The Lake District has been inspiring artists, writers, photographers and poets for centuries thanks to its ruggedly beautiful landscape. Home to England’s largest national park, the longest lake and some of the country’s heartiest food, it’s no wonder so many couples are choosing to head to this Cumbrian gem for their nuptials.
With lush green landscapes punctuated with majestic mountains and glassy lakes, most Lake District wedding venues are set amongst unspoilt countryside and positioned to enjoy the best views the region has to offer.
If this sounds like your idea of wedding heaven – it certainly sounds like ours! – then you’re going to want to read on and check out our selection of the very best wedding venues in the Lake District.
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1. Merewood Country House Hotel – Windermere
Set in an elevated position overlooking Lake Windermere, it’s difficult to imagine a more romantic setting for your wedding day. Dating back to 1812, the house has retained plenty of its historic charm while embracing the luxury and comforts of the 21st century.
Merewood Country House Hotel offers three wedding packages – all of which include exclusive use of the house and grounds – that allow anything from a romantic elopement to a celebration with up to 120 guests. After the festivities, you can kick off your dancing shoes in one of the hotel’s sumptuous bedrooms.
2. Laura Ashley The Belsfield Hotel – Windermere
If it’s sophisticated grandeur you’re looking for, look no further than Laura Ashley The Belsfield Hotel. This hotel wedding venue perfectly marries old and new with its impressive, contemporary glass fronted entrance contrasting seamlessly with traditional bay windows and crystal chandeliers.
Large windows ensure that you and your guests will be able to enjoy the stunning view of Lake Windermere from the moment you say ‘I do’ to the moment you sit down to your wedding breakfast and beyond. Plus, with gardens elevated above the lake, you can always get outside and snap some wedding photos against the unrivalled views.
3. The Coppermines Mountain Cottages – Water Yeat
For couples looking for a taste of the rugged wild on their big day, we’d highly recommend The Coppermines Mountain Cottages. Surrounded by bubbling becks, waterfalls and rugged crags and with no set timetables or packages, it’s the perfect venue for laidback, free spirits.
The scenery here is one of its biggest draws and the surroundings make for seriously unique wedding photo backdrops. As the venue is so secluded, you’ll want to make the most of the accommodation for 22 people and after a day of exploring the mountains and dancing, you’ll be more than tempted to take a dip in one of the private hot tubs on-site.
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4. New House Farm – Cockermouth
Dreaming of a barn wedding venue? Allow us to introduce you to New House Farm and its magnificent Hayloft wedding reception and ceremony space. With exposed stonework and beams aplenty, you’ll be able to throw the ultimate rustic celebration here.
The Hayloft can accommodate up to 130 guests but if you’re after something a little more intimate, the country house itself is the ideal space for parties of up to 20. Built in 1650, your nuptials couldn’t be held in a cosier and more welcoming environment – especially when the log fires are lit, and your bespoke wedding breakfast is served!
5. Casterton Grange Estate – Carnforth
Situated on the edge of the Lake District, Casterton Grange Estate is a picturesque and secluded Victorian mansion and estate. Intimate, peaceful weddings within the house are welcomed here along with larger celebrations in marquees or tipis on the grounds.
There are nine ensuite double bedrooms in the house and a separate cottage, lodge house and barn conversion which can sleep 34 guests in total. Casterton Grange prides itself on its network of recommended event planners and suppliers, all of whom the team are happy to introduce you to when planning your perfect day.
6. The Swan – Newby Bridge
Situated on the southern tip of Lake Windermere, The Swan enjoys fantastic views and direct access to the stunning Newby Bridge, the ideal spot for wedding portraits. The hotel also boasts a selection of beautiful events spaces for weddings of anywhere between two and 100 guests.
Say ‘I do’ in the light and airy ballroom before enjoying drinks on the paved terrace by the river and heading indoors for a wedding feast. For your wedding reception, you can choose between the rustic barn with exposed stone walls or the light-filled conservatory. If that wasn’t enough, you can also utilise the library, snug and lounge areas for chilled out drinks or stolen moments alone.
7. Lindeth Howe – Troutbeck
Once home to Beatrix Potter herself, Lindeth Howe is a quintessential Lake District wedding venue with views across Lake Windermere. While the views and character of the property suggest a setting steeped in history and tradition, the quirky and contemporary interiors tell another story entirely.
Nooks filled with books give a nod to the venue’s past while hanging plants and floral fabrics bring the beauty of the nature indoors, giving Lindeth Howe a unique and impressive feel. Weddings here are as unique as the décor, with couples working directly with the venue’s wedding coordinator and chefs to create their dream day, within the host of spaces on offer.
8. Silverholme – Outcast
Set against the very landscape that inspired one of the greatest generations of poets, Silverholme is an undeniably romantic spot to say ‘I do’. Set on the shore of Windermere, the venue boasts uninterrupted views of the water as well as plenty of manicured gardens to enjoy them from.
Silverholme is licensed for civil ceremonies in a variety of spaces, including the intimate drawing room and beautiful coach house. While your ceremony will certainly be the highlight, the team at Silverholme specialise in creating three-day wedding events including activities such as hot air balloon rides, helicopter flights and even massage treatments. With 20 holiday cottages on-site, your guests can easily join in the fun.
9. Cartmel Old Grammar Country House – Grange Over Sands
The newly renovated Cartmel Old Grammar Country House is situated in the idyllic Lake District village of Cartmel, overlooking the iconic racecourse. When booking Cartmel Old Grammar, you’ll get exclusive use of the venue from 9am on the day of your wedding until 1pm the following day, ensuring a relaxed departure.
On the day you’ll be able to make the most of the Georgian dining hall, reception rooms, private bar, sun terrace and formal gardens as well as the 10 luxury bedrooms in the house. You can marry inside or outdoors here and enjoy a wedding reception for up to 150 in the evening in the house or more in a marquee on the lawn.
10. Carus Green Golf Club – Kendal
Offering a contemporary spin on Lake District weddings is Carus Green Golf Club, a state-of-the-art venue situated on the fringes of the Lake District, a stone’s throw from the quaint town of Kendal. If you’re a lover of modern spaces and clean lines, you’ll love the event space here as well as the floor to ceiling windows offering unparalleled views of the surrounding golfing green and mountains.
If you’re a golfing pair, why not make a weekend of your stay and book into one of the luxurious accommodation options on-site? Accommodation comes with discounted golf, giving you the perfect way to unwind after the official celebrations are over.
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