I'm in the process of viewing Merriscourt, Cripps Barn, Orchard Leigh and Thyme at Southrop, very excited!
Would be great to hear of your views if you have been to these venues
I went to a wedding last year at Cripps Barn. Before I went to the wedding it was my absolute dream venue, and although the day was awesome (one of the best weddings I had been to) I felt there was a bit of a divide between the barn and the marquee, even though they were connected. In the evening, the disco was in the barn and the tables were still set in the marquee so there were people in both which made it feel slightly uneven, and no rooms were ever really full.
I'm from Cheltenham so if you need any help at all, just give me a shout. If you want to add me on FB, I have some piccies of the Cripps Barn wedding.........oh, and the Tythe Barn in Tetbury is also a gorgeous venue (link below)
I can personally recommend Thyme - WOW! Very professional, helpful people and the place is incredible. Find out more about them here -
- Also worth considering is Ellenborough Park near Cheltenham.
I don't know Cripps Barn but have photographed weddings at their sister barn, The Stone Barn near Bibury. It probably is one of my favourite venues - it has a split level dining area, beautiful room for the ceremony and was surrounded by fields, so guests could party as much as they wanted to. I'd recommend it. Some photos here if you want a look:
Hope that helps,