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On since 2022

Last update: March 2024

Colville Hall is a stately country wedding venue outside Great Dunmow, Essex, immersed in pastoral beauty. Rich in charm and history, this unique group of thatched barns sit sweetly around a picturesque courtyard where 200 guests can celebrate in privacy. Here, 10 acres of beautiful formal grounds set the stage for a picture-worthy occasion, complete with gazebos, ancient monuments, and a Grade I archway.

Facilities and Capacity

Ambience and tranquillity form the heart of Colville Hall. This verdant setting is awash with possibilities, its Orchard Barn and two enchanting outdoor gazebos being licensed to hold civil ceremonies. Such choice makes this year-round venue full proof for all seasons, even if your summer wedding should take a turn. After your ceremony, you have the option of transforming The Orchard Barn with ease to accommodate a drinks reception or group photo session. Meanwhile, Mill Pond Barn is Colville Hall's signature reception site, boasting 30-foot glass doors and incredible views of the serene duck pond. Nearby, the Bridal Suite, Stables and Old Dairy are the prime spot for you and your wedding party to stay. As for the day the new Prep Room will ensure you can get ready for your big day in the lap of luxury.

Services Offered

At Colville Hall, all packages are considered simply a starting point for planning your wedding. Under the guidance of the in-house wedding planner, you can customise each element as you wish, including the three-course wedding breakfast, evening food, and reception drinks. To craft the right menu for your budget and tastes, the culinary team happily provides a private tasting session. To view this spectacular venue for yourself, you can contact the friendly team today who would love to hear all about your special day.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Asian wedding
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Fire ceremony
Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Elephant baraat permitted
Horse baraat permitted
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Reviews for Colville Hall

4.8 out of 5 rating
4.8 out of 5 rating
68 reviews
97% recommend it
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    4.9 out of 5 rating
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  • Value for money
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  • Flexibility
    4.8 out of 5 rating
Joanne C. Sent on 26/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Joanne & Michaels wedding 19th August 2023

Colville Hall is truly an amazing wedding venue, as soon as we pulled in to view Colville we knew straightaway that this is where we wanted to get married, the grounds and barns are absolutely stunning. We got married on the 19th August and the whole day from start to finish was perfect. Leading up to our wedding Phillipa, Claire and Karen were always available to answer any questions that we had and Karen was amazing on the day. We can honestly say that our wedding day was one of the best days of our lives and that Colville Hall is breathtakingly beautiful.
Lynsey L. Sent on 16/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Dream wedding venue

We had our wedding at Colville Hall in June and it was the day of dreams. We knew straight away that Colville was the place we wanted to get married and it didn't disappoint, it is such a stunning venue. We loved getting to spend parts of the day outside and inside and all our guests have said how lovely it was. Claire is absolutely fantastic and was on hand whenever we wanted to ask her questions, and she made sure we were comfortable with everything and made the day go so smoothly. Thank you to Claire and Philippa and everyone else at Colville for an incredible wedding!
Claire Sent on 15/06/2022
4.8 out of 5 rating

Best day ever at this stunning venue!

Colville Hall was the first venue that my now husband and I viewed after we first got engaged back in 2018. We then viewed a few other barn style venues in Essex and we just kept comparing them to Colville - they didn't even come close! The venue is stunning, the grounds are beautiful and there was plenty of space for all of our guests (we had 100 + for the day, then another 50 in the evening!). Claire the Coordinator was fantastic on the day and leading up to the wedding. She was so warm and friendly and nothing was too much trouble! She was always on hand if we had any questions, and her service combined with the caterers Premier Crew make an excellent team. Our only criticism was that we would have loved to have stayed in the Bridal Suite the night of the wedding but the owner of the venue wouldn't allow us to because we hadn't booked the other accommodation, even though we were willing to pay. Despite this, we had a wonderful day and many of our guests commented that it was the best wedding they'd ever been to. Overall, would definitely recommend this venue.
Kirsty S. Sent on 12/06/2022
4.8 out of 5 rating

Stunning venue with an excellent team

Matt and I fell in love with Colville Hall as soon as we saw it. We had looked at other barn venues that felt like new builds trying to be barns but these barns are authentic and beautiful. We loved the fact that there are separate barns for the ceremony and wedding breakfast so you don't have to wait on the room to be turned round. The grounds are stunning but even if the weather is not what you hope for the barns are gorgeous and there are plenty of lovely photo opportunities inside; another reason why we chose the venue.

