Location: Essex
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Down Hall Country House Hotel

Distance from the centre of Essex: 16.71 miles
Down Hall Country House Hotel
  • Beautiful Grade II*-listed country mansion
  • Outstanding Italian Baroque façade
  • Exquisite interior architectural design
  • 110 acres of parkland grounds to explore
  • Choice of 19 stylish reception rooms
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Lavish wedding breakfasts and receptions
  • Wedding coordinator for local services
  • Essex Wedding Venue of the Year 2014

This grand Italianate mansion presents one of the most idyllic wedding venues in the Southeast. Nestled on the undulating Hatfield Heath in Essex, surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens and set in 110 acres of verdant parkland, conveniently located within easy reach of both London and Cambridge, the Grade II*-listed Italian Baroque façade is a wonder to behold!

With a multitude of stylish rooms to host receptions, ceremonies and civil partnerships with anything between 32 and 190 guests, the house is capable of handling whatever size of wedding party you have in mind. A dedicated team of wedding coordinators are at your disposal besides the veteran in-house chef, as well as a fair selection of comprehensive all-inclusive wedding packages. Only one wedding per day is entertained at Down Hall, to ensure all resources and personnel are dedicated to that wedding party.

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  • Down Hall Country House Hotel - Venue - Essex
  • Down Hall Country House Hotel - Venue - Essex
  • Down Hall Country House Hotel - Venue - Essex
  • Down Hall Country House Hotel - Venue - Essex
  • Down Hall Country House Hotel - Venue - Essex
  • Down Hall Country House Hotel - Venue - Essex
  • Down Hall Country House Hotel - Venue - Essex
  • Down Hall Country House Hotel - Venue - Essex
  • Down Hall Country House Hotel - Venue - Essex
  • Down Hall Country House Hotel - Venue - Essex
  • Down Hall Country House Hotel - Venue - Essex
  • Down Hall Country House Hotel - Venue - Essex
  • Down Hall Country House Hotel - Venue - Essex
  • Down Hall Country House Hotel - Venue - Essex
  • Down Hall Country House Hotel - Venue - Essex
  • Down Hall Country House Hotel - Venue - Essex
  • Down Hall Country House Hotel - Venue - Essex
  • Down Hall Country House Hotel - Venue - Essex
  • Down Hall Country House Hotel - Venue - Essex
  • Down Hall Country House Hotel - Venue - Essex

History

The grounds themselves date as far back as the 14th century, serving an old monastery in 1322. The current edifice can be traced as far back as 1540, and the Tudor structure underwent a radical visual change 200 years later at the hands of Scottish architect James Gibbs, who judiciously applied aspects of both Georgian English and Italian Baroque design then fashionable.

Over the years Down Hall played host to a number of privileged nobles, lords, artists and painters, owing to the house's luxurious rooms and opulent interiors. Having served as a sanatorium for wounded soldiers during the Great War, the house has since resumed its longstanding tradition of providing fine catering and entertaining for the people of Hertfordshire, Essex and beyond.

Facilities

Down Hall features a total of 19 rooms to host civil ceremonies, receptions and wedding breakfasts. From intimate parties of 30 guests to lavish gatherings of close to 200, there will be a room that is perfect for the wedding you want. Listed below are just a few favourites to serve as examples of the capacities available:

The Bridgeman Suite - 180 guests (formal dining)
Prior - 50 (ceremony), 150 (reception), 60 (formal dining)
The Lyndhurst Suite - 25 (ceremony), 18 (formal dining)

Besides these and other luxurious reception rooms, Down Hall also showcases a historic lounge for afternoon tea, spa facilities, tennis courts and a modern gym with sauna and steam facilities.

Catering And Accommodation

The experienced chef at Down Hall presents a fine selection of sophisticated dishes ranging from salmon cannelloni to teriyaki duck. Finger buffets and children's menus are also available, as well as the option of a tantalising pre-wedding barbecue should you and your guests wish to settle in comfortably the day before. Example menus for all of the above options are available online.

Accommodation

The house can offer nearly a hundred lavish bedrooms, most of which command outstanding views over the surrounding acres, including the 54 executive rooms located in the West Wing. All rooms come with free WiFi, plus the freshest cotton sheets and comfortable beds (tester or four-poster in the executive rooms).

Should you wish to learn more, visit Down Hall's main site or click the 'Make An Enquiry' button at the top of the page.

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