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. Essex boasts many historic, architectural treasures, 350 miles of coastline and many family tourist destinations. Downham Hall itself is surrounded by countryside walks, ideal for those wishing to take in the breath-taking scenery on foot.
Each of our five double bedrooms are individually designed and celebrate the Hall’s original features alongside modern comfort and luxury and overlook the countryside and valley below. In the morning, join us in our Orangery and soak in the views while drinking freshly made coffee and enjoying a full English or continental breakfast. To find out more and to book, click here.
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. Our experienced wedding planner will be on hand to support you throughout your wedding planning process and on the day, to ensure your dream wedding goes smoothly.
Following your ceremony at neighbouring St Margeret’s Church, we invite you to celebrate your day at historic Downham Hall, with our moat-side marquee, beautifully manicured garden and outdoor terrace.
Guests will walk down our lavender lined pathway to our impressive lobby, with its glittering chandelier sweeping staircase and inviting log fireplace. Here they can be greeted with a drink before being taken through to our Orangery, with its glass roof and stunning panoramic views of rolling hills and our fully furnished marquee, decorated to your taste.
Get ready in style in your bridal dressing room and enjoy your wedding night in our luxurious garden suite, which overlooks the north-wing garden and valley below. To find out more, click here.
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, serving locally sourced, home cooked full English and continental breakfasts. Enjoy eggs from our own chickens and sausages and bacon from our local farm.
For our lunch menu, we provide a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, light lunches and home-made cakes and pastries. We also have a wide range of hot and cold refreshments. For a full list and to view our breakfast and lunch menu’s, please visit our coffee shop page here.
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. For more information on our afternoon tea and to book, please click here.
Meeting facilities and 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. With a capacity of up to 45 people, this function room is perfect for presentations, product launches, team meetings, conferences or team away days. For smaller meetings, we have our light and airy Orangery. With glass roof and panoramic views of the countryside and north grounds, there really is no better place than this for blue sky thinking. Downham Hall can also be booked for corporate events, with a capacity of up to 110 people. Refreshments and catering can be provided. Please contact us, to discuss your requirements.