Wedding venue inspiration - Alfresco venues

Deciding on your ideal wedding venue is an key part of your wedding planning.

There is a huge choice of different venue types in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire including hotels, barns, country manor houses, romantic castles as well as chic city and town centre locations.

Check out these stunning wedding venues and those further afield in our listings below.

Alfresco venues: Worton Hall, Oxfordshire

Worton Hall, Oxfordshire

Sitting within 450 acres of rural farming countryside, wedding venue Worton Hall was rebuilt in 2014 in the traditional Cotswold style as a flexible, exclusive-use venue. Tie the knot in the Hayloft Gallery, which holds up to 120 friends and family, or with 280 loved ones in the Main Hall, with its whitewashed walls, Yorkstone floor and oak woodwork. Alternatively, get married outdoors in the wooden pagoda, also with up to 280 guests. There's also a wealth of photo opportunities, from the Little Orchard and the weeping willow pond to Worton Lakes and a private woodland.


Alfresco venues: Sheepdrove, Berkshire

Sheepdrove, Berkshire

The long private drive across the Lambourn Downs to Sheepdrove allows the bustle of day to day life to slip away and the sheer beauty of this wedding venue to be fully appreciated. Surrounded by fields and woodlands, with spectacular views across the rolling downland, Sheepdrove offers intriguing outdoor spaces over four-square miles and with unrivalled exclusivity. Picture-perfect opportunities include, an aromatic physic garden, stunning lake with boathouse, ancient woodlands and miles of rolling pasture.


Alfresco venues: Wasing Park, Berkshire

Wasing Park, Berkshire

Set within a vast estate in the heart of the Berkshire countryside, wedding venue Wasing Park offers a fairytale of rural seclusion, a charming cluster of historic buildings forming a picture-perfect 'wedding village'. Wasing Park has a flawless fusion of traditional and contemporary spaces, from the exposed brick walls of the Castle Barn to the light-filled, neutral décor of the Garden Room – there's an 'old meets new' atmosphere.


Alfresco venues: Sir Christopher Wren Hotel & Spa, Berkshire

Sir Christopher Wren Hotel & Spa, Berkshire

Located on a charming cobbled street under the ramparts of Windsor Castle, the historic Sir Christopher Wren Hotel boasts a beautifully romantic setting for a wedding venue. Just steps from Eton Bridge and overlooking for River Thames, the surrounding areas make the perfect place for wedding photographs. The Riverside Terrace is exquisitely decorated with greenery and flowers, making a stunning backdrop for a waterside wedding and drinks receptions, and offers stunning views across the river.


Alfresco venues: voco Oxford Thames Hotel, Oxfordshire

voco Oxford Thames Hotel, Oxfordshire

As you approach this hotel wedding venue, the sweeping tree-lined driveway opens up to reveal the beautiful Cotswolds stone buildings, which surround the Medieval barns and the grade II listed, 15th-century manor house. Nestled within 30 acres of grounds, this charming hotel sits on the bank of the River Thames, providing the most picture-perfect setting.


Alfresco venues: Kingston Bagpuize House, Oxfordshire

Kingston Bagpuize House, Oxfordshire

Set in acres of lush parkland with roaming deer, and rolling lawns for croquet and drinks, the exclusive-use wedding venue Kingston Bagpuize House also boasts raised terraces, pavilions for private photos and ceremonies, and wildlife ponds and follies - all providing the ideal backdrop to any wedding or event!


Alfresco venues: Phyllis Court Club, Oxfordshire

Phyllis Court Club, Oxfordshire

A breathtaking wedding venue riverside setting, Phyllis Court is an elegant historic manor made up of graceful buildings and 18 acres of manicured lawns sweeping down to the River Thames with views of the Chilterns countryside beyond.


Alfresco venues: The Tythe Barn, Oxfordshire

The Tythe Barn, Oxfordshire

The Tythe Barn in Launton is a 14th-century thatched barn wedding venue that's steeped in history and oozes character, from the original beams to the floor-to-ceiling glass doors that bring the light flooding in. Brought fully up to date, the interior is decked with fairylights and a Bose sound system, which is hidden in the beautiful stone walls. And the gardens offer pretty pathways and pergolas for your photographs.


Alfresco venues: Combe Manor Barns, Berkshire

Combe Manor Barns, Berkshire

The sweeping valley of Combe is one of the most unspoilt and beautiful locations in the South of England. The backdrop of wedding venue Combe Manor – a beautiful seventeenth-century family home – is spectacular, the lawned courtyard adjacent to the barns open are perfect for guests to mingle with views of the rolling grounds and formal gardens.


