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On since 2022

Last update: March 2024

Situated on the Suffolk border in Great Yeldham, Essex, The Essex Barn at the White Hart is a truly enchanting wedding venue. Surrounded by England's spectacular countryside, this property offers a romantic backdrop for your special day. With a seamless blend of old and new, this traditional-style barn has benefitted from a loving and stylish renovation, creating a unique and inviting space.

Facilities and Capacity

An exclusive-use property, couples will have full and sole use of the barn and its gardens on their milestone day. The open mezzanine floor of The Essex Barn at the White Hart offers a romantic setting for your ceremony. It features neutral decor throughout that you can easily enhance to suit your own taste. The barn is licensed to host civil ceremonies, so you can conveniently celebrate every stage of your wedding here. The grounds surrounding the barn offer a picturesque backdrop for your wedding photos, from the charming gazebo to the manicured lawns. Couples can start their wedding day by preparing in the venue's get-ready room. A private bathroom in the barn is also reserved for their exclusive use. Overnight accommodation is available on-site, as the property is home to 12 bedrooms and a honeymoon suite for the newlyweds.

Services Offered

At The Essex Barn at the White Hart, we have two options avaliable for our couples. We can offer a Tradtional wedding day where couples can have a ceremony, their wedding breakfast followed by an evening reception! The wedding breakfast will be taken care of by the in-house 2 AA-rosette chefs. They pride themselves on using the freshest produce, that is locally sourced where available, for a vibrant taste that will impress every guest. Service staff, meanwhile, will be hard at work in the background to keep glasses topped up and everything running smoothly to give you a day to remember.

The second option avaliable at the venue is a Twilight Package. In this option, couples have the venue from late afternoon. We can offer a ceremony space for 5pm, followed by a drinks reception and then an evening buffet with an evening reception. This option is avaliable for couples who are wanting a less formal way to celebrate their day but still have the venue of their dreams.

If either of these packages are of interest please do not hesiate to contact us today to get you a viewing appointment booked!

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Pub or restaurant

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:


Other features:

Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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100% Recommended by couples
Maddy Sent on 19/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Dreamy, Relaxed Day for Two Brides

There wasn't a moment during our planning with the White Hart, or the day itself where we didn't feel cared for. Originally, we chose to view it as thank to its website we knew it welcomed LGBT couples. From our first meeting. we were made welcome and everything was done to make sure neither one of us were sacrificing just because there were two brides!
The barn was perfect and the suggested DJ is phenomenal and great at reading a room. Even though it rained, there was no impact on the day. The staff were flexible, attentive and (most importantly as two ex-service workers!) everyone seemed to really like being there. We had complex dietary requirements with some guests and these were addressed brilliantly, with these guests getting personalised menus. There were also perfect vegetarian and vegan options. The guests in question went out of their way to thank us for their lovely menu, and none of them were treated any differently.

The biggest thank you to Laura and Abby for planning and managing the day. You were fantastic. An extra shout out to Josephine, who was a delight the whole time we were there and was the friendliest face as I walked over to meet the registrars.
Egle Sent on 19/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent from start to end

Lovely place, just perfect with lovely Barn an pub on the side, accommodation on site was just superb. Laura and Abi made all planing so easy and helped us to have perfect day
Rebecca H. Sent on 29/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing from planning to finish ✨

Our wedding was brought together with the expertise of Abbi, Laura & the whole white Hart team. The day ran so smoothly and everything was on point like clockwork! They helped answering any questions we had and went the extra mile when needed. If we could we would get married here all over again-fab venue and value for money!
Helen E. Sent on 07/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The Best Venue

The Barn at the White Hart is amazing, a beautiful setting and welcoming environment. The process was easy and they were patient with me and my many questions. The meetings were eye opening for details we had never even thought about, but so worth it!

The wedding itself was more than we could have ever dreamed of, everything ran so smoothly! This meant that we could enjoy ourselves and not worry about anything, the team had everything we needed and were so accommodating.

Everyone commented on how much they enjoyed themselves and all were amazed by the food, it was as good as it always is.

