Farm Steading Turned Wedding Venue Wins National Recognition

Traditional stone farm buildings, which have been redundant for the last 20 years, have been transformed into the North East’s most sought-after wedding venue and have received national recognition.

Healey Barn, near Riding Mill, Northumberland, on the Healey Estate, was named runner-up in the best Rural Start-up category at the Rural Business Awards run by the Country Land and Business Association.

The steading conversion, which was completed in June 2015, has become hugely successful and popular with bridal couples looking for a unique alternative to traditional venues.  It has hosted 100 weddings in its first year of trading and has a further 130 booked for 2017.  It is run by the Cripps Barn Group and is the fourth in their portfolio of venues, but the first in the North of England.

Jamie Warde-Aldam, who owns the Healey Estate and Healey Barn says “When Land Factor introduced me to the Cripps Barn Group, I’d been scratching my head about what to do with these buildings for years, so I was delighted when they identified Healey Barn as a development opportunity.

"I worked with Land Factor throughout this complex project and they offered professional advice and support from start to finish. A whole host of issues presented themselves, including feasibility; finance; planning; business structure and project co-ordination. Healey Barn is a brilliant example of the way that new business ideas, through diversification, can help revitalise a rural estate.

"The Healey Barn wedding business is proving to be a great success. Everyone on the team is delighted to have won the award.”

Healey Barn can cater for 140 dinner guests and 200 for drinks and dancing.  The project has not only revitalised unused buildings, but has also boosted the local economy creating six full-time and numerous part-time jobs.  There has been minimal impact on the local community and environment.  The development has impeccable green credentials, with sustainable power generated by biomass and solar energy.

Tom Warde Aldam, the Director of Land Factor who advised on the project said “The Rural Business Awards recognise excellence in a range of different business categories, from innovation through to employment. We were very delighted to be recognised with this award. Offering strategic advice on diversification is a key part of our role with clients.“

Rural Business Awards co-founder, Jemma Clifford, said: “Healey Barn really impressed us when we were judging the important Start-up Category and we were particularly struck by the way the business was being run in partnership with a rural landowner.

“Healey Barn is a first-rate execution of a good idea, offering a great example of diversity on a rural estate and making a great contribution to the wedding market in the North East.”



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