Friern Manor Country House Hotel

(308 reviews) 308 5
Lower Dunton Road Dunton Brentwood Essex CM13 3SL
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About Friern Manor Country House Hotel

Lower Dunton Road, Dunton, Brentwood
Essex, CM13 3SL

Something special awaits you at Friern Manor Country House Hotel! 

Set within four acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, this gorgeous Georgian manor house is the perfect setting for your big day.

We are licensed to hold civil ceremonies so you can have your whole day here! Your ceremony can take place in either our South Lawns Conservatory or the Old Coaching Stables.

Our two fantastic function suites are complete with their own stunning outdoor spaces. These picturesque grounds are perfect for a few relaxed refreshments during your drinks receptions, or can be used to capture those all-important wedding photographs.

You will not be disappointed with the exceptional quality of the catering at Friern Manor. All of the delicious dishes are prepared using the most divine, locally sourced ingredients and are beautifully accompanied by an impressive wine list. From crystal glassware to bone china sets, you will enjoy a truly refined dining experience.

All of our staff, from the uniformed servers to the fantastic wedding planners, provide a service that is second to none. Our wedding co-ordinators will be on hand throughout to offer guidance as you plan your dream wedding.

Located just south of Brentwood, in the village of Dunton, the venue is less than five minutes from the M25 making it ideally placed for travelling guests.

From the moment you say “I do” to the very last dance of the night, we whole-heartedly believe the Friern Manor Country House Hotel has everything you could need for an unforgettable day!

We are delighted to announce our Old Coaching Stables Hitched Offer for 2020 from £5350.00 for 60 day guests and 100 evening guests in total. This offer is available for remaining dates for The Old Coaching Stables from 1st April 2020 until 31st October 2020.

This fantastic offer includes;

-          civil ceremony in the South Lawns Marquee (excludes registrars fees)

-          our Mayfair menu which includes;

            a reception drink of Bucks Fizz, Sparkling Wine or Beer served with fresh strawberries

            a 3 course Wedding Breakfast with tea or coffee and mints

            half a bottle of banqueting wine per guest (a selection of red, white and rose can be offered)

            sparkling toast drink

-          our delicious, silver served, Hampton finger buffet

-          a complimentary bridal suite

-          experienced wedding co-ordinator

-          your own dedicated maitre’d

-          experienced silver service waiting staff

-          all cutlery, crockery, glassware and table linen

-          the venue hire charge, VAT & service


Additional Guests;    

Adults - £55.95                

Children - £20.95                   

Evening - £12.50


THURSDAY £5850       

FRIDAY £6350     

SATURDAY £7350        

SUNDAY £5350




Please be advised that this offer is subject to availability and Terms and Conditions apply

• We can accommodate small weddings or events with up to 120 day guests and 200 evening guests. • Warm welcome, excellent service and attention to detail • Licensed to hold civil ceremonies • Special ‘Little Rascals’ menu for children at your wedding • Please get in touch for an informal chat with one of our wedding team, or to arrange a visit to the venue. • Please call 01268 494200

Facilities at Friern Manor Country House Hotel

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Small Hotel
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Marquee Available
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster

Friern Manor Country House Hotel Reviews (308)

Venue Service

By Garry & Elaine, on 31 Oct 2019Date of Wedding - 20 Oct 2019

I come over to the Manor in the morning to set up flowers and sweet table. The team of staff were already doing so much I couldn't believe it, tables laid, small touches being placed, so well organised I left in there hands to return at 12.30pm. On my return again so organised, staff on hand for any little thing, they couldn't do enough and so polite, we were being told what was happening every minute of the day it was like clockwork. The meal was superb, compliments to the chef and staff, even the breakfast the next morning, everything we wanted, fantastic. The room big, clean and tidy, lovely big bathroom and so quiet. Your staff weather, organising, serving, behind the bar, BBQ, moving tables, was polite, well mannered and so helpful. A credit to your business. Once again a big thank you for all you done for my daughters wedding, a day I will never forget because you and your staff made it so easy and relaxed and enjoyable. Thank you everybody you are fantastic don't ever change.

I would like to thank the staff!
Venue Service

By Jan, on 31 Oct 2019Date of Wedding - 04 Oct 2019

I would like to thank the staff at friern manor for making my daughters wedding a day to remember. the staff were so attentive and everybody that came to the wedding said how excellent the food was and nice and hot. I will definitely recommend this venue!

Our guests were very impressed
Venue Service

By Katie, on 31 Oct 2019Date of Wedding - 01 Sep 2019

We just want to say a big thank you for making our wedding day so special. We had an amazing day, everything went smoothly which is a credit to you all. Our guests were very impressed. A huge thank you to Rebecca & Sarah for the help before the day and Bradley for being there on the day

Eternally grateful
Venue Service

By Mr & Mrs Baalham, on 24 Jul 2019Date of Wedding - 19 Jul 2019

Friern Manor - Nicola and I booked this “Amazing Place” just over six months ago for our wedding that took place on the 19th July 2019. Friern Manor was the first and only venue we viewed as we instantly fell in love with it and could instantly see how professional the staff were we felt in our hearts that no other place could compare. The house, the grounds and the interior are absolutely stunning, well maintained and so tastefully done. It is a complete breath of fresh air in comparison to the usual types of wedding venue with the modern light airy spaces with the perfect blend of the old traditional settings for those picture perfect moments. It goes without hesitation to say the wonderful staff, the venue’s co-ordinator’s made everything run so smoothly from initially booking the venue to the very end of our wedding day, as well as making the planning stages so enjoyable, organised & completely stress free. We simply can’t thank all of the staff enough for maintaining such a relaxed atmosphere and timing everything to perfection. We also like to give a special thank you to Fortune our maitre’d on our special day.

