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Charity Farmhouse | Elopement Wedding Venue | Black Mountains

Weddings at Charity

Black Mountains, Herefordshire, UK

Filled to the rafters with character and style, Charity is an authentic stone farmhouse with a flair for wild abandon. Bohemian in spirit, this awe-inspiring mountainside location creates a remote elopement wedding venue like no other, where artistic English charm and traditional Welsh farmhouse design marry in a display of true romance.

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A big and beautiful celebration house hidden deep in the heather-clad hills of the Olchon Valley, yet still just three hours from London, Charity embodies the very essence of wild and free. The house is not currently licenced, so couples can choose between a beautiful church wedding, or celebrant-led ceremony at the house. Appealing to those with an eye for untamed refinement, exchange personalised vows on the croquet lawn under the watchful eye of the Black Mountains before dancing the night away beneath the rainbow reflections of the mirror ball in the barn.


Charity has six luxury bedrooms that can accommodate up to twelve guests, plus dogs and babies. With its eclectic farmhouse style, this unique mountain retreat is a perfect blend of rustic charm and colourful design. Roaring log fires, a well-equipped kitchen, snooker-cum-cocktail room and cinema barn ensure the wedding party entertainment for days on end. Book for a long weekend or take the house for a fortnight and settle in for a drawn-out celebration to remember.


Whether the peaks surrounding are dusted with snow or the rewilded meadow is a haze of swaying colour in the midsummer sun, statement destination wedding photographs are guaranteed at Charity. Twenty acres of rolling Herefordshire fields and woodland wrap around the house and its festoon-lit courtyard, offering plenty of opportunity for a ceremony hidden within the trees or intimate wedding breakfast high atop a hill. When guests have all dispersed home, sink into the hot tub beneath the rushing clouds and drink in the whirling afterglow.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 12 guests and accommodates up to 100 day guests
    Day hire options are available
  • Alternative group optionsUp to 30 or up to 50 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOn the ground floor are three zip-and-link bedrooms (which can be set up as either super king-size doubles or twins), two with en suite shower rooms and one with an en suite wet room. On the first floor is the zip-and-link master bedroom (the perfect bridal suite) with en suite bathroom and separate shower, and two double bedrooms each with a bath in the room.
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  • FeaturesWood-fired hot tub, sauna, outdoor shower, outdoor pizza oven, table tennis, snooker room, cinema barn
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • PracticalitiesThere is ample space for eight cars; four beside the house and four in a designated space on the private lane just up from the house. We recommend taxis for larger parties. The venue is booked on a dry-hire basis, however, a full list of recommended suppliers will be sent on enquiry which will include details of a wedding planner should you wish to enlist expert assistance for your special day. For smaller parties, the barn can accommodate up to 30 guests, and for larger affairs of up to 100, a marquee will be required (limited to 50 guests between the months of October to April). Whilst the house does not currently hold a licence, there are several beautiful churches in the area - the closest being Llanveynoe or St Clydawg Church in Clodock.
  • Homestay includesGuests staying in the house can enjoy a luxury welcome hamper, including spirits for the bar, a Sonos multiroom sound system, three barbecues, French linen, soft towels, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Private cateringDiscover your options for private dining and fully catered breaks.
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
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Unique photo opportunities abound<br /><span>© James Frost</span>
Set up the long table for a post-ceremony feast<br /><span>© James Frost</span>
A unique wedding venue indeed<br /><span>© James Frost</span>

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The Black Mountains

Hugging the border of England and Wales, The Black Mountains offer a dramatic location for destination wedding photographs. Walk up into the hills for a backdrop of climatic skies and roaming ponies, or sink down to the valleys where dense woodland and sparkling rivers await.

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Getting there

  • On the Map This elopement celebration venue has a secluded mountain position in Herefordshire's Olchon Valley on the England-Wales border, not far from the Brecon Beacons.
  • By Car Charity is three hours drive from London.
  • By Train Abergavenny train station is around half an hour's drive away, with regular routes to London via Cardiff.
  • By Air Cardiff and Bristol airports are both one and a half hours away by car.

From the owner

“Slowly transforming from a dilapidated cottage, for many years Charity was basic, draughty and cold. As children, we huddled around a fire waiting as our bathwater heated up, refilled from a metal bucket that hung over the grate. In 1989, taking early retirement from the design world, Dad bought the surrounding barns and began what he called ´The Grand Design´.”

From the owner

Dad began his work at Charity by creating an annexe between the barn and the cottage, a radical scheme connecting medieval architecture through modernist design where oak joinery, stone walls and flagstone floors continued to be the defining features.

When my father died, the prospect of losing the house was unbearable. My siblings decided to sell, but I moved heaven and earth to be able to buy Charity.

The changes my Dad made over the years inspired me to make more. I now had the opportunity of looking at the house as a whole with a view to resolving the tensions between the old and new.

With the help of brilliant teams, this new Charity has taken me many years and taught me many new skills along the way. It has been a challenging process trying to maintain the soul whilst delivering ergonomic functionality. Of course, this has been very exciting too and immensely rewarding. I hope you find Charity and this valley as inspiring as we do.

Henry John

Unique extras

Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.


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