The founder of Froginwell! Having had a hugely successful career building Sparex into an international company, Chris had always had the dream of creating the opportunity for his children to work for themselves.
Despite having two little girls under the age of four, Kate relished in the challenge of setting up a business from scratch. Having no previous knowledge of business, but with a degree in English and History (helpful…), Kate managed to build a successful business with Chris’ guiding hand. The closure of the cafe in 2017 allowed the business to focus on corporate events, weddings and private hire events. The venue is now well established for relaxed and friendly exclusive hire events and continues to grow.
However, she couldn’t have done any of this on her own! Enter Dani…
After graduating with a degree in English and Media in 2014, Dani joined the team temporarily before heading back to Uni to do a PGCE. However, after seeing the potential Froginwell had to offer, and with a worryingly similar outlook on life to Kate, she decided to stay and be a part of its success.
Between the two of them, Kate and Dani do everything to make Froginwell run smoothly. This includes anything from mowing to admin, wall destruction to wedding bars. They’ll really give anything a go.
Then there’s JJ. Not technically an employee of Froginwell (we’ve never paid him a penny…) but integral part nonetheless – and Kate’s husband. Since Froginwell has existed, JJ has gone from leaving his job as a chartered surveyor to set up his own business importing and selling wine, cider and beer production as vitikit (www.vitikit.com). As well as working full time, JJ is also responsible for all aspects of our wine and cider!
Most definitely NOT an employee, but the one we call on to fix anything and everything is Jason. He especially enjoys making our nonsensical imaginings a reality… like our recent 100m2 extension. He also brings with him New Devon Army (www.newdevonarmy.co.uk) of which Froginwell is a massive supporter. His love of birds means we now have endless woodpecker holes in the barn, and a great knowledge of our local birds!
Froginwell’s next generation, Kate & JJ’s family. Watch out! The girls are currently rubbish at business but great at smashing glass bottles into the recycling bin.
Hooper is the centre of everyone’s attention and Froginwell’s welcoming party… and boy does he love it!
Family owned and run, Froginwell has undergone a series of improvements over its years as a wedding venue, which has culminated in a stunning space. By day, the traditionally restored 1903 Traction Engine has provided the unique backdrop for many wedding ceremonies, and then by night, is transformed into the heart of the party – complete with glitterball!
We got married here on Saturday (16 June 2018) and it was just perfect! Kate and her team have been an absolute delight throughout and the venue is just amazing. We cannot thank these guys enough nor can we recommend them highly enough! Thank you for the most amazing day xx
Following the ceremony, guests are encouraged to spill out onto the oak framed decked terrace and beautifully maintained lawns, where any children (and adults if they wish!) can run free in a safe and protected environment.
This is a perfect moment for the bride and groom to make the most of Froginwell, and explore the grounds, vineyard, and orchard for some exceptional photo opportunities… It’s not uncommon to see a bride in wellies, wading through the long hay fields. When it’s time to eat, guests make their way through to the oak beamed reception area which is filled with natural light.
With plenty of space to seat 120, the bride and groom can clearly keep an eye on everyone in their party! The centrally located, fully licensed, American style bar plays an important role as day turns to night. It helps to create a perfect flow between dancing and mingling, with the option to increase numbers to 200 in the evening. As dusk draws in the festoon lighting on the decking compliments the wysteria and vines to create a mediterranean feel on a balmy summers evening.
Whilst inside the lights are dimmed allowing the draped fairy lights to twinkle. Froginwell is ideally located within easy distance of the M5 J30, the A30, and Exeter airport. There are many accommodation options close by – for further details, please get in touch. We will do whatever we can to ensure that each couple get the day they have dreamed of.