A fairy tale Tudor mansion and a rustic country barn are among these four fantastic wedding venues in Essex – an ideal location with its gorgeous coastline and wild countryside not far from the city of London.
Gosfield Hall is a Georgian manor house that was once a royal residence. Full of grandeur and located deep in the Essex countryside, it has a choice of elegant reception rooms including the Queen Charlotte’s oak panelled gallery with a grand aisle which is 120ft long. The carriageway is stunning for outdoor ceremonies on sunny days.
With its sparkling chandeliers and ornate design, the ballroom is a splendid setting for your wedding breakfast for up to 116 guests. Exclusive use of the entire house means you can also invite up to 250 guests for your evening reception and some can even finish the night in one of the twenty beautiful bedroom suites.
The Tudor Mansion – Leez Priory
Leez Priory is a magnificent multi award-winning Tudor mansion, said to be one of the most sought after wedding venues in the country. Set in 40 acres of parkland and lakes, it is available for exclusive use. With its stunning Great Tower outside the main house, you will feel like you are stepping back in time, in your very own castle, making it the perfect setting for a real fairy tale wedding.
With a choice of seven stunning settings for your civil ceremony, picturesque lakes, lawns and even a sweeping driveway, it also has 15 beautiful bedrooms which are exclusively reserved for you on your wedding night, as well as a pretty hidden cottage within the grounds for the bride and bridesmaids to stay in the night before the wedding.
The Rustic Country Barn – The Essex Barn
The Essex Barn sits in the grounds of the equally stunning The White Hart, in Great Yeldham, surrounded by the beautiful English countryside. A contemporary structure in a traditional style, the open mezzanine floor creates a romantic setting for your ceremony and the main barn is warm and welcoming for your wedding breakfast and evening reception.
The Country House – The Lawn
The Lawn is a magnificent listed manor house with its own orangery, set in stunning landscaped gardens. Family-run and exclusively yours for the entire day, the venue features the Grand Hall with sweeping staircase, and seats up to 130 for your wedding breakfast. Now in its 20th year as one of the most sought after venues in Essex, the splendour, service and catering remain unparalleled.
Hold your wedding breakfast and reception in the pretty Orangery which seats up to 140 and opens out onto a large covered terrace with its own bar, looking out onto the beautiful gardens and illuminated fountain. The entire venue can be exclusively yours for small weddings to parties of up to 350 guests.
Essex is perhaps a place of unexpected wild beauty, with 350 miles of coastline and rural landscapes. The county has some extraordinary hidden cultural and creative gems and boasts over 2,000 years of ancient history. There are more rustic and historic wedding venues in Essex, as well as chic city wedding venues, so there really is something for everyone.
Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.