The story of Bonville Champagne starts at the turn of the 20th century when Alfred Bonville, in equal parts reckless and a visionary, decided to risk buying plots of land in vineyards that had been destroyed by Phylloxera* only a few years earlier. His focus was exclusively on Grand Cru vineyards and, despite the economic downturn of the 1930s, the gamble eventually paid off.
The opportunity for commercial success came in the years after 1945, when Alfred’s son Franck began to commercialise cuvées in his name. Since then the Bonville family has overseen the complete modernisation of their production, at one point selling some of their harvest to Bollinger, but always maintaining a focus on their range of amazing Champagnes.
Olivier Bonville represents the fourth generation at the helm of the operation, having taken over from his father Gilles in the 1990s. The vineyards now extend to over 20 hectares in the most sought after villages of Avize, Oger and Le Mesnil – some of the most valuable agricultural land in the world, consisting of 100% Grand Cru Chardonnay. We are delighted to offer this exceptional Champagne at all our venues.
* Phylloxera is a microscopic louse or aphid which eats the roots of vines. It was responsible for wiping out many of Europe’s vineyards in the 1850s in a devastating rampage which changed the world of wine forever. To this day almost all European vineyards are planted on American rootstock which is still immune to Phylloxera.
There’s no better way to get a real feel for our rustic barn than to see it in action! Emma and Jake enjoyed a beautiful day here at Stone Barn with their family and friends, captured by the talented Eleanor Jane, during the multi-weather month of April and despite a few showers here and there nothing was putting a dampener on their spirits.
Visit Eleanor Jane’s photography website for even more gorgeous images of this magical Stone Barn wedding.
Emma chose to begin her day getting ready with her Bridal Party at the bright and airy Cat’s Abbey Barn – a stunning 11-bedroom barn half way between Oxford and Cheltenham and a stone’s throw from our venue, making it the perfect choice if you’ve got a large group looking to start and finish the day somewhere lavish yet undeniably comfortable.
Wearing an elegant, silk and lace dress, floor length veil and bespoke vintage inspired diamante jewellery, all designed by luxury bridal boutique Hannah Emily Bridal, Emma looked every inch the classic bride as she walked down the flag-stoned aisle, here at Stone Barn.
With it’s warm and enticing atmosphere, it’s definitely one of our favourites for fantastic local accommodation.
The Groom and Groomsmen looked nothing short of dapper (and maybe a little quirky, with matching cat socks!), in suits of various shades of blue and grey to match the multi-way bridesmaid dresses that Emma selected for her girls from the M&S bridal range, to able to style in any way they please to make their looks their own.
When the time came for Emma to make her way through Stone Barn, to meet Jake and say their ‘I dos’, guests were charmed by the simple ‘Cotswolds countryside chic’ décor and soft, live harp music dancing off the walls, to really set the atmosphere.
Preceded by her Bridesmaids, carrying bunches of wildflowers tied together in twine, Emma was beaming as she was led by her father to her new husband.
Fancy adding some fairy lights, bonfires, lit up trees or fire pits to your set-up at Stone Barn? Get in touch for some expert advice or visit our ‘Decorations’ page.
Once the ceremony was complete, the fun really started! With drinks and posed photos to start, followed by memorable speeches, delicious food put on by the Stone Barn head chef, an incredible ‘naked’ cake covered with fresh berries and plenty of partying, it was clear to see that a fantastic day was had by all.
We welcome all wedding guests to make the most of the dance floor until 1am, making Stone Barn the perfect place for your reception as well as your wedding ceremony.
How do you approach the tricky business of choosing the right wine for your reception and wedding breakfast? This can be a pleasurable process for wine connoisseurs, however for many others it can present a slightly daunting prospect.
Don’t panic! We are here to help.
At Cripps Barn Group we offer a list across all of our venues of top quality wines, selected with the same approach to high standards which we use to source our kitchen produce. Our focus is to provide you with the best quality wines at drinkable prices directly from the vineyards. The benefit of Cripps’ personal knowledge of where the best vineyards are to be found, and who the best winemakers are in those regions, has resulted in a selection of wines which represent some of the finest examples of their type, and which also offer truly exceptional value for money.
We are on hand throughout your wedding planning process to offer advice and guidance where required. There are opportunities to taste the range at our open days, monthly feast menu evenings and after your planning meeting. If further help is required our wine buyer is on hand to give you a call.
So, sit back, relax, let us take care of you and raise a glass to the best day of your lives!
Click here for our pre-order wine list and prices.
The perfect end to a perfect day is what’s needed to finish up your wedding proceedings, so providing your guests with fantastic local Cotswold accommodation recommendations is a must.
