Check out our latest very special offer which includes everything you need to be married for the amazing price of only £7,500!
Once again we are teaming up with Main Event Wedding Shows to host a Wedding Show at Spains Hall - come and meet our suppliers, and chat about your big day with the people who can make it perfect! Entry is free but please register here
Katherine and Marcus
We held our Spring wedding at Spains Hall in April 2013, and throughout the whole planning process we experienced absolutely first class service, our contact with all of the staff at Spains Hall exceeded our expectations, they were highly competent, thoughtful, understanding and we never ever felt like we were anything other than their top priority. We would recommend Spains Hall to anyone, it is clearly an absolutely beautiful venue, that is obvious to anyone, it is finished to such a high standard and everything from the food to the decoration is of the highest quality. More than that, though, the staff at Spains Hall (particularly Gill, who is one of the kindest and most competent women I have ever met) made us feel so special and so ‘looked after’. If I could do it all again, I absolutely wouldn’t hesitate to choose Spains Hall.
Read what other couples have said on our Testimonials page.
Special Offer - Saturday 10th August 2013
(due to unexpected availability)
Venue Fee Only £3,500 including VAT
Exclusive use of the venue and grounds
Our beautiful Coach House & Spains Hall for your Ceremony
Outside Ceremony Area within our Rose Garden
Front of House Manager
Standard table linen, crockery & cutlery
All waiting staff
All catering staff
Full bar facilities
Car parking for you and your guests
Our Events Manager to help you plan your special day
**Food and Drink at extra cost**
The above venue hire offer is only valid if a booking is made before 31st May 2013
Our first Mucky Races cross-country event was a huge success. But don’t just take our word for it, check out what everyone else has been saying on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/spainshallestate.
It was excellent to see so many people at Spains to pit themselves against such a challenging course, everyone enjoyed themselves and we are hugely grateful to Mucky Races for putting the event on. Check out the article in the Dunmow Broadcast.
Check out the taster video made by Red Carpet Video...
We have some availability for Weddings in June and July 2013. Please Contact Us for more information on special prices and dates.
Nature’s toughest muddiest obstacles all in one place! The course is full of icy water and mud- filled pits. We bring this all together into one adrenalin charged mudfest and you have to ‘Run The Gauntlet’! This course is tough and bit scary.
£25 Early Bird Entry Fee Ends 1 Feb
12km & 5km Races
Goodie Bag, T-shirt & Prizes
07/04/2013. 11am start time
£5 fee for spectators
For more information and to register visit the website www.muckyraces.co.uk
We are delighted to have received a 5 out of 5 score for our most recent food hygiene assessment, another perfect result for us and for our clients! Check out the rating on the Food Standards Agency Website.
Couples who held their weddings at Spains Hall during 2011, were invited to a unique event at Spains Hall by Sir Timothy and Lady Ruggles-Brise on Sunday.
In the spring sunshine former Brides and Grooms, with their families and friends were asked to plant a tree in memory of their wedding day or ceremony at Spains Hall.
Some forty guests enjoyed the Spains Hall hospitality, starting the event with a champagne – bucks fizz reception prior to planting their own tree in the glorious grounds of Spains Hall followed by a celebratory lunch in the Stables.
Sir Timothy commented, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome so many couples and their families back to Spains to mark the great occasion of their wedding. The opportunity to plant your own tree is designed to maintain a long and happy association with The Spains Hall Estate. Couples are encouraged to revisit Spains in the future to see their tree and to remember their great day.”
For full details see our website http://www.spainshall.co.uk/weddings/wedding_club/
Spains Hall restoration nominated for prestigious RICS Architecture Award
2010 saw the completion of an historic renovation of Spains Hall manor house, Finchingfield in Essex. The culmination of almost two years work by a team of skilled craftsmen, Spains Hall is now looking better than ever and forms part of a thriving Weddings and Hospitality business as well as being a wonderful family home. Today Spains Hall stands proudly in its stunning rural Essex surroundings offering an unrivalled experience to all those who celebrate there, thanks in no small part to the quality and attention to detail of the renovation team, headed by Kay Pilsbury Architects.
