Find the perfect Essex backdrop to your big day

PUBLISHED: 13:06 06 October 2013 | UPDATED: 13:06 06 October 2013




Parklands Quendon Hall




CB11 3XN

01799 543800

How many guests? Parklands has three ceremony rooms, seating 20 to 140 guests, and can cater for up to 1,000.

Dream come true… What could be more romantic after your beautiful wedding day than to retreat to a secret thatched cottage within 100 acres of deer park?

Parklands provides a picturesque setting for a stunning celebration. Surrounded by more than 100 acres of magnificent deer park, Parklands is an elegant country house in rural north Essex offering the perfect romantic backdrop for your celebrations, which can be yours exclusively for the day. There are three elegant ceremony rooms, seating from 20 to 140 guests, or for larger events, a stunning silk-lined Pavilion can accommodate as many as 1,000 guests theatre-style and the Pavilion, Banqueting Hall and Drawing Room are all licensed for civil ceremonies. Parklands’ cuisine is about exceptional produce and extensive menu choices are available for your canapés and wedding breakfast. For the bride and groom, the thatched Bridal Cottage offers a private haven, nestled in the deer park, with a car on hand to transport you there in style. There are also an additional 21 luxury, en suite rooms for your family and friends to create the perfect retreat for your guests after a fabulous day.

Stock Brook Country Club

Queens Park Avenue



CM12 0SP

01277 650400

How many guests? Stock Brook Country Club’s luxurious wedding function suite accommodates up to 250 dining guests and 300 evening guests.

Dream come true… Lavish décor and superb surrounding countryside make this venue an ideal setting for your perfect day.

Centrally located in more than 275 acres of beautiful, English countryside and with more than 25 years of outstanding wedding services in Essex, Stock Brook Country Club has long been established as a great wedding venue choice. Stock Brook Country Club has everything an engaged couple could need to create their perfect dream wedding day. The interior décor is luxurious and very well appointed while the wedding reception suites are spacious, elegant and create a romantic atmosphere. Stock Brook’s motivated team of highly experienced wedding coordinators and planners are on hand to help you, with a good understanding of traditional weddings and wedding day ceremonies from all cultures and religions. >>

Blake Hall





01277 366687

How many guests? Up to 150 guests seated or 200 for a buffet.

Dream come true… This family home has become a perfect place to celebrate with family and friends.

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 throw from the venue, sleeps six and is available for hire for your wedding, while the Stable Cottage has been converted into a sumptuous honeymoon cottage for your exclusive use on the night of your wedding.

The Coach House

Marks Hall Gardens & Aboretum




01376 565420

How many guests? Up to 80 for the ceremony, 120 for sit-down meal and 200 for an evening reception.

Dream come true… Within the fabulous landscape of these stunning gardens and arboretum, you are assured of a delightful setting for your celebration and your photographs.

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.

The Roslin Beach Hotel

Thorpe Esplanade

Thorpe Bay



01702 586375

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.

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. >>

Spains Hall





01371 811596

How many guests? Up to 120 
seated in the hall or up to 130 
seated in The Stables.

Dream come true… For a setting full of history and romance, this fabulous Essex estate certainly ticks all the boxes.

SPAINS HALL combines the history and romance of an English country estate with modern facilities, catering and service, all of which enable staff to ensure your special day is truly memorable. The hall is licensed for weddings and civil partnership ceremonies, but is also within easy reach of several parish churches. You will have exclusive use of the public rooms within the house and The Stables, as well as extensive grounds, for your ceremony and reception. An extensive choice of menus and catering options are on offer as well as a full bar service. There is accommodation available on the estate with the sumptuous Tapestry Room available during the day for the bride and her entourage and, within the grounds, overnight accommodation is available at Crest Lodge and North Lodge. Whether you are looking for a country house wedding or smaller gathering, the Spains Hall team will ensure your day runs like clockwork. They have the flexibility and the knowledge to cater for most wishes, budgets and imaginations.

Prested Hall

Prested Hall Chase





01376 573300

How many guests? Prested Hall’s function facilities can cater for up to 160 reception guests.

Dream come true…As the 2012 Boutique Venue of The Year, Prested Hall has the charm and quality that will make your wedding day extra special.

Named Boutique Venue of The Year at the 2012 Essex Wedding Awards, this charming listed manor house is exclusively yours with its 14 beautiful bedrooms, fine period interiors, a pretty gazebo outside and a traditional marquee in summer. Prested is known for its stunning parkland setting, its delicious food, its welcoming atmosphere and its wonderful staff who go that extra mile for every couple. You are offered a bespoke menu approach or a selection of appetising menus plus a choice of reception rooms or the gazebo outside for your ceremony. Extra options include The Dingle, a luxurious hideaway in the grounds, and, next door, additional accommodation, an Elemis spa, and a hair and beauty salon are available for use on the day.

Le Talbooth

Gun Hill




01206 323150

How many guests? Wedding parties from 12 to 180 can be catered for 
at Le Talbooth.

Dream come true… As one of the county’s most celebrated restaurants, Le Talbooth promises sumptuous dining and first-class service.

Bridal parties are spoilt for choice at Le Talbooth in Dedham, whether you’re looking for a small intimate wedding in the Weavers Room for 30, a larger party in the River Room for 80 or a lavish affair in the marquee on the upper lawn beside the River Stour (catering for up to 160 guests). With its great location in the charming village of Dedham and its 16th century beamed interior, Le Talbooth offers the complete package, from the first meeting right through to the wedding day.

