A Romantic Cotswolds Wedding Venue

Friars Court, Oxfordshire

Friars Court is a gorgeous private wedding venue and a house with a big history. Dating as far back as 1149, this was once home to ‘The Knights Templar Order of St John of Jerusalem’.  Can you imagine? You can still see the Knights Templar Cross one of the doorways to the house. With the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 1530’s, it came into private ownership. It remains in private ownership to this day as the home of the Wilmer family.  

And, for a lucky few Friars Court now holds exclusive weddings in its beautiful grounds. Most of the house is still private but that doesn’t stop you from having a wonderful day here.  You can even have an outdoor ceremony under a Rose Arbour. How wonderfully English and romantic is that? Follow with a grand celebration in a garden marquee.  All organised by the wonderful Jeffrey Cleaver of Silver Pear weddings. Want to know more? Read on for more details of this gem of a Cotswolds wedding venue……….

Friars Court Wedding Venue Oxfordshire viewed across the lawn

Friars Court: The House

Glorious walled gardens and a moat that’s been around for about 500 years, surround the house. When it comes to celebrating, the house provides more of a backdrop to the day. But, there are some special spaces that you can use for your wedding celebrations at Friars Court. Oh and there’s also 650 acres of farmland surrounding the house. So you won’t feel crowded.

The Stone Barn, where Nick and Elsie held their wedding is a rustic backdrop for a vintage style wedding. It’s rustic with a capital ‘R’ with lime-washed walls and original elm beams. Simply decorated with flower filled milk churns it’s perfect for a civil ceremony. And, if you want to use it for a reception, you have a vintage blank canvas from which to work. Create your own rustic rendezvous for you and your guests.

Friars Court Wedding Venue Oxfordshire happy bride with bridesmaid in bridal suite

Friars Court: Getting Ready

Are you having your ceremony at Friars Court? What’s lovely is that you can get ready in the ‘Bride’s Day Room’.  It’s a gorgeous room where you can get ready in space and calm. And, it’s perfect for those beautiful ‘getting ready’ wedding photos.

After the Ceremony you can wander back to the room to freshen up. Or, just sneak away ‘a deux’ to have a moment to yourselves before stepping back into the throng of your guests. They don’t allow other guests into this part of the house, so you are assured of a few moments to yourselves.

Friars Court: The Marquee and Gardens

A pretty marquee in impressive gardens is just perfect for a late spring or summer wedding. On a fine day imagine the marquee ‘walls’ drawn back. What will you see?  Tantalising glimpses of the glorious gardens. and beautiful natural light. Again, it’s perfect for documentary style wedding photographs, capturing the essence of the day.

And as for the gardens themselves? Imagine a series of romantic ‘garden rooms’ that will take your breath away. Perhaps you’ll want to a romantic portrait in the scented rose garden?  Oh, and the bridge over the moat is just waiting for you………..

Stop and admire the beauty that surrounds you and celebrate it all with a kiss stood upon its romantic arch. You just have to have a beautiful wedding portrait photograph here. Even naturally posed this is a perfect spot for wedding photography. 

Whatever your plans for your day, Friars Court and its essence of England await. Beautiful, elegant and timeless……….

Friars Court Wedding Venue Oxfordshire laughing bride groom walking in gardens
Friars Court Wedding Venue Oxfordshire bride groom kiss in front of gazebo


Friars Court Wedding Venue Oxfordshire bride groom kiss on bridge viewed through bushes
Friars Court Wedding Venue Oxfordshire bride groom first dance in marquee

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Friars Court Wedding Venue Oxfordshire garden view