This ancient little island in South Elmham
 is more than just our home.

We are its custodians.

We tend its long-respected landscapes as an organic farm.
With attention to conservation. Watching where we reap and mow.
Grazing historic meadows with old native breeds of cattle.
Giving Turtle Doves a place to bill and coo again.

Weddings at Bateman’s Barn help to
 keep its beautiful, time-honoured buildings in use...

Sharing and a sustainable future go hand in hand here too.
Everything belongs together. And you can feel the connection.

This ancient place. Those who live and love here.
We treasure each other’s company.

John & Nicole Sanderson 


Bateman’s Barn South Elmham is a unique, rural Suffolk wedding venue with real history of hospitality. It is a family business which lays great store by supporting its local community, owned and run by Suffolk farmers, John and Nicole Sanderson.  

An entertaining sort of place

In 1999 we didn’t just restore a magnificent medieval barn. We brought a beautiful place back to life and looked to its future. By being able to share it with others as a venue for ceremonies and celebrations, we found ourselves restoring a tradition too.

Bateman's Barn South Elmham has been both a farm and an entertaining sort of place here for centuries. Wealthy medieval bishops held court here, catering for their guests with rich pickings from the local land and sharing a spot of sport in the surrounding deer park. Across the fields, an important Minster attracted travellers and pilgrims.

Today, much of the ancient landscape remains remarkably intact. And its time-honoured buildings too. The beauty of it all still speaks to the soul. The farm still provides. The community flourishes and the warmth of the welcome… Well, come and feel it all for yourself.  

First class, personal service

With more than 20 years’ experience in hosting weddings at Bateman’s Barn, we understand not only every inch of the venue, but absolutely appreciate the peace of mind you need as you set about planning your wedding day.

From the moment you first pick up the phone to the ‘big day’ itself, we will be there personally for you. You won’t find yourself allocated a ‘wedding planner’ or talking to different people every time you have a question.

We will be discreetly on hand just as much as you wish - there to listen, help, advise gently and source; to decorate, assist and inspire; to serve the drinks, light the candles, herd our photogenic cows, position the ice-cream van, settle in the musicians, do the running around…

And you don’t have to take our word for it … “Nothing was too much trouble..." “I felt like your only client - it takes a very special kind of person to make an individual feel that way… Nicole is exceptional..." “The bar is John's domain and he runs it well... " “On the day … everything was just how you said it was going to be… perfect.” Read more»