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Set the scene for your perfect event by booking one of 174 unique and historic venues near Reading, Berkshire which are sure to wow your guests!
#1

The Elephant

Church Road, Pangbourne, Berkshire, RG8 7AR, Pangbourne, Berkshire
£5000
Up to 140 guests
The Elephant has returned to its roots. The hotel was originally called The Elephant when it first opened in the late nineteenth century, but its name was changed to The Copper Inn in 1967.

After spending nearly 4 months giving it a complete refurbishment, it reopened just before Christmas last year – once more under its original name.


To the left shows an early advertisement for The Elephant Hotel at Pangbourne. The hotel has always formed a central meeting place within the village of Pangbourne. In fact what is now the hotel car-park used to be the stabling block for the hotel up until the turn of the 20th century!


The Elephant's ethos

Our ethos is to create and sustain a genuinely friendly and relaxed atmosphere throughout the hotel.


At The Elephant we strive to offer:


- Quirkiness rather than quaintness

- Individually themed rooms

- Simple and perfectly cooked modern British food

- Fresh and seasonal British ingredients sourced by local suppliers

- An atmosphere of informality, fun, friendliness and efficiency

- A genuine and generous welcome for everyone

- An active part in the local community

- High quality at affordable prices

- An experience beyond your expectation.


• Picturesque location with a luxurious atmosphere

• Licensed to hold civil ceremonies with up to 140 guests

• Exclusive use available

• Tailored, bespoke planning to suit any budget

• Accommodation for overnight guests and newlyweds across 22 rooms

• Delicious menus and excellent wine selection
#2

Bradfield College

Bradfield, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 6AU, Reading, Berkshire
Up to 200 guests
Bradfield College, set in the idyllic Berkshire countryside, has the capacity to welcome 40-250 wedding guests. Our fantastic service and superb setting make us one of the best wedding locations in the area.

Our civil ceremony licence enables couples to get married here on site in a variety of rooms. The stunning architecture and picturesque grounds make the ideal backdrop for your wedding photographs.


Our caterers take great pride in delivering an excellent service and boast a broad choice of culinary options to suit a wide range of requirements. Guests can enjoy a drinks reception in the elegant setting of the Quad, before entering either the beautiful Dining Hall for an exceptional wedding breakfast.


We offer an experienced wedding organiser as part of our service, to help you plan a perfect and memorable day.



• Rural and accessible location in the beautiful Berkshire countryside

• Beautiful historic rooms

• Civil Ceremony license up to 150 guests

• Wedding receptions from 40 to 250

• Only 5 miles from Junction 12 on the M4

• Bespoke wedding packages designed to meet your needs and budget
#3

The Elvetham

Hartley, Wintney, RG27 8AS, Hampshire, Hampshire
£4500
Up to 250 guests
Wander around our grounds arm in arm as you explore our 19th century architecture, discover our captivating event spaces and picture yourself walking down the aisle in these inspiring surroundings.

With a highly experienced wedding team on hand to help you create the perfect day, you can relax as you immerse yourself in the beauty of our Hampshire wedding venue and the surrounding countryside. With 35 acres of beautiful grounds and gardens, you certainly won't be short of stunning photo opportunities. A variety of quaint, grand and outdoor event spaces await, so you can walk down the aisle and exchange your vows in gorgeous surroundings whatever the weather. Peruse the links below to start planning your big day at The Elvetham.
#4

The Oakley Court

Windsor Road, Water Oakely, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 5UR, Windsor, Berkshire
£139
Up to 160 guests
We know that every happy couple wants their wedding day to be unique; present the wow factor to be remembered for a lifetime and become the legends who threw that unforgettable party. At The Oakley Court, you can have all of that and much more. You have a magnificent country house hotel with a cosy collection of bedrooms to indulge the before and after, plenty of spaces to host the ceremony and 33 acres of spectacular grounds to plan a show-stopping reception.

