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Barnston Lodge

Barnston Lodge

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Barnston Lodge

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  • DIY country wedding venue in Essex
  • Convenient location near Great Dunmow
  • Gorgeous bijou mid-Georgian farmstead
  • Grade II*-listed manor house as backdrop
  • Reception-only, outdoor-focused venue
  • BYO marquee, caterers, other suppliers
  • Lovely gardens, lake, Summer House
  • Maximum capacity of 250-300 guests

Located in the sleepy village of Barnston, just outside of Great Dunmow, this 'DIY' reception-only wedding venue boasts its own lake set in extensive grounds, showcasing the beautiful backdrop of an 18th-century Grade II*-listed Georgian manor house. It's absolutely perfect for couples looking to organise an outdoor wedding celebration party centred around a marquee!

Situated on a quiet North Essex country lane, and surrounded by nothing but the stunning Uttlesford countryside, punctuated by paddocks and grazing horses, this utterly stunning venue hosts a whole range of weddings for couples looking to have more of a say over what happens on their big day. Scroll down or use the contact details above to find out more information.


The impressive family-owned Georgian manor house was constructed during the late 18th century, lending a certain historical charisma to the picturesque and serene gardens.

The building enjoys the rare distinction of a Grade II*-listing, meaning it exhibits exemplary architecture or historic features worthy of note. There's also another listed building set in the grounds, the Summer House, once serving as a 'brewhouse'.

Barnston Lodge has been featured as the setting for numerous films and TV dramas, particularly the detective series 'Lovejoy', the majority of which of course was shot around the local area.


Barnston Lodge is primarily an outdoor venue, so brides and grooms are encouraged to invite a marquee specialist of their choice (or ask for a recommendation) to set up their very own space in the stunning gardens. Couples have opted for all sorts in the past, from traditional marquees to tipis and other tents.

The Gardens

The gardens and grounds, with their ancient trees and lovely original rose varieties, also feature a lake, whose cute little jetty beckons invitingly for some ideal photography opportunities.

Summer House

Also a listed structure, the little timber-framed outbuilding at the end of the garden is thought to have once been a brewhouse.

Catering And Accommodation

You are more than welcome to invite a catering company of your choice into this amazing DIY-venue! Barnston Lodge are firm believers that it is YOUR day so you should have control over what your guests eat. The team can also recommend a number of reliable local caterers if you need help in choosing.


Although there is no accommodation at Barnston Lodge, there is plenty to be found in the immediate surrounding areas, from B&Bs to hotels, guesthouses and budget motels, thanks to the proximity of Stansted Airport, a mere 10 minutes' drive away.

Barnston Lodge
Parsonage Lane


  • Andrew and Susan

    Thank you for making our day so special. Barnston Lodge was the perfect setting, but it was what you did to make the day that really made the difference. All our guests had a wonderful time and were full of praise for you and your team at Barnston Lodge. Many thanks, once again.

  • Libby and Will

    Thank you so much for your outstanding hospitality in the lead up to our wedding day. We had our perfect day and friends and family were bowled over by the stunning setting. Your home and garden is outstanding, the perfect backdrop for a summer wedding..the perfect English garden!

  • Dee and David

    A massive thank you for all your help, advice and attention, not to mention sheer hard work that helped make the wedding so special. For all of us it was the most happy and perfect day. Thank you for sharing your home and grounds so completely.

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