Testimonials

General comments:

Upton Barn is more than a wedding venue, it feels like it was built with love just for you. We knew we would book Upton as soon as we walked through the entrance to the secret walled garden! The balance between modern beauty is perfect and can be used as a blank canvas to suit whatever style you want at your wedding. Even though the weather wasn’t great on our day, the indoor facilities are so stunning we didn’t feel like we were missing out. The staff were great throughout the whole process and the added addition of the ‘tack room’ was a great touch and nice to relax and chill with friends/family when required! We have so many great memories of Upton Barn and can’t wait to come back and visit again!
Flo and Dan

 

We had seen many venues, but when we walked in here, I (bride) actually shed some tears as the music was playing outside in the gardens and we were greeted by Claire who made us feel so welcome from the start. The gardens and the outside of the barn were outstanding and continued to blow us away during the show around. It was the only venue I fell instantly in love with as did Drew.  We couldn’t recommend this venue anymore, it was totally fantastic and I honestly have no gripes or complaints at all! We loved it so much we will be going back for our 1 year anniversary for sure! All our wedding guests, family and friends said it was the most amazing venue they had visited, some had been to many other weddings! I am keeping in touch with the team as well as Claire and little Wilf (her gorgeous son). Thank you Upton Team, you made our day a dream come true you really did!
Debbie and Drew

 

I always thought finding the perfect venue was going to be a challenge, however Upton was the only one we needed to see. After looking on the website, it was clear that not only was Upton an idyllic setting, it also had everything we needed. To look at, the garden and buildings combine the beauty of a traditional barn with a modern twist. No matter the weather the garden remains beautiful all year and the modern aspects of the building blend seamlessly with the older barn. The inside, from the bar to polished concrete flooring is perfect and it was everything we wanted for our day. I could have left it just as it was with no additional flowers or decoration and it would have always been enough. It is just a gorgeous place to be, with the loveliest atmosphere. On our first visit to the venue we were welcomed in by Clare and Richard, who make you feel as if you have always known them. They showed us around the venue without ever making us feel pressured to choose them. However, as soon as we walked in, we knew this was the place for us. It was perfect! The scariest part of Visiting any venue, is worrying that it will be totally out of price range, when you love it as much as we did. However, Upton is without a doubt the most reasonably priced venue you will ever find. There are no hidden tricks; when you book Upton you get exactly what you see. We loved every moment of our day and would not have changed a single moment. Clare, Richard, Polly, Pippa, Rosie and all the staff at Upton you are the best and we can’t thank you enough for how amazing you made our day.
India and Ben

 

From the first time we met Claire & Richard we fell in love with Upton Barn. Not only for the obvious features of beauty surrounding the venue but for the notable special touches and how welcoming they both were.
Upton barn sells itself with how amazing it is but it’s really down to the wonderful people working there that make the difference.
We had a long two year engagement and in that time it was a joy to see Upton barn flourish and win so many awards.
I can tell you from experience these awards are won because Upton Barn is a truly unique special venue run by two lovely people. The fact it continues to win awards is a testament to the ongoing hard work they put in.
During our engagement we kept in touch and nothing was too much to ask. On our special day everything went like clockwork and Laura and I lost ourselves in the beauty of the walled garden, the serenity of the Press Bar and Barn.
Upton Barn and their workforce work tirelessly to make sure your experience is perfect and their attention to the little details really do escalate them way above any other wedding venue. To Richards homemade (and stunning) tables to most colourful and beautiful smelling garden, every detail has been carefully considered to make sure the experience is perfect.
I can’t thank Claire and Richard and the team enough for everything they have done for us and if you are looking for a Wedding Venue that has it all then look here. You left us with so many cherished memories and special moments and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our day so perfect.
Toby and Laura

 

The most amazing day all thanks to you all. Everything was perfect from start to finish. Planning the wedding was made so simple because of your wonderful team….Richard, claire, pippa, Rosie and polly. Nothing was too much trouble, however silly the question.
On the day the venue was spot on and everything was exactly how we asked. We had so many complements about how stunning Upton barn was and how smoothly the day and night ran. Guests saying it’s the best wedding they have been too. It truly was the best day of our lives! Thank you
Gemma & James

 

Our experience at Upton was truly amazing, from start to finish! Claire, Richard and team go above and beyond to help the day be as perfect as you can imagine! Stunning venue! Wish we could do it all over again! Words just don’t do enough justice for Upton barn, amazing place!
Lauren and Nick

 

We fell in love with this venue at first sight and had our wedding here a year ago. Everyone is still gushing about what a beautiful venue it was and how ours was one of the best weddings they have been to. The lovely Downs and co make everything all the more perfect!
Musarrat and Merlin

