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Houchins

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Located in Essex, Houchins is a grade II* listed farmhouse which exudes elegance and charm to provide the perfect wedding venue for your very special day. Although only opened in 2014, Houchins is owned and managed by the same team who have successfully run Dove Barn in Suffolk for the past ten years, so you can rest assured that your day is in safe, experienced hands.

Your wedding day at Houchins will be truly unforgettable. The venue’s wonderful barns have been designed so that your celebrations flow seamlessly from “I do” to the last dance of the evening.

The Foundry is licensed to hold civil ceremonies with between 12 and 120 guests. The room can be transformed in the evening to provide the perfect reception space for up to 200 people to dance and celebrate into the night. The adjoining Chitting Shed is ideal for a relaxed drinks reception, boasting large glass doors which open out onto the beautiful terrace and gardens.

For your wedding breakfast, The Grainstore can accommodate up to 150 seated guests. The space has high ceilings and a mezzanine gallery for additional space and boasts a large fireplace for a rustic atmosphere.

Between May and September, you can opt to have a romantic outdoor ceremony in the Loggia. The grand marquee connects to the Loggia for a fantastic reception space, protected from the unpredictable British weather.

The bridal party can enjoy luxurious accommodation in the elegant farmhouse just 50 metres from the venue. The stylish house has been restored to offer a peaceful and comfortable night’s stay in a self-catering style bed and breakfast. Houchins will also provide a complimentary breakfast hamper with fresh fruit, juices, local artisan breads and cereal to the overnight guests.

  • Stylish, modern wedding barns and elegant accommodation
  • Exclusive, private use of the venue available
  • Licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 110 guests
  • Receptions for up to 150 seated guests
  • Overnight accommodation for up to 16 (bride and family) in the listed farmhouse and our new Honeymoon Lodge for the married couple from April
  • Good access from Colchester, Stanstead and London, and just one mile east of Coggeshall on the A120

Frequently Asked Questions

Venue Type:

Exclusive Use
In the Country
Historic
Woodland and Festival
Civil Ceremony Licence
Barn
Outdoor License

Dining Options:

Seated Meal Facilities
Corkage Option
Alcohol Licence
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering

Evening Entertainment:

Marquee Available
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:

Disabled Facilities
Car Parking

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    Nkome Married on 01/07/2021
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    Bruce H. Married on 17/09/2021
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    Perfect for a Country Wedding

    On our experience from my daughter's recent wedding, I can thoroughly recommend Houchins. It is in a quiet country location, with charming gardens backing on to fields. The venue itself is simple but the house for accommodating the bridal party is perfect, and the staff at Houchins cannot be recommended highly enough. Professional, cheerful and relaxed on the day and reasonable, clear and understanding throughout all the Covid regulation flips and flops leading up to it. Well organised without being at all officious they conmmensely to a happy atmosphere.
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    Beverley C. Married on 24/06/2021
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    Excellent Venue

    We recently had a great experience at Houchins Wedding Venue for our daughters wedding.
    We are pleased to say that Houchins exceeded all our expectations, from the accommodation provided, that was spotlessly clean and very comfortable, to the actual service itself.
    Nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff and they bent over backwards to make everyone's day as perfect as possible.
    we are happy to highly recommend Houchins for anyone's special day.

    Houchins's reply:

    Thank you so much for your very kind words - it means so much to the entire team especially after these last 18 months! We just hope everyone had the best day it it was the wedding they had dreamed of! Wishing you all the best...
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    Natalie Married on 05/10/2019
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    It is a stunning place!!!

    Just wanted to say thank you SO MUCH for making our day on Saturday so perfect! You guys were so attentive and helpful and that really makes all the difference. We had so many compliments on how lovely the venue is. It's a stunning place!!!
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    Kim Married on 07/09/2019
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    Everything about Houchins is just perfect!

    Everything about Houchins is just perfect. The staff, the ambiance, the farmhouse, the chic decor, the beautiful gardens, the impressive barn and the outside space, the fire pits and log fire! Not forgetting the Marque. You could not ask for anything more as a Country Wedding Venue x
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    Emma Married on 06/09/2019
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    I could not recommend you highly enough as a venue

    We are just back from our mini moon and now all the wedding dusty has settled, just wanted to drop you all a note to say a huge THANK YOU for everything you did to make our day so fantastic. A lot of people had said to us before 'things will go wrong on the day, but you just won't care' - but nothing did for us! Everything ran so smoothly as we had planned and it was everything we wanted it to be and more.

