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Down Hall Country House Hotel

Down Hall Country House Hotel

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Down Hall Country House Hotel

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  • 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
  • Customisable wedding packages
  • 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.


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.


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

Wedding breakfast capacity - 180 guests


Civil ceremony capacity - 50 guests
Wedding breakfast capacity - 60 guests
Reception capacity - 150 guests

The Lyndhurst Suite

Civil ceremony capacity - 25 guests
Wedding breakfast capacity - 18 guests
Reception capacity - 150 guests

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.


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.


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.

Down Hall County House Hotel
Matching Road
Hatfield Heath
CM22 7AS


  • Thankful groom

    We had our wedding at Down Hall in August 2017. Firstly, the venue itself is stunning and such an amazing place to hold a wedding. The grounds looked beautiful and acted as the perfect backdrop to our special day. The rooms, restaurants and other facilities are second to none and proved perfect for all of our guests needs.

    The staff were an absolute pleasure to work with from the first initial meeting with Troy to the day itself. Marie, our wedding coordinator was fantastic from start to finish and was thoroughly professional in guiding us through the preparation and on the day itself. Nothing was too much trouble for her and her team. The ceremony room and Bridgeman Suite was dressed and prepared beautifully by the Down Hall wedding team.

    We would recommend it as a perfect wedding venue

  • Grateful bride

    We absolutely LOVE the venue and team down hall! We got married here on the 17th November 2017 and it was simply the best day! From the moment we first viewed the venue we knew it was the place for us, so welcoming and nothing was ever any trouble!
    The venue is stunning and the grounds are amazing! The food was delicious and our evening party was amazing! We also used one of their preferred suppliers for our photographs and again we were not disappointed!

    Thank you team down hall for making our big day one to remember!

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