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)

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By Katherine and Jason Bradbrook, on 11 Oct 2016Date of Wedding - 11 Oct 2015

Katherine Bradbrook reviewed The Old Rectory Wedding Venue Essex – 5 star 29 August · My husband and i got married in October 2015 at The Old Rectory. Everything was amazing from start to finish! The food is out of this world and the staff are so helpful and friendly. If you are think of getting married here do it! It will be the best day of you lives as ot was ours! I can not recommend this place enough. Stunning for photographs too.

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By Jacqueline and Paul Farrow, on 25 Jun 2016

We got married yesterday and before we jet off on our honeymoon I wanted to say a big thankyou to Sian Craig and all there staff in helping making our day so special! They were truly brilliant! Polite, courteous and so helpful! I would recommend viewing this stunning venue there web site does not do it justice! Fabulous rooms recently refurbished too! They are always available to answer any questions and did not blink when I had a brideszilla moment on planning my menu! Sorry Sian! But the food was glorious the site stunning! Cannot recommend enough! You made our day! Thankyou!

Jamie & Joes wedding
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By Jamie and Joe Martin, on 11 Jun 2016

We got married at the old rectory nearly a week ago. From booking this venue through till the next day the service we receved was second to none. We really did have the most perfect day and nothing was to much trouble. The staff are a real credit to the beautiful setting and make sure your day runs smoothly whilst being in the background. We cannot thank everyone at the old rectory enough for everything. A day we will honestly never forget. Jamie and Joe

We got married here may 31st 2016
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By Tracey Lazell, on 02 Jun 2016

What can I say other than as soon as inealkednin two years go we fell in. Love the place. Everyone was so friendly and happy plus not to pushy at all. Every step of the way they have been amazing quick to answer my emails right up to the last minute. Then on the day 31.5.2016 they were simply fantastic we were lucky to set up the day before ( due to no other weddings) and arrive early on the wedding day to get ready. The rooms are beautiful and once again the staff were fantastic we couldn't have an outside wedding due to weather. However they changed the Inside around and it was beautiful. We had a hot and cold buffet and every single one of our guests commented on how amazing the food was. The bar is also great and my new hubby plus some of our family's stayed over night and enjoyed a fabulous breakfast. I would defo recommend them to anyone for any event. Thank you for an amazing day.

Wedding day 1st April 2016
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By Kirsty and Stuart Mowatt, on 02 Apr 2016

We had the most perfect wedding day yesterday at The Old Rectory. From arriving in the morning, to going up to bed at 2am, everything was faultless. The staff were amazing, nothing was too much trouble, food was great and the rooms were beautiful. So many of our guests commented on the venue and many said it was one of the best weddings they'd been to. Sian and her team went above and beyond to cater for all our needs, helping us create the wedding day of our dreams. Fantastic xxxxx

Wedding 27.03.2016
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By Mr & Mrs Watson, on 28 Mar 2016

Amazing service from booking the venue to walking out of the door the next morning after our wedding. Hot & Cold buffet for the sit down meal & cold buffet evening, food was amazing. Service impecable. Nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff. Bridal suite was stunning, bed comfy, bathroom lovely size. Rooms clean. After the evening had ended, we were told by the staff just to go to bed & they would sort all our belongings from the day and put them to one side for the morning. Breakfast was very welcoming, again food amazing! I cannot recommend The Old Rectory highly enough, an absoloute wonderful place to get married!!! Thank you all xxxxxx

Wedding December 12th
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By Helen Buret, on 24 Dec 2015

Our wedding was perfect from start to finish, staff at The Old Rectory are excellent, there was nothing they couldn't do for us. The venue is beautiful inside and out and was perfect for our wedding size. The food was perfection, especially the specially requested French dessert, I was only sorry we couldn't eat it all. I would highly recommend this venue for your wedding.

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By Julia & Michael, on 26 Oct 2015

We, and our guests, thoroughly enjoyed our wedding at The Old Rectory in Dunton. The venue and staff were outstanding in every respect and we would not hesitate to recommend them. The whole team were very friendly, helpful and approachable from our first meeting when we went to look at the venue, throughout the run-up to the wedding and on the day itself. Throughout the course of the day, the staff struck the perfect balance of being there whenever we needed them, whilst not intruding in any way. The food was first-class (we chose a hog-roast). The meat was cooked to perfection, the trimmings and extras were excellent and there was plenty for everyone to have their fill. There are good transport links via the A127 and nearby stations. There's a good-sized car park on-site, so no parking worries for guests who drive. The venue and grounds are very well-kept/presented and ideal for wedding photographs. The overnight rooms were clean and well-furnished. The main hall was the perfect size for our wedding - cosy enough to feel packed, but spacious enough to avoid losing your drink on the way back from the bar to the elbows of an enthusiastic dancer! The Old Rectory are outstanding value for money in our opinion, they were completely open about the price of everything from the outset, so that there were no surprises. Thanks to them, we were able to keep costs under control whilst still looking like we had spared no expense! Again, we would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending The Old Rectory, and they should definitely be on your shortlist!

A Perfect Day
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By Adrian Browne, on 12 Oct 2015

"Lisa and I wanted to say a huge thank you for all your help at our wedding reception on 12th September 2015. Thank you so much for all of your hard work in setting up and organising everything for us - it was just perfect! The room and gardens looked fantastic and everyone commented on the venue, the food and the way in which we were all looked after. I cannot thank you enough for everything you did for us, not only on the day to ensure it all went smoothly, but also in the build up especially in the stressful times!"

Amazing Wedding Day-04th September 2015
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By Vicki Gaskin, on 01 Oct 2015

We had the most amazing wedding day at the Old Rectory on the 04th September 2015, literally was the most perfect day. The running of the venue itself was great, the grounds are stunning and well looked after, we were lucky enough to have it outside, as the weather was looking like it could rain, we were lucky the rain held off all day and I got to have my dream wedding outside. This also meant the kids could run round outside, which was lovely to see. The food was amazing, Craig and his team, did an excellent job, the waiter service was very speedy, and the bar staff were excellent. Sian was great, and a really lovely lady, very easy to chat with and made me feel at ease. I would recommend this venue to anyone, and the fact its yours all day its just perfect-We had the best wedding day, amazing memories that I will never forget-Thank you to all at the old Rectory xx

Craig the chef was fantastic and friendly!!
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By Jade Foster, on 03 Aug 2015

We got married here 2nd August 2015. From the start, the team were incredibly helpful and nothing was ever too much trouble. We hired a Silly Waiter for entertainment in between our meals and staff were extremely accommodating for this, even playing along! The rooms were spotlessly clean, beautiful and so perfect! Food was delicious, Craig the chef was fantastic with us and so friendly. Not a bad word to say about this whole venue from start to finish and will always recommend to anyone without hesitation. Thank you Sian, Craig and the team for a truly perfect wedding day x

By Chris Davies 18th March 2015
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By Chris Davies, on 30 Jul 2015

When my daughter booked her wedding at the Old Rectory it was a cold miserable winter's day. She loved the look of the place then, but when we arrived on the Day to glorious sunshine the grounds were full of flowers and looked absolutely stunning. Sian and her staff couldn't have been more helpful. They were all friendly and made us feel very welcome - there was no stuffiness about them. Sian also helped pick the menu and the food was delicious. Two of the children at the wedding were asleep during the meal and when they woke up the chef prepared a freshly cooked meal for them. My daughter and son in law thoroughly enjoyed their day and wouldn't have changed a thing. Many of the guests said it was the best wedding they had been to. I was sorry when it all came to an end and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Old Rectory.

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