The Old Kent Barn 

Swingfield, Kent

The Old Kent Barn is a family owned and run, award winning venue.

They pride themselves on the quality and warmth of the service offered, and personally work tirelessly with  staff to ensure your wedding is perfect in every way for you, your family and your guests.

Set in an idyllic rural location, there are 2 barns on site; a purpose-built 110ft oak framed barn for indoor weddings and receptions and the original 'Old' barn for accommodation which was built over 225 years ago.


The barns are set in manicured landscaped grounds and surrounded by picturesque Kent countryside making it the perfect backdrop.
The 2 ½ acre gardens, with formal parterres, are planted with romantic roses, sweeping curved hedges and an informal lake garden with a lit fountain all set against a backdrop of mature trees. Dedicated gardeners are here on a daily basis.
The paved seating area for outdoor ceremonies has a rose and wisteria covered aisle along with a canopy to shelter up to 150 guests. Both indoor and outdoor ceremony areas have a high quality sound system so all your guests can hear the ceremony clearly.

Atmospheric up-lights and fairy lights have been placed throughout the grounds, so guests can enjoy their surroundings in the evening.

The Food 

In 2015 we decided to bring the catering side of the business in-house. The desire from the outset was to create restaurant quality food on a banqueting scale and the team have worked hard with Head Chef, James Crank, to produce a menu that clients will adore. Hearty, yet refined dishes are designed with quality produce and presented in a unique way.  All of our exceptional suppliers are passionate about what they sell. Meat is bought straight from source at the market and the Barn supports local suppliers like Griggs in Hythe (another family run business bringing the freshest, highest quality fish) down to Vanes Bakery in Dover (a bakers established over 25 years ago) that still using traditional methods.

The Old Kent Barn has won Kent Wedding Venue of the Year twice - in 2012 and 2016. It is great recognition for all the hard work the team have put in over the years.

The UK Wedding Awards 

In 2016 The Barn was also shortlisted for the UK Wedding Awards in the category of Best Barn Venue.


The Old Kent Barn is a 5-star Gold Awarded Bed and Breakfast. The B&B also retains the Breakfast award. All 3 were re-awarded again in November 2016 following an inspection by Quality in Tourism.