AN award-winning wedding venue has unveiled new plans to expand its offer.

The owners of Northside Farm in Horsley have announced that a derelict farm cottage on its 75-acre site will be converted into new offices for the ever-expanding team.

The work, which will be completed in March, will move the staff from their current offices in the first floor above the barn venue into the cottage.

This will free up space to allow for more storage and stock, a staff room, as well as an expansion of the existing ground floor bar area, with a cocktail station set to be included.

The new offices will also create more room for full and part-time employees, with owners Ralph and Olivia Lockey currently recruiting for more coordinators, bar and waiting staff.

Olivia said: “This sort of expansion is worlds away from when we first started as a glamping site over eight years ago.

“We never expected that we could be in a position to consistently grow and increase our amenities. This latest development is simply another of many ways we like to enhance our current position to deliver the best service for our couples.

“We have always been committed to constantly maintaining and improving our beautiful property and are excited by what we can create.

Ralph and Olivia are hoping for a successful 2020, on the back of a £100,000 investment into additional accommodation and the renovation of a gin gang into a licensed ceremony room last year.

Olivia added: “Northside Farm is continuing to go from strength to strength. Thankfully 2020 has proven to be a very popular year to plan to get married in.

“We are delighted that we are almost fully booked up until the end of 2021 and have enquiries up to 2025.

“Not only is this great for us, but it also enables us to create more jobs and invest back into the business for our couples to create a truly unique wedding.”