The Old Rectory

(85 reviews) 85 5
Lower Dunton Road Dunton Wayletts Brentwood Essex CM13 3SW
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About The Old Rectory

Lower Dunton Road, Dunton Wayletts, Brentwood
Essex, CM13 3SW

Built around 1837 and set within four acres of rolling Essex countryside, The Old Rectory is a truly idyllic choice for your special day. This wedding venue prides itself on its warm, welcoming and homely feel, allowing couples and guests to relax and enjoy every aspect of their day. 

Licensed for civil ceremonies and available for exclusive use, you can hold your ceremony outside against the backdrop of the stunning views or within the characterful interior. The experienced team at The Old Rectory will guide you through every detail of your day, ensuring it is just as you’ve always dreamed. 

Following on from your romantic ceremony, you can make the most of the sun-drenched patio and host your reception drinks outside. This is also the ideal opportunity for you to make the most of the beautiful surroundings and capture those all-important wedding photographs. 

Scott, our Head Chef will design a bespoke wedding breakfast to cater for your requirements, allowing you to enjoy your favourites on the day.

The Old Rectory has exclusive accommodation, all of which is en-suite, for you and your wedding party.

If you think that The Old Rectory sounds like the perfect wedding venue for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team. They’d love to show you around and start planning your dream wedding! 

• The Old Rectory has excellent photographic opportunities both inside the main house and outside in our beautifully landscaped evergreen gardens. • There is also a large sun-trapped patio perfect for al fresco drinks. • All our bedrooms are decorated to a high specification, while still retaining a cosy charm.

Facilities at The Old Rectory

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Small Hotel
Outdoor License
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
150 to 250 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator

The Old Rectory Reviews (85)

Our daughters wedding
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By Sandra jordan, on 15 Nov 2017Date of Wedding - 20 Oct 2017

This venue was the perfect place.All the arrangements made were carried out to perfection.Craig was waiting for us when we arrived at 9.30am was still around at 1 am and was there at breakfast.All the staff were fabulous,nothing to much trouble.The food was perfect the rooms lovely even the sun shone on a cold October day.thank you so much Craig,Tina and all your staff for making it all a day to remember.

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By Robert and Christine Hunt, on 17 Apr 2017Date of Wedding - 15 Apr 2017

from the first phone call to the parting handshakes the morning after our wedding we felt very very looked after. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff here. The gardens are amazing for photos. The meal was excellent. The package price was very reasonable. I can honestly say we were made to feel very special on our special day. Choose this venue for your wedding and you will not be disappointed.

Words can't describe how amazing this venue is
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By Tony & Danielle Brown, on 12 Jan 2017Date of Wedding - 06 Jan 2017

Words can not express how amazing and perfect this venue is as a wedding venue. Craig, Tina and the whole team are amazing with nothing being too much trouble from the day of booking the the day after our wedding. A special mention has to go to Tina the co-ordinator here, she goes above and beyond at every step she can and nothing is too much trouble for her. You only have to ask her once and the job is done, she really is a star and made our day so special. The venue itself is stunning including the grounds, the area for the ceremony and the whole venue. All of our guests said how amazing this venue was and we have never heard so many people say how beautiful the food was and the best buffet they have tasted in the evening. Every guest has only gave us positive feedback. The hotel rooms at the venue are added bonus to allow you to spend the next morning with family catching up over breakfast, which is also divine. If you are looking at this venue then there really is no need to look any further, The Old Rectory really does tick every box and the staff could be the icing on the wedding cake. Thank you Tina, Craig and all the team

A huge Thankyou to the old rectory!
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By Kirsty Garmendia, on 26 Oct 2016Date of Wedding - 23 Oct 2016

Me and my husband got married here on Sunday 23rd October this year and we really couldn't fault this venue at all. Everything went smoothly and the staff were very welcoming and happy to help with whatever we needed especially Craig who couldn't do enough for us, nothing was too much and the food was absolutely delicious. Overall an amazing day and venue, it has everything you could possible want or need to make your big day special! Thankyou so much for everything xxxx

Craig Kavanagh, Manager at The Old Rectory responded to this review on 27/10/2016 21:41:11

Good evening Kirsty. Thank you for the lovely review and letting us be part of your wonderful day. We wish you and Jonas all the joy and happiness for your future together. Craig

