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Great Priory Barn

Great Priory Barn

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Great Priory Barn

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  • Dry hire only thatched barn in Essex
  • Additional building for catering / services
  • Lots of summer dates available in 2020 / 2021
  • A Grade II-listed, medieval building
  • Built in the 13th century as a working barn
  • Surrounded by woodland and countryside
  • Ancient building still in use today
  • Available for wedding breakfasts and reception
  • Space for up to 130 wedding guests
  • Venue can be hired out for three days
  • Perfect for rustic or themed celebrations

This beautiful, thatched barn in Essex is an incredible venue for a rural and magnificent wedding. Surrounded by woodland and countryside, Great Priory Barn is ideal for a wedding reception, particularly for couples looking to execute a rustic style.

The barn is a historic and beautiful structure and can be hired out for three days allowing you the freedom to create the perfect celebration for your wedding. Bring in your own caterers and enjoy delicious wedding food suited to your taste buds.


Built in the 13th century during the reign of Henry III, this Grade II listed barn is boasting history and originality, making for a wonderfully atmospheric wedding reception venue. This unique venue is surrounded by natural beauty and far from any loud roads, which means you can enjoy the space and its privacy on your special day.

The barn sits on a working farm in beautiful rural Essex and is surrounded by countryside, making it an idyllic and relaxing venue for your wedding reception. The natural and unique surroundings make it the perfect backdrop for your romantic wedding photographs.

Available for three-day hire, the barn can be decorated to your exact standards and you are given the freedom to create the day of your dreams, although help is on hand if you need it. There is a kitchen and toilet facilities so your wedding breakfast will be properly equipped.


The barn is not licensed for wedding ceremonies; however, an unofficial blessing can be held in the surrounding woodlands or in the farmhouse garden. Your reception will take place underneath the original timbers of the barn allowing for a wonderful atmosphere for your celebrations.

The barn has rectangular tables and timber chairs to use for a wedding reception and a marquee can be added next to the barn to allow some additional space, perhaps for additional evening guests.

Wedding breakfast capacity - 130 guests
Reception capacity - 130 guests


The barn itself has a kitchen and encourages you to bring your own wedding caterers so that you can make the wedding as personal as you could wish. There is additional kitchen space in the adjacent timber barn if your selected caterers need more room.

There is no corkage fee charged at the Great Priory Barn and you are given free rein to make it as beautiful and personal as you could wish.

If you would like to find out more about the Great Priory Barn, click on the contact details below and to the side of this listing.

Great Priory Farm
Braintree Road


  • Verity

    We wanted our wedding to be informal and fun so we were so pleased we knew about Great Priory Barn. The ceremony in a secretive clearing in the woods was magical, like something from a fairytale. The barn was perfect as a relaxed venue for the hog roast that doubled up as a great dance party location when the band started.

    As it’s a venue that only does a handful of weddings each year it felt really personal and a world away from some of the more formal wedding venues we had seen elsewhere in Essex that felt like wedding factories. Our friends and family mucked in to help decorate the barn and then do the tidy up the next day and Lucy was really accommodating in letting us personalise the space and have access to the barn in the days before and after the wedding. The barn is a very special place indeed. We loved it.

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