Wedding venue inspiration - Country havens

Deciding on your ideal Essex wedding venue is an key part of your wedding planning. There is a huge choice of different venue types in Essex including hotels, barns, country manor houses, romantic castles as well as chic city and town centre locations.

Country havens: Richwill Farm, Manningtree

Richwill Farm, Manningtree

Richwill Farm is an exclusive wedding venue set in 13 acres of secluded countryside among fields and meadows in Manningtree, Essex. The grounds boast plenty of beautiful photo opportunities from the rose-arch entrance and enclosed courtyard to the natural pond and rustic rope swing. There are a choice of restored barns here all with original exposed beams and rustic charm alongside modern facilities. There's also a converted outdoor trailer bar available.

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Country havens: Vaulty Manor, Maldon

Vaulty Manor, Maldon

With a rural location in Goldhanger near Maldon, Essex visitors arrive down a long driveway to find a stunning manor house and welcoming barn wedding venue. The tranquil setting of cornfields and pretty grounds provide endless photo-ready spots. The perfect blend of something old and something new, the venue offers a tastefully restored 17th-century barn alongside the contemporary manor house and courtyard accommodation.

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Country havens: The Compasses at Pattiswick

The Compasses at Pattiswick

Hedgerows brimming with cow parsley, foxgloves and honeysuckle lead you along picturesque country lanes to this hidden gem of a wedding venue, which boasts breathtaking views across the rural landscape of North Essex. The spacious gardens with large patios look out across the countryside to mature woodland beyond – an idyllic spot to watch the sun set.

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Country havens: Stock Street Farm Barn, Coggeshall

Stock Street Farm Barn, Coggeshall

This 350-year-old barn wedding venue is set in its own traditional English gardens overlooking the Blackwater Valley, Coggeshall, Essex, which are perfectly suited to outdoor ceremonies, garden games or firepits. The more adventurous may choose to hold a Pimm's-fuelled sack race in the South Gardens with the Flemish-brick farmhouse as a backdrop. Inside, the rustic L-shaped barn has a relaxing feel with beaten leather sofas, rugs, trunks, a pool table and a well-stocked bar under twinkling fairylights. Guests turn the corner into the old part of the barn with its exposed beams, stage and high-tech lighting and sound system.

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Country havens: Mulberry House, Ongar

Mulberry House, Ongar

This Georgian manor house wedding venue in Ongar, Essex is tucked away in 22 acres of grounds alongside Mulberry Lake, which once formed a moat around the building, and a canopy of pretty trees. Built in 1767, externally it retains its historical charm with an impressive Doric porch, columns, pilasters and frieze all welcoming visitors. Inside, couples find a house brimming with original features. The Garden Room's lighting and solid-oak flooring creates a vibrant yet intimate atmosphere.

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Country havens: The Lake at Nine Acres, Leigh-on-Sea

The Lake at Nine Acres, Leigh-on-Sea

A completely blank-canvas space, this pretty Essex wedding venue setting is surrounded by a two-acre lake and open countryside. Lawns, flowerbeds and mature trees provide picture-perfect spots. Receptions are held inside a marquee or tipi on a completely bespoke basis.

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Country havens: Houchins Wedding Venue, Coggeshall

Houchins Wedding Venue, Coggeshall

Though situated just off the A120 near Coggeshall, Essex Houchins is hidden away and set in its own peaceful, landscaped grounds. The zinc and cedar-shingle barn is nestled in the Wedding Garden, surrounded by abundant plants and flowers. Huge glass folding double doors open on to an expansive west-facing terrace to give the feeling of bringing the outside in, and for loved ones to enjoy views over the elegant marquee and pond.

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