The Tythe Barn, Launton Est. 1998

The Tythe Barn, Charbridge Lane, Launton, United Kingdom

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History and charm swirl in wonder at this centuries-old English barn. 
The state-of-the-art venue disguises itself as a rustic escape. Surrounded by water plains and stone walls, this vaulted event space is simple, traditional, and divine.
The Lowdown
Type
Banquet Hall / Event Facility
Barn / Farm / Ranch
Field / Forest / Orchard
Garden
Historic Building
Views
Courtyard
Garden
Landscaped Grounds
Meadow/Field
Water Feature
Style
British
Casual
Country
Romantic
Rustic
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Birthday Party
Charity Event
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Family Reunion
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception
Workshops: Creative, Photo, Etc.

Venue Setting

We still find it wonderful that a barn built back in the early 14th Century is still a bustling venue right at the heart of the local community. Although we have breathed new life into those old stone walls it has been done with such love, care and attention to detail. You'd expect this level of devotion I suppose, seeing as our family have farmed here since 1480. A record of Manor Farm, to which The Tythe Barn belongs, appears in the Doomsday Book and there is an interesting history written up about how priests used to hide in the farmhouse during the English Civil War. Built between 1360 and 1370, the historical Tythe Barn still retains the majority of its 22 foot original beams. The roof was first thatched with reeds from the nearby Otmoor water plains and has only recently required re-thatching. The wonderful stone walls are an amazing 4.5 foot thick in parts. Historically the Tythe Barn would have stored all the produce provided by the local people and a percentage of this would have been passed on to the landlord as a form of rent- hence the name Tythe. We do many events here at the barn but weddings...they're our 'thing'. Yes, The Tythe Barn provides the most amazing setting and we agree that we are pretty lucky to have Jamie Oliver's team as our in-house caterer but we are also fairly confident that, having done a few, we know how to put on a good wedding. We listen, we sit down and talk and we are really passionate about getting it right - for you. Every wedding is different and that's what keeps us alive.

The Tythe Barn provides you with a blank canvas upon which you can create the wedding day of your dreams. Corny? Okay, but it's true and we are a small, friendly and dedicated team who are here to help you every step of the way. Arrive with us in the morning and do the whole thing in one place, ceremony - indoor or outdoor, food - whatever you want and party - a civilised affair or a rave. The choice is yours. Look, we've even created a unique and exciting place for the bride and groom to stay over... if you can't bring yourselves to leave!
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Additional Charges

Drinks, entertainment and decoration if required!

Insurance

Additional Insurance Is Not Required To Host An Event Here

Capacity

Seated
200
Buffet
160
Standing
230
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
1998
Curfew
12 AM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Corkage/Bottle Fee – You Can Bring Your Own Alcohol For A Fee
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking
Non-smoking Venue
Accommodations
We had an idea when planning The Nook... to create a comfortable and luxurious haven for the bride and her bridesmaids. A secluded spot where they could enjoy the experience of getting ready together. The styling of The Nook perfectly compliments the character and essence of the main Tythe Barn but we have also offered the bride a real 'home from home' in the hope that she is surrounded by everything she needs in order to allow her and her guests to indulge and pamper themselves on such a special day. Looking for somewhere special for your wedding night? A private spot, tucked away from it all but near enough to make things easy? Take a look at The Hut.

The Hut at The Tythe Barn is more 'shaggy sheep' than shabby chic but it is filled with all of the creature comforts you would expect for a luxurious stay.  The style is very much inspired by the past and harks back to it's origins using traditional materials such as wood, copper and tin.

Let's face it - we are all a bit reluctant to give up our creature comforts and so the design of The Hut paid careful consideration to the desires of modern living. A wood burning stove sits alongside under-floor heating, electric power sockets and a flushing toilet have been installed together with lighting, a small fridge and hob, fitted kitchen, en-suite shower room and a comfortable double bed.  It was also important for us to offer quality bed linen, luxuriously soft towels and beautifully scented soaps and shampoos as well as the more practical items such as a folding dining table and chairs, logs for the wood burner, a shelf for your iPod / iPad, hooks and hangers for your next days outfit and cosy sheepskin rugs for underfoot.

