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On Hitched.co.uk since 2022

Last update: June 2024

Picture you and your partner exchanging vows at one of the most stunning venues in Essex. With sweeping views of the London skyline and surrounded by English countryside, farmland and woodland, Gaynes Park is a contemporary barn wedding venue in Epping, Essex and is located just 10 minutes from the M25 and M11. This stylish venue is the perfect setting for a spectacular and unforgettable wedding celebration.

Facilities and Capacity

After spending the morning getting ready in the Apple Loft Cottage, enter through the Heart Gate and wander past colourful flowerbeds down the Long Walk. As you enter the Walled Garden, you will walk down the aisle and make your approach to the Orangery. Nowhere else can offer an iconic aisle quite like this.

Gaynes Park offers a number of picturesque and unique spots to say 'I do'. The Orangery, lets the sunlight pour in and boasts exquisite views of the Walled Gardens all year round. Its wooden beams and many windows create an airy, contemporary space, perfect for civil ceremonies and drinks receptions.

The magnificent Mill Barn is a listed building supported by four tree trunks; it features wooden oak floors, exposed brick walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, a mezzanine level, and a licensed bar. The Mill Barn can accommodate 150 guests for a wedding breakfast and up to 200 for the evening reception. Adjacent to the Mill Barn stands the open-sided Gather Barn, which provides a covered area for outdoor civil ceremonies and evening barbecues.

As the evening draws to a close The Coach House, located nearby and available seperately through Gaynes Park Ltd,is available for you and your guests. With 10 luxurious en-suite bedrooms and a stunning large reception area with comfortable seating and dining area to enjoy breakfast the next morning.

Services Offered

Gaynes Park is available for exclusive use. The on-site catering and events team will work with you to create a delicious menu for your wedding day which is expertly prepared and beautifully presented, giving you and your guests a spectacular dining experience. Every element of the day is bespoke and tailored to your needs, from a formal wedding breakfast, to theatrical street food, barbecues, canapés and cocktails.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unusual weddings
Historic
Barn
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

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
Pet-friendly
Orangery on site
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Reviews for Gaynes Park

4.8 out of 5 rating
4.8 out of 5 rating
42 reviews
97% recommend it
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    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Value for money
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.8 out of 5 rating
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Chloe C. Sent on 22/09/2021
5 out of 5 rating

The Best Day 😍

Not only is Gaynes Park a stunning venue, but the hospitality and the way you treated our wedding party and guests was second to none. From the moment that our original wedding was cancelled and we chose Gaynes as our new venue we knew we made a good decision, but the effort and fine detail they went to on the day was just unreal. More than we would or could have expected.

We also want to say a Massive shout out to Chloe who made our entire day run smoothly and wasnjusy so incredible, and also a massive shout out to Donna, who not only helped the guys get ready, but made lunch for our niece and nephew and even helped get our neice in her dress, and then still went above that and helped a desperate Best Man with crying toddler during the ceremony. We truely are so grateful for the day they gave us - it was the best day of our lives and one that we and our family will have in our hearts forever, after everything we have all been through in the last year, we smashed it! Best Venue, Best Team, Best day EVER! would not change a thing! THANK YOU SO MUCH
Lucinda
Lucinda V. Sent on 19/02/2024
4.8 out of 5 rating

A beautiful venue with professional staff!

We got married at Gaynes Park in October 2023 and would highly recommend the venue - it is absolutely beautiful, whatever the weather with some many different locations for photos and for your guests to enjoy the day.

The catering team were brilliant - everyone commented on how delicious our wedding breakfast was, as well as our canapes! The service was quick and professional. The team were flexible with us choosing between menus and in creating the perfect alternatives to our chosen menu for dietary requirements and children. We also loved the wedding menu tasting event - this was run so well and really helped us to get excited about our wedding at Gaynes Park.

The whole team was very helpful before and on our wedding day but especially our co-ordinator Georgina who was exceptional. She was on hand to help in the morning, making sure we had everything we needed and even helped to get my finishing touches ready so my bridesmaids could wait outside to be surprised. She was there throughout the day in a very subtle way to ensure everything was running smoothly - truly outstanding help and professionalism.

We used their recommended supplier for our flowers - Violets and Velvets - and their Venue Stylist - Mediterranean Occasions - and both were exceptional in the service provided.

