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On since 2022

Last update: November 2023

Maidens Barn is a rustic wedding venue located in Pleshey (near Chelmsford), Essex, set in the gorgeous English countryside. This historic barn has been impeccably restored and boasts many charming spots for holding romantic ceremonies and wedding breakfasts. The barn offers country charm and rustic authenticity while boasting the luxurious modern amenities expected from a premier wedding venue. You'll also enjoy designing this blank canvas space to suit your style.

Facilities and Capacity

Maidens Barn is licensed to hold civil ceremonies in the Oak Barn Ceremony Room and the romantic outdoor spot, complete with a lush floral arbour. The vaulted wedding barn is ideal for celebrations with up to 200 guests. The Elm Barn features oak beams and large windows, blending traditional and contemporary aesthetics. After saying 'I do,' you'll love exploring the enchanting gardens, snapping photos as you go.

Services Offered

This family-run business is led by a dedicated team of professionals known for going above and beyond for soon-to-be newlyweds. With everyone working hard to ensure that your day is perfect, you can feel at ease and savour every moment with your loved ones. The in-house catering team, admired by many, crafts delectable dishes using the finest fresh and local ingredients. Maiden Barn offers various wedding packages that include:

  • Exclusive use of the entire venue
  • Freedom to decorate the space how you like
  • Support from an experienced team
  • 14 guest rooms and the honeymoon cottage
  • In-house catering and bespoke wedding breakfast menus
  • Fully staffed, licensed bar to supply drinks at competitive prices
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Frequently asked questions

Venue Type:

In the Country
Outdoor License

Ceremony Options:

Civil Ceremony Licence

Dining Options:

Seated Meal Facilities
Corkage Option
Alcohol Licence
In House Catering

Evening Entertainment:

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:

Exclusive Use
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Confetti Permitted
Pet Friendly
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4.9 out of 5 rating
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99% Recommended by couples

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91 reviews
Claire S. Married on 04/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The best day ever

100% reccommend Maidens Barn Wedding Venue, they were just brilliant from our first viewing to the day of the wedding. Mercedes and the team were so responsive to any questions we had, and on the day they were just excellent. The venue, food and staff were all superb and if we were to do the day again we would certainlay pick maidens Maidens Barn Wedding Venue Essex all over again! Thank you so much for making our day amazing!
Mike C. Married on 03/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Venue & Team

We first saw Maidens Barn at an Open Day in September 2022, and promptly booked our wedding for August 2023 on the day! The venue is absolutely lovely, including a lot of accommodation on-site. Mercedes and Natalia organising everything are superb, any questions or requests were answered very promptly and made us very relaxed in the build up to the big day. On the day itself, the entire team were absolutely incredible, they left very little for the best men or ushers to do! Nothing was too much trouble and meant we had the most perfect day - thank you so much and would recommend Maidens Barn to anyone and everyone! Love from Laura and Mike x
Rachel P. Married on 15/07/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

The most incredible day

Where do we even start - our wedding was absolutely incredible and we both had the best day. Alex, Mercedes, Natalia, Lucy, Elliot and all the team, we owe you a huge thank you!

From initial contact to the big day itself, our experience was 10/10. Alex, Mercedes and Natalia gave such great attention to detail and were so supportive, answering every little question we had. We simply couldn't have pulled off our big day without their help!

Special thanks to Lucy and the host team for dealing with numerous dietary requirements and catering for them so perfectly. The food is absolutely incredible!

Thanks also to Elliot and the bar team for the seamless service and keeping the drinks flowing!

We honestly had such a fantastic day and we don't think we'll ever be able to thank you enough. A sign of a good venue is one that the first time you see it, you know you want to get married there, and when you leave, you're in tears (well the Bride at least) knowing you had the most incredible day.
Hayley N. Married on 25/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Best day ever!

