Smeetham Hall Barn

£3199 - £5799 for Venue Hire
Up to 150
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COVID-19 Update
We are, once again, not able to offer viewings of Smeetham Hall Barn until 2nd December. Meanwhile, please take a look at our virtual tour on or call us on Tel: 01787 374544 and we can put a date in our diaries for a December visit!
Although still a working farm, Smeetham Hall is a stunning setting for your wedding and is widely known to be a leading wedding venue in Essex.
Pricing & Costs

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Our venue-only hire includes tables/chairs. You choose from our list of six caterers. Alternatively, our packages include a 3-course, sit-down wedding breakfast, evening catering for 100 guests; DJ and videographer
What is included in this pricing:
Furniture included
Exclusive use
Day before set up available
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Choice of preferred caterers

In-house catering
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Number of Guests Included
What is included in this pricing:
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Furniture included
Exclusive use
Day before set up available
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
09:00 AM
Usual Finish Time


Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Water View
Marquee Permitted
Bridal Changing Facilities
Disabled Access
Grade I/II Listed Building
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator
Open Flame Permitted

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
In-House Wine List
Alcohol Licence
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol

Ceremony & Reception

Sound System Available
Fireworks Permitted
Wedding Licence
Dancefloor Available
Confetti Permitted
Full Description
When it comes to weddings, we know that there is no 'one size to fit all' package. Whether you are looking for a venue for your wedding reception, civil ceremony or both, we are sure to have something to suit you. For a Saturday wedding, the Barn is available from 9am on Friday until midday on Sunday. For a Tuesday wedding, for example, the Barn is available from 2pm on Monday until midday on Wednesday. Charges for a weekend include bank holidays. A booking fee of £750 is required to confirm a booking and the balance is due eight weeks prior to the wedding date. No corkage! A huge saving!

