Located near the pretty Thameside town of Pangbourne in west Berkshire, Herons Farm has all the benefits of a countryside setting while having the sort of transport connections you’d expect from somewhere much more urban. Reading is just eight miles down the road, the M4 is even closer, while Pangbourne railway station has direct links to London Paddington.
There’s more to this charming venue than how easy it is to get to, however – not least the listed octagonal barn that is the main attraction. Herons Barn is a traditional tithe barn, where the original features have been retained and preserved, with pillars and beams that are perfect for hanging fairy lights and floral installations. The barn is surrounded by picturesque stables and cottages set in the middle of courtyards, gardens, woods and paddocks: the picture-postcard rural dream, in other words.
The pretty rural setting of Herons Farm lends itself equally well to outdoor weddings, weather permitting. The Pavilion is the place to say your ‘I dos’ outdoors, with the only soundtrack you need the tweeting of birds and a summer breeze rustling the leaves on the trees.
For something even more rustic, the Wood Circle at Herons Farm is an enchanting setting for a wedding with a difference. Teepees provide a warm and welcoming sanctuary for your guests whatever the weather outside. Guests can gather round a firepit and watch the stars come out at night while a dancefloor can be hired to turn the woods into a boogie wonderland.
Heron Farm’s final wedding option is The Gallops, a must for any fans of horseracing and riding since couples have the option not only to get up close and personal with the horses but to plant a marquee in the grounds of the riding school and equestrian center for a large wedding.
If you and your guests need somewhere to stay over, there are country cottages on site, with a homecooked farmhouse breakfast to wake up to the next morning.