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On since 2020

Last update: May 2024

Unmistakably Friern Manor. Having led the way from the traditional to the uniquely different, Friern Manor remains splendidly English and thoroughly cosmopolitan. Its elegant spaces and exceptional service bring your wedding dreams to life, all infused with a delicate and enchanting atmosphere.

Visit our website to download our full brochures including packages and pricing. Please be advised we do not offer dry hire or external catering.

We prove that quality does not have to be expensive, so from the initial ideas to the final flourish, let us create something extraordinary for you.

Elevate the Everyday

A classic Georgian manor house with a contemporary twist, Friern Manor offers distinguished traditional weddings and sophisticated alternatives to a formal sit-down wedding breakfast.

The Traditional Wedding

Enjoy a revival of traditional hospitality, with your celebration meal being the ‘Instagram’ setting you both desire and deserve. Our signature dishes reinforce the ethos of allowing you to contemplate being bold in your selection for your family and friends, all in an eclectic style that represents the classics done right, ensuring your wedding will be distinguished and distinctly different. Spring prices start from £6995.

The Chic Alternative

The stylish alternative to a formal sit-down wedding breakfast. It’s time to look beyond the conventional. It is normal that we need to ask questions, and our Chic Alternative Weddings provide fresh ideas to challenge the ordinary. With a stunning mid-afternoon ceremony, followed by our Deli & Bakery Buffet and our pick of the best options of London’s trendiest Artisan Street Food markets, this now rivals even the smartest of dining tables for flavour, variety and innovation. Unquestionably a refreshing change to the tradition. Spring prices start from £4995.

The Twilight Wedding

Our Twilight wedding is the millennial alternative to the norm; it does not compromise on detail or service. It forms part of the new dawn of wedding celebrations at Friern Manor, which reinforces we are not static and embrace change. Spring prices start from £3995.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel

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

Other features:

Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for Friern Manor Country House Hotel

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322 reviews
100% recommend it
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Louise H. Sent on 10/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Outstanding and exceptional value for money

Where do we begin, sorry this will be a long one .
We had our wedding here in March 2024 and from our first viewing with Valerie in November 2023 whom was so lovely and answered all our questions we knew we’d found our place .
The venue is so much better than the pictures. Honestly go and visit if you are thinking of getting married!
Our wedding coordinator Charis was just amazing from start to finish . Nothing was a problem and always so professional . Madeline whom assisted throughout the day was on hand for last minute questions/queries , always happy to help . And not forgetting Jordan the events manager whom was there to the bitter end . He was amazing, caring and professional .
Paul the pianist was absolutely fabulous, our guests loved the atmosphere he brought .
Paul the DJ , what can I say … what a fantastic playlist, I didn’t stop dancing and neither did our guest!
The chef , the food was amazing. Everyone commented on how lovely all the food was , how it was presented and plentiful. Well done to your kitchen staff!!!!
All remaining staff you were fabulous, the girls in the morning serving our breakfast, the bell boys , the waiters, and everyone behind the scenes honestly you have an amazing team and I hope you all know how much you make the place what it is !
They know what they are doing here and it shows!
We would do it all again tomorrow!
Thank you all for being apart of the happiest day of our lives and we will be happy to recommend all of your services in the future.
Mr and Mrs Head .
Courtney B. Sent on 23/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A venue that really cares, the staff are an absolute credit!

We had our wedding at Friern Manor on 21st October 2023 and I want to say the biggest thank you to everyone who was a part of our day, from the first initial meeting to the very end of the wedding reception.

From the very start the staff at Friern Manor went above and beyond to make our day happen. We had an issue with a previous venue meaning we had to find a new venue just 4 months before. Friern did everything they could to make our original, already-planned wedding happen in their venue.

The planning process was great - everytime I had even the smallest question they were there to help. Even if I was getting annoying, they never made me feel that way!

The Wedding day was faultless. Everything ran smoothly and they were in constant communication with both of us to double check that we were happy. And we always were. In particular, the food was incredible. All of our guests commented on how delicious the wedding breakfast was, and the evening buffet. All in all, it was just the most perfect day.

