Venues Notley Abbey
Notley Abbey
  • Located on Buckinghamshire/Oxfordshire border
  • 12th century Augustinian Abbey
  • Exclusive use venue
  • Nine bedrooms, including bridal suite
  • Capacity for 192 day guests; 250 evening guests
  • Wedding Planning Management Team
  • In-house catering team
  • Use of online wedding planning tool

Located within convenient reach of London on the Buckinghamshire/Oxfordshire border, Notley Abbey is a truly remarkable and characterful exclusive use wedding venue. What was once an Augustinian monastery is now a beautiful country house that can be all yours for your special day.

The house is licensed to hold civil ceremonies both inside and out and has space for 192 day guests and 250 evening guests, allowing you to completely take over the stunning house and grounds. As a Bijou venue, it also has a dedicated Wedding Planning Management Team at your disposal.

History

Originally constructed in the 12th century by the Earl of Buckinghamshire, Notley Abbey was used as an Augustinian monastery and was visited by Henry IV and Henry V before ultimately being dissolved in 1538 by Henry VIII, after which time, most of the Abbey fell to ruins.

After being restored to some extent in the 19th century, Notley Abbey's next notable owners were actors Lawrence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in 1944. Under their ownership, the house hosted lavish Hollywood parties in the same rooms where monks once gathered for prayer.

However, it sadly fell into disrepair once again until 2006, when it was purchased by Bijou Wedding Venues and was lovingly restored to its former glory.

Ceremony and Receptions

The Abbot's Hall

Originally the main room of the Abbot's residence, and later the sitting room of Lawrence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, the Abbot's Hall is a perfect space for more intimate occasions. Its wooden beams and 14th century fireplace add character, while its massive windows add plenty of gorgeous, natural light.

Ceremony capacity - 100 guests

Banqueting capacity - 60 guests

The Monk's Refectory

With its foundations built in 1162, this spectacular stone barn space lends itself wonderfully to larger weddings. Its large windows give it a light airiness for ceremonies, and, when candlelit for evening banquets, it brings to mind the monks who would have originally dined there nearly a century ago.

Ceremony capacity - 192 guests

Banqueting capacity - 192 guests

The Walled Garden

The Walled Garden provides an al fresco ceremony space like no other. Sitting on the original site of the Abbey, some of the wall is actually constructed from its ruins. A 'nook' in the wall provides an aesthetic focal point, and the space easily accommodates weddings of all sizes.

Ceremony capacity - 192 guests

The Reception

For evening receptions, up to 250 guests can be accommodated throughout the house.

Whether you choose to keep your guests in the Monk's Refectory for a barn-style wedding celebration, or to adopt a house-party feel by opening up further rooms, all of Notley Abbey's stunning period facilities are at your disposal. After all, it is all yours!

Catering and Accommodation

Bijou's in-house team of expert chefs will ensure that your banqueting experience is unforgettable and delicious. They will work with you and your partner to create a bespoke menu, and will invite you to Notley Abbey for a menu tasting. All dietary requirements are happily accommodated.

Accommodation

With nine beautiful, period bedrooms, including a luxurious bridal suite benefitting from stunning views, Notley Abbey allows you to prepare for your day in the house itself, and can accommodate your nearest and dearest overnight. A range of hotels for your other guests are available nearby.

To book Notley Abbey for your wedding, please get in touch with their team via the contact details at the top of this page.

Address
Notley Abbey
Thame
HP17 8TN
United Kingdom

Reviews

  • Katherine and Oli

    Thank you so much for all your help leading up to the wedding Ann and please also give a huge thank you to Barbara! She was so calming and helpful and really got me through those final hours to the big 'I do'. We’re both so happy that we chose Notley Abbey as our wedding venue - everyone was blown away by its beauty and the food. Everything was absolutely perfect and exactly how we imagined it to be and look. We’re still on cloud 9!

  • Emma and James

    We just wanted to let you know that we had the most amazing day yesterday, everything was perfect and we feel very lucky to have been married in such a beautiful place! Thank you for all you help and hard work, which meant we were able to enjoy our big day and not worry!

  • Kim and Scott

    Scott and I would like to say a huge "Thank You" to you all for making our wedding at Notley Abbey a wonderful day. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left the following day the service, professionalism and dedication to doing an outstanding job for us shone through. Every guest we spoke to commented on the fantastic service and the amazing food, a big thank you to the chef also! Scott and I are truly grateful for your help in making everything run smoothly on the day. You helped make it very special for us, something we will never forget.

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