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Leez Priory

Leez Priory

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Leez Priory

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  • All-inclusive wedding venue in Essex
  • Tudor mansion located near Chelmsford
  • Wedding breakfasts for up to 100 guests
  • Reception parties for up to 250 guests
  • Ceremony licensed either indoors or outside
  • Delicious in-house catering
  • Bridal Suite and 15 bedrooms for guests
  • Exclusive use option available

A fine Tudor mansion set in tranquil surroundings near Chelmsford, Leez Priory has been thought of as an idyllic and calm estate since its conception in 1220. Nowadays, it still retains the same air of serenity, and weddings at the venue can be enjoyed far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The mansion itself was constructed in the 16th century. True to Tudor fashion, it imitates a castle; with its red brick gatehouse façade, it makes a quite perfect backdrop for wedding photos.

As you make your way up the grand sweeping driveway, you will witness at first hand why Leez Priory is loved by so many. With four outside areas licensed for civil ceremonies and more in the house - one giving you the option to be married within the Great Tower - every type of wedding can be catered for at this stunning mansion. Leez Priory employs talented in-house caterers who will relish creating a bespoke menu for you, and there is accommodation for newlyweds and their guests alike.


Founded in around 1220, the Priory was a place for an order of Augustinian monks to reside for over 300 years. However, it fell victim to the Dissolution of the Monasteries decreed by Henry VIII in 1536. The foundations of the building still remain today. The property was granted to Richard Rich, the Earl of Warwick.

The grand redbrick mansion was built soon after King Henry's predations, constructed using materials from the original Priory, and it gained repute as one of the greatest Tudor mansions in Essex. Many noblemen and royalty visited the house, including Queen Elizabeth I, enjoying Leez Priory for its sheer tranquillity.


Leez Priory has no less than seven separate areas licensed for civil ceremonies. These include The Tower, The Great Hall and The Coach House, plus an additional four exterior alternatives.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 60 to 100 Guests

Couples can enjoy exclusive use of the whole mansion for their entire day, meaning that there are various areas in which their formal wedding breakfast and the following evening reception party can be celebrated. These include the Tudor Room, The Tower, The Great Hall, The Light Oak Room or a Disco Room.

Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 100 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 250 Guests


Leez Priory boasts contemporary dining options and offers the chance to create a completely bespoke menu. The chefs make use of local produce whenever practicable, including herbs and vegetables grown in their very own garden. The range of food presented includes a formal dinner or hog-roast and barbecue options, delicious canapés and mouthwatering desserts, all of which can be adapted to fit with specific dietary requirements.


Leez Priory contains 15 bedrooms for the exclusive use of the wedding party, perfect accommodation for family and friends. The Granary Bridal Suite has a four-poster bed and spa bath, and a full English breakfast is presented to all the following day.

The Fisherman's Cottage is available to help your pre-wedding preparation and the entire bridal party are invited to indulge in a girly pamper session during the evening before, followed by a champagne breakfast on the wedding morning. Alternatively, there are dressing rooms in the main house, so the bride and her maids can watch the guests arriving in the inner courtyard.

If you are interested in Leez Priory and would like further information, simply get in contact using the details below.

Leez Priory
Hartford End
Great Leighs


  • Chris and Lizanne - 24/11/2016

    Just a quick note to Sue to say a huge thank you for all your help and hard work to make our wedding so perfect. I will never forget your patience and kindness in the run up and how helpful you were to us and our families on the day. All of our guests commented on how beautiful Leez Priory is and how well organised and smooth everything was. You are extremely good at your job!!

    We are absolutely loving married life (and we are much more relaxed) xx

  • Alex and Nina - 01/12/2016

    Thank you Karen we had the best day. Everyone who attended has even said it was the best venue they have been to and were incredibly impressed with the food that was served (much better than some weddings we have been to!)

  • Sarah and Paul - 05/12/2016

    We just wanted to say Thank You to everyone at Leez Priory for making our wedding day last week so special and perfect in every way! The venue is spectacular and looked magical with all the Christmas decorations. The food was amazing, all the waiting staff, especially Emma were fantastic and nothing was too much trouble. Tim the DJ was great, played everything we wanted and we were dancing all night! Finally a huge thank you to Kelly who was fantastic! Everyone commented on how helpful, friendly and professional she was, we couldn't have asked for anything more other than more hours in the day as it went so quickly! Thank you!

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