Venue of the Week: Channels Estate

This week on Confetti our #VenueoftheWeek is Channels Estate, an idyllic thatched barn wedding venue in the heart of the Essex countryside. Each week, we celebrate some of the best wedding venues in the UK and this week is no exception. With a choice of two ceremony spaces, and an expert team to plan each moment of your reception, you can have the wedding day that you have always dreamed of.


Situated on the east of the Channels Estate, just north of Chelmsford and on the edges of the pretty village of Little Waltham, the main ceremony space is a beautifully restored 17th century thatched barn. With historic 300 year old beams and period chandeliers, you can host your wedding in a space steeped in history and with a traditionally English feel. The historic wedding venue can hold up to 130 seated guests for your wedding breakfast, and up to 200 for your evening celebrations.

And how about saying ‘I do’ truly immersed in the Barn’s picturesque surroundings? ‘The Church Without a Roof’ is a stunning ceremony garden, just outside the Barn, where you can look out to the countryside that surrounds it. With endless opportunities for beautiful photographs in the extensive grounds of this outdoor wedding venue and the capacity to hold up to 60 seated guests, bask in the English sun and celebrate your big day in style.

Perhaps you’re actually looking for something more intimate for your day, surrounded by your nearest and dearest? Little Channels is situated west of the estate and has no minimum requirement for guests, so you can bring along as few people as you want by your side. The Courtyard Suite ceremony room is a charming and characterful space covered in gorgeous wood beams and has a special, cosy feel to make for a day you will never forget.

Outside is a beautiful flagstone courtyard, fully furnished, that becomes the perfect wedding garden where your guests can relax after the ceremony and before the celebrations commence.

Both Channels Estate and Little Channels also have a fantastic team of professional wedding coordinators with years of experience, meaning they can give you the best service at every stage of your wedding journey. With in-house hospitality services at your fingertips, you can take advantage of:

  • Silver served wedding breakfast by their highly trained staff, or a buffet option of your choice
  • Ample free car parking
  • Complimentary Master of Ceremonies
  • Use of house linen, table numbers, cake stand and knife

Get in touch with the team today to find out more about hosting your wedding in this beautiful and unusual wedding venue.

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