Venue Hire

Set in over 70 acres of gardens and parkland, Abbot’s Hill is the perfect venue for your wedding reception. The Victorian house, which was originally the home of paper magnate John Dickinson, with its library, drawing room and dining room offers versatile space, full of character, allowing us to cater in house for between 50 and 200 guests.

We have a dedicated catering team with many years’ combined experience, who take pride in offering a unique and personal service which is tailored to meet individual customers’ needs. We are committed to ensuring your occasion runs smoothly and to providing a day to remember.

For further information, or to arrange a visit, please contact Gill Rance, the Domestic Bursar on 01442 240333 or email:

 Quotes from customers
“Many thanks to you and your team for making our special day run so smoothly. You were complimented over and over again by our family and friends who were very impressed with the venue and the staff.”

“Thank you so much for all that you and your amazing team did to give us a wonderful reception on our wedding day. Everybody loved the building and absolutely everyone adored the food – certainly no-one was left hungry. The starter was especially incredible.”

“We will certainly recommend Abbot’s Hill and your great team to other prospective brides and grooms.”

Location Filming and Photography

Abbot’s Hill School is available to hire as a filming location during the school holidays and at available weekends. Set in 76 acres of beautiful parkland overlooking the Gade Valley, our historic school offers modern facilities in a magnificent country setting. Our location is close to Kings Langley, Hemel Hempstead and the M25/M1 junctions.

The school’s main building is a beautiful 19th century house, which is the former home of John Dickinson, a paper manufacturer, who originally built the house as a family home and named it Abbot’s Hill. The Dickinson family founded one of the world’s largest stationery firms of the 19th and 20th centuries.

On John Dickinson’s death in 1869, Abbot’s Hill passed to his only surviving son, John, and then in 1908 to Sir Arthur Evans. Arthur Evans, the Archaeologist and discoverer of Knossos, was John Dickinson’s great-grandson who had spent part of his childhood at Abbot’s Hill. He did not, however, return to live there but arranged for it to be sold to the Baird sisters. The sisters ran a school in the Malverns and in May 1912, they opened Abbot’s Hill as an independent boarding school for girls.

There are vast outdoor spaces around Abbot’s Hill including manicured lawns, playing fields, a wood, outdoor sports courts and a covered swimming pool. There is ample space for parking around the school site.

Inside, Abbot’s Hill has many rooms with original period features, including our oak-panelled staff room, drawing room, stairwell area and fully stocked library. We have a bright, spacious Dining Hall with original window features, opening out onto the lawns. The school has several well equipped classrooms which boast wonderful views over the grounds.
The school also has a theatre space and a school hall.

For further information and to discuss rates and availability, please contact the Domestic Bursar, Mrs Gill Rance at or on 01442 240333.