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The 10 Best Lake District Wedding Venues

As the inspiration for some of the most beautiful poetry and artwork of all time, it's no wonder the Lake District is such a popular setting for weddings.

Bride and groom walking hand in hand towards a country house

Bride and groom walking hand in hand towards a country house

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 to tie the knot in a Lake District wedding venue

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.

10 Stunning Wedding Venues in the Lake District

1. Merewood Country House Hotel – Lake District, Cumbria

Exterior of Merewood surrounded by trees

There's no shortage of beautiful places to get married in the Lake District, and Merewood Country House Hotel is no exception. Set in an position overlooking Lake Windermere, it’s difficult to imagine a more romantic setting for your wedding day. Dating back to 1812, Merewood Country House Hotel has retained plenty of its historic charm while embracing the luxury and comforts of the 21st century.

This charming venue 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. There's more information available on their Hitched listing or website.

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2. Laura Ashley The Belsfield Hotel – Windermere, Cumbria

Ceremony room with white flowers and white bows tied around purple chairs

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.

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3. The Coppermines Mountain Cottages – Water Yeat, Cumbria

Stone wedding venue with hills in background

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 wedding venue 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, Cumbria

Wedding breakfast with fairy lights and exposed brick

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 wedding 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!

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5. Casterton Grange Estate – Cumberland, Cumbria

Country house surrounded by trees and hills

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 en-suite 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.

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6. Lindeth Howe – Troutbeck, Cumbria

House exterior with lawn furniture

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, making Lindeth Howe a truly unique wedding venue. 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.

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7. Silverholme – Outcast

Grey stone house overlooking lake

Set against the very landscape that inspired one of the greatest generations of poets, Silverholme is an undeniably romantic spot to say ‘I do’. You can find it on the shore of Windermere with uninterrupted views of the water as well as plenty of manicured gardens to enjoy them from.

Silverholme is licensed for civil wedding 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.

Additionally, with 20 holiday cottages on-site, your guests can easily join in the fun. This accommodation is well-suited for group stays and will be ideal for your wedding party. 

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8. Cartmel Old Grammar Country House – Grange Over Sands

Wedding breakfast room dressed in white with chandeliers

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 make use of the outdoor wedding venue here and enjoy a wedding reception for up to 150 in the evening in the house or more in a marquee on the lawn.

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9. Askham Hall - Penrith, Cumbria

Aerial view of Askham Hall with stone exterior and outdoor pool

Situated right on the edge of the Lake District National Park, Askham Hall has the unique boast of being voted Cumbria Tourism's Wedding Venue of the Year 2022. Not only that, it has both a country house wedding venue and a barn wedding venue - name a more iconic duo!

If you choose to hold your ceremony in the beautifully refurbished Grade II listed barn, you can celebrate with up to 150 of your guests. The 16th century Medieval Hall is available for cosier ceremonies, while the Grade I listed manor house is available for ultra-grand ceremonies. 

Askham Hall is also home to Allium, a Michelin-starred restaurant which also holds four AA rosettes for it's menu and wine list. This truly is a venue like no other!

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10. Holesfoot - Penrith, Cumbria

Bride and groom hand in hand walking towards country house

Right in the heart of Eden Valley, you'll find Holesfoot, a beautiful rustic wedding venue. This countryside haven is perfect for couples looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and celebrate their union surrounded by picturesque views. 

There are several indoor and outdoor spaces to host your wedding here, including the Old Barn Main Hall, perfect for up to 160 guests, or the open air Italian Terrace which can host 120 loved ones. After tying the knot, you and your new spouse can roam the gorgeous 20 acre gardens, the ideal backdrop for your wedding photos. 

Holesfoot offers couples exclusive use of the entire venues and all facilities, as well as offering a number of different packages to suit all types of weddings. 

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