Gosfield Hall is a stunning Georgian manor house set in picturesque rural Essex. Winner of Wedding Ideas Magazine ‘Best Wedding Venue’ 2011 and ‘Wedding Venue of the Year – Heritage’ at the 2012 Essex Wedding Awards, Gosfield Hall is offered exclusively to you for your wedding day. Formerly a Royal residence, the Queen Charlotte’s Oak panelled gallery with a 120 ft long aisle is perfect for wedding ceremonies and the newly licensed carriageway is a stunning location for outdoor ceremonies on sunny days.
The Marquis of Buckingham’s former ballroom provides an exquisite setting for the reception meal for up to 110 guests and there are also several grand and ornate reception rooms for you and your guests to enjoy. As we offer exclusive use of the entire house you can also invite up to 250 guests for the evening reception and party.
There are also 21 newly refurbished bedroom suites offered to you exclusively for your wedding night providing the perfect end to your special day at Gosfield Hall.
The house was built in 1545 by Sir John Wentworth, a member of Cardinal Wolsey’s household, and hosted Royal visits by Queen Elizabeth I and her grand retinue throughout the middle of the 16th century.
Sir Thomas Millington was in residence by 1691. He reconstructed The Grand Salon which remained the state banqueting hall for a long time. During the same period he had guest rooms built above The Salon. His crest – a double-headed eagle – may be seen above the central doors on the courtyard side.
The mansion was built round a central courtyard and the west front still has a fine Tudor facade. The east front was remodelled by John Knight after he came into possession in 1715 and again later in the 18th century for Earl Nugent who also remodelled the south front and created the mile long lake. In the Gardens of Gosfield Hall The magnificent Ballroom was added and the deer park landscaped to become a family home for the Marquis of Buckingham.
Later during the French Revolution, Gosfield Hall became the home of King Louis XVIII and his Queen Marie-Josephine-Louise of Savoy who had fled France and the guillotine to live in grand style with more than 350 courtiers and staff in attendance from 1807 to 1809.
Much restoration work was done by Samuel Courtauld at Gosfield Hall who owned the house between 1854 and 1881. In the early 20th century the house was virtually abandoned but did good service as a base for troops stationed in Essex during the Second World War.
Gosfield Hall is located in the heart of rural Essex, yet is only 30 minutes from Stansted Airport and the M11 to London
Gosfield Hall is a country house in Gosfield, near Braintree in Essex, England. It is a Grade I listed building.