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On Hitched.co.uk since 2022

Last update: May 2024

Villiers Barn is a picturesque Wedding Venue located in Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex. The barn is set in an idyllic location, with acres of beautiful gardens, tranquil lakes, and incredible countryside views, making it perfect for a rural wedding.

Facilities and Capacity

The Grade II listed seven-bay barn is rich in history and has been beautifully restored, combining traditional features and modern style.
The former coach house has been transformed into a gorgeous get-ready suite, and it's situated between the courtyard and swimming pool. At Villiers Barn, ceremonies will take place in the property's designated indoor ceremony space. The room features large windows, white walls, light wood flooring, and ceiling beams, creating a light and airy event space. Receptions are held in the main barn venue with wooden structures, ornate chandeliers, and large glass sliding double doors. If you're looking to have the fairytale-inspired wedding you've always envisioned, this venue is for you!

Services Offered

The experienced team is passionate about their work and is committed to ensuring you have the happiest day, tailored to you as a couple and full of personal touches. Villers Barn offers bespoke packages to meet all your requirements. The in-house catering team is a family-owned business that comes with 25 years of experience managing hundreds of weddings a year. They will ensure the smooth running of your day, providing a combination of top-class food and service. What's more, the venue is just four minutes from the award-winning Lifehouse Spa & Hotel. They have 89 bedrooms and will provide a discounted rate for any guests attending a wedding at Villiers Barn.

Awards

We are very proud to have won numerous wedding awards since opening in the last 2.5 years, which is a credit to the hard work and passion our team put into every wedding, making each couple's wedding vision become a reality!

  • Hitched Wedding Awards 2022 & 2023 & 2024
  • The Wedding Industry Awards : Regionally Highly Commended Barn Venue of the Year 2022
  • The Wedding Industry Awards : Regionally Highly Commended Barn Venue of the Year 2023
  • The Wedding Industry Awards : Regionally Highly Commended Best Newcomer 2023

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Historic
Barn
Outdoor license

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
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

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Swimming pool

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Pet-friendly
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Reviews for Villiers Barn

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Harriette B. Sent on 08/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

First class

I don’t think the words I’m trying to find even exist in the dictionary, to describe this truly breathtaking, spectacular, unique, initiate venue - VILLIERS BARN is out of this world and that’s all down to Juliet & Barry, the Venue owners & directors & their son Jonathan who offer a 7-star, first class service. All three are extremely passionate about their business & they go above and beyond from the moment we viewed, booked & then had our wedding (last Thursday), no job was too big for them.

We viewed VILLIERS during its renovation & as soon as we drove up the lane, there was something so very special about where we had just arrived, historic, traditional - but different from any other typical barn wedding venue I’d seen online / been to as a guest. VILLIERS holds something special & unique.

VILLIERS was the first & only venue we viewed - we knew it was the one for us. We went back to see progress & it just kept getting better and better. I can’t praise the venue, the setting, the owners & staff enough.
We had an Amalfi (Italian) Coast themed wedding, the barn is simply stunning & speaks for itself - our theme fitted in perfectly, but as would any other theme over the last year I’ve seen villiers host many weddings & no two weddings have been the same it’s incredible - versatile VILLIERS! 👏🏽

Every time we viewed VILLIERS after booking, I felt so choked in the ceremony room, the barn, by the lake as I just knew this was the only place I see myself getting married to my fiancé, our wedding day was perfect & we have had fabulous comments from family and friends - saying it was the best venue & best wedding they’d ever been to, spectacular settings & top class service and so well organised.

To Juliet, Barry & Jonathan and their wonderful staff - your passion shines through & we can’t thank you enough for having us & making our day perfect, I’m so sad our wedding day is over - but the memories we’ve created will last forever & will play out like a film in our minds.

I can’t recommend VILLIERS BARN enough, if you want the best wedding, then book the best venue.

Thank you all again,

Harriette & Charlie Blackshaw-Clare 🤍🍋💙
Clare
Clare L. Sent on 14/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The day every little girl dreams of


Sorry this is a long one and has taken a while because how can you sum up your perfect day in a few words?

Before we were engaged we had always talked about getting married at a certain place, even the night we got engaged we were at this venue and sat planning how we would have it if we were to get married, little did I know that I was being proposed to that night. The proposal happened and as we left the place we booked an appointment with their wedding planner, as Michael was not from around the area and hadn’t been to any weddings locally we thought best just have a little look around just incase, I’m not sure how we found Villiers Barn but oh my god are we happy we did!

