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Smeetham Hall Barn

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The Basics

Exclusive use
Ceremony license
Licensed bar
Can we bring our own wine
Are pets allowed

Style of venue:
Traditional, Rustic, Casual, Formal
What type of venue are you?
Historic, Barn
What kind of ceremony can we have?
Indoor civil ceremony, Nearby church
Ceremony capacity:
Dining capacity:
Recommended supplier
Do you have a late license?
Until 12am
Is accommodation included?
What forms of payment do you accept?
Cheque, Bank Transfer


Our stunning, 16th century converted wedding barn is the most perfect, romantic wedding venue in Essex. Set in the beautiful North Essex countryside, Smeetham Hall Barn is easily accessible from Suffolk, South Essex and Greater London.

The fully equipped barn, permanent marquee and grounds are exclusively yours from the day before until the morning after your wedding, allowing plenty of time to prepare for your big day. The barn - with its warm interior and exposed oak beams, bar and dance floor - can be decorated with your own colours and style to offer a spectacular setting to accommodate your wedding breakfast for 150 guests and an additional 80 guests for the evening reception. The picturesque grounds offer stunning views, an avenue of trees and a secluded garden with moat for photography backdrops to create lasting memories.

We offer personalised advice and a choice of excellent local suppliers to make the planning of your wedding as easy as possible.

Please contact us directly for details of our all-inclusive wedding packages, no-corkage policy and special offers and to arrange a visit.

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Matthew & Holly Wright
Holly and I would like to thank you for helping make our wedding so special. We had an absolutely fantastic day and the barn looked absolutely amazing - it was exactly what we wanted!
Thanks again.
Shelley & Dan
We just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone at Smeetham Hall for making our wedding so fantastic.  Your venue is truly stunning and we had the most amazing day. Everything was perfect, the staff were very attentive and nothing was a problem.  
Our guests made several comments on what a beautiful venue it is.  Thank you to yourself, Lou and Sean for the music…. 
Many, many thanks. 
Mark & Elizabeth Perry
Wow, where do we start...
Firstly, thank you for all your help both on the wedding day and during the months of planning. 
Our wedding day was the best day of our lives. I can't believe how lucky we were. It was perfect, a real fairytale. We still can't believe just how magical the day was - better than we could have ever imagined. 
We had so many compliments about Smeetham Hall Barn and how stunning it looked which we wanted to tell you. We can't wait to see Andy's pictures from the day. 
Once again thank you! Smeetham will forever have a special place in our hearts. 
Love and best wishes 

