A Family-Run Venue With A Whole Lot of Heart
Stratton Court Barn is a family-owned venue, situated at Pool Farm, the house and farm that captured Chris and Cathy Wigmore’s hearts nearly 30 years ago. This is where they’ve raised their children and run their event business since, and it’s still their home and passion all these years later.
Handing over the reins
In the last five years, they’ve handed over the reins to their son Jonathan, who continues to follow family tradition of opening up the barns and home for couples and their guests to enjoy on their wedding day. Jonathan is often seen out and about the venue, and his wife Olivia tends to pop in with their three children to check on things over the weekend!
Meet the Stratton Court Barn Team
Jonathan knows the venue inside and out, but when it comes to weddings, he’s brought Karin on board who brings wedding expertise and bags of enthusiasm to the table. Karin will be your main point of contact during your wedding planning adventure with Stratton Court Barn, and she’s fallen as deeply in love with the venue as its owners. Rounding out the dream team is Sharon – housekeeper extraordinaire and all-round good egg.
Stratton Court Barn - A short history
How it started
The barn was built, housing equipment and sheep at Pool Farm
Chris and Cathy bought Pool Farm, and the barn is still used as tractor storage and equipment.
The Main Barn was converted to be used as a corporate meeting space, loos were built, and what is now the bar area was turned into a club house
Having seen the potential of the barns and grounds as a place to host celebrations, ‘Stratton Court Barn’ is launched. The club house is turned into the Bar Area, with a new roof, new bar, new floor, reinforced beams, painted ceiling and a new grey, glass and stone contemporary look.
The Main Entrance is renovated, with a huge mural painted over, and Cathy’s amazing antique finds added.
The bar was extended with a back-of-house area. The Hayloft wedding preparation room was built, along with the old stables being fully converted to a lounge space, complete with glass wall. The Stables room was officially born!
The courtyard was given a real make-over with brick pavers, a patio area, an L-shaped oak gazebo and huge parasols.
The outdoor transformation continues and the old car park is turned into a rose garden.
How it is going
The Main Barn and Main Entrance floors were changed to sandstone, adding more of a sense of contemporary warmth to the space.
The Lake was constructed, bringing some waterside charm to the venue.
The woodlands were added, with carefully planted beech trees forming a natural aisle, and a beautiful hexagonal oak gazebo nestled in the centre, perfect for outdoor ceremonies.
Granary Cottage, a two-bedroom cottage adjacent to the farmhouse, was converted for couples to be able to stay overnight.
We’re committed to continually evolving, and making each of our spaces the best that it can be for our couples. Everyone involved with Stratton Court Barn is passionate about this lovely place, and about giving you the best day of your life, and a ton of memories to cherish.