Smeetham Hall Barn

(316 reviews) 316 4.99
Smeetham Hall Bulmer Sudbury, Suffolk/Essex border Essex CO10 7EU
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About Smeetham Hall Barn

Smeetham Hall, Bulmer, Sudbury, Suffolk/Essex border
Essex, CO10 7EU

Located in the picturesque Belchamp countryside, Smeetham Hall Barn dates back to the 16th century and has been transformed into one of the top wedding venues in Essex. Set against a stunning rural backdrop and within breathtaking gardens, complete with a willow bordered lake, this venue is sure to provide beautiful wedding photographs for you to treasure forever.  

The Barn is fully licensed for civil ceremonies and it offers the perfect, country setting for making your vows followed by your wedding breakfast and evening celebrations. We offer either a package at amazing prices or, if you would like a little more flexibility with your menu, you may choose the ‘venue-only’ hire.  You can then choose one caterer from our list of six.

We are also very happy for you to provide your own alcohol and soft drinks for the day. The caterers will serve these for you and there is NO corkage charge, allowing you total freedom to choose your favourite tipples without the worry of extra costs!

The Barn, for a Saturday wedding, is available to you from 9am on the Friday until midday on the Sunday.

The Barn has a large dancefloor with the bar close by!  

Smeetham Hall Barn is a wonderful wedding venue for all seasons (the Barn and the marquee are heated to an ambient temperature) and can accommodate small, intimate weddings or more extravagant celebrations of up to 150 guests for the wedding breakfast.   

While the venue boasts a truly stunning countryside location, there are excellent transport links making it easy to travel to and from London, Hertfordshire, Suffolk and Kent.

We understand how important your wedding day is and we are committed to doing everything we can to give you the day of your dreams.

• Beautifully restored 16th Century barn and marquee • No corkage charge • Ideal for summer and winter weddings • Licensed for civil ceremonies • Picturesque countryside setting • Flexible catering options

Facilities at Smeetham Hall Barn

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Barn
Historic
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Marquee Available
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
150 to 250 guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Changing Room for Guests
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Pets Welcome

Smeetham Hall Barn Reviews (316)

Perfect wedding day
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By Mr & Mrs Ainscough, on 14 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 02 Nov 2019

To Bridget, Sophie and Lizzie, Thank you so, so much for making our wedding day perfect in every way! Before, during and after the wedding you have been so supportive and helpful. Made my organising so much easier – so thank you! We loved every minute of our day, so many special memories and moments we will never forget. Bridget, you were just amazing, thank you for everything. Lots of love The New Mr & Mrs Ainscough haha xx

Perfect day
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By Mark and Lisa Edhouse, on 11 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 02 Nov 2019

Dear Bridget, Thanks again for all your patience in the planning phase leading up to our wedding and all your help on the day! We could not have asked for a more perfect day and venue to entertain our guests. Wishing you continued success.

The most perfect day
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By Mr & Mrs Ainscough, on 04 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 02 Nov 2019

Dear Bridget, Thank you so so much to you and all of your team for making our wedding the most perfect day! Having booked our wedding nearly 2 years ago, it’s been a long, slow process! But you have been so attentive and were always an email away if we had any questions or worries, no matter how silly we thought they were! I can’t rave enough how professional and helpful you and your team have been! We both enjoyed the many meetings, and the build up and loved every minute of the day! I also wanted to say a special thank you to Marie and staff at Splinters who was in charge on the night. She could not do enough for us and yet again made the day the best it could be. We also liaised with Sally and Cyla throughout the planning, and they were also absolutely fantastic! So I couldn’t recommend Splinters enough either, thank you! Absolutely stunning venue and grounds and the perfect place for a winter wedding! We will definitely miss our visits to Smeetham Hall Barn but will always have the beautiful memories! Kind Regards, Sian & Ben Ainscough 2nd November 2019

Megastar!
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By Mr & Mrs Wickham, on 28 Oct 2019Date of Wedding - 26 Oct 2019

Bridget, you absolute megastar! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being the Queen of organisation and helping to put together the best day ever ?? lots of love from the Wickhams xxx

Stunning venue
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By Mr & Mrs Robinson, on 30 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 21 Sep 2019

Dear Bridget, Our heartfelt thanks for letting us have your beautiful barn to celebrate our marriage on 21st September 2019. We had the most spectacular day and were so happy to have Smeetham Hall Barn as our beautiful setting. From the first day we met you back in November 2018, we knew we wanted to have our celebration there. You were informative, organised and made it all such fun! You were so very kind and helpful along the way answering our many questions with such help and patience. We had freedom to make our own choices but you were there to offer advice which was gratefully received. Smeetham Hall Barn really is a stunning setting - there is so much space inside and out and it was lovely to have exclusive use for the weekend with everyone free to roam about. So a big thank you from us both for everything - you helped make our wedding day so wonderful.

