Smeetham Hall Barn

(283 reviews) 283 4.99
Smeetham Hall Bulmer Sudbury, Suffolk/Essex border Essex CO10 7EU
Christmas Wedding 0
Lake 1
Smeetham Walk 2
Table setting 3
Inside marquee 4
Smeetham Hall Barn 5

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About Smeetham Hall Barn

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

Smeetham Hall Barn is traditionally 16th century and has been transformed into one of the top wedding venues in Essex. 

Located in the Belchamp picturesque countryside, Smeetham Hall Barn is surrounded by stunning grounds. The gardens, complete with a willow bordered lake, provide an ideal backdrop for your wedding photography.

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 then choose one caterer from our list of six.

We are also very happy for you to provide your own alcohol/soft drinks for the day.  The caterers will serve these for you.  There is NO corkage charge.

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.   

Whilst 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
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 Location

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

Smeetham Hall Bulmer Sudbury, Suffolk/Essex border Essex CO10 7EU
01787 374544
283 4.99

Smeetham Hall Barn Reviews (283)

Thank you!
Venue Service

By Mr & Mrs Issitt, on 13 May 2018Date of Wedding - 05 May 2018

We had our wedding here on 5th May 2018 and the sun was shining on this beautiful venue! When we first looked round, there was no doubt in our minds that this was the place we wanted to book! Bridget is so friendly and helpful she made the whole process so easy for us. It didn’t matter what questions we asked she always had an answer and was so quick to respond no matter what time of day it was! I would have no hesitations about recommending this venue, it is a wonderful and magical place and we enjoyed every minute of our day. So many of our guests commented on the barn and the grounds saying how beautiful it is. It is maintained to the highest of standards! Katie and Kieran x

Thank you so much
Venue Service

By Mr & Mrs Dan Turner, on 23 Mar 2018Date of Wedding - 17 Mar 2018

Bridget, We just wanted to drop you a note (from sunny Costa Rica!) to say thank you again for all your help in making our wedding day so fantastic. When we saw the venue for the first time, all those months ago, we knew it was exactly what we looking for. On the day, the layout and amenities provided by the venue were absolutely fantastic. It was also extremely reassuring to have you around throughout the weekend to make sure we were OK and answer any last minute questions we had (and for some emergency safety pins!). Throughout the weekend, we always felt everything was in hand and managed and we were free to kick back and enjoy the day. Even when a bit of snow struck and some of our guests driving ability was perhaps lacking, we really appreciated you and your husband being there to help guide them out. We would not hesitate to recommend Smeetham Hall Barn in the future. Thank you again for making our day so special. Kind regards, Dan & Chloe xx

Huge thanks
Venue Service

By Mr & Mrs de Groot, on 12 Mar 2018Date of Wedding - 10 Mar 2018

Where do we start?!! Thank you so so much to lovely Bridget and her amazing team for giving us our dream wedding! Everything went without a hitch from beginning to end and Bridget’s enthusiasm and love for her job shines through, she is so attentive and nothing is too much trouble. The barn looked even more beautiful than We could have wished for and Smeetham Hall will always hold a special place in our hearts. We are on cloud nine! Thank you again so much! Love Mr and Mrs DG ? Xx

No words to express how grateful we are
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By Mr & Mrs Paul Atherton, on 04 Dec 2017Date of Wedding - 02 Dec 2017

Good morning! Bridget- I literally haven’t got the words to express how grateful we are to you for everything and how much we love you!! So many people told us it is the best wedding they’ve ever been to and that it was the most beautiful venue they’ve ever seen! You made the whole planning beforehand and on the day totally and utterly stress free and an absolute joy! Attached is one of the preview of pics from Jonny- if you want me to send you some more let me know! Feel free to use on your website too if you would like? Jonny said how amazing you are too! I will miss you haha!! Please do keep in touch and anything I can do to tell everyone to get married here I will do!! Where is the best place to do a review as need to give you five million stars!!!!! Thank you again for everything! We are on our way to Yorkshire! We are both totally ecstatic to be married and feel so so so lucky to have such amazing friends and family and to have had the most perfect day. Thank you loads of love x

Thank you so much
Venue Service

By Mr & Mrs Sartin, on 13 Dec 2017Date of Wedding - 17 Nov 2017

Dear Bridget, Thank you so much to you and everyone at Smeetham Hall Barn for helping us to organise such a fantastic wedding reception. So many of our guests have told us how fantastic the venue was and even commented it was the best wedding they have been to. We were so lucky with the weather and the photographs are stunning. Thank you again for helping make our wedding day perfect and providing such a beautiful romantic venue. Best wishes, Megan and Lloyd Sartin

Utterly Unprofessional
Venue Service

By Mrs D, on 19 Mar 2018Date of Wedding - 26 Oct 2017

Yes the venue is stunning, yes the option of providing your own drinks and décor sounds too good to refuse... yet I plead with any bride or groom to think very carefully before choosing this venue. The staff were, according to the very large majority of our guests, 'utterly unprofessional.' It was noted by many tables how poorly dressed the owners were, yet more poignantly how rude their behaviour was - barking at our guests for no apparent reason - this was in reference to one stroppy female in particular who did not attempt a smile the entire day and appeared to struggle with the stress of the occasion. The DIY notion results in you dismantling floral displays, carrying drinks, removing decorations, clearing the bridal room and loading presents out of the venue whilst your evening reception is in full swing, in order to be 'clear by midnight' - why more help cannot be offered by the staff I have no idea. To top off the catalogue of chaos, our best man found one of the owners gorging on our cheese board (hidden by the back of the bar) - that along with our cut cake, nobody saw and was not announced when open. I regret choosing this venue and feel desperately embarrassed on my behalf of my family and friends.