Our wedding day was perfect and the beauty of Gaynes Park really helped to ensure this - we can't thank the whole team enough!
Sharon
Sharon Sent on 10/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Stunning Venue. Wonderful food that everyone is still talking about

We had the most magical day ever and we’re still on cloud nine. The venue looked absolutely stunning and the photos so far look amazing. Everyone is talking about how exceptional the food was. The day flew by, as we knew it would, but we have so many wonderful memories and a day that neither of us will ever forget (and all for the right reasons).
Lyn
Lyn H. Sent on 26/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Wedding Venue

The most perfect wedding venue. Everything went so smoothly from our first meeting to our actual date. Victoria and everyone at the venue were amazing. We cannot thank you enough. The venue is stunning and the fact that you get it all to yourselves is fantastic.
Terry
Terry L. Sent on 25/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Sound Limiter at Gaynes Park

I have heard on occasion some feedback that has been discussed amongst DJ’s that the limiter at Gaynes Park prevents music from being played loud enough in the main part of the Mill Barn to create a brilliant party atmosphere. Not in my experience at all!

Professionals can play music loud enough for wedding guests to hear, feel and dance to with a combination of skill, experience and equipment. I have been doing this successfully at Gaynes Park for many years.

My speaker of choice is the Bose L1 because it features a 12-speaker articulated line array system, offering 180 degrees of horizontal coverage while maintaining a consistent sound level. This means the rich, full sound this speaker system delivers fills both the room where the DJ is set up and the main barn with floor-filling music. Once a skilled professional sets the top, mid-section and bass correctly, there are no sound issues, and the limiter is literally no problem.

About Terry Lewis
I am an 8-time award-winning wedding DJ, including 'Best in England' and 'Best International Wedding DJ'.

If you’d like to talk to me personally about the limiter, please call me on 07974 123 567 or find me online here: www.djterryjlewis.com

Have a brilliant wedding!
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Amy C. Sent on 01/07/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Dream venue!

We got married at Gaynes Park in June and it was incredible! From the beginning to the end of the day, we were so happy seeing all our planning and hard work come to life. All our friends and family said how beautiful the venue is and how delicious the food was! We can't stop looking at our photos and wishing we could do it all over again!
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James V. Sent on 31/12/2023
2 out of 5 rating

Gaynes Park Made the Worst Time In my Life Worse

My ex-fiancée cancelled our wedding 3 months before the wedding after I'd given the venue over £10,000. Not only did the venue refuse to refund any money (not even the £3000 for food or the ~£2000 for the optional accommodation). They threatened to charge me £2000 more, and I had to fight it.
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King Sent on 09/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Exceptional Service

We cannot thank Gaynes Park staff enough!!
They made the entire day special from beginning to end and went above and beyond throughout the entire process.
Special shout out to Amy, Victoria, Charlotte and Daniel.

The catering was fantastic, the venue is fantastic!!!

We loved our day ❤️
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Mira Sent on 10/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing venue with top service

We can praise the team at Gaynes Park enough! They were fantastic from the beginning, our project manager Natasha was just amazing. Really helped and guided us throughout the months, she and the team took care of everything on the day. Took all the weight off our minds so we could just enjoy the day. They went above and beyond to cater for our tailored menu with a fantastic Indian menu (loved by all) and pizzas that the Italians were raving about, Phil is a super chef. The venue itself is stunning so there really isn’t much needed as it speaks for itself. Thanks to everyone there we had a perfect day
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Francesca P. Sent on 25/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Best day ever

Natasha was our guardian angel on the day of our wedding and the day went so smoothly! The whole team at Gaynes Park pulled off a faultless day, the venue looked great and is very well maintained, the service was timely and not intrusive, the food received endless compliments from all of the guest, they catered for a mix of cultures. One of the comments from the Italian part of the family: 'the pizza was better than some restaurants in Italy'. We and our guests had a fantastic experience, the Team really listened to our vision and made it happen. We were blown away and would highly recommend Gaynes Park for your big day!
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Megan B. Sent on 23/08/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Beyond our wildest dreams!

We got married at this amazing venue on 13th August and I just have to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone involved. The day was more than we ever dreamt it would be, Donna and Victoria and all of the staff we absolutely out of this world with their support and kindness. The food was incredible, the atmosphere was amazing, people have not stopped raving about the venue and what an amazing day it was. Honestly our dreams came true and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day x

Megan and David Batten xxx
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Luke S. Sent on 12/08/2021
1 out of 5 rating

Shameful Wedding Venue Operator

“I just want to echo Katie P's comments on the 05/08, we have had a very similar experience to her unfortunately.

