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Redhouse Farm History

The land on which Redhouse Farm was built was originally part of a large estate owned in the early 13th Century

It was owned by the Savage family of Warwickshire and formed the hamlet of Astwood (literally meaning 'east wood' of Wychbold), which was part of the Forest of Feckenham in the Middle Ages. 

The whole area was densely wooded, signified by the local villages such as Elmbridge, Woodgate and Rashwood nearby.

The earliest documentation of Redhouse Farm and its 201 acres is 1779 when it was owned by Ann Purshall, although recent archaeology experts doing local studies and looking at the elm beams and pegged rafters in the farm, suggest that it may be earlier.  Elm was extensively used in the farmhouse along with other notable farmhouses nearby - a wood which unfortunately is not possible to accurately date - unlike oak which has regular 'rings' in the wood that are easily counted!

In 1818, Sir Anthony Lechmere purchased the property, later selling the farm with 70 acres at auction at The George Hotel in Droitwich in 1865 to John Corbett for £1400.  During this time, the farm was occupied by the Nash family for over 100 years, who paid a rent of £90 for the farm and land.

In 1881, it was occupied by the Pinches family, who worked as Blacksmiths and Pansmiths.  During the development works which started on the Barns in 2008, old blackened fired walls were found - situated in the current Lounge Bar reception area.  Well worn brick thresholds and handmade brick floors from the 'smithy' were re-used in the rear courtyard gardens by the current granite fountain.

Records held show the farm was then occupied by Rev.Dan Wrigley (very apt now!) and from the 1900's William Solven a Coal Merchant and his family until it was sold to William Reeves of Stoke Works - a Rate Collector, who purchased the farm for the princely sum of £164!  It was subsequently sold in 1955 to Francis 'Jack' Clements of the local shop fitting firm Clements & Street.  Jack modernised the farmhouse and built steel framed/blockwork piggeries, which his son managed.  He sold the farm to Peter & Muriel Winter for £14,500 in February 1970 and the family have been here ever since!

Redhouse Farm in the Family

As a family, the 'Winters' moved to Redhouse Farm in February 1970. My sister Anne ran the farm in the early years and the gardens were my Mum's passion.  We have her to thank for the foundations of the glorious gardens we have today!  Now in Jeremy and Jane's hands, the farm has been in the family since 1969! 

The farm had a beautiful 3 bay pierced vent redbrick grain barn with central cart entrances, which originally had full height hand crafted wooden doors with heavy iron hinges stamped with the initials 'J.C', which we assume refers to the salt magnate John Corbett, who owned the property during the second half of the 19th Century.  The 200 year old brick barn was converted to a modern 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom domestic dwelling 30 years ago, until Jeremy and Jane bought it back into the farm in 2008. Following planning permission to gut it back to its original barn status and further erect a green-oak timber framed barn - based on an actual Worcestershire Barn - the whole development  transformed into a specialist wedding venue based on sustainable resources (with plenty of water underground to utilise); glorious grounds,  gardens and paddocks extending to 5 acres providing a unique blend of a relaxed informal family setting (as if you are getting married at your parents' home in the country!) with superb multi award winning catering of the highest standards.

Going back to the early deeds of the farm, it showed a courtyard of farm buildings and barns, which we have in part been reinstated with the new development.  The oldest part of the Barns is situated in the Lounge Snug, where its elm wood interrupted tiebeam truss can be dated back to the 17th Century, suggesting that the building was formerly timber framed and was reconstructed during the late 18th Century in brick.  The old concrete and metal piggeries that sister Anne worked in for many happy years are now crushed into the hardcore floors of this magnificent oak frame barn, which typifies the 'square framed' construction style of many Worcestershire barns and farms in the area.

The Local Area

The village itself has a very interesting history too!  Stoke Works was the hub of the salt works used to process all the brine mined and pumped into the village from Droitwich Spa (where a big red painted water pump can still be seen in the town).  The works in the village extracted the salt, which would have been a very valuable commodity in those days, being then shipped all over the world.  John Corbett, the 'Salt King' who built the works, the village houses and school (which is now redeveloped into houses), originally invented the method used for extracting salt from the rock and brine water. 

The brine was pumped underground from Droitwich up to the village of Stoke Works to be extracted.  John Corbett has left his mark on the local area with other buildings such as The Chateau Impney - built for his wife and located a couple of miles from the Barns. 

Jeremy & Jane

Jeremy lived in Whitchurch Shropshire until he met Jane in March 1998!  His family had seen three generations of specialist building and joinery in the town, with Jeremy's early years spent in the family business - skills which were to prove very valuable here!  He went to Chester Art College to study graphic design and throughout his working life, experienced everything from fibreglass boat building at Sealine, to being a contract CAD designer.

