P.O.A
Up to 172
9 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
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Why not celebrate the most magical day of your lives by hosting your fairytale wedding day in Laurence Olivier's former home?
Features & Capacity

Overview

Venue Type
Country House
Manor House
Dining Capacity
172
Reception Capacity
250
No. of Bedrooms
9
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Usual Access Time
11:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
11:30 pm

Venue

Ballroom
Bridal Changing Facilities
Disabled Access
Exclusive Use
Grade I/II Listed Building
In-House Wedding Coordinator
Landscaped Gardens
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space

Ceremony & Reception

Confetti Permitted
Fireworks Permitted
Dancefloor Available
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Sound System Available
Wedding Licence

Food and Drink

Alcohol Licence
Asian Catering
Halal Catering
In-house Catering
In-House Wine List
Kosher Catering
Full Description
Notley Abbey is one of the most exquisite venues in Buckinghamshire, offering complete exclusivity to each and every couple and some of the most beautiful country house grounds you could imagine. Each wedding is completely bespoke, with every detail taken care of by an experience Wedding Planning Team and the help of a unique online planner. If couples require their ceremony to be on site at Notley Abbey, they can choose from the intimate Abbott’s Hall or the grand stone barn Refectory. Or, if choosing a summer date, the immaculate walled garden creates the perfect backdrop for a country garden celebration. As your guests then mingle on the lavender-lined patio or by the fireplaces in what was once Laurence Olivier’s home, photographers can whisk newlyweds through the driveway’s magnificent lime trees for some candid couple portraits or even a dramatic sunset shot. Meanwhile, Notley Abbey’s brigade of in-house chefs will be meticulously preparing a three-course wedding banquet, chosen specifically by each couple. Guests dine in style in the Grade I listed Monks’ Refectory, experiencing the seamless service you would expect from such a luxury venue. Every aspect of the day runs like clockwork with expert coordination from in-house specialist banqueting teams, so couples can relax and let their hair down for their evening party. Music and dancing make the Refectory come alive well into the night, until guests retire to one of Notley Abbey’s 9 stunning bedroom suites. With so many stories shared round the breakfast table the next day, Notley Abbey truly is an unforgettable, luxury wedding venue.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
1997
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Reviews
(11)
Nikola & James
Married in July 2019
July 2019
Best day of our lives!
We had such a wonderful day on Saturday - the best day of our lives!! Thank you so much to you and all of the staff for making it happen for us!
Thomas & Ashley
Married in March 2019
March 2019
A lifetime of memories!
Just to say that we really really enjoyed our big day at Notley Abbey so thank you very very much to Jess and the rest of the team for making it happen. We will cherish the memories for the rest of our lives.
Sarah & Sean
Married in March 2019
March 2019
The Perfect Day
From the bottom of our hearts, we would both like to say thank you for everything you have done for us in the run up to our wedding and on the actual wedding day itself. You have given us the perfect day for the rest of our lives and we are so grateful. The professionalism of all the staff, the dedication to the little details and the quality of service made our day incredibly special, and it ran like clock work which for a worrier like me was very reassuring. We will always remember our incredible wedding at Notley Abbey and so will all our guests, so thank you once again.
Lara & Kieran
Married in December 2018
January 2019
Surpassed all our expectations...
Saturday surpassed all our expectations and was literally the best day ever. Kieran and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and we couldn’t have asked or wanted anything more. The staff on the day were so attentive, professional and friendly and were always walking around with a smile on their faces. Our guests commented on how wonderful the staff were and you guys really did smash it.
Rachael and Matthew
Married in November 2018
January 2019
Such a brilliant day!
We just wanted to pass on our thanks and appreciation for a fantastic day on Saturday. The team on the day were brilliant from Caitlin, Jess and Antonio to the waiting/bar staff. The venue looked incredible and the food was delicious. Our guests frequently commented on how great the day was and we really appreciate everyone's efforts in making it such a brilliant day.
Charlotte & Toby
Married in October 2018
January 2019
Seamless
Thank you so much for making our wedding experience so special. We and our families had the best couple of days which is testament to you. Ann, Jess, Annette and everyone worked so hard to make it seamless and unforgettable. We received so many compliments on the services and how each and every staff member was so kind and helpful. We will remember it forever!
Location & Contact Details

Address

Aylesbury Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8TN, England

Travel Notes

It is best to enter our venue in google maps and you'll find us at the end of our spectacular 1km approach off the Aylesbury Road.

Nearest Town

Thame

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M40 J7

Nearest Train Station

Haddenham and Thame Parkway

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FAQ
(9)

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Think outside the box. Do you want to choose a wedding venue like everyone else? We believe that there's more to choosing a venue than just falling in love with the bricks and mortar. Fall in love with the team, the grounds, the vibe and the menus too.

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

Flowers enhance a wedding, we know that, but when we see them hanging from beams over the top table in the Monks' Refectory, they do look rather special.

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Elegant - Historic - Romantic - Glamorous - Unique

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

There are too many to share; from our magnificent tree-lined approach to the walled garden, the path leading up to the house and not forgetting our historic Monks' Refectory. Notley Abbey is full of wedding photography hot-spots. Bring your camera when you come to visit us.

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

We're lucky enough to welcome celebrity guests to Notley Abbey on a frequent basis. As the venue was once owned by Sir Laurence Oliver and Vivien Leigh, you can imagine the celebrity guest lists who used to party in the house back in the day.

What’s your favourite canapé?

Do we have to choose just one? We like to indulge, so our peeled Tiger Prawns with wasabi mayo, lime and chilli are pretty morish.

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

We wouldn't say no to a strawberry dipped in indulgent chocolate from our chocolate fountain!

What is your venue's most unique feature?

Driving through the gates of any wedding venue is exciting, but at Notley Abbey, your dreams may instantly turn in to a reality because the tree-lined approach is truly spectacular and we expect you to arrive to your visit late, as our couples always want to stop and take a photo of the driveway before they reach the house.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

The Bijou Team help everything fall in to place; from the moment you request a brochure with us, to the morning you leave Notley Abbey as a married couple. We'll ensure you are fully supported during the throes of wedding planning and that the venue looks immaculate for your arrival, both inside and out.