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Hylands House, Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8WQ

Surrounded by landscaped parkland, Hylands offers the best of both worlds – a spectacular Grade II* listed mansion with meticulously restored period rooms and the Grand Pavilion presenting timeless glamour.

Hylands Estate is over 250 years old and in the late 18th century, the owner commissioned landscape designer Humphry Repton to redesign the surrounding parkland and enlarge the house in line with the fashionable Romantic movement. Repton’s influence is still seen today, in the white stucco, neo-classical façade and in its natural, spacious exterior. A short walk from the house, our Pleasure Gardens offer colourful traditional and contemporary vistas which provide the perfect backdrop for wedding photos.They’re a couple of miles from the heart of Chelmsford, meaning their wedding venue offers quick transport links to London, Stansted Airport and the rest of East Anglia.

Hylands House Key Facts

Can you get married outside at Hylands House Can you get married outside

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

Do they have inhouse catering at Hylands House Do they have inhouse catering

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

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

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

Do they have a piano at Hylands House Do they have a piano

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

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

Is amplified music allowed at Hylands House Is amplified music allowed?

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

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

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

What is the maximum capacity:

Can accommodate up to 300 guests for a seated meal.

Do they have guest bedrooms?:

no

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

10:00

What time does the bar close?

11:30pm or at 12:30am with a late license (additional cost)

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

midnight or 1am with a late license (additional cost)

Other notes about Hylands House:

The house has a lift to each floor and a disabled toilet on each floor. The pavillion has ramp access.

Rooms at Hylands House



The Library

As part of the service at Hylands, they give you the option to have our complimentary Bridal Room.This peaceful room has views over the stunning grounds across to the Serpentine Lake. It gives you the chance to apply the finishing touches to your appearance over a glass of champagne.They also make the Bridal Room available to the happy couple throughout their wedding day, as a place for you both to retreat to before returning refreshed and ready to continue celebrating with family and friends.

Is The Library suitable for ceremony Suitable for ceremony

Is The Library suitable for drinks reception Suitable for drinks reception

Is The Library suitable for wedding breakfast Suitable for wedding breakfast

Is The Library suitable for turnaround period Suitable for turnaround period

Is The Library suitable for evening reception Suitable for evening reception


Entrance hall

With its traditional chequered marble floor, it is an ideal place to twirl the night away, from that all-important ‘first dance’ to the end of the evening when there are always a number of hardy souls not ready to stop celebrating just yet!

Entrance hall at Hylands House

Is Entrance hall suitable for ceremony Suitable for ceremony

Is Entrance hall suitable for drinks reception Suitable for drinks reception

Is Entrance hall suitable for wedding breakfast Suitable for wedding breakfast

Is Entrance hall suitable for turnaround period Suitable for turnaround period

Is Entrance hall suitable for evening reception Suitable for evening reception


Terrace room

The terrace room links with the Grand Staircase bar and the Entrance Hall and is perfect for dancing and socialising. Its architectural detailing is simple, yet stylish, offering you a blank canvas for any bespoke theme you wish to create.The floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the terrace, lawns and landscaped parkland towards the Serpentine Lake. During warmer evenings, your guests could mingle outside, enjoying the stunning views, or even take a stroll to the Pleasure Gardens.

Terrace room at Hylands House

Is Terrace room suitable for ceremony Suitable for ceremony

Is Terrace room suitable for drinks reception Suitable for drinks reception

Is Terrace room suitable for wedding breakfast Suitable for wedding breakfast

Is Terrace room suitable for turnaround period Suitable for turnaround period

Is Terrace room suitable for evening reception Suitable for evening reception

Capacity of Room

70 guests for a ceremony. 60 seated guests for a meal

Grand pavilion

Complete with sparking chandeliers and ivory drapes, The Grand Pavilion offers a contemporary celebration space, perfect for you to decorate in your own unique wedding décor style. The floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural light to wash over the room whilst guests enjoy private views of the courtyard garden with steps leading to romantic walks in the Pleasure Gardens and landscaped parkland beyond.