Your wedding will be like no other, beautiful, intimate and enchanting – our magical surroundings with a wealth of historic character and elegant style will help with that. We provide the luxury, make sure the photographer has the camera and together we will unveil a scene of bespoke natural beauty – unspoilt, tranquil and blissfully remote all year round. Our landscape will create an enchanting backdrop for all those special moments captured on camera that will form the memories of your perfect wedding day at The Oakley Court.


• Picturesque riverside location with its own private jetty

• Licensed to hold civil ceremonies

• Wedding breakfasts for up to 150 guests

• Indoor heated pool, tennis courts, gym, 9 hole par 3 golf course

• 118 bedrooms, some boasting beautiful river views

• Victorian gothic-style mansion
#5

Wycombe Swan

St. Mary Street, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 2XE, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Up to 400 guests
We at the Wycombe Swan understand that your wedding day is the most exciting and special day of your life. Our professional event coordinators will help you plan and create your wedding so that every aspect is perfect for you.

Wycombe Swan is ideal for weddings of all sizes, whether it is a small and intimate service or a larger event that you are looking for. We have a range of packages designed to take the stress out of planning your wedding.


You can choose to hold your ceremony with us or just your reception and evening entertainment, we offer flexibility to accommodate your needs. Both the Town Hall and the Oak Room are licensed for civil ceremonies.


Most importantly though, we have a dedicated events team who will advise and give guidance right up until you leave us to set off on your life together as a married couple.


We would be delighted to arrange a personal appointment to show you around the venues and discuss your particular requirements in detail.


• Historic, elegant & well located

• Two licensed venues to choose from

• Flexible packages to suit all needs

• In-house catering available for bespoke menus

• Dedicated wedding co-ordinator included
#6

The Runnymede on Thames

Windsor Road, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0AG, Egham, Surrey
Up to 200 guests
Celebrate the most special and important day of your life at a romantic and unique venue on the banks of the River Thames. The Runnymede on Thames is the perfect place to begin your life together!

When you plan your day with us, we will make sure that your dream day becomes a reality. We will take care of every detail to create your perfect celebration. In addition, you will benefit from the services of your very own banqueting manager who will be on hand throughout. Our superb service and dedicated approach will ensure that your day runs smoothly from start to finish.


The venue's surroundings are stunning, contemporary and inviting. Located beside the sparkling river, the setting offers charming backdrops for your important photographs. As you approach the venue, via the driveway or even by boat, the delightful setting is sure to impress.


The beautiful location offers a true Thames wedding with boats, ducks and clouds drifting by all day long. The delightful, tranquil, dreamy atmosphere is simply perfect for a wedding. You and your guests will have no trouble relaxing and enjoy the panoramic views and the exquisite design details which complement the natural theme.


The fabulous venue is located on the River Thames in Egham, Surrey. It is conveniently located just minutes from Heathrow and just down the road from Royal Windsor.


• Tasting menu with the Executive Chef before the big day to make sure you are 100% happy

• Postage of your invitations to UK addresses

• Separate changing room for guests who have travelled on the day, a red carpet arrival and reception drinks area

• Dedicated banqueting manager on hand throughout

• Your place cards, table plan, cake stand and knife

• A bottle of Champagne and executive double riverside bedroom for your wedding night, plus a full English breakfast
#7

Ardington House

Church Street, Ardington, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 8QA, Wantage, Oxfordshire
£4500
Up to 200 guests
Ardington House is above all a fantastic family home and is available for self-catering weekend and weekly rentals for up to 25 people. Situated in the deep countryside of the North Wessex Downs in an officially designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, yet only 75 minutes from London, the House is an ideal location for weekends away or longer breaks.

The House is also often used as a base for house parties attending nearby sporting and cultural events, such as the Cheltenham Racing and Book Festivals, Hennessy Gold Cup, Henley Regatta, Silverstone Grand Prix and Royal Ascot.


