With the new regulations to ensure guest safety we have chosen to change things slightly here at Downham Hall and return our offering in parts. Our bedrooms are now open to book again, we have always cleaned thoroughly but have some extra steps in place, we are now open to all visitors.

For our food side, we have reopened with our Pizza offering from our new wood fired pizza oven. This is more weather dependent but allow diners to sit well spaced out in the frontage of Downham Hall. Bookings are now available on our “Book a Table” system and we will also allow takeaway through a new order online system.

Our Sunday lunches return Sunday 12th July, with 2 and 3 course options. Bookings now available for every Sunday forwards.

Afternoon teas are the following week on Thursday 16th July, we will now do Afternoon Teas, 3 days a week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We are limiting to 3 days as they need more kitchen space which is hard to do safely more than 3 days a week.

Brunch is another new offering and replaces our former lunch menu and will start Wednesday 15th July.

Our events are mainly disrupted for the rest of the year but we will follow government guidelines to do what is allowed and safe.

During lockdown we have tried to stay as active as we could and thanks to all those who ordered our takeaway and delivery options. It has been a very challenging time for the business of course but we still see a future where we can continue the project to bring the lovely building and setting into public usage and keep reinvesting to help the progress march on.

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.

Food @ Downham Hall

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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Celebration of life

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

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