    Thank you to all of you and your amazing team that make it all happen, I couldn't recommend you highly enough as a venue.
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    Jade Married on 24/08/2019
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    We could not have asked for a better venue

    What an amazing day we had, we honestly couldn't have asked for a better venue for our wedding. We had an incredible day and couldn't fault it. Thank you for all your hard work to make sure our special day ran smoothly. Everyone was extremely helpful, Taylor was fabulous and nothing asked was ever too much. We are extremely grateful to all your teams' support.

    What a day we will remember!
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    Laura Married on 08/08/2019
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    We highly recommend using Houchins

    From the moment we walked into Houchins we knew it was the venue for us. Not only is the setting beautiful, the staff are amazing. They have a knack for making your wedding feel like their only priority which made the lead up and entire day so special.

    We couldn't have dreamed of a more perfect day and are so thankful to Houchins for making it this way.

    We highly recommend using Houchins as we honestly couldn't have wished for a more amazing day!

    Thank you
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    Katie Married on 20/07/2019
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    Everyone at Houchins has been amazing

    Thank you so much for making our day so fantastic - we couldn't have wished for more! All of our guests have been extremely complimentary about the beautiful venue and how organised and helpful you all were.
    Thank you for making our wedding day the best day of our lives! We will always have such fond memories - thanks to you all.
    Lots of love all the way from the Maldives...
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    Stu Married on 19/07/2019
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    Houchins is head & shoulders above the competition

    From the moment my wife and I drove up to Houchins we knew this stunning venue was where we wanted to have our special day. The grounds, barn and farmhouse are beautiful in every way... The day was perfect thanks the amazing team and all their work behind the scenes.
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    Jen Married on 15/06/2019
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    Impossible not to love it

    We both knew we wanted to get married here the first time we visited on an open day, it’s impossible not to love it, it’s such a perfect venue. Everyone we dealt with through booking and planning were so helpful and on the day there was no stress whatsoever! Everyone has been commenting since what a beautiful venue Houchins is and what a fantastic day they had. Thank you so much to you all for making our day so perfect, we just wish we could do it all again!
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    Mrs Married on 08/06/2019
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    Everyone worked so hard to make it a magical day!

    Thank you so much for hosting our wedding day. Everybody worked so hard to make it a magical day! We really appreciated all your help.
    All of our guests commented what a lovely venue it was. We were so lucky the sun came our, as they meant we could enjoy all that Houchins has to offer.
    We look forward to receiving the video and photographs. We will be happy to share these with you...
    Kindest regards,
    Mr & Mrs G
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    Julie Married on 24/05/2019
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    All I can say is perfection...

    My daughter got married there Friday and all I can say is perfection, the staff are absolutely amazing, service was top class from the small things to the big things, nothing was to much for them it all just flowed, thank you Houchins for making their day very special beyond grateful.
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    Annette Married on 19/04/2019
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    Such a stunning venue.......

    Our daughter Deborah and her fiancé Greg were married here on Good Friday and everything was just perfect from start to finish. They were lucky enough to be married outside as the sun was shining which really made their day and with so many photo opportunities around, it really is a stunning venue. With a fantastic outside area and plenty of room inside for dancing, eating and just relaxing, everybody had the time of their lives. In fact we are still talking about it 6 weeks on! All the staff were incredibly helpful and professional and a special thank you to Taylor who looked after us so well. We also stayed overnight in the beautiful farmhouse which is really comfortable, roomy and very convenient being on site. Thank you to everyone at Houchins for making the day so memorable. We can thoroughly recommend this stunning venue to any couples searching for the perfect place to get married. Mother of the bride, Annette
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    Rebecca Married on 08/04/2019
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    We can not recommend Houchins enough

    Our day with Houchins was the best day of our lives! Everything went perfectly, the staff were amazing and we got so many compliments on how much everybody loved the venue. The accommodation was beautiful and the honeymoon suite perfect. We can't recommend Houchins enough. The staff made sure the day ran exactly how we wanted it. Thank you!!

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