We are in the process of setting up a new family business we are calling Dukeries Retreat, a caravan and motorhome site and events venue in Barnby Moor, in the middle of England, in an area known as the Dukeries.
The venue is a family home and we are in the early stages of setting things up. Later in 2020 we are hoping to add a number of glamping cabins and a new shower block. The farm is set in 7 acres of pasture and we have some extremely fun ideas which we are hoping a lot of people are going to be excited about!
I got married on the farm last summer and we had a 250-person marquee on the field and set up a bar in the stables. It was a great success with amazing feedback so we decided we should do this as a business.
There are also 2 en-suite rooms in the farm house which are open for those who prefer the great indoors. Photos of these are below for an idea of style and high end finish we are creating!
We are hoping it will be an attractive venue for a wide range of people, ranging from a couples’ break to groups of friends looking for a different way of getting together for birthdays, reunions or just general hospitality.
Those with a special celebration who want to do things a bit differently might see this as a perfect way to do this, we can offer exclusive booking of the retreat, with exclusive access to all the amenities at extremely competitive costs!
A key element of the business is going to be hosting events, ranging from 250-person wedding receptions, to small groups celebrating the less extravagant occasions.
For weddings, we will be able to offer the venue for hire for marquee events, ranging from 50-500 in terms of capacity. We have videos and photos on the website of our wedding and it was a great success!
On a smaller scale there are a couple of outbuildings on the farm which we are converting to communal areas for get-togethers. The plan is to kit one of them out with a bar, hay bales as seats and light it up with thousands of fairy lights. We can help as much or as little in terms of putting on any events!
We are also looking for other fun things we can offer our guests. We are currently looking into things like archery, clay-pigeon and team games but the emphasis will be on keeping Dukeries Retreat what the name suggests – a retreat from the 21st century and a restful place to spend time.
We are well on with getting this set up now and I will share photos of how we are getting on in terms of progress over the next few months.
Around the Area
The venue is on the edge of the village of Barnby Moor which has roughly 200 inhabitants. Somehow the village has managed to still have a traditional gastro pub, a quality Indian restaurant, a high-end spa and a 5* Hotel with two further restaurants and bars.
Within a couple of miles or so of the village you can find a nature reserve, fishing lakes, delicatessen, farm-shop & café, mountain-bike trails, archery, paintballing and the historic town of Retford is 3 miles away.
How to get here
Retford is on the main line going into London Kings Cross and is very accessible for such a small place! You can get a direct train from Leeds (45 minutes) or London Kings Cross (1 hour 20 minutes) so it is ideal in terms of location for families/friends spread far and wide across the UK.
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The en-suite rooms in the house are currently available to book. They are currently on Airbnb, but please contact us via the email below for bookings.
The glamping pods should be ready later in 2020. You can register interest at this stage and once we have had them installed they will also go live on the website!
We are taking bookings for marquee-based events at the moment so please get in touch for more information. The glamping venue and 4-bedroom farm house will also be available to rent if the venue is rented exclusively for a 2-3 day period. More information is on the website, so have a look around!
If you want to register any initial interest at this stage, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org and we are taking bookings from now.
Thanks for any support given so far already! We are excited to see what we can create!