The minute we set foot into the barn we just fell in love, the warmth, love and passion the team at Villiers have could be felt- we went ahead with our pre booked appointments at other venues but found ourselves comparing where we looked to Villiers, but nowhere did compare. We booked a second viewing more so because I just wanted to return and get that feeling I felt when I first walked in- due to my job and shifts we were unable to attend for a couple of weeks, I emailed Jonathan explaining this with a hope that our chosen date would still be available after the viewing, Jonathan was so accommodating with finding a date which suited my shifts and not only that offered to hold our date at no cost until after we had been.
My parents and my sister in law attended the second viewing with us and to say my mum and sister in law cried when they walked in and as we left my dad’s reaction was ‘I can see you getting married here, the smile on your face when u walked in and the look in your eyes tells me that’ made our already easy choice easier and we confirmed our booking that evening

When booking various suppliers upon telling them our venue they would all comment on how lovely it was there, both my hair and make up artist commenting on the bridal prep area and how they love the space and lay out and out photographer saying it is one of her favourite venues.

As previously mentioned I’m a shift worker and would often find myself planning parts of our wedding either late evening or in the middle of the night on my break- this usually meant the team would get a random time email and much to my surprise I would always get a response within a couple of hours with the email finishing up with them asking me if there was anything they could do to help!

Having a December wedding I wanted to make our wedding a little Christmasy- Villiers were more than accommodating asking if they could have their beautiful Christmas tree up, serving winter pimms and evening adapting their traditional roast for the wedding breakfast to a Christmas dinner- and while I’m talking about the food I’ve had numerous comments from the guests about the standard of the food, how delicious it was and how it catered to all dietary requirements so no-one felt different.

Little did I know Jonathan and my dad had been emailing and between them organised one of the biggest surprises I’ve ever received in my life with an incredible firework display- Thank you for that!

Throughout the day Juilet and Jonathan ensured that Michael and I had time together just the two of us which was very welcomed and appreciated as were all the little reassuring hugs from Juliet she just knew when they were needed!

There is not one thing I would change about our day at Villiers I just wish we could do it all over again- in my dads words ‘the best day of his life’ much to my brothers annoyance!

Thank you Juliet, Jonathan and the rest of the team- you are all incredible

Clare and Michael Lowe
8/12/23
Kim
Kim Sent on 17/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing and perfect!

What a venue, where to start!
From the moment we met the team, we knew this was the venue for us. Relaxed and informal, but we could see that it ran with coordination and ease.
The planning process was easy and final details meeting eased my nerves! Menu has so much choice and had what we needed for all our guests. The day, and evening, was perfect - kept on time without feeling rushed.
Could not recommend this team or the venue enough. All our guests were so amazed by the venue and its ideal location. We're still hearing compliments weeks after the big day!
Thank you to the team for making our day so special
Sarah
Sarah E. Sent on 14/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Villiers Barn October wedding

Our wedding day was perfect!
All the staff were friendly, approachable and welcoming.
Nothing was too much trouble.
Leading up to the wedding communication was great. All of my questions were answered promptly. We had a clear time scale, when payments were due and when we had to meet to finalise menu choices and our order of the day. We had a lot going on throughout our wedding day, music, band, magician, sparklers, fireworks, Photo Booth … our day ran so smoothly. The Barn, all facilities and grounds are stunning. Our videos and photos are perfect reflecting on what an amazing day we had. We would just like to do it all over again!
Anna-Louise
Anna-Louise L. Sent on 15/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The most incredible day ♥️

We viewed Villiers Barn back in October 2021 and as soon as we viewed the Venue and walked around the lake and saw the ducks my now husband said this is the one ( I have grown up with Aylesbury ducks ever since I was a little girl). Ever since that day Johnathan and Juliet's communication with us was fantastic any questions we had were answered and they replied to us so quickly, Absolutely faultless. Every time we went to the venue we just fell more and more in love with the place and we couldn't wait for our wedding day so our family and friends could celebrate our special day with us.

