Norfolk/Suffolk border

Bateman's barn @ South Elmham Hall

Hall Lane, St Cross, South Elmham, Harleston, Norfolk IP20 0PY
 Between Bungay and Harleston just 30 minutes from Norwich and 40 minutes from Ipswich and Lowestoft.

John and Nicole Sanderson 01986 782526



Bateman's Barn dating 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, it offers the perfect combination of peace and tranquility with all the benefits of modern facilities.

Weddings at Batemans Barn


The Barn, which has been restored to make the most of all its original features, with additions of an oak sprung dance floor, south facing windows bringing in lots of natural light and contemporary fittings making for a chic, comfortable and stylish location.

Connected to the barn, in an enclosed courtyard is our fully fitted marquee and adjacent to the marquee our converted stables bar offers yet more space for your guests to relax and enjoy the day.



Surrounding the barn complex are two acres of gardens, woodland and lawns plus a romantic ruined gatehouse and sunny terrace all great for photographs with space for a bonfire, garden games and fire works.

There's plenty of parking and the barn has wheelchair access throughout and baby changing facilities.


copyright Steve TarlingTHE VENUE

The Barn is registered for civil weddings and comfortably seats 100 guests for the ceremony and then the courtyard marquee is used for reception where we can seat 100 guests for reception. (Receptions in the barn are also an option seating up to 70 guests)

For the evening party we can accommodate up to 180 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!

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

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


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.