The Allure of Rustic and Barn Wedding Venues in CT

If you’re reading this, chances are that you’re at least one half of an engaged couple who loves New England. There’s probably even a good chance, however, that you’re even from here. New England does farm and country weddings best. As you’ll see in this post, there are plenty of awesome rustic and barn wedding venues in Connecticut.

A groom stands with his attendants at a rustic Connecticut wedding venue.

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Rustic and Barn Wedding Venues in Connecticut

1. Allen Hill Farm (Brooklyn)

Features: Big red barn, growing Christmas trees, farm equipment
What Makes it Appealing: Unique, secluded and private, huge outdoor areas
Photo Ops: Barn, tree farm areas, farm equipment, huge boulder

If you’re interested in exploring lesser known barn wedding venues, it’s a must that you give Allen Hill Farm in Brooklyn a look. You can have a dream wedding here, complete with an outdoor ceremony and a seated dinner inside The Barn. One partner can even handle the finishing touches of getting ready on site (such as putting on your wedding dress).

As a wedding photographer, I was very impressed when I first worked a barn wedding here. To me, it’s certainly a more unique rustic wedding venue for your wedding day. The farm equipment sitting out in the open and the fire pit, as examples, add a great touch.

It seems as if Allen Hill Farm is one of Connecticut’s lesser known barn wedding venues. The secluded location, while one of its selling points, may have something to do with this. Nevertheless, its rustic barn makes it a perfect Connecticut wedding venue for your wedding day.

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Allen Hill Farm

2. Wrights Mill Farm (Canterbury)

Features: Old buildings mixed with a brand-new barn,
What Makes it Appealing: Air conditioned and heated, variety in spaces
Photo Ops: Covered bridge, rare modern barn

Sitting on 200 acres of land, Wrights Mill Farm is one the state’s more beautiful wedding venues in the rustic and barn categories. This family business has been around since 2004. Here, new meets old with this venue’s indoor and outdoor spaces. They have a modern reception barn built in 2020.

This wedding venue offers in-house catering which people love. One reviewer writes, “The food was great, drinks were fabulous, fun, friendly, and kind staff. If you want an amazing wedding THIS IS IT!”

Conveniently, Wrights Mill also offers some event planning help to you with your Connecticut wedding. They have add-on packages for an in-house DJ. Accommodating up to 210 guests for your wedding reception, you can’t go wrong at this spacious venue.

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Guests dance at The Overlook, one of the best rustic wedding venues in Connecticut.
The Overlook at Geer Tree Farm

3. Webb Barn (Old Wethersfield)

Features: The definition of a classic barn, downtown location
What Makes it Appealing: Private and set back from the public, walkable small city nearby
Photo Ops: Outdoor string lights, downtown Old Wethersfield

One of the state’s many museums which offer events, Webb Barn is a barn wedding venue located in Old Wethersfield. This locale is special in its own right, as either a great date or family location year round. And yeah, this is a wonderful rustic wedding venue and is definitely near the top among barn wedding venues.

You’ll want to take advantage of the outside with your wedding at Webb Barn. This is a charming wedding venue for spring, summer, and fall weddings. At the center of the property is a little flower garden with a path down the center. The rustic barn itself can comfortably hold about 135 people. It’s also the rain location (your wedding ceremony is typically outside under a big tree).

Getting ready should take place off-site before your wedding celebration here. Running only one wedding at a time, the Webb Deane Stevens Museum staff work with your other vendors (and you’ll need to hire all of them during wedding planning) to give you a great rustic experience. Get creative booking your own caterer, such as an awesome food truck.

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4. Tyrone Farm (Middletown)

Features: Red barn with string lights, stone walls, plenty of forestry
What Makes it Appealing: Farm feel, summer blooms
Photo Ops: The barn, vista view, and green backdrops

Up in the Quiet Corner town of Pomfret Center is Tyrone Farm. This is another great farm wedding venue with rustic appeal. There are stone walls, tons of trees, flowers, and a barn.

At this farm wedding venue, your ceremony is hosted outside under a nice pergola. Receptions offer flexibility, taking place either inside the rustic barn or outside on a terrace. While they won’t host your rehearsal dinner, an hour for ceremony rehearsal comes with your wedding booking. Handily, there’s even a cottage on site for getting ready.

Guests love the feel at this venue. For your Connecticut wedding here, one reviewer says, “Tyrone Farm is a beautiful estate and barn, a perfect location for a farm wedding.”

