Husband & wife team Matt and Kay Hamilton-Crook launched The Barn at Alswick in 2017 with the wish to provide a really personal approach to hosting weddings.
So many venues become a conveyor-belt of events, where weddings become less personal, less distinctive somehow. We saw an opportunity to offer something different, a far more individual experience, where we don’t have to abide by a set format or strict rules
In keeping with offering an exceptional experience, The Barn also has access to the huge stunning private gardens of Alswick Hall, with endless hidden gems it gives couples the opportunity to make their wedding photography unique and special to their day.
We love getting to know the couples we work with, understanding their personalities and bringing their visions to fruition. We feel very honoured to be part of their ‘best day ever’.
The Barn prides itself on offering a simple pricing structure to allow couples to maintain control over the all-important wedding budget. With only two mandatory elements required from the Barn (venue hire and drinks packages) everything else is the couple’s choice.
We know weddings are expensive and keeping on budget whilst still achieving your dream day can be tough, so we want to ensure that our couples know their true venue costs upfront.
So many venues become a conveyor-belt of events, where weddings become less personal, less distinctive somehow. We saw an opportunity to offer something different, a far more individual experience, where we don’t have to abide a set format and strict rules.
With a small dedicated team of Event Planners, The Barn at Alswick walk their couples through the planning process and ensuring their day runs seamlessly allowing them to simply focus on enjoying their day.
The Barn at Alswick, Hare Street Road, Buntingford, Hertfordshire, SG9 0AA
Meet the Team
With a passion for running events and over 20 years in the industry under her belt, Alswick is the second venue Kay has run. With a love of planning and coordinating, Kay has a vision and drive to make sure every event is a successful one! She has a keen eye for perfection and absolutely loves seeing her visions and ideas come to life.
Ellie began her journey at the Barn in 2017, just before we held our first wedding. Using her time to gain experience shadowing Kay on many different events and finishing her studies, she quickly immersed herself into everything and became a solid member of the team. A few years down the line and Ellie is now Head of Weddings!
Courtney is the newest member of the Alswick family. She began working with us in May 2023 and has quickly settled into her new role of managing our social media and marketing. We have also been putting Courtney through her paces on a wedding day and lending a hand with all the preparations leading up to them.
We had our wedding reception at The Barn at Alswick and it was excellent. From the planning to all they did on the day it was brilliant. Ellie was so helpful and really cared about how the day would run. She interacted with all the suppliers (food, band, flowers) to make sure everything ran smoothly on the day. Highly recommend holding an event here.
By Philippa and Michael - November 30th 2019
The Barn at Alswick is such a special place. The venue was great for us as it’s not only gorgeously renovated but also disabled friendly. Ellie was great when we were planning our wedding, always replying to emails quickly and helping our ideas come to life. Ellie, Kay, Claire and the team were superb on the day, so calm and reassuring, we knew we were in safe hands! We loved staying in the glamping pods too – so comfy and the honeymoon suite is stunning. So many of our guests said how much they loved the venue and the chilled day. We can’t thank everyone at The Barn enough, we had the most special day! X
By Naomi and Jack - August 31st 2019
As soon as I walked into this beautiful venue and explored the stunning gardens, I knew it was the right place for our wedding. It really offers everything all in one location.
Ellie was wonderful throughout the planning of the wedding and was always available to answer any questions and offer advice.
A huge thank you to all the staff at the Barn for making our wedding so memorable for us and our guests!
By Anna and Ed - July 27th 2019
We had the most amazing wedding day! Thank you so much to the whole team. Nothing was too much trouble, the day ran so smoothly. Thank you Ellie for taking such good care of us! Xxx
By Shereen and Mike - March 16th 2019
Thank you so much for making our day so special. We got married on 4th August and could not have been happier with the Barn at Alswick. The whole venue is absolutely stunning – the barn itself is beautiful, the courtyard was perfect for a sunny day, the Snug bar is lovely for people who want some quieter time and the upstairs room for the bridal party is an amazing bonus! We couldn’t have wished for a better venue or team supporting our wedding. Kay, Judy and the team were brilliant from our first visit to the barn, all of our planning meetings and on the day itself. They were always so friendly, professional and eager to help us create our vision for the day and everything felt very personal. All of our guests were so relaxed and commented on how much they loved the venue. Thank you again – it meant so much to be able to get married in such a perfect venue so close to our home.
