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Last update: April 2024

Located in the picturesque pastoral countryside of Billericay, Essex, Downham Hall is a boutique venue offering exceptional wedding experiences. This secluded sanctuary has centuries of history, charming tasteful suites, open-air celebration spaces, and stunning panoramic views, making it an enchanting environment for your special day.

Facilities and Capacity

Whether you are hosting an intimate gathering or a large-scale celebration, you and your loved ones will have exclusive use of this captivating property. This country-house hotel's gorgeous gardens give way to rolling hills and colourful fields of crops, making for a delightful, natural photography backdrop. Downham Hall offers three marvellous sites for your ceremony and reception to suit various celebrations. At the rear of the house, the orangery is a great choice for smaller gatherings. You can say 'I do' bathed in boundless natural light from the glass windows, with beautiful views of the south wing gardens. Up to 40 loved ones can join you here for a ceremony and 25 for a seated meal. Elsewhere, the de Beauvoir Suite holds larger parties of 87 guests for a ceremony. We also offer a beautiful area outside for cermeonies in our garden grounds sof up to 110. Our marquee is also licensed for larger ceremonies.

Downham Hall's marquee is ideally suited for large weddings, with a fully-stocked bar, heating, and ample space for dining and dancing. Whichever site you choose, you will have access to a private dressing room to prepare, with a secret route to the ceremony room to keep your wedding look private until you walk down the aisle. Five beautifully appointed bedrooms are on-site for you and your loved ones, including a stunning suite for the special couple, perfect for extending your celebrations beyond the wedding day.

Services Offered

The passionate and professional team at Downham Hall welcomes you to visit the venue and discuss the details of your wedding. They aspire to create a bespoke package for each couple to suit their needs and reflect their personalities. As the seasoned and skilled event team creates your tailor-made package, they can introduce you to a list of trusted suppliers to help enhance your celebrations. A wedding coordinator will also be available to ensure the day runs seamlessly during your event.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Unusual weddings
Historic
Marquees and tents
Church
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

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:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Hairdresser
Beautician

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Helipad
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
Pet-friendly
Horse baraat permitted
Orangery on site
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Reviews for Downham Hall

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16 reviews
100% recommend it
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Rebecca B. Sent on 16/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing wedding day

We had such an amazing wedding day at Downham Hall. They were flexible in the morning, even sorting me some breakfast before they opened. Always checking if we needed anything like drinks whilst getting ready and looking genuinely pleased for us before the ceremony started. We had been to view a number of places and Downham Hall really stood out to us because they really cared. You weren't just another wedding that week, where they didn't really know you as a couple, they got to know us and they were great throughout. I couldn't not comment on the food, not only did a number of people comment on how amazing it was but guests were actually full up. I have been to so many weddings where the food is mediocre and tiny in portion size - not at Downham! Their food is incredible value for money and I couldn't recommend their pizzas anymore. They catered for specific allergy requests, and ensured there were labels of what everything was.
We had torrential rain at points during our day, and we got the most gorgeous photos under an umbrella. The grounds are small enough to be able to move about easily, but large enough to get completely different photos. We were also lucky enough to get a rainbow!
All in all, I couldn't recommend Downham more. You won't regret booking with them.
Maria
Maria C. Sent on 16/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Boutique Wedding Venue

Downham Hall proved to be the perfect choice of wedding venue. It's a beautiful country house with stunning grounds and an amazing team, who went above and beyond from start to finish, to make our day perfect. Genuinely can't recommend highly enough. One visit is a all it took for us to know we wanted to get married at Downham Hall and we're both so pleased we did.
Elizabeth
Elizabeth M. Sent on 04/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Lizzie & Kyle

Downham Hall allowed us to have our perfect wedding. Even when we were due to get married outdoors and the great British weather turned on us the team were brilliant with changing to an indoor ceremony at the last minute. We were able to choose exactly what food we wanted for our wedding Breakfast and evening meal (even allowing us to provide our own signature cocktail to our guests!) The staff were very attentive throughout the day and the breakfast the morning after with our closest family was amazing! Would highly recommend as a wedding venue. We both still enjoy going back to the venue for meals and afternoon teas now, the views are beautiful and food always amazing!
Nicola
Nicola S. Sent on 24/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Dream Wedding Venue

We got married at Downham Hall in July 2022. I found the venue whilst attending a Yoga retreat day there and instantly fell in love with the chilled relaxed vibe and arranged to have a viewing. The Wedding planner was so helpful and let us attend to have a look around the venue and showed us the many different options available to us. We really wanted a small and intimate Wedding and this just felt like the right place for that. We ideally wanted an outside ceremony and the garden setting was just perfect for our hippy/bo-ho vibe that we were hoping to achieve. Obviously, being held in English Summertime we had to have a back up plan but the staff at Downham Hall assured us that they had that all under control and had an inside room made available to us should the weather decided to turn. A real key point to our Wedding, was the exclusive hire of the entire venue for the whole day and night. Meaning that all of our guests attending the Wedding were there solely to celebrate with us. We were pleased to be able to attend a food tasting menu, and bring 2 other members of our Wedding party with us for that. It was so special being able to share that and made it feel like a really special night out in the run up to the exciting Wedding plans. The food on the day, as was anticipated was amazing and we've had so many comments on how it was the best Wedding menu people have every experienced and all food choices/allergies/children were catered for regardless, no questions asked. On the day the staff really went above and beyond, so friendly to all of our guests. The staff serving food did so with a smile and the bar staff were friendly and knowledgable. No question or request was too much for Dawn, our Wedding planner and emails and catch up calls were encouraged. We felt totally at ease, knowing that all details of our day were left in safe hands. As a family we have since returned to Downham Hall on numberous occasions, Queens Jubilee celebrations, returning for our anniversary, Mothers Day meals and the odd drop in for coffee or breakfast. Every time we have returned we have been fondly remembered, with members of staff asking about our daughter Penny or retelling funny stories from our special day. Downham Hall may have been our venue choice for our Wedding but it has very much become an integral part of our special day that holds many special memories. We will continue to visit for our Anniversaries and special occasions for many years to come xxxx
Sally
Sally P. Sent on 20/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

A beautiful venue

Downham Hall was the perfect venue for us. It had an intimate feel and the beautiful countryside surroundings gave our wedding a peaceful setting.
The team were all great and were quick to respond to any questions or requests we had.
Our wedding all ran smoothly and lots of guests commented on the beautiful venue.
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Julie H. Sent on 08/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

They delivered a first class venue. Good food, attentive staff.

