Next month, an exclusive new venue will host its first wedding, not just first in 2018, but first in its history. Husband and wife team Henry and Katie Bonas, who between them have a wealth of experience in wedding and event organisation, have set up the beautiful Lapstone Barn in Chipping Campden, as a destination venue for couples looking to have everything in one place on their big day.
Surrounded by farmland, Lapstone Barn was originally built in the 18th Century and was part of a working farm until the 1980s. It was later converted into furniture workshops and the original haybarn was extended to include the current layout. Henry and Katie acquired it at the end of 2017 and have transformed the space into an elegant and practical wedding venue, with over 20 weddings booked for 2018 already.
Built in Cotswold stone, Lapstone Barn will provide any couple with an idyllic setting for their wedding as the Barn becomes home from home with its additional Hayloft rooms and enough space inside and out to host 200 guests. Moreover, if couples choose, they can get married on site as the Barn as it has a licence to undertake wedding ceremonies.
I visited Lapstone Barn with my camera at the end of April to document a DIY wedding flower workshop, run by local florist and wedding flower guru Millie Richardson Flowers. One of Millie’s students was Laptsone’s General Manager Agi Duhig, who herself is getting married later in the year.
As Agi showed me around, the layout and decoration of each room has been so carefully thought out. Downstairs is light and airy, benefitting from vaulted double height ceiling space and a wonderful double door entrance to the ceremony room. The reception area has been glazed down one full side which opens on to a gravelled courtyard – perfect for summer weddings – with some great backdrops for individual or group photograph opportunities. There is also a fully stocked bar, slightly set apart from the main room, so for those that don’t need it, it doesn’t look out of place and for those that do, it’s an elegant extra space.
Upstairs there are two rooms that make up the Hayloft, perfect for taking time out and changing, with dressing table and a shower in one room, table and chairs in the other. There’s enough room up here that should guests need to they could put small children to bed, knowing that they will be safe while their parents continue to party!
Lapstone Barn really is a venue of venues with couples travelling from all over the UK booking it to host their wedding. It has everything and can not only host weddings, but parties of any sort.