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On since 2021

Last update: March 2024

Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa is an award-winning, family-owned wedding venue located in Colchester, Essex. Winner of Essex Wedding Awards Golf Course Wedding Venue of the Year 2023!

The Resort has been helping couples create beautiful, magical memories for over 50 years. It's surrounded by stunning English countryside scenery with lakes, streams, and woodlands, creating picture-perfect moments for your special day. Set within 300 acres of beautiful, rolling countryside, the hotel overlooks a private lake that forms the perfect backdrop to your special day.

Facilities and Capacity

Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa has the facilities to cater for every kind of celebration, from a grand gathering to an intimate festival-style bash. It offers a large and spectacular banqueting suite, an intimate function room at the country lodges, and seasonal luxurious giant Tipis set within the grounds and lakes. All event spaces enjoy natural daylight and private terraces, whilst the tipi offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside from a beautifully landscaped green. The hotel holds a wedding license, but couples can also make it official outdoors under a wooden pergola set within the stunning countryside. The four-star hotel has 80 contemporary bedrooms, as well as 10 luxurious countryside apartments, so your guests don't need to worry about travelling home.

Services Offered

With set wedding packages and bespoke offerings, the team at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa is versatile in their approach. They'll work with you to prepare the perfect package. They can assist and advise you on your choice of wedding breakfast, accompanying wines, and evening buffet. There are even additional extras such as giant light-up letters, a star-lit backdrop, a post-box, and a popcorn machine that you can hire. The hotel's event staff understands how time-consuming it can be to plan a wedding. For support, they have a dedicated wedding planning team to help you with every aspect of planning your big day. From your initial tour of the venue to the last goodbye, your wedding coordinators will take care of everything.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Asian wedding
Woodland and festival
Large hotel
Outdoor license
Tipis and yurts

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Private catering allowed
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

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

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Swimming pool
Health suite
Fitness centre

Other features:

Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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Reviews for Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa

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104 reviews
99% recommend it
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Cherese B. Sent on 31/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing from start to finish!

We couldn’t have asked for more. The venue and the team were perfect and honestly I am missing them already! I went to every open event as I loved it so much and I was never made to feel like I wasn’t want there or taking up their time.

Our day ran so smoothly and any questions we had leading up to the day were answers promptly, even when our wedding planner (Mel) was on holiday, she made us aware so we wouldn’t panic. Nothing was too much, the food was amazing and the views, photo perfect. Everyone commented on what an amazing venue it was and we had a few guest stay over in the hotel and commented on the good service they received! I would recommend this venue to anyone.
Bev M. Sent on 24/07/2024
4.8 out of 5 rating

Great support, beautiful surroundings

We booked here a year and a half before the big day, everything was explained clearly, there were times that we got confused but the wedding staff were always there to reassure and support.
Value for money was amazing and we didn't realise the amount of attention to detail this was brilliant.
They communicated with the external services we had hired to co ordinate everything smoothly.
The presence of the staff and service were also second to none, especially Victoria.
Jack W. Sent on 30/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Went above and beyond!

Our wedding coordinator, Melanie, was fantastic and very supportive and helpful throughout the whole experience! All the staff at SbN were fantastic, even helping us pack up our car the next day. Food is perfect, even allowing some custom alterations to make it just what you want. Beautiful venue and even on a rainy day, Melanie made accommodations to make sure we didn't get wet or muddy going onto the golf course for pictures. Everyone was superb with our nephew who has autism and tried to make him as comfortable as possible. When another vendor had brought the wrong supplies the morning of our wedding, Melanie stepped in to try to make it as smooth as possible and that our vision for our wedding was met. Overall an 11/10 experience and we cannot be more grateful to Melanie and all the staff at Stoke by Nayland Resort. Thank you :)
Jodie W. Sent on 23/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Stoke by Nayland Resort

Just wow! An amazing venue that we fell in love with. Every member of staff we interacted was lovely and couldn't do enough for us. Especially Melanie our wedding coordinator, took so much stress of my very anxious shoulders
Jo Willis
Jo Willis Sent on 01/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Winter wonderland wedding

Amazing day loved by us and all our guest
Rooms are a great size for getting ready in and some lovely areas for having your photos taken and a little ride on a golf buggie to get there
Sarah D. Sent on 27/06/2022
4.6 out of 5 rating

Great experience, culminating in our perfect day!

