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The Finer Details About Chapel House Estate

A luxurious and charming outdoor wedding venue, hidden away in the Kent countryside.

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Chapel House Estate – Kent’s best-kept secret

Looking for a luxury wedding and events venue that offers intimate or large wedding options, outdoor or indoor ceremonies all year round, that is relaxed, charming and off the beaten path. A wedding venue with that ‘Night Luxe Vibe’ and immaculate attention to detail in Kent.

If you yearn to escape the city or seek a different wedding venue in Kent. Chapel House Estate is relaxed, elegant and comfortable, making it the perfect destination wedding venue for you and your guests.

Tucked away in the Garden of Kent, on the Kent Coast, this family-run private estate has a historic Grade II, 700-year-old Chapel. The Flint and Stone-Built, with a tiled roof Chapel that became known as the Bailiff’s House is at the heart of the Estate. The 13th-century Chapel has been transformed into an idyllic family country retreat with a honeymoon suite, perfect on the night of your wedding.

This brand-new Kent wedding venue has been built from the ground up with your needs and wants in mind. Launched in the South East of England in July 2022, this is the premier weddings and events venue in Kent, England.

Once a farm growing cauliflower in the winter and rhubarb and spring onions for the London market in early spring and summer – Thorne Farm, Minster, Isle of Thanet, Kent, can now accommodate up to 150-day guests seated and 200 standing. About one mile from Minster, two miles from Ramsgate and within easy reach of Margate, Broadstairs, Whitstable and Westgate. The farm at this time was called ‘Rope Yarn Farm’ as everything was held together with string, can also be hired for smaller more intimate private and secluded weddings in The Walled Courtyard.

The Estate has a timeless appeal that, once discovered, no one wants to leave.

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Chapel House (prviously known as Bailiff’s House)

 Surrounded by a beautiful and romantic Arts & Crafts style garden, at the heart of the Estate is the converted Grade 11 listed (List Entry Number: 1224336 ) Chapel House.

Many guests wonder why a medieval chapel is at the heart of a previous farmstead. Previously it was a Chapel to a great Mansion owed by a man of substance, Henry de Thorne – Lord of Thorne in 1300. Evidence of the original manor house has been found in the garden of Chapel House, south of the Chapel. Despite the church in Minster, Lord Thorne built his own private manorial Chapel that now you and your nearest and dearest stay in on the night of your wedding or event.

When the Chapel was built in 1290, the Round Table at Winchester Castle, by order of the King, was also in construction. How fitting that the Chapel over 700 years old, one of the oldest buildings in Thanet, along with Manstone Court and Salmestone Grange, was used for private masses, as now the venue is licenced for private indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies.

This much-loved converted and renovated historic 13th-century Chapel is elegant and supremely comfortable, significantly contributing to making this a distinctly different wedding venue. This is a must-see if you are recently engaged or unable to find your perfect wedding venue.

The ancient flint-walled Chapel (found in the local chalky soil) includes a vaulted room, a cosy sitting room, a relaxed garden room with double doors that open out into the private lushly planted patioed garden and sunken pond, a kitchen, a downstairs toilet, three guest rooms, all ensuite, and a fifth room that includes single adult-size bunk beds.

The Honeymoon suite, with a free-standing elegant copper bath, also has a private ensuite bathroom. This leads out onto a private roof terrace, with transparent glass surround that creates the perfect wind barrier for that last glass of Gusbourne bubbles overlooking the immaculate private gardens for the newlyweds. Or, at the end of the night, why not lay on the loungers for a spot of romantic star gazing!

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Lovely Gardens

At Chapel House Estate, we understand that beautiful gardens have long been important backdrops for weddings and events. In this knowledge, the garden room double doors from the Chapel House open out onto a private locked garden that is lushly planted and includes a sunken pond.

Beyond the private garden, the wrought iron gates open onto the formal Arts and Crafts style quintessential English garden, providing the perfect backdrop for your photos and drinks reception.

The Wild Apple Orchard

The Wild Apple Orchard, seating up to 150 guests, is perfect for outdoor ceremonies during British Summer Time from the middle of April to the middle of October. With a timber frame gazebo, the Orchard as a backdrop is perfect for your outdoor photographs. Why not read our latest blog on outdoor ceremonies
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The Dew Lawn & Pond

The Dew Pond lawn, adjacent to the Brick and Timber Built Old Malt Granary, provides the perfect setting for your post-ceremony or blessing drinks and canapé reception. The Dew Pond provides a glimpse into past farming practices. The artificial pond was created where a natural surface water supply may not have been readily available but gathered after a storm and was used for watering livestock when the previous Thorne Farm surrounded the Chapel.