We got married on 09.09.23 and it was truly magical from the minute I arrived at the bridal suite in the morning with my bridal party, Juliet was there to welcome us all and popped by during the morning to check that everything was okay. The whole day ran faultlessly with Juliet, Johnathan, Miss Alice and the rest of the team. All dietary requirements were accommodated and my gluten-free guest really felt catered for with her own canapes. Everyone commented on how beautiful the venue was and they all commented on how delicious the meal was. The venue, the team and our wedding day was completely incredible. Juliet and her family make you feel so welcome and really make your day everything you have ever dreamed of. I wish we could relive the day again. Villiers and the team hold such a special place in our heart and I will recommend this venue over and over again.

Lots of love and Best wishes from

Anna & James Marven xx
Camila
Camila L. Sent on 15/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

My fairytale Wedding at Villiers Barn

We had the most incredible experience at Villiers Barn for my wedding on 16th September 2023. It was absolutely the best day of our lives.

The venue itself is absolutely stunning, and it's evident that the family who runs it has years of experience in the industry. They have thought about every single detail, from the well-equipped bridal preparation room with dress hangers and spacious mirrors to a fully functional kitchen. The ceremony room is fantastic and was beautifully arranged, with easy access to the main barn and the charming patio, which were additional highlights. The picturesque surroundings, with a serene lake and lush greenery, added a touch of natural beauty to the whole setting.

What truly sets Villiers Barn apart is the people. As it is a family-owned business, I didn't have to deal with the stress of different wedding coordinators throughout the planning process. Juliet and Becca, with occasional assistance from Jonathan, managed everything flawlessly. They were not only incredibly friendly but also highly professional. No request was too much trouble, and they made me feel incredibly special on my big day.

The food served at the venue was fantastic, and the service provided was truly exceptional. The staff went above and beyond, ensuring that each guest felt well taken care of. I also highly recommend the honeymoon suite. Waking up to the breathtaking view of the lake was truly amazing. It was so convenient to have the suite right on site, especially after a long day of celebration. Staying there was an absolute perfect choice for us.

As someone who works in the industry, my husband couldn't help but appreciate the exceptional quality and professionalism of this venue. He was truly impressed by how well-run everything was. We can't express enough how grateful we are to have chosen such an amazing venue for our special day.

If you're looking for a wedding experience that exceeds all expectations, look no further than Villiers Barn. It's not just about the stunning aesthetics; it's about having the best industry professionals who will turn your wedding into a real-life fairytale.
Abigail
Abigail J. Sent on 27/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Stunning venue with an incredible team

Cannot recommend Villiers enough, from our initial enquiry through to our day (and beyond) the whole team are simply fabulous and nothing is too much to ask. The venue itself is beautiful and the food is incredible. We knew as soon as we saw Villiers it would be our wedding venue and there was never a second we doubted that decision. Along with some of their recommended suppliers we had a stress free day where everything had been thought of and ran so smoothly. Words aren’t enough to thank the Villiers team for making our day so special
Robyn
Robyn Sent on 05/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

What dreams are made of!!

What an incredible venue Villiers Barn is, truly! My husband and I were truly blown away by how much we fell in love with the venue. Villiers was the first place we viewed in our searches and we didn’t really know what to expect, but upon being greeted the moment we arrived by Juliet we instantly seen how much love and passion she had for the venue. It was something we didn’t see from anywhere else and well nothing was able to compare to Villiers, we started with the best & we got the best!

We noticed during our searches that Villiers was offering more than just a stunning venue, the owners and the staff who worked there was on a different league. We felt valued and made to feel as if we weren’t just a number or another couple looking for a wedding venue, but rather we were friends. All communication we held with Juliet and her family was amazing, no question was too small or silly. Also when all your suppliers have nothing but amazing words to say about the venue and staff you know you’ve picked a pretty special place.

The actual venue is truly breath taking. You NEED to view it in person because (I mean this in the best way) pictures really don’t do it justice! The bridal preparation cottage was just perfect, it’s a great size and made for a very peaceful morning for my mum, bridesmaids and myself which is exactly what you need! The honeymoon cabin was truly gorgeous and was the perfect place to spend our first night & morning as husband & wife. I could honestly go on and on… but even if you’re unsure I highly recommend going to view Villiers Barn, because it will not disappoint!

I highly recommend doing food tasting because it allowed us to not only spend more time at the venue, but we were able to treat it as a little date night for the 2 of us to celebrate that we were getting married in the stunning place that was Villiers (plus the food is incredible!!!). On the big day itself our guests raved on how good the food was, we had some very fussy eaters and they loved that they were able to eat wedding food supplied by the venue for the first time haha! Huge thank you to Villiers for being so accommodating for the fussy eaters, along with those who had special dietary requirements, ourselves included!

