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Last update: November 2023
Turning off the Aylesbury Road and heading up the tree-lined driveway, you watch the blur of fields pass you by on either side until you reach the opening. The building is striking, yet tranquil and you will feel an instant sense of calm. Set amongst private riverside grounds, you watch the sun bounce off the honey stone walls, and you realise that you have stumbled across something special.
Once the home of lovebirds Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, this secluded country retreat is the epitome of romance and now hosts luxury weddings for up to 250 guests.
Facilities and Capacity
Lavender leads you up to the rustic stone doorway, where you will explore the immeasurable character that Notley Abbey holds. Your journey starts in the Abbott's Hall, once Sir Laurence Olivier’s drawing room and host to a secret staircase that leads to the enchanting turret dating back to the 15th century. A perfectly intimate space for up to 110.
Continuing into the barn-like Monks’ Refectory. Here, floor-to-ceiling glass casts light onto eight hundred years of history, while glittering chandeliers add a dash of modern glamour. This captivating space can seat up to 164 guests for a ceremony or wedding breakfast, and host up to 250 guests for an evening reception.
The abbey’s grounds are a gift for summer weddings, complete with a walled garden for al fresco ceremonies and gardens stretching around the house, creating a number of backdrops for your wedding photos, too many to choose from, in fact. Mystery surrounds the venue, inside and out and you’re itching to see what else it has to offer.
As an exclusive-use venue, Notley Abbey becomes your home for the day (and night). As soon as your date is set, our wedding planning team will be at your service seven days a week, for guidance, support, and advice. Ask us anything!
This has been a place to celebrate since Laurence and Vivien invited the A-list of their day to party here (if walls could talk)... Now it’s your turn.
Thinking about making the most of it with a weekend wedding? Our wedding planning team can make it work for you! Get in touch and we will put all our knowledge and planning skills to make your weekding wedding a truly memorable occasion.
At the end of an eventful day, it’s good to know your beautiful Notley Suite, complete with four poster bed, is just a few short steps away. 8 further bedrooms await your guests, meaning that your nearest and dearest can join you for breakfast the following morning to share their happy memories of your day.
Visiting Notley Abbey
Websites and brochures are all very well, but we all know that nothing beats meeting in real life to know whether you’ve found the one. We host several weekend Open Houses at each venue, each month, so that couples who are yet to decide on their wedding venue can visit for a tour, a chat, and a glass of something celebratory.
Please email us at email@example.com or call us on 0345 130 9966 to book your appointment.
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The most perfect wedding venue!
Amazing from start to finish
We loved the option of having a seperate ceremony room to the wedding breakfast/party. Having 9 beautiful bedrooms to host close family and friends was great.
The food served at our wedding was incredible, so delicious, served hot and we had so many compliments.
Overall Notley has left us with a day to remember!
Fantastic venue 13.10.23
The most beautiful day of our lives
Everything was perfect from start to finish. The day ran seamlessly and calmly. The staff were professional but friendly and everything we had planned was put into action perfectly.
We had the best day and would do it all over again if we had the chance.
Highly recommend to anyone looking for a wedding venue!
Notley made our dream wedding a reality
Ant & I just want to say a huge thank you for such an incredible wedding at the weekend.
Right from the start of our journey, you have all been amazing, in particular Ann our planner. So helpful & kind!
I arrived at Notley on Friday evening and from the moment I arrived with my family & friends, I knew we had the perfect wedding venue. We were greeted on arrival, help was given to unload the cars & dinner was provided! Service was outstanding.
Then we go onto the actual wedding day itself and we are both lost for words. There are no words other than you were all incredible. Every single person from the amazing Barbara, who kept us all in order right through to the staff who served dinner and at the bar.
All of our family & friends have commented about the beautiful venue & we’re so grateful to you. We’d recommend your venue in a heartbeat & Notley Abbey will always hold a very special place in our hearts. We’ll most definitely be back & forever be scrolling through the photos.
We can’t wait to see the rest of Suzys amazing work when we receive our photos.
Many thanks again, from the bottom of our heart
Charlotte & Anthony Natar x
Amazing venue, incredible staff on wedding day
Cannot praise Notley and their staff enough. It/they were amazing! Our day was flawless and I want to do it over and over again.
Thank you so much ❤️
Melanie and Robert xx
Perfect for a cosy and rustic winter wedding
Absolutely perfect venue
Amazing wedding day
The perfect wedding venue
Special thanks to the managers on the day and waiting staff. As soon as I arrived I was greeted with a team of staff helping unload the car meaning I could totally relax knowing everything was being organised while I got ready in the luxurious bridal suite. My husband and I even got served our own tray of canapés while we were on the tree lined driveway having photos - the attention to detail is second to none.
A first class wedding experience
Everything ran so smoothly and the hard work of the wedding planning team before the event, and the day and night managers on the day, really demonstrated how organised and stress-free the whole experience was. The online wedding planning tool, and the useful prompts to complete items from the wedding planning team, were invaluable. We very much benefitted from having a wedding planner without actually booking and using one independently of Notley Abbey.
We also got a lot of lovely feedback from guests about how beautiful the venue was and how good the food was on the day. I was particularly impressed with how smooth the handling of our various dietary requirements was. We had a lot of allergies and preferences to cater for (e.g. gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan, nut, garlic, onion, mustard and citrus allergies, etc.) and everyone was served the correct food without a hitch.
Thank you so much to the team at Notley Abbey for giving us a day we'll remember for the rest of our lives. And an absolutely smashing breakfast the following morning! I would highly recommend Notley Abbey to any couples looking to book their wedding in the area.
Perfect wedding day at Notley Abbey
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