Notley Abbey is an utterly unique country house wedding venue on the Buckinghamshire – Oxfordshire border. This historic Buckinghamshire residence has a truly magical past – if its majestic medieval walls could talk they would tell of a millennium of the decadent celebrations of not only Hollywood royalty, but royalty itself. This beautiful country house wedding venue, alive with memories and history, is now uniquely available as an exclusive use wedding venue in which you can craft your perfect wedding day and create some lifelong memories of your own.
This beautiful wedding venue was acquired by Bijou Wedding Venues, specialists in the provision of exclusive use country house wedding venues near London and the planning and hosting of truly spectacular and unique wedding celebrations in those venues, in 2006 after several years of unfortunate neglect. The stunning wedding venue in Buckinghamshire, a listed building and registered national monument, was the subject of a long, sensitive and detailed refurbishment which had at its heart a passion for beautiful historic buildings, a love for the very best in modern simplicity and a burning desire to gently coax this historic home into the 21st century – returning it to its former glory while making it relevant, accessible and welcoming to as many couples and families as are lucky enough to cross its threshold and share in its history and romance by making it part of their own, unique, special day. This beautiful Buckinghamshire wedding venue, now returned to its former glory, is far too special to remain hidden, surrounded by its truly spectacular grounds, from the world at the end of its long, beautiful, tree-lined driveway. It is too important a historical building not to be shared. It is too perfect for hosting splendid parties not to do just that and it truly buzzes to life when full of celebration, merriment and joy.
We at Bijou invite you to make this incredible country house venue part of your story. We have transformed and upgraded it into an award-winning historic, romantic and unique exclusive use wedding venue and now our Notley team devote themselves to two things and two things only – the hosting of unique and special wedding days for our lucky couples, and the care and preservation of this remarkable building so that it will, we hope, always proudly and quietly oversee the most joyful, romantic celebrations in this wonderful corner of the English countryside.
Notley Abbey’s wedding-related facts and figures are summarised below:
|Indoor ceremony licence|
|Indoor ceremony capacity||190|
|Outdoor ceremony licence|
|Indoor banquet capacity||190|
|Online wedding planning tool|
|Personal wedding planner|
|External caterer permitted||Restricted|
|Live music permitted|
Notley Abbey is a licensed exclusive use country house wedding venue in Buckinghamshire, able to host civil wedding ceremonies both inside and out. A variety of wedding celebration and entertaining spaces makes it the ultimate country house wedding venue for couples looking to throw a stylish, elegant party in a truly magical location. The Abbot’s Hall, Monks’ Refectory and Walled Garden Nook are all licensed for civil wedding ceremonies, giving a selection of options to suit your taste, wedding size and of course, the weather!
The wedding venue is only available on an exclusive use basis, thereby guaranteeing complete privacy for you and your wedding guests for the duration of your stay. Exclusive use gives you peace of mind, ensuring that no one will be at the venue other than you, your guests, the Bijou team and any other suppliers and helpers that you ask to help you craft your perfect wedding day. It also means that the venue becomes your special home for your special day and you can host your celebrations as if it were, truly, your home.
You can enjoy the exclusivity of Notley Abbey with up to 190 of your nearest and dearest for your entire wedding day, and even more in the evening. The venue offers a selection of wonderful entertaining spaces to suit your personal style, all of which are deeply embraced with a sense of history and romance. For your wedding reception, The Monks’ Refectory, a stone barn which remains largely unchanged since the Augustine monks dined there during the 13th Century, can seat up to 190 guests for a medieval banquet wedding breakfast created and crafted by you in partnership with our team of in-house chefs. For smaller parties the Abbot’s Hall provides an excellent dining option, with its enormous medieval fireplace. Depending on your personal taste you can choose to keep your guests together in the Monks’ Refectory for the rest of the evening celebrations as a traditional dinner-dance, or, you can open up the whole house to enjoy a more relaxed house-party feel. Notley Abbey becomes your house for 24 hours, so it’s up to you, how you choose to celebrate in it.
Choosing an exclusive use wedding venue with accommodation has a number of benefits. It allows you to prepare for your wedding in a calm, luxurious and peaceful environment, eliminating the risks involved with travelling between locations on such an important day. Furthermore, your closest family and friends can stay with you overnight, extending your wedding celebrations late into the night and into the following morning.
Notley Abbey boasts an elegant bridal suite with stunning views, and eight further bedroom suites (each named after legendary former occupants), all of which are available for the bridal party and your closest family and friends to enjoy during your time at the venue.
At Notley Abbey you can relax and enjoy every element of the exclusive use wedding venue’s charming Buckinghamshire countryside setting; from preparing in the sumptuous Bridal Suite before the ceremony to a final nightcap with your closest family and friends before you all retire to bed. The next morning, you and your overnight guests will enjoy a hearty breakfast in the Dining Room before waving goodbyes and departing to commence married life.
Notley Abbey is a true work of art. A medieval masterpiece that epitomises romance and glamour, this Buckinghamshire country house wedding venue, the former home of Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, has played host to both royalty and celebrity, from Henry VIII to Marilyn Monroe. This rich and chequered history is the foundation of the romance and magic that make it such a wonderful wedding venue in Buckinghamshire. In it you, like Laurence Olivier himself, can have an affair with the past, falling under the spell of its mesmeric power and drowning in its atmosphere.
The stunning tree-lined driveway, medieval architecture and perfectly landscaped grounds are the perfect introduction to this country house wedding venue and the interiors have been sensitively refurbished to offer the best of both the ancient and the modern, all with an eye on designing the ultimate party and celebration venue.
The venue is overflowing with beautiful photographic opportunities for your big day. The historic home and its surrounding grounds make it a wonderful backdrop for your special day – it is also a dream wedding venue in Buckinghamshire for your photographer to work with. During the summer, the grounds at Notley Abbey are utterly magical and there isn’t a more romantic backdrop for your celebrations and all-important wedding photos. When the days are shorter the Abbey itself can host the ultimate house party or the Monks’ Refectory can throw you a wonderfully grand dinner-dance style wedding celebration. Importantly, as a wedding venue, Notley Abbey doesn’t depend on good weather and is as wonderful in the rain as it is under blue skies, let alone under a blanket of snow.
As with all of the Bijou-owned, exclusive use wedding venues, Notley Abbey benefits from all of the experience, care and dedication that defines the Bijou team.
Our knowledgeable, experienced and specialist wedding planning support team have the safest hands in the wedding industry and choosing to book your wedding at a Bijou wedding venue is more than just booking a venue – it is choosing a complete support package for total peace of mind throughout your wedding planning process. We will guide you through your wedding planning journey with care and understanding - we have over fifteen years of experience making wedding dreams come true and we will ensure that we understand your needs and visions whilst offering friendly support and advice every step of the way. Furthermore, our proprietary online wedding planner allows you to keep all of your plans and information in a safe place and allows both you and us to have ready access to the most up-to-date version of your dream day. The user-friendly software ensures total transparency of costs and logistics and allows intricate detailing so that absolute perfection is achieved on the wedding day without you needing to lift a finger.
Whatever planning support you require when it comes to planning your wedding at our historic, country house wedding venue, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands. From our specialist Wedding Planning Managers who help you organise your perfect day to webcams which can enable your absent friends and family to join you on your day, we have put our years of practice to good use. We make sure everything is absolutely perfect for you to host your flawless wedding celebrations with us in Buckinghamshire.
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