Alfresco venues: The Mill House Hotel & Restaurant, Berkshire

The Mill House Hotel & Restaurant, Berkshire

This stylish hotel wedding venue is set within the stunning Berkshire countryside offering beautifully landscaped gardens that display something new every season. The River Loddon runs alongside this garden providing a beautiful backdrop for big-day photographs plus there's a lovely sunny terrace and a working fountain. The front of the marquee is framed with stylish ornamental Hawthorne trees while the front of the house boasts a traditional Georgian frontage with tall bay windows and traditional red brick.


Alfresco venues: The Monks’ Barn, Berkshire

The Monks’ Barn, Berkshire

Based in Hurley, a picturesque village on the River Thames between Henley and Marlow, The Monks' Barn is a Grade II* listed Medieval venue offering for ceremonies, wedding receptions and parties. It was built using flint and chalk in the 13th century and has a private lawn and secure car park. It has beautiful flagstone flooring throughout and has a separate dancefloor, bar area and its unique features can be complemented by your own personal touches with the flexibility to use your own caterer, florist and furnishings Couples have the choice of anywhere inside or outside on the lawn to tie the knot with up to 150 loved ones.


Alfresco venues: Ufton Court, Berkshire

Ufton Court, Berkshire

Ufton Court is a charming and historic Tithe Barn and Grade I listed Tudor manor house wedding venue set in secluded grounds and approached by a sweeping driveway lined by ancient oak trees – an undiscovered gem to many couples looking to celebrate their special day. With its white-washed walls and stone floor, the 16th-century barn is the perfect blank canvas, while the high ceiling and oak beams provide the ideal space for light canopy displays – it looks truly magical.


Alfresco venues: Lains Barn, Oxfordshire

Lains Barn, Oxfordshire

Wedding venue Lains Barn is set in rural Oxfordshire countryside in the beautiful Vale of the White Horse. The barn backs onto wheat fields and natural woodland with far-reaching views towards the Chiltern hills. Lains Barn is a beautifully restored, listed barn with a timber-framed space dating back to 1750, the main barn features a festoon light-lined gallery, custom-built bar and a beautiful original oak wood block floor. Large glass doors open onto a lawned courtyard.


Alfresco venues: Monkey Island Estate, Berkshire

Monkey Island Estate, Berkshire

Sprawling across seven acres, Monkey Island Estate in Bray, Maidenhead, can be booked in its entirety for couples looking for an exclusive island wedding. It's sat in the lush countryside surrounded by manicured gardens boasting uninterrupted views of the River Thames. This oasis offers 41 luxury bedrooms and suites and six Private Residences, adjacent to the island, each spacious and charming in design and an ideal accommodation choice for friends and family or for newlyweds to spend their first night together. Couples can also retreat to the romantic Shepherd's Hideaway.


Alfresco venues: Cherwell Boathouse, Oxfordshire

Cherwell Boathouse, Oxfordshire

Couples wanting a quintessentially English wedding venue in Oxfordshire will enjoy the views that this family-run restaurant, punt station and riverside venue has to offer, perched on the banks of the idyllic River Cherwell. Wedding celebrations take place in a choice of areas. The marquee located on the terrace enjoys wonderful river views and is available year-round accommodating groups of up to 130 guests. The Lower Boathouse is open from mid-April until October and enjoys a rustic vibe. Slightly smaller groups of up to 50 loved ones can enjoy fine dining in the Conservatory that features underfloor heating during winter and can be turned into an al fresco space during summer. The Restaurant is another stylish option – a converted Victorian boathouse, it seats up to 75 people.


Alfresco venues: Stanlake Park, Berkshire

Stanlake Park, Berkshire

The beauty of this historical vineyard wedding venue can be found in its stunning buildings, flower-filled gardens and manicured grounds. It's set within 150 acres of the working wine estate in Twyford, Berkshire, and celebrations can serve the Stanlake wines. A magical pathway of tall, twisted beeches leads down to the door of the characterful Vineyard Barn nestled at the foot of the vineyard, with expansive lawns laid adjacent to it overlooking the vineyard itself. The romantic vistas continue through the vines and dovecotes in the delightful Walled Garden that leads to the spacious Courtyard with its pretty ancient wisteria. Located in this area is the delightful Coach House packed full of period charm and flooded with natural light.


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