The Beauty Treatment and Massage Lodge

Prepare for your wedding or event in the Beauty & Treatments Massage Lodge in the West Paddock, along with nine Hide Away Lodges. The Beauty Lodge named Gold Crest includes a shower, hand basins, tea & coffee making facilities, and comfy seating. Adjacent to the lodge is a Massage Therapy Room. Treatments are not included in the venue hire.

Last-minute getting-ready hints

Wear a robe on the morning of your wedding

Robes don’t just look nice in photos. They are also practical. By ensuring that you wear something that is fastened from the front, you don’t ruin your wedding hair or make-up when you slip out of it to put your dress on.

Here is a crazy, one pack a, thin pillowcase

By putting a thin pillowcase in your must-pack overnight bag, you can gently place it over your head before changing into your wedding dress to avoid any unwanted stains or smears from your make-up.

Use heel protectors; we are a garden wedding venue, after all!

To prevent your heels from sinking into the grass as you walk down the aisle, heel protectors enable you to easily walk in the lawned areas.

Unless you want that fly-away look, use veil weights

As an outdoor wedding venue, avoid a windswept moment when you least expect it, and use veil weights. Don’t worry; they are not ugly; only you and your bridal shop will know they are there.

Put some hand cream on last minute before the ceremony

To enable your wedding ring to glide effortlessly onto your finger, remember just before you leave The Chapel House to apply hand cream. It’s like a minor miracle and avoids any awkward moments when your partner is asked to place the ring on your finger.

Your Guests

When planning your wedding, one of your main goals is to ensure the comfort of your guests. To help you achieve this, we offer additional accommodation, and you can hire the onsite Volkswagen Caravelle passenger transportation to pick up or drop off your guests from the brand-new High-Speed link Parkway.

Additional Accommodation

After the toasts have been said, the cake has been cut, and you have danced the night away, it’s time for your guests to go to their very own nests – the hideaway lodges.
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Hideaway Lodges

In addition to Chapel House and Chapel Cottage, there are nine Hideaway Lodges for your guests accomodation. The Hideaway Lodges can sleep up to 18 guests (plus children), all with ensuite bathrooms and Kingsize beds. All located in the West Paddock, these modern purpose-built Lodges are all named after the birds spotted on site. Seven of the Hideaway Lodges are single pods, and two twined with a lockable door between them.

The Chapel Cottage

The Chapel Cottage, is one of four brick and tiled cottages, previously known as Throne Cottages on the edge of the Estate. This gorgeous cottage sleeps six people the night before your wedding or three for single occupancy.

The Cottage includes a kitchen, a cosy sitting room, two King-size bedrooms and a room with adult-size bunk beds.

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The Old Malt Granary Barn

The Old Malt Granary, an old Brick and Timber Kent barn, has been transformed into the perfect indoor ceremony building for up to 150 seated, 120 on the ground floor and 30 on the mezzanine floor.

The barn with exposed brick walls and original features gives this old granary a charming and atmospheric allure. The barley was grown on a large scale (before becoming a cauliflower farm) to supply the Cobb Margate brewery. The previous barley Barn has been sympathetically restored to keep its rustic charm while providing modern amenities, including heating, lighting, sounds, windows, and doors to let the light flood in for your indoor ceremony.

This carefully converted barn enables you to have a rain-free ceremony, or perhaps you want the big moment to take place indoors when all eyes are on you at the front of the room. Whether you opt for a rustic, traditional or contemporary wedding, the Old Malt Ganary lets you enjoy a moment in the spotlight with style.

The Cobb & Co sign remains in the Old Malt Granary.

Thorne Barn

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Wedding Breakfast and Luxe After Party

You can host your Wedding Breakfast and After Party at Chapel House Estate in the exquisite new purpose-built Thorne Barn (named after the previous Thorne Farm). The modern barn stands where the Range of Cow Houses stood for 24 cows (as recorded in 1936). The Main barn is the optimal indoor space, with air-conditioning and heating. The ‘white box’ elegant banqueting barn with a full large bar and a private smaller bar is perfect for gatherings seating up to 150 and a further 50 additional evening guests.

You can host your entire wedding reception in one place, in the Thorne Barn, and you won’t lose anyone when it’s time to hit the dance floor.