 

I don’t even know where to begin, the moment we viewed Upton barn we fell in love with it and knew it was where we wanted to get married. We also loved the backstory of how it all began- How the owners Claire and Richard were looking for the perfect venue for their own wedding couldn’t find one so created it themselves, this added an extra romantic level for us. It took away so much of the stress, to have meetings with the team on the lead up to the day and to know that they were aware and on top of everything and were prepared for every eventuality meant that we could focus on other things and most importantly enjoy the day! Ee can’t recommend them highly enough, not only did we love everything about it but our guests, especially those who were previously unaware of its existence were blown away by its beauty and location and raved about the venue on and after the day. The excellent customer service didn’t stop after the wedding was all done and dusted we received a lovely wedding card and then a lovely Christmas card another couple of months later. We are proud to say that we got married at Upton barn… trust us… book your wedding here if you can!
Adele

 

I was only looking through the photographs again the other day and just amazed at how it was. cannot recommend them highly enough.
Lyn

 

It was everything we could have hoped for and more! Obviously a few things went a bit pete tong but doesn’t it always happen at weddings! As far as I’m concerned it was the most fantastic day ever, and Upton staff couldn’t do enough for us. Claire and Richard are the nicest people you’ll come across and Rosie, Polly and Pippa are the most helpful people and help to make sure your day runs smoothly! Couldn’t recommend enough!
Aimee and Stuart

 

From the first time we met Claire & Richard we fell in love with Upton Barn. Not only for the obvious features of beauty surrounding the venue but for the notable special touches and how welcoming they both were. On our special day everything went like clockwork and Laura and I lost ourselves in the beauty of the walled garden, the serenity of the Press Bar and Barn.
Upton Barn and their workforce work tirelessly to make sure your experience is perfect and their attention to the little details really do escalate them way above any other wedding venue. To Richards homemade (and stunning) tables to most colourful and beautiful smelling garden, every detail has been carefully considered to make sure the experience is perfect.

Toby and Laura

 

We walked through the doors at Upton Barn on a very cold, wet, dark November evening and we were completely blown away… the venue is amazing, stunning!!! We wanted to book there and then… 20 months later we had our reception there and we loved it… we could not have asked for a better day!!! The weather wasn’t brilliant but the team at Upton are amazing!!! In the run up to the wedding, every time we saw them at an open day it was a very friendly, personal and professional service! They could not do enough for us and then the day before setting up the barn for our special day, again between Rosie and Pippa nothing was too much trouble!! We had the best day and have had so many compliments from all our guests… thank you so much to all involved… it was perfect!!!
Becki and Ben

 

Our experience at Upton Barn was phenomenal… from the moment we met Claire and Richard (THE nicest couple ever)- to the day after when we sadly packed up our things and waved goodbye. The staff made sure that our day went without a single blip- Pippa, Rosie and Polly were just amazing and we truly cannot express how wonderful our wedding day was… And we enjoyed it to the max without having to worry about a single thing. You guys are beyond amazing! Thank you!
Mr & Mrs Perrott

 

I think upton barn is one of the most stunningly beautiful venues in the South West! The barn setting is traditional and rustic with a chic modern edge, there is a tonne of natural light and it really can be personalised however you like it. The setting is stunning, the views are gorgeous and the ponies are very friendly! You would never believe it was so easy to get to from Exeter. Claire and Rich are amazing, they are friendly and helpful and want you to really have fun on your special day.
Ailsa and Daniel

 

From the moment we arrived at Upton the first time, we knew we had found our dream venue. I remember feeling so emotional when I pictured myself marrying Sonya in such a beautiful setting.
Claire and Rich, every time we met or spoke to you from then on, you were so kind, helpful and easy to work with. You made our planning process feel so personable that we felt like we were meeting with old friends. Every question we asked or any of the random things we wanted to do, you made it all so easy for us.
We didn’t get to meet Polly until the day before and Rosie until the day of our wedding, but again both were so kind to us and so reassuring and easy to work with. Everything we asked was no trouble and you were able to help us feel that everything was completely under control.
From our separate arrivals, coordinating our very special first look, directing our bridesmaids and best men, co-ordinating the beautiful decorations, music, guests, speeches, food and drinks….every single thing just went perfectly.
Our day was more full of love, emotion and happiness than either of us could have dreamed and you guys were such a big part of that. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Sonya and Tamsin

 

This venue is simply perfection. From our first visit when the renovations were still ongoing we could tell it was going to be stunning due to the love and attention that was going into every detail. Both the barns and the gardens have been completed to the highest standad and Claire and Richard are both an absolute joy – nothing was too much trouble for them and you could tell they were both as excited as we were! Every detail was thought about and the whole venue works excellently. Just wow!!
Mrs Emily Taylor

