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On since 2022

Last update: June 2023

Situated in the beautiful countryside town of Eye, Suffolk, Abbey Hall is an elegant barn wedding venue bursting with character and charm. First built in 1583, this secluded rustic house has been carefully restored to its former glory in an arresting blend of old and new materials. Now it stands as an inspiring dry hire space, inviting you to let your creative impulses go across its modern open layout.

Facilities and Capacity

A Scheduled Ancient Monument, Abbey Hall is a harmonious meeting of exposed wooden beams, distressed walls, and contemporary luxury features. Every inch of the property exudes a unique atmosphere that you can easily adapt to your DIY wedding plans. Outside, 10 acres of glorious natural water meadows provide quite the setting for a stretch tent or marquee close to the banks of the River Dove. From 2023, the venue will be fully licensed for an on-site ceremony, allowing couples to enlist the picturesque English landscape as a backdrop. Alternatively, the Eye Town Hall provides a gorgeous, intimate setting for you to say 'I do' within walking distance. Set within a historic building in the center of the market town, it's a wonderful accompaniment to your wedding celebration at Abbey Hall. Once your union is complete, you can return to the venue's private haven and watch your occasion unfurl in any shape you desire. Every bit the blank canvas, there is no end to the sweeping views and the possibilities thanks to the fragrant rose-covered courtyard and pristine lawns. At the end of the evening, indulge your guests in a festival-themed camping village or a local high-end hotel.

Services Offered

The owners of Abbey Hall are true wedding curators devoted to helping couples get the most out of their dry-hire booking. So, whether you wish to celebrate within the Hall itself, by the historic castle, or outdoors under their glorious old oak tree, they intend to make it happen. While extending your creative control of their versatile spaces, they are excited to provide access to a large range of specialist suppliers. Alongside 5 years of careful restoration, they have also researched and gathered an array of talented, trustworthy businesses, covering superb catering and bar companies, florists, photographers, hair and make-up artists, and tent hire.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unusual weddings
Marquees and tents

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Private catering allowed
Buffet meal facilities

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Dance floor
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities
Outdoor fireworks permitted

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue leisure facilities:


Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for Abbey Hall

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Emily W. Sent on 22/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Abbey Hall

Abbey Hall is the perfect and most beautiful 'blank canvas' venue. The hall is just so stunning. Olivia and Gary have been fantastic and super flexible as well as being so so kind and going above and beyond on our day to make sure everything ran smoothly. They have a great list of trusted suppliers that will help ensure you get the day you want. Couldn't recommend this as a venue more. Thank you so much Abbey Hall.
Shirin Y. Sent on 03/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Gorgeous, unique wedding venue

We had the privilege of getting married at Abbey Hall, one of the most beautiful venues we have ever come across. It managed to feel relaxed and informal yet at the same time unique and special, with breathtaking views across the fields. There was no need for elaborate wedding decorations because the venue itself has been renovated so perfectly. Olivia and Gary went out of their way to help us and had tips and suggestions for a range of suppliers. We couldn't have asked for a better venue!
Laura Sent on 11/10/2021
4.8 out of 5 rating

Wedding - beautiful and unique venue

Beautiful wedding venue that felt very special and unique. Views from the venue were absolutely stunning and the whole feel was very relaxed but beautifully put together. We were given a great list of suppliers so were able to make our wedding just how we wanted it
Katie Sent on 02/09/2019
5 out of 5 rating

An Evening to Remember....

Beautiful Abbey Hall was the setting for a joint celebration for two big family birthdays - a 21st and a 50th and provided the most spectacular and intimate backdrop. Drinks and canapés were served in the setting sun as we looked over the stunning water meadows in the field adjacent; with the cows grazing and the reeds gently swaying in the breeze it was the epitome of Suffolk loveliness.

The barn itself is infinitely adaptable with a big hall (we sat 94 for our party), with dance floor and stage plus a gallery area that is just perfect for escaping to chat. The hundreds of lit candles everywhere looked enchanting as darkness fell - and it was wonderful that this was not only allowed, but both supplied and encouraged.

