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On Hitched.co.uk since 2021

Last update: June 2024

Rackleys is a beautiful rural wedding venue set amongst the peaceful, rolling Chiltern Hills. Our location benefits from an idyllic sense of ‘being away from it all’ whilst also being easily accessible from London and Oxford. We are perfectly situated close to the tri-meeting point of the counties of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Our traditional farm features a spectacular main barn with a cosy gallery area, a stunning Bridesroom and a registrar's room for civil weddings.

***Accommodation opening 2024***

Rackley's beautiful farmhouse is being lovingly renovated to accommodate 6 double ensuite bedrooms. Cantered in the courtyard, it’s the perfect spot to spend the night after your wedding with some of your guests. Wake up and look out onto the meadow and The Chiltern Hill from the back of the farmhouse. It’s the ideal place to be.

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Facilities and Capacity

Inside the stunning refurbished barn, couples are met with tall vaulted ceilings, exposed red brick walls, and wooden beams that course throughout the venue. Large windows and glass doors allow for panoramic views of the bucolic scenery. There is ample room for a seated ceremony and reception, with the ability to host up to 120 of your loved ones. Adorned with twinkling fairy lights and elegant chandeliers, this airy structure will add a touch of fairytale magic to your celebration. A graceful veranda leads from the barn to the lush green lawns surrounding the venue, ideal for catching a breath of fresh air. Couples and guests can wander the grounds, taking in the beauty of the countryside and finding plenty of opportunities for aesthetic photographs. Rackleys Chiltern Hills also offers ample car parking and will allow exclusive use of the venue for you and your loved ones for utmost privacy.

Services Offered

The team at Rackleys Chiltern Hills are highly-experienced in hosting weddings and will work with you to bring your vision to life. The dedicated staff will remain on-site to tend to your needs, ensuring you enjoy a stress-free experience. A personal event coordinator will work tirelessly so your wedding runs as smoothly as possible. A team of culinary experts can provide in-house catering and will collaborate with you to design a gastronomical experience worthy of your wondrous milestone.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unusual weddings
Historic
Barn
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Pet-friendly
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Reviews for Rackleys Chiltern Hills

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Hitched Wedding Awards 2024 Winner
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99% recommend it
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  • Value for money
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Jane K. Sent on 12/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Stunning venue, amazing professional staff

What can i say, an absolutely amazing and professional service from start to finish. Carol, Lucy our event manager and Stef couldn't do enough to me help me throughout the whole process. On the big day itself they truly made me feel like a princess and nothing was too much trouble for them. I highly recommend the venue, catering and events team. I couldn't of had my magical day without them all !!!
Suzanne
Suzanne S. Sent on 19/02/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Stunning Barn Wedding with a venue that really cares

Rackley's have been amazing from start to finish! They are very responsive, accommodating and they really care about your big day. We got married in January and managed to arrange it all within 6 months. The team were so flexible for us, nothing seemed too much trouble! You can decorate the barn but to be honest, it doesn't need much as it looks spectacular. The gardens are beautiful, there is an upstairs balcony area for older relatives to relax when they need a quiet space, and the bridal room is massive with it's own large shower and toilet. Everything was included in the price, and you have exclusive use of the venue and grounds on your big day. The wedding planners go into meticulous detail, they will make suggestions based on their own extensive experience and will happily accommodate all of your ideas and help you to make it work! We can't recommend this venue highly enough, planning our wedding was a lovely experience and it was a joy to collaborate with the team to organise our big day xxx
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Amber M. Sent on 21/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Luxury for a reason!

Rackleys was beyond the best decision we made besides marrying each other. From start to finish the team at rackleys couldn’t do enough for us. The wine tasting night and food tastings were fantastic to help build the excitement and atmosphere before the day. The team were always on hand to answer my many many questions. The lead up the wedding they were super helpful with suggestions when we were a bit clueless about certain things such as where to place our evening food vendor. On the day Sophie kept us all in check for time and fixed any minor issue without any stress added at all. The waiting staff were so so amazing they were very personable in ensuring everyone was having a great time and taking the time to read peoples names when serving them. The bar staff were super fun in the evening having a laugh and joke with everyone. The food was just amazing, everyone complimented what amazing flavour it had and generous portion sizing too! When the page boy and flower girl had to go home mid meal they didn’t hesitate to package up their food so they could take it with them. We had many cupcakes for our guests and staff always made sure that they were topped up continuously as well as making more boxes for guests to take them home. The staff at Rackleys went above and beyond for us and we said throughout the day how we were so pleased that we chose Rackleys to host our wedding day! I stand by the decision to spend more on such an amazingly beautiful venue with fantastic staff!
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Dominic S. Sent on 08/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing venue! Highly recommended!

Our best day ever thanks to Rackley’s. From the moment we stepped foot in this venue we felt welcome and could not wait to get married here, no request was too much. Fast forward a few months and Rackley’s gave us the best day ever. We cannot thank all their staff enough for such an amazing day! We couldn’t have asked for anything more from the amazing food to the management of our wedding. We highly recommend this venue and we are forever grateful for the memories that were made that day! Dom and Abby (August 2023)
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Emma W. Sent on 16/07/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Efficient and professional throughout!

The venue itself is absolutely amazing, but this was made even better by the incredible people that work there - everyone I interacted with was so passionate and excited for our big day. The catering was spot on, it came out on time and to a really good quality and standard. The service was so professional, ensuring everything came out efficiently, with a smile on their face! The only slight improvement would be their responsiveness with email communication, as it sometimes took a while to get a response, but the team really did nail it on the day, and I couldn’t have asked for a better venue!
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Tom W. Sent on 20/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Exceptional, truly special venue!

