High House Weddings

(109 reviews) 109 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 (109)

You cant improve on perfection can you
Venue Service

By Scott and Rebecca, on 28 May 2019Date of Wedding - 24 May 2019

Oh Meg you have been amazing, High House has been outstanding. There has not been one fault with today. Choosing High House to be our wedding venue was the best decision. The food, the staff, the grounds have just been everything we could wish for and more. I would recommend you to any future newlyweds. I’m so sad it’s over, but the temptation to apply for a job next Summer is very tempting! I just don’t want my experience with High House to end. I don’t think you can improve on perfection can you? Because this is what you are. We wish your business all the success in the world.

Absolutely perfect in every way
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By Matt and Charlotte, on 28 May 2019Date of Wedding - 23 May 2019

Cannot thank Jean and the whole team at High House enough. They made our wedding day absolutely perfect in every way! A special thank you to George who has put both of us at ease and made us feel very welcome. A true credit to a wonderful venue and team here.

Everything ran so smoothly and effortlessly
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By Shelley and Blair, on 14 May 2019Date of Wedding - 11 May 2019

Couldn’t have wished for a better day. Everything ran so smoothly and effortlessly - all down to the amazing Hayley! Thank you so much for the most perfect day. Everyone was commenting on how lovely the venue is. Wish we could do it all over again - we wouldn’t want to change a thing. All the staff are so friendly and went out of their way to make us feel so special.

Nothing was too much trouble
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By Ryan and Sarah, on 14 May 2019Date of Wedding - 09 May 2019

From start to finish we felt so looked after all day and night. You made us feel at ease and nothing was too much trouble for Megan - from being our pool side photographer and blow drying the wet wedding dress with the marquee heater! High House is beautiful and we’ve had so many compliments from guests already! Thank you so much for the best time.

The venue is one of a kind
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By Jess and Glenn, on 08 May 2019Date of Wedding - 03 May 2019

Amazing! The venue is one of a kind and the staff…….! You couldn’t ask for more.

The venue looked spectacular
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By Lauren and Jonathan, on 08 May 2019Date of Wedding - 02 May 2019

We would like to say a massive thank you to Jean and the whole team at High House who made our day yesterday such a special one! It really was the most magical day of our lives and really couldn’t have asked for it to have gone any better. The venue looked spectacular, all of the staff were amazing and we really appreciate everything that everyone did for us. We received so many lovely compliments yesterday which is down to you guys for all of your hard work, dedication and love you show to your job and newly weds. Thank you so much again, we couldn’t have said ‘I do’ without you guys!! We had an amazing day and have so many lovely memories.

Cannot put it into words....
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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
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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!
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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
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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...
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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!!! ????

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