We pushed our wedding day back from August 2021 to August 2022. We have had our own enduring-nightmare dealing with Gaynes Park over numerous issues concerning our wedding.

We know many friends who have been so impressed with their own venue & how they’ve dealt with Covid by offering the support & flexibility required to come to a joint solution. Gaynes Park have distanced themselves from us, we only communicate with a third party who is representing the venue. It’s abundantly clear they are putting their own financial interests first before any clients (Clients: any unfortunate couple who went with Gaynes Park throughout Covid)

Gaynes Park have only offered us the option of getting married on a Monday to Wednesday in August 2022 even though we have been invoiced at a substantially higher rate (Sunday wedding). If we had of originally confirmed a Monday – Wednesday wedding we would have saved multiple thousands, yet due to Covid we are now expected to pay a small fortune to get married early in the week.

To compound our frustration, there are 2 Thursday’s available in August 2022. Gaynes Park have informed us that these dates are for new bookings only. It’s a form of profiteering to manoeuvre postponed weddings from 2020 to an undesirable early weekday & expect us to put up with paying the original weekend (Sunday)rate!

The venue has upset numerous couples (do some research online) and it appears, the few couples who managed to negotiate a compromise is those that have sought out legal representation. A few people I reached out to had signed into a non-disclaimer confidentially agreement with the venue (after initially posting negative reviews).

It's a shame it's come to this, but Katie P is 100% correct, Gaynes Park have handled Covid so poorly & I would ask anyone considering getting married at this venue in future, to do some thorough online research prior to committing.
Natasha
Natasha Sent on 24/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beyond words

They went above my high expectations and were incredible. Everyone has been raving about the food, drinks and of course the beautiful venue
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Carl Sent on 15/05/2019
5 out of 5 rating

The whole day was terrific

The whole day was terrific and so many guests said it was the best wedding they'd ever been to. We put a lot of effort into planning the day and the team did such a great job bringing it all to life for us.

We wouldn't recommend a venue for the most important day of someone's life unless we had every confidence in it. We would not hesitate to recommend Gaynes Park as a venue because we know that any wedding held there would be fantastic.
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Corinna Sent on 15/10/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Best day ever

I cannot thank Gaynes Park enough for their service before, during, and after the wedding. We saw the venue three times in total before the wedding. We visited once and then again to book and then once more for the food tasting.

They were always in contact with us when we had any last minute questions or concerns about how our day would go. The team at Gaynes Park and their caterer Galloping Gourmet made our day fantastic, helping every step of the way from getting ready in the Apple Cottage to walking down the aisle, to the speeches. They all knew what they were doing even when me and my bridesmaids were goofing off and weren't always sure what to do.

The venue is stunning, the staff helpful and the food delicious. Wish I could relive my day again, but the memories will last me a lifetime.
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Gaynes Park Real Weddings

Suzan & Alan
36 photos · 13/08/2023
Emily & Jamie
37 photos · 21/06/2023
Rachel & Steven
11 photos · 03/08/2022
Aura & Jack
89 photos · 10/10/2021

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Events

14 Jul
Open Door

Are you envisioning a romantic wedding surrounded by nature’s beauty?

Due to the overwhelming demand for their previous show round events, the team at Gaynes Park will be opening their doors once again this summer. Now, even more couples in search of their dream wedding venue have the chance to visit Essex’s most enchanting barn wedding venue!

Walk into a beautiful summer wedding day set-up and make your dreams come true. Explore everything from the Apple Loft wedding preparation Cottage to the iconic Heart Gate and Long Walk, the Orangery to the Mill Barn and magnificent Walled Gardens.

There is so much to see, so don’t miss the opportunity! Their experienced team of wedding experts are excited to welcome you and will help you to start picturing your unforgettable wedding day.

This event is by appointment only. To book your place, call, email or visit the Gaynes Park website.

Please note: this event is for couples who have not yet booked with Gaynes Park. If you are interested in booking a re-visit, please contact the events team directly.

Date: From 14/07/2024 to 14/07/2024 Schedule 09:00 - 16:00
Place: Banks Lane, Epping, Essex

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Banks Lane CM16 7RJ Epping (Essex)
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