Smeetham Hall Barn

(323 reviews) 323 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
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 (323)

Thank you for all you did
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By Mr & Mrs Thomas, on 18 Feb 2020Date of Wedding - 15 Feb 2020

Hello all at Smeetham, Damien and I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for the most amazing day yesterday. It was everything we dreamed of and we are over the moon with how it all went - largely due to all your help! So many people commented on how beautiful the place was, how helpful and gracious the staff were, and you did everything possible to make our day so amazing. THANK YOU! We will send you some snaps soon! Best wishes, Catherine and Damien Thomas 15.2.20

Best day of my life
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By Mr & Mrs Mepham, on 13 Jan 2020Date of Wedding - 11 Jan 2020

An amazing venue, an incredibly supportive team and honest to god the best day of my life. If you are looking for a beautiful, versatile space to celebrate your wedding day then look no further. I love looking at all the couples styling choices that have got married here as it really can look so different and personal and that’s why I fell in love with it so much. Thank you so, so much for everything. Truly was the perfect day.

Huge thank you
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By Mr & Mrs Pickerin, on 10 Feb 2020Date of Wedding - 30 Dec 2019

Dear Bridget Just writing to say a huge thank you to you and your team for making our Wedding Day so special. We had such a fabulous time. All of our guests loved the venue as much as we did. All of your suppliers were great to deal with and made the whole experience so stress free. This is of course a reflection on you and confirmed our confidence in you formed at our first meeting about a year ago! Sending our best wishes Gerry & Trevor

Absolutely perfect
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By Mrs Andy Snowling, on 26 Dec 2019Date of Wedding - 21 Dec 2019

Thank you so much for making our wedding day so absolutely perfect. You were totally amazing! We will cherish the day and memories forever. I could not have asked for anything more and you will hold a special place in my heart forever (sorry getting emotional again!). You are all amazing at what you do!

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By Mr & Mrs Mixture, on 09 Jan 2020Date of Wedding - 30 Nov 2019

Dear Bridget and the Team, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for everything. Our wedding day was simply PERFECT. Love Lauren and Sam

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By Lauren and Riki Baker, on 25 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 23 Nov 2019

Words cannot do Bridget and this amazing venue enough justice! From first meeting Bridget the service we received was personal and welcoming and we felt special. The whole team are just amazing and the Barn speaks for itself in all it's glory. We have had the most romantic, enjoyable experience. Thank you so very much :) Highly recommended!

Bridget , Owner at Smeetham Hall Barn responded to this review on 26/11/2019 11:45:48

Dear Lauren and Riki, Thank you for your lovely review. It was such a great pleasure to get to know you both and to host your wedding at Smeetham. Wishing you all the happiness in your married life together. Best wishes, Bridget.

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

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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

Perfect wedding day
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By Mr & Mrs Moore, on 13 Jan 2020Date of Wedding - 19 Oct 2019

What can we say…everything was absolutely perfect! Smeetham Hall was the first venue we looked at after getting engaged, and we didn’t need to see many others to realise this was absolutely where we wanted to have our day. Bridget, Lizzie and Sophie are fantastic – they had all the time and patience in the world for us, and we knew everything was in hand every step of the way. They could not have been more accommodating and the everything on the day ran flawlessly. Our guests loved the venue as much as us, we had so many lovely comments on how amazing the day was. Thank you so much to all for making our day so special. Tony & Nyree xx

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.

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