It goes without saying that The Hut is not big... to be precise but imagine the fun we had trying to plan for every practicality. Imaginative and clever design ensured that there is a place for everything and that everything has its place - there is even a special place to put your wedding dress / groom's suit!  Compact and bijoux but you wont want for anything. Please don't think we are pulling the wool over your eyes - ewe need to come and experience The Hut for yourselves. Indulge yourself in a unique experience and have a sleepover to remember... we guarantee you won't be counting sheep!

Eco/Green Events
Yes
Pet-Friendly Events
Yes
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Inside Scoop

Jamie Oliver agreed to have his team 'Jamie Oliver's Fabulous Feasts' as our in-house caterer and we are a working family farm living and working on the premises for over 500 years!

Amenities
  • A/V Equipment
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Wifi
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:

Over 500 were secretly ordained by Bishop Skinner in the beautiful Norman Church of Launton, situated behind The Tythe Barn and we have tried, on a number of occassions, to locate and unveil the priests' tunnel that is believed to run from the farmhouse to the church.  

Today, the property is farmed by the Deeley family and the Barn was used as a home for lambing ewes in the spring, harvesting grain in the summer and as a home to cattle in the winter. Sympathetically renovated by William and Emma Deeley, along with the adjoining Cowshed, The Tythe Barn is a stunning 14th Century venue in which to hold your event. Look out for the gallery of photographs creatively mounted and displayed in The Cowshed which document some of the Barn’s more recent history

Design:
We have farmed Manor farm from around 1480 and The Tythe Barn played a vital role in housing the animals at various times throughout the changing seasons. With the catering at the barn we aim wherever possible to incorporate home grown produce or livestock from the family barn into our menus. The roof was first thatched with reeds from the nearby Otmoor water plains and has only recently required re-thatching. It provides a great spectacle indoors where you can admire it high up beyond the eaves. It also makes for a perfect backdrop for photographsMany aspects of The Tythe Barn’s restoration saw the adaptation or re-invention of original parts of the building and it’s materials. Who could not fall in love with the Cowshed, where the original manger now serves as a setting for the teas and coffees following a wedding breakfast or dinner. The old trough now used as a stunning sink in the ladies lavatories has a great history behind it as does the bar - almost completely made up out of materials found directly on the farm.
Standout Venue Features:
The Tythe Barn enjoys a very rural location and relishes life away from the fast lane and yet it is well served by road, rail and local hotel facilities. Perfectly situated in the Oxfordshire countryside The Tythe Barn has proved to be a popular choice for both indoor and outdoor events. We are just 10 minutes from junction 9 of the M40 as well as being accessible to mainline stations with direct routes to London and Birmingham.
Extra Perks:

There is a hearing assistance system installed and plenty of power points to meet your requirements. The car park and surrounding areas are fully floodlit for convenience and security.

Choice of 2 event spaces for groups of 40 to 300 delegates
Multi-media projector and electronic screen
Flipchart, easel and paper
White boards
Air conditioning
Multiple power points
3 phase power
Audio hearing loop
PA system
Technical support
Mood lighting / spot lights
Lectern
Projector stand
Telephone, fax and photocopying
Disabled facilities
Licensed bar
Good selection of local accommodation
Floodlit car park/ surrounding areas (200 cars and coach access)
Visual presentation aids
In-house catering
Large mature landscaped gardens and field area

Weddings at The Tythe Barn are always exclusive and we ensure absolute privacy. Exclusive use of the venue, mature landscaped gardens and paddock.

Comprehensive guidance and advice on the planning of your day
Indoor/outdoor Civil ceremonies and Partnerships
Flexible use of 2 barns with under-floor heating and mood lighting indoor and outdoor
Capacity for up to 155 seated guests dining in the main barn / 40 in the Cow Shed and a maximum of 220 guests for an evening reception.
Pergolas, paddock, private gardens, the old chapel and elegant spaces for photography
On site Bridal Suite (at an additional cost)
Space for marquees for larger functions
Fully licensed bar
Room with ensuite shower facilities for use as private lounge, changing room or creche
Interior/exterior PA and sound system
Multi-media projector and screen
Fully heated facility
Floodlit carpark for 150 cars / coach access
Helicopter landing site
Awards & Notables Voted the "Best Countryside Wedding Venue of the Year" 2014 and 2015 throughout London and the South East, United Kingdom
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
Our own In-House caterer ran by Jamie Oliver's Team Fabulous Feasts!
Bars & Lounges:
In-house bar.
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