Grand pavilion at Hylands House

Is Grand pavilion suitable for ceremony Suitable for ceremony

Is Grand pavilion suitable for drinks reception Suitable for drinks reception

Is Grand pavilion suitable for wedding breakfast Suitable for wedding breakfast

Is Grand pavilion suitable for turnaround period Suitable for turnaround period

Is Grand pavilion suitable for evening reception Suitable for evening reception

Capacity of Room

300 seated guests for a meal

Small Dining room

Part of the original Georgian house and dating back to 1730, the room is a great choice for a ceremony or to host a drinks reception. Light floods in the beautiful bay windows, which overlook neatly clipped lawns and parkland beyond.Its open plan room layout is ideal for small receptions because it links with the Entrance Hall and the Grand Staircase bar. It also benefits from attractive and interesting architectural features including Ionic pillars, an Adam-style fireplace and a striking Rococo-style mirror.

Small Dining room at Hylands House

Is Small Dining room suitable for ceremony Suitable for ceremony

Is Small Dining room suitable for drinks reception Suitable for drinks reception

Is Small Dining room suitable for wedding breakfast Suitable for wedding breakfast

Is Small Dining room suitable for turnaround period Suitable for turnaround period

Is Small Dining room suitable for evening reception Suitable for evening reception

Capacity of Room

40 guests for a ceremony. 30 seated guests for a meal

Drawing Room

It has a fabulously ornate and gilded ceiling, which is complemented by the gorgeous hand-painted wall motifs and stunning marble fireplace. The room is completed by the elegant Victorian chandelier and a Cottage Broadwood piano. The result is an attractive room with the utmost in style and sophistication, the perfect setting for your ceremony.The Drawing Room is dual aspect overlooking beautiful parkland towards the Serpentine Lake and, because the french doors open up onto the East Terrace, it gives a wonderful view of the Rose Terrace and parkland beyond, making it feel like you are bringing the beautiful outside into the ceremony.

Drawing Room at Hylands House

Is Drawing Room suitable for ceremony Suitable for ceremony

Is Drawing Room suitable for drinks reception Suitable for drinks reception

Is Drawing Room suitable for wedding breakfast Suitable for wedding breakfast

Is Drawing Room suitable for turnaround period Suitable for turnaround period

Is Drawing Room suitable for evening reception Suitable for evening reception

Capacity of Room

80 guests for a ceremony

Banqueting room

The room is decorated with 24 carat gold leaf swag and scroll decorations, silk lined walls and hand painted wall motifs, completing the luxurious look is a French marble fireplace.Its floor-to-ceiling windows let the light stream in and give a stunning view of the back lawn, parkland and Serpentine Lake beyond.

Banqueting room at Hylands House

Is Banqueting room suitable for ceremony Suitable for ceremony

Is Banqueting room suitable for drinks reception Suitable for drinks reception

Is Banqueting room suitable for wedding breakfast Suitable for wedding breakfast

Is Banqueting room suitable for turnaround period Suitable for turnaround period

Is Banqueting room suitable for evening reception Suitable for evening reception

Capacity of Room

110 guests for a ceremony. 80 seated guests for a meal

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Real Weddings reviews of Hylands House

One of the best way to learn about if Hylands House is the right venue for you is to speak to couples who have had their wedding at the venue before.

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Daniel Turner got married at Hylands House on the 15th May 2015

How would you rate Hylands House out of 5?

Why did you choose Hylands House for your wedding?

I'm originally from Chelmsford but now live in Wales so it was the perfect choice. The price was on par and the back drop would create amazing photos. It houses the entire day and has a grandeur that is understated but not too in your face.

What was the best thing about Hylands House?

If you get the perfect warm day and sun at Hylands the use of the gardens and people milling about on the lawn are a perfect mix.

How helpful were the staff at Hylands House before the event?

If I'm honest they were ok but didn't go out of their way. The minimum befitted the council stereotype. But also we didn't have a lot of questions and there was one individual that shone.

How helpful were the staff at Hylands House on the day of the event?

The staff on the day we're fine. It felt a bit time pressured and we weren't going to be hurried. We didn't really see them a great deal and they stayed behind the scenes.

What did you wish you knew about Hylands House before getting married?

I wish they hadn't put up the semi permanent structure and kept the courtyard to the side. When we booked we weren't informed until it was too late.

What tips would you give someone getting married at Hylands House?

Take your time.
Enjoy your day. It goes quick.
Don't put your jacket on the statue in the lobby....

Maria got married at Hylands House on the 22nd November 2014

How would you rate Hylands House out of 5?

Why did you choose Hylands House for your wedding?

It was just beautiful. I first went there then the wedding farye was on and it was just amazing... I could see myself getting married there. It's just around the corner from where I live. There's just no other place like it

What was the best thing about Hylands House?