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Mr & Mrs Tom Eggleston
Thank you so much for all your efforts last Friday to make Amy and Tom's wedding day such a magical and unique experience for us all. 
Your tireless attention to detail, right from the start, when we booked to the day of the wedding itself was faultless. 
The opportunity to personalise the Barn and marquee and give it our own style was fantastic and we were so pleased with the finished result. We had so many compliments about the decor and flowers and our guests thought the whole venue and grounds were just beautiful. We will be singing your praises far and wide.
Amy said, the first time she visited Smeetham and met Bridget “I know Bridget will do all she can to make our day special” – you certainly delivered that.  
Thank you.
Michelle & Stuart Kerr
Just wanted to say a quick thank you for everything you did before and on our wedding day.
It was such a perfect day :-)
It was everything we wanted, an absolutely perfect venue!  
You were fabulous on the run up to the big day, really putting me at ease!
Thank you so much.
Tom & Robyn Eldridge
We just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for everything this weekend! We had a perfect day and the venue looked absolutely beautiful! We could not have asked for anything better, everything was just fantastic. Special thanks to Lou for being great with the kids on the day. Thank you for all of your help with everything this past year! x
Sam & Jo Thornley
Hi Bridget,
Sorry we missed you on Sunday to say goodbye and thank you. We had such a wonderful day on Saturday and so much of that was down to the perfect venue and excellent preparation! We had a BBQ on the Sunday so had to dash off but we want to thank you for being such a huge help throughout the whole process. You made us feel like we were the first people to get married in the barn and if we could go back and do it again we wouldn't change a thing. Thank you so much!
With many thanks and love.
Nicky Wheeler & Sarah Lewis
We had an amazing day and everything was absolutely perfect. Had lots of compliments. 
Best wedding our guests had been to. So a great thank you from Nick and I for helping our day run so smoothly.  
Franki & Lewis Wood
We just wanted to drop you a message to say THANK YOU!
We had the most amazing day on Saturday and couldn’t have asked for it to have gone any better. You and your staff were wonderful and made the day run so smoothly. We will remember this day forever, with such happy memories!
I’ve attached a photo from the drone, taken by our friend. Thought you may like it for your records as it is a beautiful shot.
Thanks again for letting us use your beautiful venue.
Dawn & Janek
We wanted to say a huge thank you for helping to make our wedding day the best day of our lives!  You were incredible on the day, a true unsung hero, that made sure everything went without a hitch.
The venue was stunning, our photos are beautiful and we will remember it forever.
With love and gratitude.
Jade & James Blackman
We had such a wonderful wedding at Smeetham Hall Barn on Saturday 17th December. Our day was just perfect! Thank you so much for all your help and hard work in organising our special day. 
From the beginning you made us feel so welcome and that nothing was going to be too much trouble. You, your team and everyone that works at Smeetham Hall Barn were so friendly, helpful and a pleasure to deal with. 
We can't thank you all enough for making our day so perfect and special.
Sue & Frank Stabrawa
Thank you for allowing us to host our daughter's wedding at Smeetham Hall Barn. We all had a really lovely day and your venue was just amazing. I am sure the photos will be spectacular.
We loved everything about the barn and marquee which looked perfect and just as we had imagined and planned. We had two very special days at Smeetham, one decorating and putting all our own decorations, bird cages and flowers in place and then the privilege of the wedding day being spent at this beautiful venue.   Your hosting and organisational skills were second to none and we really thought the whole thing was amazing.
Mrs P Cave
Thank you, thank you for all you did to make Georgie and Tom's wedding day so memorable and special - for all the right reasons. 
Not only is Smeetham Hall Barn an absolutely stunning wedding venue but all the planning, advice and support right up to the end of the day was terrific and reassuring too! 
It would be lovely to come back to you one day - who knows!  We don't have any more daughters but we do have some big birthdays and a 'golden'. 
Georgie now thinks of Smeetham as her special place so I need diplomacy!
Thank you again.
Lucy & Robert Trevett
The day was magical from start to finish, but the greater part of the day was spent at your wonderful Barn where everything was just perfect. 
Your advice and enthusiasm right from the start of our planning was infectious and gave me huge confidence for what was yet to come. 
For me, seeing you straight away when we arrived the day before with boot-loads of baskets was a relief that we were not managing the day on our own.
I appreciate that the barn is your business, but you make each family feel special as though our wedding is the only one that matters.
Thank you for giving us all such wonderful memories of a very special place.
Maddy Hurrell & Michael Hart
I just don't have the words to describe how fantastic this venue was!! 
Beautiful setting, professional and friendly staff. Feel so lucky to have got the last weekend wedding date of the summer. 