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A bride and groom enjoy their first kiss at the end of their ceremony at Connecticut barn wedding venue Webb Barn.
Webb Barn at Webb Deane Stevens Museum

5. Kingdom of the Hawk (North Stonington)

Features: Modern barn venue, two outdoor decks overlooking the horizon
What Makes it Appealing: Brand new, rustic meets industrial
Photo Ops: Sweeping views of southeastern Connecticut

A newer rustic wedding venue in Connecticut located in the beloved Mystic area, Kingdom of the Hawk is owned by Saltwater Farm Vineyard.

This wedding venue is unique in that it’s a barn with quite a bit of metal. Co-owner Michael Connery says that this on planned for his wedding venue: “We had a clear notion of what we wanted, in terms of barn sensibility. That’s what drove it. But the key was to make it very contemporary.”

Interestingly, Kingdom of the Hawk is itself a wine tasting room with grape vines growing outside. Consider booking it if you love wine, southeastern CT, and are looking for a modern farm venue for your wedding day.

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6. Candlelight Farms Inn (New Milford)

Features: Airplane hangar space, farm venue area, great grounds
What Makes it Appealing: Unique ceremony and reception spaces, private, excellent views
Photo Ops: Vista, airplane hangar with bistro lighting

Candlelight Farms Inn is a dual-space wedding venue located in New Milford. Couples here can choose a wedding package that fits their vibe. Candlelight Farms Inn hosts weddings in its farm and hangar areas.

Another interesting aspect of this rustic Connecticut wedding venue is its ability to host your weekend wedding. Obviously, the venue has multiple wedding packages to choose from, but one of them actually gives you the entire property for Friday through Sunday.

One bride says, “The views and landscape [are] unbelievable, captivating…” Evidently, Candlelight Farms Inn is one of the top rustic wedding venues.

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Wedding guests party at Webb Barn, one of the must-see barn wedding venues in Connecticut.
Webb Barn

7. Wood Acres Farm (Terryville)

Features: Unique banquet barn, many other
What Makes it Appealing: Year round weddings, can accommodate an intimate wedding or a big one
Photo Ops: Wide single-story barn, countryside setting and foliage

Another strong candidate among wedding venues in the state is Wood Acres Farm. Family-owned since the 1800s, this farm wedding venue used to grow fruit and house poultry.

With several wedding packages to choose from, this barn wedding venue caters to several types of Connecticut wedding plans. Wood Acres Farm even offers off-season pricing during winter months.

Guests truly love this rustic venue, with one reviewer saying, “If you’re looking for a unique venue, then look no further!” Clearly, Wood Acres Farm is tops among barn wedding venues in Connecticut.

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Saltwater Farm Vineyard, sister venue to Kingdom of the Hawk

8. The Barns at Wesleyan Hills (Middletown)

Features: Stunning string lights, in house catering with farm-to-table fare
What Makes it Appealing: Configurable reception options, years of wedding expertise
Photo Ops: String lights in the Big Barn, willow trees outside

The Barns at Wesleyan Hills is where rustic barn meets chic, stylish vibes. Unlike other barn wedding venues in Connecticut, this one only looks like a rustic barn on the inside. Outside, the property has slightly rolling hills, handsome willow trees, and even a footbridge over a small pond. Its indoor and outdoor areas are equally beautiful.

This is the best facility owned by the omnipresent Connecticut Wedding Group. Furthermore, I strongly consider it to be one of the most desired wedding venues in the entire state. The popular bistro lighting is a dream when in the background of wedding photos.

The Barns at Wesleyan Hills consists of two main indoor spaces, aptly named Big Barn (itself a former dairy barn) and Little Barn. Your wedding reception (and indoor ceremony) would be in the former with cocktail hour hosted in the latter.

People (including this photographer) adore this barn wedding venue, and for good reason. It has a great rating and tons of wedding venue reviews backing up its reputation. You should definitely consider it if you’re hunting for a rustic Connecticut wedding venue.

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The bride is walked down the aisle by her father at The Barns at Wesleyan Hills, one of Connecticut's best barn wedding venues.
The Barns at Wesleyan Hills

9. Stonehurst at Hampton Valley (Hampton)

Features: Two venues in one, a rustic chateau and a modern barn
What Makes it Appealing: Customize your rustic wedding with venue options, in-house catering with executive chef
Photo Ops: Unique architecture of the chateau, modern touch inside the barn, acres and acres of greenery

With basically two rustic wedding venues in one, Stonehurst at Hampton Valley is a versatile wedding venue. Enjoy your wedding day either at The Mansion at Stonehurst or The Barns at Stonehurst.

