£4,325 - £9,265 for Venue Hire
Up to 164
9 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
Every stone tells a story at Notley Abbey, a honey-hued hideaway. It was here that Hollywood lovebirds Laurence Olivier & Vivien Leigh threw legendary parties for the for the A-list of their day.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
Maximum Price
Exclusive use of the house and grounds, planning support and on-the-day management. Plus all venue essentials such as chairs, tables, linen, cutlery, glasses, microphones, cake table, table plan etc.
What is included in this pricing:
External caterers not permitted
Furniture included
Couple accommodation included
Exclusive use
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)

In-house catering
(price per head)

Prices Start At
Includes canapés, reception drinks, 3 course wedding breakfast with wine and mineral water, a glass to toast, and an evening buffet, plus all service.
What is included in this pricing:
Menu tasting included
Table linen included
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Cutlery included
Wine allowance per guest
Minimum numbers apply
Bespoke menu available
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Country House
Manor House
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
No. of Bedrooms
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Usual Access Time
Late night availability

Ceremony & Reception

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


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

Food and Drink

Asian Catering
In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Halal Catering
Alcohol Licence
Kosher Catering

Cultural Specialists

Asian Wedding Specialist
Jewish Wedding Specialist
Full Description
Set in private riverside grounds dotted with lavender, Notley Abbey is impossibly romantic. The beauty of its ancient monastic architecture, tranquil walled garden and long, tree-lined driveway creates one of England’s most exquisite settings for celebration. Couples can choose to marry in the intimate Abbot’s Hall, the original main room of the house, or the spectacular, barn-like Monks’ Refectory. Outside, surrounded by wisteria in season, the walled garden makes the perfect backdrop for a summer ceremony al fresco. As guests mingle with bottomless Prosecco or Pimm’s, it’s time for your photoshoot – framed by the lime trees of the abbey’s long drive, or on the lawn with the house as your backdrop. The Grade I listed Monks’ Refectory hosts up to 164 for your three-course wedding breakfast beneath glittering crystal chandeliers, prepared with panache by Notley Abbey’s experienced banqueting chefs, and up to 250 for an unforgettable evening reception. Later, steal away to the enchanting bridal suite as your nearest and dearest settle into nine characterful bedrooms – graced, over the years, by famous guests from Henry VIII to Marilyn Monroe. Naturally, you’ll share breakfast (and stories of the night before) together the next morning. Exclusively yours for 24 hours, this is a house with a long tradition of exuberant celebration. With 25 years’ experience in planning and hosting dream weddings, yours is in the best of hands.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Laura & Hugh
Happy couple married in December
June 2022
Thank you - it truly was a wonderful day
Firstly, can we say a big thank you to you all for everything that you did both in the run up to the wedding and on the big day itself. It was seamless from start to finish and managed to feel intimate all at the same time! You all really helped us celebrate our day- including the surprises organised by my parents which were totally secret! Thank you all again for everything- it truly was a wonderful day.
Helen & Jordan
Happy couple married in May
June 2022
Memories we will treasure forever
Just wanted to say a massive thank you for everything on our wedding day And the lead up to it! We had the most wonderful day with memories we will treasure forever. please do extend the thanks to all your staff that were involved throughout our journey.
Melanie & Robert
Happy couple married in April
June 2022
You all made it perfect for us!
THANK YOU Everyone for the most amazing day. You all made it perfect for us! Extra special thank you to Barbara and Jess who were completely fabulous ❤️ "
Melissa & Will
Happy couple married in April
June 2022
There isn't one single thing we would change!
We had the most perfect wedding day ever, there is not one single thing we would change about our day at Notley. We were so well looked after from the moment we arrived on Wednesday evening to the moment we left on Friday morning. We had the most special and magical day - thank you for helping it be that. We have had all our photos through if you would like any more showing off your beautiful venue!"
Alexa & Phil
Happy couple married in October
November 2021
Just wish we could do it all again!
Needless to say we had the most AMAZING day, and experience at Notley. It's such a special place and we're thrilled that we chose it for our wedding. A huge thanks to you for all your help in organising a seamless experience - and to the team on the day for looking after us so thoroughly well. Just wish we could do it all again!
Wedding: October
November 2021
The day was truly magical
The wedding was AMAZING! Everything was absolutely wonderful! The food and service were fabulous! The staff and everyone at Notley Abbey that day were incredible, so helpful, professional and lovely to us and our guests. The day was truly magical and we are still on a wedding high
Location & Contact Details


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


Nearest Motorway & Junction

M40 J7

Nearest Train Station

Haddenham and Thame Parkway

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Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

Weddings at Notley are so much fun - the couples that get married there certainly know how to host a great party.

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 Harper 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.

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