Our Story

The Cherry Barn is a beautifully restored 17th century oak-framed barn within our 400-acre working farm, which has been in the family for generations.

The barn was originally used to store hay and the lean to for machinery. A beautiful space that needed celebrating, in 2018 the idea for The Cherry Barn came to life. Care has been taken to preserve the barn’s original features and to make it beautiful and modern without stripping it of its character and warmth.

Mel & Steve

Stephen returned to take over the family farm in 2010 after studying, traveling and working in London and Paris in project management and operations. Since his return he has looked to diversify the business whilst maintaining traditional agricultural practices.

Melanie manages The Cherry Barn, she originally specialised in the luxury goods industry. With an MBA at London Business School,  she has focused her career in marketing, sales and events, working for brands such as  LVMH (Louis Vuitton  – Moet Hennessy), Ralph Lauren, HSBC and Citigroup.

Combining their experience and knowledge, Mel and Steve make the perfect team. Both passionate about The Cherry Barn and ensuring their couples happiness. 

"Absolutely loved this venue for our wedding. Perhaps most important is how great Mel and Steve are to work with. Such good communication throughout the whole process, so lovely and friendly and just such a relaxed and calming presence. We couldn't have asked for more."
Tamara - Bride

The Farm

Situated in Peasmarsh, the farm borders Rye, The Tillingham River and Udimore. Clayton Farm has a Romney flock of 550 ewes and apple orchards; harvested apples go for juicing and processing. The farm presses its own juice for the local market called Claytons apple juice, and produces a natural craft cider called Starvecrow.


Our price includes exclusive 48-hour
use of our dry hire venue


The Cherry Barn is a stunning 
17th-century oak framed wedding venue


Take a look around The Cherry 
Barn and its surroundings