High House Weddings

(125 reviews) 125 5
High House Farm Old Heath Road Althorne Essex CM3 6EW
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About High House Weddings

High House Farm, Old Heath Road, Althorne
Essex, CM3 6EW

Winner of 'Wedding Venue of the Year (Countryside) - East of England' at the Wedding Industry Awards 2018 and 'Wedding Venue of the Year - Something Different' at the Essex Wedding Awards 2017.

High House is a stunning wedding venue set in six acres of landscaped gardens and rolling meadow in the Essex countryside. Offering a luxurious yet quaint setting, High House is exclusively yours for your perfect wedding day.

Our couples have the option of having their ceremony in either the rustic Essex barn which dates back to 1750, or outside in the grounds under our beautiful thatched gazebo at the end of a stunning flower filled pergola.

Our grounds include an aptly heart-shaped lake, large pond over which sits a Monet-inspired bridge, weeping willows which provide stunning photo opportunities, an abundance of wildlife and pretty country flowers throughout the gardens. We also have our beautiful vineyard, 'The Althorne Estate' where couples will often choose to have some stunning photographs taken.

Our brides have exclusive use of our oak framed orangery to get ready before the ceremony. Situated overlooking the swimming pool, the orangery is luxuriously furnished with comfortable sofas, dressing tables and of course a changing room and generous ensuite. 

When the time comes for guests to be seated, our elegant marquee offers the perfect setting. With views to the lake (spectacular at sunset!) which can be viewed from our decking, the highly impressive space will wow your guests. The wedding marquee can be prepared to accommodate anything from an all-day informal barbecue to a genteel wedding breakfast. The decision is yours.

As dusk falls the marquee comes to life for your evening celebrations. Benefiting from a dance floor reveal (your party is hidden away until the evening), twinkling star-cloth lining, stage, and black and white dance floor, you can be sure of an amazing party atmosphere.

For couples on their wedding night, a secluded retreat, the 'Brides Cottage' is  tucked away within its own secret garden. Couples enter the secret garden via an enchanting solid oak door and are greeted by the beautiful cottage standing proudly amongst gravel gardens and pretty cottage flowers. Offering a sumptuous bedroom with freestanding bath and en-suite, cozy lounge and kitchen, this is the perfect place for escape and privacy on your wedding night. For family and friends, offering the same luxurious finish and amenities as our bridal cottage, our detached guest lodge offers an additional two en-suite bedrooms. Ideal for your immediate bridal party.

We strive to be a flexible venue and we will be pleased to work in collaboration with you as you plan your wedding. If you want to do things differently, please tell us, we are very happy to accommodate your unique requirements.

Essex barn for ceremony: 120
Seated wedding breakfast in marquee: 120
Evening celebrations in marquee: 150


• Exclusively yours, we guarantee full exclusive use on your wedding day • Restored Essex barn or outdoor Thatched Gazebo for your ceremony • Wedding breakfast and evening celebrations in our stunning marquee with views to the lake • Beautiful gardens for reception drinks • Bridal dressing room • Brides cottage situated in own secret garden plus two additional letting rooms

Facilities at High House Weddings

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Outdoor License
Marquees and Tents
Unique Weddings
Vineyard Weddings
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Marquee Available
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
DJ Facilities
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Venue Leisure Facilities :
Swimming Pool
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
Alcohol Licence
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
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking

High House Weddings Reviews (125)

We couldnt have made a better choice
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By Danielle and Jack, on 21 Aug 2019Date of Wedding - 18 Aug 2019

I’m not even sure where to begin. Words cannot express how thankful we are to Jean and the rest of the High House team for making our whole wedding day so perfect! The whole day just ran so smoothly and was everything we had dreamed of! All of our guests complimented on how gorgeous the venue is and we know we couldn’t have made a better choice. Honestly, thank you so much!

Dream wedding day
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By Sophie and Jon, on 21 Aug 2019Date of Wedding - 17 Aug 2019

Thank you so much for helping us have our dream wedding day. We had the best day from start to finish and that was all down to you guys and all of our guests. Hayley….you are fantastic!! Thank you!

Incredible levels of professionalism
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By Nikki and Matthew, on 07 Aug 2019Date of Wedding - 01 Aug 2019

The venue is beautiful, everyone who came to view it and on the day saw how beautiful and well kept/maintained it is. What others don't see is how amazing ALL of your staff are. From the moment I arrived in the morning I was greeted by both incredible levels of professionalism alongside warm levels of well wishes. It was made to feel like on our special day, nothing was too much trouble. The day ran like clockwork - Hayley was fantastic! She made the day perfect. Thank you xxx

You guys are wonderful
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By Mark and Rachel, on 30 Jul 2019Date of Wedding - 28 Jul 2019

We have had an amazing time. You guys are wonderful and made our dreams a reality. High House will always have a special place in our hearts. Thank you all for everything!

The best day of our lives!!
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By Jenna and Paul, on 30 Jul 2019Date of Wedding - 26 Jul 2019

The best day of our lives!! It ran so smoothly and we didn’t have to worry about a thing.

We had such an amazing day
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By Matt and Jenni, on 30 Jul 2019Date of Wedding - 25 Jul 2019

Thank you so much! We had such an amazing day - even at 38 degrees! From start to finish, the organisation and communication was excellent. Jean is a real gem and we knew from the moment we met her that everything would run smoothly. Everyone commented at how beautiful the venue is and that the food was fantastic. Thank you to all the team!

To say we are happy is an understatement
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By Georgia and Josh, on 24 Jul 2019Date of Wedding - 21 Jul 2019

To the amazing Jean and team at High House. Our wedding day was/s by far the best/most important day of our life. The venue and food was outstanding and to say we are happy is an understatement. I will never forget our special day at High House and can only imagine future couples booked will have the best experience ever. Jean you were amazing from start to finish and we could not have had our day as good as it was without you. Love you Jean!

Absolutely phenomenal day
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By Victoria and Brendan, on 16 Jul 2019Date of Wedding - 14 Jul 2019

Words cannot describe what an absolutely phenomenal day we had. It was beyond perfect, better than we could only have dreamed of. It's been a fairytale. The staff at High House have been so amazing, Hayley in particular. We are so grateful to you for making the whole wedding planning so stress free and enjoyable. Our day ran like clockwork, you are literally wonderwoman - I don't know how you do it but because of you we had the wedding of our dreams, we will never forget this day, it's been magical. Thank you High House, from the bottom of our hearts xxx

A fabulous place ,though need to replace the DJ
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By Helen Davies, on 11 Jul 2019Date of Wedding - 06 Jul 2019

Brilliant place food brilliant staff brilliant pianist well worth having Unfortunately the DJ let the night down

Such an amazing day
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By Rebecca and John, on 16 Jul 2019Date of Wedding - 30 Jun 2019

Thank you for such an amazing day. We can honestly say we didn't need to worry at all knowing Jean had everything covered. Will definitely recommend.

Treated like royalty
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By Gill and Phil, on 16 Jul 2019Date of Wedding - 20 Jun 2019

What a fantastic day, from the moment we arrived we were treated like royalty. Nothing was too much trouble. Hayley our wedding coordinator was brilliant. We didn’t feel like guests we felt like family. You do not need to change a thing. Perfect!! Valentines food and staff also absolutely perfect! This was the biggest day of our lives that you made special. Thank you.

We would not change a thing
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By Vicki and Anthony, on 16 Jul 2019Date of Wedding - 15 Jun 2019

We thank all of your staff especially Hayley for making our day perfect. We are so pleased to have had our special day here at High House. We would not change a thing. Thank you.

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