We’re a rather soppy bunch here at Rock My Wedding, and no, you don’t harden to it despite being surrounded by love stories all day every day. It’s fair to say Launcells Barton immediately appealed to our romantic, emotive side, and thankfully our initial impression was not disappointed. This is not just a stunning venue which is steeped in family history, owners Matt and Lara offer something truly special. This is a family business, with the venue being in Matt’s family since 1949. Matt and his partner Lara recently lovingly restored Launcells Barton, returning it to its former glory, and having experienced themselves what a wonderful venue it is for a celebration, they desperately wanted to share it. With testimonials coming in thick and fast, and pretty much all of them waxing lyrical about the incredible hosts Matt and Lara are, it felt only right that we welcome them and their gorgeous Cornwall venue to The List.
Lara: “The farm has been in my partner’s family for nearly 70 years and was originally run as a dairy farm. With a lack of time and money, and ill heath within the family the house was in desperate need of repair and the decision came to sell the place or try and do something with it. It was hard for Matt and I to see Launcells Barton slipping further and further into disrepair and we couldn’t bare to see it leave the family. After a lot of thought and research, we sold our house, left our jobs and moved with my little girl to Cornwall to start giving the farm the new lease of life it needed. We knew that if we combined our strengths, with my background in events and Matt’s in property, we would not only be able to save the place, but have something that we are both truly passionate about!
After just under a year of renovation we opened in the Summer of 2016 and I can truly say that all the sleepless nights, nights working until 2 in the morning and being 10ft up scaffolding lime washing a barn, were so, so worth it. When you see people enjoying Launcells Barton again and saying what a fantastic time they are having, it makes all the hard work worthwhile. That’s why we wanted to do it really, over the many years that Matt’s family have owned the farm, it has held so many celebrations. We wanted to bring it back to life and let others enjoy what a truly special place Launcells Barton is.
We want couples and their guests to really feel like they are escaping for the weekend and enjoy every minute of their celebration, so we only offer exclusive hire. We give each couple the time they need to set up the day before and enjoy a relaxed breakfast together the day after their wedding. Weddings can be such a stressful time, so we have tried to reduce this however we can, not only offering on the day co-ordination as part of our packages, but by having both indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces and a separate reception barn too, so what ever the weather, you know that when you wake up on the morning of your wedding, everything is just how you want it to be.
We have couples from all over the UK – we even had one couple from as far away as Australia, so we understand that it can be incredibly daunting trying to plan a wedding somewhere you don’t know. To assist you, it will always be either be myself or Matt at the end of the phone, with a whole host of experience and local supplier knowledge ready to point you in the right direction where ever we can. Although we have a list of recommend caterers and suppliers, couples are free to use who they want, so it means every wedding is different and personal to them, which we love!”
“Thank you so much for allowing us into your home for our wedding day. Launcells Barton was such a beautiful setting for the day and our guests were all blown away by it and said how much of a great time they had there. We thoroughly enjoyed the day. Thanks for helping it run so smoothly.”
Jess & Matt
“Thank you again for such a magical wedding, the day went perfectly thanks to you, Matt and all involved. Still can’t get over it!! We knew how hard you were working and everything turned out perfectly, more than perfect, completely better than any expectations.”
Lizzie & Tom
“We fell in love with Launcells Barton at our first viewing. The owners, Matthew and Lara, have put so much love and effort into creating the most perfect of wedding venues. Relaxed, yet efficient, they put you at ease with their willingness to please and friendly can-do attitude. Nothing is too much trouble and they are on hand to help and advise from the day you book, right up to your wedding day.
Throughout the actual day, Matthew and Lara made sure that all aspects ran smoothly with no disruption to ourselves or our guests. Lara even got soaked helping me into the car whilst it was raining so that my dress and I stayed dry.
It’s been almost a month now since our wedding and we’re still receiving comments from our friends and family complimenting Launcells Barton on their fabulous service and striking setting. We really did have the best weekend, above and beyond all our expectations.”
Kate & Geoff
Don’t forget to visit Launcells Barton and the wealth of other talented industry professionals who have been handpicked for The List. All have the desire to assist you in creating the day you’ve been dreaming of, so what are you waiting for?
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- Launcells Barton actually used to be part of Hartland Abbey and was held by a cell of monks, up until the dissolution of the monastaries by Henry the VIII.
- Matt’s family have owned Launcells Barton since 1949. He grew up there, surrounded by beautiful countryside and close to the sea.
- Lara knows every word to Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “I Like Big Butts” and once sang this with a lady she had just met from Texas – to a standing ovation might we add – in a karaoke bar in Las Vegas!
- Depending on the size of your wedding Launcells Barton have 4 possible ceremony spaces. 2 outdoor ceremony spaces, the Mill Barn and also the house for intimate weddings.
- Matt plays drums and went to music school before going to university and becoming a chartered surveyor.
- Their completely flexible, fully bespoke approach means you can dictate every detail, from the setting of your ceremony to the catering and decor.
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t: 01288 352352
You can find Launcells Barton in our South West Venues category of The List.