We got married at Maidens Barn on the 25th March 2023, it really was the best day ever!
Mercedes was our planner and was on hand for all our questions right up until the day before the wedding. She was lovely and very helpful.
The venue is absolutely stunning, everyone commented on how perfect it was.
I would love to do this day all over again!
Thank you Mercedes, Elliott and the rest of the team for making our day so special.
Mr & Mrs Nash x
Molly B. Married on 24/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

If I could get married again, it would be at Maidens Barn!

I honestly don't know where to start. We fell in love with this venue the minute we laid eyes on it, and was in such a rush to book the venue. We were thoroughly looked after by Alex and Sam at the beginning, who answered all the 20,000 questions we had, and had us excited from the get go.

We live an hours drive from the venue, so as you can imagine it was difficult to keep going back and forth when we needed to, but the team made it super easy and helped us out at every stage.

I was naturally a bit nervous when Sam went on maternity leave, as I'd been talking all things wedding with her, but the transition over to the rest of the team was phenomenal and it felt like they'd all become a part of our extended family.

On the day, everyone at Maidens Barn catered to our every need. They helped us when it rained, made sure we always had a drink in our hands, and helped me out in my dress every single time.

It honestly felt like we had friends working at the venue, and it's been hard not speaking to them since our big day.

Everyone has been so complimentary about the venue -we had family and friends come from all parts of the country, and they instantly fell in love with the venue as much as we did.

All our suppliers have rave reviews, complimenting the staff and venue as one of the best they've worked with.

They're dog friendly, which meant our little Jack Russell could be a part of our day, which meant everything to me.

We booked all the rooms in the Hayloft and the Honeymoon cottage, which was incredibly comfy for everyone. It was lovely to be all together in the morning with our close friends and family. (My only change would be if you could rent out the honeymoon cottage the day before, as you don't feel like you get an awful lot of time in there to enjoy it!)

The new Bridal Prep room was a godsend - it was big enough for us all to get ready in, be comfy, get the prosecco popping and coffees for the not-so-morning people.

If we could get married all over again, we would absolutely have it at Maidens Barn, and would recommend everyone else does too!
Emma G. Married on 01/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

What an amazing venue!

Everything about Maidens Barn was amazing…all the staff, the supplies, the venue and value for money.

We had an absolutely beautiful day, everyone has commented on how perfect and seamless the day went.

Mercedes in particular was a brilliant co-ordinator and her prompt communication always made me feel at ease.

Thank you so much to everyone at Maidens Barn for make our day so special.
Rachel P. Married on 10/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The best venue and staff!

We could not have had a more perfect day at the beautiful Maidens Barn. After the first viewing, we absolutely fell in love with it. The staff - Mercedes, Alex, Sam and the whole team - are honestly exceptional and made our day run so smoothly. Every query we had was answered so quickly, nothing was ever too much trouble. The whole team go out of their way to make you feel special and welcome - and they work so incredibly hard.

We had a gorgeous food and wine tasting at the venue before the big day, which was such a lovely evening. And even better when we then got to celebrate with all our friends and family on the big day itself.

I would absolutely recommend Maidens Barn to anyone looking for a beautiful wedding venue, with an incredible team of staff who go the extra distance and are 100% there to support you. Thank you so much Maidens Barn team!!!!
Ashley A. Married on 14/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Maidens Barn Go Above And Beyond!

We just had our wedding at Maidens Barn and wow did we make the right choice! Mercedes, Alex, Elliot and the whole team were so helpful and hands on throughout the whole process, we barely had to worry about a thing!
They answered so many questions before and after we booked it and explained everything so well up to the day. Then on the day itself they took care of everything! We also got to enjoy open days, taster days and pre-wedding meetings to make sure we were prepped for everything.
The venue itself is so beautiful and well taken care of. It's an amazing space to have the ceremony, the dining area is stunning, and it's so great having a separate dance floor area so that tables do not have to be taken away. The prep room was perfect for the morning and there are some beautiful spots to get pictures taken.
The accommodation is also amazing and all of our guests had great things to say about their rooms and breakfast in the morning. And at the end of the night we even got driven to their Honeymoon cottage by Elliot!
We'll be recommending Maidens Barn to everyone who needs a wedding venue for the rest of time!
Amy Married on 22/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Gorgeous venue!

