High House Weddings

(138 reviews) 138 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 (138)

High House is a very special venue
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By Chris and Anna, on 16 Oct 2019Date of Wedding - 13 Oct 2019

High House is a very special venue, we both knew it as soon as we stepped inside on our first open day. As it is a family home you can feel the love and care in the atmosphere and surroundings. Our day was absolutely perfect and we wouldn’t change one thing about it. The staff are lovely and Hayley is an absolute superstar. Thank you High House!!

We cant thank the staff enough
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By Chris and Hayley, on 01 Oct 2019Date of Wedding - 29 Sep 2019

We had an amazing day, made better by having Hayley as our wedding planner making sure the day went smoothly. We can’t thank any of the staff enough for their hard work.

We had a truly wonderful day
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By Kirsty and Luke, on 01 Oct 2019Date of Wedding - 27 Sep 2019

What an amazing day! Hayley - you are amazing, a true credit to the High House team. You made everything so perfect we are truly thankful. The whole team were fantastic. We had a truly wonderful day, despite the rain! The food was remarkable and all guests commented on how lovely it all was. The Valentines team were brilliant and Luke and I have a day we will never forget. Thank you all.

A memorable and special day
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By Louise and John, on 24 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 19 Sep 2019

The day was perfect, smooth from start to finish. The staff were all friendly and polite and we couldn’t have wished for a better day. A special mention to Jean who was brilliant and very lovely. Thanks Jean and everyone at High House for a very memorable and special day.

It was amazing!
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By Jasmin and Anthony, on 18 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 14 Sep 2019

Thank you so much for everything you have done! It was amazing! Much better than we could have wished for Hayley was incredible, so so helpful!

What a fantastic venue
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By Jenny and Adam, on 18 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 12 Sep 2019

What a fantastic venue, scenery is amazing. Could not fault anything, the day was perfect. Hayley was outstanding and made us feel so comfortable. Food was out of this world.

The day of our dreams
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By Daisy and Josh, on 10 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 07 Sep 2019

Myself and Josh cannot thank Hayley enough for what she did on Saturday, she really did make our day so special! Everything ran so smoothly and we had the best day of our lives. It was utterly amazing and we wish we could do it all over again! Hayley is a real credit to the High House team and we really couldn’t have done it without her. All the staff at High House were amazing and couldn’t do enough. All of our guests have said it was the best wedding they have ever been to which is music to my ears. All we can say is thank you for helping us have the day of our dreams.

Exceeded all expectations
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By Jess and Dan, on 10 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 05 Sep 2019

We can’t thank the staff at High House enough! We had a vision of how we wanted the day to go and High House exceeded all expectations. Sam and Rob were so helpful and took the stress away, and the venue is beautiful.

What an amazing day we had
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By Hayley and Stuart, on 10 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 29 Aug 2019

Want to send huge thanks over to you and your team at High House. What an amazing day we had, from start to finish, Rob was fantastic running the bar to demand, the bar staff were friendly and had some amazing drinks between them that us and our guests loved. We had the most fantastic day, Jean was amazing and nothing was too much, she has answered all of my silly questions along the way, things flowed so well and the feed back from our guest has been so positive with the service and the stunning venue, some have even said it’s the best wedding they have ever been too!

The day was perfect from start to finish
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By Danni and Ben, on 10 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 23 Aug 2019

We want to thank everyone at High House especially Samantha, for making our dream wedding a reality. The day was perfect from start to finish, everything ran smoothly and we truly believe that Samantha made the whole wedding planning process so stress free, that we were able to enjoy the build up to our big day. All of our guests commented on how beautiful the venue is and how professional, friendly and efficient all of the staff are. The food is amazing and there’s plenty of it. Just simply delicious. Myself and Ben would like to thank High House for the most magical day. We loved everything about it and have even discussed renewing our vows at High House in the future.

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!

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