• Licensed to hold civil ceremonies either indoors or on the unique setting of the Temple Island

• Our Temple Island, manicured gardens, lake, Manor House and marquee provide perfect backdrops for photographs

• Exclusivity and complete privacy on every occasion

• Flexible approach to catering, top quality chefs as the preferred catering team with very competitive rates

• Event manager on hand every step of the way

• Overnight accommodation available
#8

The Crown & Thistle

18 Bridge Street, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3HS, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Up to 150 guests
With three stunning spaces to choose from, The Crown & Thistle offers an ideal setting for any event or occasion. Accommodating up to 60 seated or 100 standing guests, The Barn blends the charm of 17th century timber beams and stone walls with modern amenities such as a private bar, free superfast WiFi, and state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment. Our civil ceremony licence makes this space particularly well suited to weddings, from the first guest’s arrival to the final dance.

For smaller, less formal events we offer our galleried room, Minstrells. Located behind our main bar, Minstrells is the oldest part of our venue and it’s believed to have been built using one of the original walls of the neighbouring abbey. A number of alcoves and dining spaces within our restaurant also offer privacy and convenience.


Whether your event is an informal celebration or formal business meeting, our coordinators are on hand to deliver a bespoke dining experience to suit both you and your guests.


• The 400-year-old, grade II listed coaching inn has been flawlessly restored to suit modern tastes.

• 18 individual en-suite bedrooms including a beautiful bridal suite

• 17th century function room for private events with up to 100 guests
#9

Monk Fryston Hall Hotel

Grove Park Drive, Nr Ardington, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 7QG, Wantage, Oxfordshire
£4000
Up to 100 guests
At Monk Fryston Hall. one of the unique wedding venues in Yorkshire, the team are dedicated to making your wedding a day to remember. We take pride in treating each wedding as a separate event and are always happy to change packages and menus to suit your exact requirements.

Monk Fryston Hall dates back to the 13th century and stands in 30 acres of formal gardens with ornamental stone terracing, lake and fountain surrounded by woodland, providing the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs.


Specialising in the more intimate wedding celebration, Monk Fryston is licensed for Civil Ceremonies and Partnerships in both The Haddon Room and the Rutland Room.


Room Hire Fee, we make a charge for hire of our room during your Wedding Ceremony.


We may make an additional room hire fee for your function depending on the number of guests attending and the type of package you choose.


You will need to liaise with your wedding planner at the hotel and the superintendent registrar for the Monk Fryston district to ensure your chosen date and time are available before confirming either the venue or the service.


• Licensed to hold civil ceremonies with 100 guests

• 13th-century, grade II listed manor house

• Tailor-made packages

• Offers for weekday and evening weddings

• Exclusive use available – only one wedding per day

• Free on-site parking
#10

Bijou Weddings - Notley Abbey

Aylesbury Road, Thame, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8TN, Thame, Oxfordshire
Up to 250 guests
Notley Abbey is an utterly unique country house wedding venue on the Buckinghamshire – Oxfordshire border. This historic Buckinghamshire residence has a truly magical past – if its majestic medieval walls could talk they would tell of a millennium of the decadent celebrations of not only Hollywood royalty, but royalty itself. This beautiful country house wedding venue, alive with memories and history, is now uniquely available as an exclusive use wedding venue in which you can craft your perfect wedding day and create some lifelong memories of your own.

This beautiful wedding venue was acquired by Bijou Wedding Venues, specialists in the provision of exclusive use country house wedding venues near London and the planning and hosting of truly spectacular and unique wedding celebrations in those venues, in 2006 after several years of unfortunate neglect. The stunning wedding venue in Buckinghamshire, a listed building and registered national monument, was the subject of a long, sensitive and detailed refurbishment which had at its heart a passion for beautiful historic buildings, a love for the very best in modern simplicity and a burning desire to gently coax this historic home into the 21st century – returning it to its former glory while making it relevant, accessible and welcoming to as many couples and families as are lucky enough to cross its threshold and share in its history and romance by making it part of their own, unique, special day. This beautiful Buckinghamshire wedding venue, now returned to its former glory, is far too special to remain hidden, surrounded by its truly spectacular grounds, from the world at the end of its long, beautiful, tree-lined driveway. It is too important a historical building not to be shared. It is too perfect for hosting splendid parties not to do just that and it truly buzzes to life when full of celebration, merriment and joy.