From pubs rooms to 5 star hotels, our beautiful rustic barn is situated right next to some of the best places to stop over in the UK and we’ve put together a list of our favourites to make your life easier (because we know that all brides and grooms to be could do with a bit of that!).
For a small family or a few friends, Howard’s Barn is a wonderful option for Cotswold accommodation. Sleeping up to three guests in the cosy double room and single room set up, this self contained annex within a period barn conversion is ideal for those guests wanting to enjoy a bit of country life before they head back to reality.
Located within the idyllic village of Aldsworth, the lucky guests who snap up this home from home can enjoy all the historic and picturesque sites nearby before finishing up with a traditional cream tea!
A dreamy choice for big and small groups alike, Greys Court Cottages offers a selection of luxury cottages in a variety of sizes for self-catering rental.
All with private courtyard gardens and stunningly renovated interiors, it’s no wonder that these cottages are considered to be some of the finest available in the UK.
If you’re looking for Cotswold accommodation within a short drive of our lovely barn for your bridal party and Groomsmen this collection of cottages might be just what you’re after. Immaculate, traditional and within a stones throw of a fabulous local pub.
There’s nothing quite like the convenience of staying in an award-winning pub, celebrated for both it’s beautiful bedrooms (finalist for the Mr and Mrs Smith Awards) and it’s exceptionally delicious dining (Best of British Tatler Restaurant Awards) and The Wheatsheaf Inn offers just that.
Dubbed ‘A secret Tardis of coolness in the Cotswolds’ The Wheatsheaf Inn is not your average pub accommodation. With 14 bedrooms meticulously designed by Max Asknew, complete with organic, naturally scented bath salts in the bathrooms and all the modern luxuries you could hope for, you and your guests will be in the lap of luxury, enveloped in the quirky charm of a traditional coaching inn.
Indulge yourself with their divine menus, bursting with tasty dining treats made from locally sourced ingredients; Enjoy a spot of pampering in the treatment room and soak up the glorious surroundings of the Cotswold countryside.
If your guests are after something a little simpler but still great quality Cotswold accommodation, this traditional riverside Inn and restaurant is perfect. With award-winning dining and stunning views over Oxfordshire, this rustic Inn is a Cotswold explorer’s dream.
Located a mere four miles from Stone Barn, your guests can enjoy your wedding celebrations right up until the last minute and catch a cab back to their handsome bedroom in no time at all.
If your guests are making a mini holiday out of their time in the country, The Fox Inn is a great base to start from. With all the main attractions never more than twenty minutes away, you can see it all at the leisurely pace it deserves.
Getting the wedding entertainment right for your big day is a very personal thing – it’s not about booking what you think should be expected at a wedding, you’ve got to find the solution that’s right for you.
We have had the privilege of enjoying a wide variety of wedding entertainment here at Stone Barn, from classical musicians to award winning magicians, and none of them have failed to impress. It can be tough to find great, local entertainment for your wedding, especially if you’re travelling to us from outside the area and it’s not something that any couple wants to take a punt on!
The wedding entertainment you choose will have a big impact on the overall feel of your wedding day, which is why we’ve put together a list of some of our favourites on our Local Suppliers page for you to browse over.
To give you an idea of some of the fantastic wedding entertainment that is available near to our beautiful, rustic barn venue, here are just a few that some of our newly weds have hired:
Hiring a magician for your wedding day is a brilliant alternative to your average wedding entertainment and a great way to break the ice and get conversations flowing among family and friends.
Fun for all the family and wonderfully interactive, tableside magic will engage your guests in a way that a band or DJ can’t.
Enjoy close-up magic during drinks mingling, at your wedding feast or throughout the night with Darren Campbell, Wedding Industry Award-winning Magician.
Winners of the 2016 Wedding Industry Awards for most popular musicians and most popular classic musicians, The Nero String Quartet is one of the most sought after quartets in the UK and a wonderful way to add an extensive repertoire of music to your wedding day.
Offering a wide variety of music from classical Bach to Beyonce, The Nero String Quartet can play something for everyone. They even have an extensive Bollywood repertoire list available!
With over 13 years experience performing at over 1000 weddings worldwide, you’re guaranteed an amazing performance.
Want to get the party started at your wedding reception? Firefly might be just what you’re after. Nothing beats the buzz of a live band playing all your favourite tunes. With Firefly, your guests won’t be able to resist hitting the dance floor for a boogie!
Select a band to suit your needs, from a 3 piece to a full 8 piece band, this is a great way to be able to get a live performance that is tailored to you and your budget.
