Hedsor House is an elegant wedding venue in Buckinghamshire offering a blank-canvas which allows you to host a truly unique wedding. Steeped in history, the House, once the home of royalty, is set in 100 acres of stunning parkland just 15 minutes from Heathrow and 30 minutes from London. Situated at Taplow, Buckinghamshire, in a picturesque location overlooking the River Thames, privately owned Hedsor House provides a magnificent backdrop for a wide range of events, exhibitions, parties, weddings and product launches.
Quintessentially English, Hedsor House was the home of Augusta the Dowager Princess of Wales, mother of King George III and founder of Kew Gardens. Originally designed by Sir William Chambers, architect of Somerset House, the house is set in parkland that has been enjoyed by royalty dating back to 1166. King George III and Queen Charlotte helped design the house and chose the location of the house in its marvellous setting high above the River Thames because of its stunning views. Queen Victoria was a regular visitor from Windsor Castle a century later with historic diary entries of the Royal children playing croquet on Hedsor’s lawns.
The house was rebuilt in 1868 and unusually modelled in the Italian villa style. It featured an all-new domed Grand Hall rather than the traditional open courtyard which set it apart from the grand manors of the time. This stunning domed hall is the focal point of Hedsor House to this day. A family home until the 1950s, Hedsor House was then leased out as a US Air Force secret communications base in the Cold War, then an international computer company’s headquarters and finally returning to the family in 2003.
Hedsor House hosted 100 weddings last year as well as many events, team building days and country pursuits, all enjoying the privacy and exclusivity along with an array of superb facilities. The extensive grounds and sumptuous settings are perfect for occasions all sizes.
Hedsor House has been immaculately restored to its former glory and features an array of grand spaces from the majestic Ballroom, the domed Grand Hall with gallery, Library, Boudoir, Sunken Garden and countless other spaces many completed with oak panelling and stunning chandeliers.
The house is set in 100 acres of parkland estate with breath-taking views across the stunning landscaped gardens and the Thames Valley beyond. Fields of daffodils, bluebells and rhododendrons cover the grounds in the spring and honey collected there is served at Heston Blumenthal’s acclaimed restaurant The Fat Duck.
Hedsor House is a dream setting for a wedding and has won a host of awards and accolades over the past few years. The house and its 100 acres of parkland create a magical environment for a marriage ceremony.
Intimate 60-guest ceremonies can be hosted in the Grand Hall or a 140-guest wedding breakfast can be staged in the Ballroom with its French doors opening onto the garden.
For couples wanting to invite larger numbers, a marquee can be set up in the gardens for up to 1500 people. From the moment a bride leaves Hedsor House’s majestic Bridal Suite to descend the Grand Staircase past 12-foot high portraits of Hedsor House’s former royal guests she will feel like a true princess.
100 weddings were held at the house last year with some choosing dancing in the Grand Hall, others held a fireworks extravaganza on the lawns or simply relaxed in the Sunken Garden. Asian and Jewish weddings have become a speciality – from glittering gold Mandaps in the Grand Hall to brilliant white Chuppahs on the lawns, Hedsor House is an extremely versatile venue.
At Hedsor House we’re very proud to have recieved numberous awards celebrating our status as one of the UK’s most popular wedding venues. Recent wedding awards and recognitions include:
In a few short years Hedsor House has become one of the UK’s most prestigious film locations hosting some of the world’s biggest stars. Captured on camera the house and grounds are every bit as magnificent as they are in real life. The house featured as Nicole Kidman’s home in the box office hit The Golden Compass. It also provided scenes for the BBC’s Sense and Sensibility and the Ricky Gervais comedy Life’s Too Short with Sting.
Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut
Quartet which was released in January 2013 has been filmed virtually entirely within the house and grounds. A summerhouse built especially for the movie has been retained and is now frequently used by wedding parties.