Jane spent 30 years within the furnishings and interiors industry working as a senior Manager and in later years as Director for major Brands, travelling throughout the UK and Europe.  

"When we met, we both loved cars, which continues today with a beautiful 1929 vintage Windovers fully convertible 'all weather' Rolls Royce", which of course makes appearances at various weddings!  We also have a few other projects underway for our brides and grooms including a 'Lara Croft' style crazy White Land Rover and a fabulous Italian Lambretta to match!

"We continue to develop both the Barns and the Gardens and their continual 'change' and development is an ongoing passion.  Redhouse Barn is a total lifestyle for us and this is reflected in how we manage the business;  our couples are not clients..they are very special people who deserve the very best of everything..and that is exactly what we strive to give them!.

Developing the Barn

To develop a specialist wedding venue with environmentally-friendly credentials was a natural option for us. 

We had had all our family weddings at the farm, not to mention a couple of friends too!  Logistically it was ideal - near the motorway network and lots of local hotels/taxis etc.  With its ponds and mature trees and shrubs, we already had the ideal wedding pictures sorted!  We designed the courtyard development style that had been at the farm pre 1950.  Local Architects were commissioned and the build commenced after a year of planning and building regulations were finalised.

With the highly skilled craftsmen who built the timber frame, the development was project managed by Jeremy and Jane.  A lot of local labour and trades were used over the 1 year build.

From the outset, Jeremy and Jane wanted to build something completely different from any other venue.  It was important that the Barns were as sustainable as possible; that were unique and beautiful; combining traditional craftsmanship with modern technology;  a venue that made life easy for couples and their families by being well designed - the venue has a fantastic 'flow' and relaxed feeling throughout; it minimises the need for over dressing (reducing cost) and you don't need to work hard to make it your own - the gardens and all the glass do such a lot of the work for you!  It easily takes up traditional or contemporary themes with minimal cost, allowing the bride and her flowers to become the main central focus of the wedding, rather than any major feature dominating. 

Environmentally, we decided to invest in the latest renewable energy with Viessman; PV panels; two water bore hole supplies (for water, irrigation and drainage); low energy lighting and equipment; green-oak for the new barn is a sustainable resource and the re-use of as much of the farms old bricks and tiles as we could find!  The highest quality, locally sourced product used by Morgans Catering complimented our ethos perfectly too!

The venue has something for all the family from secure play areas for the children, through to the quiet Snug area with its comfy sofas and chairs allowing relations and friends to sit and chat quietly by the log burning stove, yet they still feel part of the wedding in this relaxed area, with glass walls and doors looking out onto the Bar and Timber Barn.  

The Bridal Room is deliberately sexy and glamorous for the girls to get ready in - fantastic for those early morning photos of make up being applied; a few home-made pastries from the kitchen downed with a little champagne to get the day started, or even to use on rainy days - we have plenty of photographic areas throughout for indoor groups and informal shots whatever the weather - to ensure that your wedding album is not compromised by what is happening with the weather.  It is a true 'year round' venue.

It can be so important for the Bride to be 'part' of the build up of her wedding day...to arrive in the early hours of the morning at the Barns with the girls; to gently ease into the day with hair, make-up and those early photo shots...looking out over the balcony onto the timber barn ...seeing the tables being laid-up; the cake arriving; the flowers being arranged...all those little touches coming together that have been planned for so many months.  These are all parts of a wedding that should be savoured and enjoyed - easing you into your wedding day!  Our brides are never stressed or nervous ..they can relax and enjoy every minute of their wedding day...as if they were getting married at home!

We continually get comments about the attention to detail in the buildings and the gardens; the very high quality and finish of everything  - something always appreciated by the experienced professionals or amateur DIYers who regularly visit as guests!

For any wedding, the Barns offer a wonderful experience from the rustic simple brick barn ceremony room, through to the contemporary bar and relaxed Lounge, moving into the beautiful and elegant wedding breakfast in the main timbered barn and then finally once the evening arrives, transforming the timber barn into a night time display of lights and lasers that any London chic nightclub would be proud of!  All in the heart of Worcestershire and nestling in family grounds and gardens.

Being an all year round venue, it is always warm and cosy.  Outside, the gardens are constantly developing and always look lovely!  It is quite rare to have Barns with beautiful gardens..they normally have just courtyards and fields, so we are very lucky in that respect.

Our ethos is to simply have a 'wow' factor - a unique venue;  one that would be an experience throughout the day and evening for all guests.  To have the very best catering and staff - we are so lucky to have the fantastic services of Morgans Catering - our Award Winning Team of highly skilled chefs headed up by Chef Anthony Morgan and silver service trained serving staff.  Morgans have been consistently producing fabulous fine dining for weddings since 2000 and offer bespoke menus without compromise.  And finally of course, to be able to put on an amazing party in the evening - something that is assured with our Bose professional sound system, computerised LED lighting throughout the barns, lasers, screen/projector and LED dance floor.