Performing a set list that suits your tastes, with a light show and i-pod disco thrown in, you can expect a fun, electric show that you and your guests will love!
Firefly knows that every wedding is unique and as such, they don’t go by a one size fits all policy, which we love. The wedding entertainment that they provide will be as bespoke as your big day.
If there’s one thing that a bride should splash out on for her wedding, it’s hair. No matter how adept you are with your own styling, when the pressure is on for you to look your very best the last thing you want to be stressing about is whether or not your locks are going to co-operate that day!
This is where our supplier of the week, Fordham Hair Design comes in. With over 20 years experience, creating gorgeous hair for brides across Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds, Chris Fordham really knows his stuff.
Sit back and relax on your big day whilst the team at Fordham Hair Design does all the hard work for you! From stunning, tumbling down dos to intricate up styles, Chris can do it all, to perfection.
There’s nothing better than hiring a supplier for your wedding day who has a real love for what they do – it makes all the difference to the overall experience.
Chris from Fordham Hair Designs is certainly someone who has found their vocation in bridal hair styling, not just a job.
“Having always loved styling hair for weddings, I decided to set out to see if I could specialise in making a bride’s dream look come true. I’m not really sure what I expected, but I certainly didn’t think that less than 4 years later I would win the national award for ‘Bridal Hairstylist of the Year’! All for doing a job that I love as much as I do.”
Now, with 20 years in the wedding hair industry under his belt, Chris’s bridal hair-styling technique is second to none and multi-award winning! But it’s not just his hairstyling prowess that makes him such a great choice for your wedding day.
Having styled hair for a vast amount of weddings, from huge events held in grand castles to intimate country church affairs, Chris really knows his stuff when it comes to helping you keep your cool.
A great bridal hair stylist offers so much more than just a wonderful hairstyle; Chris at Fordham Hair Design will also help to make your wedding morning that little bit easier by knowing how to keep you calm and happy when things get a bit overwhelming.
The Trial Run
Every bridal hairstylist will insist on you having a trial run before the main event, which is the time when you figure out, together, exactly what style you’re going to be wearing as you walk down the aisle.
Chris is a true professional in this respect and recommends that all brides-to-be have their trial consultation 4-8 weeks prior to their wedding day.
The trial run is an absolutely crucial part of the bridal hair experience, as this is when Chris will create a hairstyle that you fall in love with.
During your time together, you’ll discuss all of your likes and dislikes and try out a variety of different looks until you find ‘the one’. Don’t forget to be a little bit open minded, as often brides will end up loving a hairstyle that they never thought to try!
Remember to bring along any accessories you have, from veils to tiaras, so that Chris can find the best way to incorporate these.
On Your Wedding Day
On the big day, the Fordham Hair Design Team will arrive at your hotel, or wherever you have decided to enjoy your bridal prep, with everything they need to create your gorgeous hairstyle.
All you need to do is bring along your accessories and make sure that your hair is dry and ideally, washed the night before rather than than morning as ‘day old hair’ is much easier to style and more likely to stay put.
Chris has a minimum booking requirement of having three people to style on the day during January, February, March, October and November and four people in all other months, so why not treat your bridesmaids or mum to a gorgeous do too?
How to Book with Fordham Hair Design
To book your big day in with Chris, all you need to do is pop him over an email with full details of your wedding including the date and venue.
Once you’ve found out he’s free for your day, you can secure your booking with a £50 non-refundable deposit.
Thinking of tying the knot in our romantic Cotswold barn? Here are a few things you should know…
We pride ourselves on the amazing food we have to offer our newly weds and their guests. So that you can see why, we hold food tastings throughout the year for you and your partner to come along and find out what’s on offer.
For just £50 per person, you can join us for a banquet-style evening of culinary delights, here at Stone Barn, accompanied by a variety of our delicious wines to help you to make those tricky meal choices for the big day.
Using only the very best ingredients, our head chef will prepare you a little bit of everything from a choice of delicate canapes, suitable for vegetarians and carnivores alike, right through to sinful desserts.
You’ll have the opportunity to sample the very best of our culinary wares whilst enjoying the stunning surroundings of your wedding day venue.
We’re fully booked for February and March, but take a look at our Feast Evenings page to view all other available dates and the menus that you’ll be getting to try out…
It’s the little things that make a big difference on your wedding day, which is why we have a few essential décor pieces on offer for you to hire directly from us and complete the ambience within our Cotswold barn venue.
Whether it’s our 3, grand fire pits that you’re after, which your guests can huddle around to toast marshmallows and play with sparklers when night falls or our impressive candle package which includes 50 Church Candles throughout the barn, 100 Night Lights adorning the tables and 10 flares outside to light the pathway in, we know just what you need to make your wedding day really special.