To the side of the barn, there is a comfortable seating area with heaters and umbrellas, and for that Backyard-Party feel there is also access to a purpose-built outdoor fire for those golden hour post-reception gatherings and chats under the stars.  

1920’s Style Cocktail Bar

While you are getting ready, we have created a gorgeous 1920s Art Deco Cocktail Bar, a special place designed to give your partner a relaxed experience with their attendants.

Live Music and Entertainment

For your evening entertainment, we understand music is an important element for a large party, so you can hire a DJ, band, or both to play in the Thorne Barn.

Included within your large venue hire in the Thorne Barn – package dependant on 80 plus guests:

  • We will reserve your Civil Ceremony with Kent County County Council. The fees are payable direct to Kent County Council
  • Civil Ceremonies can be held outdoors in The Wild Apple Garden Orchard and the Walled Courtyard during British Summer Time. For intimate weddings within the Chapel House in the Vaulted Room and up to 150 in The Old Malt Granary
  • Chapel House sleeps ten (and your pets!) on your wedding night.  This includes the honeymoon suite plus four other bedrooms
  • For guests staying on-site, breakfast is served in the No9 Restaurant from 10 am the following morning
  • Your reception in the beautiful new purpose-built Thorne Barn for up to 150 guests
  • The supply of Easels for your welcome sign and seating plan (two easels)
  • Choose from a traditional silver square or round silver wedding cake stand and a cake knife
  • Wooden outdoor chairs or for your indoor ceremony
  • Wooden cross-back chairs for your indoor ceremony in The Old Malt Granary
  • During your Wedding Breakfast, 150 chairs and two high chairs.
  • If you are using our in-house catering, glassware, crockery and cutlery are all provided, and an invitation to our food and house wine-tasting event at our very own restaurant, No9 (this does not include hog roasts and barbecues)
  • As per the Chapel House Estate licence, finish times for your event Sunday through to Thursday inclusive are as follows:
  • 11:30 pm Last Orders Called
  • 11:45 pm Music to finish and bar to close
  • Midnight Premises to be vacated
  • As per the Chapel House Estate licence, finish times for your event based on Fridays and Saturdays are as follows:
  • Midnight Last Orders Called
  • 12:15 am Music to finish and bar to close
  • 12:30 am Premises to be vacated

Food

The food has been carefully curated to provide you with the perfect wedding breakfast menu. If you book our in-house caterering team for a three course wedding breakfast we include a food-tasting.

Drinks

Chapel House Estate is licenced to sell drinks. The drinks selection has been carefully curated with four bars across the venue to provide you with the perfect drink in the perfect location. We offer fresh tea and coffee, wines, bubbles, wedding drinks packages, cocktails and mocktails
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The North Paddock

The North Paddock, next to the Throne Barn, is the perfect place for a large marquee, festival tent, evening food trucks, fun fair, lawn games or simply for your guests to stroll after the wedding breakfast.

The Walled Courtyard

For a smaller private drinks party, the Walled Courtyard Lounge, with indoor and outdoor seating plus a bar, is perfect for pre-dinner drinks, followed by an intimate dinner in the No 9 Restaurant. The Walled Courtyard is perfect for a small wedding, usually defined as a celebration with fewer than 60+ guests. Smaller weddings have become increasingly popular due to their intimate atmosphere.

Within the Walled Courtyard, there is a Lounge Bar and the No 9 Restaurant where you can celebrate your wedding anniversary a year or five years after saying I do! Before the work we undertook on the farm the lounge was home to Landrace pigs in 1955. The previous Piggery has now been transformed into a gorgeous lounge cocktail bar.

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No 9 Restaurant

The day after your wedding or event, everyone staying on-site (checks out of their lodges) and a few additional guests (seats 60+) can meet for breakfast at 10:00 am and leaves at 12 am. Breakfast is served plated, and we cater for all dietary requirements.

The Caravelle

 If your guests are arriving by, for example, by Highspeed train from London St Pancras, why not hire the Caravelle people carrier to collect them from the brand new Parkway Train Station. Carries six people.

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To Find out more about Chapel House Estate

Jenny Entwisle and Graham Woolnough have written a small book about Thorne Farm. To request and to pay for a copy, please write to The Granary, Hawarden Place, Canterbury Road, Wingham, Canterbury, Kent, CT3 1EW Telephone (01227) 720754 who dedicated the book to Mary Montgomery. Archibald Montgomery purchased the farm on Saturday, 27th June 1936, through the Solicitors Messrs. Boys & Maughan, Margate, Kent, before it went to auction with Henry F. Cobb.

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