By Rebecca and Rob - August 4th 2018
We just wanted to say thank you so much to the Barn at Alswick for our wonderful wedding on the 20th October. We loved the barn from our first visit and couldn’t have been happier with how the day went. Kay, Judy and the team were brilliant and made sure everything went to plan from start to finish. The staff on the day were attentive and friendly and the day ran so smoothly.
All our family and friends commented on how lovely the barn and grounds were and there were so many lovely spots for photos. The courtyard was fantastic for our drinks reception and we especially enjoyed making the confetti runway!
Ellie from Rose and Dandy captured the exact decor and style we wanted for the barn and we loved how everything looked from the wedding arch to tables! We also used one of the barn’s recommended caterers – Saffron Catering, who were fantastic throughout the whole process.
We couldn’t recommend the barn enough as a wedding venue, thank you again for helping us create such amazing memories.
By Jennie and Stephen - October 20th 2018
The Barn at Alswick was the first wedding venue my now husband and I went to view, we went up on an open day and fell in love with the venue. The simplicity and elegance of the place is amazing, we had a tour of the grounds from Ellie and fell more in love with it and knew it was the place we wanted to get married.
Kay and her team helped us through every decision and made our wedding smooth and stress free, and they couldn’t have done anymore for us. The staff are excellent and so friendly.
All our guests were amazed by the venue and we have had so many compliments about it. Can’t wait to get our pictures back from our day and be reminded of what a fantastic day we had at the barn.
By Vikki and Mark - April 6th 2019
We had our wedding at Alswick Barn on 30th March and our day was everything we imagined and more. The team are absolutely incredible, so attentive, professional and friendly. Everything ran like clockwork and all of our guests commented on how beautiful the venue was and how well the day was run. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day… we just want to do it all over again! A massive thank you to Ellie and the rest of the team at Alswick for the best day of our lives!!
By Catherine and Jason - March 30th 2019
Our wedding was enjoyed by everyone we’ve spoken to! We had a fantastic time and everything went so smoothly that we felt we could relax and really enjoy our day surrounded by family and friends. Thank you for your organisation, work behind the scenes including with our suppliers, and for being so reliable and flexible. Everyone we’ve come across at Alswick has been so friendly and absolutely lovely to work with. The Barn itself is such a beautiful building and will forever be special to us. It also looked great with all the candles on tables and in the windows! Overall, a massive thank you from us both.
By Sarah and Alex - November 10th 2018
We got married at the Barn in May 2022, and couldn’t have asked for a better venue. The location is fantastic, but what really sets it apart from other places is the staff. Ellie was our wedding planner and she was absolutely faultless, ensuring everything was arranged in time for the big day. Kay was also fantastic, it’s no surprise that the venue runs so smoothly.
We couldn’t recommend this venue highly enough – they are absolutely elite!
By Aimee and Michael - May 28th 2022
You did such a fantastic job for our big day, we couldn’t dream of a different or better venue for our wedding reception. The venue looked amazing on the day and the staff was amazing, especially Judy she made everything run so smoothly and made everything look so easy. Thank you for accommodating for all our requests and making this day perfect and unforgettable.
By Nina & Ben - August 18th 2018
We had our wonderful wedding at The Barn at Alswick on 14th July 18 and it was everything we hoped for. We chose the venue and booked our wedding before the venue was even finished back in 2016, because we could immediately see the potential. The barn was beautiful and a perfect canvas to create the look we wanted for our day, and would seat our 100+ guests. We also wanted to get married outdoors, so the courtyard was the perfect place and a great area for drinks and canapés provided by their recommended caterers, who did a fantastic job, creating us a bespoke menu that suited our tastes. The gardens were absolutely beautiful for our pictures and created the perfect backdrop to our wonderful hot and sunny day. The staff at the barn were amazing at listening to exactly what we wanted and giving suggestions that would help run our day without a hitch. Big Thanks to Kay and Judy for all of their help in making our day the best day of our lives! Sarah and Gary x
By Sarah and Gary - July 14th 2018
We were looking for a venue where we could have the flexibility to have kind of wedding that we wanted, which was very informal, and have the place to completely to ourselves. The Barn ticked both boxes!
Kay, the Alswick team and their handpicked suppliers made our day the best it could be. Nothing was too much trouble. We were listened to all the way through our planning, being guided at the same time by their extensive event management expertise, whilst still feeling in control of our special day. This made the whole experience stress free and allowed us to really throw ourselves into our day and enjoy it (something that you hear few newlyweds say after the event!).
