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Notley Abbey

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40 to 250 Guests

Notley Abbey is one of three romantic and exclusive use venues owned by Bijou Weddings. Built in the 12th century, this country house wedding venue was once the home of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. Fully restored in the early 2000s, it is steeped in history, romance and glamour. If you’re looking for an elegant Buckinghamshire wedding venue, there really is nowhere like it.

You and your guests will arrive down a beautiful, long, tree-lined driveway to the doors of this magnificent country home. You can host your civil ceremony in one of their indoor or outdoor entertaining spaces, making Notley Abbey a stylish year-round wedding venue.

Outdoor wedding ceremonies are held in the ‘nook’ in the Walled Garden, with a rustic aisle leading down their perfectly-manicured lawn.

Inside, the Abbott’s Hall is an elegant, intimate, oak-beamed ceremony space, with vast windows flooding the hall with natural light and a stunning feature fireplace dating back to Henry V.

If you’re looking for a bigger ceremony room for up to 164 guests or a romantic reception space, the Monks’ Refectory is a spectacular stone barn, bursting with character and charm. Enjoying views of the cloister gardens and front laws, you can start with reception drinks outside, before making a spectacular entrance as newlyweds into the luxurious, chandelier-lit barn. Historically the Refectory hosted the daily meals of the Augustine Monks who lived on the site from 1192, and now you can become part of its history as the in-house chefs whip up a delicious banquet wedding breakfast for your guests.

Bijou Wedding Venues operate only on an exclusive use basis so couples choosing to host their wedding at Notley Abbey can treat it as their own home for the duration of their celebration. You can invite the wedding party to prepare for the big day in a calm, relaxed environment and host family and friends for the night in one of their nine luxury bedrooms, including a stunning bridal suite.

Combining the romance of a country house wedding with the charm of a rustic-chic barn wedding, Notley Abbey is truly a unique wedding venue.

  • Exclusive-use, country house wedding venue located in Thame on the Oxfordshire-Buckinghamshire border
  • Able to host up to 164 guests for an indoor ceremony and banquet, and up to 250 guests for an evening reception
  • Hands-on, friendly support and advice from the moment you first visit from Bijou’s specialist wedding planning team
  • World-class banqueting menus prepared by first-class in-house cheffing teams
  • A luxury bridal suite and eight further bedrooms
  • Incredible approach and grounds
  • Expert wedding day team and management

Visiting Notley Abbey

We know that many of you are eager to come and see our venues (thank you!) and we will do our very best to ensure you are given an appointment on your preferred day and time.

We are continuing to do what we can to protect our staff, and upcoming weddings, so we kindly ask that you help us by maintaining our Covid-safe practice. This includes wearing a mask inside our venues, sanitising at every opportunity, and keeping socially distanced from our staff. We will ensure that our venues are well ventilated, and our thermal cameras switched on to detect anyone with a high temperature.

Please email us at yourday@bijouweddings.co.uk or call us on 0345 130 9966 to book your appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Venue Type:

Exclusive Use
In the Country
Stately Home
Historic
Civil Ceremony Licence
Barn
Outdoor License
Unique Weddings

Dining Options:

Seated Meal Facilities
Alcohol Licence
In House Catering

Evening Entertainment:

Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
Evening Reception Facilities
DJ Facilities
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted

Overnight Accommodation:

Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests

Venue Staff Assistance:

Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster
Wedding Coordinator

Other Features:

Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Helipad
Confetti Permitted
Changing Room for Guests

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    Rob S. Married on 20/11/2021
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    Perfect for a cosy and rustic winter wedding

    Notley Abbey is not just a stunning venue; the team and the service they provide is outstanding. They support you throughout the planning process; they have a handy online planner which makes things like table plan, schedule for the day and food choices a breeze - and in the lead up you sit down with their planners to check you haven't missed anything. On the day, every team member was friendly, polite, professional and unflappable. Gorgeous space both inside and outside (we had a winter wedding, they lit fires and we had flambeauxs, which gave it a very cosy feel). Would highly recommend.
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    Pam G. Married on 27/06/2020
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    Shocking company