The Barns are continually evolving and we constantly look at new developments, change and improvements.  
No two weddings are the same for us - but every wedding is very special.

Why Choose Redhouse Barn?

We create weddings with love and we adore originality!  Why have a 'package' wedding when you can have a special one personal to you?

We want you to indulge yourselves...whether its the dream of a beautiful ceremony set in romantic grounds; enjoying the finest food and service, or having fun with family and friends... it should certainly be where you receive the best of everything!  So why choose Redhouse Barn for your wedding day?  

Because we understand the art of creating a wonderful wedding and have designed a venue that delivers exactly that:

  • 'Environmentally-friendly' build using sustainable resources.

  • We 'design' weddings - everything is original and bespoke from 'creating' your menus to the theme of your wedding.

  • Perfect for civil ceremonies up to 100 in the Brick Barn or 160 in the Timber Barn with wedding breakfast seating from 60 up to 160 in the Timber Barn (we can also seat children for their own tea-party in the Brick Barn with our recommended wedding creche service for larger weddings). The Barns will cater for 100 to 200+ in the evening - so ample room and flexible whatever size wedding you have.

  • Personal management by the venue owners, together with Morgans, our multi-award winning caterers and a professional MC/Front of House Manager throughout the entire wedding, ensures that you get what you have asked for on your wedding day and everything runs smoothly and professionally.

  • Award Winning Caterers Morgans - 2012 National Award Winners 'Best Caterers' & 2014 Food Industry 'Best Caterers' Winners - design exactly what you want with Chef Anthony and at specially booked days throughout the year, have your chosen menu prepared for you at the Barns to ensure it is exactly how you like it.

  • Offer your guests a choice of menus - it's not a problem. Even prime cuts such as lamb and beef are cooked to order - just how your guests like it, with their orders being taken on the day..incredible service and choice. Morgans excel in foods from around the World too! Asian, Moroccan, Italian, French.....to traditional English! If you have a favourite dish or want to have something you love, then Chef Anthony will do his best to provide.

  • Their supplier policy for local farm meat and produce, whilst using only the finest quality ingredients produces the finest tasting local food! No problem with dietary requirements and special children's menus - everyone is catered for. Bar prices are based on our local pub prices, so your guests will enjoy being here too! Real ales and speciality cocktails available too.

  • Our complimentary Wine Tasting Days (Spring and Autumn) allow you and your parents to be guided through our excellent wines & champagnes; meet some of our favourite suppliers; choose your linens and the day ensures you are happy with your selection

  • On your wedding day, your table wine and beers are 'sale or return', so if your guests don't drink it..you won't be charged for it!

  • Redhouse Barn is highly equipped with the best quality Bose sound & media equipment throughout, including wireless microphones for speeches; screen & projector for pictures of the day; speech video streaming and graphics whilst the band/dj are playing.

  • Our lighting rig is so well equipped with lasers, haze machines and computerised special effect lights that there is no need for bands/djs to bring their own! This speeds up set-up times, often provides you with a discounted DJ rate and ensures that the quality of what is provided is amazing!

  • Beautiful gardens and grounds extending to 5 acres.. just perfect for you and your guests to enjoy with your chosen photographer.

  • Romantic ponds with waterfalls and fountains; perfectly mown lawns traditionally striped and clipped; cantilever decking over the water..perfect for evening sunset shots; a fabulous 'jinny ring' apple press in the front courtyard makes a wonderful 'arrival' area for the wedding car and guests, whilst the rear courtyard and play area is safe and secure for children (and is equipped with Connect4, Jenga, Croquet (for adults) and other games..all part of the venue hire.

  • You can even have your dog at your wedding! No worries about where this member of the family is going on your wedding day! My sister Anne does a brilliant dog-sitting service in her own home and includes feeding/walking and bringing to the Barns during reception drinks for pictures and then off to be fussed and a relaxing night in the comfort of a loving home, returning the next day to Mum & Dad!

  • Being just over a mile from M5 junction 5, your guests will find us easily; enjoy an excellent range of special priced hotels from The 4* Hilton & Holiday Inns to the recently renovated Chateau Impney and a host of luxury B&Bs, all within a short taxi or mini-bus ride.

  • As the Bride & Groom, you will enjoy complimentary upgrades to Bridal Room/Suites with complimentary Fizz and should you wish, why not finish the night in style departing in our beautiful Rolls Royce - with all your guests waving you off as you are swept away into the night! The Barns are very beautiful. They are designed to be functional. Your guests will love them! You will have the best experience of your life with us - we promise!

© 2017 Redhouse Barn | Shaw Lane | Stoke Prior | Bromsgrove | Worcestershire | B60 4BG | T 07875 142493 | E: info@redhousebarn.co.uk

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