A sustainable day

A sustainable day

Q. We want an exclusive-use Wiltshire wedding venue that offers a sustainable option for our eco-friendly wedding. Where can you suggest?

A. Joseph & Isabella Wookey says: The interiors inside Chalk Barn are stunning, offering an organic feel and a natural style, setting the perfect background reflecting the surroundings. Simple yet sophisticated, it's a wonderful backdrop to any event ranging from a rustic-inspired wedding to a contemporary celebration. The floor-to-ceiling windows frame views across the infinity lawn stretching for miles and the garden is landscaped to create spaces that allow guests to enjoy the natural Wiltshire wildlife.

Wildflowers in abundance encourage a variety of biodiversity to make the surroundings rich with life, whilst also providing alternative spaces for photos and food trucks. The venue is sustainable with the water, heating and electricity all produced on-site.

Ceremonies take place outside under the arbour or in the main area of the barn offering far-flung views of the Pewsey Vale for up to 150 guests, while receptions take place on the infinity lawn or in the main barn.

Couples receive a complimentary menu tasting if they book a wedding at the barn. They also have the option to stay in The Hide on their wedding night which is secluded in woodland boasting views of the lake. The romantic hut features a king-size bed, free-standing copper bath, wood burner and a continental breakfast is provided.

Joseph & Isabella Wookey, Chalk Barn




Q. We want to book a micro wedding at a venue where the team can help us with the majority of the planning. Where do you suggest?

A. Catherine Barker says: We're seeing an upsurge in micro wedding enquiries and bookings lately. The advantage of being a smaller, family-run venue is that we're able to adapt quickly, a skill that has recently been put to good test! Small, intimate weddings have become very popular, especially those with 30 guests or less. While some couples have altered their plans and reduced numbers, others are delighted that smaller weddings are fast becoming accepted as the social norm so that they can justify a smaller guest list - an early indicator that the micro wedding is here to stay.

Behind the scenes at Purton House is one big happy family each with their role to play in hosting weddings, meaning that we can take the worry and stress out of the planning for couples.

The owner's daughter, Talia, is the caterer and talent behind Cotswold Cooks (www.cotswoldcooks.co.uk). She takes care of the menus, inspired by the food choices important to each couple.

Her sister, Rowie, runs the Organic Farm at Purton House, providing the eggs, meat and vegetables from the Walled Garden that Talia uses in her dishes, (www.purtonhouseorganics.co.uk).

Daughter Ibby handmakes the finest quality chocolates which she can personalise for each couple (www.ibbyschocolatekitchen.co.uk).

Catherine Barker, Purton House