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Ashwells barn wedding and reception venue in Essex provides the perfect setting for your special day...


Barn wedding venue in essexMany years ago, Ashwells farm and barn in Brentwood presented a very different picture to how it is today. The old hay barn with worn and uneven cobbles, surrounded by stables and outbuildings had tons of character and charm but was masked by the smells and disorderliness of an old farm building.

The old hay barn and surrounding buildings, which go back several hundred years to Tudor times, were lovingly restored and opened to the public in 1987. With its new lease of life the barn now provides a setting of immense charm for barn weddings in Essex.

The historic barn is a photogenic masterpiece, providing the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos. The barn also has its own reception area, bar, lounge and restaurant area which you can make full use of with your barn wedding.

The barn is set in the gentle quietness of the Essex countryside, yet just two miles from the M25 and Brentwood, and seven miles from historic Ongar, meaning it is easily accessible for both you and your guests.

It is the living concept of the phrase Dickens coined for A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens used it as a watchword to illustrate the way a political prisoner had been rescued from the Bastille and was being rehabilitated by people who cared. He would have approved of it being used to describe the transformation that gave old farm buildings a new future, also by the people who cared.

barn wedding venue in brentwoodThe original farm buildings (which go back several hundred years) have been lovingly restored and thoughtfully refurbished and given a new lease of life to provide a setting of immense charm and a facility well in keeping with the needs of the modern world.

We know that it took a family with vision and great determination to transform such an unpromising relic, into the smart, and very busy facility known to members and visitors today as the Ashwells Sports and Country Club.

Because of the existence of Ashwells, John Evans and his family rebuilt the old hay barn which now serves as the main focal point for members with its reception area, bar, lounge, restaurant area and TV lounge.

Together with the club's heated pool and courtyard, (dug out of the cobbled stone yard), the gymnasium and Business Centre, which once housed farm tools and horses, wedding / receptions room, and the landscaped gardens which include tennis courts and running track, it provides the backdrop for a scene of immense charm well appreciated by members and their guests of the club.

Since its reopening the barn has gone from strength to strength, despite the recession . . . Its ever-expanding membership list points to that success; it more justifies the family's dream and the vision they had which brought past and present together in such splendid style.

By night, or by day, Ashwells Sports and Country Club is not just a photogenic masterpiece. It is one of energy and relaxation, of leisure and business - a venue to celebrate, exhibit or to meet in, or simply to enjoy dinner with friends. It is a place to just enjoy.

Best of all it is, once again, part of our heritage.

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