I have featured The Oak Barn on Weddings in Kent several times (once highlighting it as one of Kent’s ‘green’ venues), and it is, without a doubt, one of my personal favourite wedding venues in Kent. Not only is it gorgeous, eco-friendly and exclusively yours for your wedding, but you can really tell that it has been so lovingly and beautifully restored by its current owners, Deana and Tim. It was a derelict site when they started this project, and over three and a half years, they restored it with their aim to be ‘as ecologically conscious as possible whilst maintaining the farm’s historic character’. Their vision has led to the creation of one of Kent’s most prodigious wedding venues, and they have hosted many events, including weddings, parties and memorial services since the venue’s launch in January 2019. Here are some photos provided by Deana and Tim, that showcase the incredible work that has gone in to making The Oak Barn such a sustainable venue and business:
Images © Steve Fuller Photography, Natalie Evans Photography, Will Fuller Photography, Deana Maw and Tim Maw
Below is a copy of the Press Release about the nomination and the award: The Oak Barn, Frame Farm, an exclusive Grade II listed venue located in the heart of Kent's High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has been judged one of the best rural businesses in the U.K. by the Rural Business Awards. The Grade II listed barns are grouped around a traditional farmyard and provide a stunning setting for weddings, events and holidays, and are equally suited to corporate clients. The Oak Barn, The Byre and Weaver's Cottages have been lovingly restored and offer state-of-the-art facilities, beautifully incorporated into the fabric of the historic buildings. The farm is a wildlife haven with 22 acres of sheep grazing, a beautiful pond and magnificent views across The Weald. Speaking after the finalists were announced, Tim Maw, Director and Co-Owner of The Oak Barn, Frame Farm said, “We are honoured to be a National Finalist for The Sustainability and Environmental Impact Award from the Rural Business Awards and Amazon. We are extremely proud of this recognition as it was our vision to restore this derelict farm, give it a new use that would also create economic growth in the rural community and do so in environmentally responsible way.” He explained, “It was great to be a Regional Runner Up for Best Rural Start Up Business last year but our second year of trading has been exceptionally difficult due to the pandemic and very problematic for everyone in the hospitality industry. Becoming a National Finalist is a great morale boost and a wonderful way to end 2020.” The Rural Business Awards 2020/21, in partnership with Amazon, will mark the Awards’ sixth year of celebrating the success of businesses across the UK’s rural economy. The Awards are organised by rural business for rural business with the aim of celebrating the achievements of rural businesses and developing a strong network for rural business owners. Director and Co-Founder of The Rural Business Awards, Jemma Clifford, said: “This year has been an unprecedented challenge for businesses across the country but we have still had a fantastic amount of entries from rural businesses, showing the true determination of people working in the rural economy. Here at the Rural Business Awards we remain committed to our vision of showcasing the fantastic work of rural businesses and believe that it has never been more important than now. On behalf of the RBA team, we want to say well done to The Oak Barn, Frame Farm, and all the shortlisted businesses, and wish them luck ahead of the national final.” Set in over 20 acres of farmland The Oak Barn, Frame Farm is conveniently located only an hour away from London and 30 minutes from Kent's coast. It offers a versatile and unique space for weddings, parties, celebrations of life, corporate events, retreats, filming and holidays. The Oak Barn is a dry hire venue which allows clients to create their own bespoke wedding or event. The Rural Business Awards will be hosting an online National Final on Thursday 25th February 2021. To find out more about The Oak Barn, Frame Farm, go to www.the-oak-barn.co.uk or to learn about the Rural Business Awards visit www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk About The Oak Barn, Frame Farm (www.The-Oak-Barn.co.uk) Owned by Maw (UK) Ltd, a company that is committed to being eco-friendly, The Oak Barn, Frame Farm is dry-hire farm venue that is located an hour from London and 30 minutes from Kent's coast. The Oak Barn is an unrivalled wedding and events venue that offers two Grade II listed function barns, both licensed for civil ceremonies, and accommodation in five cottages. The Oak Barn has a music and alcohol events licence until 11:00pm daily, and a late licence until 1:00am on New Year's Eve. About Rural Business Awards (www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk) The Rural Business Awards is the brainchild of Leicestershire businesswomen Anna Price and Jemma Clifford, who wanted to showcase the wealth of entrepreneurial talent in rural areas of Britain. The Awards are organised by rural business for rural business, with winners in the 13 categories - ranging from Best Rural Start-up and Best Rural Diversification Project; through to Best Rural Professional Services Business and Best Rural Innovation - decided by an independent panel of judges drawn from the rural business sector, rural public sector agencies, and rural charitable organisations.