If the UK’s good at one thing, it’s gorgeous country house wedding venues.
These beautiful manors provide an impressive setting for your big day, with a more intimate, relaxed feel than a sometimes stuffy stately home. Plus, you’re still guaranteed grounds more-than-worthy of being your wedding photo backdrop.
We’ve scoured the country to find our favourite country house wedding venues just for you, most of which come with plenty of accommodation for you and your guests.
Every fancied being Lord or Lady of the Manor? Now’s your chance.
1. Sutton Bonington Hall, Leicestershire
This enchanting family home is only open a select few days each year for weddings. It’s romantic, intimate and, despite the impressive exterior, has a truly personal and relaxed feel.
Couples will have use of the Great Hall, Library, Dining Room, Drawing Room and the stunning Conservatory which overlooks the gardens for the whole day. You’ll also be allowed to use the six classically-designed bedrooms, including the room of the current Lady Elton as your honeymoon suite. Sutton Bonington Hall can host up to 120 guests, but smaller ceremonies from 40 people feel equally at home here.
2. Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire
This 18th century estate is tucked away in the tranquil Northamptonshire countryside.
The restored Orangery is a beautiful location for intimate weddings of up to 40, while you can fit 100 people in the Saloon and Ballroom. We love the Great Hall and its Italian-pink walls for the Champagne reception – it’s the very epitome of sophisticated English country living. For those of you with a larger guest list, a marquee in Kelmarsh’s beautiful parkland can hold up to 500 guests.
With backdrops from the elegant Saloon – with its unparalleled views across the ornamental lake – to the formal terraces and flower gardens, Kelmarsh Hall is a truly picturesque location for your wedding.
3. Elmore Court, Gloucestershire
Elmore Court in Gloucestershire is a country house wedding venue like no other. With over 700 years of family history yet plenty of contemporary touches (and a focus on sustainability), it comes as no surprise that it’s consistently rated five stars.
The house has been recently refurbished with the addition of a beautiful new room called The Gillyflower – a light and airy space that would be perfect for your wedding breakfast.
There are several other areas for you to entertain at Elmore too, from the on-site Norman church to the magical Great Hall. The main house sleeps up to 39 guests, plus couples also have access to the beautiful Coach House the night before their wedding.
4. Brinkburn, Northumberland
Set in a dramatic wooded ravine on the banks of the River Coquet, this manor house comes with its own church and stable block. Religious ceremonies can take place in Brinkburn Priory, while humanist celebrations can take place in the White Room, woodlands or stripped-back grandeur of the manor house. For a quirkier reception, there’s also a giant tipi your guests will love. Brinkburn truly is a unique, magical country house venue.
5. Norwood Park Country House, Nottinghamshire
Norwood Park has hosted weddings since the 1650s. They’re a little different now, admittedly, but with that history behind them, you know you can expect a unique day at this venue.
You’ll find beautiful period features everywhere: from the centuries-old wine cellar (perfect for photos) to the antique-filled library, grand staircase and hall with Regency fireplaces, Palladian-style gallery, and rooms full of original Georgian wallpaper.
The highlights of this Georgian family home are the dining room and drawing room, with the latter providing the perfect ceremony spot. The Gallery is the place to party though, with space for 250 guests, a large dance floor, an area for bands, a full bar and an outdoor courtyard.
6. Pendrell Hall Country House, Staffordshire
There are three gorgeous ceremony locations at Pendrell Hall: a romantic outdoor ceremony under the bandstand; an intimate vow exchange in The Morning Room; and a big celebration in Pendrell’s Ballroom.
This Victorian country house was renovated to help your day flow naturally and add every amenity you could want, from the spacious dressing rooms, to indoor and outdoor spaces for drinks and photos, to the elegant ballroom for dancing the night away. Original features, like carved arches in the entrance hall, mix with contemporary touches for a light and bright country house venue.
7. Swancar Farm Country House, Nottinghamshire
For an elegant country house with a rustic twist, look no further than Swancar Farm. The Oak Hall – piled high with beams, medieval chandeliers and exposed brick walls that leads onto the courtyard – is full of charm and romance, while there’s also a barn and orangery. The Old Stables is a self-contained cottage where the bride and her bridesmaids can spend the night before the wedding together. Within easy reach of Nottingham, Derby and Leicester, this country house is perfect for every season.
8. Plas Dinam Country House, Powys
Want the best of a country house venue combined with a beautiful wedding barn? Plas Dinam is a magnificent country mansion set against the backdrop of wildflower meadows and mountains, with the benefit of a party barn that holds up to 150 guests. You’ll get exclusive use of the house for the whole weekend, with accommodation for 34 across 15 lovely bedrooms. The front of the house makes for a wonderful outdoor ceremony space, while the drawing room or dining hall are perfect inside. Then take over the party barn for extra space for evening celebrations and dancing!
9. Weston Hall, Staffordshire
With plenty of the original Elizabethan features preserved, Weston Hall in Staffordshire is a country house bursting with character. Stone fireplaces, mullioned windows and oak beams have been combined with elegant contemporary décor for a stylish backdrop to your day. You can have a fireworks display here too for the perfect ending to your once-in-a-lifetime day.
