26/05/2020 -Update From DOWNHAM HALL

Food Delivery & PICK UP

Our Sunday Roast has gained an amazing following during lockdown, the Afternoon Tea has been selling out, and due to demand we are expanding what we are able to do. Watch out for Fish & Chips coming soon and our amazing dishes are the perfect treat to get your fix of fine dining during the crisis. Please call us on 01268 422 464 or visit our temporary shop to see what whets your appetite https://shop.downhamhall.com/


The safety of our guests and staff are our priority during the Coronavirus outbreak. Whether you are coming to stay in one of our beautiful rooms, or here for lunch or afternoon tea, we are going above and beyond the government guidelines to ensure you can relax and enjoy your time at our idyllic venue without having to worry about a thing. 

During lockdown, only key workers and the homeless are able to stay at the hotel. 


Hand Sanitiser points have been set up at guest contact areas such as the Reception desk and entrance to the Orangery.

 All staff have been trained  on routine cleaning and sanitising procedures for high touch surfaces (minimum of every hour)

We are in the lucky position of having over 3 acres of beautiful land, so our dining areas have been completely redesigned to ensure we adhere to social distancing measures. Food will be delivered on long boards. 

We have created an App so that you can order from table.

We are constantly reviewing and evolving our approach by monitoring what works at other best in class venues, constantly taking feed back from guests and our staff to deliver a gold standard service during these uncertain times. 


Rooms are deep cleaned and sanitised before guests check in.

Our staff will not enter guest rooms until after departure date.

Leave dirty towels outside your door, and new linen can be requested at reception should you require it, leave dirty linen in bags provided outside the door. We will not enter rooms to change bed linen.

A message from the owners.

We would like to thank you for your continued support during these difficult times. Whilst the hotel has been closed we have been embarking on projects to make our beautiful location even better. The wildlife has been flourishing, the gardens growing fast, so watch out for Downham Hall Springwatch updates soon. We can’t wait to show you all what we have been doing and hope to see you soon.

Christina and Andrew Metcalfe


Welcome to Downham Hall

Welcome to Downham Hall, a magnificent luxury country wedding venue and B&B built in the 17th century. A former residence of the wealthy De Beauvoir family, Downham Hall is steeped in history and stands majestically just outside the village of Downham near Billericay in Essex. This lovingly restored family run Hall is set amongst rolling hills and spectacular, quintessentially British countryside, with panoramic views that go on for miles.
An oasis of tranquillity only 45 minutes from London and within easy access to the A12, A127 and M25, this stunning, family run, country mansion, is the perfect setting for your dream wedding, baby shower, corporate event, birthday party or for you to celebrate a loved one’s life. With our elegant De Beauvoir suite with tall chandeliered ceilings, modern fireplace and tall bay window; light and airy Orangery overlooking the countryside and grounds; beautifully furnished marquee and manicured garden with outdoor terrace, we have everything you need to make your celebration unforgettable.

Stay with us

Downham Hall offers relaxed yet luxurious boutique accommodation, suitable for any length of stay, from an overnight business trip to a longer retreat to the countryside to visit our beautiful county.


As a family owned and run business with a small friendly hand-selected team, we can offer you the flexibility to make your special day truly your own.

Coffee shop

Our coffee shop is open daily in our light and airy Orangery, restored to its former glory and with the best views at Downham Hall. Our breakfast menu is available from 7 am until 9.30 am. For our lunch menu, we provide a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, light lunches and home-made cakes and pastries.

Luxury afternoon tea

Treat yourself to luxury afternoon tea with a difference in our Orangery. Here you can admire the stunning views, while enjoying a selection of delicate finger sandwiches, fresh scones with home-made preserve and a selection of cakes and pastries.

Meeting facilities & Corporate events

Have a meeting with a difference in our beautiful De Beauvoir suite or Orangery. Our modern, beautifully furnished, De Beauvoir suite, featuring high ceilings and ornate fireplace, is fitted with a wall-mounted screen and Wi-Fi.


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Discover Downham Hall and get inspired for your next stay. Browse our rooms, grounds and previous weddings / events held here.

Celebration of life

Downham Hall is an ideal location for a family to remember a loved one alongside the many friends who will attend.

Contact Us

Located in the Essex countryside in the head of a valley which heads down to the River Crouch and overlooks the Thames Estuary.