Bridget Hyde Parker, Owner at Smeetham Hall Barn responded to this review on 25/03/2018 12:20:39

Dear Kate and Andy, It is very distressing to see your review on this site especially as it sits amongst 281 5* testimonials. We work extremely hard to ensure each couple has the best day of their lives and it saddens us that you feel you did not. We do, of course, listen to any constructive feedback and this was addressed within our emails back in December about the positioning of the cheese table. With our best wishes to you both. Smeetham Hall Barn

Thank you
Venue Service

By Mr & Mrs Tom Dew, on 18 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 14 Oct 2017

Smeetham Hall Barn was the first and only venue we viewed when organising our wedding. From the moment we arrived we fell in love with the beautiful barn and its surroundings. On the day the venue provided a stunning backdrop for photos. While the beauty of the venue speaks for itself, it was not only this that made our wedding day so perfect - everyone at Smeetham Hall Barn works their hardest to make sure that everything runs smoothly on your special day, we could not fault a single thing. Bridget was so lovely and helpful every step of the way, from our first meeting where she provided us with advice and useful contacts, right up to the actual day, calming our nerves before the ceremony began. I cannot thank Bridget and everyone at Smeetham Hall Barn enough for giving my husband and I the most perfect wedding day.

With our gratitude
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By Mr & Mrs P. Horn, on 01 Feb 2018Date of Wedding - 07 Oct 2017

Dear Bridget, We hope you and your family are doing well. Thank you so much for hosting our wedding reception. You, Arabella and her team did an amazing job and we have lovely memories that will last our lifetimes. We are so pleased we picked you. With our gratitude, Phil and Sarah

Thank you for all you did
Venue Service

By Mr & Mrs David Horn, on 18 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 07 Oct 2017

Dear Mr & Mrs Hyde Parker, Thank you for all you did to enable Philip and Sarah to have a wonderful wedding day. We really enjoyed our time in the Barn which looked so pretty with all the fairy lights and beautifully set tables. I am sure Philip and Sarah will have lasting memories of all that went on during the day, as we have. I know Bridget spent time before the wedding going through arrangements and was there to welcome them on the day and Anthony helped with clearing up at the end of the day. There must be lots of things that went on un-noticed by us that you were involved with too - thank you! With many thanks and best wishes, Gwendolyn and David Horn

Amazing day
Venue Service

By Kyle and Louise, on 05 Dec 2017Date of Wedding - 27 Aug 2017

Dear Bridget, A million thank you’s are not enough for what you did for us in making our wedding day the best day ever. You were an absolute pleasure to work with. So helpful and supportive and so, so patient with all my questions. The day could not have gone any better. Smeetham Hall Barn is simply beautiful and made our wedding photos stunning. All our guests commented on how wonderful it was and how all the staff were so lovely. How lucky were we with the weather too? Like I have said before, we are so sad that we have no reason to visit on a regular basis but will be sure to visit for our anniversary in the future. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our day truly magical. All our love, Louise and Kyle

Thank you so much
Venue Service

By Mr & Mrs Appleton, on 03 Sep 2017Date of Wedding - 27 Aug 2017

Bridget, a thank you alone does not seem enough for what you did for us for our wonderful wedding day. From the first viewing at the beautiful Smeetham Hall Barn it was an instant decision. Smeetham was the first and only venue we went to see and we both knew it was the one. That was not only due to your beautiful barn and grounds, but you yourself. As you know Kyle quite well by now, he says it how it is and can be very particular about things, and the main reason Smeetham was an instant yes was that first meeting with you. You were so welcoming, relaxed, friendly and in general lovely, that you were a large reason we also booked beautiful Smeetham. The whole experience from start to finish was just so easy. You also gave such fantastic recommendations. Simon from EPS is just the perfect photographer to work with, he took on board everything we said and was just lovely to have with us so much on our special day. Femme carsEW were there spot on time and got us all home safe and sound. Our guests totally fell in love with the venue too, and we had so many compliments on how beautiful the barn and grounds were, how welcoming everyone at the barn was, and just how relaxed the whole day was. We honestly could not have asked for a more perfect experience for our wedding, and the day itself was just fantastic from start to finish. So thank you from the bottom of our hearts, it is quite sad that it is over and we will no longer get to see you. Many Thanks Louise & Kyle Appleton.

Thank you so so much
Venue Service

By Mr & Mrs Davidson, on 22 Aug 2017Date of Wedding - 21 Aug 2017

Dear Bridget, Greg and I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and all the Smeetham staff for all your help and support in the run up to the wedding and during the wedding day. We had the most perfect day and the venue looked so beautiful. All of our guests said how lovely the venue was and how friendly the staff were. We would definitely recommend Smeetham!! Best wishes, Alice and Greg.

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