High House Wedding Venue Guide

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High House, High House, Old Heath Road, Althorne, Essex, CM3 6EW

High House is a new wedding venue which opened in May 2015 situated in six acres of lawned gardens and rolling countryside. Highlights of the venue are the rustic Essex barn, thatched gazebo and large pond over with a stunning Monet inspired bridge. In the summer months, the venue is perfectly suited to outdoor weddings and you can have acoustic live music played outside next to the thatched gazebo and in the paved courtyard. The fairytale marquee looks absolutely beautiful when it is dressed for a wedding banquet and it has a dedicated dancefloor and sound system for the evening entertainment.

Why we like High House
High House is the type of wedding venue that you will fall completely in love with. The magic starts for the bride in the morning in the bridal dressing room with its own private pool and continues right through the day until the couple retire to the hideaway cottage in the secret garden.
When you book High House for your wedding, you are guarenteed the exclusive use of the venue for your wedding day. The story starts at 9am in the morning when the bride arrives at the venue. There is a completely unique bridal dressing room with sofas, mirrors and changing ares and it has been perfectly designed for accomodating the bridal party and all of the hair stylists and make up artists. Next to the bridal dressing room is a private swimming pool which is just right for a relaxing soak before getting dressed into the bridal gown.The path from the bridal dressing area to the thatched gazebo has been carefully created to provide a beautiful entrance for the bride at the wedding ceremony. It is also really nice to find a venue that understands that nobody wants to walk across grass in high heels on their wedding day!!The groomsmen can all arrive and meet guests in the stable courtyard which has its own bar - perfect for pre-ceremony jitters. This is a really great space with an incredible atmosphere. Exactly what you need on your wedding day!!It is not often that the venue toilets get a mention in our venue guides - but at High Barn, the high level of detail and care has not escaped the rest rooms. At the venue launch day, we overheard a number of couples saying 'Have you seen the toilets? They are amazing!'.One of the really special areas at High House is the hideaway bungalow in the secret garden. This bungalow is for the couple on their wedding night and it is absolutely adorable. Not only does it have the comfiest bed in the world but it is fully of really cute extra touches that remind you of how much High House want to make your wedding day extra special.

High House Key Facts

Can you get married outside at High House Can you get married outside

Do they have parking for guests at High House Do they have parking for guests

Do they have inhouse catering at High House Do they have inhouse catering

Do they have a resident DJ at High House Do they have a resident DJ

Do they have accommodation  for the bride at High House Do they have accommodation for the bride

Is High House licensed for civil ceremonies? Is the venue licensed for civil ceremonies?

Do they have a piano at High House Do they have a piano

Is there a room for the bride to get ready in at High House Is there a room for the bride to get ready in?

Can you have exclusive use of High House Do you get exclusive use of the venue?

Is amplified music allowed at High House Is amplified music allowed?

Does High House have a bar Does the venue have a bar?

Does the bar at High House accept credit card payments Does the bar accept credit card payments?

Does High House have step free access to all rooms Does the venue have step free access to all rooms?

What is the maximum capacity:

200

Do they have guest bedrooms?:

yes

What time can you arrive at the venue in the morning?

09:00

What time does the bar close?

23:30

What time does the music stop at the end of the night?

23:30

Other notes about High House:

No amplified music is allowed before 6pm (except for during the wedding ceremony). Digital pianos are permitted at High House with permission from the venue. After 6pm, amplified music is only permitted through the inbuilt marquee sound system.

High House Wedding Venue video tour


Rooms at High House



Marquee

When the time comes for guests to be seated our elegant marquee offers the perfect setting. With views to the lake, (spectacular at sunset!), the highly impressive space will wow your guests. The wedding marquee can be prepared to accommodate anything from an all-day informal barbecue to a genteel wedding breakfast. The decision is yours. As dusk falls the marquee comes to life for your evening celebrations. Benefitting from a dance floor reveal (your party is hidden away until the evening), twinkling starcloth lining, stage, and black and white dance floor, you can be sure of an amazing party atomosphere.

Marquee at High House

Is Marquee suitable for ceremony Suitable for ceremony

Is Marquee suitable for drinks reception Suitable for drinks reception

Is Marquee suitable for wedding breakfast Suitable for wedding breakfast

Is Marquee suitable for turnaround period Suitable for turnaround period

Is Marquee suitable for evening reception Suitable for evening reception

Is there a grand piano (in good condition)

Is digital piano music allowed

Capacity of Room

The maximum capacity of the marquee for a seated dinner is 200 guests.

Supplier Access, Unloading and Set Up

Parking, loading and access to the marquee is from the main carpark. Load in through the main entrance of the marquee, past the bar. The venue has a resident DJ who is included in the venue hire charges.

