Night view of the Essex Barn wedding venue at Blake Hall Ongar

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Blake Hall Weddings

Within the historic setting of Blake Hall and its stunning private gardens, we are proud to offer you the beautifully restored 17th century barns and surrounding areas for your exclusive use for weddings, wedding receptions and other special occasions.

Licenced for civil weddings and partnership ceremonies, either inside the newly restored Hay Barn or outside under the canopy of the old Saddlery, Blake Hall Weddings is arguably the most attractive barn, wedding venue in Essex.

Situated near the pretty town of Ongar, within the triangle of Epping, Brentwood and Harlow and within easy reach of both the M11 and M25, Blake Hall Weddings is conveniently located and yet, set within 60 acres of formal gardens and woodland, remains peaceful and tranquil for your exclusive use on your special day.

If you are looking for a church wedding, the venerable church of Bobbingworth is an easy walk at the end of the drive.

Essex Barn - a magnificent Barn for your Reception & Evening 

This magnificent 17th century barn has been sympathetically restored with modern comforts without losing any of its original charm.  The Essex Barn seats between 50 and 150 guests for the wedding breakfast, can accommodate 200 guests in the evening and offers the convenience of the banqueting area, dance floor and licensed bar all under one roof. 

As the venue is only offered for your exclusive use, you can marry either outside, under the Saddlery, or inside in the stunning Hay Barn and enjoy reception drinks outside on the pretty terraces and lawns between the barns, or inside in the spacious Hay Barn, leaving the Essex Barn for the wedding breakfast and evening entertainment. 

Blake Hall and its glorious barns are nestled within 60 acres of historic and beautifully maintained gardens and parkland. Whilst the spacious lawn and terrace directly outside the barns provides the perfect setting for our couples and their guests to enjoy reception drinks and garden games, the stunning and tranquil rose garden, ancient trees and formal lawns are just a short walk from the barns and provide a peaceful retreat for more intimate wedding photographs. From the swathes of daffodils and spring blossom, to the splendour of the rose garden and herbaceous border in the summer to the dramatic autumnal colours, the gardens provide countless photo opportunities throughout the year.

Hay Barn - beautiful weddings in stunning beamed barn

Sitting across the lawn from the Essex Barn and adjacent to the Saddlery, the stunning restoration of the Hay Barn completes the trilogy of barns for your use at Blake Hall.

The Hay Barn is licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 150 guests and with its beam-lined aisle, and magnificent picture window, provides a beautiful, year round, in-door alternative for wedding ceremonies at Blake Hall.  It is also be available for reception drinks, if you chose not to be outside on the terrace, leaving the Essex barn for your wedding breakfast and evening entertainment.

The Saddlery - for outside Wedding Ceremonies

Between the Essex Barn and Hay Barn, and fully licensed for civil ceremonies and partnership ceremonies, our couples have the choice of getting married under the canopy of the old Saddlery, with their guests looking on from the cedar wood benches on the beautiful lawn outside. A limestone path forms the aisle and a microphone and speakers have been strategically placed so that the ceremony can be clearly heard.

The Saddlery also makes a wonderful pavilion from which musicians can play, children can be entertained, and drinks can be served. It is your day and there are so many ways to use this very special and versatile building.

The Old Coach House - for the Night Before  your Wedding

A three-bedroom cottage, beautifully renovated and stylishly furnished. It is ideal for the night before your big day and it is the perfect place to get ready with your bridal party. On the ground floor there is a lovely sitting room with adjoining fully equipped kitchen. The large dressing room is also downstairs where the bride and bridesmaids have seating and a dressing table with lights and mirrors to get ready. The dressing room is complete with its own facilities for hair washing and lots of thoughtful touches. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms, one double and two twin rooms, furnished with a lovely fresh ‘English Country’ feel, and a stylish bathroom with a large shower and roll top bath.