Claire, the wedding planner, was exceptional throughout the entire process and made life so easy for us. On the day we had COVID cancellations and had to re-arrange the seating plan last minute as I sat in my PJs and she just took care of it. My nephew wasn't feeling great in the evening and the team went above and beyond to source Calpol for him. We can't say enough good things!

There is a choice of 3 caterers and three drinks packages. My only slight negative comment is that we would have liked to swap one of the wines, with the same supplier and we were obviously happy to pay the difference, but this wasn't possible and we had to stick with the specific package choice. However, on the flip side, the team were very flexible with only a small deposit due during COVID times.

This is a beautiful venue and Claire will make sure you have a perfect day! We had the most amazing day and have fantastic memories to look back on for years to come.
Carralyn W. Sent on 13/10/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent Wedding Venue!

Thank you to Philippa and Claire for re-arranging our wedding dates with no extra charge.
It has been a tough year for Venues and Brides with this Covid Pandemic so really appreciate your time, Support, understanding and patience.
Look forward to seeing you next year
Emma C. Sent on 03/09/2020
5 out of 5 rating

A wonderful experience and a high end, exclusive venue

My husband and I had our wedding at Colville Hall in October 2018. I had extensive dealings with the venue in the lead up to our big day, and also some of their recommended suppliers. From day one Philippa and Carol were both been very responsive to emails, answering all of my questions promptly, meaning I haven't had to worry about chasing at all. This made my job overall a lot easier. Colville is a relatively new venue, so inevitably there are lots exciting things going on all the time. Even in the time between our booking and the wedding we saw the addition of some stunning fairy lights, which really worked well in the reception barn, more accommodation, and rethatching of the ceremony I am sure there will be lots of other well thought out inclusions as well post lockdown, which will just make Colville even more of a beautiful venue.

I attended wedding fayres, plus an open day at the venue and all have been exceedingly well organised. We actually booked 2 of our suppliers from the fayre, and considered several others. You have the choice of a few catering companies- we tried 2 of them. It is clear the Philippa and her team have been very discerning in their choice of preferred caterers, whilst at the same time looking at all budgets. If you do want more of a budget menu, then you can do so, but equally there are some high end options. As Michelin star fans, having that option to tailor our menu was so important to our day!

The facilities at Colville are modern and new, whilst at the same time maintaining the stunning traditional barn feel. Clearly a lot of care has been taken with regards to the restoration project undertaken by Philippa and Richard, her husband. My sister is deaf, so light was always important for us, and the venue has this throughout- even in the ceremony barn, which has excellent lighting despite being a little darker (I believe since our wedding they have installed an additional window allowing a lot more light. The toilets are lovely and light- with a wonderful mirror that means you get to see both sides of your dress when you are in there. Something that seems so minor, yet is so important on the day. There are also disabled toilets should this be required. Outside you have beautiful grounds, which are well maintained, and offer great photo opportunities.

In terms of location, Colville really is in the countryside, but this means you have that feeling of exclusivity, and beautiful surroundings. It is also near to major towns and airports, which was quite important to us as we have a lot of overseas guests who will be flying in. Colville is an exclusive venue, and this is reflected in the price. However, we both felt their pricing is very fair for what you are getting, and for the overall standard of the venue.

Our actual wedding day went very smoothly. We had so many comments about how spectacular Colville was and how smoothly the day went. In fact, we had some people say it was the best wedding they had been to (including their own!) Unfortunately we had torrential rain despite the day before and after being bright sunshine so we didn’t get to make the most of the grounds. However, having the drinks reception in the ceremony barn actually, I think, worked better. If we were outside people would have wandered off and by having the drinks in the barn we all got to be together.

