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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.

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 and carpets
  • Stage for evening musicians
  • Banqueting tables and chairs for up to 200

We have been working with a preferred caterer called Barton Events for over a decade. Based in the next door village of Lockinge, the Barton Events team works seamlessly with our own team and has catered the great majority of our events over the years, receiving many plaudits from our clients along the way.

Several of the talented team of chefs have worked in award-winning and Michelin-starred establishments. The Barton team are always happy to discuss bespoke and specialty menus and are flexible if you wish to introduce dishes and drinks which are not included on the menus.

Pricing currently average £59 per person for your wedding breakfast, including 3 courses, tea & coffee, service, event management and all tableware. There are lots of variations on the menu choices from informal to international, contemporary, fine dining and more, we will do what we can to suit your budget and individual requirements.

A popular and generous alcoholic drinks package is currently priced at £33 per person.

Optional extras such as canapés, evening food and themed wedding breakfasts are also available.

If you wish to enjoy a memorable overnight stay with your closest family and friends, either before or after your wedding, you are also welcome to book the whole house, which has 9 characterful bedrooms sleeping up to 18 people. You will be looked after throughout your stay by our two house managers, who will also provide you with a full continental breakfast. The House also has a heated outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, fly fishing on the river and a conveniently situated village pub on the doorstep, all of which you would be welcome to enjoy during your stay.

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 300.

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.

Country House Wedding Venue Oxfordshire Ardington House
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Vine House Studios
Photo credit: Vine House Studios

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
Low Season (Apr & Oct)High Season (May - Sep)
Mon - Thur£4,000£5,000
Fri & Sun£5,500£7,000
Sat & Bank Hol Sun£6,000£7,700
Civil Ceremony or BlessingOvernight House Rental
£300£2,200 - 1 Night
£4,000 - 2 Nights
The Venue is not generally available for marquee weddings from November – March, although smaller, indoor weddings for up to 30 guests remain possible. Venue hire does not include catering or event management. Overnight House rental is not offered on Friday events between May - September. Saturday Weddings minimum no. requirement is 80 guests. All prices listed include VAT.