I would really recommend taking a look at the Barn – you will instantly fall in love with the beautiful setting, lovely, professional team and it is truly a blank canvas that you can make your own for a truly memorable day. So many of our guests have complimented us on the best wedding that they’ve ever attended!
By Kate and Paul - May 20th 2017
We married at the barn on the 7th July 2022.
From the moment we first walked into the venue in September 2020, we knew this was where we would be getting married – and it was the best decision we could have made.
Abbie and the team from start to finish were amazing, accommodating (of my many many emails and questions) and even a date change after getting bored of waiting so long and bringing our wedding 10 months forward!!
Our guests had nothing but lovely things to say, it really is the venue that gives you everything you could possibly need!
By Steph and Eric - July 7th 2022
OMG!!! What can I say about this incredible venue? Me and my Husband had the most amazing day. From the very first viewing all the way to the day itself and after Ellie and her team were phenomenal.
We were quite nervous as we weren’t getting any outside vendors to come and ‘do up’ the venue for us – rather we did it all from Etsy, but Ellie was amazing with making us feel confident in our ideas and really helped to bring them alive.
The day ran so smoothly and it really was the best day of our lives. Lots of our guests commented on the beauty of the venue and said it was one of the best weddings they have ever been to! The venue is truly special, and the team are amazing. If you are considering this venue as your wedding venue – look no further!!!
Thank you so much The Barn at Alswick!!!!
By Freya and Jake - May 29th 2022
From start to finish, Kay and Ellie, the main points of contact for organising and planning, were fantastic with helping us achieve our dream day, always making us feel like we were in good hands. We used the brand new yurt village as accommodation for us and some of our guests – all the yurts were so cute and cosy and the bridal yurt (which is more like a mini house with separate rooms, tasteful furniture and an en suite bathroom) was simply stunning. Many of the guests remarked on how comfortable the beds were, saying they had a great night’s sleep! A lovely continental breakfast was provided too. Kay and Ellie were so good with letting us set up for a few hours on the day before and were fine with me coming to the venue on the day a few hours earlier than originally planned, as well as letting my husband-to-be get on with set up in the morning on the day. As an added bonus, the gardens are stunning and such a great setting for photos. We really wouldn’t have changed a thing about our day and are really happy we picked this venue. Thank you so much Kay, Ellie and Claire!
By Ali and Toby - June 1st 2019
Had our wedding here in Feb 2020. Ellie, Kay, Claire and all of the staff could not do enough for us. They really made sure the day went smoothly and I couldn’t have asked for anything more from them. Huge shout out to Ellie in particular who was INCREDIBLE. We had lots of guests travelling from outside Hertfordshire who (when seeing the address) made a few comments about how far it was. When they arrived everyone said, ‘We can see why you picked the venue!’ Everything was perfect. The changeover from the ceremony to the wedding breakfast was so smooth and wasn’t noticeable. The views are beautiful and I cant wait to see the professional photos. Cant recommend this venue enough!!! The catering options were amazing- I recommend the BBQ sharing boards! I recommend visiting an open day if you are considering this venue. This was how we first saw the venue and were very impressed with how welcome the staff made us feel. There isn’t a corporate feel to the place which we found at other venues. The glamping options also impressed us as did the bridal suite. If I could score higher than 5 stars, I would!
By Leah and Daniel - February 29th 2020
Tom and I want to offer you our most heartfelt thanks for what was quite simply the best day of our entire lives. I honestly haven’t quite found the words yet to articulate just how special it was, but it was just perfect and that is in large part to you and your team.
So thank you, thank you and thank you again – to you and the wider team. It was truly the most exceptional day.
By Anna and Tom - September 3rd 2022
My husband and I (!) cannot recommend The Barn at Alswick highly enough.
We had to postpone our wedding due to COVID, and the team gave tremendous support over more than two years from our first viewing to our wedding day. They really were amazing through some very tough times, and always gave the reassurance that nothing was too much trouble, and that everything would turn out just fine.
We couldn’t have dreamt of a more beautiful day – and so many of our friends and family commented on how stunning the setting was. Everything seemed to run so smoothly, which meant that my husband and I – and our guests – could just relax and enjoy ourselves. From the big things (like arranging for our drinks reception to be held in the private gardens), to the small touches (like offering me a glass of water when I was melting on the dancefloor!), we felt in very safe hands.