    Bijou venues have treated their couples appallingly during the Covid crisis, demanding (quite unlawfully) that couples pay 80% cancellation fee. Avoid these immoral and unscrupulous people. Look at Trustpilot.
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    Jenny S. Married on 14/08/2021
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    Absolutely perfect venue

    We were blown away by the service received by the team at Notley Abbey, from start to finish, and couldn't believe how well we were looked after on the day. I was never at one point worried that something wouldn't go to plan. The venue itself is absolutely stunning, with three different choices of places to have the ceremony, and so many wonderful areas and secret parts to get some amazing photos.
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    Katherine Married on 01/08/2019
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    Perfect wedding day at Notley Abbey

    We got married at Notley Abbey on 1st August 2019 and had the most perfect day. From the moment we first visited we knew this was our venue it really has that 'wow' factor. The beautiful building with all it's history, the gorgeous grounds and gardens and of course the long tree-lined driveway. The Notley & Bijou staff have been fantastic throughout and made our wedding day the best day of our lives. All our guests loved the venue and commented on how well the day ran and how great the food was, we really couldn't have asked for more. Particular thanks go to: Ann our planner who supported us through all the planning and menu tasting etc (by the way the online planning portal is great, made all the planning stress free as everything is in one place!); lovely day managers Jess and Phoebe who guided the set up of our decorations exactly as we wanted and made sure everything ran to time; night manger Antonio who was so professional and quickly resolved a minor hiccup when a card machine stopped working by opening up a second bar in the house; Gary the Bijou DJ who kept the dance floor busy all night; and all the other waiters and bar staff sorry we don't know their names. We feel so lucky to have got married at Notley Abbey it really was absolutely amazing, thank you so much! The new Mr & Mrs Hughes.
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    Nikola Married on 06/07/2019
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    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!
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    Ashley Married on 23/03/2019
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    A lifetime of memories!

    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.
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    Sarah Married on 22/03/2019
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    The day ran like clockwork...

    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.
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    Lara Married on 01/12/2018
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    Professional and friendly

    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.
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    Rachael Married on 17/11/2018
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    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.
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    Charlotte Married on 25/10/2018
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    Seamless and unforgettable!

    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!
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    Julia Married on 22/09/2018
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    Professional and seamless

    Thanks everyone at Bijou for a great day on Saturday. The service and management of the event was excellent and we had the perfect day. Even the rain made it better as everyone remained in the house and couldn’t disperse, adding to the atmosphere. A special mention to the waiting staff during the banquet - I have had a number of comments from guests saying how professional and seamless it was.
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    Lauren Married on 15/09/2018
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    We have had no end of compliments

    Philippa, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to yourself, Casey, Ann and the rest of the Bijou team who all helped make our wedding day the best it could be. We had a wonderful day and so did our guests - we’ve had no end of compliments on not just the beauty of Notley, but the quality and service level too. We wish we could do it all over again!
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    Katherine Married on 25/08/2018
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    A memorable day

    Thanks for a fantastic wedding at Notley. We had a wonderful day and all our guests said how lovely the venue was. We were extremely well looked after so would like to say a massive thank you to all the staff at Notley for making our day so memorable.
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    Nicole Married on 24/08/2018
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    Every detail exceeded all of our expectations

    Notley Abbey takes no introduction as an incredibly breath-taking venue. The driveway is literally to die for and the historic property with modern touches is every bride’s dream. What the pictures don’t tell you however is how incredible the staff are at Notley and how they are the true selling point to this venue. From the first time we viewed the venue right up to our big day the staff at Notley were absolutely flawless and they held our hands throughout the whole process making sure that we were stress free at all times. Everyone told me before the wedding not to be disappointed is something goes wrong as nobody will notice on the day. I can honestly say that not a single detail was out of place and that was totally down to the staff at Notley. The waiters and waitresses were the most professional young people I have ever come across and this was commented on by all of our guests. We would absolutely recommend Notley Abbey to anyone that was considering this venue. The venue, the staff, the food absolutely every detail exceeded all of our expectations.

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  • Ann & Alan
    21 photos · 18/09/2021
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  • Sally & Riccardo
    42 photos · 19/07/2019
  • Rachael & Jon
    38 photos · 18/05/2019

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Aylesbury Road HP17 8TN Great Milton (Oxfordshire)

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