Had a very special day.
Tailored to suit our needs.
Attention to details and very professional from start to finish.
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Rachael T. Sent on 29/04/2024
4.8 out of 5 rating

Perfect winter’s wedding

Oooo I cant believe its been 2 years since our Wedding at Downham hall. The venue was perfect. They had the most beautiful room with fireplaces that i knew i wanted to get married in. The gardens look beautiful no matter what the season. There is just so much character in the building and the grounds surrounding Downham hall. Everyone at Downham hall are friendly and helpful, its so lovely that Christina and Andrew are so invested in all their guests. Everything on the day ran perfectly, which I knew it would. The food! Its was amazing! Which made an extremely difficult to decide what we would have on the day. Our evening buffet was a huge success, it was all beautiful presented as well as being delicious. If your looking for a intimate wedding, Downham is perfect, the whole venue is exclusively to you and your wedding party which adds and beautiful personal touch to your day. You can tell that all the staff care about making the day perfect for you, nothing was too much trouble at all.
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Maria F. Sent on 24/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Best Day Ever!

We could not fault Downham Hall with our wedding day! If you want a personal intimate wedding then you must choose Downham Hall! They treat you like family and will cater to you and your needs!
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Joanne C. Sent on 17/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding day and reception

We had the perfect day and the staff were fabulous. Nothing was too much trouble and they were so attentive.
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Claire V. Sent on 17/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect wedding

I knew instantly Downham Hall was going to be my wedding venue and I wasn’t disappointed. From start to finish my experience was seamless, composed and magical. Every detail was thought of and catered to. The venue, the food, the staff and the facilities were perfect. I had the most amazing day and I would highly recommend this gorgeous venue to anyone!
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Michelle M. Sent on 16/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Faultless wedding and stunning venue

I cannot thank Christina, Andrew, Dawn and the rest of the team at Downham Hall enough,
My wedding was honestly perfect from start to finish, the help and support throughout was incredible they really do go above and beyond for you, we had to change the date due to covid and the communication was so good they put me at ease and i didnt need to worry about anything.
it was stunning the grounds, rooms, wedding marquee and food i cannot fault a single thing ill never forgot my wedding day thank you for everything
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Gina Sent on 16/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Such a beautiful venue, our day was just perfect

We had our very small interment wedding reception at Downham hall and can honestly say that every single member of staff made our day exceptionally special.
Nothing was ever too much trouble with a member of staff always close by to see to our every need.
If you are considering booking your day or special event at Downham Hall please don’t hesitate as you won’t be disappointed.
Can’t thank you all enough, will definitely see you again soon
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Anonymous Sent on 09/09/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you!

We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone at Downham Hall for helping us with our Wedding Day which was perfect.
Special thanks to Christina, Lauren and Dawn who helped to make the planning of the day so easy.
We loved how personal the venue was knowing it was just our Family and Friends there and no-one else there for other events.
Everyone was so professional but extremely friendly, always asking if we needed any help through the weeks leading up to the big day.
The rooms were amazing, clean and tidy. The breakfast for the morning of the wedding for the Bridal Party was brilliant.
The cooked breakfast the following morning was absolutely amazing too and was lovely to see Christina and friendly faces.
We can’t thank you enough for letting us have our special day at Downham Hall.
Thanks again,
Spencer and Hayley,
Mr and Mrs White :-) x
K
Karen Sent on 09/09/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Just Perfect!

What can we say? Just perfect!
Thank you so much for everything! Your care and attention to detail helped us feel very comfortable and confident throughout the day, and the days leading up.
Our special day was everything we could have ever hoped for and more, you even managed to sort the weather out just in time for the ceremony! We are so grateful!
Thank you,
Karen and Sal xx
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Courtney Sent on 09/09/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Dream Wedding!

first of all I would like to thank Downham Hall for giving us our dream wedding.
It had everything we wanted and added to our day, our guest enjoyed themselves.

The venue is stunning the grounds are beautiful, even our guests remarked how beautiful it is. You forget where you are, you feel like your miles away in the countryside.

Our rooms was lovely, with stunning views again, it had everything we wanted even a coffee machine hehe.

A big thank you to Dawn, who played a big part in giving us our dream wedding, she was amazing! Always friendly and kept in touch all of the time.

I would also like to thank Andrew and Christina, it was lovely to see the stages of Downham coming together and being a part of this.

We would recommend Downham Hall to anyone looking to stay there or planning there dream wedding.

Courtney & James xxx
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27 Jul
Open Door

Join them for delicious canapes, a glass of bubbles, view their ceremony room and outside ceremony space, meet their recommended suppliers and receive an on the day bespoke quote. Enjoy vieiwng their venue dressed as it is on an Open Day and wander the garden grounds, wihtout a doubt the talking point of their hidden gem!

They can't wait to show you around!

Date: From 27/07/2024 to 27/07/2024 Schedule 12:00 - 16:00
Place: Castledon Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex

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Castledon Road, Downham CM11 1LG Billericay (Essex)
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