Olivia and Gary were wonderful throughout the planning of the party, during the event and afterwards and we can't recommend the venue more highly. If you're looking for a unique, historic and beautiful location that will be completely yours for as long as your occasion requires, look no further!
Megan Sent on 26/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Abbey Hall Wedding

We were fortunate enough to hear about Abbey Hall through a mutual friend of the owners of this venue. We knew immediately that we would get married there. Abbey Hall is not any ordinary wedding venue. This medieval barn has been lovingly restored with impeccable attention to detail (my husband is an architect so this was a massive draw for us). Olivia and Gary (the owners) have created a cool contemporary feel, without losing any of the charm of the original building. I feel that so often wedding venues lose the personal feel, appearing to be churning out one wedding after another. This is certainly not the case for Abbey Hall. The venue is exclusively yours for the wedding and the days surrounding it, there is scope to be creative with the space and the owners are the most wonderful hosts. They are a fountain of knowledge and are able to advise on wedding suppliers and are helpful throughout the planning process. On top of this, they were on hand to help on the day of the wedding and assisted with everything from venue styling to problem solving electrical issues. They went above and beyond to give us the best day possible and we will forever feel grateful for this. We can not recommend Abbey Hall highly enough. Our personal highlights of this incredible space include; the setting (it overlooks meadows, on which the sun sets low, giving the most spectacular sunsets), the way the sunlight changes in the Hall during the course of the day (we had the most incredible warm sunlight flood in as the sun was setting) and the relaxed, personal nature of the venue. The most wonderful wedding venue in every way.
Barbara Sent on 13/12/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Great do!

Looking for the perfect place to hold a 100 strong big birthday party we found Abbey Hall just outside Eye and what a find it turned out to be. Perfect in size and in a beautiful setting it is a stylish yet practical conversion of a medieval brick barn with a grand space for mingling and dancing, plus a mezzanine balcony level that provided a wonderful escape space for the children while the grownups chatted, danced, drank and munched below. Exquisite canapés kept arriving through the evening (prepared by Master Chef Tristram Abbs and his most talented team). We were mesmerised by stunning fireworks, serenaded by Paul McClure (a very gifted singer song-writer), sustained by wonderful food and plied with excellent beverages. The entire event from start to finish was beautifully choreographed and managed by our hosts Olivia and Gary supported by a team of polite and attentive waiting staff. A perfect venue and a perfect team, thank you, we will be back now we have found you.
Farquhar Sent on 17/12/2018
5 out of 5 rating

The best wedding ever

We certainly had the most wonderful day when our son was married in the wonderful Abbey Hall. It is an astounding place. You feel you're standing in the middle of a painting by Constable - the view over the fields to the delightful town is perfect. The barn is very grand, beautifully restored, with a lovely informal gallery. It is set in beautiful gardens rolling into fields. Gary and Olivia thought of every possible thing and more ~ the place was dressed elegantly ~the catering was excellent ~ they even organised astonishing weather!
I can't think of a more delightful place to celebrate any grand event, or better people than Gary and Olivia to help you make a perfect day.
Mel Sent on 12/12/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Magical setting

My daughter married in Eye in July 2017, and had her marriage blessed by her grandfather under the 500 year old oak tree in the grounds of Abbey Hall, surrounded by family and friends. It was a truly special occasion.

They were able to decorate the stunning 15th century Abbey Hall to their own design, providing an intimate and personal setting, and the owners could not have been more helpful.

The recommended caterers were amazing - helpful and professional throughout the whole process, and only too willing to adapt menus to suit the event.

There is a wide range of hotels and B&Bs, as well as self catering options, to suit any budget - and all within a 10 minute drive - so our 100 guests were all able to find accommodation.

I would definitely recommend Abbey Hall - it is a very special place with a unique atmosphere in a lovely market town in the stunning Suffolk countryside - and we were made to feel special throughout.
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