The former is a big indoor space which resembles a log cabin mixed with a chateau with stone walls. The latter is a contemporary barn with blonde-colored trimmings (similar to The Lodge at Maneeley’s, actually).

Couples love it here. One reviewer on Google says, “Stonehurst is the most magical and most beautiful venue you could ever choose to get married at.” You and up to 300 guests can enjoy the indoor and outdoor spaces together.

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10. The Overlook at Geer Tree Farm (Griswold)

Features: Simple rustic vibe, tree farm
What Makes it Appealing: Spectacular views, excellent fire pit, perfect outdoor wedding spot
Photo Ops: Trees, stone wall, rolling hills

Offering privacy, and some of the best views in the entire state, The Overlook at Geer Tree Farm is among the best wedding venues around. As you drive up the winding driveway to reach the apex, you’ll find that the views here are not easily matched by other wedding venues.

The Overlook is comprised entirely of outdoor space, the one exception being the fully functional restrooms which are in a small building on the property. It’s semi-permanent tent is one of the better dance floor facilities I’ve worked with.

A fall wedding here is perfect for foliage lovers. I love how this reviewer sums it up: “This is as pretty as it gets.” So if a Connecticut wedding with fall leaves is up your alley, this is a venue you must consider.

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11. GrayBarns on the Silvermine River (Norwalk)

Features: Estate-style rustic venue, on-site lodging
What Makes it Appealing: Perfect for small weddings with rustic appeal
Photo Ops: The barns, unique wooden features on the property

Norwalks’s GrayBarns on the Silvermine River is another of the state’s more unique wedding venues. It has on-site lodging in its inn which can be reserved, too.

This is one of the more ideal wedding venues for intimate, rustic weddings. GrayBarns’ tavern, courtyard, porch, and barn spaces accommodate at most 40 guests.

Summing up how lovely this venue is, a reviewer says, “The setting is gorgeous, the menu was creative, the food was delicious and the staff was friendly and very attentive.”

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A bride and groom walk hand in hand in front of a large barn at Lion Rock Farm, an upscale rustic wedding venue in CT.
Lion Rock Farm

12. Interlaken Inn (Lakeville)

Features: Situated on a lake, on-site lodging, Litchfield County presence makes it close to New York and Massachusetts
What Makes it Appealing: One of the only weekend wedding venues in the state, great for intimate and large weddings
Photo Ops: The Lake Wononscopomuc backdrop

Interlaken Inn offers rustic flair but with a nice twist. Rare among wedding venues in southern New England is the fact that this one is sort of an outdoorsy resort catering to weekend weddings.

This 30-acre property is right next to Lake Wononscopomuc (now pause and say that five times fast). Your wedding ceremony can have the water as its backdrop. Fortunately, this is one of those wedding venues that can handle everything from intimate gatherings up to 220-person celebrations.

On the quality of the food here, one reviewer writes, “Best wedding venue I have ever experienced, equal to any NYC restaurant quality.”

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13. Stamford Museum & Nature Center (Stamford)

Features: Two venues in one, rustic farmhouse with modern flair
What Makes it Appealing: Two main wedding setup options, closeness to New York City
Photo Ops: Beautiful mansion, rustic farmhouse

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is another great option. This facility is another one of the museum wedding venues in the state. It has two venues on the property, Bendel Mansion and Knobloch Family Farmhouse.

The latter, of course, is the rustic one. Knobloch Family Farmhouse is a newer structure, with prominent metal hardware holding the blonde wooden beams together. This venue can host 150 guests. Step outside, walk around, and enjoy the sites.

Also unique among wedding venues in the state, Stamford Museum & Nature Center has everything from animals to water features for your wedding day.

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A couple enjoys their first dance during their wedding reception at rustic wedding venue Maneeley's.
The Lodge at Maneeley’s

14. Salem Herbfarm (Salem)

Features: Several garden locations all in one, barn-like indoor space
What Makes it Appealing: Multiple options for ceremony and reception, one wedding at a time
Photo Ops: Fountains, furniture, fire pit, all the greenery and flowers

Whether you want an indoor or outdoor wedding, Salem Herbfarm is an excellent choice for your rustic day. This former working farm has all kinds of rustic features, from a fire pit to an ornate metal water fountain. It’s one of the more subtly beautiful wedding venues our state has to offer.

