11 fairytale wedding venues in Essex

PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 January 2016 | UPDATED: 16:30 21 March 2016

Wedding venues for your day

Wedding venues for your day


We have hand selected 11 breathtaking wedding venues from in and around Essex to help you celebrate your marriage just the way you want to

Blake Hall

Bobbingworth, Ongar, Essex, CM5 0DG, 01277 366687, www.blakehall.co.uk

Blake Hall has been home to the Capel Cure family for more than 220 years and the historic setting and peaceful gardens are the perfect venue for a wedding day to remember. The 17th century barn has been sympathetically restored to provide modern comforts without losing any of its original charm and has seating for up to 150 guests, while the area outside the barn is ideal for reception drinks and to enjoy the romantic sunset. The interior of the barn offers a spacious dance floor, banqueting area and bar all in one room, so there is ample space for entertainment and dancing, and the beautiful gardens provide countless opportunities for wonderful photographs, whatever the time of year. The venue is hired on an exclusive-use basis and is licensed for civil weddings and partnership ceremonies, either inside the barn or under the canopy of the refurbished saddlery. The Old Coach House, and its impressive dressing room, is only a stone’s throw away from the venue, sleeps six and is available for hire the night before your wedding. Meanwhile, The Stable Cottage has been converted into a sumptuous honeymoon cottage for your exclusive use on the night of your wedding, while the old stables have been converted into three stunning bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms, and a breakfast room for your guests to enjoy. Now there is also the beautifully restored Hay Barn, sitting opposite the 17th century Essex barn, which is available for indoor wedding ceremonies and reception drinks if you are unable to, or would simply prefer not to be, outside. How many guests? Up to 150 guests seated. Dream come true… The barns at Blake Hall have become a perfect place to celebrate with family and friends on this most special of occasions

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Vaulty Manor

Goldhanger Road, Goldhanger, Essex, CM9 8BQ, 01621 842884, www.vaultymanor.co.uk/

Set within acres of picturesque Essex countryside, Vaulty Manor, located near Maldon, is an historic and romantic country venue which offers unique and bespoke weddings. A beautifully restored, 17th century, light oak barn is the venue’s focal point and offers an elegant and bright location for celebrations throughout the day, while the terraced area is the perfect place for guests to enjoy an evening barbecue or hog roast overlooking the countryside. Vaulty Manor prides itself on flexibility, ensuring that the bride and groom can create a day which is completely unique. From a formal sit-down meal or gourmet banquet to a simple country hog roast, Vaulty Manor is able to accommodate a wide variety of requests. How many guests? Vaulty Manor’s beautiful beamed barn can host small intimate weddings or larger weddings of up to 220 guests. The venue offers overnight accommodation for the bride and groom and up to 60 of their guests. Dream come true… To be able to put your own stamp on your special day at such a stunning venue, which includes a bridal suite and extensive overnight accommodation, makes Vaulty Manor a rare and unique wedding venue in Essex

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The Coach House

Marks Hall Gardens & Arboretum, Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1TG, 01376 565420, www.markshall.org.uk

The Coach House, with its unique features and picture-perfect setting, makes it hard to imagine a more beautiful place for your special day. Make your vows to one another underneath the attractive gazebo in the flower garden for a perfect start to married life. Choose from one of the many backdrops for your photographs, with ornamental lakes and the walled garden being a simply stunning photographic memory. The Coach House is full of charm, ambiance and character, and is an idyllic place to hold your reception. Choose from a full package option or the popular venue only hire, allowing you to make your dreams a reality. How many guests? Seating for up to 80 guests in the flower garden and an additional 40 guests on the terrace for the ceremony. 120 for a sit-down meal and 200 for an evening reception. Dream come true… Within the fabulous 250 acres of stunning gardens and arboretum, you are assured of a delightful setting for your celebration and your photographs

The Lawn

Hall Road, Rochford, Essex, SS4 1PL, 01702 203701, www.thelawn.co.uk

The Lawn is a magnificent listed Manor House, with a glorious air-conditioned Orangery seating up to 130 guests, all set within stunning grounds. Whether it is a civil ceremony in the splendour of the Grand Hall with its beautiful sweeping staircase or a reception following a church wedding, the service and catering are unparalleled. With a policy of exclusive hire only, the day is tailored perfectly to your own particular needs and at a price that is surprisingly affordable, with a clear policy of no hidden extras. Guests are welcome to leave their cars overnight and The Lawn has a link with a four-star hotel just 5 minutes away. The Lawn really does provide the perfect setting for your dream wedding. How many guests? Versatile facilities allow The Lawn to cater for all occasions, from a small party to a gathering of 350. Dream come true… Enjoy the house and gardens at The Lawn as exclusively yours for the whole of your big day, guaranteeing you will feel extra special

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Thorpeness Country Club

The Benthills, Thorpeness, IP16 4NU, 01728 452176, www.thorpenesscountryclub.co.uk

Thorpeness Country Club in Suffolk is a stunning venue for your wedding day. But to see for yourself, why not attend its Open Day, to view this spectacular venue by the sea. Choosing the right venue for a wedding is one of the most challenging parts of getting married and what better way to experience Thorpeness Country Club than by letting brides and grooms smell the sea air, look out over the beach and marvel at this classic 1920s country club with its boardwalk floors, high vaulted ceilings and twinkling fairy lights. Thorpeness Wedding Open Day takes place on Sunday, April 3 from 11am until 3pm at Thorpeness Country Club and is free to attend. How many guests? The Country Club can accommodate up to 130 guests for a sit down meal and up to 200 for an informal reception. Dreams come true… What could be more romantic than getting married by the sea?

