Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding - February/March 2024 (Issue 105)

RACKLEY’S CHILTERN HILLS, CADMORE END This luxury wedding barn has been fully restored, benefitting from underfloor heating and air conditioning throughout. Natural daylight floods the space, especially in the glass conservatory that showcases sweeping views of the Chilterns. This leads out to the sun-filled York Terrace where there’s ample seating where guests can enjoy a cocktail reception at sunset. The south-facing wall with a floor-to-ceiling window draped in fairylights makes a stunning backdrop for couple portraits. The seven acres of rolling grounds provide ample opportunity for garden games. A fantastic photo opportunity in the courtyard is against the illuminated millstone water feature and this area also houses a colourful, manicured garden. The wildflower meadow with pathways winding down to the fields below, where nature thrives, also provides a picturesque backdrop and there’s also a pergola lit up with fairylights. Ceremonies and receptions take place in the south-facing main barn that seats up to 120 guests under oak beams draped with festoon lighting, creating a romantic ambience. Smaller ceremonies of up to 60 loved ones can enjoy the Upstairs Gallery and micro weddings of up to 20 guests are best suited to the Meeting Room. There’s also an outdoor undercover option on the York Terrace for an intimate gathering of just eight people. When a wedding is booked, the couple is offered the option of a complimentary food tasting and also a luxury goodie bag. There’s ample car parking on-site for 62 cars with disabled parking plus a ground floor disabled toilet with baby change facilities and highchairs available on request. BURNHAM BEECHES, SLOUGH Located in Buckinghamshire, just a five-mile drive from Windsor is this elegant hotel with a wedding suite named after the Royal Borough. The 18th-century Georgian manor house that forms the main body of the property was built in 1727 and frames the 10 acres of pretty gardens and picturesque grounds. The village of Burnham has been a popular filming destination, with classics including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Princess Bride and Harry Potter filmed there. Burnham Beeches is home to stunning original features, from open fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows to statement chandeliers and oak panelling. The bedrooms have been decorated in warm tones with plush soft furnishings and glamorous touches, in keeping with the history of the manor house. Nestled in the Burnham Beeches nature reserve, surrounded by woodland and parkland, this estate offers guests the chance to spot a deer or two. The large front lawn is ideal for wedding drink receptions. The lawn is also home to the new wedding pavilion, positioned to take advantage of the Georgian architecture that provides a wonderful backdrop for big-day photographs. Ceremonies take place here with space on the manicured lawn for up to 120 loved ones to watch. Inside the historic manor house, ceremonies, the wedding breakfast and receptions take place in the Windsor Suite for up to 120 guests, a blank canvas that can be styled to suit any theme. It’s flooded with natural daylight and features wooden floors, contemporary neutral interiors and elegant features. This suite is ideal for weddings in the cooler months or for a drinks reception with The Chiltern Bar, positioned next door, ensuring a sociable atmosphere. Brasserie 1727 is an eclectic space that has been refurbished into a comfortable, modern restaurant within the stunning manor house setting. Boasting delicious seasonal menus created by the talented kitchen team for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Brasserie is a central dining hub for the hotel. The Georgian Bar & Lounge is a long-standing and well-loved setting for family, friends and colleagues to gather over handmade light bites and expertly crafted cocktails. The spectacular bridal suite provides the wow factor. This multi-room suite boasts a large lounge room with floor-to-ceiling windows and a large four-poster bed. Image of Rackley’s Chiltern Hills courtesy of 30