Ardington House, Oxfordshire



Ardington House is an exclusive use venue, allowing you to take over the whole of this beautiful private setting and make it feel like home to you and your wedding guests. The House and formal gardens are an ideal setting for welcome drinks, canapés, garden games and photographs, while our riverside garden marquee, set in parkland and with uninterrupted views up to the downs, makes the perfect setting for your wedding breakfast and party.

Please note Ardington House is a private house, and therefore visits are by appointment only.

Riverside garden marquee

We include a well-equipped and beautifully decorated marquee with all of our events, featuring panoramic windows which give a full view of the river, island and the House. The marquee can seat between 50 – 200 guests. Features include:

  • Ivory chiffon lining and sectioned off ‘reveal curtain’ to the dancefloor area
  • Chandeliers and warm white uplighting
  • Heating
  • Chequered dancefloor with fairy light ceiling above
  • Ceiling speaker system
  • Easel, cake table, table number stands and booster chairs
  • Custom-built bar, stocked and staffed, serving a wide variety of drinks, including cocktails
  • Adjoining toilets
  • Hard flooring
  • Stage for evening musicians
  • Banqueting tables and chairs for up to 200

Our chosen caterer is Fingers & Forks, a locally based firm which works seamlessly with our own team and has catered many of our events over the years, receiving many plaudits from our clients along the way. The Fingers & Forks team is always happy to discuss bespoke and speciality menus and is flexible if you wish to introduce dishes and drinks which are not included on the menus.

Pricing currently average £75.00 per person for your wedding breakfast, including 3 courses, tea & coffee, service, event management and all tableware. The menus are varied and offer choices from informal to international and from contemporary to fine dining. Whatever your preference, we will do what we can to suit your budget and individual requirements. Popular and generous alcoholic drinks packages are currently priced from £43.50 per person. Optional extras such as canapés, evening food and themed wedding breakfasts are also available.

If you wish to enjoy a memorable stay in Ardington House as part of your wedding celebrations, you can book the whole House on an exclusive private rental basis. The House has 12 bedrooms, mainly doubles with some twins, sleeping up to 23 guests or 25 with children. In the extensive gardens and parkland of Ardington House we have an outdoor swimming pool which is heated in the summer months, a tennis court, lawn games, fly fishing on the river, bicycles and also a popular village pub by the gates.

Ardington House is able to offer a unique setting for civil ceremonies, at an island temple situated in the middle of a river which winds its way through our parkland. Against the backdrop of the house and a riverbank lined with weeping willows, the Island Temple makes a perfect setting for an outdoor ceremony and has the capacity of up to 200. For indoor civil ceremonies, the Imperial Hall provides a grand and yet intimate setting, complete with a double staircase, large Georgian windows and glass chandelier. The Imperial Hall can hold up to 60 seated, or 80 standing. Should you like to consider it, you may install a marquee or stretch tent onto the island providing shelter, our events office can help to put you in touch with approved marquee providers.

Island Cermeony
Photo credit: Island Cermeony
Vine House Studios
Photo credit: Vine House Studios
Photo credit: ardington-house-wedding-photographer-ed-eleonor-809
Charlie & Lourdes
Photo credit: Charlie & Lourdes

Venue Hire Pricing

  • Exclusive use of the House, ground floor rooms and adjoining gardens
  • Exclusive use of the Grounds, Parkland and Island
  • Fantastic team of dedicated staff to advise on wedding preparations
  • Marquee fully equipped for up to 200 guests
  • Licensed bar & bar staff
  • Ample onsite overnight car parking
MON - THUR£5,200£6,500
FRI & SUN£7,000£8,000
SAT & BANK HOL SUN£7,500£9,500
1 Night Midweek 10am Event Day - 10am Following Event Day£2,700
2 Nights Midweek4pm Before Event Day - 10am Following Event Day £4,300
1 Night Weekend 10am Saturday - 4pm Sunday£4,200
2 Night Weekend 4pm Friday - 4pm Sunday £7,300
3 Night Weekend 4pm Thursday - 4pm Sunday£10,000
The Venue is not generally available for marquee weddings from December - February, although indoor winter weddings for up to 30 guests remain possible. Overnight House Rental is optional, Marquee fully inclusive within hire rates.
2024 Wedding venue hire and overnight house rates now discounted. Contact us for a bespoke quote.
* For Friday weddings, accommodation is available on Thursday night but not the Friday night.
** Ceremony & Blessings only available with Venue Hire