 

 

Hairs stood up on our arms the moment we entered the magical atmosphere of the Walled Garden. Even when the Barn was still a building site, Claire and Richard made every visit just perfect with the atmospheric background music filling the winter air and the water fountains glistening in the breathtaking mood lighting. We had to pinch ourselves to believe we found a venue which provided the relaxed, flexible and beautiful envirnoment that we craved for.
Mrs Nicki Perry (Snell)

 

Upton barn was not only beautiful In every way but it came with a real family feel from the owners Richard and Claire. They were so down to earth and excited about our day. They made us feel amazing and they recalled delivered with an outstanding venue. Every little detail had been carefully thought of. There is not one thing we would have changed about them or the venue!
Mrs Kimberley Baker

 

What an amazing experience – professional, adaptive to our needs, supportive of all our requirements, Upton went above and beyond to deliver exactly what we required. Nothing was unachieveable. The whole day ran wonderfully.
Mrs Eva Fairgrieve (Russell)

 

I cannot rate this venue high enough!. what an amazing place. Only made even better by the perfect owners Claire and Richard!. Upton barn is an experience, like walking into your home. So welcoming and warm. The barns, gardens and grounds are stunning. Claire and Richard are so accommodating to your every need and wish. Our day was magical, and everything we could ever of dreamed of and more. This should be everyone’s venue.
Mrs Katie Groody ( was stephens)

 

Claire & Richard at Upton Barn & Walled Garden were everything and more you could wish for in a wedding venue. They were incredibly approachable, knowledgeable and simply a wonderful couple to deal with for our special day. The venue itself is outstandingly beautiful and is so versatile with so many options and flexibility. Our wedding day and preparations could not have gone smoother and I can’t imagine there are many venues that have you running to greet and hug the owners each time you visit!
Mrs Michelle Richards

 

I’m not sure how to express just how amazing Claire and Richard are, they are honestly the loveliest people who would bend over backwards to help you! Nothing at all is a bother for them and are always there with open arms to give you a hug and tell you it’s all going to be ok! In fact I’m nearly in tears just writing this! I feel privileged that we were able to get married at this beautiful and magical place, it is pure perfection and with simply amazing people who own it!
Mrs Anna Lipscombe (Goulder)

 

The wedding venue at Upton Barn is the perfect place to get married. We looked at a number of local venues but, Upton ticked every box for us. We booked Upton before the barn was even completed, mostly because of how beautiful the walled garden and surroundings were, but also because of how passionate and professional Claire and Richard are about their wedding venue. We knew that the barn would be finished to a very high standard and were not disappointed when we finally saw it completed.
Mr Matthew Simpson

 

So very glad we chose this venue – Claire and Richard are friends and they were absolutely marvellous. All our family and other guests said the venue was outstanding and that the whole day was brilliant. They also all commented on how nice Claire and Richard were. Its a day we will never forget !
Mrs Linda Deville-Wyle

 

We visited four Devon barn venues and Upton was by far the best. It gave us everything we wanted and more. With their beautiful barn and walled garden renovation Claire and Richard have created a perfect venue which emphasises the rustic beauty of a Devon farm but with a stunning modern finish. All year round the venue looks amazing but you have scope to make the venue and day very personal, to ensure you have the perfect wedding day. All of our guests were equally wowed by the venue and owners.
Mrs Kathryn Kaile (Holloway)

 

C&R couldn’t have done more, made us feel more welcome, or been any more ‘can do’! We challenged them in being their first wet wedding but everything happened as we wanted, no trouble& no question. The ceremony went ahead outside, in torrential rain , both beautiful & seamless. The venue blew our guests away, and everyone could tell why we’d booked without hesitation. The quality of the venue is outstanding, with perfection to detail in every aspect. The quality of service : second to none!
Dr Jenny Barnett

 

We first arranged to meet Claire & Richard at Upton Barn when we started looking at wedding venues. We had seen 3 places similar to this but upton barn really stood out & we knew there & then that this was the place we wanted to get married. Clare & Richard were really assisting in helping us with the planning of our day & liaising with suppliers in preparation for our wedding. The venue was perfect for what we wanted & the walled garden for the ceremony. We would strongly recommend to anyone.
Mr Tom Bexter

 

the venue was incredible and the whole day wouldnt of been half as good if it wasnt for all the care and attention that both richard and claire paid us. amazing venue amazing people.
Mr Freddie Martin

 