We feel so lucky and grateful to have found Villiers Barn in our searches, we’ve got only the happiest of memories with the venue and the staff! It’s sad to think that our time with them has come to an end! We can only hope that our paths cross again some way or another!

You made our wedding dreams a reality, our only wish is that we would love to re-live the day all over again.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Robyn & George
Tim
Tim H. Sent on 30/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Wedding Venue

This is quite simply a spectacular wedding venue. All the buildings, surroundings and grounds are stunning and gave us the best setting for our wedding. Juliet, Jonathan and all the staff were professional, friendly and could not do enough for us.
The food was delicious, the wine was excellent and the bar well stocked (including limoncello).
Our wedding day was perfect and Villiers Barn gets a 10/10 from us.
Thank you so much!
Deanna
Deanna C. Sent on 06/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Dream come true wedding

Wow, where do we even begin? Our experience at Villiers Barn on June 30th for our wedding was absolutely phenomenal! It's a day that will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
From the moment we viewed the venue, we were blown away by the sheer perfection.
Every detail was carefully thought out and executed flawlessly. But it wasn't just the stunning location that made our day extraordinary—it was the people behind it.
Juliet, Barry, Jonathan, and Becky are truly exceptional individuals as are all the Villers Barn team! Their kindness and willingness to go above and beyond for us were beyond compare.
From the first time we set foot in Villiers Barn until the day of our wedding, they made us feel like we were the most important couple in the world. They patiently answered all our questions and made us feel incredibly special throughout the entire process.
On the wedding day, the entire team and staff were nothing short of amazing. They effortlessly managed every aspect of the event, leaving us with no worries or stress. Becky and Juliet were incredibly attentive, checking in on us and making sure we had everything we needed. They even made sure we stayed hydrated by regularly bringing us drinks of our choice. Their attention to detail and genuine care made us feel truly pampered.
And let's not forget about the food! Our guests, including those with dietary restrictions, were raving about the delicious dishes. The canapés were a delightful treat, the roast chicken was cooked to perfection (and those Yorkshire puddings were massive!), and the evening's hot dishes were outstanding. It was everything we had ever dreamed of and more!
We can't possibly express enough gratitude to the team at Villiers Barn. Their dedication and passion for creating the most magical moments are truly remarkable. A mere 5-star rating doesn't do justice to the outstanding experience they provided us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our wedding day an absolute dream come true.

Mr and Mrs Lesurf ❤️
Liam
Liam C. Sent on 20/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The Best!!

Villiers Barn is the most amazing venue, it is a family run business and the love they have for their business shines through everything they do. From the moment we looked round Villiers we fell in love, Juliet and Jonathan answered any questions I had nice and quickly and let us come round and look whenever we wanted.
When we got to Villiers Barn the morning of our wedding I was greeted by so much happiness, they really do love every wedding and are so happy to help with absolutely anything. They set everything up perfectly for us and didn't miss a single detail. The whole day they checked in with us and made sure everything was going well and brought us our drinks and canapés to ensure we did not miss out. Food was really nice, all of our guests especially loved the canapés and chocolate brownie. The day ran so so smoothly and that's thanks to Villiers. They went above and beyond and we can't Thank them enough for the most special day! If your looking for theperfect venue... this is it! 1000% recommend!!!
Sophie
Sophie Sent on 22/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible!!

I don’t even know where to start …. We looked a quite a few venues , I then found this 3 days before requesting to view it it was our last venue to see I found it on Instagram from my make up artist …. We walked in and my god it just took our breath away! The photos really don’t do it justice to the feeling you get walking into this most incredible venue I’ve ever seen it was more than I ever imagined we knew at that moment this was going to be the one , the family Juliet Becky and Johnathan and Barry are the most incredible family to they really are so passionate about there amazing venue , the nicest family I’ve ever met and nothing was ever to much trouble they just go above and beyond for you and a special thank you to Becky for her help towards the end of the night to with my things I really did appreciate that 🤍, they are sooooo excited for you and really have left such a special place In our hearts ❤️ we felt so very lucky to have had our wedding day here at villiers , it’s run sooo well the day from start to finish everyone commented how great they all was and how incredible everyone and everything was … the food was sooooo good as well lovely home made food again everyone commented on how nice it was , the bridal room is the most magical place to get ready in also I felt so much better being on site to get ready and the honeymoon lodge was just the best!! There are not enough words to thank you and your amazing family and team for all you did for us on our wedding day and I hope to see you one day in the future as a guest at this incredible venue!! All of our love Sophie & Sam xx
Martha
Martha Sent on 21/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

10/10! Amazing team and stunning venue!

