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Easton: New wedding venue perfect for country weddings

PUBLISHED: 15:02 17 July 2013 | UPDATED: 15:02 17 July 2013

Owners Alastair and Sian Kerr at the new Easton Grange wedding venue. Photo by Tony Pick www.tonypickphotography.co.uk

Owners Alastair and Sian Kerr at the new Easton Grange wedding venue. Photo by Tony Pick www.tonypickphotography.co.uk

© 2012 Tony Pick

Suffolk has a new wedding venue set in the peace and tranquility of the countryside at Easton, near Wickham Market.

Simon Robson (Director Galloping Gourmet), Matt Wilson(Operations Manager Galloping Gourmet) Sian Kerr (Easton Grange) Angus Hastie (Director Galloping Gourmet) Ali Kerr (Easton Grange)Simon Robson (Director Galloping Gourmet), Matt Wilson(Operations Manager Galloping Gourmet) Sian Kerr (Easton Grange) Angus Hastie (Director Galloping Gourmet) Ali Kerr (Easton Grange)

Easton Grange is the brainchild of Alastair and Sian Kerr, who have restored and renovated a set of ancient farm buildings up a farm track to create an upmarket ‘one-stop’ wedding venue, from the ceremony and reception to overnight accommodation.

Alastair, whose father, John Kerr, bought the venue from another farmer about quarter of a century ago, started on the project around 2010 and says it is already bringing business to the county, attracting customers from other parts of the UK with no Suffolk connection.

“It was effectively a derelict set of farm buildings, an old dairy farm,” he said. “We were basically looking for alternative uses. We then looked at the whole concept of creating a venue which would provide everything on site.”

Even the catering, provided by Galloping Gourmet, is based on site in purpose-built kitchens. It is aimed primarily at the weddings market, but would also be suitable for other celebrations and events.

“The whole idea is to have the site exclusive for your function,” said Alastair.

A traditional Suffolk farmhouse on the site has been converted to provide guest rooms and a honeymoon cottage for the bride and groom is next door.

Lawns sweep down to a picturesque bend in the River Deben, and the area is surrounded by meadows and farmers’ fields.

The building work, carried out by Hills Construction of Colchester, began in January 2012.

“It has been a challenge, but hopefully it looks as though it has been worth it,” he said.

The venue was “all about food and quality”, he said, and around five permanent staff, as well as a number of temporary ones, will be employed at the site.

“There are some other places similar to this, but not with the same backdrop. We wanted to get something really unique so it would attract people to the area. We wanted to get something really unique. We are hoping it will be really beneficial.”

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