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On since 2021

Last update: January 2024

Nestled near the town of Sudbury on the Essex-Suffolk border, Smeetham Hall Barn is a privately owned, historic wedding venue with a modern twist. Set against a beautiful rural backdrop, this gem is perfect for couples who wish to exchange their vows in the heart of the Belchamp countryside. Its classic-meets-contemporary design and inviting atmosphere are bound to delight your friends and family. All that is required of you is to tell the staff about your fairytale wedding and they will endeavour to make it a reality.

Facilities and Capacity

Smeetham Hall Barn can comfortably accommodate up to 150 of your family and friends. Whether you wish to marry in summer or winter, Smeetham Hall Barn is able to host weddings all year round. The barn itself is replete with old-world architectural details, such as a high vaulted ceiling, exposed timber beams, and vintage chandeliers. It can set the scene for rehearsals, ceremonies, and receptions. A silk-lined marque adjoins the barn just in case the weather is not kind and the drink's reception needs to be held inside. To ensure comfort for all, it is equipped with heaters during the cooler months.

Services Offered

The Smeetham Hall Barn team is well-versed in hosting unique and unforgettable events. They will work diligently to make sure that every aspect of your big day runs like clockwork. Exclusive venue use, catering and NO CORKAGE are just a few of the attractive features included in their packages along with a videograher for 2024. Owing to its convenient location, the venue is close to several transport hubs that make it easy to travel to and from Suffolk, Kent, and London.

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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

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities
Outdoor fireworks permitted

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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99% Recommended by couples
Megan T. Sent on 13/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The wedding of our dreams came to life.

Smeetham Hall Barn was the first venue we looked at when we got engaged. We immediately fell in love with the surroundings and how welcoming Bridget and Sophie were. They were so helpful along the way and helping us choose the right suppliers. Our wedding was absolutely beautiful and everyone still talks about it days later.
Bethany P. Sent on 08/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Mrs Parkington

Smeetham Hall Barn and everybody there were fantastic. They answered all questions and got back to us extremely quickly regardless of time or day.
The barn itself is beautiful and was absolutely perfect for our winter wedding.
Could not recommend them enough. Made everything so seamless and stress free throughout the planning process and on the day itself.
Elizabeth C. Sent on 03/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect venue

Smeetham hall barn was the perfect venue for our wedding with Bridget and Sophie making everything run smooth and effortlessly. It really did make the process so enjoyable throughout having so much help, guidance and warmth towards us from everyone involved. The team were always happy to help towards our requests and changes were made without any hesitation. It was very professionally run throughout with Wilton & Flower and Splinters working alongside Smeetham Hall Barn really completing the day. We would highly recommend choosing Smeetham hall barn and can’t thank everyone enough for making our day so special
Samantha B. Sent on 18/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic Venue, Fantastic Suppliers!!

From the moment we first walked in to Smeetham Hall Barn and met the lovely Bridget and Sophie, my husband and I knew that this was the place that we wanted to get married! The venue itself is absolutely beautiful before even being dressed for the day. Bridget and Sophie were enthusiastic, responsive and supportive all the way through the process. They were well organised and ensured the day went smoothly for us. It was a wonderful day and all our friends and family were very impressed and complimentary. The recommended suppliers at Smeetham Hall - Wilton & Flower Accessories and Splinters Caterers - were also fantastic and I would highly recommend going with them too. If you get married at Smeetham Hall Barn, you will not be disappointed!
Charli C. Sent on 30/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A magical, beautiful venue.

It's hard to know where to begin when thanking Bridget and her team for their unfailing support with the FOUR weddings we planned at Smeetham Hall Barns. We fell in love with the venue the minute we visited 6 years ago. It had everything we were looking for: a picturesque backdrop, a beautifully adapted historical barn for our ceremony and most importantly, Bridget. From the word go, Bridget made us feel so at ease, and we had complete confidence in her to help us have an amazing wedding. We couldn't believe our ears when she told us there was no corkage charge! The venue itself had such a warm and welcoming feel, which suited us perfectly. When my Dad passed away in 2019, Bridget could not have been more compassionate and understanding. We will always be truly grateful for her kindness, and making things so much easier at such a difficult time - she really went above and beyond. Covid proved to be another stumbling block (or two) for us, but again Bridget was incredible and we would never have chosen another venue for our fourth and final wedding date! Bridget helped us plan everything down to the last detail and made us feel that no stone had been left unturned. Our wedding day was completely perfect - and this was largely down to Bridget and her amazing team, who we had total trust in to ensure that everything went like clockwork. We didn't have to worry about a thing, and we were able to enjoy every second because of their well-oiled machine. We spent such a long time building up to our big day, and Bridget was with us every step of the way. After 6 years, we honestly consider Bridget a friend and we will absolutely be keeping in touch in the future - having her there on the day was a pleasure. We would urge anyone considering Smeetham Hall Barn to go for a viewing, meet Bridget and fall in love like we did - you will not regret it.
Elise S. Sent on 30/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful experience

We had our wedding at smeetham hall barn and we could not havw asked for a better day. Bridget and the rest where welcoming from our first visit and the location is gorgeous.
Bridget ensured that everything went smoothly on the day and was just one call away for any questions leading up to the day.
Alice F. Sent on 16/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating


Our dream wedding in a truly magical place, full of amazing people.

Thank you ❤️
Shelbie-Jane B. Sent on 16/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wow! Wow! Wow!

