Find the perfect wedding venue with our hand-picked edit of the best luxury locations in the region…
1. BLENHEIM PALACE
With over 300 years of rich history to discover, Blenheim Palace offers visitors an immersive and fascinating experience. Built in the early 18th Century, the iconic palace provides a romantic, whimsical setting that’s simply perfect for a wedding celebration. Historically used to store orange trees for the palace gardens, the elegant Orangery room can host up to 250 guests for your ceremony. Features include a glass panelled roof and stunning views over the Duke’s Italian Garden. Alternatively, choose the Marlborough room for smaller ceremonies - its double vaulted ceiling and fireplace provide a magical, intimate setting.
2. WADDESDON MANOR
Built in the 19th century as a country retreat for the Rothschild family, the original architecture and grounds of Waddesdon Manor remain as magnificent to this day. A wedding at the Manor guarantees you exclusive use of The Dairy, a haven of tranquillity tucked away amidst the gardens. The West Hall can seat up to 110 guests for dining; gather round open fires for a cosy winter drinks reception or head out onto the terrace in warmer seasons to take in stunning views of the lake. With bespoke seasonal menus and wine from the Rothschild vineyards, Waddesdon Manor offers superlative service, with an exquisite landscape to match.
3. AYNHOE PARK
Elegant, traditional or laden with rock ‘n’ roll attitude, Aynhoe Park can play host to a bespoke wedding that often seems beyond the realms of possibility. Unlike any other stately home in the Cotswolds, this 17th century private estate houses an array of curiosities; from rare taxidermy to Grecian sculptures and giant disco balls. Aynhoe Park is licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 150 guests, or couples can marry in St Michaels, the adjoining 14th century church. Welcome your guests with afternoon tea served by the house Butler, and when night falls, head down to the cellar to continue the party in the private club; you’d expect no less from Aynhoe.
4. RHODES HOUSE, OXFORD
Rhodes House blends tradition with grandeur. While the city’s historic undertones can be felt in all corners of the stone walls, this timeless building in the centre of Oxford retains a rare sense of intimacy. High beams and warm wood floors in Milner Hall provide the perfect backdrop for a grand reception of up to 200 guests. Dramatic bay windows look out onto the venue’s private walled gardens, immaculately presented in all seasons. The Jameson and Beit Rooms cater to ceremonies for between 30 to 70 guests; smaller in size but no less breathtaking. A relatively ‘well-kept secret’, Rhodes House feels like the sort of fairytale venue that many couples dream of.
5. BARNSLEY HOUSE, CIRENCESTER
A 17th century rural retreat in Gloucestershire, Barnsley House captures the quintessential beauty of the Cotswolds. Once home to acclaimed garden designer Rosemary Verey, this grade II listed stately home is an intimate setting for a countryside wedding. Civil ceremonies for up to 100 guests can be conducted in the Potager Restaurant or Gothic Summer House with guaranteed exclusive use of the entire hotel. European dishes with an Italian influence are made using fresh ingredients sourced from the kitchen plot; immaculately presented and internationally renowned, these stunning gardens are undoubtedly the heart and soul of Barnsley House.