The rooms were so pretty. Every guess commented and said how nice it was inside and out

How helpful were the staff at Hylands House before the event?

The staff were great. Did everything I asked of them. They even showed me and step by step what it'll be like in the day

How helpful were the staff at Hylands House on the day of the event?

Amazing! Nothing was too much for them.

What did you wish you knew about Hylands House before getting married?

Nothing

Claire got married at Hylands House on the 12th July 2013

How would you rate Hylands House out of 5?

Why did you choose Hylands House for your wedding?

We chose hylands house because we loved how grand it was and also loved how ornate it was as we wanted a very traditional wedding.

What was the best thing about Hylands House?

We loved the fact we had exclusive use therefore got to move around the house and make use of most of the rooms. The photos turned out beautiful as there is so much attention to detail inside the house itself aswel as the gardens.

How helpful were the staff at Hylands House before the event?

We did not require much correspondence with the venue itself but if ever we needed to contact thm they were very friendly and helpful.

How helpful were the staff at Hylands House on the day of the event?

I did not encounter any problems on the day itself everything wash handled behind the scenes from both the house staff and my amazing caterers.

What did you wish you knew about Hylands House before getting married?

I don't think there is anything I didn't know about the venue before I booked. They do not allow any flames so candles or fireworks or lanterns anywhere in the house or grounds but this was made clear to me before booking.

What tips would you give someone getting married at Hylands House?

Go to hylands before the big day to have a wander around the gardens and house to look for photo ideas as it tends to get hectic on the day and hylands has so many hidden spots for a beautiful photo specially in the gardens as they are so big.

Mrs Leanne Lockhart-Hawkins got married at Hylands House on the 5th October 2012

How would you rate Hylands House out of 5?

Why did you choose Hylands House for your wedding?

It was local as we lived in Chelmsford, we visited the park often for dog walks and events so it meant a lot to us, plus it is a stunning house.

What was the best thing about Hylands House?

The house was beautiful inside so needed next to no dressing up, plus it was the perfect size for the number of guests we had. It was intimate yet enough different areas for it to feel spacious.

How helpful were the staff at Hylands House before the event?

Very helpful, we had no issues and everything got sorted stress free.

How helpful were the staff at Hylands House on the day of the event?

Once again very helpful, the day run smoothly.

What did you wish you knew about Hylands House before getting married?

We knew all we needed beforehand, cannot think of anything else we would want to know!

What tips would you give someone getting married at Hylands House?

1) Do it, you won't regret it.
2) Enjoy the house as it is, it's beautiful with lots of photo opportunities, especially on the stairs and outside around the grounds.
3) Less is more - the house has lots of different small rooms so keep your guest list small to prevent crowding.

Nicola Dickins got married at Hylands House on the 23rd June 2012

How would you rate Hylands House out of 5?

Why did you choose Hylands House for your wedding?

Location and the fact that the ceremony and reception could be under one roof. We loved the grounds and building too.

What was the best thing about Hylands House?

A very dramatic setting. It felt very special and was just the type of atmosphere we wanted from our wedding venue.

How helpful were the staff at Hylands House before the event?

They were really helpful if i remember correctly. Had quite a lot of contact and was made to feel special.

How helpful were the staff at Hylands House on the day of the event?

A little bit disorganised on the day but nothing too bad. We could come back the next day and collect our presents and leftover cake which was great. Also we were not charged any corkage fee on the wine and the bar was reasonable.

What did you wish you knew about Hylands House before getting married?

That people can just walk up to you in the grounds as it a public park. I thought a little area would be cornered off but apparently not!

What tips would you give someone getting married at Hylands House?

Bring your own wine - no corkage fee! Make use of the bedrooms upstairs for changing in. Saviour the moment - it passes too quickly!

Victoria Waller got married at Hylands House on the 14th April 2012

How would you rate Hylands House out of 5?

Why did you choose Hylands House for your wedding?

The location and the look of the venue.

What was the best thing about Hylands House?

It had a good feel and a lovely atmosphere.

How helpful were the staff at Hylands House before the event?

Yes mostly, they held back some information that would of been helpful.

How helpful were the staff at Hylands House on the day of the event?

Very helpful.

What tips would you give someone getting married at Hylands House?

It was a bit squashed in the location where people had reception drinks. Don't worry too much about all the details it comes together in the end.

Average rating by real brides for Hylands House is:

They scored 93.333333333333% based on the opinions of 6 people who got married at Hylands House.

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