Lake District Wedding Venues
I’m so lucky to live close enough to the beautiful Lake District that I can visit it many times a year for weddings, but far enough away that every trip still has that holiday feel to it. Obviously I’m completely biased but I think the Lake District is one of the most beautiful parts of the world and happily, lots of people agree with me and decide to travel there for their wedding day. Some of my couples live in or near the Lakes, some have family connections to the area but many just decide to travel and get married in the Lake District because it’s so flipping beautiful. Whatever your reason for choosing to come to Lakes you’re spoilt for choice for wedding venues. In some parts of the Lake District you can’t move for beautiful hotels and wedding venues. Stunning hotels, quirky houses, barns, farms, marquees and everything in between – there’s going to be the perfect venue for you whatever style of wedding you’re planning. After shooting many beautiful weddings in the Lakes I decided to put together this little blog post about some of my favourite Lake District wedding venues.
Hotel Wedding Venues in the Lake District
The Lake District has been a popular tourist destination since the 1800s so you’re literally spoilt for choice if you’re looking for a hotel venue for your wedding. There’s just so many to choose from! Whether you’re look for grand and imposing or small and individual – there’ll definitely be something for you. Hotel wedding venues are a great choice for couples who are travelling to the Lakes to get married. It means there’s plenty of accommodation on site for both yourself and all the guests. Here’s a few of my favourite Lake District hotels.
Sophie and Conor chose Armathwaite Hall for their wedding day (you can see it here) because they wanted someone where Conor’s family, who are from Ireland, could really enjoy the beautiful Lake District scenery. And you get that in spades at Armathwaite. There’s also plenty of room for lots of guests – with beautiful bedrooms and even a spa for your guests to enjoy before or after the wedding.
The Ryebeck hotel is a really pretty little hotel just outside Windermere. It’s not huge, but definitely large enough for a good gathering of guests without it feeling impersonal. There’s beautiful grounds to explore too. You can see Helen and Brian’s autumn wedding at the Ryebeck here.
Inn on the Lake
The Inn on the Lake are wedding experts! It’s one of the most popular hotel wedding venues in the Lake District and when you see the place it’s no surprise. On the banks of Ullswater, you’re surrounded by water and mountains and the views are spectacular. It’s not the easiest hotel venue to get to but once their your guests will really be impressed by their surroundings. During warmer months you can even chose to get married in the gazebo surrounded by the views. Check out Katie and Phil’s wedding day – they were lucky enough to have beautiful autumn weather and made the most of the grounds.
The Belsfield – Laura Ashley Hotel
This place is just a little bit wow! After a refurbishment in 2014, the hotel is now decked out from top to bottom in beautiful Laura Ashley wallpaper, fabric and furniture. It’s super luxurious, light and beautiful. And if that wasn’t enough, you’re also treated to the beautiful backdrop of Lake Windermere. There’s plenty of gorgeous bedrooms too for your guests.
Intimate Wedding Venues in the Lake District
So many of the couples I work with on Lake District weddings have no family connection to the area but have spent time in the Lakes and have lots of happy memories. So when the time comes to plan the big day a destination wedding to the Lakes is definitely on the card! If you’re planning a smaller and more intimate wedding in the Lakes, surrounded by your closest friends and family only, then the large hotels and venues might not suit your day. The good news is there’s some beautiful smaller venues to choose from – perfect for an intimate wedding day.
Cote How, Rydal
Cote How is one of my favourite venues full stop. So it’s not surprising to find it in my list of favourite Lake District wedding venues. It’s perfect for smaller and intimate weddings and it feels so homely! Although you can actually fit up to 70 guests in the wedding barn, if you choose to have fewer, you won’t feel lost or overwhelmed by the space. There’s 3 bedrooms on site and you’re in easy distance of hotels, B&B’s and lots of holiday cottages for your guest accommodation. Victoria and David chose Cote How for their wedding venue this year – although neither family comes from the area, the couple spend a lot of time there on holidays so it was the perfect choice for their relaxed wedding day.
Hipping Hall is a beautiful wedding venue near Kirkby Lonsdale. It’s better known for it’s delicious food rather than it’s weddings so it’s perfect for foodie couples. I’m serious. It’s amazing food! But that’s definitely not all that this venue has going for itself. Inside and out it’s beautiful. There’s lovely gardens surrounding the country house and lots of spots for pictures. Rooms for guests to stay in and lots of lovely rooms inside to enjoy. With a maximum capacity of 42 days guests it’s perfect for small and intimate weddings.
Swan at Newby Bridge
This quirky pub wedding venue can accommodate larger weddings but it also has some areas which you can use if you’re having a smaller and more intimate wedding. It’s a hotel and pub right on the end of Lake Windermere. There’s plenty of accommodation on site for guests and even a spa and swimming pool they can use. If you and you’re guests are heading to the Lakes for the wedding then you can really make a holiday out of it! The wedding breakfast room is small enough to feel cosy and homely if you’re having a smaller wedding and the quirky and distinctive decor sets the place apart from most hotel venues. Laura and Simon organised the most stylish wedding there last year – check it out on the blog here.
Quirky and Unusual Wedding Venues in the Lake District
If a traditional hotel wedding venue isn’t for you then the good news is that over the past few years we’ve seen the opening of some amazing new wedding venues in the Lake District. There’s so many unusual, quirky and alternative venues to choose from these days. Here’s a few of my favourites.
Cote How – I’ve already spoke about Cote How above. It’s perfect for small and intimate weddings but it definitely also falls under the category of quirky or unusual. A beautiful home in Rydal, you’ve got the choice of holding your venue inside the house or in the party barn. Don’t want a traditional sit down meal? That’s fine. Cote How work with amazing caterers who will help you design the perfect meal for your wedding day.
Ok, technically ‘just’ outside the Lake District but not far! Leighton Hall is a really impressive building that you first glimpse as you travel along the winding driveway. It feels very Pride and Prejudice! Leighton Hall is still a family home and you get that feeling of comfort as you look around. There’s squishy sofas for your guests, family pictures on the wall and beautiful gardens for your guests to explore. Carmen and Ben’s beautiful summer wedding at Leighton hall is over on the blog for you to see.
Fancy owning a beautiful Manor House? Well you probable can’t. But you can pretend by hiring Silverholme Manor for your wedding and taking over the whole place for the weekend. As you approach the house down the driveway, the view of the house with the lake behind is pretty breathtaking. But what really struck me about the house, despite it’s grandness, is how homely and inviting it is. You can hold your wedding ceremony in the coach house or if it’s a smaller wedding, in the sitting room of the main house. There’s so much space for you and your guests to enjoy but the best thing is you take over the whole house. There’s beautiful guest bedrooms and cottages in the grounds for people to stay in. Emily and Michael had the perfect family orientated wedding at Silverholme Manor – check it out here.
I hope this helps you in your search for the perfect Lake District wedding venue. If you’re heading to the Lakes for your wedding and are looking for your wedding photographer I’d love to hear from you.