Best Wedding Venue West Midlands 2013



Best Wedding Venue Regional Winner 2013

Best Wedding Venue National Finalist 2013

We were the Regional Winner of the 2013 Wedding Industry Awards for BEST WEDDING VENUE West Midlands & also BEST WEDDING VENUE national finalist.

See the below UN-EDITED comments from our amazing couples who helped achieve this award.

Fingers crossed for 2014


What our couples said when asked: ## About The Ashes ##

The Ashes deserve to win this award as we had a wonderful wedding day.  From start to finish, we were impressed by the organisation of the staff/venue and everything went swimmingly on the day.  I would definately recommend The Ashes!

The ashes for us was breathtakingly beautiful.  The moment we saw the venue & spoke to the staff we knew it was the one.. The venue hold natural beauty & character & Ben & Sarah are wonderfully accomodating…

The Ashes provided a truly bespoke experience. The staff were friendly and approachable and were flexible towards our needs.The venue itself is luxurious with a homely feel. Many of our guests commented on how beautiful The Ashes is. We had an amazing day.

Absolutely fantastic venue! Couldn’t of asked for a nicer day. Staff are very friendly and will go out of their way to help you. The setting is lovely. Food was amazing. All of our guests commented how nice a day they had. Everything we could of asked for and more.

Great day all round. The venue is fantastic and Ben and his staff were excellent. The food provided the venues caterers Jenkinson’s was second to none and the service was excellent.

From the moment we were first shown around the venue we were impressed with the enthusiasm that was quite clearly visible from Ben, we just knew that our day would be perfect. They ensure that your whole day runs as much according to plan as possible. Our day was perfect.

Stunning venue! The whole package was perfect. You get the most personal, intimate wedding largely due to the personal touch given by Ben, Sarah and their team. Their passion and care for the venue is infectious. All of our guests came away as in love with it as we are!

We fell in love with this venue as soon as we saw it! We viewed about 20 venues in the UK as we weren’t fussed where we got married.The venue is amazing its a beautiful blank canvas for us to decorate as we wishes. It’s classy and has the wow factor.Staff are very professional and helpful

The Ashes allowed us to have the wedding we’d dreamed of. It is a magical place and Ben, Sarah and the Ashes team are all absolutely amazing!

The Ashes venue is beautiful – we loved it from the photos even before we saw it in reality. There are amazing photo opportunities everywhere you look. The staff were so organised on the day, everything went really smoothly and with no stress from when we arrived to the end of the evening.

The service provided by the team at The Ashes was first rate. They were polite and friendly at all times offering the perfect customer service. They couldnt do enough to ensure we had the perfect day.The have a Facebook page which is updated almost daily with information, advice, pictures etc.

Beautiful family venue, made to feel welcome on all occasions! Helpful on the day, lots of vital behind the scenes work going on to make the day run smoothly!

Our day could not have gone any better. We felt special all day. Everyone who attended commented on the natural beauty of the venue and grounds. The staff are amazing, and from start to finish they really took the weight off during the planning stages.

Great premises, great staff, great food, flexibility.

Can not fault this venue, was amazing from start to finish and accommodation will only further improve an already perfect place!!!

Amazing venue, absolutely stunning and Ben and Sarah and all of the other staff we’re accomodating and really helped make the day amazing – perfect day perfect venue

The Ashes staff could not have been more attentive, we didn’t really have a fixed idea of what we wanted in a venue but the team gently guided us, but never once made us feel like we were being pushed into a convenient option. The venue is absolutely beautiful and all of our guests agreed!!

Every single thing from the website, the professional thoughtful staff, the uniqueness, the dairy room, the lawn, the perfect toilets and the lighting.It rained all day but it didn’t matter and I think that was because of the venue and the guests.

Perfect wedding venue. Day ran to precision. staffs and owners very helpful in pre wedding meetings and present throughout our wedding day for help.

