Frequently Asked Questions
Things we think you want to know
We are sure you will have a million questions, please see below for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions!
With full bar facilities and use of the house and grounds, arriving the night before the wedding provides the perfect opportunity for you and your closest friends and family to meet and relax before your wedding day.
After a restful night’s sleep, wake on the morning of your wedding feeling refreshed and revived with a full English breakfast served to you and your guests in your bedroom or in our Grill Room Restaurant.
We could organise a range of outdoor activities such as clay pigeon shooting and archery for the men to enjoy while the ladies can be pampered by our in-house beauty therapists before the rest of your guests start to arrive.
TAKE YOUR TIME
No need to leave straight away! For those guests wishing to make the most of the occasion we can offer a choice of brunch, Sunday lunch or even a picnic the day after the wedding and a late bedroom checkout to fully enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Down Hall.
PLANNING YOUR WEDDING DAY
From an intimate ceremony in our historic Prior Suite, a lavish wedding breakfast in the stylish Bridgeman Suite to the perfect pictures in the extensive gardens, Down Hall provides a magical backdrop to your fairytale wedding.
Down Hall is the perfect location to host all the elements of your perfect wedding day or as the venue for the celebrations after your church ceremony.
After celebrating the happiest day of your life with your closest friends and family, in the most beautiful of surroundings, it is time to retire to our newly redecorated bridal suite to reminisce on what has been a perfect wedding day.
With 99 bedrooms, there is plenty of room for your loved ones as well so you can meet for breakfast in the morning to relive the day together. Our Down Hall breakfast is either served in our Grill Room restaurant or in a private room for you and your guests.
Questions about Down Hall as a venue
Is Down Hall easy to find?
We are located just 10 minutes from the M11 & two British Rail Stations (Sawbridgeworth and Harlow Mill)
Is Down Hall licensed to carry out civil weddings?
Yes we can cater for ceremonies from 4 guests to 180 guests
What authority does it come under and can they supply names and contact details for the registrar?
Uttlesford District Council who can be contacted on 0845 603 7632
Do I have to make arrangements with the registrar?
Yes, unfortunately we can not do this for you. Please click here for the current Registrars Fees.
How many guests can Down Hall accommodate?
180 guests for wedding breakfast/180 seated for civil ceremony
How many car parking spaces are available?
Does Down Hall allow confetti to be thrown?
No, unfortunately not
Does Down Hall allow candles to be lit in the reception room?
Yes we allow tea lights or candelabras
Does Down Hall allow professional firework displays?
Yes (Terms & Conditions may apply)
Does Down Hall have landing permission should we want a helicopter to whisk us away after the evening reception?
Yes there is no landing fee
Questions about the Rooms
Does Down Hall offer the option of a marquee?
Yes (subject to availability)
Are there separate rooms provided for the wedding, reception, meal, evening reception, etc?
Down Hall offers separate rooms for Civil Ceremony & Wedding Breakfast. The evening reception, buffet & bar are all in one room.
Is there a room provided for the use of ‘Bride and Groom’ for the day?
Is there a dressing room that the Bride and Bridesmaids can use prior to the ceremony?
When can we have access to begin setting up the room in terms of decorating it with balloons, flowers, banners, etc?
Down Hall will set up any table decorations. Outside suppliers can have access to the room on the morning of the wedding
If the evening reception is being held in a room that is being used for something else earlier in the day, do you require the DJ/Band to setup their equipment beforehand?
No although this would be your choice
Is there an area that could be used as a crèche if needed?
Yes you may book a conference room to use as a crèche
Is there a quieter area for older guests to get away from the noise of a band/DJ?
The lounge area will be available
If rooms are available for overnight accommodation, how many?
Down Hall has 99 bedrooms that can be booked on a preferential rate
What are the costs for overnight accommodation?
Accommodation rates very depending on the time of year that your booking takes place, but they are from £135 including breakfast for two people.
Is breakfast included?
Yes all of our rates are inclusive of bed & breakfast
What is the checkout time the following day?
Do you have a room where you are able to store wedding presents until we are able to collect them and are you insured for any loss or damage to these presents?
No – the bridal party are responsible for all gifts
Questions about Food and Catering
Does Down Hall insist on doing all the catering?
Yes – we cannot accommodate external caterers unless there is a marquee
Can Down Hall supply examples of suggested menus along with prices?
Yes – please download our Wedding Brochure to see our wedding breakfast menu.
Does Down Hall include a cake stand and knife if required?
Yes – this is included in all of our packages
Does Down Hall have a preferred order of service?
We work with the Bride & Groom to organise a day to suit their needs
What time does Down Hall offer an alcohol license until?
The residents bar can stay open as long as there are guests using it (at the night manager’s discretion)
What time does Down Hall insist the reception finishes by?
As standard our function bar closes at 11:45am with music to finish by 12am.
Does Down Hall insist on supplying the wine and champagne?
Yes – Unfortunately we do not allow corkage
Various other frequently asked questions
Does Down Hall have a Public Address (PA) system that can be used for speeches?
What facilities are available if the weather is poor?
The newly refurbished West Wing Lounge area is available
What photographic locations are there?
There are many different alternatives to accommodate all eventualities with the weather
Does Down Hall have special arrangements with, or details of local Bed & Breakfasts for guests to stay at?
We can supply a list of some alternative accommodation
Does Down Hall have any arrangements with local cab companies that offer a reasonably priced and reliable service?
Yes – these can be ordered via the free phone at reception
Is it OK for the photographer/videographer to visit Down Hall beforehand to get an idea of what they can expect on the day?
Yes we encourage this
Can Down Hall recommend local suppliers?
Yes – please see the website for our preferred suppliers list