Maidens Barn


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Information For Maidens Barn

Here at Maidens Barn we have the space and facilities to cater for your entire day – from preparation right through to a secret bridal Hideaway Cottage – perfect for your first night as ‘Mr and Mrs’.

The stunning new Oak Barn provides the perfect setting for both intimate weddings in Essex as well as larger wedding celebrations, easily seating up to 200 people if necessary. Chairs can be arranged with 6 on each side of the aisle in a traditional format or in a more relaxed curve if you prefer.

The stunningly simple space within the Oak Barn has a high, beamed roof and picture window offers a magnificent space for wedding ceremonies. The numerous French doors open out onto the courtyard allowing the outside, in! Again, this space can be adapted perfectly for intimate weddings or larger wedding ceremonies – the choice is yours.
Guests can be seated facing the picture windows in various configurations (depending on your numbers) and all looking out onto the ancient Oak Tree in the Bridal garden.

This is a warm and intimate wedding ceremony venue, providing a blank canvas for you to decorate. Rustic arches and terracotta flower pots work well within this space but so do white aisle runners and modern pedestals.

At the heart of Maidens Barn are Katherine and Clive Matthews, the owners who have lovingly restored a dilapidated Essex farm barn into a stunningly beautiful wedding venue. Their eye for beauty, and passion for excellence, shines through every element but particularly in the warm and personal service each and every couple enjoys at this special Essex wedding venue.

Maidens Barn at a Glance

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Exclusive Use
Same-Sex Weddings
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Up to 200
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Up to 200
A stunningly converted old Essex Barn beautifully situated in lovely gardens and surrounded by peaceful countryside. Licenced for ceremonies up to 200 guests held either outside or within our lightly filled barn looking out over the garden. Hayloft Accommodation on site with 13 guest rooms. Each room has been furnished to a very high standard and as a result they have a bright and rustic feel to them. Honeymoon Cottage for the newly wed couple on the night of their wedding. Situated within the beautiful Maidens Barn grounds. Maidens Barn is situated just a 14minute drive from Stansted airport and close to major roads for those travelling a distance. Wedding Coordinator to help plan your day and event management on the day. Pricing Category : ModerateReception Capacity ( Indoor / Outdoor ) : 200Seated Dining Capacity ( Indoor or Outdoor ) : 200Has AccommodationBridal Suite : Honeymoon SuiteSleeps No Of People : 2 View More
BarnWedding Contact : 01245 231363Number of People In Team : 6No of Weddings Hosted : Number of Weddings Hosted - More Than 50Location : In The CountrysideNearest Town : Chelmsford, EssexNearest Airport : StanstedNearest Motorway : A120Nearest Train Station : Chelmsford or BraintreeIntimateLuxuryCeremony LicenceAlcohol LicenseCorkage ChargeAlcohol ProvisionBartendingIn House CateringIn House Wine ListPre-Wedding ConsultationSeated MealSet UpStaff ProvidedTables And Chairs ProvidedTableware ProvidedTastingsSound Systems Available Ceremony MusicReception MusicOn The Day Wedding CoordinationPublic Liability InsuranceBridal Changing FacilitiesDisabled AccessExclusive UseIn House Wedding CoordinatorLandscaped GardensOnsite ParkingOutdoor SpacePet FriendlyGreat ViewsLovely GroundsRomanticRusticSame-Sex View Less

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Maidens Barn Reviews

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Ellie & Matt
Honestly couldn’t recommend Maidens Barn more to anyone! It was the most magical day and the staff made sure it ran like clockwork, they were more like friends than staff. Food was incredible, it was so festive and everyone complimented on how much food and drink there was. Cannot thank them enough!
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Ashley and Jonathan
Best barn in Essex
Our wedding is being held at Maidens Barn in August 2022. We viewed many venues, Maidens being our first one, and we fell in love straight away. All other venues just didn’t compare and the wedding co-ordinator, Mercedes, had this incredible vibe and personality. Everyone we’ve met so far are absolutely lovely and so accommodating. We can’t wait to have our ceremony and reception with them!
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Clare and Steve
Cannot Wait
Maidens Barn are amazing. Nothing is too much trouble. They have been such strength through the last year and postponing the wedding.
Mercedes and Alex have been tremendous and we cannot wait for our day with them
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Chloe and daryll
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So far they have been a great help and couldn't be happier with the venue it's perfection
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Sarah Berry
Amazing Venue
We got engaged on 1st August 2020. A week later on the 8th August we viewed and fell in love with Maidens Barn. Which we booked and laid a deposit down, later that day to secure our wedding date of 11th September 2021. We are mega excited to get married despite covid and guest restriction. September could not come quick enough for us both.
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Kimberley and
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We have been so happy with the support and updates Maidens Barn have been provided to us over this unbelievably strange world! The venue is beautiful rain or shine
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Lisa A
Unfair during pandemic
We had to cancel our wedding due to Covid and Maiden's Barn have been so difficult and not understanding at all during these time. Cancelling proved to be more difficult than it should have been while they pushed us to postpone to a date we didn't want to. We finally managed to get some of the money back but they charged us £400 for beer for which they cannot provide a proof of purchase and £1,000 deposit, which according to CMA & Govt guidelines they are liable to return to us.