Wivenhoe House

Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, Essex

C04 3SQ

01206 863666

How many guests? Wivenhoe House welcomes parties of from 50 to 120 guests.

Dream come true… The multi-million pound restoration of this historic house will not go unnoticed by you or your guests and it is matchedby the convenience of modern accommodation.

Wivenhoe House is a truly romantic setting. Meticulously refurbished before re-opening in 2012, the 18th century main house is licensed for weddings and civil partnerships. Celebrate in style in a range of elegant rooms or take over the hotel for a country house weekend. All this means you will celebrate an unforgettable day at an idyllic venue bursting with tradition and period detail. At Wivenhoe House, you can be sure that the wedding team will take care of every detail to make your day absolutely perfect, because your wedding should be the most beautiful day of your life.


Fennes Road




01376 324555

How many guests? The reception rooms at Fennes can accommodate up to 400 for banqueting.

Dream come true… Fennes has the space for a larger wedding, but the personality to create an intimate experience for your guests.

Located in 100 acres of north Essex countryside, Fennes has a wonderfully welcoming feel and is the ideal venue for your wedding. With many years as a dedicated wedding venue, the team at Fennes have mastered the art of creating the perfect wedding day. The reception rooms at Fennes are elegant and spacious, seating parties from 20 to 600 guests in theatre-style for civil ceremonies and up to 400 for banqueting. The grounds are an enchanting area to hold reception drinks and the bridge water feature makes for stunning photo opportunities. Fennes’ cuisine is about exceptional produce, using only the freshest ingredients and everything is locally-sourced wherever possible. Bridal parties can also make use of the luxurious Bridal Cottage, situated in a private area of the estate grounds. Fennes also boasts seven additional rooms with uninterrupted views of the estate.

Three Rivers Country Club

Stow Road

Cold Norton



01621 829781

How many guests? Three Rivers Country Club provides banqueting 
and conference facilities for parties of four to 400.

Dream come true… With decades of experience in looking after countless lucky couples, you can ensure your big day is in good hands.

Three Rivers has always been a popular choice as a wedding venue for engaged couples in Essex. The stunning Country Club is perfectly situated in more than 325 acres of idyllic Essex countryside, just on the outer fringes of the rustic village of Cold Norton. Three Rivers Country Club has a proud heritage as one of the foremost wedding venues in Essex and caters for all kinds of traditional weddings, civil ceremonies and Asian Shaadi. The Country Club underwent a complete modernisation in 1996 and the new contemporary design of the main building is built with superb use of light and space and allows for spectacular overviews of rolling green hills. The interior of the main building has luxurious, well appointed interior décor that reflects the rural setting and the exquisite wedding function suites are stylish, very well proportioned and abound with plentiful views of the countryside from every perspective. Three Rivers Country Club has also recently completed a £500,000 development of contemporary wedding suite accommodation to offer brides and grooms the choice of eight superb double rooms, including two superb wedding bridal suites and four luxurious double suites.

East Mersea Hall

Church Lane

East Mersea




01206 383499 or 07842 195221

How many guests? East Mersea Hall
is able to accommodate 120 for a sit-down meal and 150 in the evening.

Dream come true… Perfect for a very personal touch and the charming 
St Edmunds Church is literally a 
stone throw from East Mersea Hall.

East Mersea Hall is a very special wedding venue surrounded by breath-taking gardens and a stunning lake. The venue is licensed for all types of civil ceremonies, however a truly unique feature is the close proximity of St Edmunds Church which adjoins the grounds of the hall via private pathways and is in walking distance of the hall and main car park. For the wedding reception there is a choice of either The Pavilion or The Terrace Room – both of which have access to the lawns and views across the lake. East Mersea Hall is offered on an exclusive basis only, so there would only be one wedding on that day – yours! Owners, Sarah and David, provide a very personal service to each and every couple because East Mersea Hall is their home as well as their business, so expect a very warm welcome when you visit.


Lewis Gardens

High Street




01206 577067

How many guests? Firstsite is able to accommodate up to 160 guests.

Dream come true… This unique wedding venue offers a touch of history and style in the centre of Colchester.

FIRSTSITE’S golden exterior creates the perfect setting for a memorable wedding. A contemporary venue, firstsite is great for all wedding receptions and can cater for up to 160 guests. Tailor-made packages are available for your reception, from a buffet to a banquet, while the visual art centre boasts a romantic light-up lamppost which can be used to create magical photos and allows couples to enjoy photo opportunities on the beautiful Berryfield Roman Mosaic.

Woodhall Manor

Woodhall Drive




IP12 3EG

0139 4411288

How many guests? Woodhall Manor can cater for up to 200 guests in a banqueting style.

Dream come true… Celebrate your wedding in Tudor splendour within the historic and luxurious surroundings of Woodhall Manor.

Nestling in nine acres of landscaped grounds and beautiful walled gardens, Woodhall Manor provides the perfect background for your wedding day. Exclusive use of the house allows you and your loved ones to celebrate in complete privacy and enjoy the luxurious surroundings which make Woodhall your dream home for your dream day. Parts of Woodhall Manor are medieval, dating back to the 15th century. Most reception rooms are Tudor in style, with oak beams and open fireplaces creating a cosy ambiance. Woodhall provides comfortable accommodation for you and your guests in a relaxed atmosphere. Each of the 14 bedrooms is individually designed and exquisitely furnished, while the Bridal Suite boasts a four-poster bed, the finest fabrics and furniture, a plasma screen TV, a private parlour, ambient lighting and a lavishly-appointed bathroom.

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