The Barnyard lies at the heart of South Farm. Ancient timber framed barns form three of its sides and a wing of the house is the fourth. Divided into two spaces, one is still a functional farm yard, the other a gathering point for guests. Its outstanding merit is the integrity of its buildings, dating from the 16th to the 19th century.
The Principle Buildings
To one side are the Bridal Suite, the Stables bedroom, the Granary and the Old Dairy. On the other flank lie the Tudor Barn, the Horse Barn, still in its original state, and the Tack Room and Dovecote bedrooms. The House is at one end and the animal barn at the other.
Dividing the Barnyard is a Wisteria and rose clad walkway, linking the Old Dairy on the west with the Tudor Barn to the east. To the north of the walkway the Barnyard retains its rustic past, home to our collection of rare breed farm animals and poultry, housed in the open fronted animal barn. They come and go as they please to the delight of our wedding guests.
On the house side is a gravelled courtyard lined with lavender beds, numerous flowering pots and tables and parasols for guests. A towering plane tree planted in 1974 shelters and shades the guest entrance to the Tudor Barn. All paths lead to the Courtyard, whether via the house and gardens and around to the Old Dairy, or direct from the car park.