Sandhole Oak Barn
Is there a minimum number and what is the maximum number of guests?
There is no minimum number of guests but we would usually recommend at least 40 guests for a Civil Ceremony or Wedding Breakfast to make the Oak Barn feel homely. The maximum number for the Ceremony or Wedding Breakfast is 140, and 180 for the evening Reception.
Can we use a Venue Dresser to decorate the Oak Barn?
Yes, we can usually allow them informal access to the Oak Barn from 9am on the day of your wedding to set up. We ask that all large items or decorations on the beams are removed from the Oak Barn by 7am the following morning, and smaller items are collected by 9am unless an alternative arrangement has been made.
Can we use Confetti and Glitter?
You are welcome to use confetti, however, we ask that it is biodegradable e.g. paper or dried flower petals, and only used within the Oak Barn. Please do not use confetti cannons/shooters/fans or glitter (e.g. for table or face decoration) as it gets carried outside, never rots and unfortunately the wildlife eat it.
Can we have fireworks/Chinese lanterns/balloon releases?
No, because of our rural location and potential risk to local livestock and wildlife we are unable to allow these.
Can we drop off our items the day before and Sandhole store them overnight i.e., Wedding Cake, decorations, favours?
Yes, we have facilities to store certain items overnight with prior arrangement.
Could the Oak Barn accommodate a Ceilhi Band?
Yes, the Oak Barn has a large dancefloor (6m x 14m) which works very well for a Ceilhi.
What are the disabled facilities like?
Sandhole is disability-friendly, with wheelchair access to all areas of the Oak Barn and surrounding grounds. There is also a disabled toilet in the Oak Barn with wheelchair access.
What size tables are available?
We have a selection of tables, including:
Eighteen 5ft round tables that seat up to 8 guests; Ten 6ft round tables that seat up to 10 guests; Sixteen 6ft x 3ft oblong trestle tables that seat 3 along one side; Two 2¾ft x 2¾ft square “cake” tables; A 5ft x 10ft oval “top table” that seats up to 10 guests along one side
Can we use candles on the tables?
Yes, but we recommend buying the better quality slender & church candles if you use them as the cheaper ones tend to burn down quickly & leak wax everywhere. Please do not put candles on the wooden sill that runs around the walls, or on any of the other non-dining tables.
Any candles placed along the aisle during an indoor wedding celebration, or outside on the deck, must be fully enclosed within a covered lantern. Any tealights placed on the dining tables during the Reception, or church candles used in flower arrangements, must be contained in a suitable fire-resistant holder. Where slender candles are used with candelabras, they must not pose a fire risk, especially when they burn down.
You are solely responsible for ensuring that candles are used safely.
Can we use patio heaters on the veranda?
No, due to the fire risk, but there are radiant heaters under the Clock Tower.
Is there a music system or digital projector we can use?
Yes, the Oak Barn has a professional music system with speakers distributed throughout the barn. There is a 6-CD player, and a 3.5mm headphones stereo jack which will fit most iPods, phones and laptops. There is a digital projector with a VGA socket and a Mini Displayport adapter for Apple Macs. There are also 2 cordless microphones with stands.
Can we decorate the Small Barn?
Yes, however all decorations would need to be removed by 8.00am the following morning.