If you fancy adding a bit of a quirky touch to your event, we also have a selection of gorgeous vintage crockery available for use. Ideal for a modern vintage or Alice in Wonderland theme, or perhaps even to add to a ‘prohibition party’ style.
Love the idea but not sure what to do with it? How about arranging for your guests to enjoy one of our delectable afternoon teas which comes served on our vintage crockery.
Fantastic Local Suppliers
Decided that you love our Cotswold barn as your wedding venue but a bit stumped about who the best local suppliers are? With so many choices out there, it’s tough to choose and the pressure is really on to get it right.
From makeup artists to stationary printers, we’re in touch with all of the best local suppliers in the area and better yet – they’re all familiar with Stone Barn.
Hiring suppliers that understand your venue and your needs can really help things go off without a hitch, so whether you’re on the hunt for excellent taxi services or you need help finding someone to create your dream wedding cake, you need look no further than our carefully selected supplier list.
We know that weddings can be expensive, but we want you to be able to spend your day with us, even if your budget is a little tighter than expected.
To help you be able to afford everything you need for your wedding day, we offer special discounts throughout the year.
If you’re available to say your ‘I dos’ in March or November 2017, we have discounted our Cotswold barn hire by a whopping 25%! Don’t say we don’t treat you right…
Check our hire availability here to see if your perfect date is free.
Photos are wonderful, but there is something about hiring a wedding videographer to capture your big day that just can’t be beaten.
In years to come when walking down the aisle is a distant memory, having a film, beautifully cut showing all the highlights of you getting ready, the anticipation, the I dos and the raucous fun will be a real treasure.
Our supplier of the week is The Wedding Cut – a fantastic wedding videographer who has treated our wedded couples time and again to stunning footage of their Cotswold barn weddings with us.
The Wedding Cut stands out from the rest, in that they pride themselves in creating wedding films using ‘cinema style’ shooting combined with candid moments for a truly personal but incredibly high-end result.
Their unobtrusive technique will leave you feeling completely at ease, so don’t worry if you’re a bit camera shy! They’ve even gone so far as to remove the red lights from their cameras to avoid any distractions on your special day.
5 Reasons to Hire a Wedding Videographer
Considering hiring The Wedding Cut for your big day? Here’s 5 reasons why you should…
Keep The Day Alive
“We aim to capture the best details of the build up to your marriage, and the joyous reaction of friends and family on one of the most important days of your life.”
Decades from now, wouldn’t you love to be able to show your children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren what your wedding day was really like?
Photos will never become obsolete, but there’s no denying that live footage in the future. Investing in a wedding videographer to capture those once in a lifetime moments is something that you’ll always be glad you did.
Never Miss a Moment
“We specialise in capturing as much or as little of your wedding day as you would like, but always portraying the intimacy of your special day.”
A bespoke, wedding film is as unique as it gets when looking for ways to always remember your day. You’ll have a hand in deciding exactly what sort of film you would like to get out of hiring The Wedding Cut, so that it is created just as you want it to be.
You’d be amazed at the intimate moments that can be captured with you and your guests totally unaware. It’s always such a thrill for newly weds to get their film back and see all the little loving glances, laughs and tears that may have otherwise been missed.
Capture The Emotion
“Our passion is to produce a quality production, beautifully edited and presented. We have the vision to capture the emotion of your day.”
Hiring a wedding videographer, like those at The Wedding Cut, is a great way to take the pressure off needing to orchestrate the specific shots you want and instead, just allowing the pros to use their expertise to capture the true essence of your big day.
Instead of having to rely on someone snapping at the perfect time, your wedding videographer will be on hand to film an ongoing sequence of events that can later be cut to create a truly emotional and personal film.
Hiring a team who really know their stuff when it comes to the edit is key, as this is where the magic really happens.
OK, so perhaps not the most conventional reason ever to want to hire a wedding videographer, but there’s no denying that bloopers are often the best part of a film, particularly one that features your family and friends!
This might not be something that your wedding videographer automatically includes, but you can ask for it and you can bet your bottom dollar that they won’t be short of material!
Don’t Miss Out
One of the perils of being the bride or groom is that when your wedding day comes around, you may find that you’re so overwhelmed with emotions, meeting and greeting and being pulled here there and everywhere by all of your guests that once the day is done, you kind of feel as though you missed the whole thing!
This is when couples really regret having not hired a wedding videographer, as this gives them the chance to relive the big day and catch up on all the little things they missed. You can’t be everywhere at once, but a film crew can capture a lot, so that you can enjoy some of the little things at a later date.