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On since 2021

Last update: May 2024

Barnston Lodge is a marquee wedding reception venue located in Essex, England. This stunning Georgian mansion overlooking beautifully manicured grounds offers a timeless rural English setting complete with paddocks, grazing horses, and farmland. All Barnston Lodge guests are made to feel relaxed and welcome from the moment they arrive. This venue offers exclusive access to its grounds for the day, allowing you and your guests to have an intimate and private celebration.

Facilities and Capacities

The Brew House is a converted cart lodge that offers a quiet room for your guests to relax during the evening festivities. In addition to this, a variety of lawn games can be arranged for your younger guests while you enjoy the enchanting atmosphere of Barnston Lodge. You can place the marquee wherever it suits you, offering you the unique opportunity to pick your perfect countryside view. Barnston Lodge is a photographer’s dream providing countless picturesque backdrops from glorious lawns to rose gardens. The lake, a haven for wildlife, is home to ducks, guinea fowl and a charming jetty, making it another ideal spot for photos. The grounds at Barnston Lodge also offer an excellent opportunity for capturing unique aerial photographs. Should guests wish to retire after an exceptional wedding celebration, they can avail of over 100 rooms available locally, from budget motels to country hotels.

Services Offered

Barnston Lodge is conveniently located between Chelmsford and Stansted, within a short distance from A12, M11 and M25, making it an accessible venue for those coming far and wide. For your convenience, their team can offer the services of their approved local wine merchants and caterers, who are happy to provide food and refreshments for your special day. Their team can also show you some guide prices for your catering on request, however, you are more than welcome to hire alternative catering staff. Barnston Lodge allows the use of their wine cellar for wine storage on your wedding day.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unusual weddings
Stately home
Marquees and tents
Tipis and yurts

Dining options:

Private catering allowed
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Dance floor
Evening reception facilities

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for Barnston Lodge

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Mrs L. Sent on 07/08/2021
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Amazing Service, Beautiful Venue

As caterers, we see a lot of venues and work with all kinds of owners. The second I met Jane, the wonderful owner of Barnston Lodge, I knew we were in good hands. She is friendly, professional, proactive, hard working and utterly delightful. Today's wedding ran like a dream in the grounds of her charming Georgian house. The lawns were perfectly manicured, the flower beds were alive with colour and fragrance and Jane had thought of everything to make our job easier. Genuinely, I cannot think of a better place to hold your wedding.
Alex Sent on 30/08/2018
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Thanks again

Thank you so much for allowing us to use your beautiful home for our special day. You have been so helpful and have gone above and beyond to make sure we have everything in order!
Laura Sent on 30/08/2018
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We absolutely had the best day of our lives

A huge thank you for providing such a lovely venue for our wedding reception on 2nd June. From the first time we met you, through all the planning and on the wedding day itself, you really could not have been more helpful and accommodating. We absolutely had the best day of our lives and we have had so many comments from our guests about how much they enjoyed it and our venue also. You worked so hard on the day and everything went absolutely perfectly, we really couldn't have done it without you!
Daisy Sent on 30/08/2018
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Thank you so much for everything you did

Your help was invaluable and everyone said Barnston Lodge is a beautiful venue with a friendly home from home vibe. We can't wait to come back for our christening!
Sharon Sent on 30/08/2018
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What a dream come true

Thank you so very much for being a wonderful hostess and enabling our wedding to be held in your beautiful grounds. It was a perfect day in every way.
Grace Sent on 15/08/2018
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Barnston Lodge is the perfect wedding venue. Jane is extremely professional, helpful and kind. She made sure that the the days running up to and our actual wedding day ran smoothly and did everything she could to ensure we had the most wonderful wedding reception. She even allowed us to bring our three dogs to our reception. We are so pleased with how our day went and cannot praise Jane and Barnston Lodge enough. A massive thank you for giving us the day we always dreamed of!
Paris Sent on 24/11/2017
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Perfect day

We had such an easy going relationship with Barnston Lodge over the year and a half leading up
to our wedding . They were so helpful in providing
the perfect day
Polly Sent on 24/11/2017
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We had such a lovely wedding at Barnston Lodge

We had such a lovely wedding at Barnston Lodge, thank you for all your help in giving us the wedding
we wanted. It was a perfect day and everyone
remarked on the beautiful grounds.
Katie Sent on 24/11/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Best day ever

Thank you so much for all of your advice, help and suport during the planning and leading up to our wedding and the big day itself. All of our guests said how perfect it was and it was a priviledge to plan our day exactly how we wanted it with our horses and dogs.
Kelly Sent on 24/11/2017
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Perfect wedding

Barnston Lodge was the perfect setting and you were
the perfect hosts, you went above and beyond the call of duty and we are truly grateful. Kelly and Adam
Torty Sent on 24/11/2017
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Thank you so much

Thank you so much for letting us get married at your beautiful home and for your endless care, patience and support from start to finish. We truly had the most perfect magical wedding day and we wouldn't have wanted to do it anywhere else.
Tom Sent on 25/11/2016
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The gardens looked absolutely beautiful. You were so flexible with us and our countless deliveries and requests. You accommodaed the 'entourage'that arriged to help us set up and your tea and coffee runs were a life saver especially the early evening pimms at the end of our set up day. Everyone had an amazing time and we were even told by a few that it was the best wedding they have every been to
Charlotte Sent on 25/11/2016
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Thank you for making our special day so perfect. We had the most amazing day and everyone said how stunning the venue was and asked how we found you.
Alix Sent on 25/11/2016
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Thank you for holding our wedding in your beautiful grounds. The first time we saw it we knew it would be perfect for what we wanted, we found you so helpful in the planning and all your recommendations were excellent . All our guests commented on what an amazing place We are so pleased we chose you.
Sam Sent on 25/11/2016
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Thank you once again for all your help we had a wonderful time. Thank you especially for helping with the finishing touches (high chairs!) which really helped. Our guests loved the venue as we did too.
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