All of the staff are a credit to the establishment, however I would like to mention a few people by name who made a particularly lasting impression. Valerie, who performed our very first show round and sold the place to us with ease. Sarah, thee most helpful person who put my mind at ease throughout the planning process. Tracy, who handled our initial enquiry with care and compassion. And Jordan (I'm hoping ive got his name right but my apologies if I've forgotten), the lovely man who was in charge of running our wedding breakfast and reception. He was incredible.

Thank you all.
Mr & Mrs Byrne
Davina Sent on 16/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Very professional and accommodating.

We had a Twilight wedding at Friern Manor 27/10/23 and I have to say they were absolutely fantastic from start to finish, so professional throughout the whole process, and always on hand if you had any queries or concerns. They allowed me to have access to the room an hour earlier because I was worried we would be pushed for time getting ready, they were so accommodating. The venue is so beautiful and the staff so attentive, they tell you exactly what's going on throughout the day, everything just flowed perfectly. We asked if they could put some food in our room at the end of the night in case we didn't get a chance to eat, nothing seemed to be too much trouble.
Everything was just perfect.
Keri S. Sent on 17/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Best of the best!

We could not be happier with our choice of venue, from my endless emails and phone calls they were always on hand to answer questions and go above and beyond in the planning. On the day 13th May 2023 I married my best friend at Friern manor, who created the most amazing day for us. We received so many compliments from guests on this beautiful hidden gem and the quality of food and drink they were served! The resident DJ midnight star finished off the most perfect package and we honestly could not have asked for more. They exceeded our expectations and we will be forever greatful
Jane K. Sent on 29/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Outstanding Venue

I got married at this hotel last month. Honestly it was amazing!! From the minute we saw the venue we knew we wanted to get married here. In the run up to the wedding, the communication was great. The food tasting event was such a brilliant idea and helped us pick our food for the wedding.
On the day of the wedding as soon as myself and the bridesmaids arrived the staff rushed out to greet us and carry our bags and were on hand the whole time if we needed anything. All my guests said the food was absolutely amazing. We had the Twilight package which included a buffet but we added a burger cart, Thai food cart and ice cream cart so there was so much choice. My guests also commented on how lovely the venue was. The best thing for me personally was the staff, nothing was too much trouble. There was a lovely gentleman who met us on arrival carried our bags, he was then on the burger cart ans served us breakfast the next morning. Don't know his name but he is very good at his job.
The only regret I have is that I didn't try half the food as I was too caught up in the buzz of the day and I wish I had got to try it all.
All in all best day of my life and definitely choose this venue for a wedding, you won't be disappointed.
Steven K. Sent on 16/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

14/05/2022 Stacey & Ricky

MY step Daughter & Ricky got married here on Saturday with the sun in full shine and venue it could not have been a better day, The service by all the staff was second to none i cannot thank the staff enough for making this such a special day thank you so much.
Even after a very long day and night with the full English breakfast i cannot fault that GREAT VENUE great staff and Management thank you for a lovely day.
Paula Sent on 20/12/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Excellent venue

Came last year for our Christmas party and couldn’t wait to book again. A young team but extremely professional. I have worked in the industry myself so appreciate the effort. Would definitely recommend. Bit gutted there were no comedians this year though but can’t wait for bacon rolls..!!
Katie Sent on 12/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Our wedding

Simply the best. Friern Manor made our day truly perfect. I can’t recommend enough.
Laura F. Sent on 09/08/2022
4.8 out of 5 rating

Amazing from start to finish, all we hoped for and more!