I definitely recommend anyone looking for a stylish and sophisticated venue to consider Colville. I wouldn’t hesitate to book if I were looking now. Thank you to all involved for making our day such a memorable one.
Jessica B. Sent on 01/09/2023
4.6 out of 5 rating

Best day ever!

Everyone at Colville were just incredible. Claire was spectacular and just put us at ease and our day went off without a hitch
Georgina K. Sent on 06/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Dream Wedding Venue

Colville Hall and it's staff are literally amazing. The venue is breath taking and the wedding coordinator makes sure everything is perfect for your big day. The staff are helpful and the owner ensures everything goes smoothly. Would 100% recommend!
Alice P. Sent on 14/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A very special venue

I would like to highly recommend Colville Hall. We had the best day and our guests are still talking about how wonderful it was. The grounds and barns are excellent for photographs and we are really pleased with how smoothly the day ran. Everything from start to finish was perfect and the staff are all very friendly and helpful.

The barns are beautiful, and if you like historic venues, I would highly recommend Colville Hall, which offers modern facilities, yet retains a traditional feel. The accommodation is stunning and the attention to detail was wonderful. This venue is something very special.
Beth T. Sent on 12/06/2022
4.6 out of 5 rating

Love this venue - highly recommend

We got married at Colville Hall end of May and absolutely fell in love with this venue when we visited it on a dreary February (that really says a lot!) We struggled to find a venue in the area that consisted of beautiful barns, stunning scenery and space for our immediate family to stay on site. We met Claire initially and her enthusiasm was infectious. She was so professional and extremely responsive, and happy for us to visit the venue on a couple of occasions on the lead up to our day. Having Claire throughout the process, and who ensured our day went perfectly, was so reassuring and that level of consistency is quite rare at wedding venues. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Colville Hall. Thank you!
Rebecca S. Sent on 17/03/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Rebecca sparrow

Fantastic venue beautiful surroundings . Staff are professional and friendly, nothing is to much trouble. Everyone had a wonderful day thank you so much. Rebecca sparrow
Giles C. Sent on 14/03/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Great venue for a wedding

Great venue for a wedding , the staff are friendly the grounds very beautiful
Jack C. Sent on 14/09/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Venue, Amazing Team

We fell in love with Colville Hall the first time we saw it, in May of 2019. Honestly, I'd be surprised if there's a more beautiful venue within a 50 mile radius. We cancelled eight other appointments and signed the contract there and then!

We were due to get married in August of 2020, but due to obvious reasons, finally tied the knot on our third date, in August of 2021. Throughout that extremely stressful time, Colville were brilliant at communicating, keeping in touch and being flexible.

The day itself was absolutely perfect. Having been at another wedding just a month before that was visibly not well organised, and seen how stressful that was for the bride and groom, we couldn't have asked for more from Colville. The staff were all amazing, everything went off exactly as planned.

A special shout out to the wedding coordinator, Claire. She is incredibly well organised, will make sure everything is done as asked and is really nice to boot.

We went through so many iterations of what our wedding might look like in that year from August 2020 to 2021, and agonised dozens of times about what to do. In the end, we had our perfect wedding, exactly as we wanted, and we couldn't be more glad that we waited. Colville was a huge part of that!
Nicola A. Sent on 01/09/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Our wedding 21.08.2021

I could not be more pleased with how our daughters wedding ran, Claire and Philippa were amazing from when we turned up trying to find another wedding venue due to the Covid pandemic they were very professional, understanding and compassionate. We cannot thank you both enough for al the support kindness and caring you had shown us. we would have no hesitation in recommending Colville hall and yourselves to anyone. Thanks Nicola Andrews
Beverley L. Sent on 22/10/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent service

Really overjoyed to have such a responsive team .
This year had been difficult for us all but I can honestly say the team at Colville have gone above and beyond to advise and plan my wedding Nothing had been to much trouble , especially Philippa what a star and she certainly knows the wedding business. Excellent all round service .

Excited For next year - thank you
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