Go and take a look – and if your heart skips a beat as you travel up the driveway like mine did, book it just as soon as you can. You won’t regret it.
By Rachael and Sam - September 18th 2021
We have just had the most fabulous wedding at The Barn at Alswick. Kay and Kerry were an absolute joy to work with and made the whole process enjoyable from start to finish. The Barn is exquisite inside and the day went smoothly. Kay and Kerry went above and beyond to ensure that we had a great time and all of the staff on the day were incredibly professional. The wonderful thing about this venue is that the bar and dance floor are all in the same space meaning that everyone danced and mingled together. There is also a lovely room upstairs where we could finish getting ready in the morning. I couldn’t recommend this venue highly enough and I only wish that we could do it all again! Thank you x
By Yasmin and Chris - December 16th 2017
Myself and my wife recently got married at Alswick on the 09/08/21. I honestly can not say enough good things about the venue and the staff. We originally booked at another venue but because of covid we ended up cancelling and had to organise another venue with less than 6 months until our big day. We did a virtual tour (we were in lockdown) with Ellie who works at the barn at Alswick. Even through the virtual tour we could tell that the venue was so much friendlier than our previously booked venue. We had several meetings with Ellie in the run up to the wedding and she ran through what we needed to do and what we could expect from them. Myself and my other half are pretty clueless when it comes to anything wedding related so Ellies support and guidance was appreciated throughout the process and made it far easier for us. The venue is absolutely stunning. From the perfectly set up barn which is the right ratio of rustic barn look mixed with wedding venue to the amazing grounds for our photographer to work with. I honestly couldn’t fault a thing about our day. I think the best compliment you can probably pay to a wedding venue is that they made it feel like ours is the only wedding they will ever do. If you book your wedding with the team at the Barn at Alswick you will not be disappointed. Thanks for making our day so special.
By Dawn and Mark - August 9th 2021
We were lucky enough to get married here at the beginning of July 2022. It was the most beautiful venue with incredible and lovely staff that help to make our day run smoothly. Ellie our wedding planner was fantastic! From helping us plan, co-ordinating with our suppliers, setting everything up and packing everything away. The team were great to communicate with and kept the day running smoothly. It really was faultless.
By Hannah and James - July 2nd 2022
The service from the whole team on the day and leading up to the wedding was impeccable. Abbie and her team were a dream to work with – they handled everything to co-ordinate our suppliers and no detail was left unchecked, which meant in the final weeks leading up to the wedding and on the day itself we had nothing to stress about and we knew everything was organised. They were also so helpful during the planning stage to pull everything together and answer our questions. And on the day itself, we could just relax and enjoy the day with our guests.
I would highly recommend The Barn – it really is the most perfect wedding venue.
By Katie and Ed - October 14th 2022
We got married at The Barn at Alswick in July 2022 and had the most unforgettable day.
We are so happy we found The Barn – It was all we had ever dreamed of, and more!
We received so many compliments from our guests at how well run the day was, and how beautiful the venue was, and we couldn’t agree more.
As well as the venue being stunning, surrounded by picturesque grounds, the staff were also beyond brilliant. Ellie, Lucy and the whole Alswick team were great from the moment we met, and we were always very well looked after. It was nice knowing we were in safe hands, as it made our day completely stress free.
If you’re thinking of booking the barn as your wedding venue then definitely do it! The best venue in Hertfordshire!
By Emma and Tom - July 21st 2022
Firstly what a beautiful venue surrounded by stunning gardens. Kerry & Kay were so lovely & helpful and really made our day a lot easier to organise. Having never planned a wedding before I asked a lot of questions and they were always so fast to reply & guide me in the right direction.
The fact you can choose your caterer is also another added bonus as we could choose the food we wanted rather than had to have.
Can not fault the day (other than the weather) everything was seamless and smooth – what a brilliant team. A HUGE tank you from the bottom of both our hearts.
By Kate and Dave - September 16th 2017
Thank you so much for all of the hard work you all put in to both the setting up and the smooth running of the day. The day would not have gone as smoothly as it did without all your help.
We both had a fanatics day and have so many happy memories. The barn is stunning and is in beautiful grounds that lead to some amazing photos. Thanks again Laura & Jonathan
By Laura and Jonathon - May 19th 2018