We dreamed of a wedding at a beautiful stylish venue and that’s what we got from The Ashes. The staff on the day were incredibly hospitable and welcoming, our guests felt comfortable and were made to feel special.We both look back on our wedding with only happy thoughts.

Beautiful location, absolutely loved the barns and the food was top notch.

Outstanding. Really superb on every level. Everything was planned for, the staff were on top of everything and I had absolute confidence from the outset. There were a few things I messed up on (extra people, drinks are just an example) but they sorted everything. No fuss, no issues.

The Ashes is perfect! From our first visit to the venue until the end of our wedding day, everything was amazing; the setting is beautiful, the food is delicious and the staff are so approachable, nothing was too much trouble!

An amazing & magical wedding day, in a stunning setting. I can’t fault the enthusiasm & expertise of the staff from the start of the planning process to the day itself, providing helpful advice, guidance & allowing us flexibility to include our own personal touches for a truly memorable wedding day!

The Ashes team are superb, no request too much trouble, supportive and not bossy. They fully recognise its your day and do everything to help it be the day you want it to be.Excellent.

It is an amazing venue and we couldn’t of asked for more. It was perfect in everyway and the service we received was brilliant

The Ashes really is the venue you dream of, The staff were so supportive and the location is breathtaking. So many of our guests commented that it was the most beautiful wedding venue they had ever been to. We cant thank The Ashes enough for making our wedding day the best day of our lives.

Could not have asked for a better venue or been looked after any more, would recommend it to anyone and everyone and can’t thank them enough for making our day so special

The venue itself is stunning and offers the charm of a church wedding for a civil service. Their attention to detail and professionalism are exceptional, along with the quality of their recommended suppliers and partners. The detail contained on The Ashes’ website and facebook page is invaluable

We had absolutely brilliant wedding there – the staff are very professional and helpful, the food’s delicious and it’s a stunning venue, I highly recommend getting married there!

A wedding is something that takes a lot of planning and can be stressful. Due to the proffessional and helpful staff at ‘The Ashes’ – Our wedding ran like clock work and it was truly the best day of mine and Maria’s lives.I could not reccommend this Venue enough!!!

The overall service from viewing to the actual day was second to none. Although they cater for lots of weddings throughout the year they still made mine feel special. I found the organisation brilliant- you here of brides getting stressed before their wedding but I knew mine was in capable hands!!

The perfect venue in the perfect place for us in The Staffordshire Countryside. We don’t like anything too formal but this gets the mix just right. Everybody commented on how relaxed they felt and this was reflected in the calming presence of the owners and staff. Well organised!

The staff and whole team at the ashes make you feel welcome and special the second we fist spoke to them on the phone to arrange the first viewing,they care as much about our day as much as we did. nothing was to much and the detailed list of suppliers was very helpful, not all venues off that.

We seen so many Wedding Venues, but when we seen the Ashes, we knew it was the one for us.  Incredibly helpful, stunning venue, really  helped us with all aspects of the day.  Everyone was so impressed with the venue, not least my Wife and I.

Outstanding service from start to finish. Beautiful venue and location even in the rain!  Extremely positive comments from the guests.  We would highly recommend The Ashes to any couple that wish to get married in Staffordshire.

The Ashes were awesome from start to finish. From the moment we found the venue they we extremely helpful, right upon till our Wedding Day. The venue is is stunning. Staff are very organised, hard working and well mannered. Our wedding day could not have gone any better. 100% brilliance

Excellent quality venue, very well drilled and give a very personal feel… Just needs accomodation which will be coming in 2013 but was not ready in time for our wedding.

A beautiful venue made even more magical when it snowed on our wedding day. Truly a day to remember.

Loved the venue, location was perfect beautiful setting, the food was excellent. We would definitely use the venue again for family functions in the future. My only negative point is that you can not stay overnight.  We felt we had a very personal service from all the staff we were very happy.

The whole planning process was supported from start to finish by the remarkably understanding, knowledgeable and patient staff at The Ashes. It was an absolute pleasure working with such professionals. The day itself was perfect and our wedding coordinator managed everything seamlessly.

