Higher Holcombe - A Wedding Everyone Will Love! 

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An intimate wedding in nature

If you're looking for a family-run countryside venue for a wedding that everyone will love - look here! Snuggled in the heart of rural Devon near Ottery St Mary,  yet easily accessible by a short drive from M5/Exeter and close to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, you’ll discover Higher Holcombe, a small-holding that dates back to Medieval times. Now, this picture-perfect slice of Devon provides a spacious, modern farmhouse, a bridal suite known as “The Hobbit House” and an elegantly restored rustic wedding barn (a former milking parlour). With glamping for 22 in 5 spacious Lotus Belle tents - all set in 30 acres of re-wilded, maturing woodland and pastureland - it’s perfect for couples who care about the environment, love nature and the outdoors and want to feel at one with it on their wedding day, yet would rather not forego their creature comforts either!


Owners Gary and Joanna built the Higher Holcombe farmhouse back in 2005. Their vision was to create a beautiful, rural space where you could welcome family and friends to celebrate your very special occasion in a relaxed and friendly countryside environment. Making the most of what was already there, they have since planted over 8500 trees (by hand!) on about half of the 30-acre site - creating woodland glades and a plethora of beautiful natural spaces for different parts of your special day. They have invested their passion for the environment and amazing energy by planting wild-flower meadows and boosting the biodiversity of the maturing woodlands. The rewilding of this former pastureland continues and has already attracted many types of birds plus deer, badgers, foxes, rabbits and even a (wandering) wallaby that stayed for 5 weeks!

They have also planted a stunning hill-top “willow cathedral” and a beautifully secluded silver “birch church” -  both of which provide unique natural spaces for intimate wedding ceremonies. The recently restored milking parlour (renamed as The Old Dairy) is very much the heart of the venue and overlooks the south facing meadows and is the perfect place to use as a party space and for memorable meals.  What is more, Higher Holcombe is an approved and licensed venue - meaning you can have your legal wedding ceremony followed by your celebrations - all in one place. 


With 30 acres of gorgeous East Devon countryside outdoors and the Old Dairy providing a great indoor space for your party - your only dilemma will be which of these beautiful spaces will you utilise for your own special wedding day?

 What’s included when we hire Higher Holcombe?

Every wedding at Higher Holcombe is beautifully unique. The venue and surrounding outdoor spaces provide the perfect blank canvas for couples to add their own personalities and overlay their vibe and design on their wedding day. The team at Higher Holcombe will be delighted to help you to organise and create a truly bespoke wedding experience, just for you.


You’ll have exclusive use of The Old Dairy, farmhouse (sleeping 10), glamping accommodation (for up to 22) and the quirky Hobbit House honeymoon suite with its own private facilities. There are courtyards and gardens; an orchard, meadows, woodland glades and fields. 


You’ll also benefit from use of:

•    Your choice of outside or inside ceremony space

•    Rustic tables and seating 

•    In-house sound system with PA plus mic stands for speeches

•    Traffic guides on your ceremony day

•    Car parking facilities provided (hard standing)

•    Disabled facilities including slope access from dedicated car park

•    Chunky terrace furniture

•    Bonfire ‘boma’ fire pit with bench seats, a wood stash for burning and blankets

•    Twinkling lights in the Old Dairy, uplighters for the largest oaks and weeping willow trees and bunting if required

•    Outside festoon lighting 

•    Pick your own foliage/flowers from the hedgerows, meadows and woodland for additional venue decoration

•    Hand-written signage on rustic pallets for your 'order of the day' if required

•    Ceremony space seating and Old Dairy seating set up as required

•    Games packs with volleyball, rounders and football

•    Use of the fully-equipped catering kitchen 

Contact Joanna to find out more!


Higher Holcombe Wedding Packages


Higher Holcombe is available from mid-April to mid-October only


Mid-week Small Wedding for the couple and up to 32 guests

24 hours exclusive use of the whole venue from either 10am on Tuesday or 10am on Wednesday 

Includes Farmhouse accommodation (for 10), Glamping (for 22) in 5 Lotus Belle tents and Hobbit House Suite (for 2)

£4000 (2022 prices available for 2023 shortly)


Mid-Week Micro-Wedding for couple and up to 10 guests

24 hours exclusive use of the whole venue from either 10am on Tuesday or 10am on Wednesday 

Includes Farmhouse accommodation (for 10) and Hobbit House Suite (for 2)

£2500 (2022 prices available for  2023 shortly)

NB The cost of the Devon registrar will need to be added to all Higher Holcombe bookings as will any additional wedding day services you require such as your choice of caterer, bar, photography, florist, live music, etc. The lovely team at Higher Holcombe can help you to organise this.

This venue is fully booked for weddings in 2021 & 2022, but is open to bookings in 2023 at present.


Next steps

If you’d like to find out more about viewing and booking this beautifully unique small wedding venue, please to get in touch by completing the enquiry form below, emailing: hello@higherholcombe.co.uk or calling Joanna and the team on 07740 978 408

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