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Smeetham Hall Barn

Sudbury (Suffolk-Essex Border), Essex View map Visit website
Rating 5.0 out of 5
351 reviews
Menus from £42
20 to 250 Guests

About

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 DJ services are just a few of the attractive features included in their packages along with a videograher. 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.

Do check our website for any special offers and Late Availabilitly dates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Venue Type:

Exclusive Use
In the Country
Historic
Civil Ceremony Licence
Church
Barn
Outdoor License

Dining Options:

Seated Meal Facilities
Corkage Option
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:

Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Helipad
Confetti Permitted
Changing Room for Guests
Pets Welcome

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    George A. Married on 16/04/2022
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    The most fabulous wedding venue!

    My partner and I got married at Smeetham Hall Barn in April 2022. Bridget, Sophie and the team were nothing short of wonderful, they are clearly highly experienced in hosting weddings and were perfect, striking just the right balance between good, efficient organisation and facilitating a fun, spontaneous, joy-filled day. The venue itself is brilliant, the marquee offers good space in the event of bad weather and the grounds likewise for good weather. We'd highly recommend both the Barn and Bridget - thank you so much!

    Smeetham Hall Barn's reply:

    George! Huge thanks for leaving such a glowing review. We absolutely loved having you at Smeetham and wish you both every future happiness together. Bridget
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    Marilyn M. Married on 19/03/2022
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    A Beautiful venue and wonderful day

    Beautiful venue and wonderful day. My son and his partner got married at Smeetham Hall in March 2022, two years after their original date had to be cancelled at the very last minute because of the first Covid lockdown. The staff at Smeetham had been brilliant in helping them get through to the eventual date this year.
    The venue is in such a beautiful setting by the lake. The barn is a really lovely old building and because of its character it does not need huge amounts of decoration to enhance its beauty as a backdrop for a wedding. The way the barn is configured, with the marquee adjacent is ideal for both the wedding service and the wedding breakfast after. There are a good number of nice locations for photos.

    The whole place was spotlessly clean and in addition to the usual toilets, there is a room set aside for the bridal party to use and a separate toilet for the bride’s use.
    The catering company included in the price package were excellent. A good choice of menus and plenty of food. My son and his wife chose a duck starter which was delicious, followed by roast beef and a trio of desserts. The big eaters amongst the wedding party asked the servers for more roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings which were duly supplied. We had so many compliments afterwards about the wedding and several people mentioned that the wedding breakfast was the best they had experienced.

    Included in The bridal package was a videographer. He was brilliant and we cannot thank him enough for the beautiful video that he produced. He also took some lovely still shots from the video which we will print ourselves. A good friend was in charge of taking some more general photos and the videographer gave him tips and tricks to get some additional good photographs. He was never made to feel in the way. If you have the bridal package we would thoroughly recommend using this gentleman and his videography services.

    We also hired the disco that is recommended in the package. He was very good and played a wide range of music that got people up on the dancefloor having fun.

    We all had such a wonderful day and are so grateful for the staff at Smeetham Hall for making it so special after having waited two years. The day went by so quickly but the memories will last a lifetime






    Smeetham Hall Barn's reply:

    Dear Marilyn,
    What a fantastic review. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this. We appreciate it so much. We do work hard to ensure everything runs smoothly! With best wishes, Bridget
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    Jack H. Married on 11/11/2021
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    Smeetham hall

    Literally couldn't do enough for us helped make our day truly run smoothly and to plan. All the staff and management were exceptional. Thank you all so much really is a gem of a place.
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    Sarah K. Married on 23/10/2021
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    Incredible service and venue

    We had a weekend package at Smeetham and it was incredible value for money and such a beautiful venue! Bridget and Sophie were brilliant, so helpful with everything and just lovely, they helped make our day perfect! Couldn't recommend them more!
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    Cassie P. Married on 27/08/2021
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    The most beautiful wedding venue ever!


    To Bridget, Sophie and your incredible team at Smeetham Hall Barn.

    What can I say, Smeetham Hall Barn the most beautiful wedding venue ever! It simple is stunning and you all made it so perfect for us. So professional and friendly all the time you instantly made me and Stuart feel so welcome from the very first time we met.. back on 2018!

    During a very tough year for you all in the wedding industry not at any point did you make me and Stu feel concerned about our wedding day, you were so accommodating with the date changes and did everything everything could to make our day special, and it truly was.