Stable Cottage - the Honeymoon Cottage

Stable Cottage is available exclusively to all our couples for the night of their wedding. No need to worry about taxis or checking into a hotel, just wave your guests good bye as you make the short walk to this stunning cottage tucked away in the grounds of Blake Hall. Finished to the very highest standard, Stable Cottage offers a charming sitting room with french windows opening on to a secluded terrace, fully equipped kitchen, beautiful bedroom and luxurious en-suite bathroom. Available for your wedding night until 12 midday the following morning and including a continental breakfast, you can relax and enjoy your first morning as a married couple – the perfect finish to your wedding at Blake Hall.

Guest accommodation - for the night of your wedding

The Tack Room - A double bedroom with private terrace and en-suite shower room for your family and friends to stay in comfort on the night of your wedding. Close to the Wedding Barns, it is available until 12pm the following day.

Carpenter's Shop - A large, light, bright family room with a double bed and two single beds plus an en-suite with bath and shower. It is available until 12pm the following day.

The Horse Box - A stunning double bedroom with spacious en-suite bathroom. It has its own private, secluded terrace and is available until 12pm the following day. 

The Apple Store - A fully equipped kitchen and breakfast room for all guests staying in The Tack Room, Carpenter's Shop and Horse Box. A delicious continental breakfast is provided for all to enjoy, either around the large farm table or out on the terrace.

Blake Hall Fodd & Wine

Food is plays such an important part in your wedding that it has not only to be affordable, but delicious, well presented and of your choosing. We work with Waters Edge Catering, a leading Essex catering company, who strive to do just that. Their comprehensive menu, using locally sourced produce wherever possible, is not only fresh and tantalisingly tasty, but is also extremely flexible to suit your tastes and preferences. Whether you chose something from their delicious, menu or provide us with your favourite child-hood recipe, Waters Edge will try and accommodate your requirements wherever possible – after all it is your Wedding Day.

Facilities

Parking & Transport

  • On Site Car Parking

Provider Preferences

  • Countryside Setting

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From the M11 Junction 7 - From the Junction 7 roundabout, follow A414 signed to Chelmsford and Ongar. Go straight over both the first and second (The Talbot) roundabouts. Continue 1.8 miles from the Talbot roundabout to a side road left signed to Blake Hall and Bobbingworth. Continue 0.4 miles and the entrance to Blake Hall barn is the second pair of gates on the right, signed Blake Hall. Journey time approx 7 minutes

​From Chelmsford - From London Road, Chelmsford, follow signs at roundabout to A414 Harlow (M11) and Ongar. After approx 9 miles, go straight over the Four Wantz roundabout at Ongar signed A414 M11 and Harlow. After 1.3 miles, turn right down a side road signed to Blake Hall and Bobbingworth. Continue 0.4 miles and the entrance to Blake Hall barn is the second pair of gates on the right, signed Blake Hall. Journey time approx 16 minutes

From Brentwood - From Brentwood centre, take A128 towards Ongar. After 6.6 miles, turn right at A128 t-junction to Ongar. Continue 1 mile through Ongar High Street to the Four Wantz roundabout and turn left signed A414 M11 and Harlow. After 1.3 miles, turn right down a side road signed to Blake Hall and Bobbingworth. Continue 0.4 miles and the entrance to Blake Hall barn is the second pair of gates on the right, signed Blake Hall. Journey time approx 18 minutes

​From Great Dunmow - From the south side of Dunmow, take the B184 signed to High Ongar and The Rodings. After 6 miles, turn right onto A1060 at Leaden Roding. After 0.7 miles, turn left onto B184 signed Fyfield and Ongar. Continue 6.5 miles to Ongar and the Four Wantz roundabout. Turn right signed A414 M11 and Harlow. After 1.3 miles, turn right down a side road signed to Blake Hall and Bobbingworth. Continue 0.4 miles and the entrance to Blake Hall barn is the second pair of gates on the right, signed Blake Hall. Journey time approx 25 minutes

Public Transport Directions

Train and Tube - Our nearest tube station is Epping (Central Line) which is 6.3 miles away. The nearest main line train is Harlow Town Mainline Station, which is 8.5 miles from us.  

Blake Hall

Type:Civil Licensed Venues

Bobbingworth, Ongar, Essex, CM5 0DG

Tel: 01277 366687

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