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Bridget
Our couples are very important to us and we look after them from the minute they book until the end of their wedding day - they are welcome to come and see the Barn as many times as they like, or, they can call and chat to ask as many questions as they like! We never mind. We want them to have a wonderful experience in planning their wedding.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Becky and Will
Married in August 2020
August 2020
It's so hard to put into words.....
Dear Bridget and all of the amazing team at Smeetham Hall. It's so hard to put into words just how special our day was. From start to finish it was the most beautiful day. Bridget, we cannot thank you enough for helping us to plan and prepare our day. Our guests still comment on how wonderful all of the team were and how beautiful the venue is. You are all amazing and THANK YOU!
Married in June 2020
August 2020
This is how customer service is done!
One of the ways you really find out how good a company/person is is when things don't go to plan. Unfortunately COVID made us postpone our wedding once and then finally resulted in it being cancelled (no fault of Smeetham Hall). Throughout this whole process Bridget was amazing, giving us all the support we could ask for and even up to and after the cancellation she was there to support us. At no point did we feel like anything was more of a priority other than us being happy with our day and getting what we deserved. It's such a shame that the wedding didn't go ahead, apart from the amazing venue that Smeetham Hall is, from the start of our journey last year to having to rearrange this year to finally having to cancel due to COVID the support has been excellent , I can only believe the rest of the reviews about peoples day when they say how amazing it was. If you want a venue that is not only beautiful and offers all you need you need, but will also do right by you as a customer in times of crises, look no further. It really does tick all the boxes.
Bridget Hyde Parker
Wedding: May 2020
June 2020
COVID-19 Postponement couple
A little review.... do I begin such a post....... My experience with this venue has been so positive, even though as a result of the current COVID crisis, we’ve had to postpone our wedding twice. (May 2020 > August 2020 > to February 2021) 🥂COVID has totally stuffed up our day, but from day one right through to now, Bridget and the team have been BLINDING. This has been a rather stressful, full of tears and a disappointing time for the wedding industry, couples spend years saving for their big day and some spend a huge sum of money on their dream day (average wedding now is what, 20k?). I’ve read horror stories in the news about couples losing £1000’s and being told to cough up cancellation fees etc. Insurers not covering claims, holiday weddings abroad just disappearing and no one giving couples a second thought.... HOWEVER...from day one of this whole fiasco - Bridget has been right there, remaining in contact, providing support, offering the best alternative, being empathetic and being very passionate about giving us the day we deserve. We booked a package with Smeetham Hall, which is also another reason to go with this venue as Splinters (the in house type catering company) create such delicious meals and Cyla helps you with any question you may have. From how many bottles of wine to buy for your guests, to what food goes well with what drink, how not to overload the palette with chocolate. The package is also great because in circumstances such as this a lot of the admin work is done by Bridget who will email all the suppliers (DJ, videotographer - as this is included in some packages), so you don’t have to do the leg work. ALSO THE VENUE HAS NO CORKAGE FEE🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾. The venue it’s self is beautiful, you do not need to spends £1000’s on flowers or decorations because the place just has so much charm, character and warmth. It’s cosy (in a sense that it’s not so massive you need 1000 people to fill the space). For me, I want the day to feel intimate (even with 100 people in the room - they do cater for more) as it is about you and your future husband/wife. The house in front of the lake is STUNNING, even just the simple thing of driving up the long gravel road to the venue gets you all excited, the barn itself just reminds me of the Tudor period (and I love that kind of thing - I prefer historical and quirky to modern and plain). It can be decorated how you wish with big bright lights, outdoor torches (which they had on the open day and it looked so romantic). A car can pull up right to the door of the venue and the aisle seating is a few steps away, this is important for us as my mother and father in law are disabled. The facilities are clean, there is also a marquee where you move to have reception drinks which you can decorate as you wish. But like I said previously, the place doesn’t need a lot, it’s so beautiful! Yes I guess I should be devastated our day has been delayed but I am far from it because in reality this rubbish situation is totally out of our control. So rather than be fed up and let COVID drain the excitement out of me, I am looking forward to our day in February 2021. Come rain or shine, it will be lovely, amazing and special with our family and friends. I think I’ve realised now that to get what you want out of a company/service you need to go with people who’s are passionate about what they do. When people hear the word wedding they just want to make money out of you, that is not the case here. They leave everything up to you, they’re not pushy and they’re not ridiculously over priced, you get what you pay for and a whole lot more. I’m kind of glad it’s been delayed as it creates a bigger build up! Here’s to February 2021 and to the best day ever! Cheers! Lucy and Dean xxxxxxx
Catherine & Damien
Married in February 2020
February 2020
Everything we dreamed of!
Hello all at Smeetham, Damien and I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for the most amazing day yesterday. It was everything we dreamed of and we are over the moon with how it all went - largely due to all your help! So many people commented on how beautiful the place was, how helpful and gracious the staff were, and you did everything possible to make our day so amazing. THANK YOU! We will send you some snaps soon!
Mr & Mrs Mapham
Married in January 2020
January 2020
Truly perfect day
An amazing venue, an incredibly supportive team and honest to god the best day of my life. If you are looking for a beautiful, versatile space to celebrate your wedding day then look no further. I love looking at all the couples styling choices that have got married here as it really can look so different and personal and that’s why I fell in love with it so much. Thank you so, so much for everything. Truly was the perfect day.
Gerry & Trevor
Married in December 2019
February 2020
We had such a fabulous time!
Dear Bridget Just writing to say a huge thank you to you and your team for making our Wedding Day so special. We had such a fabulous time. All of our guests loved the venue as much as we did. All of your suppliers were great to deal with and made the whole experience so stress free. This is of course a reflection on you and confirmed our confidence in you formed at our first meeting about a year ago! Sending our best wishes.
Location & Contact Details


Smeetham Hall Lane, Sudbury, Essex, CO10 7EU, England

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Press & Awards

Press & Awards (1)

Don't Tell the Bride

Industry Awards (1)

Venue of the Year 2019 for the South East

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

They truly are all special in their own ways.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

To ask as many questions as they need and to visit Smeetham as much as possible to feel at home.

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

The wedding cake made by the groom!

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Beautiful, personal, historic, romantic, relaxed

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

There are so many but a sunset shot in our wild flower meadow in the summer.

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

Yes! But the secrets are ours!

What’s your favourite canapé?

We only get to look! Mini shepherd's pies always look amazing.

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Hard to decide!

What is your venue's most unique feature?

The romantic atmosphere - lots of fairy lights, lots of beams and lots of candles

What part of your business are you most proud of?

I get great joy in showing couples around the Barn - it speaks for itself.

Bridebook Benefits

Bridebook GiftYes
Bridebook Special OfferYes