Smeetham Hall Barn


Smeetham Hall Barn



Since 1906, Smeetham Hall has been home to the Hyde Parker family. Now, our family would like to warmly welcome yours to join us for your wedding day.

Smeetham Hall Barn is a typically English, 16th Century building that has been lovingly...converted and tastefully decorated to create the most romantic wedding venue in Essex. Licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies, our venue and grounds will offer any happy couple a stunning location to begin married life - a memorable reception, incredible photo opportunities and service so friendly you will feel as though our home has become yours.

Our Venue’s Location
Our wedding venue is located in Bulmer, a charming village on the border between Essex and Suffolk, very close to Sudbury and Long Melford and an hour’s journey from London. Couples from all over Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Kent have married at Smeetham Hall Barn, as well as couples from further afield who want a rural barn wedding venue near London.

An Authentically Rural Experience
Whilst we are considered one of the best wedding venues in Essex, Smeetham Hall is also home to a working farm. We have around 400 acres of land and simply by choosing to hold your wedding with us, you will be supporting our efforts to farm as naturally and un-intensively as possible. Our fields are surrounded by thick hedgerows and our meadows are sown with wild flowers and grasses; your wedding day will be nestled amongst all of this lush greenery and natural beauty.

Excellent Packages and Superior Service
At Smeetham Hall Barn, you are free to tailor your experience to your own style and requirements. You can join us for the whole day – with a wedding or civil ceremony followed by a reception in our Barn (or gardens in summer) and permanent marquee. Or, you can marry nearby at church and join us later for the reception.

In the lead-up and planning of your wedding day, our lovely owner Bridget Hyde Parker will be on hand to give advice, answer any questions and show you around the venue as many times as you like! We provide a comprehensive supplier list including local accommodation.
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Venue Details

  • Venue Type:
  • Civil Ceremony Licence
  • Exclusive Hire
  • Countryside Location
  • Barn
  • Outdoor Licence
  • Tipis and Yurts Permitted
  • Marquees and Tents Permitted
  • Woodland
  • Capacity:
  • Nearest & Dearest (20 - 40)
  • Simple Surety (40 - 60)
  • Party People (60 - 150)
  • Accommodation
  • Nearby usually available
  • Dining
  • Seated Meal Facilities
  • Buffet meal facilities
  • Allows private catering
  • Alcohol licence
  • Corkage option

Additional Info

  • Evening Reception Facilities
  • Marquee Available
  • Entertainment Licence
  • Live Band Facilities
  • DJ Facilities
  • Disabled facilities
  • Car parking
  • Minimum guest numbers permitted
  • More than one wedding room available