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Wedding Guest FAQ's

How do I book accommodation and how many nights do you offer?

We are able to offer 1 or 2 night stays. We have king rooms, double rooms, twin rooms and triple rooms available. The couple will be in charge of the allocation of the rooms. Please email us at to arrange the initial booking.

Does the bar take a card?

Sorry the bar is cash only. If you need to withdraw cash the closest ATM is 4 miles away (Sturminster Newton).

What is included in the room rate?

Full English cooked breakfast on the morning after the wedding.  Personal towels and fragrant hand soap.  In the shared kitchen you will find tea, coffee, sugar, milk and biscuits.  Onsite leisure facilities including indoor heated swimming pool, sauna & gym (up until mid-day on the day of the wedding).  Available again from 8am until 12 mid-day on the day after the wedding.

What time are the facilities available?

The facilities are available until 8pm (Friday) on the day before the wedding. On the day of the wedding the facilities will be open from 8am but will close at midday. The facilities will be again available from 8am until mid-day the following day.  For Health and Safety reasons the hot tubs will not be available during the wedding stay.

What if there is a fire?

There is full information in our T&C’s and in the welcome pack (in the properties on arrival) please do make sure you read this. We have an alarm system which will alert you to exit the properties and meet in The Victorian Barn car park by the fire meeting point sign. Please do not attempt to access the properties to retrieve any belongings. A member of the team will be there to assist you.

Do you provide cots & highchairs?

We can provide cots & highchairs at a cost of £10 each, subject to availability.  Please bring your own cot bedding.  Alternatively we are happy for you to provide your own.

What time does the bar open & close?

The bar opens after the ceremony and it closes at 11.30pm.

Can we smoke inside the property?

We do not permit smoking inside the properties. We have outside benches situated around the area which have ash trays and sand buckets.

What time can I arrive and what time is check-out?

For a two night stay arrival is 4pm on the day before the wedding and then departure is 11am the day after the wedding. For a one night stay arrival is 11am on the day of the wedding, departure is 11am.

Do you have a restaurant on site?

We do not have a restaurant on site but there is an opportunity to order takeaways from Sturminster Newton.  A small shop is also situated within 2 miles which sells hot food and drink. There is also an Italian restrauant in the local village as well as a wonderful pub called The Ibberton.

Are we able to use the hot tubs?

Hot tubs will not be available for safety reasons. 

Do you accept pets?

Regrettably no - owing to the nature of The Victorian Barn, pets are not permitted.

Can I sleep on the sofa?

We do not allow extra guests/ last minute guests or children to sleep on sofas, floors etc. It is important that we have all guests’ names including children and babies so that in the event of a fire we are able to account for everyone in the building. If we do not have a guests name then they may not be permitted to stay.

What facilities do the properties have?

All properties have a fully equipped kitchen as well as an iron/ironing board and hair dryer. Living areas have comfortable seating, dining table and chairs for the stated number. All properties have a colour TV with Freeview & complimentary WIFI.

Do you offer discounts on large room bookings?

We always pride ourselves on offering our very best price.

Can I bring my own alcohol?

On the wedding day only drinks purchased from The Victorian Barn may be consumed. This includes The Osborne Hall, Albert Suite, Garden Room, the smoking area and the patio outside of these areas.  Consumption of own alcohol by the wedding party on the wedding day is prohibited and any guests fround bringing their own drinks from the accommodation will be asked to leave. 

Am I able to camp or use a campervan?

Due to The Victorian Barn being in an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) we are not allowed to offer camping or permit camping of any type. We have recommended camping grounds and caravan parks close by. Please contact us for further information.

Do you have parking on-site?

Yes. We have ample, safe, free on-site parking.

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