Power Supply

tbc - where is the power??


Stable Courtyard

Overlooking the pond and stunning bridge it offers the perfect setting for guests to mingle and assemble for photographs. The remaining grounds, over six acres in total are available for guests to wander through, admire the pretty English country gardens, orchard and enjoy lawn games. You can have a digital grand piano for use in this area, located inside the doorway of the barn.

Stable Courtyard at High House

Is Stable Courtyard suitable for ceremony Suitable for ceremony

Is Stable Courtyard suitable for drinks reception Suitable for drinks reception

Is Stable Courtyard suitable for wedding breakfast Suitable for wedding breakfast

Is Stable Courtyard suitable for turnaround period Suitable for turnaround period

Is Stable Courtyard suitable for evening reception Suitable for evening reception

Is there a grand piano (in good condition)

Is digital piano music allowed

Capacity of Room

tbc - This is an outside area of the venue and there is no limit to the capacity. The maximum capcity for the venue is ???

Supplier Access, Unloading and Set Up

The easiest way for suppliers to access the stable courtyard is through the Essex Barn. If the weather is not appropriate for your musician to be performing outside, then they can set up in the door way of the barn so that they are in sight of all your guests.tbc - Access for wedding cars / ice cream carts and other vehicles is across the lawn.

Power Supply

Power sockets are available in the Essex Barn. Your supplier will have to bring a long extension cable in order to run power out into the courtyard.


Thatched gazebo

Offering simply stunning views down to the aptly heart-shaped lake, an abundance of wildlife and pretty country flowers fill the view providing a simply stunning backdrop for your vows. Pretty, elegant white wooden folding chairs surround our rustic aisle pergola offering the Bride and her bridal party a very special entrance.

Thatched gazebo at High House

Is Thatched gazebo suitable for ceremony Suitable for ceremony

Is Thatched gazebo suitable for drinks reception Suitable for drinks reception

Is Thatched gazebo suitable for wedding breakfast Suitable for wedding breakfast

Is Thatched gazebo suitable for turnaround period Suitable for turnaround period

Is Thatched gazebo suitable for evening reception Suitable for evening reception

Is there a grand piano (in good condition)

Is digital piano music allowed

Capacity of Room

tbc - This is an outside venue, so space is not limited. This means that you can have ??? guests for outdoor wedding ceremonies at High House.

Supplier Access, Unloading and Set Up

The best way to access the Thatched Gazebo is from the main car park. There is a paved path leading from the car park to the gazebo and it is wide enough for wheeling flight cases. Suppliers can set up on the grass to the side of the gazebo. There is no area of cover for musicians next to the gazebo, so bear in mind that precautions will have to be made for providing shade on hot sunny days and for providing cover on showery days!

Power Supply

tbc - Power for the Thatched Gazebo has to be run from the marquee. A heavy duty outdoor extension cable is recommended for this.


Grade II Listed Barn

Dating back to 1790 and lovingly restored, the barn retains its wonderful character with rustic oak beams and exposed red brick. Full height windows flood the space with light, providing couples with a very special setting to say 'I do'.

Grade II Listed Barn at High House

Is Grade II Listed Barn suitable for ceremony Suitable for ceremony

Is Grade II Listed Barn suitable for drinks reception Suitable for drinks reception

Is Grade II Listed Barn suitable for wedding breakfast Suitable for wedding breakfast

Is Grade II Listed Barn suitable for turnaround period Suitable for turnaround period

Is Grade II Listed Barn suitable for evening reception Suitable for evening reception

Is there a grand piano (in good condition)

Is digital piano music allowed

Capacity of Room

The Essex Barn will seat 130 wedding guests for a civil ceremony.

Supplier Access, Unloading and Set Up

For access to the Essex Barn, suppliers can park in the gravel car park in front of the original farm house. The entrance to this carpark is on a separate driveway to the main venue entrance.Loading into the barn is through large double doors with a small step. It is possible to load straight into the barn with a van ramp, although we recommend putting a carpet under the ramp to protect the beautiful stone floor.Set up can be in a number of places (depending on the number of guests), so check with the wedding co-ordinator on the day. If you want to make a feature of your supplier (perhaps they are providing a grand piano or a harp) then it can be nice to have them set up in front of the glass double doors in the middle of the barn.

Power Supply

The Essex Barn has two double power sockets - one at the front of the barn and another at the back of the barn. We would recommend that any suppliers bring a long extension cable with them so that they can run the power to wherever they need to set up their equipment. Bring plenty of high quality gaffa tape to secure the extension cable into place around the room.


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