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Smeetham Hall Barn

Smeetham Hall Barn

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Smeetham Hall Barn

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  • Stunning 16th-century barn
  • Historic Grade II-listed building
  • Beautifully restored, original exposed beams
  • Lovely gardens, grounds, beautiful lake
  • Civil ceremonies to seat up to 150 guests
  • Wedding breakfasts to seat up to 150 guests
  • Evening receptions for up to 250 guests
  • Adjoining marquee for reception drinks
  • Large dance floor for live music and/or DJ

Nestled in the North Essex countryside in Sudbury is the beautiful Smeetham Hall Barn, built in the 16th century and now carefully converted into a stunning wedding venue. Your entire celebration can be held in the barn, as it is licensed for civil ceremonies, perfectly atmospheric for wedding breakfasts and has plenty of room for an evening of dancing.

An adjoining marquee, opening out onto a courtyard, contributes to the spacious feel of the venue. As well as the beautiful gardens that surround the barn, a magnificent lake, lined with willows, welcomes you as you arrive at the venue.


Built during the 16th century, Smeetham Hall Barn is an historic Grade II-listed building. Previously used as a threshing barn, for grain storage, then housing livestock, it is now a beautiful wedding venue.

The Hyde Parker family have owned Smeetham Hall since 1906 and have offered their barn to brides and grooms since 2000. Smeetham Hall is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 and the barn featured on BBC's Don't Tell the Bride in 2016!

The Facilities

The Barn

The stunning 16th-century barn has been carefully converted to accommodate elegant weddings with a rustic twist. Original timber beams give this venue an historic feel, and windows fill this large space with natural sunlight.

Twinkling fairy lights are wrapped around the beams, and by adding delicate floral arrangements and lots of candles, the barn becomes a wonderfully chic ceremony venue. During the evening, the barn will come alive as the spacious dance floor allows plenty of room for a band or DJ - or both!

A PA system and cordless microphone are available and the barn is fully heated. There is also a dressing room to allow a little privacy for the bride and groom. Exclusive use of the barn from Friday 9am to Sunday 12 noon is offered for Saturday weddings.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 150 Guests
Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 150 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 250 Guests


A stylish, silk-lined, 40ft x 20ft marquee adjoins the barn, providing extra space while the barn is neatly transformed from ceremony venue to reception set-up.

Walk triumphantly down the aisle as husband and wife and straight into the marquee, where you can be joined by your guests for drinks. Later in the evening, when you need a break from the dance floor, the marquee provides a welcome, quiet chill-out space for relaxing. The marquee is also fully heated.

Additionally, the marquee stands in a courtyard which can be used for barbecues or hog-roasts during the summer.

Catering, Accommodation and Packages

The team at Smeetham Hall Barn have created a useful list of recommended suppliers, including accommodation and caterers for you to choose from. Each company offers a variety of cuisine choices, so no matter what style of wedding breakfast you are hoping for, you'll find a catering team who can create it.


Alternatively, the very popular, fully-inclusive packages (excluding drinks) offer great value and make planning your big day much simpler.

For more information, or to book Smeetham Hall Barn please get in touch using their contact details below.

Smeetham Hall Barn
Smeetham Hall Lane
CO10 7EU


  • Neal and Kylie Quilter – 23/03/2019

    We have enjoyed every single minute of planning at Smeetham Hall Barn. All of you have been so lovely and helpful, nothing was ever too much trouble. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with my spare time now!! Thank you again Bridget, you helped make our day the most beautiful with amazing memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Greg and Sarah Green – 23/02/2019

    We had the most amazing Wedding Day at Smeetham Hall Barn.
    Bridget was so helpful throughout. Our guests were amazed by the beauty of the venue and had a fantastic day and the food from Splinters Catering was delicious! Thank you so much!

  • Georgy and Mike Abbott – 1/12/2018

    On behalf of my husband and I, we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in making our wedding day perfect on 1st December.
    From our first visit to Smeetham Hall Barn we knew it was the venue for us. Communication and help along the way in organising our big day was spot on. It truly is a beautiful venue, and something different to your typical wedding venues. We loved having the flexibility to be creative and truly make it our day.

  • Lucy and Robert Trevett – 11/06/2016

    Dear Bridget,
    The day was magical from start to finish, but the greater part of the day was spent at your wonderful Barn where everything was just perfect.
    Your advice and enthusiasm right from the start of our planning was infectious and gave me huge confidence for what was yet to come.
    For me, seeing you straight away when we arrived the day before with boot-loads of baskets was a relief that we were not managing the day on our own.
    I appreciate that the barn is your business, but you make each family feel special as though our wedding is the only one that matters.
    Thank you for giving us all such wonderful memories of a very special place.

  • Mrs P Cave - 16/07/2016

    Dear Bridget,
    Thank you, thank you for all you did to make Georgie and Tom's wedding day so memorable and special - for all the right reasons.
    Not only is Smeetham Hall Barn an absolutely stunning wedding venue but all the planning, advice and support right up to the end of the day was terrific and reassuring too!
    It would be lovely to come back to you one day - who knows! We don't have any more daughters but we do have some big birthdays and a 'golden'.
    Georgie now thinks of Smeetham as her special place so I need diplomacy!
    Thank you again.

  • Sue and Frank Stabrawa - 29/10/2016

    Dear Bridget,
    Thank you for allowing us to host our daughter's wedding at Smeetham Hall Barn. We all had a really lovely day and your venue was just amazing. I am sure the photos will be spectacular.
    We loved everything about the barn and marquee which looked perfect and just as we had imagined and planned. We had two very special days at Smeetham, one decorating and putting all our own decorations, bird cages and flowers in place and then the privilege of the wedding day being spent at this beautiful venue. Your hosting and organisational skills were second to none and we really thought the whole thing was amazing.

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