It is important to us that everyone has the day that they dream of. We are there to guide you as much or as little as you wish. We are there to insure that your ideas all come together and work on the day
The Corn Barn, whilst beautiful in it’s own right, becomes a magical blank canvass on which you can create your very own unique wedding. The atmosphere of the Corn Barn is warm and welcoming and guests feel relaxed and comfortable.You have the Corn Barn from the day before your wedding in order to decorate it and to give you and those close to you a feeling of ownership.
The Corn Barn can be the perfect place for your wedding whether a small intimate gathering of just 20 or 30 guests, through to weddings of up to 180.
Large picture windows allow the natural light to flood in and a view over the courtyard throughout the day
During the winter months the underfloor heating is on and the wood burning stoves are there welcoming everyone in.
The flow between the main barn and Linhay is free flowing, the drinks reception is often in the Linhay and the courtyard and then people flow into the main barn for their wedding breakfast and then dancing, at the same time as still using the Linhay and courtyard.
We also have an annexe, which serves well for getting ready, small children or a relaxing area.
We are licenced for civil ceremonies, these can be held where you choose in the Barns, or even outside.
It is very important to us that you as a couple feel relaxed, happy and at home. The day is very much about you. Your day will be unique, exclusive and special.
We are able to offer further facilities to extend the training or entertainment of your delegates.
We have had team building games and archery and clay pigeon shooting offered to delegates out in the field to be followed by a meal and dancing in the evening, or further indoor entertainment.
You can use it for music and drama training as part of your team building, as the Corn Barn lends itself to this very well.
Coaches are able to come and drop off and pick up delegates if required, otherwise an extensive free car park is at The barn.
We are able to hold a variety of events to fulfil your requirements
You have exclusive us of the Corn Barn
We hold a variety of conferences here at The Corn Barn. Each one is geared around what your needs for the day are and tailor made for you, we have no pre-set pattern that has to be followed. It means that your conference or meeting can be different from the norm.
The Corn Barn is perfect for those meetings where networking and free-thinking is important. The set up and layout of the barn and courtyard allows this, as the delegates feel relaxed and special. The flow of delegates around the barn makes networking and breaking down barriers easy.
The Corn barn is set in a rural area, yet very easily accessible from the M5, the North Devon link road and is a great central location in the South west.
We have ample free car parking on site.
We have projector, screen, flip chart and hearing loop.
The distinct areas in the barn can all be used separately if needed
Use of The Corn Barn is exclusive.
We are very adaptable and all events are very personal. As a family we can insure that everyone can obtain the day and feel that they would like.
The Corn Barn has a great ability of evoking the feeling of the family or group that are celebrating in the Barn. It is very versatile and can be adapted to be used for a number of different private functions, all tailor made and run to your personal requirements.
The barn is equally suited to black tie functions, memorials, birthdays, celebrations and presentations.
You have the feeling of individuality and exclusivity.
We (Ian and Yta Batchelor) have four children who enjoy playing and helping on our small family-run mixed organic farm. Between us we run the Corn Barn, and contact is with ourselves. On the day we have a happy group of local staff helping to ensure that your day runs smoothly.
On the farm we have a new cider apple orchard growing apples for Thatchers Cider, so we have the apples on the farm and the cider on tap in the barn! We also have an area of ancient cider trees that produce fruit for speciality scrumpy.
We run some sheep on the farm. The wool of which has been locally spun and woven into curtains for the barn, and have also woven them into a number of other products.
Like many farms we grow grass, cereals and fodder crops.
The abundance of wildlife that surrounds our farm and the Corn Barn is due in no short measure to the way the farm is managed.
Having these beautiful redundant barns converted and brought back to life (with the help of some RDPE funding) has meant that we can also enjoy managing a thoroughly enjoyable business
Ian is also a retained fireman with the local Cullompton Fire Station.
There has been a settlement at Sutton Barton since Domesday, but the barns you see today were built in the 18th Century.
The main barn was for the storing and threshing of corn. This is what now looks splendid and holds the meal, dancing and often a ceremony.
The loft area above was for the storage of sacks of corn. This is now a quieter area with a great vantage point for seeing what is going on.
The waterwheel powered the mill that ground the corn – the water was diverted from the leat under the barn into the water pit. We have had our neighbour re-create the water wheel that used to be there. This makes a super focus in the courtyard.
Animals were kept in the lower floor of the Linhay and the hay and straw for their fodder and bedding were stored on the upper floor. An early labour-saving arrangement! This now serves as a pleasant area for your welcome drinks.
The cow shed that was on the open side of the Courtyard has long since disappeared; its approximate position is marked out by the flower border.
Over the years the barns have become increasingly redundant and virtually impossible to use owing to mechanisation of the farming industry. Our aim was to rejuvenate them and restore them to their former glory. With the aid of RDPE funding we started the renovation in February 2010 and completed it, on schedule, at the end of August.
We felt it was important to use local materials in the modernisation, especially the wood. Much of it comes from the barn itself or other parts of the farm buildings and surrounding area. A friend with a mobile sawmill cut it into require lengths, and local craftsmen, with great skill and understanding of the needs of the barn, created the stairs, the bar and many other features. A 17th Century window frame which was being used as a doorway has been restored to its original use and now graces the far wall of the main barn. It makes a lovely focal point.
We are very proud of what we have achieved. The buildings have sat idle for a long time and have therefore been carbon neutral. We are doing our utmost to maintain that neutrality with the installation of PV cells to create electricity and by powering the underfloor heating with a woodchip/grain/waste boiler
Ian and Yta Batchelor
Tel. 01884 32107
The Corn Barn