Testimonials from our 2016 couples
''Couldn't have asked for a more perfect day, it really was the best day of our lives. Thanks Sam and the High House team.''
Zoe and Jamie - 3rd October 2016
''I cannot praise Sam and the team at High House enough for the support, hard work and effort that went in to making sure we had the best wedding day. Our wedding on 1st October didn't have the best start due to weather, but Sam was reassuring and comforting throughout, and even though we had planned to get married outside, the indoor setting of the barn was perfect for our day. Our guests were so complimentary of the whole day; from the setting, friendliness of staff, the catering through to the reception in the evening, and because the HH team were so on top of everything, we could just sit back and enjoy the ride! The biggest thanks to you all again and I would thoroughly recommend this venue to anyone thinking of getting married in the Essex area.''
Emily and Gary - 1st October 2016
''We got married here in September and we can't thank everyone at High House enough especially Jean who was there from the start and helped organise the whole day so it ran smoothly, she was amazing and always willing to help so a massive thank you Jean! We felt they were extremely professional and nothing was a problem for them, I felt they really wanted to help make our day the most magical day ever. As for the venue itself it is a breath-taking place and absolutely beautiful all our guests loved the venue and they kept commenting on how amazing it was. Valentine caterers were brilliant and the food was 10/10 the staff were really helpful and very attentive to our guests. The evening BBQ was fabulous so we were told as we didn't get any! All I can say is that we cannot rate High House Weddings enough they are brilliant!''
Raj & Shaun - 23 September 2016
''I honestly cannot get over how amazing our day was yesterday. There was so much effort put in to it from you lovely people! You made us feel welcome and very relaxed. You truly are the best venue! Would 100% recommend you to anyone. The venue is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so so much! Love Viki & Nickie xxx
Viki and Nickie - 18th September 2016
''Had such a lovely day and everyone was commenting on how stunning the venue was. Thank you for making our day so special.''
Laura and John - 17th September 2016
''Dear Sam ( and every one of your team), I wish I had the words to adequately express my thanks for making my Daughters wedding the best day of my life.... and theirs. Having been to quite a few Weddings over the years ( including two of my own !! ) it is rare to find a venue and people so completely in tune with the complex emotions that a Wedding brings. You somehow manage to combine efficiency with compassion, humour with order, and imbue everyone involved with a calm serenity. I look back on the day with a sense of awe and wonderment that some 13 hours passed by in the blink of an eye, and every minute was a source of joy.... no dramas to take the gloss off. That is surely down to your incredible organisational skills and human touch. With all my heart I thank you.''
Father of the bride, Lauren and Steve - 16th September 2016
''We got married at High House on the 16.09.16. We had planned an outdoor wedding and after a week of unseasonably hot weather Friday it changed, and we are so pleased it did. Being slightly darker the barn came alive. The fairy lights twinkled and my little forehead band sparkled away. It was so special and intimate and the pictures came out stunning. Once the rain cleared up we got some great pictures in the grounds that we had dreamed of doing and had the most perfect day fr...om start to finish. All the planning paid off and the little details were fantastic. The BBQ Valentines cuisine put on was delicious and we have no idea why people say you don't eat on your wedding day as we had full plates haha! It was the most relaxed day and we were thoroughly looked after all day/night. We loved going for a walk together in the evening and sharing that special time talking about how wonderful the day had been. High House took care of everything and Sam was the most lovely presence to have with us to guide us through the day. There was nothing but love and laughter coupled with great Mojitos! We can't thank High House enough for creating a day full of more dreams come true then even of us could ever imagine. Thank you for creating the perfect venue to start our happily ever after xx''
Lauren and Steve - 16th September 2016
''Sam, you are AMAZING! You made the day so smooth and stress free and didn't allow anything to dampen the day. The venue is absolutely perfect and you should be proud of it. Our day is filled with so much happiness and joy and it is all thanks to you and your team.''
