VENUE TOUR: HEALEY BARN
Finding your venue is one of the most important things that you will do in your wedding planning. It’s the whole canvas to hang your styling on, so it needs to be something that you love and that you feel reflects you and your partner. And of course, it needs to be in the right location. Not too much to ask, right?
Well, if you are looking for a venue in the Nortumbrian countryside then we have something right up your street. Healey Barn, a beautifully rustic venue with a fully dedicated team at your disposal to help your day go without a hitch.
Although Healey Barn only opened in October 2014, you can rest assured that you are in safe hands as it is ably run by the team behind the stunning Cotswolds venue Cripps Barn.
Northumberland-based film photographer Melissa Beattie put this gorgeous new venue firmly on our radar, and we’re absolutely smitten! Healey Barn is oh-so-romantic feel only the oldest of buildings can muster. But don’t take our word for it, have a look for yourself..
What is the Healey Barn story? Healey Barn is a wonderful new Northumberland wedding venue in the Northumbrian countryside, near the small village of Healey, 6 miles south of Corbridge in the Tyne Valley.
Renovation work on this handsome set of stone barns began in October 2014, and the buildings have been transformed into a lovely venue which, we hope, offers something quite different to the traditional country house or hotel weddings. While the venue is new, it is run by the Cripps Barn team whose original Cotswold venue opened in 1990.
What makes Healey Barn so special? The venue is made up of a collection of traditional stone farm buildings surrounding a sheltered courtyard. The main building, the Long Barn, has a spectacular oak “raised cruck” roof, three giant candelabra, wall-mounted candle holders, a fairy-lit ceiling and, of course, a barn-sized stone fireplace. This creates an enchanting and romantic atmosphere, perfect for Civil Ceremonies or for the arrival point after a Church Wedding – and this later becomes the dance floor!
Joining the Long Barn is the Dining Room, the old cow byre, with another lovely oak roof, a glass wall looking into the Courtyard on one side, and windows to a fantastic Northumbrian view on the other. The Dining Room is spacious and luxurious for smaller numbers, but will accommodate higher numbers. At the end of the Dining Room is a copper-clad bar, which has a licence until 1am.
We can accommodate up to 140 guests for civil ceremonies and for the evening reception, we can accommodate up to 200.
The Courtyard is sheltered by the buildings and is perfect for post-ceremony drinks on a mild day, and at night looks magical with fairy-lit trees, fire pits and lanterns. There are 3 giant oak planters with seats around them, 6 umbrella-topped trees, and various benches, cosy sun traps and planted troughs and borders. There is also a shelter with garden furniture; providing a covered outside area and a smokers’ refuge.
Completing the package is our inimitable menus. Our formula is “buy the best, cook it simply, serve it generously”. There is a Chef Manager and Front of House Manager who will assist in the planning and organizing of the day. On the day of your wedding, a member of the Front of House will act as the main contact and organise timings ensuring that your day runs smoothly. We like to make our food dramatic as well as delicious, so there’s an 8-spit rotisserie visible through a glass screen from the Dining Room, and large mobile BBQ which can be moved in and out of sight as appropriate.
What’s next for Healy Barn? As a new venue, we are looking to build a reputation for providing a unique wedding venue, offering a relaxed and informal option to Brides and Grooms, with excellent food and drink.