Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding - December 2022/January 2023 (Issue 98)

‘Tis the season What ’s new? Magical, snow-capped wedding venues THE RELAIS HENLEY, OXFORDSHIRE JOINS PRIDE OF BRITAIN HOTELS The Relais Henley is an idyllic waterside retreat located in this iconic town on the River Thames. Situated in a restored heritage building that was traditionally a 16th-century coaching inn, the hotel’s interiors have been inspired by the river that runs parallel and local traditions and craftsmanship have been sensitively incorporated into the redesign. The windows frame the view of the Thames, with bold stripes representing traditional rowing club blazers running throughout its rich wool carpets. The hotel features 40 individually designed rooms, with some named after notable guests to have visited the site including King Charles I and Princess Grace of Monaco. Boasting four different food and beverage concepts, The Relais Henley is home to The Clipper Restaurant offering all-day dining in a sophisticated setting; The Clip Bar; The Deli and The Quarterdeck Bar, an intimate bolthole tucked into the oldest part of the hotel with the patina of a traditional English pub. The Glow Medispa located close to the hotel in the town of Henley-on-Thames allows guests to unwind and rejuvenate through a variety of relaxing treatments, available to book in-room at the hotel as well. From the hotel, guests can enjoy a cruise on the River Thames, horse riding within the nearby Chilterns and a round of golf on some of Oxfordshire’s leading courses. The Relais Henley re-opened in 2021 showcasing the owners’ shared passion for luxury and community to deliver the best hospitality experience to their guests. Grace Leo, co-owner and managing director says: “I’m so excited that The Relais Henley, our flagship property of Relais Retreats, has joined Pride of Britain Hotels. As a passionate hotelier myself, I have always admired the principles of the collection and am very much looking forward to working with Kalindi and the Pride of Britain Hotels’ members to grow our brand.” Kalindi Juneja, CEO of Pride of Britain Hotels comments: “We are thrilled to welcome The Relais Henley into our intimate collection of the very best hotels within the British Isles.” Featuring the very finest, privately-owned properties across the British Isles, Pride of Britain Hotels was created in 1983 by a group of passionate hoteliers to reflect the collective ambition to offer the very best curated British hospitality experiences to guests. Today, this mission still stands with over 50 of the best places to eat, stay and unwind. To find out more, visit The Relais Henley hosts weddings. To find out more, visit MISSENDEN ABBEY, GREAT MISSENDEN, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE This exclusive-use, 12th-century medieval Abbey has been lovingly transformed into a wedding venue marrying history with a contemporary feel. The main house boasts exquisite architectural details including unique stained-glass windows and a decorative staircase providing the perfect backdrop for big-day photos. Outside, the beautifully maintained gardens set in 10 acres of picturesque grounds in the heart of the Chilterns are home to a summerhouse, a fish pond and a water feature plus a wonderful 500-year-old Cedar tree and the entire house and grounds are available exclusively for weddings. Ceremonies take place in the Garden Room where the bridal party enter from the stunning staircase. This elegant room can can seat up to 100 guests. A drinks reception can be held outside in the picturesque grounds or, in the event of bad weather, inside the Garden Room, Bar or Library. The wedding breakfast can be hosted in the adjoining dining rooms with historic details including vaulted ceilings and stained-glass windows for up to 115 guests and a summer option is a seasonal marquee with a starlit canopy accommodating up to 150 people. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01494 866 811, We love... hat the bridal suite is complimentary on the night of the wedding Photography of the exterior of Missenden Abbey courtesy of 19 THEMED VENUES