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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Reception Capacity
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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Lauren Monk
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27 Sep 2019
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
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30 Aug 2019
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
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11 Aug 2019
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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Samantha Seabridge
Review Date
27 Jul 2019
On behalf of my husband and I, we would like to thank the whole team at Maidens Barn for giving us the wedding of our dreams yesterday. From start to finish it was just amazing and the weather was just perfect. I knew as soon as I saw the venue last year that it would be where we got married and it did not disappoint. We are just so sad that it’s over already. We had so many of our guests compliment the venue and the food on how fantastic it was, So once again I would just like to say a big thank you we couldn’t have done it without you. Love from The Seabridge’s xx
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Charlotte Game
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10 Jul 2019
Maidens Barn will always hold a special place in our hearts. We booked Maidens Barn over 2 years ago when we attended one of their open days. As soon as we arrived we just knew this was the venue for us. The grounds were beautiful and we love that everything was in one place. Lovely garden areas for guests to sit and have reception drinks and canapés and if you want an outdoor ceremony there is the perfect spot. We chose to go for indoor ceremony as we loved the room and wanted to make use of this space. The staff were fantastic replying to emails from day one with amazing service through to our big day. The wedding breakfast room was a great size as we had 120 days guests and it fit perfectly. A big thing for us was the dance floor! This is next to the bar which we loved so everyone is in one place. We can’t thank the catering staff enough. So attentive and constantly making sure us and our guests had everything we needed. The food was out of this world from canapés, wedding breakfast to the evening food. No one left hungry Another great point is Maidens Barn have 13 rooms on site where your guests can stay. We opted for the Honeymoon Cottage which was the perfect way to end our day. We would like to thank every single person who made our day perfect, we just wish we could do it all over again x
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Jess Anderson
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04 Jul 2019
We got married Saturday 29th June and had the most perfect day thanks to the amazing staff at maidens barn. They are beyond attentive and helpful. Nothing is too much trouble & all our guests were full of compliments for the beautiful venue and friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. We are so pleased to have chosen maidens barn to get married in. We had the best day from start to finish thank you to all the team for everything! It really was fantastic & we couldn’t recommend them enough! xx
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Sam Thomas
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08 Jun 2019
We got married at Maidens Barn on 17th November last year and honestly don’t think I could have wished for anything more, the venue and staff exceeded themselves beyond expectation and a special mention to Carol who helped us with everything before our big day and also to Juliet who was so attentive on the day making sure we had enough to eat, always had a drink and made sure everything went smoothly along with Elliott and Mercedes! The honeymoon cottage was stunning and made our first night as a married couple really special! I just want to keep reliving the day! Thank you so much to all the team for making it a day to remember!
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Marcus OSullivan
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28 May 2019
What an amazing wedding venue, from the start to finish the care and attention the staff put into your wedding is exceptional. It made the day that extra special and the day and timing ran smoothly thanks to the staff. I will never forget the day as everything was so beautiful the venue is a special place and it comes to life on your wedding day. From the moment I arrived I was relaxed knowing the staff would do there utmost to make your day as perfect as it can be. special thanks goes out to Elliot, Carol Mercedes and Juliet who’s were helping on our day the communication with guests was second to none I even had guests mentioning how amazingly friendly the staff were. The food was delicious and Juliet’s care to attention in coming round to each table and making sure everything was perfect was a nice touch. I would like to thank Elliot for the Guinness on the house . Went down a treat. All in all a special day and special venue and it will always be remembered by myself and Victoria. Thank you maidens Barn
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Victoria Thorp
Review Date
28 Apr 2019
Our wedding on Easter Saturday was absolutely perfect! The team at Maidens Barn have been great, and helped for our day to run so smoothly. Juliet and the Archers Team were extremely accommodating and everyone complemented on the delicious food. Highly recommend this beautiful venue! Thanks again Maidens Barn! Mr & Mrs Thorp x
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Lorna Clarke
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23 Apr 2019
We had our wedding day 18/04/19, it was the best day ever and wouldn’t have gone so smoothly without all the team at Maidens Barn. The food by Archers Catering was absolutely amazing! We went for the bbq and all our guests loved it. Everyone was well fed and there was plenty more. In the eve we opted for bacon rolls and again these were so good to end the night with. Our special thanks goes to Juliet. She went above and beyond all catering duties to make sure us and our children had everything we needed on our day. Juliet you are one amazing lady!
Response from Maidens Barn
Lorna and James we are so pleased you had a fantastic day! And thank you for the lovely comments. You both looked amazing and we all wish you the very best x
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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.