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High House Weddings

Beautiful Barn Wedding Venue in Essex

Essex, Chelmsford

£5,000 - £13,000

150 guests

89 reviews

Country & waterside location

Dedicated wedding team

Exclusive use wedding venue

Licensed for indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies

Picture perfect setting for wedding photos

Our honeymoon suite, The Couple's Retreat, included in your booking

Prices & Key Facts


Price Band: ££ - £££

Typical Price: £9,000

Price Range: £5,000 - £13,000

Price is the cost of hiring High House. Food and drinks are additional and prices start at £44 per head.

Hire Price Range: £5,000 - £13,000


Guests for a ceremony: 120


Accommodation Rooms: 14

Accommodation Capacity: 27

About High House Weddings

High House Weddings is an exclusive use wedding venue with a Grade II wedding barn and reception marquee, luxury onsite accommodation for 27 guests, set in landscaped gardens surrounded by vineyards, in the beautiful Essex countryside.

For getting ready, you have The Dressing Room, an oak-framed orangery overlooking the swimming pool, provides a beautiful setting for pre-wedding preparations, complete with comfortable sofas, dressing tables, perfect natural lighting and en-suite facilities.

For your ceremony, you have a choice of an outdoor ceremony under the thatched gazebo or an indoor ceremony in the oak Essex barn. As the venue is exclusively yours, the decision on where your ceremony will be held can be decided on the day, weather permitting.

You and your guests can enjoy the picturesque six-acre grounds, which include a Monet-inspired bridge over a pond and a neighbouring vineyard, perfect for capturing memorable photos. The outdoor patio area features a stable bar, the perfect space for your reception drinks.

The centrepiece of the venue is the stunning marquee overlooking the lake, providing breathtaking views, especially at sunset. The dance floor in the marquee has a unique feature, a dance floor reveal, with twinkling star-cloth lining, a stage and black and white dance floor, creating an unforgettable party atmosphere for guests.

From spring 2024, the venue is excited to announce the new Farmhouse accommodation with 11 luxury ensuite bedrooms, a shared lounge, and kitchen space. For the couple, you have an intimate setting tucked away in the secret garden, the Couples Retreat. Offering a sumptuous bedroom, freestanding bath, en-suite shower room, cosy lounge and kitchen - this really is the perfect place to retreat to on your wedding night.

Exciting updates coming for 2025 weddings at High House, a beautiful Orangery replacing the existing marquee, with an extended terrace overlooking the lake and vineyard. A new entrance to the venue through a vineyard and an extension to the Stable Bar to create an additional indoor reception space.

The Expert's View

Alison Hargreaves

"This is one of those venues where you instantly feel at home. It's in the winemaking area of the Crouch Valley, and is surrounded by the Althorne Vineyards in a quiet part of Essex. You enter the venue through an arched garden gate and the gardens open up in front of you; manicured lawns, rose borders, vine-draped walkways and hanging baskets are everywhere, giving an English country garden feel. I loved the pond in front of the ceremony barn with a white arched bridge that forms part of their logo. There are a lot of elements to the venue, but as the wedding planner showed me around the natural flow of the wedding day became obvious, from the dressing rooms, to the terrace, ceremony barn, gardens, reception marquee and finally to the hideaway honeymoon cottage. "

Alison Hargreaves

The Details

Type of Ceremony

Civil ceremony licensed

Humanist / Celebrant weddings

Outdoor Ceremonies

Receptions Only

Venue Setting



Venue Type


Exclusive use

Land For Hire

Outdoor / Garden

Weekend Hire

Breweries & Vineyards

Additional Facilities

Outdoor ceremonies

Honeymoon suite

Orangery Or Marquee

Dance floor

Live music permitted

Discos permitted

Wedding coordinator

Swimming pool

Onsite car parking

Licensed bar

Bespoke weddings

Good Disabled Access

Wedding packages

Catering Options

Pre-approved Caterers Only


Contact & Location

High House Weddings

High House Farm, Old Heat Road, Althorne, Chelmsford, CM3 6EW, Essex, United Kingdom


Yes, High House is exclusively yours for your wedding day. We want our couples to enjoy the privacy of our wedding venue, making their day truly special.

Yes, High House has a civil ceremony licence and can offer beautiful indoor ceremonies in the barn and outdoor ceremonies under the thatched gazebo surrounded by a picturesque landscape.

Absolutely, our thatched gazebo is a stunning setting for outdoor ceremonies, or you can get married by our lake or in the vineyard.

Exclusive hire of High House for your wedding starts at £3,500 for a Monday in Winter to £12,000 for a Saturday in High Summer.

We have a recommended caterer for the wedding breakfast, who is familiar with the kitchens here and always a popular choice with couples, and you are welcome to use our recommended caterer or bring in a BBQ, hog roast, pizzas or food trucks for casual dining in the evening.

The barn and marquee need minimal additional decoration but you are welcome to come in on the morning of your wedding.

Yes - our Couples Retreat is a real hidden gem with it's own private secluded gardens, and is the perfect place to spend your wedding night.

Yes, our luxury grade II listed farmhouse has 10 bedrooms alongside our couples retreat and courtyard rooms, there is enough accommodation for yourselves and 25 guests.

There are plenty of pubs and a hotel for wedding guests in nearby Burnham-on Crouch.

We have a private car park at High House plenty of space for your wedding guests. Vehicles can be left overnight, but we ask that they are collected between 8am-10am the following morning.

We have a lovely preparation suite with loads of natural light, in its own gardens with a swimming pool for great pre-wedding photos.

We have a specially designed "Jack and Jill" room for the registrar to meet you both, with separate doors so there is no chance of you seeing each other before the ceremony!

Our Sustainability Commitments

Being set within the beautiful Essex countryside, sustainability is an important consideration for us. To minimise the impact on our environment there are many things that we do at High House, for example; - in mind of the amount of wildlife that surrounds us we use fresh petal confetti to ensure no harm to the many ducks/birds we have on site. Our team distribute the petals to guests in handfuls so no need for individual containers per person for the confetti throw! - having a vineyard next to us, we use as much wine from it at our weddings as possible knowing its origin - minimise noise effects to the local community by having a very sophisticated sound system that ensures we do not effect levels outside of our venue itself - we have a recommended supplier list of local businesses for all aspects of a couples day - working as paper free as possible - recycling everything we can We strive to learn and maximise our sustainability as time goes on, always welcoming ideas from our couples themselves.

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Personal Message

Samantha MacLean

Enquiry and Marketing Director

Creating completely bespoke weddings in a stunning setting is what we strive to achieve here at High House Weddings. As the main point of contact for all couples interested in holding their special day here, I offer either Private Tours of the venue throughout the week or the chance to wander our spaces at your leisure at our monthly Open House events. I would love to meet you to show you all that High House has to offer and discuss your own plans in detail. Can't wait to hear from you!