BUSINESS AND FARM DIVERSIFICATION

WEST CORNWALL

£88,604.42 FUNDED

Stennack Farm Wedding Barn

J H Pellow and Sons

A project to convert a disused cow shed into a high quality wedding venue at Stennack Farm.

From cow bells to wedding bells

The Cornish wedding industry serves not only the local community, but also the increasing number of ‘destination wedding’ seekers, drawn to the natural beauty of Cornwall’s coasts and lush green fields. This growing interest has prompted many landowners to convert agricultural buildings into idyllic event spaces.

One such place is Stennack Farm, located down a little country lane near Camborne, in the rural heart of West Cornwall. Run by husband-and-wife team Clive and Caroline Pellow, the farm offers betrothed couples the choice of two buildings – the converted Wedding Barn or the repurposed Old Cow Barn – in which to host their nuptial celebrations. Promising to be ‘unique and memorable,’ there is even an outdoor ceremony space on the rolling lawn, with a Pixie Hut for those “all-important parts of the service that need a roof,” explains Caroline.

A blank canvas for picture-perfect weddings

From intimate to elaborate weddings, the venue has come a long way from its rustic roots as a working cattle farm. “My husband’s grandmother worked the farm. It’s been in the family for over 60 years,” says Caroline. Unable to take on the farming duties herself, Caroline saw an opportunity to convert some of the tired agricultural buildings to create a new business venture.

“It’s very much a blank canvas,” says Caroline, who embraces diversity in the look and feel of her weddings. “There’s nothing rigid with us. In fact, we have a brilliant team on hand to support our clients, making their day unique to them.”

Weddings are massively important to the economy of Cornwall, providing revenue for myriad services such as florists, photographers, caterers, B&B accommodation etc., and Stennack Farm is proud to contribute to this.

LEADER funds cattle-shed conversion

Caroline applied to the Leader Programme for the capital to turn her vision into a reality, acquiring over £88,000 of financial support to convert the old cattle shed into a modern barn.

Caroline explains that the funding kick-started their business. “It helped to get us on the map,” she says. And what a difference it’s made! The transformation of the abandoned cattle shed into a chic, rustic, contemporary space, with spectacular views across the valley beyond, offers more than just a wedding venue; it offers security for a thriving business.

Like every business, Stennack Farm is reliant on the ambition of its owner, and Caroline certainly has that. “We would like to use The Wedding Barn for other things,” she says. There are lots of plans for the site, including a yoga retreat and the annual hosting of the Carnhell Green Vintage Rally, which raises money for the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust. “Recently, we’ve been asked to offer birthday parties,” says Caroline, who welcomes the prospect of adapting for an additional client base, and helping her farm to flourish in pastures new.

To find out more about Stennack Farm, go to https://www.stennackfarm.com

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