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10. Holmewood Hall, Cambridgeshire
Nestled in the idyllic countryside of Cambridgeshire, Holmewood Hall has plenty of hidden secrets waiting for your guest to explore. Enjoy a drink at the Champagne Bar before letting them move into the Gold Room, complete with a 50ft golden aisle and feature fireplace. Outside sits the bandstand – perfect for summer ceremonies – and the banqueting hall overlooks the lake in their 10 acres of grounds.
As it’s recently-added to the collection run by Country House Weddings, you’ll be one of the first couples to marry here, but safe in the hands of a team with over 30 years’ experience.
11. Cain Manor, Surrey
This delightful Elizabethan manor house – owned by Bijou Weddings – was lovingly restored in 2003 and oozes romance and rustic charm. Sitting on the Surrey-Hampshire border and surrounded by manicured gardens and wildflower-filled meadows, your guests will make a breathtaking entrance up the winding drive through private woodland. Able to seat up to 123 guests, the interior is full of character with oak floors and beams and period features. With lots of spots inside and out to marry, including the garden gazebo and Music Room, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
12. Woodhall Manor, Suffolk
Whatever your theme, you can have it at Woodhall – an Elizabethan manor near the Suffolk Heritage Coast. Like the wedding above, the grounds are perfect for a festival-style big day or an English country garden wedding, while the interiors can be dressed up for a rustic or grand theme. Woodhall Manor prides itself on creating bespoke menus for couples to set your big day apart. To end the night in style, the Long Bar has a stage, dance floor, disco lights and eponymous bar so your guests can dance until the early hours.
13. Kingston Estate, Devon
The Kingston Estate near Totnes is the only place to go for an unforgettable day like no other. Its vaulted nightclub is Devon’s best kept secret, while pre-wedding yoga, arrival by helicopter and giant igloos in the grounds are all possible. The historic house and grounds are exclusively yours for a whole weekend wedding, with space for 70-300 guests. If you want them to stay over, the luxury holiday cottages have a hot tub, games room and indoor heated pool.
14. Ellingham Hall, Northumberland
Exclusive-use hire means Ellingham Hall‘s selection of pretty stone cottages to sleep guests, rolling grounds and striking reception rooms are all yours for the day. Fully licensed for civil ceremonies, there is also a chapel available for traditional services. But it’s the food here your guests will remember, using the finest Northumbrian suppliers and created by their celebrated chefs.
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15. Bourton Hall, Warwickshire
Bourton Hall is a new exclusive-use wedding venue in Rugby run by the Country House Wedding Venues group. Right in the heart of romantic Shakespeare Country, this Italianate manor is bursting with history and character, plus 15 acres of gardens that look over Draycote Water.
The gold-leafed former Catholic chapel will make a stunning ceremony location, while the terrace and Champagne Bar are ideal for cocktail hour. The Banqueting Hall has striking views from its windows, and the Vault Disco & Bar was made for your reception. You can marry here from 1st June 2020.
16. The Penrallt Country House Hotel, Ceredigion
That view over Cardigan Bay alone should be enough to make you fall in love with this beautiful Welsh wedding venue. Penrallt Country House Hotel is family-run and you’ll feel so welcomed and relaxed here on your wedding day. You can host weddings of up to 40 inside, or up to 150 in a marquee – and the focus is on great food here. The restaurant is one of the most exclusive places to eat in Wales, with your tailor-made menu crafted from the best fresh, local produce and dishes including saddle of venison and herb-crusted Welsh lamb.
17. Merewood Country House Hotel, Cumbria
Overlooking Lake Windermere in the stunning Lake District, Merewood Country House Hotel is an oasis of comfort, warmth and tranquility. With award-winning food, a stunning location and outstanding service, this is an ideal country house venue for couples who don’t want to worry about a thing. The lake is a perfect backdrop to wedding photos, while the beautifully-appointed interiors are the perfect place to lay your head at the end of the night.
18. Cockliffe Country House, Nottinghamshire
Cockliffe Country House is a secluded rustic retreat that will take your breath away. The 17th century house has an enchanting French chateau façade, with arched windows and turreted corners. Inside, the house is elegant and luxurious with antique features and rich colours.
With exclusive use of the hotel, unintrusive staff and a relaxed atmosphere, the house will feel like a home from home on your special day.
19. Hilltop Country House, Cheshire
You can choose to have your ceremony at Hilltop either on the terrace or inside the garden room in this homely country house, or have up to 160 guests in their stunning marquee. Whether you love the idea of a blank canvas space to decorate yourself or you’d like to arrive on the morning of your wedding to find the venue already dressed, Hilltop can do it all. With a tranquil, luxury bridal suite and three further rooms for guests, it’s ideal for an intimate wedding.
20. Plush Manor, Dorset
Every country house should come with its own 19th century church, surely? Plush Manor is a picture-perfect home in the heart of Dorset surrounded by nine acres of gardens. The interior mixes classic English style with art and antiques from around the world for a unique feel. It’s even more unusual in having the chapel as a dinner and dancing space – and the pulpit makes for an excellent place to deliver speeches. The house has on-site accommodation for 14 people and has an indoor pool, so you can take the opportunity the day before or after the wedding to spend quality time with your loved ones and have a mini holiday.