Notley Abbey

(89 reviews) 89 5
Aylesbury Road Thame Buckinghamshire HP17 8TN
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About Notley Abbey

Aylesbury Road, Thame
Buckinghamshire, HP17 8TN

Bijou’s Notley Abbey near Thame in Buckinghamshire is a medieval masterpiece that was built in the 12th century. Once the home of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, Notley Abbey is steeped in history and can now be yours, exclusively, for 24 hours; privacy is guaranteed.

Notley Abbey is the perfect all year round wedding venue and is situated at the end of a truly magical tree-lined driveway. Acting as a dream home for your special day, Notley Abbey is unique, utterly beautiful and offers couples the opportunity to tie the knot outside as well as in. Epitomising both historic grandeur combined with contemporary styling, a complete renovation complements the medieval buildings and Grade 1 listing.

Say ‘I do’ in the impressive Monks’ Refectory for your wedding ceremony, ideal for between 30 and 190 guests. Then enjoy the rest of the incredible Abbey; the Abbott’s Hall, oak-beamed reception rooms featuring open fire places and nine tastefully decorated bedrooms including a luxurious bridal suite.

The outside of Notley Abbey is as impressive as the inside; its beautiful setting, the romantic cloisters and meandering River Thame offers breath-taking photographic opportunities from every angle. Plus, being an exclusive use wedding venue, privacy is guaranteed.

As with every Bijou wedding venue hire, your wedding will be supported by 5*+ banqueting, impeccable management and discreet, professional service from your initial enquiry with us.


Bijou owns five unique and truly individual, exclusive use wedding venues in the UK and South of France. Botleys Mansion, Silchester House, Cain Manor and Notley Abbey are all between 30 and 90 minutes from London, and Chateau Du Bijou can be reached within 6 hours when travelling from the UK. Boasting fabulous wedding ceremony rooms, lavish banqueting space, indoor and outdoor (at three venues) licences, giving you flexibility as to how you say ‘I do’, as well as immaculately presented grounds, your wedding day with Bijou will be an experience that you, and your guests, will remember forever. The wedding planning team at Bijou will ensure that your wedding day feels as if you’re entertaining your guests in your very own dream home. 

• Medieval masterpiece that was once the home of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh • Exclusively yours for 24 hours • Contemporary renovation complements the medieval buildings • Grand Banqueting Hall in the Monks’ Refectory, with the capacity for 30 to 192 guests • Professional service and high quality banqueting • Licensed for civil ceremonies

Facilities at Notley Abbey

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Stately Home
Outdoor License
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Venue Leisure Facilities :
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
150 to 250 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Changing Room for Guests
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking

Notley Abbey Location

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

Aylesbury Road Thame Buckinghamshire HP17 8TN
0345 130 9966
89 5

Notley Abbey Reviews (89)

Venue Service

By Charlie and James, on 04 Dec 2017Date of Wedding - 24 Nov 2017

THANK YOU for all of your wonderful help in the run up to and on the day of our wedding at Notley Abbey. It was seamless from beginning to end and we had the best day.

Totally stress free
Venue Service

By Mother of the Bride, on 12 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 22 Sep 2017

I can't thank you all enough at Bijou weddings and at Notley Abbey for everything you all did to make Charlotte and Tom's wedding day run so seamlessly and smoothly. It really was a such a beautiful, totally stress free and fantastic day - it surpassed all my dreams and hopes for them - they said they truly had the wedding day of their dreams - and we all had the most amazing and memorable day - thank you all so very much. We would, and many of our guests have said the same, have no hesitation in recommending Notley Abbey and Bijou weddings - everybody we have dealt with has been excellent.

Mixed feelings
Venue Service

By Laura, on 07 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 09 Sep 2017

We got married at Notley Abbey in September. The setting is stunning, the facilities are excellent and well maintained. We were however very disappointed with the strict rules at Notley. Everything comes at an additional cost, be cautious. We hoped for an outdoor ceremony, it rained so ended up inside but still got charged for outdoor set up. This hadn't been communicated clearly to us. Make sure you read the Policy's back to back! Similarly, alciholic 10ml wedding favours were £5 per favour! There are minimum guest numbers which if you don't meet, there are added charges. I could continue. On the day staff were helpful and professional. But they were strict and reluctant to allow us to make last minute changes on the day, such as doing a confetti line. We had a great day surrounded by our nearest and dearest, but I can't help but these factors impacted on our memories of Notley.