No words can express how perfect this venue was!!
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By NicoleBessell, on 12 Nov 2016Date of Wedding - 22 Oct 2016

Nicole Bessell reviewed The Old Rectory Wedding Venue Essex – 5 star 24 October at 22:22 · .. No words can express how perfect this venue was for me and my husband. Our wedding was run by amazing staff who were so kind and calming. The venue itself is absolutely stunning and I recommend anyone to go and see it for yourself as the pictures really don't do it enough justice. The space is a great size, and we were lucky enough to have our ceremony outside on the beautiful grounds in the sun in OCTOBER! And to make it even more perfect was returning inside the venue to a cosy fire. It was the most romantic and perfect ambience all thanks to The Old Rectory.

I cannot express enough how fantastic this venue i
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By Elliot Fleisher, on 12 Nov 2016Date of Wedding - 08 Oct 2016

I cannot express enough how fantastic this venue is. Craig and Tina made our day perfect from the moment we booked. We were left with no worries and were able to enjoy our day. The whole ceremony and the food (Both the sit down meal and the finger buffet) were amazing. Thank you to everyone involved at The Old Rectory for making our day as perfect as it was. Nicola and Elliot Fleisher 8/10/16

Mr & Mrs Thornton 24th September 2016
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By Diana & Reece, on 06 Dec 2016Date of Wedding - 24 Sep 2016

We had our wedding there in september!!! It was a beautiful day and had so many great memories made there! All the staff were fantastic - we couldn't have asked for anything more! Craig the manager was amazing.. he was there every step of the day assisting and making sure i didnt stress out and made everything perfect!! The food was fantastic and every single person that was there to share our day commented on the venue, food and staff!! Thank you so much! Xx

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By Amy and Paul Rowling, on 11 Oct 2016Date of Wedding - 17 Sep 2016

My Husband and I got married here on 17/09/16 and the venue was beautiful, Tina ensured the day went perfectly. I had my heart set on tying the knot outside, but it was slightly chilly for that, However I am so glad we got married inside- it was so intimate. The food was amazing, and everybody enjoyed it! A huge thank you to everybody at the Old Rectory who helped to make our day every bit as wonderful as we had imagined it would be!xxx

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By Sharan Adlem, on 11 Oct 2016Date of Wedding - 29 Jun 2016

Wow wow wow honestly anyone who is getting married this is the perfect venue, the grounds are stunning as Is the building, so many wonderful outside photo opportunities. Our Daughter Charlotte & Husband Chris got married here yesterday it was planned to be outside but of course with our great British weather that didn't happen. It was just as perfect having the ceremony inside set out beautifully couldn't ask for a nicer venue, the hot and cold buffet was the best we have ever had everyone said how wonderful it was and how much variety there is literally something for everyone you will not be disappointed at all. The evening buffet was just as nice the chef and staff did such an amazing job we cannot thank them enough, we were so impressed with everything and would 100% recommend The Olde Rectory to everyone you will have the most perfect wedding day ever here. Thankyou again for making our Daughter and Son in laws wedding day one to never forget from the bride's parents Sharan and Dean Adlem smile emoticon:-) xxx

A BIG thank you!!!
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By Heather and Steve Good, on 11 Oct 2016Date of Wedding - 14 May 2016

A big thank you to Sian, Craig and all the team for helping mine and Steve's wedding day, be so amazing. Nothing was too much trouble, any issues on the day were sorted out quickly. All the guests really enjoyed themselves, and the day went so fast, its now a wonderful blur. From start to finish, the main staff were helpful and friendly, I just wish we could do it all again. Thanks again, Mr & Mrs Good x

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By Clare and Richard Kavanagh, on 14 Jul 2016Date of Wedding - 07 Apr 2016

We wanted a very small wedding and the Old Rectory was just perfect for this. Guests who came raved on about the food, the place and general atmosphere! We had the best day and we are thankful to the staff for making this a special day for us.

I Carlsberg did weddings
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By Carol, on 02 Jan 2017Date of Wedding - 15 Oct 2015

Review by Carol "My son was married here and it was a beautiful day from start to finish! There really was that family atmosphere from all the staff! The venue is lovely, the service was excellent and they do everything to make sure you get the perfect day?? As one of my family said......if Carlsberg did weddings and families...... Then this would be the perfect place. Thankyou so much." Date visited: 15/10/2015

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