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On Hitched.co.uk since 2021

Last update: January 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
Helipad
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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99% Recommended by couples

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100 reviews
Jodie
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
Jack
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 :)
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
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.
Vanessa
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 🥰
David
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.
Lauren
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.
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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.
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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.

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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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Matthew G. Sent on 12/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding 04.06.22

We had our wedding at the beautiful Stoke By Nayland Resort on 4th June 2022. We originally booked the venue during the COVID uncertainty in early 2021. Stoke By Nayland were the only venue who gave us a virtual tour during that time and gave quick responses to all our questions.

In the time from booking the venue to the big day, Jess, Simone and the wedding team were always available to update us and available to meet in person to discuss and co-ordinate our day.

On the day itself, things couldn't have gone any better! Massive thank you in particular to Jess and the staff, who went above and beyond to make us feel like VIPs on our special day.

We couldn't recommend Stoke By Nayland Resort highly enough!
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Charlotte A. Sent on 16/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Outstanding venue!

We got married here on the 3rd June 22! The whole planning process with these guys was smooth and amazing!
I couldn’t recommend the venue and Melanie enough, she make me the most relaxed bride! Thank you so much too all the staff especially Melanie for making our day what it was 🥰
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Hannah Sent on 13/03/2022
5 out of 5 rating

I could not fault the venue!

We recently got married at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, and I could not fault the staff or venue! Melanie my coordinator unfortunately got covid the week of the wedding but Rachel took over and she was amazing! We had so many compliments on how the venue looked, food and drink and staff. We will be regular visitors to the hotel now
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Zoe B. Sent on 28/08/2021
5 out of 5 rating

A perfect day

I highly recommend this venue for your wedding. Simone and Melanie, our wedding planners, were friendly and approachable and made sure that everything was just right for our day. The team on the day were brilliant and a number of our guests said how well looked after they felt. The venue is in a beautiful location with lovely views and a private terrace that we could use which was just perfect in the sunshine.
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Chloe B. Sent on 05/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing hotel, staff and experience

We had one of the best days of our lives (we have two children so we honestly can't say the best) but we couldn't have asked for any better. Simone was our wedding planner and coordinator, we were a delayed due to covid wedding and also Simone's last wedding before her maternity leave but nothing was too much for her. From the moment we put our deposit down to the moment she said bye on the night it was seamless. The food was amazing, we had so many compliments, the hotel was gorgeous and as we're slowly getting the photos back we have the most stunning views!!
Thank you so much for all that you did!!
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