Perfect barn, lots of character, picturesque setting, great ambience, efficient staff, very friendly, yummy food, VERY flexible, would reccommmend it to anyone.

Beautiful Venue and Ben and Sarah were the most Welcoming of People along with their Staff. We felt we had a free reign to arrange our Wedding as we wanted it and help and advice was offered for the things we were unsure of. The Tasting Day was a fantastic addition to the build up of our Wedding

The owners and main organisers at The Ashes are the most organised, friendliest, most approachable and helpful people that we had the pleasure of dealing with when we were making our plans.Our day was perfect in large part to them.The venue itself is stunning and has a real wow factor.

The perfect venue, with professional, friendly and extremely helpful staff.

Fabulous location, fabulous food, fabulous service = perfect day for my Husband and I. We want to do it all over again at the Ashes!! Perfect Venue!!

Everything about The Ashes is faultless- the passionate, friendly and welcoming staff; the amazingly restored barns; the beautiful grounds and surroundings.  NOTHING compares to The Ashes and the raw passion the staff had for the venue and the interest they had in our day. You guys are amazing!

From the moment we first visited the venue, throughout the planning stage and on the day the team at the Ashes were fantastic!  They were incredibly professional and ensured that our day ran smoothly.The venue is outstanding and we could not fault the recommended suppliers.

Planning a wedding over 200 miles away from where you live is a daunting task, but the Ashes were outstanding from our very first meeting to the day after our wedding! They gave us the wedding of our dreams! And of guests loved everything too, nothing was too much trouble!

Perfect venue, nothing to much trouble, lots of help and advice, always friendly, very much focused on us having our day not what suited them. Clear guidelines and advice. Management of the actual wedding day was superb and we would love to do it all over again there. Loved the Ashes and their team.

Superb venue for our wedding, staff lovely and unobtrusive. Caterer also amazing. The Venue looks great on pictures and is very private with its exclusive use.

The perfect wedding venue. From planning to the actual day staff couldn’t do more to help. They ensured the day ran smoothy. Barns were lovely, everything seemed perfectly new, obviously they are maintained well by staff. FAB venue. Would recommend to everyone.

The dream wedding venue!  Friendly, professional staff with a flexible and accomodating approach.  Nothing was ever too much trouble and all staff members were very efficient regards communication – something VERY important when planning a wedding.  The venue is the perfect ‘blank canvas’

We found the whole process of the wedding at the ashes outstanding. Attention to detail is second to none. The venue is kept in immaculate condition and we loved how secluded it was- i.e no other guests but our own.They were extremely flexible and modern in there approach to charges.excellent

Exceptionally well organised very well run on the day kept a very low profile brilliant service

Really helpful staff and a beautiful venue.  The catering team the Ashes use Jenkinsons really did a fab job too as did their staff.  A wonderful day.

I cannot recommend this venue highly enough – they were very professional and we were very relaxed on the day as we knew everything would be dealt with. They were very flexible in offering us options that suited us rather than them (e.g. offering us one of the last low-fee days before peak-season!)

Amazing venue set in an idylic location. Fantastic barns – simple and elegant. The ashes team are also very supportive and made our day one to remember. only thing missing is on site accmodation

The Ashes was the perfect venue for us. The look, food, atmosphere and service was beyond our expectations. Ben, Sarah and all their staff were so passionate it felt like ours was the most important wedding. The wedding service website was brilliant and we used it to source a lot of our suppliers.

Knowing you can trust your venue and having 100% confidence in them is absolutely vital when planning your perfect wedding day – the ashes showed this instantly and more than delivered on every level. We are still receiving cards from our guests stating his perfect the day was, especially the venue.

I couldn’t fault the Ashes venue. The venue was beautiful and fitted out requirements exactly. The staff were very helpful, knowledgeable and acommodating. The wedding service that the Ashes offered included all services we needed as standard and without any fuss.