The food was amazing as well. Just had the perfect day. 
All my thanks to the gang at Smeetham Hall Xxx
Mr & Mrs Barrett
I wanted to send a quick email to you all before we head off on our honeymoon to try to express how grateful we are for the day that you gave us on Saturday!
We could not have asked for a better day it was just perfect, and each of you and your staff made it that way. You were all truly amazing and we are so appreciative of all your hard work!
We have been inundated with compliments about the venue, food and wonderful atmosphere.
We truly loved our day but it seems so did all of our guests! Thank you so so much!
Upon our return from our honeymoon we will be leaving the most glowing reviews on every page that we can find all over the Internet! Thank you again and again and again!
Kate & Aaron
Thank you for our amazing day.  We cannot thank you enough for helping to make it so special.  
We had a great time with all our friends and family and we loved every minute of it.
Thank you.
The Whites
We can't express what an amazing day we had at the Barn - a huge thank you to you. Our day was perfect in every way and we will continue to recommend you to everyone!
Bridget - thank you for your time, effort and brilliant sense of humour.  You made the planning so much more fun - not just for us but for our family, too!
We have had so many kind words said about the venue and the staff.  We wanted to share that with you. 
We are just waiting on our official wedding photos and will send you the link to view them online as soon as they are ready.
Many, many thanks.
Natalie & Tony Warren
We would both like to thank you for your help and assistance leading up to our day.
The day went so smoothly and was just perfect - everything we had imagined and more.
We had nothing but compliments from our guests on how stunning the venue was.
We certainly picked the right venue!
Many thanks.
Lee & Rachel
Thank you so much for all your help, expertise and guidance over the past year.  
It has been a great experiencve having booked such a splended venue and to have someone such as yourself who takes so much pride and joy in what you do.
Thank you!
Laura & Tom Palmer
Thank you for providing us with the perfect wedding venue for our special day. It is a gorgeous venue and many of our guests complimented on it. Thank you so much for supporting us and answering all our questions up to and on the day. You really made the day run smoothly.
Mr & Mrs Wood
Mary and I would like to thank you for your help in putting together our wedding and ensuring the day was a huge success. The venue was appreciated by all and the day ran incredibly smoothly - a testament to yourself and the team of various suppliers that came at your recommendation.
Polly & Glenn
Just wanted to write an email to say a massive thank you for all of your support, help and expertise in the run up to and on our wedding day.
Your barn is just beautiful and you made the day run so smoothly it couldn't have been any more perfect, all our guests said how beautiful it was and what fun they had, from the lovely food to the perfect setting and all the flames by the lake, it just looked so magical. We can't say a big enough thank you.
Becky & Dan
Well, where do we start?
Thank you so much for all your help and guidance with planning our spectacular day! It will be a day we remember for the rest of our lives. Every single detail was truly perfect and we cannot thank you enough for letting us become Mr & Mrs Harden in your magical barn. It could not have been any more beautiful.
Katy & Ryan
Thank you ever so much for providing a memorable wedding for us. The venue is beautiful, the professionalism in assisting with all questions, second-to-none, the suppliers used for our wedding, outstanding.
Do not change what you do as it already has everything! Being able to supply our own wine, for us, was such a USP! It will be forever in our hearts.
Alice & Greg
Greg and I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and all the Smeetham staff for all your help and support in the run up to the wedding and during the wedding day. We had the most perfect day and the venue looked so beautiful. All of our guests said how lovely the venue was and how friendly the staff were. We would definitely recommend Smeetham!! Best wishes.
Louise & Kyle
Good afternoon Bridget
A thank you alone does not seem enough for what you did for us for our wonderful wedding day. As promised, after our honeymoon, I will write an absolute glowing review on your Facebook page.
Before we do that though, we wanted to send you a personal thank you. From the first viewing at the beautiful Smeetham Hall Barn it was an instant decision. Not sure if we ever mentioned, but Smeetham was the first and only venue we went to see, as that was enough, and we both knew it was the one. That was not only due to your beautiful barn and grounds, but you yourself. As you know Kyle quite well by now, he says it how it is and can be very particular about things, and the main reason Smeetham was an instant yes, for both of us, was that first meeting with yourself. You were so welcoming, relaxed, friendly and in general lovely, that you were a large reason we also booked beautiful Smeetham. The whole experience from start to finish was just so easy.
You also gave such fantastic recommendations. Simon from EPS is just the perfect photographer to work with, he took on board everything we said and was just lovely to have with us so much on our special day. Pannels Ash was just the most beautiful place for me and my bridal party to get ready, and for Kyle and I to wake up on our first morning as husband and wife. Lastly Femme cars, were there spot on time and got us all home safe and sound.
