People

    Robert and I have been married for too many years to mention and have three wonderful grown up children  and  four  beautiful  grandchildren.   

    We built our current family home on the farm over 25 years ago, and feel very privileged to have lived and worked in such a beautiful area of this fantastic county of Devon. By building Harefield Barn, we are not only able to share this lovely location with you, but during the challenging times ahead for agriculture we hope to be able to provide a secure future here for ourselves and our extended family.

    A little more about us...

    Robert

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    My  father,  Arthur  moved  with  his  parents  and  sisters  from  their  farm  near   Rackenford in 1941, and that farming heritage continues to this day. Arthur married a local girl who had recently completed her training as a radiographer and they set up home at Shute Farm. 

    I am the eldest of their six children, and in partnership with Deborah, we are proud to continue that family farming tradition. The farm has various enterprises, including 26 acres of cider apple orchards, and a variety of  cereal  crops. 

    Modern farming  brings  many  challenges, and with an ever changing future in prospect, we hope Harefield Barn will be a great way to share  this beautiful corner of Devon and help support the agricultural side of the busines

    Deborah

    Deborah and HollyMy background is in  administration,  working  initially  as  the Partner's Personal Assistant  in  a  local firm  of  architects,  followed  by  a  period  working as  a Registered  Childminder  whilst our own children were small.  Once the three of them were established into school life, I went back to work during term time in local schools, firstly as a Classroom Assistant and then as a School Administrator

    I left my role as a Registrar for Devon County Council to concentrate on our new business. Based in Tiverton, I was privileged to carry out birth and death registrations and take marriage notices for hundreds of local families, and in doing so, be part of their lives at such important moments.

    My role also led me to conduct weddings both in the Register Office and at some of Devon's most beautiful venues.  This experience has given me a great insight into both what is needed of the physical space and the care and attention required to make each event special and personal to the people involved. I can bring all this experience to bear when helping you plan your event, guiding you through the whole process, and even conducting a personal Comittment Ceremony for you if that is your wish.

    Holly the dog!

    And of course, we shouldn't forget HOLLY - our fearsome rat catcher and rabbit scarer??  Well that's what she's supposed to be good for!  

     

     

    The  Team

    Our  Team  here  at  Harefield  Barn is  made  up  of  local  people  where  possible, from front of house and bar staff, to those working behind the scenes keeping the place spick and span.  Staffing   levels   can   be   as   flexible   as   you   need,   customised   according   to   your   personal requirements.  You can either choose to have your event fully staffed, or we will leave you to enjoy your  time  at  Harefield  Barn  uninterrupted  unless  you  need  us,  in  which  case we  are  only  minutes away.

    Amy and Mark - 30th March 2019

    First of all we would like to start off by saying we had the most amazing Wedding Day, it was everything we'd dreamed and considering we did it all within 8 months, it was most certainly the best day of our lives so thank you very much for letting us have Harefield Barn for our special day. You were a wonderful help and always there via email or phone if ever we needed you and you allowed us to bring our friends and family to visit Harefield Barn on numerous occasions before the wedding so they could share the excitement with us so thank you for this, it was much appreciated.

    So where do we start with the venue; it was the most amazing and beautiful venue with incredible views and we were so lucky with the weather for our special day - it was the cherry on top. The venue has everything you need, from a room for the Bride and Bridal party to get ready in, to the bar with a cosy log burner built in (perfect for those winter/colder months). It has an outdoor fire pit which was also lovely for the evening of our wedding and lots of our guests were very happy to have had this. Harefield has all of the amenities you could possibly need and is the perfect location for a barn wedding. It's the perfect venue if you want a DIY wedding in a rustic, but modern place. Truly beautiful and we couldn't have wished for any better - the views are to die for 😊 The venue/surroundings had SOOO many compliments from all of our guests and everyone loved it just as much as we did! Debbie also has a lot of decorations on offer to hire which is very useful if there's anything you've forgotten. On every occasion we went to view the venue and on the weekend of our own wedding, it was always very clean and tidy and it has such a welcoming atmosphere. 

    I would recommend this venue to anyone, it is truly beautiful, with great owners and magnificent place to get married!

    Amy and Mark xx