Very accommodating, from allowing us to choose off menu desserts and dealing with multiple allergies. On the day of the wedding our co-ordinator was on hand to ensure everything run smoothly. Beautiful venue and scenery, would definitely reccommend to others whom are considering their choice of venue.
Lauren C. Sent on 10/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Professional, amazing and helpful

After having our wedding postponed due to covid, the girls here made sure they went out their way to make sure me and my husand had the best possible day. They made us feel so speical and I would highly recommed.
David H. Sent on 04/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

excellent service

Myself and my new wife got married in April and all the staff were very helpful.
The wedding team and our wedding coordinator Melanie was lovely and very very organized and was fantastic on the day.
Vanessa R. Sent on 28/04/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing wedding venue 😍

After postponing 3 times due to covid, we finally had our dream day easter Sunday. I can not put into words how perfect our day was. The venue is perfect and our photos by the lakes are truly stunning driven there on a golf buggy. The day before overnight stay was relaxing using the spa facilities and great for guests to stay over the night of the wedding. Simone was absolutely brilliant helping us plan our day and after waiting 2 years we could not fault one thing. From the gorgoeus views, food, spa and stunning views. Thank you SBN 🥰
Abbie B. Sent on 02/07/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Best day of my life

The best day of our live happened at SBN Resort, the way they looked after us, from Mel our co-ordinator, to the bar and restaurant staff, to reception and maintenance. They made our day perfect, and I will never get over how special it was.
Chelsea C. Sent on 30/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Melanie Hockley

We got married at Stoke by Nayland hotel on 18th May this year and can honestly say was the BEST day of our lives!
The venue, staff and our wedding co ordinator Mel were absolutely incredible from start to finish. Could not of done more for us or make our day more special. They were reassuring, patient and went above and beyond throughout the whole process. Can’t thank or recommend them enough!
Good luck to all you happy couples ❤️
Jane A. Sent on 31/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Vow renewal ceremony

We worked with Melanie for our vow renewal. She was an absolute pleasure to work with, was extremely helpful and nothing we asked for/or about was too much for her. Our planning and day would not have been so successful without her at the helm.
The venue was fantastic, the rooms, the food & drinks were amazing. It all added to make it a very special day for both of us.
Richard R. Sent on 07/10/2023
3 out of 5 rating

Generally speaking the venue was lovely. However there were several good points and bad points which are detailed below.

Good points; the DJ ( called "My Big Fat Wedding" ) was good.
The venue with its vast grounds gave a good background.
The reception staff were very helpful.
The make-up service was of a high standard.
Bad points; slow response to our e-mails.
We had to regularly correct the Wedding Planner over details that we had pointed out in previous e-mails.
On the day, the service from the planner was adequate but she was not open to any ideas or suggestions given to her.
We had previously asked for a "open seating" sign to be available but this was ignored.
The gift "pillar box" had a broken lock which should have been repaired prior to the wedding.
The wedding cake bottom tier was not retained despite our request for this to happen.

Lucy Sent on 08/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Dan & Lucy wedding

We got married back in May with you and honestly we had the most amazing day even if we did have rain. Stoke by Nayland is literally located in the most beautiful place, even though your wedding takes place while you can still visit the resort, we felt so special with everyone complementing us on our special day it was actual really nice and we still felt very private. Melanie made our wedding planning/day so chilled out and special, there came a time we went through some stressful bits from family but she made sure there thoughts didn’t matter and that it was our special day and we could do and have what we wanted. Melanie is such a lovely lady she became a new friend and I was so sad to say bye and leave once our wedding day was over. I’d still very much love to go into working with her 😍 or in the wedding industry. x
Clare Sent on 15/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing wedding day 💍

We recently got married here on the 29th July this year. We had such an amazing day the venue is beautiful, everyone working there was so helpful from starting to plan our big day until the actual day itself. Melanie helped us organise everything we needed even with the last minute calls to change food choices add people on take them off etc nothing was ever to much trouble for her. She definitely made it a lot easier to relax knowing she was there on our day. I would highly recommend Stoke by nayland as a wedding choice and Melanie as a wedding coordinator. We had the most perfect day and already can’t wait to go back to celebrate our anniversary’s there in years to come. ❤️
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01 Sep
Open Door

Join them for their Tipi Wedding Showcase on Sunday 1st September from 11 am – 3 pm.

Discover everything you need to know about their tipis, take a tour of their tipi facilities, and meet their fabulous Wedding & Events Team. They look forward to seeing you there!

Please register your place through their online form.

Date: From 01/09/2024 to 01/09/2024 Schedule 11:00 - 15:00
Place: Keepers Lane, Colchester, Essex
29 Sep
Open Door

Join them for their Wedding Showcase on Sunday 29th September from 11 am – 2 pm.

Enjoy canapés and a glass of fizz on arrival, explore their award-winning venue, meet a selection of hand-picked suppliers and have a chat with their friendly team about your hopes and dreams for your big day.

They look forward to seeing you there!

Register your place through their online form.

Date: From 29/09/2024 to 29/09/2024 Schedule 11:00 - 14:00
Place: Keepers Lane, Colchester, Essex


Keepers Lane CO6 4PZ Colchester (Essex)
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