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On since 2021

Last update: May 2024

Our Story

Located in the historical town of Kelvedon which was developed through the Saxon period, the Old Essex Barn is rich in history, dating back to 1464. Exploitation and settlement of East Anglia are generally thought to have increased in the early medieval period (post c 400 AD) and to have continued and intensified over the subsequent centuries such that in the early post-medieval period (16th and 17th centuries) the area was generating significant wealth for its landowners based on sheep and wool, the cloth industry and agriculture. This might provide a context for the construction of the Crabb’s Farm in the mid-15th century and the attached agricultural barn due to economic expansion, and its associated appendages of the later centuries. In the 18th century, Crabb’s Farm was known as Scrapes Farm. Over the years, the Farm has undergone careful restoration to preserve its authentic charm, making it a cherished landmark in the region. Today, the Barn stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of the past, welcoming guests to create new memories within its storied walls.

Facilities and Capacity

Nestled amidst the picturesque countryside of Essex, the Old Essex Barn offers a picturesque and versatile setting for weddings, boasting both indoor and outdoor spaces to accommodate your dream celebration. The centrepiece of our venue is the beautifully restored barn, exuding rustic charm and elegance. With its exposed wooden beams, vaulted ceilings, and ambient lighting, the barn provides a captivating backdrop for your ceremony, reception, or both.

Main Barn: With a capacity to accommodate up to 60 guests for an indoor seated wedding breakfast or 150 guests for a cocktail-style reception, the main barn provides a spacious yet intimate setting for your wedding festivities.

Outdoor Gardens: Exchange your vows amidst the beauty of nature in our meticulously landscaped outdoor gardens. Our charming gazebo provides a serene and intimate setting for exchanging vows, with lush gardens and scenic views serving as the backdrop. Whether you prefer a romantic garden ceremony or an alfresco celebration under the stars, our outdoor spaces can be tailored to suit your vision.

Courtyard: We are delighted to offer a stunning courtyard space that serves as the perfect setting for an unforgettable outdoor wedding dinner and reception. With the capacity to accommodate up to 120 guests for a seated wedding breakfast or 200 guests for a cocktail-style reception, our versatile courtyard space can be customized to suit your preferences and accommodate your guest list.

Bridal Dressing Room and Groom's Lounge: Prepare for your big day in style in our dedicated bridal dressing room and groom's lounge. The spacious and elegantly appointed bridal dressing room provides a tranquil space for you and your bridal party to relax and get ready, while the groom's lounge offers a comfortable retreat for the groom and his entourage.


Discover the perfect blend of rustic charm and modern comfort at the Old Essex Barn. Our accommodation options provide a serene retreat amidst the picturesque countryside, offering ample space for wedding guests to stay and unwind.

  • Shepherd’s Huts - Embrace the tranquillity of rural life in one of our seven cosy shepherd's huts. Each hut is thoughtfully designed and equipped with modern amenities, ensuring a comfortable stay for guests.

  • Farmhouse Bedrooms - Retreat to of our five inviting bedrooms located in the historic Farmhouse. Enjoy the warmth and character of this traditional setting, with modern conveniences at your fingertips. The Farmhouse also features a luxurious Bridal Suite, perfect for newlyweds or special occasions.

  • Lodge Rooms - Unwind in one of our three comfortable lodge rooms, offering a peaceful sanctuary amidst nature. Relax and recharge in these well-appointed accommodations, featuring everything you need for a restful stay.


Experience culinary excellence with in-house catering at the Old Essex Barn, where every bite is a celebration of flavour and sophistication. Our dedicated team of chef’s crafts exquisite menus using the finest locally-sourced ingredients, ensuring a culinary experience that delights the senses and exceeds expectations.


Whether you're joining us for a leisurely lunch, a romantic dinner, or a special celebration, our attentive staff is dedicated to providing exceptional service, ensuring that every visit is an unforgettable one. Join us at the Old Essex Barn restaurant to celebrate your engagement or sample your wedding breakfast menu, or simply enjoy a Sunday Roast.

Additional Amenities

  • Ample parking facilities for guests' convenience.
  • Accessible amenities to ensure all guests feel welcome and comfortable.
  • On-site event coordinators to assist with every detail of your wedding planning process.

At the Old Essex Barn, we are dedicated to ensuring that your wedding day is nothing short of extraordinary. With our versatile facilities and attentive service, we'll help you create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Outdoor license

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Dance floor
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:


Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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Patricija G. Sent on 04/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Sunday Roast

It was delightful and atrocious, food was amazing and well cooked. The professionalism is very smart and service is good 👍 I hope this barn gets extremely popular overtime it deserves it.
Paul B. Sent on 02/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Venue was fantastic.

Old Essex Barn and both of their coordinators were fantastic. Only let down was with catering company who really slipped in effort, presentation and organisation in the evening after being spot on all day
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