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.
328 Reviews for Smeetham Hall Barn
Recommended by 100% of couples
Kirsty Cullen · Married on 03/10/2020
Dreamy and welcoming venue
From the moment I stepped into the grounds of SHB I knew I wanted our wedding to be there. Having done my research on the packages beforehand, arriving at the barn just made the decision instantly for me. The drive up is beautiful and the grounds are wonderfully landscaped.Sent on 18/08/2020
The barn itself is such a great size for a medium to large wedding which is what I had planned for.
I managed to speak with Bridget the owner and she was so relaxed and comforting that I felt understood straightaway. We also chatted to the on-site caterers and told them how we imagined the meals and even though it was off menu they were so on board with our ideas.
Honestly working with all the suppliers at SHB was so easy. I also don't think you'll find a better value for money wedding package at any other Essex venue. Trust me I did my research!
James Morgan · Married on 03/10/2020
This is how customer service is done!
One of the ways you really find out how good a company/person is is when things don't go to plan. Unfortunately COVID made us postpone our wedding once and then finally resulted in it being cancelled (no fault of Smeetham Hall). Throughout this whole process Bridget was amazing, giving us all the support we could ask for and even up to and after the cancellation she was there to support us. At no point did we feel like anything was more of a priority other than us being happy with our day and getting what we deserved. It's such a shame that the wedding didn't go ahead, apart from the amazing venue that Smeetham Hall is, from the start of our journey last year to having to rearrange this year to finally having to cancel due to COVID the support has been excellent , i can only believe the rest of the reviews about peoples day when they say how amazing it was. If you want venue that is not only beautiful and offers all you need you need, but will also do right by you as a customer in times of crises, look no further. it really does tick all the boxes.Sent on 11/08/2020
Lucy & Dean · Married on 16/05/2020
My experience with this venue has been so positive, even though as a result of the current COVID crisis, we’ve had to postpone our wedding twice. (May 2020 > August 2020 > to February 2021) ??COVID has totally stuffed up our day, but from day one right through to now, Bridget and the team have been BLINDING.Sent on 10/06/2020
From day one of this whole fiasco - Bridget has been right there, remaining in contact, providing support, offering the best alternative, being empathetic and being very passionate about giving us the day we deserve.
We booked a package with Smeetham Hall, which is also another reason to go with this venue as Splinters (the in house type catering company) create such delicious meals and Cyla helps you with any question you may have.The package is great because in circumstances such as this a lot of the admin work is done by Bridget who will email all the suppliers (DJ, videographer) so you don’t have to do the leg work. ALSO THE VENUE HAS NO CORKAGE FEE??????????.
I am looking forward to our day in February 2021. Here’s to February and to the best day ever! Cheers! Lucy and Dean xxxxxxx