Both my husband and I would like to say a huge thank you to all at Maidens Barn for making our wedding day so special. We had such a fantastic day! The whole day went seamlessly. We had so many comments from our guests saying how much they loved the venue, the food and how lovely the staff were.

You answered all of our questions and made sure we were happy throughout the day (even grabbing my flip flops for me when my feet were hurting). We couldn’t have asked for a better wedding day.
Selina C. Married on 24/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Best wedding day ever!!!

Just wow, I don’t know where to start. Thank you so much to the team at Maidens barn. We had the best wedding day, all thanks to you. From the first meeting with Elliot we felt confident to have our wedding here. The venue is stunning and we had lots of guests say this too. The layout is great and the grounds are so well kept. The staff are so friendly and helpful. I was constantly emailing in the run up to the wedding and my messages were seen too quickly and nothing was too much. Highly recommend. Thank you so much Alex, Elliot, Mercedes and Natalia!
Chris H. Married on 18/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating


I honestly can’t praise Maiden’s Barn enough! We had the most incredible day! The venue is beautiful, we fell in love with it straight away it was genuinely decision made on the spot to choose to get married here. Staff were great, Mercedes made sure everything was on point. Go and visit and see for yourself, you will not be disappointed choosing Maiden’s Barn as your venue… oh and the food… just wow!
Lauren R. Married on 06/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Most incredible day

I cannot praise this venue and the staff enough! All of my guests have said how the staff and food were amazing with some saying its the best they’ve ever experienced!

Mercedes and Natalia were on hand, supportive and helpful throughout the whole of our planning process. We then had Elliot on our wedding day who went above and beyond to make us feel special ensuring we had a drink in hand and were fed! He even helped push start a guests car in the evening!!!

Could not recommend more, I would do anything to go back and relive our perfect day!
Ellis H. Married on 20/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Best day ever!

My husband and I got married at Maidens Barn on 20th May 2023 and I can honestly say we had the best day ever! We loved the venue from the first time we saw it and are so pleased that we chose it.
The team were incredibly helpful and lovely throughout. Mercedes and Alex were particularly brilliant at answering all of our questions in the build up. Natalia, Josh and Sam were all fantastic help on the day itself too. Everything went so seamlessly and smoothly thanks to them all and we didn't have to worry about a thing.
The food was amazing and the bar staff were great. The venue itself is beautiful and our guests only had amazing things to say about the entire day.
Thank you so much to everyone at Maidens. We wish we could do it all again! Love, Ellis and Will x
Grace A. Married on 15/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful venue

We had such a perfect wedding day at Maidens Barn! The team couldn’t help us enough and ensured our day ran so smoothly. Nothing was too much hassle and they truly went above and beyond. We would have been lost without all the help and guidance the team provided us. The venue is absolutely beautiful and staying the night before and the night of our wedding with all of our family and friends really made it for us. We just wish we could do it all again!
Louise H. Married on 11/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

March 2023

Maidens Barn were fantastic from our first viewing to the day!

No email / question was too much to ask and we’re always replied to within 24 hours so we could make decisions / give information to suppliers making the planning process stress free!

We was lucky enough to be the first party to use the new bride prep room which was fantastic for the morning. We arrived at 7am and even with 9 of us getting ready and 3 hair / make up people we had plenty of room to relax and get ready! Even when our photography and videographer arrived it was still spacious, a great addition to the venue!

The day itself ran smoothly, with Maidens on hand to help our suppliers and make the day really relaxing for us!

Our guests complimented the food / drinks (we opted for the gold menu and it was 10/10).
The portions were the perfect size and everyone said how the canapés just kept coming out!

We stayed at the venue and had breakfast with our guests in the morning which was just right for some sore heads!

Fantastic people, warm, welcoming venue and somewhere you just feel at home!
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