What a special day
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By Mr Ian Robertson, on 25 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 21 Sep 2019

Dear Bridget, I just had to write to thank you and all the staff for all they did on Saturday to make Sophie and Andrew’s day so special. From the first day we met you we were totally convinced that you would do a good job for us. It really was, as the song says--" such a perfect day"--in every way, from the intimate and colourful church service, the beautiful weather and the wonderful venue which is Smeetham Hall Barn. We are so grateful for all your advice and the professional way everything was handled and thank you for being so understanding about the " extra" piano. We cannot recommend Smeetham Hall enough and I am sure Sophie will be putting something on Facebook. Again, so many thanks for helping make the wedding one of our most unforgettable family days. All best wishes, Ian and Carol-Anne Robertson.

Loved every second
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By Mr & Mrs Lewis Hield, on 29 Oct 2019Date of Wedding - 07 Sep 2019

To Bridget, Sophie and Lizzie, Thank you all so much again for making our wedding day perfect. We wouldn’t have changed a thing and loved every second, including the wonderful planning process. The three of you were so patient, helpful and kind, always coming up with great ideas and solutions to help us have the amazing wedding we wanted. We’re really sad it’s all over and will miss our trips to the Barn. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. With love Grace and Lewis Hield (7th September 2019)

Amazing
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By Mr & Mrs Hield, on 08 Oct 2019Date of Wedding - 07 Sep 2019

Hi Bridget, Sophie, Lizzie and the rest of your fabulous team, Now the dust has settled and we've had our professional photos back, we just wanted to send you the biggest thank you for our perfect day. We can't fault how things went - from start to finish it was just wonderful and we didn't stop smiling all day long. Everything was perfect - the service, the decorations... everything! We wanted to say what a joy it's been working with you to plan our wedding day during the past 2 years. Your kindness, professionalism and helpfulness has been second to none throughout the whole process and we've felt nothing but supported and respected, regardless of any queries or difficulties. It was all just fabulous from start to finish and after hearing about some of the horror stories other unfortunate couples have had dealing with suppliers elsewhere, we count ourselves really fortunate. We're really going to miss our trips to the barn!

Wedding day of our dreams
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By Mr & Mrs Davidson, on 15 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 05 Sep 2019

A MASSIVE HELLO AND THANK YOU BRIDGET TO YOU AND YOUR AMAZING TEAM FOR CREATING THE WEDDING OF OUR DREAMS! We truly cannot thank you enough for the most AMAZING day of our lives!! Every tiny detail you allowed us to have was perfect! And every ounce of the run up to the big day itself was stress free and sensational because of you!! You are the most fantastic venue/wedding owner and we absolutely cannot speak more highly of you, your team and your venue!! We are forever grateful for letting us have our wedding at your stunning venue and we will treasure each tiny detail of that day forever!! All our love Anneka & Paul Davidson xxx A MASSIVE HELLO AND THANK YOU BRIDGET TO YOU AND YOUR AMAZING TEAM FOR CREATING THE WEDDING OF OUR DREAMS! We truly cannot thank you enough for the most AMAZING day of our lives!! Every tiny detail you allowed us to have was perfect! And every ounce of the run up to the big day itself was stress free and sensational because of you!! You are the most fantastic venue/wedding owner and we absolutely cannot speak more highly of you, your team and your venue!! We are forever grateful for letting us have our wedding at your stunning venue and we will treasure each tiny detail of that day forever!! All our love Anneka & Paul Davidson xxx

Thank you
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By Mr & Mrs Edhouse, on 10 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 02 Sep 2019

Dear Bridget, We'd just like to thank you again for helping to make our special day run so smoothly last week! Your help and flexibility during the planning phase was a huge part of ensuring our day ran to plan. It also made the day extra special by allowing us to have the ceremony on the lawn in front of the house and Mark and Adam ride the motorcycles in for the grand entrance of Groom and Best Man. So many guests have commented that it was the most beautiful backdrop for this part of the day. We couldn't be happier with how things ran on the day and are so grateful to you and your team, and for the amazing weather you ordered in for us! ?? Everyone has commented that the barn looked amazing and was the perfect setting for the wedding breakfast and evening entertainment. It really helped having some extra time on the Sunday available to make all the finishing touches to make it perfect and we really appreciate your flexibility in offering that to us. Cyla and the crew at Splinters really exceeded all of our expectations and we were also happy with Sean's DJ contribution in the evening which gelled well around the live music provided by Pharaoh and the Beats. We have absolutely no reservations about recommending Smeetham Hall Barn and the services of your vendors such as Splinters to anyone looking to host their wedding in your area. Smeetham Hall Barn truly was the perfect wedding venue for us! Best wishes, Lisa and Mark

Without a hitch!
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By Mr & Mrs Ramsey, on 01 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 30 Aug 2019

Hi Bridget Thanks for helping give us such a special evening on Friday and letting everything go without a hitch. First class service and support. Many thanks once again Stewart and Sharon x

Thank you for all you did
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By Ann Norton mother of the groom, on 24 Aug 2019Date of Wedding - 07 Aug 2019

Dear Bridget, I just wanted to write and say thank you for all you did to make Will and Becky's wedding such a memorable day. Your help and advice was much appreciated and the way everyone pulled together to make the day go without a hitch was amazing. Smeetham Hall is a beautiful venue but your help was invaluable and I am glad you enjoyed the decorations and the personal touches that Will and Becky added. You are a perfect host for the venue and clearly love what you do. A wonderful, memorable day filled with love, affection and fun. Thank you so much.

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