Wedding venue inspiration - Romantic retreats

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.

Romantic retreats: Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire

Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire

Set in almost 100 acres of private parkland, the exclusive-use wedding venue Hedsor House was completed in 1868 and modelled on the Italian villa style. Brides will find it hard not to feel like a princess as they appear from the bridal suite and descend the grand staircase alongside 12ft portraits of the Hedsor's former royal guests. Couples can tie the knot in the house with up to 150 loved ones and there's even a Medieval church on the grounds. When it comes to the reception, the newly refurbished Grand Ballroom can seat up to 150 for the wedding breakfast, and there's room for up to 250 friends and family for an evening reception.


Romantic retreats: Dorney Court, Berkshire

Dorney Court, Berkshire

With its lattice windows, characterful wooden framework, steeply pitched gable roofs and playfully decorative chimneys, wedding venue Dorney Court provides a fairytale backdrop for weddings. There are two contrasting indoor spaces in The Great Hall, offering the original features of a Tudor home steeped in history whereas The Coach House Barn, having been newly renovated, provides a light and airy space full of rustic charm. You can tie the knot in either with 55 or 120 friends and family, respectively, and there's also a 17th-century church in the heart of the picturesque grounds offering services for 100.


Romantic retreats: Royal Berkshire Hotel, Berkshire

Royal Berkshire Hotel, Berkshire

Set in 15 acres of beautiful grounds close to Ascot, Berkshire this Queen Anne mansion includes a large lawn and terrace and a walled garden and fountain plaza and offers understated elegance, relaxed comfort and impeccable service for small intimate gatherings or large family affairs on your wedding day. You can choose to have your ceremony and reception in The Berkshire Suite with up to 140 guests for the ceremony and reception of up to 200. For more intimate affairs, there's the Marlborough and Wentworth Suites, each with capacity for 80 of your loved ones, or the Library Suite for up to 30. And in summer, the Walled Garden is available for outdoor ceremonies with up to 140 friends and family.


Romantic retreats: Danesfield House Hotel and Spa, Buckinghamshire

Danesfield House Hotel and Spa, Buckinghamshire

The whitewashed exterior of wedding venue Danesfield House sits in 65 acres of impressively landscaped gardens, full of glorious touches, including wisteria, lavender, pretty fountains and waterfalls, all looking out towards the River Thames and the Chiltern Hills.


Romantic retreats: 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.


Romantic retreats: Notley Abbey, Buckinghamshire

Notley Abbey, Buckinghamshire

This historic wedding venue, located on the Buckinghamshire/Oxfordshire border is impressive from the moment you drive through the gates. Exclusively yours for 24 hours, Notley Abbey can host wedding ceremonies both inside and out for up to 172 loved ones in a choice of three locations: the Abbot's Hall for an intimate celebration, The Monks' Refectory for a larger group or the enchanting walled garden. Enjoy the grounds, gardens and ambience of the beautifully restored country house before heading down the covered Cloisters Garden walk to the Monks' Refectory – a chandelier-lit, characterful stone barn, bursting with history and rustic glamour. There's room for up to 172 guests for the wedding breakfast and 250 guests for an evening reception, as well as nine guest suites, ensuring no one will turn into a pumpkin.


Romantic retreats: 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.


Romantic retreats: 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.


Romantic retreats: 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!


Romantic retreats: Stratton Court Barn, Oxfordshire

Stratton Court Barn, Oxfordshire

Built in traditional Cotswold style and dating back to 1870s, wedding venue Stratton Court Barn comes complete with exposed beams, high ceilings and a touch of contemporary chic. Tie the knot in the Main Barn in front of up to 100 of your loved ones, the newly built Stables with up to 25 guests or opt for an outdoor ceremony in the front courtyard. The inviting façade is flanked with pretty olive trees, while behind the farmhouse, there's the owners' private garden for secluded bride and groom photos. There's also a bridal preparation room in the main farmhouse.


Romantic retreats: Cliveden House, Berkshire

Cliveden House, Berkshire

Surrounded by expansive National Trust-managed gardens and woodland with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and the river Thames, the majestic, Grade I listed Cliveden House wedding venue is a 19th-century Italianate masterpiece.


Romantic retreats: Missenden Abbey, Buckinghamshire

Missenden Abbey, Buckinghamshire

Set amidst 10 acres of picturesque grounds in the heart of the Chilterns, Medieval 12th-century Missenden Abbey boasts a stunning summerhouse, pond and a 500-year-old cedar tree – there are photo opportunities aplenty at this exclusive-use wedding venue! After a devastating fire in 1985, Missenden Abbey was lovingly recreated and restored to its former glory with the addition of new architectural design; it perfectly blends history with modern aesthetics, yet still features unique stained-glass windows.


Romantic retreats: De Vere Latimer Estate, Buckinghamshire

De Vere Latimer Estate, Buckinghamshire

Nestled in 30 acres of rolling countryside in a small quintessentially British village, the estate has landscaped gardens surrounding the mansion house – an idyllic wedding venue - with sweeping views over the Chess Valley. Latimer Estate really is situated within an area of outstanding natural beauty, from the moment you arrive at the tree-lined drive and you cannot help but be captivated by its grandeur.


Romantic retreats: Minster Mill, Oxfordshire

Minster Mill, Oxfordshire

This newly refurbished luxury hotel wedding venue is set in 65 acres on the banks of the River Windrush in the heart of the quintessential Cotswold village of Minster Lovell. Surrounded by glorious gardens, pretty wildflower meadows and peaceful woodland, it provides a timeless atmosphere in a unique rural setting.


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