Venues Hylands House
Venues Hylands House
Please choose a category from the dropdown.
Please choose a location from the dropdown.
Hylands House

Hylands House

Request Brochure

Hylands House

Request Brochure
  • Elegant Grade II-listed mansion
  • Based in Chelmsford, Essex
  • Exclusive venue hire
  • Dry hire venue specialist
  • Licensed for civil ceremonies
  • Contemporary and period features
  • Receptions for up to 300 guests
  • No corkage fees charged
  • Free onsite parking for guests
  • Wedding suite available for changing

This award winning estate is set in 500 acres of landscaped parkland. The Grade II-listed mansion has a grand and regal essence, perfect for any lavish wedding affair. Say your vows surrounded by 24 carat gold in the ornate Drawing Room or Banqueting Room, followed by fine dining and dancing in the contemporary Grand Pavilion for up to 300 guests.

The dedicated wedding team specialise in dry hire weddings, so you will be in safe hands. Offering you complete flexibility and support, you can create the wedding of your dreams. Hylands Estate has much experience in cultural ceremonies and always puts your needs first. Truly an extraordinary venue - make sure you arrange a viewing so you don't miss out.


Hylands House was originally created in the 1730s, and was at the time a two-storey red brick building in the Queen Anne style of architecture. The current design was commissioned in the late 18th century by Humphry Repton, who rearranged the grounds and styled the house in the fashion of the Romantic Movement.

The house passed through a variety of different private owners until 1962, when the last of these, Christine Hanbury, died. The house was offered for sale and bought by Chelmsford Borough Council who started to renovate the property. In 1967 Hylands House was awarded a Grade II-listing, and in 1985 a dedicated restoration fund was set up. English Heritage permitted it to be reworked to its 19th century appearance, and it thus gained its star rating! It is now restored to how it looked in Victorian times.


The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room features an ornate and gilded ceiling with a Victorian chandelier, hand-painted wall motifs and an original marble fireplace. The room benefits from large floor-to-ceiling windows which look over the parkland, the Serpentine Lake and French doors that open onto the Rose Terrace. Walk down the wide aisle, perfect for even the most magnificent of wedding gown, feeling like royalty on your special day.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 80 Guests

The Banqueting Room

This meticulously restored room is a firm nod to the Baroque Revival architecture of the 19th century. With intricate designs, bold embolisms and beautifully rich reds and golds, this room will take your breath away.

The room is the definition of opulence, covered in 24 carat gold leaf swags and scrolls with silk lined walls and an intricately designed marble fireplace. Natural light pours into the room through the floor to ceiling sash windows, giving a stunning view of the Serpentine Lake and the manicured parkland.

Available for both civil ceremonies and formal sit down wedding breakfasts, this setting is really quite extraordinary.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 100 Guests
Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 80 Guests

The Grand Pavilion

Once you've said your vows it is now time to eat, drink and be merry. Look no further than the incredible Grand Pavilion. This large contemporary room is a perfect celebration space, lending itself to hosting wedding breakfasts and evening receptions for up to 300 people.

Exuding decadence, the Grand Pavilion is lined with twinkling chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling ivory drapes. The neutral tones allow you to turn this space into your own wedding vision, whether that is a hot pink haven or pastels like a summer's meadow. The choice is yours! Don't forget, the experienced wedding team are on hand to help and guide you.

As the evening reception begins, guests are able to wonder from the Grand Pavilion into the Pleasure Gardens and the surrounding terraces. Dancing and celebrating is mandatory with the inbuilt bar, PA sound system and tech-savvy mood lighting equipment.

Wedding Meal Capacity - 300 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 300 Guests

Dry Hire

The dedicated team at The Hylands Estate understand the importance of flexibility which is why they offer dry hire. This allows you as the bride and groom to plan your day exactly how you want it without restrictions. You can book your own contractors, from the caterers through to the entertainment, tailoring your day to suit you.

The Hyland Estate wedding team specialise in dry hire weddings and will help and guide you to make the planning process stress free and enjoyable. They have a list of recommended suppliers who have been tried, tested and are known to provide an excellent service. Alternatively you can source your own suppliers, as long as they meet with the venue requirements, such as public liability insurance, food hygiene certificates and personal alcohol licence.

This dry hire approach is a wonderful opportunity to plan a totally unique wedding day that is solely based around you and your preferences. Having a wedding planner on-hand means you will still receive guidance and help when required; the best of both worlds!


There is no accommodation on-site, but lots of choice in nearby Chelmsford, which the staff can recommend. Within easy reach of London, the venue is conveniently located close to the M25.

To contact Hylands House, simply use the details below and to the right.

Hylands House
Hylands Park
London Road


  • Ceylan and Ozan - 28/05/2016

    When we viewed Hylands House with friends everyone’s expression was the same; we were all smiling from ear to ear.
    My favourite room by far is the Drawing Room. The piano makes it look so grand and delicate all at the same time. The ceiling, walls and even the colour are just gorgeous. I couldn’t imagine walking into any other room to be married.
    The Grand Pavilion was exactly what we needed for our 160 reception guests. It was decorated it to have a rustic, woodland whimsical feel to it. Together we all created an amazing décor. The Pavilion looked stunning and it was very emotional for me to walk into it on the day.

  • Jenna and Aaron – 25/04/2015

    The staff at Hylands House are very helpful and answered all my questions along the way and the booking process was easy.
    On the day, the wedding was perfect from start to finish. Hylands was unreal, the venue, the staff – everything was just exceptional.

  • Ria and Matthew – 03/07/2015

    We viewed nearly all large Essex wedding venues. None compared with the sheer beauty and elegance of Hylands.

    The House was a dream come true and I would highly recommend it to any couple.
    Tamsin and Tom helped to make the day one to remember. They were fantastic. They had such a calming effect and made me feel relaxed about absolutely everything. We were also able to extend the bar till 1.00 a.m., which was amazing!

Request Brochure