Are you looking for a Wedding Venue in Ashford for your big day? Look no further than St Augustine’s Priory.
Set in the heart of a private estate, St. Augustine’s Priory is the most idyllic of Kentish
locations. Founded in 1253, dissolved in 1535 and restored in 1906, this distinguished
medieval Priory is steeped in history. Originally home to the Black Cannons of St.
Augustine’s Order, it was a hostel for many pilgrims to Canterbury, later a centre for
smugglers, most notably the Aldington Gang, and to this day, still retains an ancient offer
of hospitality to the Archdeacon of Canterbury who has the privilege of staying at the
Priory ‘two nights and a day, but nothing more.’
Set in seven magnificent acres of mature gardens, with majestic outlooks in every
direction, the distinguished old Priory and Edwardian country house are offered
exclusively for weddings, board meetings, private dining, parties and balls in the most
unique of locations. It is also a photographers’ dream.
Imagine a beautiful summer day, your guests being served champagne and canapés on
the lawns, youngsters playing croquet and music gently playing in the background. And
all set amidst the most idyllic of surroundings in the heart of the Garden of England.
“If you are looking for the perfect romantic location, look no further. This venue has
everything you could dream of and much, much more. A gold star wedding
What better recommendation could any venue have than such a statement from happy
clients? So, let us deliver your dream! Our unique wedding experience allows you to
create the day you always dreamed of. Each and every wedding is a special celebration.
We encourage and embrace individual creativity to ensure your special day is exactly
that. Our team of dedicated professional advisors can help guide you through every detail
leading up to your wedding and remain nearby throughout your special day to ensure
everything runs smoothly.
Ceremonies take place in the aptly named Grand Hall, formerly the Canons refectory,
with receptions in our marquee which comfortably seats 120, and dancing in the Chapter
Room. For more intimate ceremonies, parts of the Edwardian house, adjacent to the older
Priory, are also licensed for civil ceremonies. The Drawing Room and the Conservatory
are both available for hire and comfortably cater for up to 50 guests. The house is very
much lived in by the third generation of family trustees and any ceremony only benefits
from a warm and relaxed ‘at home’ ambience.
The inhouse catering team, led by Robert and Jonathan Emson, work with you to provide
a bespoke wedding breakfast. Carefully chosen dishes will suit all preferences and
palates, from a gourmet six course meal, to pie and mash the only limit is your
imagination! We can also cater for all ethnic wedding menus. All menus are prepared by
our skilled and talented chefs using the finest locally sourced produce. All the meat
originates from Kent, as do the fruit and vegetables when available, while the fish is from
the regionally acclaimed RocaNore fisheries in Hastings.
And if you’re still in a quandary as to which wedding venue to choose when turning your
dreams into reality, just look at two recent quotes from happy couples who tied the knot at
“Words cannot describe how totally fabulous this venue is” “The best wedding
Sophisticated wedding; Corporate event; Private Meeting; Delicious Dining;
Whatever the occasion, celebrate it in style.
Whether it’s for a business meeting, AGM, private party, charity fund raiser, or a grand
ball, the exclusive use of The Priory or Edwardian Manor House, guarantees a
memorable and bespoke occasion. End of term Proms, seasonal parties, masquerade
balls and themed functions are provided the perfect backdrop by this unique venue.
The Priory’s Grand Hall is the perfect setting for predinner receptions, while our
marquee, immediately adjacent to the reception rooms, seats 120 guests, and can be
designed and decorated to any specific requirements. Extensions to seat more guests
can easily be arranged while dancing and bar services in the Chapter Room ensure
celebrations continue in style.
For business meetings, corporate functions, bespoke private meetings and fine dining.
The light and airy conservatory is ideal for business functions, board meetings, the
smaller agm, and bespoke private or corporate events. Full catering facilities including
morning tea and coffee on arrival and afternoon tea can be catered for, with wifi facilities
The Conservatory, seating up to 50 guests, has stunning views across the private lawns
and beyond, over the extensive paddocks and Romney Marsh, while the elegant Dining
Room, with ancient oak dining suite, can cater for 16 guests, and reflects the romantic
grandeur of a bygone era. Perfect for corporate or private lunches and dinners, with
bespoke menus to suit your taste by our inhouse caterers.