Amazing! Our day was beautiful from start to finish.. the team were professional yet relaxed and nothing was too much to ask! As with every wedding there were a few hiccups but nothing anyone on the outside would have noticed due to their attentiveness ♥️

The grounds are beautiful, it still feels like a dream to us ☺️
Fiona Sent on 25/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A Must if considering an alternative style wedding

I was a guest this weekend at a new style of wedding hosted by this venue it was called a chic alternative wedding – my friend married in the grounds of the Manor in a beautiful awning roof with open sides overlooking a lake and stunning gardens- we then went further into the grounds after for photographs to the Coaching Stables and a very tasteful covered garden and terrace with garden Bar and striking awnings - I felt like I was on holiday it was just so different
Then as an alternative to a sit-down meal we were served finger food by the very smart staff in their posh uniforms it resembled a exclusive cruise liner and later as the evening started what I can only explain was a BBQ to die for – not the usual, very tasteful with old fashioned carts serving tasty salads and even a smart ice-cream cart
As the evening set in all the grounds lit up and then the garden courtyard covered by this clear roof which disappears into the sunset was magical large fountain pots and tropical plants and it was warm even though the evening was chilly the staff again were so helpful, and they served miniature fish & Chips wrapped up in Financial Times, so charming.
My husband also could not stop talking about the bar, not only did it have an incredible selection of drinks more than I have ever seen the service was again good and very nice glasses I even got glass twiddle stick with my Vodka & Tonic just such a nice change
We had a very enjoyable time probably the most impressive wedding we have ever been too and was just a nice change to see something so well organised – just a final wow was the white grand piano in the courtyard area the pianist was great and really set of the day before the disco started, made it feel like a refined wedding
Janet Sent on 05/08/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Cant Thank You Enough

I don’t even know where to start. Emmanuel and I can’t thank you and the team enough for Saturday. Please, truly thank everyone as I can’t remember all the names in the blur of the day.

Charis , luv you, thanks for calming the nerves, fluffing the dress, ticking the boxes, your awesome 👏

The banqueting staff, attentive, brilliant, unflappable. Food beyond lovely, service amazing, everyone commented on it, gliding in and out, nothing to small, you are all very lovely and charming and brilliant 🤩

Room service, I know we turned up early, again, nothing to small to help. The boys and girls directing the guests thank you, your great.

Thank you for guiding us thru the day to keep it all flowing, with patience and smiles.

It has been an absolute pleasure working with you all, we can’t recommend you enough and I really truly can’t thank you enough.

Lots of love and good luck with the next ones 😂
Jemma W. Sent on 30/07/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Outstanding venue – now my 1st choice

I attended a wedding here last week as a guest of my niece, I had not realised the significance of the venue as we arrived as it seemed so small from the road but it is a secret oasis beyond the front hedgerow, established grounds with beautiful idiosyncratic detail, the food was exceptional and high end tableware not what I expected from a Essex venue – we were due to hold our wedding anniversary celebrations in London in 2023 but I am now switching to this establishment, as the evening drew in it was like a magical fairy-tale with all the lights within the gardens, it reminded me of an evening on holiday everybody was just so relaxed and genuinely enjoying the outside space and atmosphere
Debbie Sent on 28/07/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful Venue

I just wanted to drop you a quick email to say how much we enjoyed being guests at your beautiful venue yesterday for Will and Kim's wedding. We were very impressed with the amazing level of service during the whole day and the waiting staff were absolutely spot on with the care to all you could really tell that whoever was in control of them all did a fantastic job, you should be very proud of them all. After all the restrictions ot was so nice to be able to get together with so many people and I'm sure it came with complications for you and your staff but well done for such a well oiled machine! Thank you again, I will be recommending your venue to lots of people who are wanting to find a wedding venue as I make wedding cakes so have quite a few contacts looking for the perfect place!
Sarah S. Sent on 28/07/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Dietary Requirements

I was a guest at Sonia and Chris' wedding last Saturday and I wanted to say thank you for the great response from the staff in catering for my dietary requirements.

I don't eat meat and when I asked what I could eat from the bbq, staff asked the kitchen to prepare some prawns for me specially. Not only were they delicious, they arrived within 5 minutes and with no sense that it was any bother.

Thank you again
Katie Sent on 31/10/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Our guests were very impressed

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
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