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Hampshire Manor Barn weddings cancelled as owner says business 'in trouble'.

Manor Barn
Image caption About 50 weddings due to take place after 10 April at Manor Barn in Buriton, near Petersfield, have been cancelled

Dozens of couples have had their weddings at a luxury Hampshire venue cancelled with the owner admitting the company is "in trouble".

About 50 weddings due to take place after 10 April at Manor Barn in Buriton have been cancelled.

Owner Bob Camping said he was "so very sorry". His other firm The Village Inn/Goosebumps Weddings Ltd is currently in receivership.

One affected couple described it as a "nightmare".

Mr Camping has vowed to sell his home and the business "and pay people back immediately".

Image caption Jade Nias and Kyle Hillman were due to marry at the barn before the 10 April but said they had now chosen another venue

Nicholas Pettit and Gemma Brown were due to marry at the barn in September and said they had been left "devastated" by the news.

"We are now having to come to terms with not having our wedding where we initially wanted and being £2,000 out of pocket," Mr Pettit added.

Mr Camping said other weddings due to take place before 10 April, including that of Jade Nias and Kyle Hillman, would be honoured.

But Miss Nias and Mr Hillman said they had now chosen another venue.

Image caption Manor Barn's licence is also being reviewed by East Hampshire District Council over noise complaints.

Mr Hillman said he had worked "countless hours of overtime" to pay the £2,000 deposit for Manor Barn, adding: "It just feels like that time has been wasted."

Claire Moulder and Jason Ledwith are due to marry at the venue in March and said uncertainty surrounding the venue had caused them "great stress, worry and sleepless nights, and is a sheer nightmare".

Manor Barn's licence is also being reviewed by East Hampshire District Council over noise complaints.

One of the proposed conditions at the venue in Buriton is for a "sound limiting device" to be installed, the council said.

Mr Camping said this would cost £500,000, which he added was unaffordable and unrealistic.

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