about us

  • Devon Wedding Venue, The Great Barn Devon

The Great Barn is part of the Place Barton estate, our family home for over 20 years. We moved here from London in 1997 having both previously worked in television and advertising, John directing many comedy commercials and programmes including Mr Bean, The Fast Show, French and Saunders and Emma producing live television events such as The Big Breakfast and Comic Relief.

When we bought Place Barton, we had no intention of restoring the Barn. At that time it was derelict in parts and cowered under a rusting corrugated iron roof. After much encouragement from architects, archaeologists and DEFRA´s historic buildings department, we took the plunge and began the restoration in 2003. Finished in September 2004, the building still never ceases to take our breath away.

In the summer of 2020 after 23 happy years bringing up our children in the main house, we moved to a modern eco-house which we built on the footprint of a disreputable farm building, freeing up Place for guest accommodation.  On top of the hill opposite the The Great Barn, we are only minutes away and are totally on hand to help our clients organise their events and discreetly manage their day. One of the things we take enormous pride in is the huge amount of support we give our clients both in the run up to and during their event. We really want the preparation to be fun and the day itself relaxed and stress free.

Emma is very happy to share her ideas and extensive list of great contacts including her hand picked suppliers in the form of her Bride’s Bible which she emails to all our brides who book with us. She is also on the end of the phone or an email to answer any queries or worries.

John too is available to meet clients, advising on table layouts, music, schedules, in fact any aspect of your event.  During the great day itself, he and our management team will make sure all you have planned is put into place, letting you really relax, happy in the knowledge everything is in very experienced hands.

Whatever event you are planning particularly if it is a wedding, we genuinely believe is should be your day. We will do everything possible to fit in with your ideas, your plans, your timetable. You design the day. We will make it happen.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to our home.

Emma and John Birkin

Great Barn Devon, Wedding Venue Devon

“Thank you very much to Emma for being so welcoming, friendly and helpful. We are forever grateful to John for his immaculate organisation skills and calm approach to making our day perfect.“

“Where to start? Quite simply you and your team at The Great Barn gave us the wedding of our dreams. From the stunning venue to your attention to detail and constant professionalism, we knew every part of our day was in safe hands! Thank you so much for everything you did.”