The Lost Village of Dode

Kent Downs, Kent

This is a truly unusual intimate wedding venue. As it’s name implies there was once a village here which was destroyed as the result of the Black death in 1348, only the original Norman Church remained, which by the 1980’s was a lonely reminder of former happy days when the valley echoed to children’s laughter.


Restored some 25 years ago with no regard to costs by the present owners. The marriage room comprises the original Norman Church, which is lit by candles and torches and with herb scented straw on the floor.


Couples are actively encouraged to bring their imagination to this dream place on their big day.

Three of Dode’s top selling points are the opportunity of having an open air Pagan “Hand fasting” following their Civil Wedding in the stone circle. The delivery of their rings by Olly the owl specially trained at Dode, or have their pet (hence the Best Ferret) accompany them on their big day (Dogs and Horses by the dozen) and once a request to accommodate two giant Tortoises! An unusual intimate wedding venue that will really make your heart flutter.

The 12th Century seating  is still in place at this unusual intimate wedding venue. The seating is around the walls and will continue to be used and to provide a reminder of the circle of our forefathers who once gathered here to celebrate important times in their lives, long before any building occupied this special place.

In the grounds are two oak framed cottages in which guests or the couple may stay.  Built in 1999 to coincide with the millennium specifically to keep the old Church company (previous buildings were abandoned in the mid 14th century) and constructed to a high specification ‘Woodside’ accommodates 4 people and incorporates 2 bedrooms with a hot tub, two shower rooms, a living and kitchen area. The smaller unit ‘Hillview’ comprises a single bedroom and shower room together a kitchen and living area. They are completely self-contained and nestle in a partially wooded hollow below the church itself.

License to Marry? 

Dode is Licensed for Civil Ceremonies.

Possible Guests

Dode is small in scale and can accommodate only 40 guests – people who are truly important to the couple.

Venue Accomodation Available?

Yes, accommodation for 6 available in the 2 cottages built in a partially wooded hollow below the church itself.


Two regular caterers attend at Dode – Hog Roasts are a specialty although couples are also able to bring their own caterers, street food vans and alike. 

Bar and Drinks

Couples usually provide their own drinks (although recommended caterers do have off licenses) Drinks are prepared and served with no corkage charge.

Other facilities

The grounds are child friendly and fully enclosed.