When asked about the receipt for the beer, the owner, Katherine asked that I 'go find another venue, as I was being difficult'. When you are charged for something, is it unfair to ask for a receipt?!

I know the pandemic has been a tough time for individuals and businesses but but our wedding insurance did not cover pandemic whereas I am sure businesses are covered for such a loss. This is our life savings we have been putting towards our wedding, which sadly had to be cancelled. As if cancelling our wedding isn't stressful enough, but then having to 'fight' to get OUR money back, has been nothing but stressful and disheartening. This is our money, we paid for a service we didn't receive due to the pandemic. We have the right to get our money back and not be charged unfairly for beer that we did not consume or see a receipt for. We would like our £1,400 back.
Response from Maidens Barn
We are so sorry it has come to this. We feel we did everything we could to help Lisa and Mike overcome the difficulties presented by the virus. Back in March they decided to cancel their wedding and we refunded them all the money they had paid us bar the £1000 deposit and the money for the beer which had unfortunately already been ordered. They then decided ( not us ! ) that they wanted to get married at Maidens Barn after all so we managed to find them a Saturday in December which we had understood them to be really happy about.. Then around September time they decided they wanted to cancel again so once again we refunded them as before. We would of course have offered them another postponement had they wanted one . This certainly has been an incredibly difficult year for everyone involved in the wedding business and we have been working really hard with all our booked couples to accommodate their wishes and we have been truly heartened by the responses we have received. We are very sorry that this has not been possible with Lisa and Mike but we wish them all the best for the future .
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Lauren Monk
We got married on the 19th September and we truly had the best day! The venue looked beautiful and the food was amazing. Thank you Juliet for being so fantastic with our various food allergies you couldn’t have been more helpful!! We would 100% recommend Maidens Barn and a big thank you to Eliot for everything you did in the evening no stress in packing everything away and taking us to the honeymoon cottage. Thank you!
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Micheal Mac Suibhne
Thank you to Maidens Barn from the bottom of our hearts for everything you did in helping make our wedding day the best day of our lives! It is a month already since we got married at your amazing venue and we are reflecting on the laughs and memories made. We really can’t thank you all enough. The food was outstanding, absolutely everyone commented on the high quality, and regret that they have only now discovered the magic of cheese in Yorkshire puddings the band on your recommendation were also fantastic! Throughly enjoyed them as did our guests! Once again, thank you for everything in the lead up over 18 months and on our wedding day! We couldn’t have asked for a nicer, more professional group of people to trust with our wedding! We are forever grateful to you all. — with Sian Fox.
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CJ White
We got married at Maidens barn on 27/7/19 and we are so glad we chose this as our venue. Every single member of staff is attentive to your every need throughout the entire planning process. With many venues we viewed (we viewed 10 before Maidens Barn) we felt there was a corporate feel to them - not with Maidens barn. You are treated like part of their family. The wedding day itself runs like clockwork. From Juliet running the catering to the staff coordinating the day, you can tell that they host perfect weddings day in day out - everything is immaculate and they are helpful without being intrusive. We will be eternally grateful to the staff at this beautiful venue, as they helped to make our special day better than we ever could have imagined. Friends and family have not stopped commenting on how impressed they were by the venue and the whole day itself. Thanks again, Chris & Amy
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Essex Wedding Award Finalist
Essex Wedding Award Finalist


UKbride Approved Supplier
UKbride Approved Supplier
Best Venue Finalist 2016
Best Venue Finalist 2016


Pleshey, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 1HU

Meet the Wedding Coordinator

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Events Team

Our events team at Maidens Barn are always on hand to answer all of your questions and enquiries. Wilh many years of experience and expertise between us we pride ourselves on ensuring all couples have that perfect wedding day they have always dreamt about. We are a small team and a family run business and love getting to know couples on a personal level so we can help plan your big day. Please feel free to get in touch.