We at Bijou invite you to make this incredible country house venue part of your story. We have transformed and upgraded it into an award-winning historic, romantic and unique exclusive use wedding venue and now our Notley team devote themselves to two things and two things only – the hosting of unique and special wedding days for our lucky couples, and the care and preservation of this remarkable building so that it will, we hope, always proudly and quietly oversee the most joyful, romantic celebrations in this wonderful corner of the English countryside.
#11

Oxford Spires Hotel

Abingdon Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 4PS, Oxford, Oxfordshire
An elegant wedding venue in Oxford

Built from the local Cotswold stone, The Principal Oxford Spires Hotel, Oxford sets the tone for a beautiful wedding day with elegance, charming design features, and historic character. all set in picturesque parkland close to the River Thames.


From elaborate gatherings with plenty of tradition, to intimate celebrations, here you’ll find ample choice in event space. You’ll also have the know-how on behalf of your go-to wedding team, at your side to coordinate and provide all the advice and support you need.


• Licensed for civil wedding ceremonies.

• Set within 40 acres of glorious parkland which backs on to the River Thames. Perfect for photos.

• Comprehensive packages and an experienced Wedding Co-ordinator help you to enjoy planning your wedding with no unnecessary stress.

• Free parking for all your guests and just a short walk into Oxford town centre.

• Outstanding accommodation; 181 bedrooms and a leisure club with a gym and heated swimming pool.

• Oxford's most contemporary wedding venue
#12

Oxford Town Hall

St. Aldates, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1BX, Oxford, Oxfordshire
£780
Up to 700 guests
Oxford Town Hall is a stunning venue for civil marriage ceremonies and wedding receptions in the heart of Oxford. Our venue gives you the opportunity to hold your special day in an impressive historic setting to help make it a day to remember for everyone involved.

Oxford Town Hall is perfect for a ceremony, drinks reception, wedding breakfast or fully seated dining reception.


We can accommodate up to 300 guests for dining and 700 for a ceremony. If you want a more intimate ceremony and reception we also have a number of smaller rooms to choose from.


We pride ourselves on presentation, service and quality so be assured of our complete and immediate attention to all your needs to make your special day memorable.


• Beautiful Victorian Grade II Listed building, gothic ceilings & wood panelled rooms

• Impressive Historic Venue

• Perfect for wedding ceremonies and receptions of all sizes

• Central Oxford Location

• Bespoke catering and event management as standard
#13

Dorton House

Dorton House, Dorton, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 9NG, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Up to 500 guests
Congratulations on your forthcoming wedding and we are delighted that you are considering using our venue for your wedding day. Our aim at Dorton House is simply, to create bespoke weddings. We pride ourselves on being as flexible as possible to the extent of offering couples a blank canvas to create their own bespoke wedding day.

Whether you decide on a small and intimate service or a large glamorous event, our 15th century Mansion nestled in idyllic rolling Buckinghamshire countryside offers a stunning backdrop against which to capture beautiful memories of your very special day. From the moment you book your wedding at Dorton House to the big day itself, our experienced team are on hand to provide information, personal advise and support if needed, so you can relax and enjoy the experience to the full. All you have to do is let us know what would make your wedding perfect and we�ll help you create it.


Dorton House is only ever hired out on an exclusive use basis, below is a brief overview of the rooms available to you to use as you wish on your wedding day.


The Saloon:


This venue is licensed for Civil Wedding Ceremonies.


We can accommodate up to 120 guests for a wedding ceremony or evening party, or up to a maximum of 96 guests for a sit down Wedding Breakfast.


The Dining Room:


This venue is licensed for Civil Wedding Ceremonies


We can accommodate up to 90 guests for a wedding ceremony or evening party, or up to a maximum of 60 guests for a sit down Wedding Breakfast.


The Small Dining Room:


This venue is licensed for Civil Wedding Ceremonies


We can accommodate up to 30 guests for a wedding ceremony or evening party, or up to a maximum of 30 guests for a sit down Wedding Breakfast.


The Front Portico:


Weather permitting between the months of May and October it is possible to have an outdoor civil ceremony.