Where do we even start…..
Myself and my now husband fell in love with this venue as soon as we drove down the lane! It was the only venue you we saw and to be honest the only one you need to see! We knew we wanted to be far from tradition and we wanted a rustic boho theme and we more than achieved it with this amazing barn!
Bridget, Sophie and the team are just the best! So helpful, friendly, accommodating and the communication is 👌🏼
From the moment we first visited until the last moments of our day we couldn’t fault anything we honestly had the best day, it was like a dream. All of our guests commented on what a spectacular venue it was.
So a massive massive thank you to Smeetham Hall Barn for allowing us to have the best wedding day we could have dreamed of!
The Shelliot’s (Mr & Mrs Dervish 03.08.23) 🧡
Montgomery C. Sent on 23/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Truly wonderful

Having our wedding reception and dinner at Smeetham Hall Barn was the best and most magical experience we could have ever hoped for on our Wedding Day. The staff are some of the loveliest we have ever come across and the food and aesthetic are quite simply the very best! Divine! We are both so proud to have had our special day there and we recommend the venue to absolutely everyone in the world! We are blessed and so are the rest who book at Smeetham!
So, get booking everyone if you want the best, most special Wedding Day ever!
- Montgomery & Christopher Everest
Hugo C. Sent on 15/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The venue comes alive

I can't put into words how wonderful our day was as the venue actually went beyond our expectations on the day and Sophie was exceptional in all she did for us.
When the day gets underway this venue comes alive and we couldn't have chosen a better place.
This was the first and only venue we looked at which says it all.
Thank you Sophie & Bridget xx
Victoria Sent on 05/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

I cannot thank them enough!

We had our tri-lingual celebration at Smeetham Hall Barn, an absolutely gorgeous 16th century barn, and we could not have picked a better venue! Only 5 minutes drive from Sudbury, it is in a great location with plenty of parking. The getting ready room really helped the morning feel relaxed and stress-free. It is such a beautiful place, both inside and outside with plenty of areas for beautiful photos.

The flexibility of venue-only hire, or choosing one of their packages was great, and we were provided with a long list of recommended suppliers to help make the planning process much easier.

Bridget and Sophie were amazing to work with throughout the whole process. They were always quick to reply to our emails, incredibly helpful with their advice, and very patient when it came to answering all our questions! They made us feel very welcome, and they genuinely cared about us and making our day special. They met and exceeded our expectations! I cannot thank them enough.

Photo credit: Douglas Wedding Photography
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Jo And A. Sent on 08/02/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Totally wonderful

We got married on the 28th January at relatively short notice at Smeetham Barn Hall. Right from the off Bridget and Sophie were extremely helpful, so friendly and always on hand with answers and advice about preparing for a perfect wedding day. Along with Splinters Catering, they provided the perfect day for us. Everything ran so smoothly, we didn’t have to even think about anything.
The mix of facilities they offer along with being able to provide some alcohol yourself (they amazingly charge no corkage which is very unusual) makes a perfect venue. We received so many compliments about how well the barn and marquee were presented twinkling with fairy lights and looking so cosy and welcoming. Although it was January the whole place is warm and welcoming.
The private room for the family to use with a sofa, mirror and table etc is another very welcome addition to store flat shoes or have a moment of quiet time if everything gets too much!
We used Wilton & Flower (who work very closely with Smeetham) to hire decoration accessories which took a further element of stress out of things as they set out everything and packed it all away again and we couldn’t have wished for better, it looked stunning and fitted in with the look of the barn perfectly.
The bar at local pub prices is another plus point. Overall an excellent choice for a wonderful memorable day!
Jenny Sent on 23/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating


I cannot fault the service at Smeetham and the level of autonomy they allow you to have at your wedding. The level of support they give is so much better. They rescued our wedding at 6 months out as our previous venue was horrific for hidden costs; what you see is what you get with Bridget, Sophie, Lizzie and the team.

The caterers were fantastic! So many happy guests. Thank you to Georgina and the team for being a fab support to us!
Katy Sent on 18/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect for a winter wedding!

Bridget and Sophie were amazing and made us feel so special throughout the planning process. The grounds and the barn and simply stunning and we had the most magical wedding there. Bridget and Sophie were also very prompt and responding to any queries we had and were also on hand throughout the day of our wedding to ensure everything ran smoothly. I would thoroughly recommend any couple to go and look at this venue - I bet it also looks great in summer too, but we LOVED the cosy, rustic wintery feel for our winter wedding!
Ian D. Sent on 01/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

29th Oct - Our perfect day!!

Well, where do we start with beautiful Smeetham Hall Barn…..From day 1 we were welcomed so warmly by Bridget and team. A real desire for us to come along and share our incredible day at the venue, rather than a pushy sell.
From the moment we booked, we were encouraged to contact and visit as often as we wanted. We struck a real bond immediately with all involved at Smeetham, simply due to their nature and desire to give us our perfect day - perfect it was! It is very hard to express how amazing our day was in only a few words and with so many amazing people involved, but……magical, warmly welcomed, stunningly prepared venue, incredibly attentive and lovely staff and PERFECT - felt by us and said by many.

We could not recommend Smeetham and staff more highly and although our day has passed, Bridget and team will always remain part of the extended family.
Thank you all for giving us, our family and friends the most perfect and unforgettable day. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Ian & Sarah - 29th Oct 2022
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