Where to start with the team at Villiers! They are the best of the best!
We got Married in the 29th April 2023 and it was the best day of our lives. Juliet and Jonathan was very welcoming from the beginning we was shown around their incredible grounds and really made us feel at home. We wasn’t familiar with the area and wanted a Church wedding which Juliet was extremely helpful and sent us information on local churches as well as information about other things we would likely need in the area which saved me a lot of time.

Throughout the whole experience whenever I had questions nothing was ever too much. I always received answers extremely quickly and with a lot of detail to help me understand and to ensure I was happy. This continued the entire duration. We couldn’t of asked for a better team to help us with our special day.
Food was amazing, they set up exactly how I had envisioned and was there if there was anything we needed. Would highly recommend to any engaged couples
Jasmine
Jasmine T. Sent on 16/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Simply amazing!

Villiers Barn is simply amazing!
I cannot recommend them enough!
We had our wedding day on 05.04.23 and everything was pure perfection.
The venue is absolutely beautiful and so loved by all the staff. Every one of our guests could not stop saying how beautiful the barn is. From booking our wedding last year, the staff at Villiers Barn have been so welcoming and helpful with every step when organising the wedding. On the day, every single member of staff was amazing. They made us all feel so special and went above and beyond to ensure we had the day our dreams. My husband and I stayed in the new honeymoon lodge and it was so perfect to stay in for our first night as a married couple.

Lastly, a special thank you to Juliet, Jonathon and Becky for being so amazing, supportive and calming every step of the day. It wouldn’t have been the same without you.

Our wedding was the best day, thanks to Villiers Barn!

Mr & Mrs Thomas 🤍
Anna
Anna M. Sent on 17/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Absolute Perfection 🌸

It’s hard to put into words just how wonderful Villiers Barn is. The immensity of it doesn’t just stop at the physical venue, which we fell in love with instantly when we visited (exactly one year to the day prior to our wedding day which was on 2nd April 2023), but the people who own and run this stunning gem in the middle of the Essex countryside, are who we are eternally grateful to.

Because Villiers is a family-affair, their passion and desire to create perfection, is second-to-none. Juliet, Jonathan and Becky, as well as Barry (whom we didn’t really ‘meet’ but be cooked the best roast pork and crackling I’ve ever had!), were always available - both on the day, and in the lead-up. Nothing was unanswered, or not explained and their years of experience in the industry was truly noticeable. It’s like they’ve taken all the best bits and put them all into Villiers Barn.

We were lucky enough to be able to set up for our wedding day, two days prior. This was a beautiful day and all part of our wedding experience for us. Of course it’s not always possible if there’s another wedding in between, but it was such a joy to be able to put into practice the months’ worth of planning and organising and see it all come to fruition. Becky was there too, setting-up in the barn, and it was lovely to be able ask her questions and have her there.

The wedding day itself was seamless. I can’t express enough just how lovely it was to have Juliet and Becky ‘around’ in the morning. They popped into the bridal cottage to check on us all, and it really helped me to stay calm, knowing that they were present.

The sun shone for us and our day was everything, and more, of what we’d hoped for. All of our guests told us how incredible the barn was, how delicious the food was, and just how much they enjoyed the day. Many told us “it was the best wedding they’d ever been to!”

We stayed in the gorgeous pod on the lake & I’d thoroughly recommend any couples doing this! As our guests were leaving, we were taken by Jonathan to the pod. It was the most calm, and tranquil way to end the day of our dreams and waking up there, with the sun shining & the sound of the birds singing, it felt like “our day” wasn’t quite over.

The team packed everything up for us at the end of the night, which was such a fantastic plus. It was all ready for us to collect the next morning. Just another little thing that makes a huge difference.

So, of course it goes without saying that we cannot recommend this venue enough. Thank you Juliet and Becky for making our wedding day SO special. We miss you all, now it’s all over!

All our love
Mr and Mrs Mills 🩷
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