has accessible bedrooms and bathrooms.

Mulberry Cottage

One of our brand new cottages, situated next to Bore Place House with fully accessible accommodation. Sleeping 4/5 with two ensuite bathrooms and a stylish kitchen and living area. 

Food & Drink

Food

We work with a handful of carefully selected food partners who know Bore Place well and are in tune with our values. The range of people we work with ensures that there is something for everyone. Vegetarians and vegans are well-catered for through our choice of partners. We work together and so vegetables can be sourced from our market garden and beef can be from the Bore Place herd. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about our food partners. 

Drinks

We do not charge corkage at Bore Place. Service of drinks can be arranged through your caterer.   

Testimonials

We had such a wonderful time and are so grateful to Sue and the housekeeping team and everyone else who helped make it so perfect. Everyone commented on how wonderful the house and grounds are and how fantastic the team were.

Nancy and Dan - August 2021

Our wedding at Bore Place was simply magical. Having postponed for over a year due to Covid and having waited on government advice which was only given 2 weeks prior to the big day (!), it could have been a huge rush and panic to get everything organised but Sue was with us every step of the way and rearranged our plans (more than once!) with ease, working with us to make sure that our new plans for the day would be just as special.

Liz & Matt – July 2021

The wedding was just incredible and it was completely down to the wonderful teams who helped bring it all together. We couldn’t have envisioned how amazing it would be - it was really all we had hoped plus more. We were over the moon with how it all turned out, the incredible luck of the weather, and how everybody at Home G’urrown and Bore Place helped us to create such beautiful memories.

Charlotte and Adam - July 2021

A massive thank you to everyone at Bore Place and Home G’urrown for pulling off such an amazing wedding for us on Saturday (and pre party Friday!). We had the best weekend of our lives and everything ran so smoothly. The staff, set up, food, everything, was amazing! Loads of our guests commented on the attentive staff and how great the food was!

Tom & Stephanie – August 2021

We had THE MOST AMAZING wedding at Bore Place. We knew we loved the venue from the moment we visited, but on the weekend of our wedding it was even more stunning than we could have ever imagined - it really is the most magical and romantic place….So many of our guests commented it was the best wedding venue they'd ever been to in the UK….The team at Bore Place were all wonderful and made everything so easy and seamless.

Jamie & Amy – September 2021

We had the most amazing and memorable wedding at Bore Place. The venue is amazing, the staff are all incredible, and the food (from Home Gurr'own) was first class. If you don't want an off-the-shelf identikit wedding, then Bore Place is the perfect venue. While you'll need to get a bit more involved than at some other wedding venues, in return you'll benefit from a huge amount of flexibility. Sue and her team will help you to create a wedding that properly reflects your personality and preferences.

Phil & Sophie– September 2021

Prices & Details

We’re relaxed in our approach and want you to feel free to create a day that works for you. You will have exclusive use of the Bore Place estate.

Exclusive use venue hire fees:

Friday midday – Sunday midday, exclusive venue hire plus two-night stay for up to 30 guests which includes a self-service organic breakfast: £11,495 inc VAT.

There is an option to book extra accommodation in the Old Stable for an additional 20 guests for £650, as well as 2 cosy cottages with en-suite bathrooms that sleep 4/5 for £475 each and extra capacity for glamping and camping. Please get in touch to find out more.

When booking your wedding a deposit and completed booking form are required to secure your chosen dates. Please email weddings@boreplace.org for further information or to arrange a visit.

Weddings Ceremonies

You can get married at Bore Place in various spaces including the House, the Barn and the Hide. If you decide to have your ceremony at Bore Place the fee is £700 inc. VAT but this doesn’t include civil marriage registrar’s fees. For more information on how to book a ceremony and fees visit www.akentishceremony.com

No Corkage Fee

We do not charge corkage at Bore Place.

Capacity

We can seat 100 people for a sit-down meal at Bore Place.  

Timings

We ask that music stops at midnight in the Large Barn but guests staying on-site are welcome to continue the party quietly in the main house. Guests who are not staying on-site are expected to leave at midnight.

The Legacy of Your Day

By holding your wedding at Bore Place, the legacy of your big day will live on. All profits from weddings held here are directed straight back into our educational programmes to support young people, promote sustainability and an eco-friendly agenda. Bore Place is committed to working towards being a model of sustainable living. From the energy we use to the food we produce and the way we work, Bore Place challenges conventional ideas and behaviours with fresh thinking. For us being a ‘not for profit’ is something we are really proud of and enables us to lead in the areas of sustainable living and social change we believe in.

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