Chris and Tara - 1st September 2016
''This was our favourite venue throughout Essex and we certainly made the right decision! We got married on 28/8/16 and had the most amazing day. We were lucky to have a long wedding day and got to make use of the whole place. Sam and the team at High House thought about making our day special, taking into account what we wanted and providing advice on how it could work on the day. We always got a prompt response to our questions and Kate was extremely professional when we needed her. The venue is set in beautiful grounds and the barn is stunning! I cannot emphasise enough how fantastic the food was from Valentine Cuisine and the feedback from our guests was incredible. Marcus got everyone together at the right time, and Tony was kind enough to come out and greet our guests after a sit down meal. We were surprised how much everyone enjoyed the lawn games! When I started to worry that we were running out of time on the day to get everything done before the evening music started, Sam was on hand to reassure me, it made it so much easier just to enjoy myself. I would recommend High House to any bride and groom looking for a perfect wedding venue. Thank you again to the whole team!''
Sarah and Alex - 28th August 2016
''Best day ever. Best venue ever. Everyone was amazing. Thank you so much.''
Lyndsey and Tom - 26th August 2016
''Thank you for a truly perfect day. All the guests commented on how beautiful the venue is.''
Alexia and Craig - 25th August 2016
''We got married here at the end of August, can't praise Sam and the team at High House enough. From our initial enquiry through to us collecting something we accidentally left at the venue after the wedding, the whole team were friendly, welcoming and professional, they truly went the extra mile to ensure we had the perfect day. All of our guests commented on what a stunning venue it was. Marcus and the team from Valentines were amazing, Marcus went above and beyond to ensure ...everything was perfect and took special care of my Grandad who has special dietary requirements (my Grandad keeps talking about how well looked after he was) We had BBQ menu 2 and the evening bacon butty service, the food was amazing, all of our guests commented on how great it was with some stating it was the best food they've ever had at a wedding. Even our photographer commented on how impressed he was with the catering team. A huge thank you to everyone involved in helping our wedding run so wonderfully.''
Lauren and Ben - 21st August 2016
''We got married at High House on 15.8.16, the venue and staff were absolutely amazing, All our guests said how beautiful the venue was. High House is a magical venue with first class staff !! Thank you so much to you all.''
Lauren and David - 15th August 2016
''We got married at High House in August and had the most magical day! The best part about it was how fun and relaxed it was! Which was exactly what we wanted for our day. All the staff were great. Our guests raved about the day and kept asking how we found such a great venue!!''
Eve and Martin - 12th August 2016
''Perfect venue! Perfect Staff! Just got married here yesterday and it was truly amazing the Staff are extremely helpful the caterers were excellent and it was what I had hoped for and more.. Would most definitely recommend it! Thank you high house for making my day perfect!''
Leyla and David - 11th August 2016
''Amazing, fantastic, the most perfect day ever! Great weather, fab venue, super food, friendly staff, wonderful wildlife, flowers.... and.... Vinnie the cat! We will treasure our memories forever.''
Tamsin and Mark - 8th August 2016
''Amazing! Every guest said that this was the best venue they had ever been to! And so well thought out! Jean, you were fab and really helped me relax! Brilliant day! Thank you all! x''
Lisa and Paul - 6th August 2016
''We would like to send our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to you and your family for ensuring that our only daughter and her now husband had their perfect wedding day. We had an amazing time at the perfect venue which was handled by everyone concerned with sensitivity and professionalism. From the time we arrived through to the next morning, nothing was too much trouble, help was always at hand if required and the whole atmosphere was stress free. Feedback from friends and family has been amazing and we would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our thanks to High House!''
Tom and Carole Smith, Mother and Father of the Bride, Chloe and Sam - 5th August 2016
''We just wanted to say a huge thank you for everything you did to help our day run so smoothly. Everything was perfect, and we couldn't have done that without the whole high house team! The day was so relaxed, and we didn't stress one bit about anything - you guys had everything under control and made the whole day relaxed and perfect. We can't thank you enough and wish you the best of luck for many more weddings!''
