After living in their Sussex farmhouse for over two decades, Mr & Mrs Johns made the decision to move to pastures new in ‘The Garden of England’. However, finding the perfect property proved trickier than they’d anticipated and after two years of house-hunting, there was still no new home on the horizon.

Suddenly, out of the blue, they fell upon a sadly neglected and semi-derelict house that was most definitely in urgent need of some love, care and attention. Kingsdown Rectory finally had new owners who would restore it to its former glory.


The Johns family spent 18 months renovating and restoring this unique and imposing 150 year old country house. Their sympathetic approach to the project has meant that Kingsdown Rectory now looks wonderful, inside and out. The glorious period features have been retained and visitors will also be able to enjoy plenty of luxurious details and the most modern of amenities.


After standing empty and unloved for too long, Kingsdown Rectory is now ready to welcome you with open arms.

Our home becomes your home for the most memorable day of your life together.


Designed over 150 years ago by the prolific Scottish architect William Burn, Kingsdown Rectory is, for the first time, opening its doors for weddings. Its current custodians, the Johns family, are excited to begin this new chapter and they look forward to you becoming part of the story of Kingsdown Rectory.


Originally the local parsonage, Kingsdown Rectory sits next to the stunning St Catherine’s church. This unique structure is now the only remaining complete Anglican church designed by the famous architect Edward Welby Pugin and you’ll notice plenty of gothic-inspired design details in both the church and the Rectory itself.


Over the past few years, Kingsdown Rectory has undergone extensive renovations and is now ready to welcome couples, their family and their friends into a very special family home for exclusive use weddings. The bridal dressing area has been designed with the needs of the bridal party in mind so expect light, luxury and plenty of space in which to prepare for your big day. The balcony in the North Wing is sure to become an iconic location for photographs…


Outside, the four acres of grounds offer total seclusion. The gardens, originally landscaped by W.A. Nesfield, who also worked on gardens at Kew and Castle Howard among others, now offers a range of sites for marquees. Let your guests stroll in the gardens before enjoying a reception they’ll always remember in a place that you can call home for a day.

Kingsdown Rectory is a beautiful, family-owned wedding venue in Kent.

This private residence is now an exclusive use wedding venue that’s perfect for intimate and individual weddings.

With options for marquee weddings and civil ceremonies, Kingsdown Rectory offers a truly unique and romantic setting for your wedding in Kent.

tel: 01795 385 335

Kingsdown Rectory, Down Court Road, Kingsdown, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 0AS

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