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 Heritage made modern.

Houchins is a traditional venue with a modern twist.

We look forward to welcoming you in 2016.


Why choose Houchins?

Houchins is an elegant Grade 2* listed farmhouse with beautiful and comfortable accommodation for the bridal party and a splendid new barn complex. Houchins caters for weddings and civil ceremonies from 25 - 150+ people, offering a choice of indoor grandeur, outdoor simplicity or a combination of the two.

Houchins is run by Adam and Anna Dixon-Smith who have over ten years experience operating Dove Barn, their wedding barn near Sudbury in Suffolk. Adam grew up at Houchins and is determined that no-one will leave without sharing his happy memories of the place! He and his team of wedding and event planners are on hand to make sure that each wedding meets the expectations of every bride and groom.

Houchins Wedding Venue offers:

Please  call to arrange a viewing.

Please note our next Open Evening is on Wednesday 15th June 2016 5.30pm - 8.30pm.


Next Wedding Show, Sunday 18 September 2016.


A big thank you to all our clients and exhibitors who ventured out to see us on 10 January. The show was a huge success. Our next show takes place in September on Sunday 18th between 11am - 3pm. Along with over twenty other wedding service suppliers and all our preferred catering partners, the Houchins Team invites you to view the venue. We will be on hand to discuss your wedding plans and advise on all aspects of your wedding day. 

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Dove Barn, our sister venue, just 30 minutes from Houchins.

Wedding Show, Sunday 10 April, 11am-3pm. Free entry and goodie bag for all brides.

Dove Barn is where our wedding business started in 2002. A charming, rustic barn just behind the historic Castlings Hall near Sudbury in South Suffolk needed restoring and we took on that challenge. Since 2002 we have held over 300 weddings at Dove Barn and it has variously been described as 'quirky', 'laid-back', 'a hidden gem of a venue' and 'full of rural calm'. If you are looking for a unique venue just off the beaten track take a look our website:

And we still have some availaibility for 2016!


Next Open Event


Tuesday 12th July 2016,  5.30 - 8.30pm.

Come and see Houchins set up for an early summer wedding. Our team will be on hand to show you the venue and accommodation and to discuss your plans in more detail. Other preferred suppliers will also be at Houchins. We look forward to seeing you then, if not sooner by appointment.

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“We had the most fantastic wedding day at Dove Barn last year. The service provided by Adam and his team was first class from beginning to end. We have been watching the development at Houchins and are sure that with their attention to detail and relaxed style the venue will be a huge success.”

- Jenni Airies and Hector Skinner -