Chloe and Sam - 5th August 2016
''I have to say, we had an absolutely incredible wedding day. Jean was AMAZING and made sure everything was perfect for us. Also the bar staff were incredible as well. The food by Valentine Cuisine was perfect also, every guest commented on how amazing the food was and it was a lovely touch for Tony to come out and go to each table. We have had a lot of feedback from our guests with many saying its the best wedding they have been to, the best wedding food they have ever eaten and also the best UK venue for a wedding. I couldn't recommend High House more highly - it was the most perfect venue for our special day. Please extend our thanks to all your staff, they were amazing and so hospitable on the day! Thank you so so much for making it so perfect - we literally couldn't of picked a better venue!''
Katie and Sam - 29th July 2016
''We had an absolutely perfect wedding and perfect day and we know that Sam and the team went above and beyond to ensure everything went smoothly. We both think High House is the most stunning venue in the world and would very happily recommend it to anyone looking for a beautiful, laid-back and magical wedding day. Every supplier that I spoke to said how lovely Sam was and how warm her contact was with them. They also commented on how professionally the business was run whilst at the same time, keeping the family-run feel. All of our guests were blown away by the day and all said what a fab time they had. Also, thank you so much for our card and flowers, they were beautiful and a lovely added extra that we weren't expecting. We wish High House and all its team all the very best for the future and hope to visit again soon as a guest!''
Kylie and Greg - 27th July 2016
''Thank you so much for making our dream wedding come true. It is the most beautiful place and I can't thank Sam, Kate and everyone else for their kindness and support.''
Lavinia and Tim - 23rd July 2016
''We had such a fantastic time, the staff were lovely and very helpful. Everyone made our day so special for us! The venue looked amazing! Best venue ever. All the guests loved it and told us how amazing it is. Jean did a brilliant job, our day was perfect so thank you again!''
Bryony and Harley - 22nd July 2016
''We got married at High house on 15/07/16 and had the most amazing day! Jean and the team couldn't have been more helpful and made our day stress-free from start to finish. Our visions of what we wanted were all taken on board and nothing was too much trouble. Rob, the bar manager, was great with setting up our Pimp Your Prosecco bar and everyone had a brilliant time creating their prosecco cocktails! Throughout the day we had organised a number of surprises - all of which were kept secret from the relevant people which meant they were a real success. We know our guests also had a great time so we would just like to thank you all for everything. Such a brilliant day at an amazing venue!!''
Debbie and Mike - 15th July 2016
''We got married at High House three weeks ago and it couldn't have been more perfect. The venue was amazing, Sam and the team were excellent we can't thank you enough. Our guests said it was a stunning venue and they enjoyed the day as much as we did. We'd happily do it all over again.
Thank you so much! Xxx''
Lillie and Adam - 10th July 2016
''Huge thanks to everyone for making our day as special as it was. All of our guests had a brilliant day. The day ran so smoothly thanks to each and every one of you, thank you so much for the Prosecco and the flowers. All in all, thank you to all of you for all of your hard work and dedication. We couldn't have asked for a better day xx
Carole and Tom - 6th July 2016
''We couldn't have asked for a better day and night. Sam and all at High House/Valentines were amazing and made everything run very smoothly. Thank you very much to all. The Huntlys xx''
Safron and James - 1st July 2016
''Honestly we could not have asked for a more beautiful venue. It rained all morning but it brightened up when the time was right. We are so grateful to High House, Valentines Cuisine, Harvey but most of all Samantha. Sam, thank you for everything. You helped me so much and it just made our day more special.''
Adam and Michaela - 20th June 2016
''A totally amazing venue and everything was perfect on our wedding day on Saturday. We cannot fault any little thing and we truly had a wedding day to remember. Thank you to all fabulous staff who worked so hard to make our day so special.''