We cannot thank everyone at the White Hart enough!
Elise Sent on 14/04/2015
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful venue

I could not recommend the White Hart more as a venue.
Laura and her team were professional and attentive throughout the entire wedding planning process, and will be as involved as you want or need them to be. Nothing is too much trouble for them.

The venue itself is beautiful, in a peaceful country setting, we loved it from our first visit. The mezzanine floor was something I'd never seen before at a venue, and I really felt it added something different and alternative to the venue, plus meant that if the weather took a turn for the worse, (which we were lucky to avoid on our day!) you or your guests won't get wet moving from ceremony to reception!

The bridal preparation suite is also beautiful and spacious enough for all you need in the morning, plus a view out over the front of the Inn where you can see your guests arriving!

Our guests have all commented on how lovely the venue is, as well as the gorgeous accommodation and amazing food. We are looking forward to returning for dinner or even to stay in one of the beautiful rooms.

We highly recommend the White Hart, the service is second to none, and the Wedding package prices are really competitive, we didn't have a huge budget but still managed to afford all we needed and wanted.
Tara Sent on 09/05/2012
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you

I know this may be very much after the event but I don't think I ever really thanked you for making our wedding day so special! Although it was absolutley freezing, we had a fantastic day!

All of the staff on the day were brilliant and it all went so perfectly I'd do it all again tomorrow if we could!

Everyone that came loved the venue and seemed to have as good a day as we did..... I can't recommend you highly enough.

Thank you again for all your patience and help on the day and the months leading up to it.

Many Thanks
Alice Sent on 09/05/2012
5 out of 5 rating

Thank You

Laura, Hayley and the team,

Thank you so much for all your hard work and helping to make our day so special - it really was perfect.
Amanda Sent on 29/04/2012
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you

We just wanted to say thanks for everything you did to help organise our wedding day at The Essex Barn on 30th March 2012. We had a fantastic day and have had lots of really positive comments from friends and family who loved the venue and food as much as we did. Please also pass on on our thanks to your team.
Emily Sent on 29/04/2012
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you for everything

We just wanted to thank you for everything you did to help us with our wedding day. we had an amaxing day and I still can't believe how lucky we were with the weather!
Emma Sent on 29/04/2012
5 out of 5 rating

Thank You

Now all the madness and honeymoon is over, I thought I would email and say a big thank you for making our wedding day wonderful. The food was amazing and everyone was full! The barn was set up lovely and everyone commented on how beautiful it looked.

Thanks again.
Rob Sent on 29/04/2012
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you so much

To Laura and all at The Essex Barn,

Thank you so much for helping to makr our big day such a special one. We had such a wonderful time.
Aaron Sent on 29/04/2012
5 out of 5 rating

Just Wanted to Say

We just wanted to say thank you to you and the staff for making our wedding at The Essex Barn on 9th July 2011 so fantastic. We had a great day and everything ran smoothly.
Sarah Sent on 29/07/2011
5 out of 5 rating


We just wanted to send you an email before we head off on our honeymoon just to say the warmest of thanks to you and your team.
We had the most perfect day, it all was absolutely seamless and we enjoyed every minute of it. We can't believe that you even organised the weather to be dry and sunny all day too!
Everyone commented on how lovely the venue was and how the food and service were both superb. We can't thank you and your team enough for making our day so special and one we will remember for the rest of our lives.
We will definately come back and see you in the near future but for now thank you very much from us and our family and friends.
Zoe Sent on 29/07/2011
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you!

I just really wanted to write to thank you and the White Hart staff for making our wedding day just so perfect! We had so much fun, and everything went so smoothly. We weren't stressed at all, we knew you had everything under control!

We were amazingly lucky with the weather, and we had so many compliments about what a wonderful venue it was, and how nice the staff were.

So again, thank you all so much for making our day amazing!
Victoria Sent on 29/07/2011
5 out of 5 rating


Just wanted to say thanks very much for all your help, I thought all your staff were really brilliant in every way.
The venue is fantastic and I hope we can use it again one day for another function.
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