Having only been an option for those wanting a Connecticut wedding since 2020, Salem Herbfarm is still somewhat of a hidden gem in the state. This video walkthrough provides a great summary of what the venue has to offer, which involves several different spots for both your ceremony and reception. For cocktail hour, consider booking the

This venue can handle big weddings of over 200, depending on how you decide to configure your day. One reviewer puts it nicely: “If you want your wedding to feel like the most magical day of your life – you’ve found your venue.”

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15. The Pavilion on Crystal Lake (Middletown)

Features: Waterfront charm, ceremony under the cover of a forest
What Makes it Appealing: One of the only wedding venues which is rustic and also on the water
Photo Ops: Lakefront views, pine trees

With beautiful lakefront views and a ceremony location that is just stunning, The Pavilion on Crystal Lake has the “it” factor for rustic venues. This one is under the same ownership as The Barns at Wesleyan Hills.

For your wedding ceremony, you can be in front of the gazebo right next to the lake. Unique among rustic wedding venues in CT, you’re enclosed by pine needles and protected from the sun. You’re typically indoors for your wedding reception. The Pavilion’s insides are reminiscent of The Lodge at Maneeley’s.

Sharing the same great culinary roots as The Barns at Wesleyan Hills, The Pavilion’s food is tasty. One former guest points out in their review: “And the food was also excellent, I had something similar to a sirloin steak. It was perfectly cooked and fell apart as it should have.”

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A bride and groom enjoy a first look before their rustic geer tree farm wedding.
The Overlook at Geer Tree Farm

16. Farmington Gardens (Farmington)

Features: Great for larger weddings, many garden features and plant life
What Makes it Appealing: Garden theme, ideal location in Farmington
Photo Ops: Ceiling lanterns in the greenhouse

Another of CT’s wedding venues which used to be a farm, Farmington Gardens is geared towards larger weddings for sure. In the reception area, called the Main Room, over 300 guests can be comfortably seated.

Hosting only one wedding per day, this Connecticut wedding venue sits on six acres of land and is just beautiful. People who like landscaping will love it here, with all of its garden features.

One person who married here says in their review: “Farmington Gardens was absolutely beautiful for our November wedding. From the moment we walked in we knew this was the place. Everything from the staff, food, and décor, everything was perfect and couldn’t have asked for a better day!”

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17. The Inn at Mount Pleasant (Torrington)

Features: Big red barn, sweeping views
What Makes it Appealing: Great sunsets, country feel
Photo Ops: Barn, high-altitude vista

The Inn at Mount Pleasant is another one of the convenient wedding venues here in CT. This is given that it features a rustic barn and also has a bed and breakfast on site. This facility also prides itself on its event planning services, which are a part of your booking.

After cocktail hour, you have a couple of options for your reception at Mount Pleasant. They’ll allow 200 for a tented party or you can head into the barn, which holds 150.

In addition to holding Mount Pleasant in high regards among wedding venues, people love the owners. One person says in their review, “From our first walk of the grounds with the owner Maggie and her husband Bob, we knew this was our dream wedding location.”

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18. The Lodge at Maneeley’s (South Windsor)

Features: Simple and straight to the point rustic beauty, indoor and outdoor ceremonies
What Makes it Appealing: Barn without a barn, great customer service and catering
Photo Ops: Fire pit, gazebo, nearby barn

With a gazebo, fire pit, and a good amount of outdoor space, The Lodge at Maneeley’s is a spacious, rustic venue. This facility is an underrated option for couples who would rather not have their wedding reception in an actual barn.

Conveniently, South Windsor is the home of this Connecticut wedding venue and it’s very easy to get to. Do you really want a barn? Well, there’s one nearby that is just a golf card ride away.

Maneeley’s is known for its great service and catering. Says one reviewer, “Normally wedding food isn’t the greatest, but theirs was fantastic.”

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19. Lion Rock Farm (Sharon)

Features: Two barns, on-site lodging for wedding party, private and quiet
What Makes it Appealing: High-end, luxurious, close to both New York and Massachusetts
Photo Ops: Barns, huge fields with great views, unique décor in the indoor spaces

Lion Rock Farm is certainly a luxurious wedding destination here in Connecticut. While also rustic (there are two barns on the property and the farm produces grain), it also fits into the high-end category. This is a popular destination wedding venue among folks from New York.

This is an exclusive wedding destination situated in Litchfield County. It’s ideal for outdoor weddings so that you can take advantage of the vastness of the property. Your wedding ceremony outside in a huge field affords great views. Cocktail hour features some of the fanciest snacks I’ve ever seen. There’s even a swimming pool in one of the barns.