“Stripping the house back down to its bones gave us the opportunity to learn a great deal about how it has evolved since the early 15th Century.” said Sir Timothy Ruggles-Brise, Spains Hall’s current owner.
“For instance we now know that the original structure, dating from 1410, was a medieval moated farmhouse with a separate kitchen building. This came to light as we were digging trenches for a new set of toilets in the public rooms. The builders uncovered an arched brick cap which turned out to be sealing the top of a live well – in what is now the middle of the house! It was too interesting a feature to cover over again so now the gentlemen at a function in Spains Hall have an interesting view through the floor!”
Other unusual things that came to light as the works progressed included a massive oak beam that had been heavily charred by fire. Sir Timothy takes up the tale,
“We always believed the house had suffered from a fire in the 18th Century but had never been able to find out exactly where the fire occurred or how much damage it might have caused, not least as the house has always remained standing. We uncovered a huge oak beam that had obviously borne the brunt of a serious fire above one of the first floor doorways. Whilst it was almost half burnt through the engineers confirmed that it had plenty of strength left to hold up a whole floor - something to say for good old English oak!”
Spains Hall has gathered a reputation for resilience following the discovery of a notebook giving an account of that the Great English Earthquake of 1884 that was felt at Spains Hall. The earthquake, magnitude 4.6 according to records from the British Geological Survey, was the most destructive in 400 years. Damage to Spains Hall however was limited to a few broken windows and the odd crack!
Spains Hall continues to generate history as the Ruggles-Brise family celebrated 250 years in occupation in 2010 and each year numerous couples are married in its historic surroundings.
An Essex Wedding magazine featured one of our brilliant couples married here at Spains Hall in their March edition as the ‘Real Wedding’.
The Perfect Summer Ceremony
Imagine the perfection of getting married outside on a warm summers day or evening in the historic surroundings of the Spains Hall Rose Garden.
From April through to October we are opening our Summer House to couples for their wedding ceremony. The thatched Summer House and rose garden will give a magical back drop to your wedding.
Both the Summer House and garden are steeped in history dating back to the turn of the 20th Century. The carefully refurbished Summer House is situated within easy access to the main house with ample room in the garden for your guests to enjoy the occasion.
Summer House Ceremonies are subject to the Registrars decision regarding weather.
The High Sheriff of Essex - Lady Rosemary Ruggles-Brise DL invites you to join her for “Une Soiree Musicale” here at Spains Hall on Friday 18th November 2011.
We are delighted to welcome the Ensemble De La Chapelle for a musical evening in aid of The High Sheriff of Essex’s Fund. You are invited 7pm for 7.30pm Drinks, canapés and a light supper will be provided in Spains Hall prior to the performance.
The latest Ruggles-Brise wedding at Spains Hall came complete with one of the most unusual cakes we’ve seen. Archie’s sister and her husband are mad keen on snow sports and so had a cake designed to match!
Finesse Cakes by Sue Field
Let us cast a spell on you!
Click here to read coverage from the Dunmow Broadcast of our fabulous Corporate Launch, a Wine tasting evening for local businesses.
Spains Hall Corporate Launch
Local businesses enjoyed a wonderful evening of Wine Tasting by Waples Wines, with canapes provided by the Cambridge Dining Company, on the evening of 7th September 2011. The evening provided a showcase for the launch of Spains Hall’s corporate facilities.
Click here to view photos as featured in an Essex Life
Click below to see us in the UK’s No 1 Bridal Magazine - Brides
Youth cricket saved by Spains Hall Estate owners
as reported by the Saffron Walden Reporter
By Nick Thompson, Sports Editor Wednesday, July 6, 2011 12:38 PM
AN under threat youth cricket setup has been rescued, thanks to the generosity of a family that share a lot of history with the club itself.