St John the Baptist Church:


In addition to civil ceremonies being held at Dorton House we are in a unique position to be able to offer couples the opportunity of a church ceremony. A mere 25 metres behind Dorton House we also have the beautiful St John the Baptist church hidden away. To discuss the possibility of having a church marriage ceremony or a blessing at Dorton in the first instance please contact the Associate Priest, the Reverend Priscilla Slusar, Tel. 01844 238 325 and she will be able to answer any questions you may have.


Marquee Extension on South Lawn:


This venue is not licensed or Civil Wedding Ceremonies.


We can accommodate up to 130 guests for a sit down Wedding Breakfast, or 200 for an standing party.


Marquee in the grounds:


This venue is not licensed.


With 30 acres to choose from, the choice of location is yours, whether it be hidden in the magical walled garden, somewhere on the Front Lawns or on the North Terrace, you decide.


• Grade 1 Listed Jacobean Mansion in an Idyllic Countryside Setting

• Blank canvas venue- your day, your way.

• Superb value for money, Exclusive hire costs £2500 for all Friday & Saturday weddings

• Beautiful Church within grounds which couples can marry in, venue also licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 130 guests

• Marquee capacity up to 500 guests with numerous locations to site within our beautiful 30 acres of parkland

• Great facilities for children - creche & play equipment
#14

The Grange and Cavendish Country Houses

Lido Catering Company Head Quarters, The Grange Country House, Rickmansworth Road, Northwood, Hertfordshire, HA6 2RB, Northwood, Middlesex
£3900
Up to 300 guests
The Grange is a wonderful 14th Centry house which is set in its own mature gardens & woodland and is the oldest of its kind in Northwood. It is probably Northwood's best kept secret and is now available exclusively for you to hire for your special day.

The Cavendish is a beautiful Tudor house set in the very heart of Eastcote but surrounded by rose gardens and parkland. With numerous & tastefully decorated rooms the Cavendish provides all the flexibility you need for your individual requirements.


Both houses have a warm and friendly atmosphere,dripping in cyrstal chandeliers and fine drapes with leather clad gentlmans Bar lounges great service & the finest mouth-watering cuisine, all of which comes very highly recommended. When you hire the Grange or the Cavendish you get the building exclusively. This means that you will only see your guests & our staff all day! No other function at the same time, no hotel guests and other functions to take the edge off your special day.


• The Grange and Cavendish Boutique Venues can cater from small numbers in one of the beautiful dining rooms to a magnificent banqueting facility that is completely unique, for larger numbers.

• When you hire our facilities, you hire them exclusively.

• We are certain that once you see how the Grange and Cavendish can be your perfect venue, you will want to book your function date with us. However, we would also be happy to be your catering contractors at another venue of your choice.

• We will provide the standards of service and attention that you would expect from a family company with over 100 years of experience in the catering industry.

• We will ensure that your time with us will be filled with kind compliments from your guests and warm memories to last forever.
#15

The Dairy

Queen Street, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JE, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire
£2450
Up to 160 guests
Breathtakingly beautiful, the Dairy at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire offers a wonderfully romantic backdrop for the perfect wedding at any time of year.

Nestling in a tranquil waterside setting amidst glorious gardens, the Dairy is an enchanting private building on the Waddesdon Estate situated close to Bicester, created for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the 19th Century and for over 100 years the country retreat of the Rothschild family.


You and your guests can enjoy a taste of that privileged lifestyle: superlative food, excellent wines, professional service with absolute exclusivity guaranteed.
#16

The Conservatory at Painshill

Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, Surrey, KT11 1JE, Cobham, Surrey
Up to 400 guests
Situated in Cobham, Surrey, this romantic venue has all you’ll need to create your perfect civil ceremony or Asian wedding ceremony and wedding reception.

The marquee interior has been designed with flexibility in mind. The neutral ivory lining lends itself perfectly to any colour scheme or wedding design, whether you’re looking to create the ultimate in traditional celebrations or would prefer a contemporary look for your special day.


Welcome guests with a drinks reception in the venue’s private lawn, or host your reception inside The Conservatory’s reception room, where guests can enjoy stunning views of the garden.


Why Choose The Conservatory Wedding Venue?