Excellent venue,if help was required it was given,everything was superb

All the staff are extremely helpful and friendly.  They made our day go seamlessly so we could just relax and leave it all to them. Nothing was a hassle or a effort to them.  We really feel that helped us make the day ours by finding out what we wanted the day to be like and us.

The best day of our lives. A beautiful and wonderful place to spend the day. The people at the Ashes an their suppliers made life as easy as it possibly could have been for us in the run up. A great upfront and honest service

Amazing venue and wonderful staff. We would score the venue 100 if it had accomodation so it gets 99! Thoroughly enjoyed our day there, would highly recommend.

The professionalism of the staff was outstanding. The attention to detail in regards to the aesthetic finish of the venue was tiers above any other we had viewed.

The only reason I give them 95 is that they have no accommodation on site, but understand why they don’t. Having The Dairy Barn was great, somewhere for the bride and attendants to get ready for the big day and later for the bride & groom to have some space, if needed, is a brilliant touch.

What our couples said when asked: ## Why Book? ##

Love at first sight followed by a friendly and transparent approach from the people there

Because it is beautiful, the owners clearly had a passion for what they do and there is not a single bad word that I can find anywhere about this place. I challenge anyone to find some back feedback. Also, they know how to use social media properly and really engage with their customers, both before booking, before the wedding and post-marriage. Wonderful people.

In the area near where I grew up. We fell in love straight away and couldn’t think of our wedding anywhere elae

Recommended by a friend and we thought it was prefect from our first visit.

I wanted a barn conversion for my wedding. Therefore, the Ashes was perfect. The barns have been restored perfectly while keeping the original features.

It stood out from the rest

Stunning venue, professional staff and good choice of catering.

The wow factor. It was the first place we looked and we didnt look anywhere else.

The Ashes presented itself as a uniquely flexible and stunningly beautiful venue run with a very personal touch by the owners who live on site. We could put our own stamp on every aspect of the day and we were never dictated to and only ever provided with good advice based on experience. A perfect match for our requirements. The venue is extremely well kept and obviously loved and adored. The beautiful landscape surrounding The Ashes offers a stunning back drop for photos with a fantastic winding drive allowing the bride to ‘take it all in’ when being driven to the venue in all her finery. Jenkinson’s the caterers were also a massive bonus to us as they were highly acclaimed as a very successful catering company for weddings and they offered us the option to choose our own menu which was important to us. The Ashes could also comfortably hold up to 150 guests which was an ideal size for us.

Provided a more unique experience than weddings with hotels etc. We felt it was more rustic than any other venue could be.

It was everything we wanted and we had confidence that the staff team would make sure we enjoyed our day.

Not only is the venue beautiful but the attention to detail on the day we went to view the venue was fantastic – they had thought of everything! It made me trust them to organise the most important day of my life.

It ticked every box for what we wanted and more, the staff made it so easy and enjoyable!

Easily the best venue we looked at.  And they offer the complete package – really good integration with all suppliers.  Great value for money.  Perfect!

It was love at first sight.  The venue buildings, grounds and staff showing us round left us instantly impressed.  In our opinion, it has a modern yet authentic feel; a venue with real charm and character (something that ALL our guests commented and agreed with).  We were majorly overwhelmed with how smoothly everything went on our day thanks to the wonderful staff and we recieved so many comments on our chosen venue; guests fell in love instantly with it too it seemed!

It was the first wedding venue that we went to see and we were blown away.  The staff were all very welcoming and friendly and the venue is stunning!

The Venue was beautiful. The brochure was open about pricing, and the majority of things where included in the cost (no additional hidden costs unlike other venues!)

We had searched for a barn-style venue closer to home and were not 100% happy with the venues we had seen. We had resisted visiting The Ashes because of its distance from our home, but once we did visit we fell in love with it – it is enchanting! The quality of the venue, the furnishing, the decoration etc were amazing as is the setting. We had concerns about the logistics of planning a wedding in a town we were unfamiliar with, but needn’t have worried as The Ashes made it very simple as they give contact details of everyone from hairdressers to hotels to taxi firms on their website.

