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. 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.
2. 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.
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3. 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.
4. 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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5. 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 newly-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 25 years’ experience.
6. 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.
7. 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.
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8. 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.
9. 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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10. Deer Park Country House, Devon
This sumptuous 18th century Georgian country house is set in 80 acres of gorgeous Devon countryside. You’ll be spoilt for choice with spots for your photos at Deer Park Country House, including the Italian garden, Mediterranean kitchen, and Victorian walled garden. For an alternative bridal suite, don’t miss the romantic thatched tree house perched among ancient oak trees, featuring a log burner, roll-top bath and wrap-around balcony.
11. 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.
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12. Hammet @ Castell Malgwyn, Pembrokeshire
Hammet is a chic Georgian mansion where an utterly personal service is guaranteed. If you’re after a cool venue, this award-winning house – packed with a private art collection and featuring a sleek Library Bar – is the perfect choice for both intimate weddings and ones with the “wow” factor. Set on the famous River Teifi, you can take in the gorgeous Pembrokeshire countryside as you host an evening BBQ on the patio or reception drinks.
13. 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.
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14. 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.
15. Glewstone Court Country House Hotel, Herefordshire
A family-run hidden gem in the heart of the Wye Valley, Glewstone Court Country House Hotel offers panoramic views across the beautiful Brecon Beacons and a 300-year-old cedar that’s ideal for your photos. Inside, the spiral staircase in the entrance hall is perfect for the bride’s arrival. If that wasn’t enough to tempt you, the ethos here is flexibility and freedom – their experienced wedding co-ordinator is on hand to make sure you get the day you’ve always dreamed of.
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16. Friern Manor Country House Hotel, Essex
Located close to Brentwood, in the village of Dunton, this charming manor house is a warm and friendly setting for your wedding. With an excellent value offer of £4,350 for 60 day guests and 100 evening guests in their Old Coaching Stables until the end of October 2019, you can definitely afford a dream country house wedding here. A summer wedding would be perfect at Friern Manor, with a BBQ meal and even ice cream cart available!
17. Stapleford Park Country House Hotel, Leicestershire
The elegant 17th century manor of Stapleford Park is unrivalled as a country house wedding venue. With a magnificent Grand Hall, bright Orangery and lots of smaller rooms, your wedding can be as intimate or opulent as you like – still with that relaxed, homely atmosphere. Stapleford is available for exclusive hire too if you really want to splash out, and there’s 48 bedrooms to house all your guests.
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If you’ve been inspired to go for an impressive venue, make sure you read our pick of 21 amazing stately homes and large capacity venues.
Alternatively, you might want something completely different – what about a rustic wedding venue, outdoor venue or festival-style wedding?