Shelley and Martins Wedding
Venue Service

By Barry and Kathy Cable, on 19 Jul 2019Date of Wedding - 18 Jul 2019

Attended my grand-daughters wedding yesterday and amazed at the wonderful choice of venue. From the moment we arrived we were given VIP treatment from all the staff which was much appreciated due to the fact that my wife is seriously handicapped and confined to a wheelchair. Nothing was too much trouble in providing assistance where it was needed..We had booked Room 6 on the first floor and since there is no lift were obliged to climb stairs abandoning the wheelchair. Unfortunately my wife tripped twisting her ankle . Immediately two male members of staff were summoned and got her to the room.. What a beautiful room it was. Quite one of the best I have stayed in during 80 years of travel.. Having rested we were able to rejoin for the wedding breakfast and throughout the day all the staff gave us every attention. The meal was excellent and served very professionally by the young staff who had obviously been well trained by management. We were not able to stay for the evening program so had to abandon the comfort of the lovely room. Any couples looking for a venue for their big occasion. THIS IS THE PLACE

A day we will never forget
Venue Service

By Anna, on 26 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 13 Jun 2019

I just wanted to say a HUGE Thank you to Friern Manor for making yesterday so amazing. From the minute we got there to the second we left it was everything and more. Please thank all the staff on our behalf. They were all amazing and made the day perfect. A day we will never forget :)

everything was perfect
Venue Service

By Mrs Powell, on 05 Jul 2019Date of Wedding - 02 Jun 2019

our daughter got married at friern manor on the 2nd june 2019 and everything was perfect. They made a special day wonderful and everything was run with military precision and nothing was too much trouble, even with an unexpected guest. We would recommend the manor for any occasion as I held my husbands 60th birthday there in January and there was again no faults.

everything was perfect
Venue Service

By Keeley, on 26 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 02 Jun 2019

Just wanted to say a massive thank you to Rebecca, you made our day so special and it ran so smoothly, Bradley was also amazing, we enjoyed every minute and didn’t feel stressed at any point, it was such a relaxed day, our needs were met all along the way, the staff throughout the day were amazing and nothing was to much trouble. We would highly recommend friern manor, we wouldn’t change a thing everything was perfect. So thank you once again we want to do it all over again.

There are no words really to thank you enough
Venue Service

By Marco, on 17 May 2019Date of Wedding - 12 May 2019

Thank you so much to Friern Manor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sarah, Bradley and all the other staff members were absolutely brilliant, assisting myself and Jackie(my wife!!) and the service to guests was friendly and professional!!!!!!! Please pass on our deep gratitude and thanks to everybody involved making our wedding day really special!!!!!! There are no words really to thank you all enough!

The food was outstanding
Venue Service

By Debbie, on 17 May 2019Date of Wedding - 05 May 2019

We cannot thank Friern Manor enough for making our wedding such a dream day. Our guests loved the venue, the food was outstanding, but even more importantly, everyone commented on the staff, totally professional and very friendly and helpful. We really would like to give a special thank you to Fortune, he was absolutely brilliant, he couldn't do enough to help all of our guests, what a true asset! Also to Olivia who was 'just lovely'.

Amazing Day
Venue Service

By Amy & Tom, on 09 Mar 2019Date of Wedding - 02 Mar 2019

Thank you to Friern Manor for all their help in the run up and on our wedding day, we had the most amazing day. Every member of staff at Friern Manor went out of their way to make our day extra special and everything went so smoothly. We have had so many friends compliment the organisation of the venue, the tasty meal and incredible evening buffet. We couldn’t of wanted anything more. Thank you once again.

A beautiful hidden gem of a venue
Venue Service

By Darren Stock, on 05 Mar 2019Date of Wedding - 23 Feb 2019

We got married at Friern Manor on 23rd Feb 2019 and it was amazing. We got very lucky with the weather which meant we were able to enjoy the beautiful gardens/outside spaces as well as the beautiful Old Coaching House and covered garden areas. But even without the perfect weather the day would have been perfect, the food was amazing, the staff were so professional and attentive, the venue looked stunning and the entertainment (we used the resident DJ) was top class and the bridal suite was gorgeous. Our guests included vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians and Gluten intolerants and all were extremely well catered for at both the Wedding Breakfast and the evening buffet. From initial consultation, through the planning stages and right up to the the morning after when we had over 20 guests come back to join us for breakfast on the Sunday, the staff were phenomenal. A special mention has to go out to Andrew and Bradley for their tireless work on the day and to Rebecca for all the organisation (although all of the staff were amazing these three were the face of Friern Manor to us and were so professional, friendly and especially helpful). If you are considering venues in Essex we would encourage you to go take a look at this hidden gem and meet the staff. You will not be disappointed. Debbie and Darren

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