Venues Friars Court
Please choose a category from the dropdown.
Please choose a location from the dropdown.
Friars Court
  • A stunning manor house wedding venue
  • Gorgeous grounds with carp ponds and yew trees
  • Lots of 'blank canvas' spaces, perfect for DIY weddings
  • External caterers used, with plenty of recommendations from staff
  • Eight civil ceremony licenced areas, with three outside

A breath-taking Cotswold venue, Friars Court in Bampton tailor-makes stunning weddings, unique for each couple. Situated on a unique moated site, close to the River Thames, the venue basks in stunning gardens which feature restored carp ponds and charming yew trees.

Gaze out onto the stunning surrounding Cotswold hills whilst saying your vows at one of their eight civil ceremony licenced venues, three of which are outside. Wedding receptions can be celebrated in the stunning Cotswold stone barn or a summery outdoors marquee. Friars Court loves bespoke weddings and welcome wedding parties into the venue before to decorate.

History

The first Hospitaller of Oxfordshire was recorded on site at 1149. It has been recognised as a house since 1338.

The building of a bridge in Radcot improved Friars Court's significance, as it was established as a stopping point. Throughout the subsequent centuries, the house and court expanded but during the Dissolution of the Monasteries it became a private residence.

It had a succession of owners until the early 18th century, when it lost its manorial rights. It was thus adapted and extended and was purchased by Richard Willmer in 1917. It has been family owned since then, passing on to John, who built the farm to 650 acres, and now his son Charles.

Facilities

Civil Ceremonies

Friars Court boasts eight civil ceremony-licensed areas, including three outside spaces.

Entrance Hall

Maximum capacity - 15 guests

Red Dining Room

Maximum capacity - 20 guests

Winterhalter Conservatory

Maximum capacity - 20 guests

Garden Room

Maximum capacity - 80 guests

Stone Barn

Maximum capacity - 150 guests

Outside Locations

Entrance Porch

Unlimited Capacity

Rose Arbour

Unlimited Capacity

Swedish Summerhouse

Unlimited Capacity

Old Laundry

Perfect for a 'chill out' space during the evening reception, the Old Laundry features a wood-burning stove and provides a cosy area for people to take a time out from the dance floor.

Reception Capacity - 40 guests

Marquee

This terraced area immediately behind the garden room can host a large marquee for the wedding breakfast and evening reception. This option is ideal for summery weddings.

Stone Barn

Built in the mid-19th century, this unconverted agricultural building is dramatic and open spaced, and can be a 'blank canvas' for you to decorate. It boasts lime-washed walls and thick elm beams. It enjoys a high, vaulted ceiling, donating an atmosphere of grandeur.

A blank canvas wedding means that you, as the wedding couple, have complete control over the look of the barn. This is perfect for couples who dream of having a fully personalised wedding, or for those choosing to follow a certain theme!

Use the Stone Barn and enjoy use of the Garden Room, the Old Laundry and the Bride's Day Room which are all included in the hire price.

Ceremony capacity - 150 guests

Wedding breakfast capacity - 120 guests

Evening reception capacity - 150 guests

The 'Bride's Day Room' is ideal for brides and bridesmaids to get ready in before the ceremony, and can be used after the service by bride and groom to freshen up.

Catering

A few catering companies frequent the venue, and can be recommended by the staff at Friars Court. They will try to match wedding couples with caterers who they think suit, however, if you would like to use your own caterers you are more than welcome.

Therefore, at Friars Court, you can have nearly any type of food and any dining style you desire; whether this is a formal sit down meal including a roast dinner, an Asian buffet, a hog roast or a completely vegan meal!

There is no corkage charge at Friars Court.

Accommodation

As Friars Court is a family home, there is no accommodation available on site. However, there are ample options in the local area for guests wishing to stay the night.

To contact this venue, please click on the details above and below.

Address
Friars Court
Clanfield
Bampton
OX18 2ST

Reviews

  • Carli and Ed - 08/2016

    Just wanted to say a huge huge thank you to Jeffrey and everyone else at Friars Court, including Percy, Nelson, Carson and Mrs. Hughes (especially the latter two who calmed my nerves completely during my pre-wedding talk with the registrar) - you all helped to make our wedding day even better than we ever could have imagined.

    For the whole year leading up to the wedding, Jeffrey was constantly on hand to help, advise, problem-solve, put my mind at ease and do pretty much anything else that was needed to ensure everything went well and we felt so much less stressed with him on our team. On the day itself we were able to relax and enjoy ourselves knowing that, between Jeffrey and our caterers Sadlers, we didn't need to worry about a thing. That's probably the best gift a bride could ask for on her wedding day! Thank you Jeffrey, our wedding really wouldn't have been what it was without you.

  • Sheila and Andrew - 07/2016

    I want to pull all the stars out the sky and give them to you! Even then, that wouldn't be enough! Jeffrey, you simply are my fairy godmother. You were instrumental in helping to create the venue of my dreams - you have exquisite taste and a knack for creating shameless beauty in the smallest and even most insignificant of things. Although we met only a handful of times, I feel like I've known you all my life. You put together a breath taking piece from the muddled suggestions in my brain, and we cannot thank you enough. I wouldn’t have done it any other way and would not have changed a single thing. Thank you for creating such a beautiful place for us to wed. I couldn't find the words to express how grateful we are for all the advice, and help you provided every step of the way. You went above and beyond anything we could have expected. There are no words. Just. Thank you!

  • Elsie and Nick - 06/2016

    This is just a quick note to say thank you so much for everything that you did for us in the run up to the wedding, on the day and in fact, the day after! We had the most incredible day, and it was absolutely perfect for us. Not least in a large part for all the assistance you gave us with your calming, but epic-ally long emails in the days before and providing distractions when needed – all in the line of duty. The marquee looked fantastic, the barn looked incredible - although I don’t really remember the ceremony much – it really is a bit of a blur! Everyone has complimented us on how beautiful everything was, and that is largely down to you (and Charles!).

    Friars Court is a fabulous place to have had our wedding, and not just because the grounds are beautiful, but because your help was invaluable to us. We genuinely couldn’t have hoped for more. Our wedding day was memorable for all the right reasons, and we really cannot thank you enough for everything.

    Once again, thank you so much from both of us, you helped make the day so special.

Contact Friars Court

* We will only share this information with the supplier you have enquired with. Uncheck this box to delete the autofill information we have saved.

×

Rate Friars Court

Let others know what you think of Friars Court by giving a star rating and a small review.

×