High House Weddings

(103 reviews) 103 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. 

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
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 (103)

Cannot put it into words....
Venue Service

By Katie and Harry Williams, on 25 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 20 Oct 2018

Words cannot describe how amazing this venue is. Putting aside the setting, the beautifully maintained gardens, pond, barn, cottages etc.... the care received is second to none. The team have thought of every single tiny detail to make your planning and wedding day fun and stress free. Also, not to forget the food and catering is fabulous! It’s hard to get mass catering so right but Valentines certainly prove it’s possible. MASSIVE shout out Hayley, THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!!

The help from the High House team was exceptional
Venue Service

By Katie and Ian, on 16 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 13 Sep 2018

We can’t thank you enough for what you have done. The venue is stunning, we had beautiful weather on the day which was great. The help we received from the High House team was exceptional, especially Meg who couldn’t have done enough for us. Food was incredible, people couldn’t have done enough all round. Room was incredible too. Thank you all so much.

I cant recommend High House enough!
Venue Service

By Lisa and Tommy, on 16 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 07 Sep 2018

I can’t recommend High House enough! Stunning venue which speaks for itself when viewing. Me and my husband had the most perfect day and the venue was a massive part of this. It was everything I could want and imagine for our wedding day. We had first viewed High House back in 2015 and as soon as I we saw it we knew it was the venue for us! We got married on 07.09.2018. You can’t fault all the staff. When you get married at High House it comes with a event manager, ours was Jean and she was amazing!! Having the event manager took so much stress away from me and was such a special touch! You have to use High House caterers Valentine Cuisine and my god was they good! We had a main menu choice of burger and chips, best burger and chips ever! I can’t stress enough how perfect High House is as a venue. We live in Kent and travelled around an hour to get married here (we hired and stayed in Creeksea barns in the run up). But I would travel longer for this venue! I’m so lucky the weather was sunny (thanks to Jean’s sun dance) and we got to have our outside ceremony! Would just like to thank High House again for giving me the most magical and perfect day.

Where to start....
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By Bradley and Ellis, on 13 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 06 Sep 2018

Where to start…what an amazing day! What a beautiful venue and staff! Hayley has been out of this world. She went above and beyond - a credit to High House. Thank you for making our day.

Your guests will be amazed and love every second
Venue Service

By Stephanie and Billy, on 13 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 02 Sep 2018

This venue is absolutely stunning! We had the best day of our lives getting married here. Everything is so relaxing, a wedding planner is provided to take the pressure off and guide you through the day and to answer any questions at any time. The venue is kept to very high standards the grounds and immaculate and so beautiful. The rooms provided, bridal dressing room with the swimming pool and the secret cottage for the bride and groom on the night of the wedding are decorated so beautifully. It has the perfect touch to everything. If you choose this venue to get married, trust me you will not be disappointed! Your guests will be amazed and love every second.

We cant recommend High House enough...
Venue Service

By Puri and Michael, on 04 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 29 Aug 2018

''My husband and I got married in High House the 29th August. All the team were brilliant! We knew since the moment we visited that it was going to be amazing, the place is stunning! But it was even better than we expected. Our coordinator Megan was there for us throughout all the preparations and she was amazing on the big day. She was always around to help and she made our day smooth and super enjoyable without any worries! They were on top of every single detail making our day more than perfect! We can't recommend High House enough. Thank you very very much!!! ????

Everything from initial visit was spot on
Venue Service

By Cassie and Josh, on 01 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 26 Aug 2018

We want to thank the whole team for such a perfect day. Especially Hayley – she was always there checking all was ok and quickly turned reception drinks to inside when the weather was awful! The day was just perfect. Everything from initial visit was spot on – and all the minor improvements made since are perfect!

To say our day was perfect would be a complete und
Venue Service

By Paige and Mike, on 01 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 20 Aug 2018

To say our day was perfect would be a complete understatement... Firstly we would like to express our biggest thank you and appreciation to Jean for being so amazing from start to finish with planning and running our whole day so beautifully that we never once felt unimportant. Also for being so helpful during such a hard time after the loss of Mikes father shortly before the wedding and dealing with all our suppliers which were mostly recommended by yourselves which took away a lot of pressure from us in a much needed situation. Thank you Jean. As for all the staff at High House, you were exceptional throughout and attentive at all times, we received glowing feedback from many of our guests, this was even more prevalent when a member of our guests required medical assistance. A massive thank you to you all. When we first came to visit High House after being recommended we instantly fell in love and knew their was no other place for us... the perfect venue!!! All aspects of the grounds are breath taking and our guests can't stop saying it's the most amazing venue they have attended. We were extremely sad for it all to be over as we've enjoyed our whole experience and gained some fond memories and in all honesty going to miss the lovely Jean (don't let her go EVER... she's an asset to the venue)!!! Sorry for the in depth review, but we are so overwhelmed and happy with how amazing our day turned out and feel it's extremely deserved.

The best day ever!
Venue Service

By Rachel and Max, on 01 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 18 Aug 2018

The best day ever! A special thank you to Hayley and Mac who were both amazing throughout the day. Can’t fault the venue at all. Would love to do it again!

Exceeded all of our expectations
Venue Service

By Nour and Shaminie, on 01 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 16 Aug 2018

We had an amazing day that exceeded all of our expectations. ALL of the staff involved in the wedding went above and beyond for us and our guests. The venue and rooms were immaculate and had everything you could need. There are so many little touches, everything is so well thought out. We would like to mention Fran at the bar and George the security, they stood out to us for being so friendly and hospitable. We cannot fault anything. The day was perfect.

We had the most incredible day
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By Vicki and Andrew, on 01 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 10 Aug 2018

Thank you to Hayley and the High House team for hosting our wedding last week. The staff were attentive and professional and we had the most incredible day. My new husband and I wish we could do it all again! Thank you xx

The staff were fantastic and so friendly....
Venue Service

By Zoe and Dean, on 13 Aug 2018Date of Wedding - 06 Aug 2018

Literally where do we start... from our first viewing we fell in love with the venue... the same day we booked it and wasn’t interested in anywhere else. From start to finish was absolutely fantastic everything run on time, the staff were fantastic and so friendly, Hayley our wedding planner...well she’s just bloody fantastic! We cannot thank High house enough for giving us the wedding we dreamed of... thank you!!

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