    You made the day flow without us even knowing you were there yet also right there if we needed you. I Will never forget Sophie's welcoming voice and smiley face when I arrived at the barn with my dad she helped calm my nerves for sure!

    The day was perfect, fun and full of love and we cannot wait to come back for the reunion!

    Cassie & Stuart Poulter 😁
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    Tracey G. Married on 09/08/2021
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    Excellence!

    What an amazing venue! Our Daughter and Son in Law married here on the 09/08/21.
    From viewing to organising the day, Bridget, Sophie, Splinters and all of the team were amazing.
    The day was cancelled twice due to covid and there was never any problems with reorganising a date. Everyone was absolutely wonderful!
    Cannot fault this venue, we would highly recommend it! So many positive comments from all of the guests too!
    Thank you so much for everything!
    Sending lots of love,
    Tracey and Roger Green

    Smeetham Hall Barn's reply:

    Thank you so, so much! It has all been such a pleasure and we are thrilled to bits that you are happy!
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    Ben H. Married on 27/02/2021
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    Amazing day!!

    From the moment we came to look around Smeetham Hall we fell in love with the venue!
    From day one back in 2019!!! Bridget and Sophie were so welcoming and enthusiastic about our special day!
    When covid hit, we held on changing to 30 guests then to 15 with their help along the way until we hit yet another lockdown 2 months before our original date. During that heartbreaking time, the team here were so supportive and willing to help in any way possible.
    Fast forward to the 18/02/2022
    Storm Eunice hit!!! Panic went straight though us not knowing what was going to happen, still everyone kept us calm and helped us set up. Little did I know, we lost power on the day of our wedding 19/02/2022, the WHOLE wedding was ran on their generator and my goodness we are sooooo pleased they had one!! I know so much effort went into the venue on the morning of the wedding including cutting trees!!

    We had the most fantastic day it really was the vision we hoped for! And we truely cannot Thankyou all enough for your support,guidance and hard work!

    Mr and Mrs Hart.

    Smeetham Hall Barn's reply:

    Thank you, thank you! We so appreciate you taking the time to write such a fantastic review! We are just so glad your big day went according to plan - despite the elements!!
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    Jenny U. Getting married on 05/11/2022
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    The most amazing venue

    I don’t even know where to start with Smeetham Hall Barn- from start to finish they have been incredible.
    We decide to bring our wedding day forward from November to February and they were so helpful and accommodating.
    As soon as we stepped into the barn we knew it was the venue for us! Bridget and Sophie were so friendly and helpful with all of our questions and made our special day so stress-free.
    Thank you for making our day so perfect! Xx
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    Nicola Married on 14/05/2022
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    Simply superb

    The moment we viewed Smeetham hall barn we knew the venue was for our wedding. We were looking for a venue where all of guests could be together for entirety of the day, unlike other venues where the dancefloor, bar and dining can be separate. Smeetham Hall Barn ticked this box for us. The 12 month long process of ensuring everything was in order and just as we wanted was taken care of by the team at Smeetham Hall, Sophie and Bridget were absolute stars and nothing was too much trouble. They are lovely people, the venue was spot on for all our needs. We had 103 guests and the space available was perfect, there was enough space between tables without being cramped.
    Chris the videographer came with our package and we were blown away with his service and knowledge. He gave us a breakdown of the plan of the day which massively helped us to get ourselves organised.
    Photos shared are by photographer Lucy J Toms, who was an awesome find !
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    Charlotte Married on 22/04/2022
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    Gorgeous setting for a wedding

    Beautiful grounds & setting for a wedding, Bridget looked after us from the beginning to the very end as if we were family.

    Smeetham Hall Barn's reply:

    Charlotte, thank you! We are glad you felt at home and the most wonderful day. Wishing you every happiness together.
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    Charlotte M. Married on 19/04/2022
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    Amazing wedding venue! Highly recommended

    Absolutely stunning venue, wedding package is fantastic value for money and staff couldn't do enough for us!

    We had the BEST time on our wedding day. Bridget and Sophie were so helpful making sure everything went to plan. Helping to co-ordinate everything in the lead up to the wedding and on the day.

    Anyone looking to get married I would 100% recommend coming to view this venue. It is stunning! We were lucky with the weather but provisions were in place in case we got rain on the day. Again if you are newly engaged come and see this venue it is amazing.

