A NEW wedding venue has opened promising a 'boho, honest and earthy' experience.

The Apartment Group has opened its new venue Runa Farm at Barnard Castle.

Runa Farm is a rustic-inspired 30-bedroomed hotel, country pub and bohemian wedding venue.

The business owns Newton Hall in Alnwick and William de Percy Inn and Crêperie in Otterburn.

It also owns one of Northumberland's most sought-after wedding venues, Le Petit Chateau in Otterburn, and others across Northumberland and Durham.

Hexham Courant: Seating inside Runa FarmSeating inside Runa Farm

Debrah Dhugga, chief operations officer at The Apartment Group, said: "It was our plan to create an individual and special destination for a 'boho, honest and earthy' experience with the Farm and its produce at the very heart.

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"The result is a loveable, laid-back, and luxurious County Durham country retreat complete with standout spaces and suites, field-to-fork dining, inviting people to gather, feast, stay, and enjoy every element of its feel-good spirit and endless appeal.

Hexham Courant: The original Farmhouse open loungeThe original Farmhouse open lounge

"Expect crisp white linens, fluffy towels, and gorgeous beds for the ultimate night's sleep. Our mix of bedrooms include farm rooms in the courtyard with open views and hot tubs, to the stunning main house with individually designed quirky rooms with fabulous in-room baths and designed wet rooms."

Hexham Courant: The original Farmhouse kitchenThe original Farmhouse kitchen

Debrah said it combines natural, rural beauty with cool Balearic vibes to deliver something wholly unique.

The original Farmhouse is available for private hire.

Set in its own garden with a private hot tub, the house sleeps 14 people with six bedrooms.

Hexham Courant: The wedding hall at Runa FarmThe wedding hall at Runa Farm

Bedrooms are spread over the first floor and ground floor, each one has a bathroom, and the house has a private kitchen and lounge. Debrah says guests can book their own private chef.

The Smithy Pub is the main hub of the Farm with food and drink available all day.

Debrah says the farm is family and pet-friendly but dogs must be kept on a lead.

Hexham Courant: One of the bedrooms at Runa FarmOne of the bedrooms at Runa Farm

"The design has a mix of finishes led by local designer Amanda Storey and the Runa design team, ranging from a rustic feel with reclaimed timber flooring and traditional fabrics, to a more minimal look, with a mix of Ibizan antique and vintage pieces," she said.

Debrah said the Farm's residence lounge blends antique furniture and patterned fabrics, and is a place to relax where comfort combines with nature.

"In the hotel, with its traditional elements still intact, you'll be able to enjoy a unique stay where the natural environment, the splendid views, and the magic of its simplicity will seduce you from the beginning."