Suzanne and Stephen - 18th June 2016
''Best Day Ever. Thank you so much to Sam, Rob and the team. We had the most amazing day. You all made it so special for us, nothing was too much trouble. Everyone commented on how amazing High House is and how fabulous the food was. Ace work on the cocktails too! Thank you xxx''
Kylie and Trevor - 11th June 2016
''From the moment of our arrival just before midday, to the last guests leaving in the evening the whole day went without a hitch and I can appreciate how none of that happens without a lot of hard work by the staff! So many of our guests complimented us as they were leaving on the venue, the catering, floral displays, cake etc. as if we had anything to do with it! I do hope some of them expressed the same appreciation to you and your staff. If they didn't, I'm taking the opportunity to do so now! We all had the most fantastic and memorable day and I can't thank, or praise you highly enough. I wish you and your team every success in the future.''
Adam, Father of the Bride, Hannah and Steve - 4th June 2016
''When we came to view High House in November 2014 it was still being built and even on a grey, rainy day we could see it was going to be stunning. On the open day we knew we had chosen the perfect venue for our big day, it was so beautiful and the whole team were so cheerful and helpful. Our planning meetings were so helpful and really helped us grow the vision for our day. Both Jean and Sam made us feel like nothing was too much and thought of every detail. As for our wedding day.... we really couldn't have asked for anything more perfect! From the second I arrived with my bridesmaids, Sam made sure everything ran smoothly. The weather was beautiful and everyone was so happy and had the most fantastic day. I can honestly say our wedding was everything we imagined it to be and that is due to not only our wonderful friends and family but the brilliant High House Weddings tea and the suppliers they recommended to us. Our flowers were stunning (thank you Samantha May Floristry) and our cake was delicious and looked incredible (thank you Pinkface). Thank you Sam and the team, this was the best start to married life we could have asked for! Love and good luck for the future, Mr and Mrs Saggers xxx''
Hannah and Steve - 4th June 2016
''We got married here the 3rd June, I wish we could do it again. The staff at High House was amazing from start to finish. We are so glad we picked this lovely venue to create special memories of our special day. Such a lovely venue I can not express enough. Thank you! xx''
Geanella and Mauricio - 3rd June 2016
''This is the most perfect venue with the perfect staff, you did everything you could to make our day perfect for us. Everyone has told us how wonderful this place is and they all had such a great time. Thank you all so much.''
Viki and Dean - 28th May 2016
''We loved every minute!!! Thank you xxx''
Roberta and Ben - 29th May 2016
''The only thing I would wish is that we could relive the whole day again! Our wedding experience from start to finish was amazing. Kate, Jean and all the High House clan cannot do enough for you and nothing is too much to ask! Every single aspect of the venue is lovely, from the bridal suite to the honeymoon cottage. Our guests raved about everything, especially the food and wine! I could've stayed there forever. Thank you High House for making our day everything and more xxx''
Mollie and Danny - 25th May 2016
Testimonials from our 2015 couples
''Would totally recommend this venue. We got married here end of June and had a fantastic day, everywhere was and looked amazing. A big thank you to high house team for making it such a special day for us, our families and friends. You deserve to be the best wedding venue in Essex xx''
''Absolutely stunning venue, all our guests commented about how lovely it was. Service and hospitality is spot on too. Would thoroughly recommend it to anyone!''
''I got married at high house only a few weeks ago and have just returned from honeymoon. We were married on what was literally the rainiest day July has seen for a decade! It rained all day long! But this in no way put a dampener on the day- it was brilliant and the barn created a lovely indoor venue! Kate and the team at high house worked so hard to make the day perfect for us. We had the best day and have a brilliant set of memories to keep forever. Thanks to everyone at High house for all your hard work and making the day everything we hoped for.''
''We got married here on the 29th July 2015 and it is the most amazing venue! The staff were more than accommodating. Jean our wedding planner was fantastic and helped us to plan our day perfectly, the whole day ran smoothly without any hiccups and all our guests still comment on what a lovely venue and day it was.
We also hired our DJ and Caterers and florist through high house and they were all amazing too. It has everything you need under one roof so need to stress and worry about finding people. It was the perfect venue for us as we have 3 children and also had a lot of children attending our wedding and they loved the lawn games and feeding the fish and geese, they were kept busy all day and we didn’t have worry once about them. I’m so happy that we choose to have our wedding here as its given us the most amazing memories.''
