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About Bovehay Down Woodland Weddings

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Established in 1992 and owned by the Sweetlands family, Bovehay Down is working organic farm in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty overlooking the beautiful Coly Valley in Devon. Owner, Pamela Sweetland, manages every aspect of each wedding day and she is also Head Chef, specialising in delicious Devon fare all made with homegrown or very local ingredients.

We believe our quiet, rural retreat is perfect for couples looking for an original and beautiful wedding setting. Our venue is authentic and not commercial in anyway, so if this what you are looking for you’re in the right place!


Originally the farm did not exist in its own right however its land was once a part of several other local farms. In the 1800s the ground, where Bovehay Down sits today, was owned by two of the area’s most notable land owners: Reverend Thomas Putt (d. 1844), of Combe House, Gittisham; and Sir Edmund Saunderson Prideaux, 9th Baronet (1793–1875), of Netherton Hall, Farway.

Bovehay Down is derived from the name of the field in which the farm is now located. ‘Bove’ is an Old English word meaning “land above the village” and ‘Hay(e)’ is another Old English word meaning “land enclosed by hedges” and hence Bovehay Down was born!

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The Farm

Our smallholding is currently home to 24 cows and calves, 7 geese and 6 ducks, we also have an orchard and a bluebell’s lace through our woodlands in the spring.

It’s also home to our beautiful campsite and we have a little secret spot up our sleeves for couples that choose to get married at Bovehay. Tucked away is our beautiful and charming bell tent offering a secluded glamping retreat with the best views of the Farway valley.

We’re happy to offer the rest of the campsite exclusively for your guests, and we have two retro caravans available for hire for those less inclined to camping!

Bovehay Down is also lovely spot to host vow renewals, hen parties, weekends away, engagement parties and any other events you might have in mind. If you would like to speak to Pam or visit Bovehay Down in person, just give our team a call today to arrange.

To find out more about glamping and camping see here.

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Contact Bovehay Down

If you wish to learn more about weddings at Bovehay Down near Honiton, do not hesitate to give us a call on 01404 871436. We will be happy to offer you a guided tour around the premises so you can see the incredible facilities we have to offer. To start planning your magical woodland wedding, get in touch with our experts today. We can’t wait to share your special day with you.

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