Our guests totally fell in love with the venue too, and we had so many compliments on how beautiful the barn and grounds were, how welcoming everyone at the barn was, and just how relaxed the whole day was.
We honestly could not have asked for a more perfect experience for our wedding, and the day itself was just fantastic from start to finish.
So thank you from the bottom of our hearts, it is quite sad that it is over and we will no longer get to see you. If I have friends getting married in the future, I will be recommending they go to the Smeetham wedding fayre, so I can come with them and pop back to say hi.
Many thanks
Gwendolyn & David Horn (Groom's Parents)
Thank you for all you did to enable Philip and Sarah to have a wonderful wedding day. We really enjoyed our time in the Barn which looked so pretty with all the fairy lights and beautifully set tables. I am sure Philip and Sarah will have lasting memories of all that went on during the day, as we have. I know Bridget spent time before the wedding going through arrangements and was there to welcome them on the day and Anthony helped with clearing up at the end of the day. There must be lots of things that went on un-noticed by us that you were involved with too - thank you!
Sophie & Tom Dew
Smeetham Hall Barn was the first and only venue we viewed when organising our wedding. From the moment we arrived we fell in love with the beautiful barn and its surroundings. On the day, the venue provided a stunning backdrop for photos. While the beauty of the venue speaks for itself, it was not only this that made our wedding day so perfect - everyone at Smeetham Hall Barn works their hardest to make sure that everything runs smoothly on your special day, we could not fault a single thing. Bridget was so lovely and helpful every step of the way, from our first meeting where she provided us with advice and useful contacts, right up to the actual day, calming our nerves before the ceremony began. I cannot thank Bridget and everyone at Smeetham Hall Barn enough for giving my husband and I the most perfect wedding day.
Kirsty & Paul Atherton
Bridget, I literally haven’t got the words to express how grateful we are to you for everything and how much we love you!!
So many people told us it is the best wedding they’ve ever been to and that it was the most beautiful venue they’ve ever seen!
You made the whole planning beforehand and on the day totally and utterly stress free and an absolute joy! Attached is one of the preview of pics from Jonny. If you want me to send you some more let me know! Feel free to use on your website too if you would like? Jonny said how amazing you are too! I will miss you haha!!
Please do keep in touch and anything I can do to tell everyone to get married here I will do!! Where is the best place to do a review as I need to give you five million stars!!!!!
Thank you again for everything! We are on our way to Yorkshire! We are both totally ecstatic to be married and feel so, so, so lucky to have such amazing friends and family and to have had the most perfect day. Thank you and loads of love x
Chloe & James Felton
Sorry this is a bit late, however we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone at Smeetham Hall Barn! Our wedding on Thursday 21st September 2017 was absolutely amazing! We couldn't have wished for a better venue and backdrop to such a special occasion!! This place will forever hold happy memories for us both!!
Not only was it where we got married, it's the place we announced to everybody the first addition to our family!! Cyla at Splinter's was fantastic and ensured Chloe's pregnancy was well hidden from our guests! Everyone from Splinter's was incredible.
What a truly magical, amazing day!! It'll live long in the memory. Thank you once again!!
Louise & Kyle Appleton
A million “thank you’s” are not enough for what you did for us in making our wedding day the best day ever. You were an absolute pleasure to work with. So helpful and supportive and so, so patient with all my questions. The day could not have gone any better.
Smeetham Hall Barn is simply beautiful and made our wedding photos stunning. All our guests commented on how wonderful it was and how all the staff were so lovely. How lucky were we with the weather, too? Like I have said before, we are so sad that we have no reason to visit on a regular basis but will be sure to visit for our anniversary in the future.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our day truly magical. All our love.
Clare De Groot
Where do we start?!!
Thank you so so much to lovely Bridget and her amazing team for giving us our dream wedding at Smeetham Hall Barn.
Everything went without a hitch from beginning to end and Bridget’s enthusiasm and love for her job shines through, she is so attentive and nothing is too much trouble.
The barn looked even more beautiful than We could have wished for and Smeetham Hall will always hold a special place in our hearts.
We are on cloud nine!
Thank you again so much!
Mr & Mrs Ben Clements
We cannot thank you enough for our beautiful day yesterday (14.06.18). The attention to detail is insane and the suppliers were more than helpful! Bridget and her husband were amazing from start to finish and we are so happy we chose Smeetham as our venue! Cannot recommend this venue enough and we had the most amazing day! From the new Mr and Mrs Clements

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