''We had the most amazing wedding at high house! The whole day was perfect and the staff ensured that everything ran smoothly. Our guests were so impressed with the beautiful location and the different areas that were exclusively ours all day. The team couldn't do enough for us and accommodated all of our desires. Thank you for giving us the most perfect day.''
''My stepson and his lovely now wife married at high house 8.8.15. We all agreed collectively as a family that it could have not been a better day thank you to all the staff who were amazing.''
''My daughter and now son-in-law held their wedding reception at High House on Sunday 9 August 2015. They wanted "a big garden somewhere, ideally a family home". After a bit of searching we came across High House and it ticked all the boxes: beautiful grounds, fabulous facilities, polished and professional whilst still retaining that family feel... like their cat stalking the geese by the lake at the bottom of the immaculate gardens! I cannot recommend it enough. Kate and her family are passionate about their newly established business and it comes across in everything they do. The 'Monet' bridge has produced some stunning photographs, as too have the huge willow trees. And the lovingly refurbished Essex barn is a credit to her dad and his craftsmen. Go and see it all. You won't be disappointed.''
''Being a lover of the peaceful countryside, when myself and my partner came to view High House we just knew we didn't want to see anywhere else so booked our wedding in for the 16th August. We loved everything about it, the huge amount of stunning photo opportunity locations, the wildlife down at the heart shaped lake, the abundance of beautiful flowers wherever you went, the peacefulness, the fact that we could get married outside under a gorgeous thatched gazebo - where do I stop?
Jean was our event planner and was superb. After hearing stories about people being pushy in order to get you to spend more, I was slightly nervous going into our first meeting but I felt so relaxed and it felt as if we'd known each other for years, and after telling her what we wanted we found that none of it was a problem and that they just wanted us to have the day we wanted, which was so lovely. We made a schedule of what was happening at what times on the day and although we did stick to it to a certain extent, the way in which everything happened was so natural with gentle reminders from Jean about when I should be throwing my bouquet for example.
We used their in house caterers Valentines, who again were amazing. The food was phenomenal, so fresh and full of flavour and the staff were so great, really polite and friendly and couldn't do enough to help you. We also used the in house dj, Harvey, again he was really good also, getting everyone up dancing straight after our first dance, which as many people know it can be difficult to get people up.
The day on the whole was absolutely perfect. When myself and my partner went back to the secret cottage for our overnight stay we were discussing how well everything went and how we felt just pure elation from having everyone enjoy our beautiful day with us. The little things made it for us, like seeing everyone enjoying themselves playing outside with the wooden lawn games, people wandering down to the lake to see the ducks and just generally enjoying the beautiful outside space.
Overall, without a doubt this is the best wedding venue!''
''We had such a perfect day, even better than we expected. It really is a credit to the venue and staff that everything ran so smoothly. It was brilliant, the venue is beautiful, everything was flawless. Thank you all so much for making our day perfect. All the staff were spot on. Thank you xxx''
''We had a fantastic wedding here. We felt so relaxed and at home and everyone there went out of their way to help us. We definitely picked the best venue. Everything looked amazing; the grounds are beautiful you really have done an amazing job. There isn't anything you can improve on, it's truly amazing. Thank you all xxxx''
''We just wanted to say a massive thank you to all at High House for all of your hard work to make our wedding day so wonderful. We had the most amazing day and couldn't have wished for anything better. Thank you so much.''
''We got married at High House on the 2nd August 2015. It was amazing, the venue was stunning, the staff and organisational team couldn't do enough to make our day stress free, smooth and most of all fun! We got married under the gazebo, had beautiful pictures all around the picturesque grounds and then had a fun fair. This venue has it ALL, beautiful scenery, lots of options and extremely helpful staff. Couldn't recommend highly enough. We had the most amazing day, nothing was too much trouble!! If only we could do it all over again!''