Planning a wedding brings with it many tasks: picking outfits, choosing the food, narrowing down your guestlist, deciding where to go on honeymoon... There are numerous things to think about, but probably top of the list is finding the perfect venue. We have a whole range of amazing places to tie the knot, including country estates, regal castles and intimate hotels. Which will suit you best?
A country estate in the heart of the Shropshire Hills, Walcot HALL can accommodate up to 100 guests for your special day and will enamour with its rustic charm and eclectic furnishings. With several choices of location for the ceremony, stunning grounds and a bunch of amazing places to stay spread through out the grounds – plus their beautiful turquoise Ballroom for the reception – it's sure to be a special occasion.
Wedding celebrations at this farm close to Cardigan Bay with glorious countryside views are on an exclusive basis, the entire site is all yours. With three contemporary holiday cottages, a trio of lodges and a collection of bell tents, there's a place to sleep to suit all tastes. They can accommodate up to sixty overnight guests and there's plenty of space for a marquee or event tip – time to get planning.
An exceptional setting for a fairy-tale wedding, 15th-century Dundas Castle lies on the outskirts of Edinburgh and is a grand place indeed to tie the knot. After the big day, why not hunker down at on-site The Boathouse, a romantic retreat for two on the bank of the estate's very own loch, an almost impossibly picturesque place to stay in an almost impossibly picturesque location.
Fancy something a bit different? How does a wedding at a venue with beautifully designed log cabins with hot tubs set within ancient woodland overlooking a trout river on the edge of the Lake District sound? The Hidden River Wedding Barn is currently being created and will be able to cater for up to 250 people. Even better, they're taking bookings for 2020 at a discounted rate.
Old-school charm and contemporary comforts await at this family-run country house hotel in Yorkshire. With a number of awards for its accommodation, food and highly personal service, this is an enchanting place to get married. Their Rose Room hosts from 50 guests up to 150. Fancy saying 'I do' outdoors? – the Pavilion is just the place for that.
This country-chic weekend escape not only serves some of the best food in the West Midlands – on-site restaurant Peel's has a Michelin star – it also hosts weddings for up to 132 guests (150 for evening). Marry in their civil ceremony room or the local parish church, then enjoy a glass of fizz in the main Manor house before heading through to the Courtyard for the wedding breakfast and dancing later on. End the day by laying your head in one of the 15 boutique bedrooms.
Just forty miles south of Edinburgh, this Scottish Borders bolthole is a stunning place to stay – a sixteenth-century fortified tower sited on a hill amidst some spectacular scenery. And they host weddings too – couples are able to use the building and grounds as they wish. Totally private, the place is characterful, romantic and rather magical.
A handsome old house on King's Lynn's historic waterfront that is one of North Norfolk's best boutique hotels, the spot also host weddings in an elegant yet relaxed setting. A brief stroll from St. Margaret’s Church and just down the quay from King’s Lynn Registry Office, Bank House is ideally positioned. Each celebration is bespoke, whether it be a very small party or a sit down meal for 40.
A beautiful foodie home-from-home in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside, this is a special place to celebrate your marriage. The church of St Michael and All Angels is just a stone's throw away, whilst back at Howard's House their secret garden is the ideal spot for a marquee, and their nine ultra-comfy bedrooms are on hand to house guests.
Set in the heart of the countryside of North Hertfordshire this is a very homely hotel, restaurant and wedding venue. Parts of the building date back to the 15th century, and it boasts 4 acres of gardens with lovely views across rolling fields. Plus the owners have done great job of restoring the neighbouring 18th-century beamed wooden barn, adding a cool bar and beautiful 150-seat wedding venue along with 15 additional guest rooms, upping the total to 27.
Nestled in secluded grounds with a welcome so warm you won't want to leave, The Grove occupies a lovely historic building which exudes a lived-in and appealing comfortableness that is hard to find – and even harder to fake; and it is run by enterprising people who are always looking to make the most of their property – and to go the extra mile for their guests. What's more, this lovely spot on the North Norfolk Coast also hosts weddings, ranging from small, intimate celebrations to larger events.
A stylish boutique hotel with 16 bedrooms in a Cotswolds manor house, book a wedding here and you won't regret it. With landscaped grounds and breathtaking views down to the Slad Valley, it's an impressive spot to tie the knot. And don't forget sister properties Barnsley House
, Calcot Manor
and the Lord Crewe Arms
, they'll also host your big day.
The Salutation in Devon is a classy revamp of a seventeenth-century pub built around an excellent fine-dining restaurant
and relaxed GlassHouse cafe. The food is great – the reason many visit – and they also have four bright, spacious rooms and two suites, all turned out in crisp tones. Plus they host weddings too, from cosy events for a handful up to a celebration for 50.
Almost bang on the Devon-Cornwall border, high above the Tamar Valley, the Horn of Plenty is a rather splendid country manor house with high ceilings, large windows and original fireplaces. For wedding celebrations they offer exclusive use of the Main House for up to 90 day guests and 120 evening guests, or for larger numbers, a marquee in their attractive grounds.
A contemporary coaching inn with 12 boutique rooms situated in a peaceful and picturesque part of Suffolk, this is a rather lovely place for a wedding celebration. Their Green room houses up to 18 guests, whilst Ingram’s room seats up to 34, and also has access to a private courtyard. Or, for bigger parties why not opt for their fully dressed marquee for up to 150.
How does getting married on an old sea fort in the Solent off the coast of Portsmouth sound? Spitbank Fort and the larger No Man's Fort are both available to book for weddings; refurbished to an extremely high standard, they're truly memorable venues. Hire exclusively and enjoy your very own private island – unique or what?
This welcoming Peak District property is the perfect place for large gatherings and celebrations. It has no fewer than 12 bedroom and the house could hardly be more comfortable, with contemporary quirky touches that perfectly complement its more historic features. With a flexible layout and housing 10-24 guests, it's a fabulous spot for an intimate wedding.
Quite literally situated on the border between Devon and Cornwall in the glorious Tamar Valley, this fairy-tale hotel is the country cousin of the excellent waterside Tresanton
in Cornwall, both of which are owned by the renowned designer and hotelier, Olga Polizzi. They can accommodate weddings of all sizes, from a quiet ceremony for 2 up to a marquee on the lawn for 150 – every wedding is bespoke.
A hostel may not spring to mind as a wedding venue, but Wilderhope Manor is a grand place indeed to tie the knot, set amidst the beautiful Shropshire Hills in some of the UK's finest walking country. The sixteenth-century Grade I-listed Elizabethan manor house is licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies, and the Bridal suite has a four-poster bed and rolltop bath.