This breathtaking wedding venue is totally geared towards a farm wedding with an opulent touch. It’s a great option if you have a high-budget wedding affair in mind.

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20. South Farms (Morris)

Features: Rare white barn, excellent views, seclusion and privacy
What Makes it Appealing: Rustic meets luxury, close to New York
Photo Ops: Unique white diary barn

South Farms is home of The White Barn, an iconic former dairy barn in Litchfield County. As a barn wedding venue in Connecticut, South Farms is definitely on the higher end. Its proximity to New York makes it attractive as a destination wedding venue, too.

Not to preach, but as you’re planning your Connecticut wedding, remember that you don’t have to do it alone. South Farms apparently agrees, recommending that couples hire a wedding planner for weddings at this farm venue.

Another one of our state’s wedding venues which offers something to the public, South Farms hosts some nice events. A reviewer says, “Thursday night socials are the place to be! Bring the fam and good vibes and you won’t be disappointed!”

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The wedding party walks together during a Salem Herbfarm wedding.
Salem Herbfarm

21. Pinecroft Estate (Thompson)

Features: Red barn, carriage house with two getting ready suites
What Makes it Appealing: Outdoor ceremonies under the cover of trees and facing water
Photo Ops: This entire quaint, unique, rustic property

A great choice with room to get ready on site, Pinecroft Estate is a nice rustic option in Thompson. This nine-acre, countryside venue sits between the French River and West Thompson Lake. During an outdoor ceremony here, you’ll have water views with trees overhead.

Its iconic red barn has stood the test of time since 1822. Painted a slightly brighter shade of red than many other Connecticut barn venues, it has huge barn doors and is very welcoming for your reception of up to 125 guests.

A recent guest reviewer loves it so much here that they’re considering having their own wedding at Pinecroft: “The most beautiful, spacious, decadent venue I have ever seen!…I will most likely go here for my wedding as well!”

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22. The Whittemore at Vyne (Middlebury)

Known primarily for its restaurant, The Whittemore at Vyne has great eats for weddings as well. Their Whittemore Room will hold 200 people while the Garden Room is very well suited to intimate weddings. There’s a single getting ready space here on the premises as well. Lastly, the outdoor grounds are awesome, with some unique fountain features and plenty of greenery.

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23. Millpond Gatherings (Northford)

Sort of resembling a Colorado ski lodge, Millpond Gatherings is actually a wedding venue, steakhouse restaurant, and tavern all in one. Among the more unique places to get married in CT, the property is big. It’s a must that you take advantage of the chic, industrial feel of the indoor spaces.

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24. Deans Mill Farm (Stonington)

A former livestock farm, Deans Mill Farm is now a dedicated Connecticut wedding venue as well as a bed and breakfast. It’s on the same property as an equestrian farm, which could make for some interesting portraits for sure. Intimate weddings are welcome indoors for gatherings of up to 50. Outdoors, the venue can accommodate a maximum of 250 people.

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25. Green Haven (Pomfret)

Exclusively for micro weddings, Green Haven in Pomfret is a picturesque venue known for its greenery. The property is like one big, dreamy forest. It has multiple highlights, including a wooden arbor path and an orchard.

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A couple enjoy their first kiss at rustic Connecticut wedding venue Salem Herbfarm.
The Salem Herbfarm

26. Sweet Hill Farm (Gales Ferry)

Another southeastern Connecticut wedding venue is Sweet Hill Farm. This property is probably most well known for formerly sharing space with Pop’s Ice Cream (which has since closed). But in the last few years, the owners starting offering weddings outdoors and within the greenhouses. It’s a simple, beautiful area for a country-style wedding.

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27. The Pavilion on Crystal Lake (Middletown)

Located on Crystal Lake in Middletown, The Pavilion on Crystal Lake is a nice waterfront venue that can accommodate 200-person events. What’s more, the venue is part of a great family of places to get married in Connecticut known for its awesome, farm-to-table food (same ownership as The Barns at Wesleyan Hills).

For your wedding ceremony, you can be in front of the gazebo right next to the lake. Unique among rustic wedding venues in CT, you’re enclosed by pine needles and protected from the sun. You’re typically indoors for your wedding reception. The Pavilion’s insides are reminiscent of The Lodge at Maneeley’s.

One guest puts it simply in their review, saying, “Attended this venue for a friends wedding and was very impressed. The outdoor ceremony area is great, tucked away up a short wide winding pathway through an arbor.” Another former guest points out in their review: “And the food was also excellent, I had something similar to a sirloin steak. It was perfectly cooked and fell apart as it should have.”

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