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On since 2022

Last update: December 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
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for Maidens Barn

4.9 out of 5 rating
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4.9 out of 5 rating
99 reviews
99% recommend it
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Nicola B. Sent on 22/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The absolute best day ever

Just got married at Maiden’s Barn, as soon as we viewed the venue we knew it was perfect for us, it is stunning. The day went smoothly with no hiccups and everyone has been so helpful throughout the process. A special thank you to Sam, Mercedes and Elliott for being there on our special day. The best day ever.
George P. Sent on 20/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Best day of my life

I think its safe to say that it was one of the best days of our lives. The venue was beautiful, the staff were so lovely, kind and very cooperative and most importantly, my wife loved every minute of it. I would highly recommend this venue to anyone and I cannot thank them enough for making our day so special
Sophie Sent on 06/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The best day of our lives at the most amazing venue

We booked maidens barn 2 years ago and the minute we looked around we completely fell in love with it! It is the most amazing venue with the most incredible staff! On our wedding day we were looked after by Natalia, Sam, Mercedes and Elliot and they couldn’t have done more for us they’re a real credit to the team at maidens! All our guests have not stopped talking about what an amazing venue maidens it and how incredible and lovely all the staff were! Thank you so so much for making our day amazing I honestly can’t thank everyone at maidens enough for everything they’ve done for us over the past couple of years! I highly recommend booking your wedding at maidens barn!
Lewis A. Sent on 16/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Our Wedding - 15.03.24

We had an absolutely amazing wedding at Maidens Barn. The team at the venue were fantastic from start to finish, helping us with all the preparations in the run up to the day and being on hand for absolutely everything during the day itself.
The venue itself was perfect. We were lucky with the weather and able to make use of the outdoor courtyard area for our post ceremony drinks reception and photos, which was ideal.
The ceremony room was the ideal size and looked amazing. The barn for our wedding reception was also spot on, with a great area for the DJ / dance floor, and plenty of space for tables and people to catch up with each other.
The food provided by Host Catering was excellent. The canapés and drinks on hand were very generous, and the afternoon tea option we went for went down really well with our guests.
We stayed in the Honeymoon Cottage, which was a lovely place to stay after the day had finished. It would have been nice for the grooms party to be able to get ready in there, but the room available for them in the venue itself is really good too.
The area for the bridal party to get ready was also really good, with a kitchen, toilet and mirrors / chairs for all bridesmaids.
Some of our guests stayed in the hotel rooms on site. After speaking with them, they feel the check in process could have been smoother, and that a better breakfast could have been provided for the price paid. Rooms cost just shy of ÂŁ150 and breakfast was self service.
From our perspective though, we can’t fault anything about our wedding itself. We would throughly recommend Maidens Barn to anybody else looking to get married and are so happy with how everything came together. The staff, the location, the atmosphere were excellent.
Maidens Barn will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
Sian Sent on 30/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The most perfect day we could have ever wished for!

All the staff at Maidens barn are nothing but incredible! From initially coming to view we were greeted by Mercedes who was so helpful and we instantly fell in love with the venue! During the lead up to the day, all the staff were always on hand to answer any questions we had and made us feel so at ease as we approached the day.

We would especially like to give a massive thank you for everything Natalia & Elliot did on the day, they made it run so smoothly. All the guests have said how friendly and helpful they were.

We’ve had nothing but compliments from all our guests on the venue, food and all the staff. The venue itself was absolutely perfect and is so well kept! The accommodation on site was perfect for our guests!
We would 100% recommend this place for anyone looking to get married!
Louise L. Sent on 27/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing wedding at Maidens Barn

We had a wonderful February 2024 wedding at Maidens Barn right from the beginning of just looking around the venue, to booking our wedding date and then having our special day - the team at Maiden’s Barn were amazing. The team were attentive to us throughout the day, were at hand to answer any questions and they helped organise things flawlessly. No ask was too great and no question was too silly! The team had a good balance of checking in but giving privacy and space to enjoy the time with our guests. The venue is stunning and we really feel the staff (shout out to Mercedes, Alex, Elliot and Natalia) made our day all that much more special. Food was very good and our guests all particularly enjoyed the canapés. I would recommend Maidens Barn to anyone! We wish we could experience it all over again!
Claire S. Sent on 25/11/2023
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. Sent on 01/10/2023
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. Sent on 28/07/2023
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. Sent on 24/05/2023
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. Sent on 30/04/2023
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. Sent on 01/11/2022
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. Sent on 13/09/2022
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!!!!
Katie B. Sent on 26/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Best Day EVER!!!!

We truly had the best wedding day thanks to the team at Maidens Barn. Mercedes, Sam, Elliott were all with us on our big day and we are so grateful for the care they showed us. Literally hundreds of emails back and forth over the two years we spent planning our wedding. Nothing was too much trouble or too fine a detail for the team. Our planning meeting with Mercedes ran over as she was meticulous in getting all our details for the big day copied down to perfection and we just chatted and laughed so much with her. So grateful we found our special place and the team that work there.
Lauren M. Sent on 04/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect venue!

Our wedding at Maidens Barn was the most perfect day!
From the beginning they were so helpful with answering any questions we had.
On the day the venue was amazing, everyone was so helpful and the service was great.
The food was incredible, our guests were so impressed!
We couldn’t have asked for any better and are so thankful to them.
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