The Longhouse is one of the best child friendly wedding venues in Somerset. It is a family run venue and was built in 2004 next to Trendle Farm, where I’ve lived since my parents bought it in 1984.

I returned to the family business after serving as a captain in the Royal Tank Regiment and in industry. My first major project was to project manage the build of the Longhouse and we were determined to make it as environmentally designed and sustainably built as possible; this has enabled us to have a fantastic venue for really green weddings.

I married my wife Flora in 2005 and it was always our plan to have our wedding reception at the Longhouse.

Longhouse weddings - Matt and Flora's wedding - family run

Now with over 150 weddings experience I look back to 2005 and an inexperienced bride and groom. I remember being so happy when Flora said that she would marry me. We talked about our plans but we hadn’t done anything like this before together let alone one of the most important days of our lives thus far. If I had only had someone like me over 10 years later to ask those important questions and to give advice on what can work in a particular situation, the preparation leading up to our wedding day certainly would have been less stressful!

In our experience if your wedding guest list includes children then having space for them to let off some steam is a great asset even better when there is a climbing frame!

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