On Saturday, the Spains Hall Estate invited Finchingfield Cricket Club’s (FCC) junior section to carry out a training session on the front lawns. Junior cricket had been under threat this season, until the estate stepped in to help out.
Club chairman Paul Denman explains: “With our head coach relocating due to work, we were left potentially unable to cover the weekly coaching sessions.
“The Spains Hall Estate which has now become our new club sponsor, is particularly interested in supporting our younger players. They have enabled us to pay for support coaching for this coming season and also to set aside money for training ready for next.”
Speaking after the rescue Archie Ruggles-Brise, manager of the estate, added: “We are delighted to be involved with a community-focused activity for local young players. Historically, the club used to play on Spains Hall’s lawns and it is wonderful to re-establish the direct link.”
Coaching for under 13s, Saturday mornings 10–11 am, runs through the summer and Finchingfield CC welcomes new players of all ages and abilities. Senior nets are Wednesday evenings at 6pm. The club was reformed in 2006 and plays local friendly fixtures. It runs junior coaching sessions, takes an active part in the local community and runs village events, such as the Finchingfield 3-legged race.
For further details visit finchingfieldcc.co.uk or call 07791653484.
Three-legged pub race hailed a success (as reported in the Halstead Gazette)
Villagers were treated to an unusual sight as nuns, Simpsons and the Spartans were seen running around. Seventeen pairs took part in a three-legged race between the cricket club, Fox Inn, Red Lion and Three Tuns in Finchingfield on June 18.
Finchingfield Cricket Club organised the annual race, which is sponsored by Spains Hall Estate and involves crossing the village pond twice. Secretary Jeremy Toynbee said: “They do it for the fun, beer or to raise money for their chosen charity or good cause.”
THE FINCHINGFIELD GRAND 3-LEGGED RACE 2011
When: Saturday 18 June, 3 pm
Where: around the village, centred on pond and green
Seventeen, three-legged pairs took up the challenge of racing around the village, drinking at
the three pubs and fording the pond twice, in the now annual Finchingfield Three-legged
Race. The winners Ian Somerville and Martin Beard set a new course record of 11m30s,
shaving nearly 2 minutes of the previous best.
Lady Rosemary Ruggles-Brise, High Sheriff of Essex was on hand to present the trophy
to the winners and bubbly to those winning the best fancy dress competition, John Robinson
and Cath Littlemore (Wethersfield RSPCA).
Paul Denman, Club Chairman, said: ‘We were delighted with the turn out considering the
squally weather and thank all those who helped make it a wonderful occasion, particularly our
pubs The Fox Inn, Red Lion and Three Tuns.’
Sir Timothy Ruggles-Brise, of club sponsor the Spains Hall Estate, added: ‘We are
delighted to be associated with the club, in particular its junior section, and with this wonderful
event. Sponsorship money is still coming in I understand, but a provisional total of at least
£1300 has been raise for local and nation charities, including Wethersfield RSPCA and the
Children’s Heart Foundation, and the club.’
Further info available from Club Secretary Jeremy Toynbee on 07791653484 or
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Finchingfield CC was reformed in 2006 and plays local friendly fixtures. It runs junior
coaching sessions, takes an active part in the local community and runs village events, such
as the Finchingfield 3-legged race.
For further details about Finchingfield Cricket Club please
visit our website at http://www.finchingfieldcc.co.uk or contact the Club Secretary on 07791653484.
Spains Hall Estate Family-owned Spains Hall and its exquisite grounds have the flexibility for a variety of events including weddings, parties, private functions, meetings, conferences, corporate fun days and fund raising events. All levels of hospitality can be provided from fine dining to a buffet or hog roast, with venue exclusivity and a wide variety of packages available to suit your requirements and budget. For further details please visit our website at www.spainshall.co.uk
Always in the party mood. Anglia Business Magazine promotes Spains Hall for Christmas parties.
