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Hylands House
  • Elegant mansion in Chelmsford, Essex
  • Grade II*-listed early Georgian house
  • Furnished in later Romantic style
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Choice of rooms for wedding celebrations
  • Receptions for up to 300 guests
  • Carefully selected external caterers
  • No corkage fees charged
  • Bridal from from the bride and her party
  • TWS Exclusive - Red Carpet Arrival

Near Chelmsford, Essex, is this grand and regal building, with a variety of spaces able to accommodate lavish ceremonies and receptions. The history of the estate reaches back almost 300 years, before Humphry Repton redesigned the property in the style of the Romantic Movement. It has been further developed and refurbished over time and became Grade II*-listed in 1985.

There are a range of gorgeous areas where you can host your wedding celebrations. These include The Grand Pavilion, The Banqueting Room and The Drawing Room. Choose which will best suit your wedding, depending on the size and style of the celebration. The dedicated staff will be very happy to show you round the property and advise which room is best for your day.


Hylands House was originally created in the 1730s, and was at the time a two-storey red brick building in 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 ceiling with a Victorian chandelier, hand-painted wall motifs and a marble fireplace. There is also a Broadwood piano, which wedding parties are welcome to use, with the PA system, for music purposes. The room benefits from large floor-to-ceiling windows which look over the parkland, the Serpentine Lake and the Rose Terrace.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 80 Guests

The Banqueting Room

This lavish space features 24-carat gold-leaf swag-and-scroll decorations, silk-lined walls and wall motifs, a French marble fireplace and large windows for generous levels of natural light.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 110 Guests
Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 80 Guests

The Small Dining Room

This is original to the early Georgian house and dates back to 1730. It is ideal for intimate ceremonies or a drinks reception, with lovely bay windows. Its open-plan layout makes it ideal for small receptions and its principal period features - Ionic pillars, an Adam-style fireplace and a Rococo mirror - exude grandeur.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 40 Guests
Drinks Reception Capacity - 120 Guests

The Grand Pavilion

This contemporary celebration space can be decorated entirely according to bespoke wishes. Full-length windows admit lots of natural light, presenting stunning views of the private courtyard garden. It has its own bar, PA sound system and mood lighting.

Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 300 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 300 Guests

The Bridal Room

In a tranquil part of the house, this room is perfect for the bride and groom to relax in. The bride can finalise her appearance in peace or can spend time here with her husband during the day.

The Terrace Room

Host your drinks and canapés reception or entertainment in the Terrace Room, which links up with the Grand Staircase Bar and with the Entrance Hall. Its simple but stylish detailing makes it a perfect space to be decorated thematically or in individual style.

Drinks Reception Capacity - 60 Guests

The Entrance Hall

The Entrance Hall, with its chequered marble floor, is ideal for a stunning arrival, and a great place for dancing and celebrating!


Hylands House and Grand Pavilion work in tandem with several carefully selected caterers, who have all been chosen for their suitability to the venue. They offer a wide range of cuisine, from classic multi-course wedding breakfasts to more contemporary meals, with plenty of vegetarian options and for special dietary requirements. There is no corkage charge at Hylands House.


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.

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!

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