Venues Silchester House
Silchester House
  • Located in Berkshire near Reading
  • Exclusive use wedding venue
  • Capacity for 92 day guests and 180 evening guests
  • In-house catering team
  • Wedding Planning Management Team
  • Use of online wedding planning tool
  • Indoor and outdoor civil ceremony license
  • 14 guest bedrooms including two bridal suites

Located in Berkshire between Reading and Basingstoke, Silchester House is a Victorian country manor home that has been an exclusive use wedding venue for twenty years, allowing couples the opportunity to tie the knot in an intimate and unique setting. Silchester is able to accommodate up to 92 day guests and 180 evening guests.

Silchester House lends itself wonderfully to party house-style celebrations. As a Bijou wedding venue, couples can also rest assured that everything will be organised by Bijou's signature Wedding Planning Management Team.


Originally constructed in the 17th century, but with elements added as recently as the 1920s, Silchester House has a long tradition of involvement in the life of the village of Silchester, for which it is named.

Its clock tower, boasting a clock added by one-time owner Thomas Hartley in the 19th century, is a key part of the village's identity.

However, Silchester has been a significant location for some two thousand years, as it was once central to Roman trade routes across Britain, and what is now Silchester House's Music Room sits atop what was once the Roman road from London to Bath.

Purchased by Bijou Wedding Venues in the 1990s, the house has hosted weddings ever since.

Ceremonies and Receptions

The Music Room

With its large windows letting in plenty of natural light and its characterful stone fireplace, the Music Room is a beautiful ceremony and banqueting space, exuding classic English elegance whilst allowing for more intimate celebrations.

Ceremony Capacity - 92 guests
Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 92 guests

The East Wing Garden

Couples choosing to wed in late spring or summer have the option of tying the knot outdoors, underneath the property's Terrace Gazebo, with guests seated in the beautiful East Wing Garden.

Ceremony capacity - 92 guests

The Dining Room

For extremely intimate occasions, the Dining Room offers itself as a small, private space within which to hold your wedding breakfast. Keeping guests close, you'll be able to eat, drink, and laugh together and truly make Silchester House feel like your home-from-home.

Wedding Breakfast capacity - 24 guests

Evening Celebrations

After your wedding breakfast, Silchester House is able to open up, allowing your guests to spill into its many attractive rooms for relaxation and conversation. The West Wing can be set up as a bar whilst your evening entertainment and dancing takes place in the Music Room.

Reception capacity - 180 guests


As a Bijou Wedding Venue, Silchester House comes equipped with a team of expert in-house chefs on hand to create your perfect wedding breakfast menu. Couples will be invited for a menu tasting, and all dietary requirements can be catered for.


Silchester House contains fourteen gorgeously appointed guest bedrooms, including two luxurious bridal suites, ensuring an unforgettable overnight stay for yourselves as a newlywed couple and your nearest and dearest.

For the rest of your guests, a number of hotels are conveniently close by.

To book Silchester House for your wedding, please get in touch via the contact information at the top of this page.

Silchester House
United Kingdom


  • Alistair and Ilana

    We have just gotten back from our honeymoon, and couldn't stop thinking about what an amazing day we had! Every one of the Bijou team went above and beyond to make sure that everyone was comfortable and that it all went smoothly. We also had some great luck with the weather, so couldn't have asked for more. Thank you again, it was a pleasure working with you!

  • Jacqui and Chris

    Just a quick note (whilst we are sitting at Gatwick Airport waiting for our flight to Florence) to say thank you very much to all at Bijou for helping make our day truly wonderful. Everyone has said what a great day it was. The venue, the accommodation, the food, the staff and the weather were all superb.

  • Muno and Robert

    Thank you for all your help in making our wedding day really special! Silchester House was the perfect venue for us and we absolutely loved the experience of the whole day!

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