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Notley Abbey

Exclusive Use Wedding Venue in Buckinghamshire

Medieval masterpiece with film set looks and an A-list history

Aylesbury HP17 8TN

Historic barn wedding venue

Located at the end of a long tree-lined driveway, on the Buckinghamshire – Oxfordshire border, Notley Abbey has been transformed into an award-winning historic wedding venue. A variety of entertaining spaces make it the ultimate wedding venue for couples looking to throw a stylish, elegant party.

With serval licensed spaces for civil wedding ceremonies, there’s options to suit your taste, wedding size and of course, the weather! The expansive grounds spoil you for choice when it comes to picture perfect backdrops throughout the seasons. With grand medieval log fires and soft furnishings, the venue is equally as beautiful in the rain as it is under blue skies, or under a blanket of snow.

Available on an exclusive use basis, we invite you to host your wedding as if it were truly your home and add to the already plentiful romantic memories the venue walls hold. The Notley Abbey team devote themselves to hosting unique and special wedding days for our couples, and the care and preservation of this remarkable building so that it will, we hope, always proudly oversee the most joyful celebrations in this wonderful corner of the English countryside.


Notley Abbey is licensed to host wedding ceremonies both inside and out, with a seated capacity of 164 guests, and 250 for an evening reception. There is a characterful bridal suite, and 8 further bedrooms for your loved ones. Exclusively yours, the venue and grounds will be your home-from-home, guaranteeing complete privacy for the duration of your stay. Bijou has a team of experienced in-house chefs, offering a complimentary menu tasting during your wedding planning. Bijou’s dedicated Planning Team, and specialist Wedding Managers, mean you can rest assured knowing you’re in good hands, with support available 7 days a week.

164 Indoor Ceremony
164 Banquet
250 Evening Reception
1 Bridal Suite
8 Further Bedrooms
Notley Abbey is available to hire exclusively for 24 hours
Wheelchair Access
Live Music Permitted
On-site DJ facilities
Fireworks permitted with permission from the local council
Finishing Time
11.30pm finishing time.
Extension available until 1am
In-house catering
Bespoke menus available
Halal catering available
Corkage option not available at Notely Abbey

Wedding venue with nine bedrooms

Notley Abbey offers a spacious bridal suite allowing you to prepare for your wedding in a calm and luxurious environment. Natural light floods through the windows, which look out over the countryside. Located just steps away from the ceremony room, it eliminates the risk of travelling between locations, so all you need to do is relax and enjoy getting ready. There are 8 further bedrooms (each named after legendary former occupants) for your closest family and friends to stay with you overnight. The next morning, you and your overnight guests will enjoy a hearty breakfast in the Dining Room before departing.

Wedding reception food and drink

Notley Abbey benefits from Bijou’s experienced brigade of banqueting chefs. When it comes to your wedding breakfast, we understand that each dish selected needs to be served swiftly, in large numbers, at top quality. Our tiered menus have been designed with this in mind and are carefully curated by Bijou Chefs, who are full-time specialists and only work in Bijou’s kitchens. Of course we also maintain relationships with our suppliers in order to provide our dishes at the best possible price, and use locally sourced ingredients where possible. Click here to view our gallery.

Specialist wedding planning service and support

As with all the Bijou-owned wedding venues, Notley Abbey benefits from the experience, care and dedication that defines the Bijou team.
Choosing to book 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. Our knowledgeable and experienced wedding planning support are on hand 7 days a week, to offer you 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.

Venue history

Notley Abbey was acquired by Bijou Wedding Venues in 2006, after several years of unfortunate neglect. As a listed building and registered national monument, the venue undertook a long and considered refurbishment to return it to its former glory. The stone barn, referred to as the Monk’s Refectory, remains largely unchanged since the Augustine monks dined there during the 13th century. Fast forwarding to the 1940’s, the country house was formerly home to Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. The abbey walls hold many stories of celebrations of both royalty and celebrity, from Henry VIII to Marilyn Monroe. Steeped in history and distinct features, you’re surrounded by romance and charm, making it the unique wedding venue it is today.

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