Your staff are amazing
Venue Service

By Mother of the Bride, on 12 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 08 Sep 2017

My daughter's wedding took place at Notley Abbey on Friday 8 September and it could not have been more wonderful. We fell in love with the venue the first time we visited (having already seen half a dozen other wedding venues). It is such a romantic and atmospheric place. Each room downstairs has its own character and the bedrooms are extremely comfortable with lovely decor. Your staff are amazing - properly trained and taking their role very seriously. Our wedding manager was so helpful and responded promptly to any query. The wonderful location, the quality and efficiency of your team, combined with the months of planning the couple worked so hard on resulted in a fairy tale wedding that will give us all happy memories forever.

Compliments to the chef
Venue Service

By Kakali & Dayle, on 08 Sep 2017Date of Wedding - 03 Sep 2017

Hi Ann, Thank you SO much for your help planning the wedding and reminding us of all the things we had to do. We had the perfect day, and the staff on the day were amazing at sorting out the hiccups. They were so flexible and accommodating and efficient, it was much more than I could have hoped for! The guests all had a great time, as did we. Also compliments to the chef as everyone raved about the food, particularly the lamb and dessert! The venue looked amazing, (even in the rain) and all the guests loved it.

The day ran like a dream
Venue Service

By Mother of the Bride, on 08 Sep 2017Date of Wedding - 31 Aug 2017

Dear Ann, I just want to thank you so much for all your help in the run up to their wedding. The day ran like a dream thanks to the care and attention paid by yourself and by Lisa and her wonderful staff. Everyone worked so hard so make Jess and James' day so very very special.

A fabulous success
Venue Service

By Vicki and Michael, on 24 Aug 2017Date of Wedding - 22 Jul 2017

We just wanted to write to thank you for making our wedding reception such a fabulous success, the whole day was like a dream. Our guests commented that the food was the best they have ever had at a wedding! Special thanks to Barbara who was just fabulous on the day, and really went above and beyond for us. Thank you all so much!

We did not want it to end!
Venue Service

By Charlotte & Gareth, on 19 Jul 2017Date of Wedding - 01 Jul 2017

Dear Carol and the Bijou team. We had the most wonderful day and could not believe how glorious the weather was! All of my friends told me that as they were waiting for me to walk down the aisle the clouds parted, the sun shone through and a butterfly floated down the aisle just before we entered - remarkable! Barbara was really fantastic on the day and kept us so relaxed and organised - it was a pleasure to have her there guiding us through every moment of the day. We really loved every minute of the day and didn't want it to end!

World Class!
Venue Service

By Mrs Ricketts, on 18 Aug 2017Date of Wedding - 24 Jun 2017

I am sorry this is such a belated ‘thank you’. I have now had time to absorb and reflect on the whole event. Every contact with the staff, in whatever capacity, was wonderful. You made my daughter’s wedding day something to remember. Your foresight, care and absolute consideration was truly marvellous – I absolutely mean that. You put us first in every regard. From someone serving champagne right through to the person in charge – World Class! Thank you!

Everything ran so smoothly!
Venue Service

By Emma & Andy, on 05 Jun 2017Date of Wedding - 20 May 2017

Hi Aly, Many thanks for all your help leading up to our wedding day and to the team at Notley who made everything run so smoothly on the day - they even managed to keep most of the rain away! We both had such an amazing day and it was so great to be able to relax knowing that the Bijou team had everything in hand.

An Amazing Venue!
Venue Service

By Lisa and Dan, on 25 Apr 2017Date of Wedding - 21 Apr 2017

Hi Ann, Thank you for all your help during the planning process! We had a fantastic day and everything went to plan! Please thanks the staff for all their hard work, it really is an amazing venue!

The venue was stunning
Venue Service

By Dan Dolan Films, on 26 May 2017Date of Wedding - 20 Apr 2017

We wanted to pass on a big thank you to the team at Notley Abbey for looking after us so well at the wedding of Katie & Sam on 20th April - the venue was stunning and your staff are a credit to you - all went above and beyond to look after us as well as the guests. Hannah and Dan

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