Beautiful location surrounded by landscaped gardens – Good photo opportunities

Private walled garden area alongside the venue

Blank canvas – flexible space

Venue comes with in house PA system and atmospheric lighting to create a great atmosphere inside Licensed for ceremonies

Variety of capacities possible·

Venue furniture included

Local hotels and churches nearby

Close transport links

Complimentary parking


• Licensed to hold civil ceremonies for up to 200 guests

• Exclusive setting in one of the 18th century’s great landscaped gardens

• Capacity for 80 – 320 guests for a formal meal, or 80 – 400 for reception or buffet

• Endless stunning photo opportunities

• Accessible location – 2 miles from Junction 10 of the M25

• Professional, experienced team to help throughout
#17

Sandown Park Racecourse

Portsmouth Rd,, KT10 9AJ, Esher, Surrey
Whatever you’re celebrating – a birthday, anniversary or engagement; family gathering or garden party, we’ve got a broad range of unusual, awe-inspiring and spacious facilities for you to choose from. Large or small, formal or casual, indoors or out, we’re pretty sure you’ll be surprised, charmed and excited by the choice.
#18

Ramster Hall

Chiddingfold, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4SN, Godalming, Surrey
Up to 200 guests
For the most important day of your life you deserve a setting that is not just out of the ordinary, but extraordinary...

WEDDING VENUE IN SURREY AND WEST SUSSEX

Ramster Hall is a magical wedding venue nestling on the borders between Surrey and West Sussex. It is a much loved family home and wedding receptions and civil ceremonies have been held here for over 30 years, but every wedding is different and dealt with on a very personal and intimate level.


Once you arrive at Ramster Hall, the magnificence of the approach down the drive will impress wedding guests. With exclusive use of the wedding halls and courtyard which are yours for the day, you can have the wedding ceremony here or at one of our local churches and your wedding guests can enjoy the stunning surroundings for the duration of your wedding celebrations.


The Long Hall can seat 160 for a wedding breakfast, or up to 200 for a stand-up wedding reception. It is a magnificent beamed and paneled hall which is over 100 feet long and dates back to 1604. The vast inglenook fireplace, with a blazing log fire, gives a lovely warm welcome in the winter.


WEDDING SUPPLIERS AND SERVICES

We have a varied list of reliable, professional suppliers and services to help you with your wedding planning. If a disco is required please contact Mark@thedj.co.uk or you can bring in your own band if you prefer.


• We don't charge you corkage and neither do our caterers. We can offer a cash bar for your evening reception

• Ramster Hall is our much loved home which is family run giving a friendly and personal service

• Surrounded by a stunning mature flowering shrub garden of over 20 acres, perfect locations for photos.

• We have our own in-house professional DJ, who will play any music you choose, or you can arrange your own live music.

• We have plenty of quality local accommodation, from lovely country pubs with room to larger hotels for all your guests to stay.

• We can reccommend a huge variety of different suppliers, florists to harpists, toast masters to taxis!
#19

Harrow School Speech Room

5 High St,, HA1 3HP, Harrow, Middlesex
£4800
Up to 120 guests
The Old Speech Room was completed in 1820 and used as a space where boys could learn the art of public speaking. In 1976, it was converted into a Gallery – a safe repository for the School's distinguished collection of antiquities and fine art.

A professional curator manages the collections in accordance with best museum practice. There is an ongoing programme of conservation and collections care, as well as a loans scheme. In the OSRG Arts Society, Harrovians can learn about object handling, conservation, documentation and collections care; help to research, design, curate and advertise exhibitions; and enjoy regular visits to major art collections.
#20

Harrow School Speech Room

5 High Street, Harrow on the Hill, ,, HA13HP, Middlesex, Middlesex
Speech Room is the main assembly hall for Harrow School. Built in 1871, it is a grand building that can be used for dramatic effect for any style of event. This Globe style venue can seat 550 guests. This is a suitable capacity for a conference or performance style of event. The Speech rooms upper tiers are fixed and the chairs remain within the space. The Venue has an option to lay a Steel Deck Stage to extend the floor capacity.

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