See the press cutting here
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: 3rd June 2011
A NEW PARTNERSHIP – A NEW LOOK – A NEW DIRECTION
Spains Hall, one of the finest venues in Essex for weddings and corporate events has recently formed a new partnership to take the business forward into to new areas of
events and functions.
The new partnership driven by 31 year old Archie Ruggles-Brise will of course still host weddings as it’s core business but will develop corporate business and other private parties and events.
“We have recently given ourselves a make over with a new branding, the launch of an impressive new website and a stunning brochure. Our new image is much cleaner, simple and endorses the feel and fabric of all we offer at Spains Hall.” commented Archie.
Our new website is much easier to navigate and takes you to where you want to be quickly. It has been designed to be inspirational and interesting for the user whilst readily giving all the detail that goes into planning a wedding or an event.
See coverage of this story in the Press..
For further information please contact:
T: 01371 811596
M: 07791 780521
Guildhall Campaign Launched
As reported by the Braintree and Witham Times
A campaign to restore a village landmark has been officially launched.
The team behind the restoration of Finchingfield’s Guildhall hosted a reception for more than 100 guests at Spains Hall, the home of High Sheriff of Essex Lady Rosemary Ruggles-Brise and her husband Sir Timothy.
It was to celebrate raising £1.6m, which allows work to start this autumn, and to launch the campaign to raise the remaining £150,000 needed to complete work.
High Sheriff visits Harp homeless centre
A Charity for the homeless that aims to expand in Southend received a special visit from the High Sheriff of Essex.
HARP (Homeless Action Resource Project) wants to transform the empty Darnley Hotel, in York Road, into a combined accommodation and training centre. It would provide 24-hour help, including 21 beds, living space and training rooms, as well as a dedicated medical centre. It would replace the day centre, in Valkyrie Road, Westcliff, which is in poor repair, as well as the 14-bed night shelter, also in York Road.
It was High Sheriff Lady Ruggles-Brise’s first visit to the day centre. She was invited to find out more about the services provided. As part of her tour, she was shown plans for the Darnley Hotel site, as well as more immediate plans for a medical room, staffed by doctors and nurses, at the day centre. She said: “The Harp project is a very needed charity. “It was lovely to see the way everybody is extremely positive about the services they receive, as well as the quality. “The charity does a tremendous job. “The facility is cramped here and it is a very progressive team, which wants to expand.” As well as providing breakfasts and dinners, the centre also offers basic training skills, as well as a change of clothes, food parcels and internet facilities to search for jobs and accommodation. The charity has helped between 1,500 and 2,000 people a year since it launched 25 years ago. It hopes the move to the £1.25million accommodation and training centre will allow it to aid even more people.
Caption: Lady Ruggles-Brise with Dwayne Curtis, 40, during her visit to the HARP centre
Neal McArdle, the charity’s resettlement team leader, said: “We would be able to offer better quality services and help more people. “The location would mean we could work closely with clients.” The charity still needs £400,000 to carry out the scheme. It is in the process of completing a planning application for the scheme. The move follows a positive response from a public consultation. The proposals will be submitted to Southend Council ishortly. To donate to the project, call 01702 615000 or visit www.harpsouthend.co.uk
Take a look at our videos showing what we can offer for your Wedding Day - a great snapshot of our service. Then come and see for yourself to talk through your special day!
Lady Rosemary became the 831st High Sheriff of Essex on 29th March 2011. In an historic declaration ceremony held at Chelmsford Crown Court Lady Rosemary made the solemn declaration in front of the Lord Lieutenant, Lord Petre, Crown Court Judges and the outgoing High Sheriff, Michael Hindemarsh.
To learn more about the High Sheriff’s work and fund-raising activities visit www.highsheriffs.com/Essex/Index.htm
Welcome to the New Spains Hall Website. We hope you find all the information you need, in a clearer, and more attractive format.
Spains Hall is located just outside Finchingfield – widely regarded as the most beautiful village in Essex. The Estate is a prominent featureof the local environment and community. It plays an important role both as an employer and as a focus of local history.