    Smeetham Hall Barn's reply:

    Charlotte - thank you! We appreciate taking the time to write a review. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness. Bridget
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    Billie A. Married on 09/04/2022
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    Our day was a perfect dream

    Professional, caring, and puts all of their heart and soul into our day. We were stress free and Smeetham took care of everything. Special thanks to Bridget, Sophie, Lizzie, Chris and Ryan who managed our day without a hitch.

    Thank you

    Smeetham Hall Barn's reply:

    Dear Billie and Blaine,
    I cannot believe you have so kindly left a review so quickly. Huge thanks and we just loved having you here at Smeetham.
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    Laura H. Married on 19/02/2022
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    So helpful and understanding in unpredictable times

    Thankyou to Bridget and Sophie who have been so helpful throughout a very stressful time trying to plan a wedding in a pandemic... who would have thought that would be a thing! They have been always there at the end of the phone to discuss our options and helped us plan for all sorts of different situations and tier changes! Although we have now had to postpone to feb 2022, the process was so easy and they helped us pick the new date that was pretty close to our original!

    We can’t wait to FINALLY get married in Feb 2022 at your beautiful wedding venue!
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    Emma M. Married on 29/01/2022
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    Our wonderful wedding was just perfect!

    What a wonderful day we truly had from start to finish everything went without a hitch!! Bridget , Sophie and Lizzie were so kind, reassuring and we’re there throughout our journey nothing was too much hassle they helped us with whatever was needed , we chose Wilton and flower the in house decorators who made everything so special and beautiful ! splinters catering was amazing too the food and service was out of this world and our DJ we had too as part of our package was brilliant! We highly recommend Smeetham hall barn for anyone wanting their day to be magical Thankyou so very much from the bottom of our hearts ♥️ mr and Mrs Mansfield 🤗

    Smeetham Hall Barn's reply:

    Dear Mr & Mrs M!!
    Thank you for such a lovely review. We do so appreciate you taking the time to do this. We loved having you here!
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    Aj080122 Married on 08/01/2022
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    Truly amazing!

    Sophie and Bridget are the most amazing ladies whom helped us plan our magical day. They have been truly supportive through out our whole planning experience, we had to of course postpone our wedding due to the pandemic. As much as it was sad we had to postpone Sophie and Bridget were there's every step of the way and kept us feeling so relaxed and at ease. We cannot thank them both enough and 100% recommend Smeetham Hall Barn to anyone that wants a barn wedding!

    Smeetham Hall Barn's reply:

    Amy! Thank you, thank you. We so appreciate your review and are just thrilled you had the best day!

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Deals

Smeetham Hall Barn 1
Gift

£7,799 (a saving of £1500) incl. VAT to include:

80 guests daytime - 3 course sit-down wedding breakfast and catering for 100 guests in the evening;

Videographer and DJ

Staff, linen, cutlery, crockery, glassware, table plan easel and personal wedding coordinator throughout your booking

Smeetham Hall Barn 2
Offer

£5,799 (incl. VAT) to include:

Catering for 60 day guests and a total of 100 guests in the evening
DJ - you choose your playlist
All cutlery, crockery, glassware, linen and staff
Personal Wedding Coordinator throughout your booking
Choose to supply your own alcohol/soft drinks with a corkage charge or buy your drink through us. The caterers will serve all these for you.

Smeetham Hall Barn 3
Gift

Fridays, 21st October, 11th November, Saturday,17th December and Thursday 29th/Friday 30th December - £8,799 incl. VAT to include:
Catering for 80 day guests and a total of 100 guests in the evening
Videographer - 90 minute full HD production
DJ - you choose your playlist
All cutlery, crockery, glassware, linen and staff
Personal Wedding Coordinator throughout your booking
No corkage charge - please feel free to supply your own alcohol and soft drinks for the daytime - our bar opens after the wedding breakfast

Events

29 Jun
Open Door

Come and enjoy a glass of fizz and take a wander around our beautiful barn and grounds. Chat to some of our favourite suppliers, too!

We look forward to seeing you.

Date: From 29/06/2022 to 29/06/2022 Schedule 17:30 - 20:00
Place: Smeetham Hall Barn, Bulmer, Sudbury CO10 7EU, Sudbury, Suffolk

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