They were amazing and so helpful from initial viewings to booking right up to wedding day and the care and commitment they have is fantastic. Although they have many other weddings throughout the year they made us feel that we were the only ones that had booked with them. Beautiful setting and so relaxed. Claire and rich worked hard in the background to make our day perfect and run smoothly
Mrs Jamie Whitrow

 

Claire and Richard have done an outstanding job at achieving this simply beautiful venue. All of our guests were blown away and will keep talking about it for months to come. We liked the idea that it’s exclusively yours for the weekend and how private it is. The corkage policy gives you much more choice and flexibility. You get to choose catering and decorate the venue as you please, giving the day your personal touch. Claire and Richard are great ambassadors for their business.
Anonymous

 

Why They Booked:

We wanted a rural style venue for our wedding and Upton barn was everything we were looking for. Updated barn with original characteristics, oak beams, polished concrete, lime wash render, and of course the old walled garden. The perfect canvas for your own styled venue.
Mr Matthew Simpson

 

Amazing and beautiful setting, fit with our lifestyle and wedding theme. Relaxed atmosphere and amazing owners that were so helpful
Mrs Jamie Whitrow

 

The team – immediately we met Claire and Richard we knew that they could deliver what we wanted. They are a wonderful team and just lovely people. Then of course the venue – just beautiful and functional. Many different options of what we could do with the event and many more for photos. Just perfect!
Mrs Eva Fairgrieve (Russell)

 

We were wowed as soon as we arrived at Upton. The setting is beautiful. The venue is stunning. Claire and Richard are friendly, welcoming, professional, knowledgeable and passionate about helping couples create their perfect day. Upton gave us everything we had wanted and more, so we booked it as soon as we could! The advice and effort Claire and Richard put into our wedding day was second to none, and their energy and enthusiasm for their venue, and each of their couples’ wedding days is genuine and overwhelming. You couldn’t hope to work with nicer people. They feel like family.
Mrs Kathryn Kaile (Holloway)

 

We wanted a barn style venue. we looked at a couple of places but upton barn really stood out to us. we knew there & then that this was the place we wanted to get married.
Mr Tom Bexter

 

Recommendation from other friends
Mrs Linda Deville-Wyle

 

We booked Upton barn because it’s just magical, the first time we went to visit I remember just standing there utterly overwhelmed and that was it we were completely in love! Such a warm and welcoming place to be and just such wonderful people, we’ve said far to many times to each other that we were so so lucky to have Claire and Richard there beside us with all their help we had a magical day and it will always have a place in our hearts.
Mrs Anna Lipscombe (Goulder)

 

If your looking for a stunning, welcoming, beautiful wedding set within a country setting, then you’ve found it! The venue speaks for itself. No explanation necessary. Just perfect.
Mrs Katie Groody ( was Stephens)

 

For an outside wedding in a simple, beautiful and rural setting. The relaxed approach to do, within reason, whatever we wanted. The quality of the venue and personal, warm welcome.
Dr Jenny Barnett

 

Best place we visited by far
Mr Freddie Martin

 

The venue itself is absolutely beautiful. We were one of the first couples to book this venue and the barn was yet to be started. But seeing how beautiful the walled garden was, the creative and simply stunning vision Claire & Richard have, we knew the barn was going to be truly wonderful; we were not wrong. It is so impressive what this couple have achieved in such a short time and they could not be nicer people. We feel incredibly lucky to have found Claire & Richard at Upton and wish them every success!
Mrs Michelle Richards

 

Clare and Rich! They truly are the best hosts. They could not have done more for us if they tried. Together their eye for detail and style has created a wedding venue that blows other venues out of the water. Perfection from start to finish. It was so refreshing to find a venue that gives couples the flexibility to have their own suppliers at no extra charge. We could make our wedding so personal and Clare and Rich did nothing but support us with all our wild ideas! Wish we could get married there every year.
Mrs Nicki Perry (Snell)

 

We were looking for a barn venue in East Devon but so far hadn’t found one which was affordable as well as having the ‘wow’ factor. We were interested in having the ceremony somewhere abit different, and seeing the photos of the aisle and arbour in the garden sealed the deal! Having the flexibility of booking outside caterers and with no corkage also meant that we were able to save a lot of money on these things. We are so so glad that we booked Upton, our day was absolutely perfect, we wouldn’t have changed a thing and would recommend it to everyone!
Mrs Emily Taylor

 

Because we couldn’t not book it! It was just too beautiful!
Mrs Kimberley Baker

 

Claire and Richard are such lovely and down to earth people who do their best for you. It is them that make you feel at home in the venue. Of course the beauty of the venue and the gardens blew us away but it’s the people behind it that make the difference.
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