JUST outside the quaint village of Great Ayton, nestled in 14 acres of stunning views is a charming new wedding venue – Wray’s Barn. Based at the ever-popular Whinstone View, Wray’s Barn is the perfect location for all you blushing brides – whether you’re a vintage vixen or a boho babe.
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Whinstone View recently held an event to launch the new Wray’s Barn and we were lucky enough to attend. Set on a beautiful green surrounded by weeping willows and cherry blossom trees – plus a peacock or two – walking up to the new venue feels like you’re suddenly swept back to a simpler time where you don’t even feel the need to instagram that passing peacock.
As soon as you step into the barn all your senses are suddenly engaged. The smell of the fresh wooden beams and the sounds of smooth jazz alongside the sight of the stunning views outside the large windows. The touch of only the finest cotton set out on rustic tables and of course the delicious taste of a welcome cocktail.
Following the warm welcome we were asked to take a seat, or a hay bale, to find out all about the history of Whinstone View and how Wray’s Barn came to fruition.
There is a real story of ‘Love & Work’ connected to Whinstone View starting from the late 18th century through to today. Over 200 years ago the land where Whinstone View now lays, was a bustling quarry where skilled men worked hard to mine whinstone that they created into cobbles that still today path the local market towns of Stokesley and Yarm.
Fast-forward to this century, Whinstone View welcomed the Wray family. Dad Rob and mum Julie brought their young daughters Amanda and Jackie to live in the beautiful surroundings of the North Yorkshire countryside. Rob and Julie were always busy working the land and Amanda and Jackie, who were only young girls at the time, were often called to rake in the grass and there was a lot of it as the acres of land used to be cut with a Flymo! In 2008 Amanda and Jackie joined the helm and continued to build Whinstone – the place their mum and dad had started almost 40 years ago.
So how did Wray’s Barn come about? Well it’s all down to a sudden light bulb moment!
Amanda and Jackie were having a peaceful sunset meal at the bistro when PING a flash thought came into Amanda’s head to build a fully functional events space for everyone to enjoy. Well as they say there’s no rest for the wicked and the ladies were soon planning everything out for the new barn from how many slate tiles they would have to order through to table layouts.
The foundations of the barn were laid on October 31st with only 163 days to completion date as a wedding was set for 12th April – 162 days later (with just one day to spare) the barn was complete!
The night ended with a champagne toast to Amanda and Jackie and it’s clear that the Whinstone View business has been built upon the foundation of family, love and commitment to hard work.
We at Kiss The Bride want to say a big thanks to everyone at Whinstone View for such a wonderful launch event of the beautiful Wray’s Barn and we can’t wait to see more!
All photography by Michael Cartwright Photography
Videography: Daniel at Shoot me Now Videos