Notley Abbey wedding venue in Buckinghamshire

Notley Abbey, Buckinghamshire

About Notley Abbey

Notley Abbey is a specialist, exclusive use wedding venue in Buckinghamshire. It is licensed for civil wedding ceremonies inside and out and offers a choice of celebration and entertaining spaces. Its facilities are summarised below:

Indoor ceremony licence  
Indoor ceremony capacity 190
Outdoor ceremony licence  
Indoor banquet capacity 190
Marquee available  
Evening capacity 250
Exclusive use  
Bridal suite  
Further bedrooms 8
Online wedding planning tool  
Personal wedding planner  
In-house catering  
Kosher catering Non-offensive
External caterer permitted Restricted
Corkage option  
Wheelchair access  
Fireworks permitted  
Live music permitted  
Onsite parking  
Finishing time Midnight
Extension available  
Halal available  
DJ facilities  
Leisure facilities  

The long dramatic driveway with trees planted by Vivien Leigh herself
Notley Abbey has beautiful surroundings

Laurence Olivier: “Of all the houses I’ve lived in over the years, Notley is my favourite. It was absolutely enchanting, and it enchanted me. At Notley I had an affair with the past. For me it had mesmeric power; I could easily drown in its atmosphere. I could not leave it alone, I was a child lost in its history. Perhaps I loved it too much, if that is possible.”

Notley is a work of art. A medieval masterpiece that epitomizes romance and glamour, this former home of Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh has played host to both royalty and celebrity. Restored to its former glory through an extensive refurbishment project in 2006, Notley is once again the embodiment of elegance and style that it deserves to be. The list of historical figures who’ve visited include Henry V, Henry VIII, and Marilyn Monroe to name just a few. The long, straight, avenue of lime trees through which the driveway runs, truly magical in itself, was planted by Vivien Leigh herself.

Notley Abbey is now an exclusive use country house wedding venue, licensed for civil wedding ceremonies both inside (in the Abbot’s Hall and Monks’ Refectory) and out. It can host up to 190 guests for your entire wedding day and more in the evening if you desire. The venue is located on the border of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, near Thame and Aylesbury and is owned and operated by Bijou Weddings. It thus benefits from the unparalleled service and support in the planning of your wedding and on the day itself for which Bijou is known.

The Monks’ Refectory – largely unchanged since the 13th Century – can seat up to 190 guests for your Wedding Breakfast. For smaller parties the Abbot’s Hall provides another excellent option.  The house also boasts a Bridal Suite and eight further luxury bedroom suites (each named after legendary former occupants) for your closest family and friends.

During the summer, Notley’s grounds are utterly magical and there is no 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 be home to a wonderful barn-style celebration. Importantly, Notley doesn’t depend on good weather and is as wonderful in the rain as it is under blue skies.

As with all of the Bijou-owned wedding venues, Notley benefits from all of the experience and attention to detail that defines the Bijou brand. From wedding planners to help you plan your perfect day to webcams to enable your absent friends and family to join you on your day, we've used our 15 years of practice to make sure everything is absolutely perfect.


The benefit of a wedding venue with accommodation is that of having your closest family and friends stay overnight, cementing the feeling that it is your home for your special day. Relax and enjoy every element of home – from getting ready in the Bridal Suite beforehand to a nightcap before bed. Notley Abbey is only available on an exclusive basis for 24 hours, so newlyweds are able to spend their first night in the sumptuous Bridal suite at the house. Eight further bedroom suites are available for the bridal party to enjoy the night of the wedding, before sitting down all together to enjoy a hearty breakfast in the Dining room the following morning.

Wedding Planning Support

Our knowledgeable and experienced Wedding Planning team has the safest hands in the industry. Choosing Bijou is more than just booking a wedding venue – it is choosing a complete support package for total peace of mind. Our Proprietary online Wedding Planner allows you to keep all of your plans and information in a secure place and allows both you and us to have ready access to the most up-to-date version of your dream. No need to worry about table plans or unexpected costs- this software ensures optimum transparency of costs, logistics and intricate detailing so that absolute perfection is achieved on the day. By having a dedicated wedding planning department and a personal planning manager, couples are guided through their wedding planning journey with meticulous care. Our team has over fifteen years experience in making dreams come true and we will listen and understand needs and visions whilst offering friendly support every step of the way.

Finding us

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Notley Abbey
Aylesbury Road
HP17 8TN
United Kingdom

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Notley Abbey, Aylesbury Road, Thame, HP17 8TN, GB

Sian & Neil

"Thank you so much for all your help with the planning of the wedding and of course the invaluable help on the day!  We all had the most wonderful time and despite the weather, enjoyed every minute! Sian and Neil both thought it was the best day of their lives. They're currently enjoying their honeymoon in Vietnam. We had so many lovely comments from our guests on the wonderful food and the service, and how the day flowed so perfectly, and I know we wouldn't have managed that without your help. So thank you so much!! They all said how stunning Notley Abbey was.  I thought it was a magical setting and so pleased their wedding was there. We couldn't have asked for anything more! "

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