Unique, tranquil and secluded venue on edge of Dartmoor
Ideal for weddings, receptions and civil ceremonies
About the venue
Bracken Tor House is a licensed venue for civil ceremonies set in 4 acres of landscaped grounds on the edge of Dartmoor above Okehampton.
It is a secluded, picturesque and idyllic retreat for a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception. Within the grounds are two buildings surrounded by bluebell woods and open moorland with great views over the town of Okehampton. The main house is an Arts & Crafts style built in 1908 with oak panelling and leaded windows. Bracken Tor Lodge is a recently converted pumphouse adorned in local granite. Both offer warm reception areas and comfortable accommodation. The wider grounds offer spaces for camping, campfires and BBQs with the woods and open moorland waiting to be explored. This English countryside location and delightful grounds will offer a beautiful backdrop to your perfect day.
There are two areas which are licensed by Devon County Council. Most choose to have the ceremony under the pagoda in our beautiful gardens. There is outdoor seating for 100 guests and a temporary shelter is available in the event of poor weather, which can be erected near the pagoda.
In winter you may prefer to use our new function room for the ceremony. This has two paved areas adjacent where guests can gather whilst we rearrange the room for a reception afterwards.
Bracken Tor House and Bracken Tor Lodge
Two accommodation buildings set in the grounds, with their own car parks, lounge, dining areas and self-catering kitchens. The main house, an Arts and Crafts building from 1908 has 7 bedrooms, each with private bathroom or en-suite. Bracken Tor Lodge has 8 bedrooms ranging from single rooms to 6 bedded bunk rooms. Some rooms have en-suite facilities, whereas others have use of shared facilities. Both Bracken Tor House and the Function room have disabled and baby change facilities.
Bracken Tor Function Room
The Function Room is situated in the lower part of the gardens and can be hired separately from the House and Lodge. It has a paved terrace with tables looking out over the north Devon countryside so that you can view the beautiful sunsets. At the entrance to the room there is a paved area with landscaped garden borders. This gives a suitable area for meeting and greeting family and guests. Alternatively we can set-up a covered area for the bar here so that there is more space for guests in the function room. A minibus shuttle service can be provided from the car park at our other venue in Okehampton, at cost of £25 per hour. Useful for day guests and additional evening guests.
CATERING FOR YOUR WEDDING
Our services are tailored to your requirements. Start with a Champagne Reception to celebrate after the ceremony.
A selection of different types of menu are available from canapés to full wedding breakfasts. We can also arrange for alternatives catering options such as Cream Teas, Baked Potatoes in rustic-ware with wooden forks or Hog Roast (suitable for up to 120 guests) or Curry Buffet (depending on selection)
Dessert can be added to all these options. Whatever you fancy, we’re here to help!
Two nights sole use of venue (All accommodation, grounds and car park) Friday to Sunday or Saturday to Monday
Prices from £2900 for two nights including wedding fee.
For a full day wedding followed by an evening reception we recommend the exclusive hire of the whole Bracken Tor venue for two nights
- Includes 15 Bedrooms sleeping up to 72 guests (included above)
- Exclusive use of all of our accommodation buildings and public areas (but not the commercial kitchen)
- Use of our landscaped gardens and car park.
- Sole Use of Venue (Accommodation & Grounds (Fee included above)
- Use of Function Room is also available. (Fee is waived if you use our catering services or our approved supplier)
The wedding ceremony fee includes any help you require planning the day, an event organiser before and during your ceremony, setting out the seating area and preparing the pagoda. This does not include the cost of any decorations nor flowers.
Please note you will need to book the Registrar for the wedding, hence there will be additional costs for the Registrar paid direct to Devon County Council.
Upon confirmation of your booking we will require a non refundable deposit of £200 for exclusive use weddings. We will then require 25% of the estimated total cost of your wedding six months prior to the date and the balance of the estimated costs eight weeks prior to arrival. Any outstanding balance must be settled on departure.