Wanted a barn venue and fell in love with it as soon as we saw it.

Exclusive, very well organised

It ticked every box. It’s got the wow factor and I could imagine myself there straight away.

The beauty of the barns, the exclusive use, the flexibility of food and drink choices.

We booked the ashes because it was exactly what we were looking for in a venue. It was exclusive and intimate which was important to us. I think what also made us choose the ashes was the love and care that Ben and Sarah had put into making the ashes much more than a wedding venue, it was a home and it felt like that for us.

Perfect venue just gorgeous! Worth every penny. Perfect for us as we wanted barbs and we got 2 of these. Grounds are amazing

Because of the venue rooms

The venue is simply perfect and we were made to feel welcome and comfortable from the second we drove up the drive for our first viewing.  There is no reason NOT to book.

Location-local to where we live/ high quality of the venue/ the friendliness of the staff/ no corkage fee/ outstanding converted barns

beautiful location, original, smart interiors, excellent catering, very helpful

Beautiful venue with character and availability for civil ceremonies.

Confidence in staff that would look after us on big day and we would not be worrying about anything!

It is a gorgeous venue and when we were showed around, everyone was helpful and really interested in us as a couple and what we wanted our day to be.

We immediately fell in love with the venue as soon as we saw it, the West barn was an idyllic setting for our civil ceremony, and the East barn was equally stunning and of the same capacity. The venue required very little decoration, and an important factor for my husband was that there was no requirement for chair covers!  We had short listed two venues, the Ashes and another barn venue and what finally decided it for us was the team at the Ashes, they were fantastic and extremely helpful from the moment we first visited.

It’s simply amazing but we booked it because of Ben and Sarah and the feel we got from them

Beautiful setting, very good value for money (no hidden added extras), the flexibility/approachability of the staff.

Live in Dubai and found it on a wedding website. It looked different and was available. We booked it before we saw it because we sent family to view and they were amazed.

It was the first and only venue we went and viewed. We fell in love with the Venues Character and obvious attention to detail in all it’s finishes. The help and advice, Service and expertise made us 100% confident that we would have our dream wedding at the Ashes.

The beauty of the buildings and surrounding gardens

Our favourite from the ones we viewed. It was the one”.”

We loved the natural setting and the serenity of the place. The venue was kept immaculate unlike others we had seen. There was just nothing else that compared to it for us. The pricing was a very modern touch and we appreciated that.

The Barns are simply stunning, as is the whole property.  The Ashes has a very good presence on the internet and was just what we were looking for, it was the only place we looked at, but we fell in love with The Ashes. Ben & Sarah and the wedding co-ordinators we’re always ready and willing to help. The Ashes is the best.

The location as it is close to where we live but also we love the countryside and nature and the mix of a converted barn and perfect landscape could not be better.

Location,good value for money, excellent management team and very useful website.

We wanted a country barn wedding, with stunning scenery for a really relaxed day. It really helped that there were no hidden costs and everything was explained to us really clearly. We loved that they have an amazing caterers to use so we didnt worry about finding one ourselves.  The staff were amazing and so helpful. It made the whole process really easy!

Value & beauty of the place

It stood out from other venues we visited over a period of 6 Months

Maria was really helpful and lovely

It met our requirements exactly and came in within budget.

We fell in love with how magical the venue made us feel. Sarah, Ben, Jayne and team made us feel special from beginning to the end.

The wedding package offered all of the services we needed and more. Many of the wedding venue organisational tasks were taken care of as standard. The venue is stunning.

We went on a visit and it was the perfect setting, the staff were lovely and no corkage charge!!

Based totally on our first visit there.  The venue is truly beautiful and sells itself, but the passion and friendly nature of the staff meant I knew we would be in very good hands throughout the planning of the wedding day, and the wedding day itself.  And I was not wrong- they were truly amazing!

