Come & visit us at our Wedding Open Day on Sunday, 19th May 2019 from 11am - 3pm

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Meet the Team

Houchins is run by a dedicated team who are determined to ensure that anyone hiring the venue for whatever event has a day to remember, where service and style go hand in hand.


From left to right: Fi Pardoe, Wayne Messenger, Anna DS, Adam DS, Taylor Howe, Jayson Hewitt and Kelly Byers.

Wayne Messenger – Venue Manager

Wayne is responsible for the smooth running of all operational aspects of the business. He has over 20 years’ experience at a senior level , managing venues and catering for discerning clients all over East Anglia. His unflappable nature and keen attention to detail means he is always working to ensure your day goes exactly as planned.

Jayson Hewitt – Events Manager

Jason is passionate about weddings, customer service and making sure that couples have the day of their dreams. Having previously worked at a number of Suffolk venues, he now spends much of his time liaising with couples, assisting with planning their day and making sure that nothing has been overlooked.

Adam Dixon-Smith – Managing Partner

Prior to getting involved in the wedding industry Adam spent 20 years working in advertising, marketing and general management. Since opening Dove Barn in 2002 he has developed a passion for weddings in particular and hospitality in general. His criteria for a successful event is judged on the smiles on the faces of clients leaving his venues.

Anna Dixon-Smith – Creative Partner

Anna is an artist, florist and general stylist. Before moving to Suffolk she worked as a party designer for The Admirable Crichton in London. She is responsible for all design aspects of the venue, the house and garden. As well as looking after four sons, she continues to exhibit at art shows, arrange flowers for weddings at Houchins and elsewhere   and keep her discerning eyes on the styling of Houchins.

Fi Pardoe – Marketing & Sales

Fi spent 20 years in advertising and marketing in London before moving to Suffolk and recently joining the Houchins team.  She loves weddings and parties and is constantly looking for new ways to get us known and talked about.

Houchins Next Wedding Open Day

Sunday 19th May, 11am - 3pm
Our recommended caterers will be on-site offering tasty ideas and inspiration!

Please come and join us at our next Wedding Open Day. It's the perfect opportunity to get to know our exclusive venue, have a look around the listed farmhouse accommodation and meet a selection of our preferred wedding partners.

Our award-winning wedding team will be on-hand to chat through your plans and explain how Houchins works to make your wedding extra special.

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

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 at our website:

www.dovebarn.com

 

 

Up to £1000 off new bookings for 2019 weddings!

An Extra Special Offer.   Save £1,000* off the price of your venue hire on remaining weekends in 2019.

Book your wedding for any remaining weekend dates (Friday, Saturday, Sunday & BH Mondays) in 2019 to save £1,000!

All remaining Thursdays - save £500.00 off the venue hire

*subject to availability, terms & conditions.

 

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“The 100th Wedding - So happy to be the 100th wedding at this amazing venue. Everyone said how beautiful it was and loved it as much as we did. We knew we'd get married here when we came to visit and I cried (with joy!) Thank you, thank you, thank you for all you did for our special day and weekend here. Wayne and Taylor were so reassuring and calm. We all had such a lovely time. Good luck to all the lucky couples who'll make they're own memories here.xxx”

- Rebecca and Stephen -