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STOP PRESS - Buckingham Villiers Hotel wins 'Hotel of the Year (under 50 bedrooms)' at the 2013 Milton Keynes Food & Leisure Awards.
Buckingham Villiers Hotel is set in the centre of the market town of Buckingham. It offers superb accommodation and outstanding cuisine is served in its Villiers Restaurant. The hotel is 13 miles from Milton Keynes and 7 miles from Brackley and Silverstone, home to the famous Silverstone Motor Racing Circuit. Buckingham University, the magnificent Stowe Landscaped Gardens, Bicester Outlet Village and Stowe Public School are all nearby. Buckingham Villiers Hotel is also within easy reach of the Cotswolds, Stratford upon Avon and Oxford.
Originally named the Swan and Castle Inn, Buckingham Villiers Hotel draws upon its 400 year old hostelry to create a unique and individual hotel offering the highest quality facilities and services. Today guests pass through the carefully preserved archway to the original coach house into a tranquil and friendly home from home. The bedrooms and galleried suites are something to get excited about, all with their own individual flair and timeless quality along with all the facilities the most discerning guest would expect.
Dining is also a real treat at Villiers Restaurant, awarded two AA Rosettes for its imaginative, traditionally English cuisine and extensive wine list. Alternatively the more informal Villiers Bar offers a different atmosphere with its original open fireplace and exposed brick walls. After closing guests can move across the street to the 'Dungeon' Bar and Club.
Relaxing is pretty easy too in the nearby health and leisure club, free of charge to hotel guests. Facilities include an indoor pool, gym and sauna. Beauty treatments and a solarium are also available at a charge. These facilities are independent of the hotel.
The hotel has impressive conference facilities for 2 - 250 delegates with the latest technology including outstanding AV equipment.
All 49 bedrooms have Digital TV and radio, broadband internet access, desk/work area, tea/coffee making facilities, direct dial telephone with extra extensions, hairdryer, heating control, 24 hour room service, smoke alarms, iron and ironing board, minibar/refrigerator, trouser press and electric shaver point. Non-smoking rooms are available.
Buckingham Villiers is the only four star hotel in North Buckinghamshire, so you can rest assured that your wedding and your guests are in safe hands. Villiers offers excellent service levels, delivered by a professional, highly trained team including our award-winning chefs and catering staff who have held AA Rosette awards for superb cuisine for the past ten years.
Buckingham Villiers is ideal for weddings catering for up to 180 guests and our dedicated team are on hand to assist you at every stage, from the first planning meeting, through the months of careful preparation, to the big day itself - the ceremony, reception, entertainment and overnight accommodation. Your Wedding Day will be personally designed to meet your needs - from exclusive use of the Villiers Ballroom and Suites, if required, right down a custom wedding theme, whether it be classical, modern or tailored to your own specific requirements. If you would like us to arrange a Master of Ceremonies for the day, consider it done.
We can offer the convenience of a single venue for your ceremony, reception, entertainment and accommodation. The hotel holds a Civil Wedding license and the splendid Victorian Ballroom - in the beautifully refurbished old Buckingham Town Hall - is a superb venue for your ceremony. This gracious room is fully air-conditioned and it benefits from natural daylight and an historic ambience to enhance this memorable part of your day. The wood panelled Court Room is available for smaller wedding parties and more intimate ceremonies. Villiers also benefits from some wonderful photographic backdrops for those all-important photos and videos - these include the magnificent Mayor's and Constable's Chamber, the Villiers Courtyard and the stunning landscapes of the nearby River Ouse.
Relax in the knowledge that your guests will savour a banquet prepared by some of the most accomplished chefs in Buckinghamshire. Villiers Hotel and Restaurant has a superb reputation for its innovative and beautifully presented, award-winning food, complemented by an extensive wine list.
From the choice of a welcoming aperitif to the selection of your wedding breakfast and evening buffet styles, as well as the preparation and presentation of the wedding cake, stand and knife, Villiers will strive to meet your Wedding Day wishes. As Bride & Groom you can enjoy the experience of a complimentary tasting dinner and a complimentary bedroom for your Wedding night.
A dedicated bar, adjoining the Ballroom and the Mayor's and Constable's Chambers is available for your event. Here your guests can unwind, mingle and enjoy relaxed socialising throughout the day. Following the Wedding Breakfast, the Ballroom will be swiftly transformed into the style of evening event of your choice. If required, full IT support can be provided, enabling audio visual effects for the more creative speakers.
Villiers features a sprung dance floor, lighting that can be customised for any occasion and
superb acoustics - choose the entertainment that fits your special day, whether its live music, a disco, fancy dress event, a casino night or something a little different. Let the team at Buckingham Villiers help to plan the evening of your dreams. If separate fun for the younger guests is needed, we can organise a disco in the Dungeon - the atmospheric basement bar of this historic building.
Prior to becoming Villiers, the hotel was known as 'The Swan & Castle', and in the early 18th century 'The White Swan Posting House'. At this time there were stables in the courtyard for over 100 horses, ready to change the teams on long distant coach journeys. Designed around this historic cobbled courtyard, Villiers has 46 individually designed bedrooms and suites. Wedding guests are offered reduced accommodation rates, two car parks and a free changing room on the day of your wedding.
We look forward to welcoming you for a very special day at Buckingham Villiers Hotel.
Dating back to 1577, the historical Villiers Hotel was the main Coaching Inn of Buckingham in the days of Cromwell and is designed around the cobbled courtyard that once stabled 150 horses. The oldest part of the building has retained many of the original features of the old Swan and Castle Inn with low ceilings and stone built walls. Local legend maintains that Oliver Cromwell billeted his troops in the cockloft of the Swan and Castle Inn during the Civil War when Buckingham was vulnerable to attacks from both London and Oxford in 1643.
The town of Buckingham dates back as early as 914 when it played an important military role against the Danes at a time when it was vital for all Southern towns to fortify themselves against invasion - Buckingham was created with this fortification. By the time of the Norman Conquest, Buckingham had become a royal borough and was passed through many royal hands, reinforcing its royal status. Today Buckingham is characterised by a fine array of Georgian buildings, each with their own fascinating story to tell. It is a bustling market town full of history.
Buckingham Villiers Hotel
3 Castle Street,
Buckinghamshire MK18 1BS
Tel: +44 (0)1483 776344Fax: +44 (0)1483 730202
From Luton Airport, follow signs to M1. Take the M1 northbound and exit at junction 13. Turn left onto the A421 signposted Bletchley. Continue through Bletchey to Buckingham. Upon entering Buckingham, turn left a the first roundabout continuing along the A421. At the next roundabout,(by Tesco) turn right onto London Road. Follow over the bridge at turn left at the roundabout into Castle Street. Villiers Hotel is on the right hand side and the car park is just after the hotel, also on the right.
M40 to junction 10. A43 signposted towards Northampton and at second roundabout turn right onto the A421 to Buckingham. At the fourth roundabout, turn left. At the end of this road turn left into Hunter Street. This turns into Castle street and the hotel and car park are on the left hand side.
From Milton Keynes, pick up the A421 signposted Bletchley. Continue through Bletchey to Buckingham. Upon entering Buckingham, turn left a the first roundabout continuing along the A421. At the next roundabout,(by Tesco) turn right onto London Road. Follow over the bridge at turn left at the roundabout into Castle Street. Villiers Hotel is on the right hand side and the car park is just after the hotel, also on the right.
Parking: Ample free parking on-site
Rail: Milton Keynes Central (13 miles). Taxis available (approx cost £16)
Air: Luton Airport (37 miles) London Heathrow Airport (69 miles)