The Loft at Walnut Hill Farm, LLC was purchased in August, 2013 by Alan and Sharon Armstrong, their daughter Dr. Ashley Armstrong, and Ashley’s husband Robert Heath Prince.
Alan and Sharon are both graduates of Indiana University and were educators for 43 years before retiring from teaching in 2016. Dr. Ashley Armstrong and Heath Prince are graduates of Purdue University. Robert is employed by General Motors and Ashley owns Regional Veterinary Services.
The purchase of the Loft at Walnut Hill Farm was always intended as a cattle farm. However, the beautiful meadows, hills, and trees were so breath-taking, we decided to share it with others. Shortly after purchasing the farm, the idea of turning part of the farm into a wedding venue was born. What better way to share the rustic serene surrounding than to have brides, families, and friends have their dream come true in a natural sanctuary.
Working with a local contractor and Loyd Graber Construction Group, renovations began on the bridal cottage and the dilapidated old Dutch Hoop Barn in January 2014. The construction and renovation moved to the swine farrowing house and the construction of the pavilion in March 2014.
Our constant work: mowing, weed eating, fence building, painting, and landscaping reveals our labor of love into this beautiful wedding venue.
The Loft officially opened August 1, 2014. The first wedding was September 13, 2014, and the rest is history. We have hosted over 150 weddings at our venue. We are very well established and cannot wait to share our venue with your family and friends. We hope that The Loft is where memories are made and dreams come true.
~The Armstrong and Prince Families
Our services include rental of the Dutch Hoop Barn, the pavilion, the rustic barn, cottage, and 10-acres of rolling hills and meadows.
There are several open areas, rustic outbuildings, and large trees for couples wanting an outdoor ceremony or beautiful backgrounds for photos.
The event fee is from 8:00 am to 12:00 am (midnight) daily.
We have 400 white vinyl chairs, 30 white 60-inch round tables, 20 white 8-foot rectangular banquet tables, and 5 white 6-foot rectangular banquet tables available for use in the rental. We also have floor-length white, ivory, and black table linens and cloth napkins available for an extra rental fee.
There is a gravel parking lot available for guest parking.
We also have 5 whiskey barrels, easels, and some antique chairs and tables included in the event fee.
We let you choose your own catering service; however, we can make suggestions and we have some preferred vendors. Please check out our “Vendors We Love” page for more information.
Below is the floor plan of the Dutch Hoop Barn and Pavilion area:
From Bloomington / Indianapolis: Take Highway 37 South. Turn to the right onto Old Highway 37 South in Judah. Go exactly one mile. Turn to the left onto Bennett Rd. At the Stone Crest Golf Course, turn to the right and continue onto Bennett Rd. It is the first driveway on the left hand side of the road. You will see our sign.
From Bedford: Take Highway 37 North. Turn to the left onto Old Highway 37 South in Judah. Then follow the above directions for Bloomington.
Please do not hesitate to call us with any questions or to set up a tour. We cannot wait to be a small part of your special day!
There is a Dutch Hoop Barn located in the center of the property. The Loft of the “Hoop Barn” is accessed from ground level. The Loft itself will hold approximately 230 guests for a wedding ceremony.
The Loft may also be used for receptions, cocktail hour, or as a very large dance floor. The Loft is climate controlled and includes three crystal chandeliers that are over 150 years old that once hung in the old Bedford Post Office.
We have added a 12′ x 28′ deck on the back of the Hoop Barn. This deck may be used for a Live Band or DJ. Weather permitting, it can also be used for additional seating for the Loft and Pavilion or as a perfect photo opportunity.
The basement of the Hoop Barn can be used for an indoor reception area, bar area, or to set up a large buffet.
There is a covered 40 x 64 ft. Pavilion that will hold 250-300 people. Large dimmer-controlled chandeliers and ceiling fans fill the ceiling to the Pavilion. A 40 x 32 open dance floor is connected to the Pavilion, more tables can be added to this area for even more seating.
The old farrowing barn is attached to the pavilion. The farrowing barn has been completely remodeled to include a kitchen, men’s dressing room, men’s and women’s restrooms. The kitchen, restrooms, and dressing room are all climate controlled. The kitchen includes two oven ranges, two stand-up refrigerator/ freezers, an ice machine, a triple sink, and counter space. All of the caterers have loved the kitchen!
A 5-room cottage is also available to the bridal party on the day of the wedding. The cottage has been completely remodeled; it has 2 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, bath and two sunrooms. The cottage is completely climate controlled. It is the perfect place to do hair, makeup, and relax getting ready for your special day. The cottage may also be rented out for an additional charge as a Honeymoon Suite the night of the wedding. Many of our newlyweds have taken advantage of this option!
A third primitive and rustic barn may be used as a backdrop for an Outdoor Wedding or for photos. There are several open areas, rustic outbuildings, and large trees for couples wanting an outdoor ceremony or beautiful backgrounds for photos
There is a fire pit and fire ring to use as well. Many brides have placed a s’mores bar close to the fire ring.
Hoping to have everything ready by August 1, 2014. We are now booking weddings, receptions, corporate parties, class reunions and private parties. We are very excited about our first wedding booked September 13, 2014!