Simple elegant intimate venue with lots of historic rural rustic
charm with the flexibility to create your perfect day.


Only 30 minutes from Norwich and 40 minutes from Ipswich and Lowestoft.

Call 01986 782526 | Text 07880 096717



We are in a lovely quiet rural location between the pretty towns of Bungay and Harleston. The Barn dates from 1270 is set within the grounds of the grade 1 listed South Elmham Hall, and is part of our beautiful secluded organic farm, a truly unique setting for a wedding. Tucked away amongst a grove of ancient trees within a medieval moat, with a ruined gatehouse and pretty gardens. It offers the perfect combination of peace and tranquillity with all the benefits of having everything you need already in place, so you can focus on all the fun stuff like; decorations, music, food, beer and dancing.

Weddings at Batemans Barn


The Barn, which has been carefully restored to make the most of all its original features, with the addition of an oak sprung dance floor and south facing windows, bringing in lots of natural light during the day, plus wall wash lighting and lots of fairy lights which transform the space in the evening to create a romantic and magical setting, from the start ceremony to the last dance of the night.

Connected to the barn, in the enclosed courtyard, is our fully fitted marquee. The marquee is lined with cream fabric has a permanent white paving floor, integrated heating and leads to our covered courtyard walkway, though a lounge area with sofas and into the bar. The whole area is lit with fairy lights and wall wash lighting. On a wet day it allows guests to enjoy all the facilities without the need to don a coat or open an umbrella and on a warm day we can open up the marquee and lounge and it becomes one beautiful space looking out to the gardens.



Surrounding the barn are two acres of gardens, woodland and lawns plus a romantic ruined gatehouse and sunny terrace all great for outdoor ceremonies and they make a wonderful back drop for your photographs with space for a bonfire, garden games and fireworks.


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The Barn is licensed for wedding ceremonies and then the fairy lit and heated courtyard marquee is used for the reception. Both spaces can comfortably seat 100 guests. We have a fully fitted kitchen with a 5* hygiene rating for use by licensed caterers only.

For the evening party we can accommodate up to 160 guests in total with space for them in the barn, Courtyard marquee, lounge and bar to enjoy a disco, live band or barn dance or, even as we once had, a full rendition of the sound of music!

We can put you in contact with trusted local suppliers for all your needs including vintage cars, cake makers, caterers, photographers, florist, musicians and supply you with a list of local accommodation and taxi companies.

"Thanks for creating such a great wedding venue, then helping us create the perfect atmosphere for our daughter’s wedding and finally ensuring that all ran smoothly on the day, it was fantastic." Tony


Weddings at Batemans Barn

"Michael and I really couldn't thank you enough for our simply stunning wedding day.  The venue is just perfect… the food was beyond delicious… a flawless event.  You go that little step further to make sure our day was everything we dreamed of and more.  I didn't want a venue where we would be treated as just another wedding and at Batemans Barn I never felt that once. Your wedding day is a moment in time that you will never forget and I look back at our day with nothing but admiration for the venue and the staff that worked effortlessly to make our day everything it should be and that little bit more." Josi barker.


This is a family run business with the owners working closely with the couples and their families, both in preparation and on the day, offering a wealth of experience and along with our team of dedicated staff, a personal and exclusive service. We offer a completely tailor made wedding service and are here to help and advise you as much or as little as you require. We have found that this offers total flexibility for clients who wish to plan an unusual or themed day and peace of mind for clients who just want to sit back and relax knowing that all the essential elements of their day will be provided, with the minimum of fuss or worry.


Bateman's barn @ South Elmham Hall
Hall Lane, St Cross, South Elmham, Harleston, Norfolk IP20 0PY
John and Nicole Sanderson