About Thief Hall
Until the age of 21 I show-jumped horses professionally from our yard in Essex (Finchingfield) where I lived with my sister and parents. I knew nothing else but the horses and had hardly attended school. In 2001, I was invited to train with the Barker family here in Yorkshire for a few weeks, to ride, learn and train with Paul Barker an extremely successful show jumping rider. I also came to learn from this famous Show Jumping family in the winter using their indoor school and also to get my HGV licence. The short story is I never went home, I gave up the horses, sending them back to Essex and married the farmer of the family, Phillip in June 2006 in a marquee wedding on his parent’s farm.
I soon missed the adrenaline of the show jumping and needed something to get my teeth into and we put in planning permission to renovate Phillip’s farm buildings. When this was turned down for the residential use, as we had wanted to live in them I was devastated, we could only build the holiday cottages at the time and all we wanted was to live there (here). But now looking back it was the best thing that could have happened.
Funny how life takes us on these journeys.
During the first building project we also had Clara and so it was a crazy time for us, building four cottages and having a little girl in 2007. By the time we were ready to open I was pregnant with James and we were moving house too. We opened Thief Hall in July 2009 and I now had enough to keep me out of trouble with Clara, James and a business to run not to mention Phillip was still farming and I was supporting him with his paperwork.
Life evolved with the cottages, family and extra jobs, such as becoming the Recruitment Director for Premier Cottages, which meant I had to give up the show jumping for my new love of business. But at least my adrenaline itch was well and truly being looked after! I learned so much with Premier Cottages, it was the best thing that I could have done for Thief Hall as a business.
In October 2015 we had renovated the remaining farm buildings and Thief Hall was grown from the four cottages to six with Hall giving us the opportunity to offer couples the chance to get married on site. We love what we do here and have a strong family team working closely to bring you everything we can to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Meet the Team
Hannah and Katy joined the Thief Hall team in September 2019 as our new Wedding Coordinators. Along with Jess, they are here to help and support all of our couples all the way through their wedding planning process 24/7 with any of their questions or concerns. They will also be your wedding coordinator on the day of your wedding to ensure your wedding weekend goes as smoothly as possible which means you can party away without having to worry about a single thing.
Our barmen are geniuses with cocktails and will keep you entertained with their dry sense of humour - a perfect mix for a party!
What We Offer
Thief Hall is a barn conversion restored in stunning style, offering a blank canvas venue with open beams and a clean modern finish. The venue is surrounded by the beautiful countryside of North Yorkshire, the perfect backdrop for your special day! Included with the venue you will receive:
- Exclusive 3 day hire
- Accommodation for 2 nights for 26+ guests
- 4 cottages with hot tubs
- Wedding planning support throughout with coordination on the day
- Fully licensed to hold civil ceremony weddings
- Fully stocked and staffed bar
- Outdoor Weddings available
- No restrictions or stipulations
- Tables, chairs, linen and more!
- Marquees Permitted
"We had our wedding at Thief Hall and it was perfect right down to the last detail. The entire team at Thief Hall are amazing! Thank you so much for an unforgettable weekend!”
- Wayne & Louise Morton
“We have had the most wonderful time here, celebrating our wedding! Everyone has been fantastic and the cottages are utterly stunning; everyone of our family and friends loved it. Thank you so much for making our wedding so special!”
- Danielle & Steven Bell
“I don't know where to start!! The most perfect venue for our wedding! A total blank canvas to work with and so much scope to make your wedding personal!”
- Lizzie James
“What can we say! Jess and Phil are outstanding! The attention to detail, support and service from the day we booked 18 months ago right up until now has been faultless.”
- Dan & David Whitelock
“OMG! Me and Ollie have had the best wedding ever, you have made it just perfect. Jess and the team, we could not have asked for more. Thank you se very much from the bottom of our hearts. All of our love and thanks xx”
- Ollie & Chelsie Anderson
“To Jessica, Katy and all the amazing team, Thank you so much for all of your help to make our wedding day so special! You helped everything flow so smoothly and couldn’t have been more helpful and attentive. All our guests loved a Cottages and it made such a difference celebrating with everyone together all weekend. Thief Hall is a really stunning venue and you and the team do an amazing job making the wedding is truly spectacular for everyone. Thank you for all your hard work”
- Caroline and Paul
“To Hannah and Jess, Thank you very much for everything. Our wedding couldn’t have gone any smoother, there wasn’t a single hair out of place you were amazing. Everyone of our guests complimented on the venue and the way everything was arranged and organised. This weekend has just been magical. We are both still on cloud nine. It has been a photo of a wedding from start to finish. A big massive thank you to Jessica, you are a dream. You have made this weekend the happiest of our entire life. You are a superstar, Hannah, you looked after Stevie and I from start to finish, we couldn’t have asked for a better wedding planner. You kept me calm throughout the day and always check that we had everything in hand. Once again thank you for the special weekend/wedding day XXX”
- Debbie and Stevie
“Jessica and all in the amazing team at Thief Hall, what can we say? Thank you so much for an amazing weekend. Our wedding was everything we dreamed of and more. You guys were amazing from start to finish & we can't thank you enough. For such a popular venue with weddings more weekends and mid-weeks you do everything to make the bride and groom feel so special. There were so many extra thoughtful touches that made the weekend so special. Jess, You are some kind of wizard in keeping the day running so smoothly and thinking of things that we completely over looked. Our guests had the best day yesterday and those staying in the cottages and glamping tents all said how wonderful everything was. The welcome hampers are a lovely touch. We can't wait to come back and perhaps have a slightly more relaxed stay! Thank you SO SO much!!!!”
- Gavin and Helen
“Thank you so much for all the hard-work over the last 9 months and for always being there for us with any query or question we had! This weekend has been a dream come true (a wacky very colourful dream but a dream of ours!) and your "blank canvas" made the perfect backdrop for it all to take place! From dropping of car loads on the Thursday to supporting us on the Friday, from stealthily making out day run like clockwork to allowing us to stay an extra night on the Sunday to enjoy the beautiful sunset! you guys have all been amazing! We thank you all a million times over!”
- Sam and Will
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