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Historic barn at Great Budds in Shipbourne could become wedding venue

The owners of an historic farm complex have ambitious plans to market it as a luxury wedding venue.

The Stephenson family, who own Great Budd House in Mote Road, Shipbourne, have applied to Tonbridge and Malling council for a change of use that would allow a threshing barn on the site to be used for marriage ceremonies and other events.

The Barn at Great Budds
The Barn at Great Budds

They have already obtained planning permission to convert a twin-roundel oast house on the site to provide 10 holiday apartments, to be used by wedding guests.

The barn is Grade-II listed and the whole of the 14-acre site lies within the greenbelt and within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as well as being in the Budds Green Shipbourne Conservation Area.

The application for a change of use can be viewed here, reference number 23/00402.

The owners say there will be no change in the external view of the barn.

They have already set up a website marketing Great Budd as a wedding venue which states: "We are currently in the process of completing a series of extensive renovations that will transform Great Budds House into a luxurious countryside retreat, with the barn available to host exclusive events and weddings. "

The site of the Great Budds, with the barn ringed
The site of the Great Budds, with the barn ringed

The barn is being advertised as being capable of taking 90 guests for a wedding breakfast and 130 at an evening reception.

The website says the oast house accommodation will be available from April, and the barn will be available for weddings from "April/May."

Great Budds was last on sale in April 2021, when it was being marketed at guide price of £3.5m.

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