Good competitive price, no hidden extras (which some venues seemed to have), exclusive use, lovely setting, great team that work there, allowed us to have our wedding (some venues we wondered if it was their coordinators wedding or ours), good location for us and guests.(Only change would be the ability to check out other caterers as the ones they use made a couple of errors with the food which were not the fault of the Ashes but were symptomatic of a supplier we felt wanted to do things their way rather than ours at times and didn’t match the level of care the Ashes themselves had displayed).

We loved the location, beautiful surroundings, decor inside and out and it is not far from where we live.

The setting, the immaculate presentation, the personality and helpfulness of the owners, the price but ultimately the transparency of the pricing and that we knew we could trust them so much

‘The Ashes’ is a venue within 10 minutes of where my wife grew-up. So it was an extra bonus that she could leave for her wedding from her parents home!

Stunning venue and grounds. Extremely efficient staff. Very welcoming and flexible. Free corkage!

Best price we could find in comparison to other venues of a similar style. In particular we liked the fact that you could provide your own drinks and they didn’t seek to exploit the money making wedding machine by charging corkage. Similarly their drinks prices weren’t extortionate.

We fell in love with the Ashes the moment we arrived on their grounds. In fact, we loved it so much that we changed our date to a Thursday so that we could use the Ashes! We knew we would have to do very little to the venue in way of decoration as it is beautiful already – and having exclusive use and no corkage fee was the cherry on the top!

The style the helpfulness of everyone,they all howed how much they cared and that ment a lot to us. The simplicity of the venue meant anything would work. Modern vintage so we were not tied to a colour. The setting the views, the space and the whole feel of the place was amazing. The venue speaks for its self, the amazing members of staff and Ben and Sarah were a fantastic bonus.

It was our dream venue!!!

Liked the premises themselves – the look, layout, quality of fittings. Great staff, catering flexibility,

We just don’t know how you couldn’t after seeing it! It is just beautiful! There is a warm, inviting, really special feel about it. We met Ben and knew he would give us our perfect wedding, we could tell he really cared about what we wanted out of our day. We didn’t feel stressed at any point because we felt supported by The Ashes’ team every step of the way.

Super location, exclusive use of venue, facilities, – only thing missing is accomodation.

We originally viewed it based on location and pictures on the internet – it looks stunning.Once we’d met Ben Reeves initially we were impressed by his friendliness and up-frontness, nothing was hidden and he was very helpful.Our mind was made up as it was better value for money than our second choice, but also based upon the fact that they don’t charge corkage if you’d like to bring anything (ie wine and cocktails) in yourself and their wine cellar prices were a lot more reasonable than our second choice.

The venue was one of a few we narrowed down that met our various criteria, but before we had even left our viewing of the venue we knew we were going to book it. They were excellent in taking the time to explain all the options to us and letting us walk around the venue by ourselves. Incredibly professional first contact! They also provided lots of information on a range of suppliers (styles and budgets) they work with regularly and we found some excellent suppliers because of this (photographer in particular).

We both loved the look of the Ashes from what we’d seen online. We arranged a visit and instantly fell in love with the place. We wanted a special setting for a non-religious ceremony and we liked the idea of having the service & reception on one site, in seperate areas, but with exclusive use of the venue and the Ashes offered all of this.The Ashes team were so friendly, helpful, flexible and brimming with enthusiasm so we were confident we’d have a wonderful wedding there – and we were right!

Average Voter Scores

Flexibility and range of options at your wedding venue.: 9.58

Quality of expertise, advice and guidance received from this supplier.: 9.69

Quality of the function rooms/areas you used for your wedding.: 9.72

Efficiency and personal presentation of the venue staff.: 9.84

Quality of the customer service and communication received from your venue. : 9.78

Quality of your wedding venue’s web presence (web site, facebook etc).: 9.76

Value for money: 9.43