A Rustic Wedding Venue in Wiltshire

Bowerchalke Barn is a timeless 16th century thatched threshing barn surrounded by unspoilt rolling chalke hills of the Wiltshire countryside. Set in 1200 acres of farmland where Wiltshire meets Dorset and only 10 miles from the medieval market city of Salisbury. The Barn offers a unique and picturesque countryside venue for your wedding celebrations or event.

A traditional barn with plenty of character

A traditional barn with plenty of character

The Barn has a spectacular exposed timber frame structure made elm wood, covered by a vast thatched roof. There are three large double opening doors and one main sliding door that leads out onto the surrounding fields and a farm courtyard. Three wrought iron chandeliers, hand crafted by our resident blacksmith hang along the centre of the barn with ten mounted candle holders each.

Ideally located between Wiltshire & Dorset

Ideally located between Wiltshire & Dorset

Bowerchalke Barn is part of a larger farm, set in the stunning countryside near Cranborne Chase, awarded the title of ‘area of outstanding natural beauty’. With rolling chalke down banks, a natural amphitheatre, far reaching views, woodlands and a hidden lake, you can escape from the busy bustle of the city and enjoy a peaceful escape to the country. The farm has been host to a huge array of events over the years, with good access and transport links and relatively close to London, it provides a unique setting.

Equipped with facilities to make your event perfect

Equipped with facilities to make your event perfect

The barn is surrounded by fields that can be used as camping and glamping space for your guests if you so choose. We also have our very own on-site ‘shepherd hut’ toilets as a much nicer alternative to ‘port-a-loos’. Inside the barn, you will find a barrel bar set up and we can also provide an array of lights and fairy lights as part of your chosen decorations. Our resident Michelin level chefs can also cook up a feast for your event, providing 5 star high quality food, no matter what your budget is.

A History of Bowerchalke Barn

The Barn was once part of the larger Cranbourne Chase estate in the 1600 AD and at one time the barn and the nearby pub The Bell Inn were the only significant structures for miles around. The Barn is now part of Knowle Farm, owned by the Mann family, which was bought by Capt Douglas Mann in 1970’s. It’s a working farm with around 600 sheep, 50 Dexter cows, 700 acres of arable land as well as woodland and chalke down banks to look after.

Bowerchalke Barn outside view

The barn was constructed in 1690, built from locally sourced Elm. It has eight bays with two threshing floors and is one of the largest of its kind in the county. Carts would access the floors via large double opening doors, two to the north and two to the south of the building. Farmers would thresh the grain harvest over winter, winnow it, then sacked it up to be stored in the adjacent thatch barn. Animal and steam powered threshing machines from the nineteenth century onward made threshing floors obsolete. Since then the barn has been used for housing livestock, storing hay and more recently machinery.

In 2008 major restoration work were done on the barn. Nearly all the thatch came off and many of the beams and purlins had to be replaced or repaired due to extensive water damage. Thankfully original thatch was found in the far west bay which helped secure a grant for the repair work. Now with a change of use and new purpose, the barn can be enjoyed by many and in isn’t original form for years to come.



Bowerchalke Barn is the perfect venue, to host your private functions and event.

Our Testimonials

  • “We were fortunate enough to hold our wedding at Bowerchalke Barn on 16th June 2018. We loved the incredible barn from the moment we saw it and are so happy we were able to hold our special day there. The surrounding area is beautiful and the barn is perfect for couples looking for a rustic venue. Tim was so friendly, accommodating and helpful throughout the lead up including a busy couple of days before, as we had a number of different suppliers arriving on site. Thank you so much – the day was just what we hoped for and more!”

    Emily & Steve
  • “We stumbled across Bowerchalke Barn whilst looking for a venue for our wedding reception, and fell in love instantly! It is simply the most stunning venue and Tim and the rest of the team were so helpful and accommodating for start to finish. We had the most amazing day and would highly recommend.”

    Hayley Hall
  • “I was lucky enough to hold my first ever styled shoot at Bowerchalke & it's completely held my heart ever since. The most stunning location to hold a wedding with the most incredible features and views! Nothing was too much trouble for Tim and we were so lucky to have him on hand to help make the day run as smoothly as possible and were equally lucky to then have the shoot featured on Bride & Tonic. If you're looking for a venue full to the brim with character and atmosphere then you need to go check out the barn and I guarantee you'll fall in love with it as much as myself and the other suppliers did. Wishing Tim and his family nothing but all the success they totally deserve for years to come.”

    Laura Clifford
  • “Gorgeous setting, ancient feeling barn with lovely lighting and bar area. Plenty of space to dance. We were there in November and with a barn dance to keep us warm it was brilliant. May have been chilly if we were just there for a sit down dinner. Loos were slightly "rustic" – portaloos with not much lighting – but I have a feeling this was a temporary arrangement while another area was being refurbished. Had overwhelmingly positive feedback from guests about how wonderful the venue was and requests for this to become an annual event!”

    Laura Buckley
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Bowerchalke Barn, Knowle Farm, Bowerchalke, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 5BP