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Notley Tythe Barn
A Traditional Elegant Venue for Weddings and Functions
Nestling in a picturesque fold in the Chiltern Hills on the Bucks and Oxon border, Notley Tythe Barn is an ancestral part of the rural lanscape.
In 1991 owners Nick and Denise Reynolds lovingly restored the historic 12th Century barn. Now its beam rafted roof, its magnificent whitewashed hall and gallery echo not to the noise of harvest toil but to the sounds of wedding celebrations.
The Reynolds family have been farming Notley for over 350 years. Which is why, when they transformed the barn into a unique wedding venue, Nick and Denise wanted to make sure that it shared the same family-run feel as the rest of the farm. "The idea wasn't simply to create a place which people could book for a reception and then end up arranging everything themselves." explains Denise, "We decided we should provide a complete hosting service too." Every detail is meticulously planned in advance, from the ceremony (Notley has a civil licence which means couples can get married at the barn as well as hold receptions) to the seating, the music and the food and drinks.
Notley's enthusiastic Chef, Peter, prepares dishes every bit the sumptuous equal of the venue itself. Peter has revelled in the freedom given to him by Nick and Denise to conjure a menu that like the Barn is rooted in the countryside. All eggs are free-range and beef and lamb are British, sourced whenever possible from the Reynolds' local farming friends. We buy seasonal British fruit and vegetables and sustainable native fish is served wherever possible. However, providing such good ingredients is wasted without a properly skilled chef determined to turn it into traditional home cooked plates of food. So Nick and Denise are very proud of having one of those too! The Notley Lamb has become something of a signature dish for Peter. It is slow cooked for 12 hours and emerges, tender and moist, drenched in the deep flavours of the land.
The barn can seat 140 guests, while a permanent marquee can accommodate another 60. The doors of the barn open directly on to a garden, which reaches out towards the hills in the distance and has recently been redesigned by Steven Hendry, a Chelsea Gold Medal winning landscape architect. For the adults there is a cocktail and canapé lawn, while for the children there is a recreational lawn where they can run and play in complete safety. In addition a larger marquee can be placed on the lawn to accommodate up to 250 guests.
Longevity and permanence are the key words at Notley Tythe Barn and in the twenty one years since Nick and Denise welcomed their first happy couple they have hosted over a thousand weddings and receptions. "You know we are doing something right when people come back to celebrate the weddings of other members of their families." says Denise. "The bookings diary is almost full."
No wonder Notley Tythe Barn is proving so popular. It is a place that transforms a wedding reception into a wedding feast.