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Funeral Gatherings, Wakes and Celebrations of Life at Prested Hall

We know that the loss of a loved one represents a difficult and emotional time.  We would be pleased to welcome you to Prested Hall near Colchester in Essex where you will have the opportunity to spend time with friends and relatives in discrete and comfortable surroundings.


We provide an elegant yet homely venue for you to come together and reminisce on your special memories. Prested Hall provides a sympathetic and intimate venue for family members and friends to meet and share memories of a loved one.


Prested Hall offers a choice of four private rooms in a peaceful countryside setting.
There is no additional charge for private hire of the room.

Less than a minute from the A12, near Colchester in Essex, a long tree lined avenue leads to a haven of rural tranquillity and the fine part-moated manor house.

Special accommodation rates are available, subject to availability.


Please contact us to take a look at some examples of our Wake menus, if you wish for us to cater for something more personal please speak to one of our team.

Wake venues Essex, Colchester



“I would like to thank you and all the other staff of Prested Hall who have assisted in the planning of the day and helped to make it so special for me and the guests.  I received positive feedback on the venue and staff, stating how welcoming everyone was and that a very professional service was given.  I would like to add my personal thank you, to you and your staff with gratitude for all your assistance.”


“Celebration of an extraordinary life in an extraordinary place.”


“The team at Prested Hall could not have done more to accommodate our requirements, from our request for an early Afternoon Tea, to our ever changing numbers, provision for fussy eaters, a beautiful venue and a fitting celebration of our dearly loved Mother’s extraordinary life.


We booked Prested Hall for afternoon tea to follow our Mother’s funeral mass. This was provided for us and included our Mother’s favourite type of cake – baked especially on the day – even though the timing of our event was outside the usual time for serving afternoon tea. The service we received was excellent; discrete, polite, helpful, friendly and efficient. The food was plentiful and absolutely delicious; all freshly baked that morning, with tea and coffee topped up on request and soft or alcoholic drinks from the bar. The food was served on delicate vintage china in a gorgeous room overlooking the ‘moat’. We could also use the lounge and library if we wanted to, which was much appreciated. Champagne was an option, which we chose, so that we could give Mother a farewell toast.


Toilets were clean and well maintained; the ladies toilets were upstairs, but we were offered the use of a downstairs room, should any of our lady guests be unable to negotiate the stairs (at no extra cost).


All in all, an excellent experience and I would thoroughly recommend Prested Hall, whatever the event and would like to thank all the wonderful staff for enabling us to celebrate Mother’s life and to say goodbye in a style that she would have revelled in; especially the fine china and lemon drizzle cake!”

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