An exceptional, truly special wedding venue. One where you are made not to feel like a number but that the whole venue and experience has been built up just for you.
Remarkably accommodating to even the strangest request. (Having a tractor there for the photos.)
Everyone we encountered, both behind the scenes and those who were front of house on the day were professional, polite and caring. Could not of asked any more of the chefs, bar staff, the general staff, event organizers and the owners.
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Jodie L. Sent on 20/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The most beautiful venue, inside & out

Wow! Where do I even start with this venue. I fell in love with Rackleys the moment I saw it and my fiance was just as blown away too. The venue is simply stunning set within the beautiful surroundings. The venue sells itself but then throw the Rackleys team in and you have the most perfect wedding venue

Lucy was the most incredible Event Coordinator right from our first visit up until our Wedding Day! I cannot thank her and the team enough for helping me make my wedding vision come to life. Lucy & the team were amazing with advice, support, and guidance and were always only an email or phone call away. Our whole wedding day went so smoothly and took control of everything.

All of our guests said how beautiful the venue was, how helpful & friendly the staff were and how much of a good day they had. All the facilities are 10/10 and to such a high spec which makes such a difference to a wedding venue.

We had the most perfect day and I cannot recommend Rackleys & the whole events team enough. Thank you!
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Jade Sent on 20/12/2022
4.8 out of 5 rating

Stunning, Professional and all round fantastic!

I do not even know where to start - Rackleys made our dream wedding come true!
From start to finish staff were caring and professional and nothing was too much trouble for the team.
The professionalism is a real highlight of this venue. Not only do they ensure the day is faultless but prior to the wedding they really made us both feel at ease and it filled us with confidence that our day would be perfect. We got married at the venue as well and the changeover was very speedy and you couldn’t really tell it was happening, which is wonderful!
The venue itself is truly stunning and we were blessed with snow for our winter wedding as well which just added to the beauty of Rackleys.
The food as well, was glorious and they really did care and cater for my allergy/intolerance guests so well. Sometimes when you go to weddings (at other venues) the food can get cold as you get to the last tables but my guests were very happy and said the food was delicious, great quality and hot! When I looked around all I could see was clean plates which is a statement in itself.
If you are planning a wedding please do consider Rackleys because you really will have the most perfect day.
Thank you to the entire team at Rackleys!
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Hannah Sent on 19/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Stunning venue, a beautiful wedding - a day & experience to remember

After visiting Rackleys Chiltern Hills for the first time just over two years ago, it was clear to us that it was going to be the most perfect venue for our wedding, and we made the decision soon after to book it. This was the best decision we could have made as July this year we had our wedding at what we truly believe is one of the most beautiful venues we have seen. With the fantastic barn, gorgeous brides' room (to name a few areas) and grounds looking on to the rolling hills, it really was the most fantastic day and one we will cherish for the rest of our lives.
The staff made us feel very special and nothing was too much effort for them, the guests thought they were brilliant and as bride and groom we really did feel like they went over and above what was expected of them on the day. The venue manager, was a star from start to finish, always checking in and making sure we were happy and offering helpful and expert advice. The events director, was fabulous from the moment we initially viewed the venue right up until days after the wedding. We have to thank her for making the day run so smoothly and making the whole process stress free and excitable!
The events coordinator who was fantastic on the day even down to walking around with our son in his pram to help him go to sleep to enable everyone to enjoy themselves! Also thank you to the rest of the team for always being so helpful and friendly smiling faces. The food was divine, the chef, obviously has a lot of passion for the food which he creates which not only tasted beautiful but looked fantastic too.
We wish we could do the day every weekend it was so fantastic, thank you Rackley's for being an outstanding venue and making one of the happiest days of our lives one to remember and cherish forever.
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Liz M. Sent on 18/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A magical venue and excellent service!

I was recently a bridesmaid for my sister’s wedding at Rackleys Chiltern Hills and had the joy of being involved with her exciting plans! From the first time my sister viewed this beautiful venue she fell in love with the buildings and the fabulous gardens - it really was stunning.

The staff could not have been more helpful from the initial visit to the very end of her big day. They were in regular contact with her and all of our questions were answered, nothing was too much trouble. My sister and her partner were invited to a complimentary food tasting evening and a wine and cheese evening where wines could be sampled and chosen for their wedding breakfast. I hear it was fabulous!

On the day, all went according to plan, even the sun was shining! The chef and his team served the most delicious meal which we had so many compliments about and the serving staff were excellent. Nothing was too much trouble for them and we felt well and truly looked after.

A big thank you from all of our family for helping to make the day such a success!
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14 Jul
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Rackleys Open Day.

Come and view Rackleys in all it's charm, meet their team and ask any questions you have. They can't wait to welcome you!

Date: From 14/07/2024 to 14/07/2024 Schedule 10:00 - 13:00
Place: Rackleys Chiltern Hills, Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Reading, Berkshire
20 Oct
Open Door

Rackleys Open Day.

Come and view Rackleys in all it's charm, meet their team and ask any questions you have. They can't wait to welcome you!

Date: From 20/10/2024 to 20/10/2024 Schedule 10:00 - 13:00
Place: hp14 3pp, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire

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Rackleys Chiltern Hills, Marlow Road, Cadmore End HP14 3PP Reading (Berkshire)
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