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The Roslin Beach Hotel

Thorpe Esplanade, Thorpe Bay SS1 3BG, 01702 586375, www.roslinhotel.com

With outstanding levels of hospitality and stylish surroundings, The Roslin Beach Hotel in Southend is the perfect venue for your civil ceremony, wedding breakfast and reception. The hotel’s private function suite boasts exceptional natural light and spectacular sea and coastal views — together with a comprehensive array of lighting, audio equipment and formal and casual dining options. The privately-owned, boutique-style hotel can cater for parties from 20 to 150 guests and can provide a fabulous honeymoon suite together with guest accommodation for all. A dedicated event co-ordinator will ensure your big day arrives with absolutely everything you’ve specified in place, on time and stress-free. The wedding team can offer specialist advice on your photographer, chauffeured limousine hire, additional floral arrangements and even your speech if you need it. The staff and management at The Roslin Beach Hotel will make your wedding day unique and special with lasting memories of your wonderful day. How many guests? Enjoy being beside the seaside with up to 150 guests. Dream come true… There is just something magical about being by the sea and with the Roslin you can add this extra touch of magic to your wedding day

The Magic Mushroom Restaurant

Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UD, 01268 289963, www.magicmushroomrestaurant.co.uk

If you are looking for a wedding venue that is intimate, adaptable and, most importantly, delivers first-class service and food, then why not consider The Magic Mushroom Restaurant? It offers a number of seating plan options depending on the size of your wedding as well as a private dining room with an intimate feel for a small wedding breakfast, which is ideal for 18 to 32 guests. The back restaurant can accommodate weddings up to the size of 40 guests and then the main restaurant is available for weddings of 100 plus. A personal service allows the venue to tailor the day and menus to your requirements. How many guests? The choice is yours, with a variety of options to cater for many sizes of wedding party. Dream come true… A very personal touch in the planning allows you to find the solution that suits you

Down Hall Country House Hotel

Matching Road, Hatfield Heath, Nr Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM22 7AS, 01279 731441, www.downhall.co.uk

An historic country house, situated in the breathtaking beauty of Essex countryside, Down Hall provides an exquisite backdrop for your special day. In fact, Down Hall is the place where your dreams are turned into perfect reality. Dating back to 1540, Down Hall has a wonderful array of rooms and suites to host the most intimate of ceremonies, luxury wedding breakfasts and stunning receptions with panoramic views over beautiful gardens. The chef has created the most exquisite menus for your special occasion, using the freshest and finest ingredients either from the hotel’s own vegetable garden or locally-sourced produce, all complemented by outstanding personal service from an experienced team. How many guests? A selection of different wedding reception rooms can cater for parties of different sizes, with the largest room holding 200 guests and the smallest 32. Dream come true… The stunning backdrop of this fabulous hotel will really give your day the wow factor

Colchester Town Hall

High Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1PJ, 01206 506905, www.colchester.gov.uk/weddings

Colchester Town Hall is a place where memories are made. Your wedding should be filled with magic and delight, leaving a happy memory to look back on and treasure, and the team at Colchester Town Hall are there to make this come true for you. With a combination of splendid rooms that offer grandeur for ceremonies small or large, plus excellent customer service from an experienced events team, you need look no further. How many guests? The Moot Hall can cater for up to 200 seated guests. Dream come true… Enjoy the grandeur of the Moot Hall, resplendent with baroque architectural features including a colourful ornate ceiling and majestic columns

West Street Vineyard

West Street, Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1NS, 01376 563 303, www.weststreetvineyard.co.uk

If you are looking for a unique setting, why not hold your ceremony among the vines overlooking the Blackwater valley at West Street Vineyard for your special day? This stunning, relaxed setting in Coggeshall can cater for whichever style of day you are looking for, from an intimate ceremony in the vines, to a relaxed BBQ or a more formal sit down occasion. How many guests? 70-90 guests overlooking the vineyard for a formal sit down and up to 120 for a buffet. Dreams come true… This striking setting surrounded by a stunning vineyard really is something to make you feel like you have escaped from it all

Wivenhoe House

Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ, 01206 863666, www.wivenhoehouse.co.uk

With a long history of love and romance, Wivenhoe House assures all couples of a magical day in stunning surroundings. The Grade II listed main house is the ultimate location for a civil ceremony and private dinner for smaller ceremonies, or move to the Garden Suite for a larger celebration including a private courtyard for your guests. With 40 four-star bedrooms, there is always the option to take over the entire hotel for your own house party or just enjoy one of our luxurious suites as you prepare for your wedding and then stay the night to complete a momentous day. The expert team will guide you through the all-inclusive wedding packages and work with you as you prepare to make your dream wedding become reality. How many guests? Licensed for civil ceremonies, Wivenhoe House can host up to 120 day and 250 evening guests. Dream come true… There are fantastic settings for photographs both inside the historic main house and on the sunken lawn.

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