Rolling countryside views and vibrant towns, all within reach of the coast – this beautiful county has it all. If you’re planning a wedding in the South West of England then you simply must consider these Somerset wedding venues for your big day. Here, we take a closer look at some of our favourites and speak to the expert wedding teams at each venue to find out more.
St Audries Park
What it Offers: This breath-taking countryside wedding venue is like stepping into a fairytale. Located in Taunton within 100 idyllic acres of deer park, you wouldn’t think that St Audries Park is only 15 minutes away from the M5.
If you need a large capacity wedding venue then you'll be pleased to know that you and your party can use the house exclusively, including the Georgian style Orangery and the impressive banqueting hall. The venue's 39 luxurious bedrooms will also be reserved exclusively for you and your guests, along with several properties in the grounds for additional accommodation or perhaps a pre-wedding pampering party.
What They Say: “St Audries Park is the perfect location for a fairytale wedding. Set within magnificent grounds in the beautiful Somerset countryside, along with sea views and its very own deer park, the setting is completely idyllic. St Audries Park is exclusively yours for the day and if one day is simply not enough, we also have two day weddings available.”
What it Offers: If you want a Somerset wedding venue that offers a choice of spaces for your day, Hestercombe features a varied selection of venues for weddings of all sizes and styles.
For outdoor wedding ceremonies, there’s the iconic Orangery designed by famous architect Sir Edward Lutyens, or alternatively, there’s The Temple which sits in landscaped gardens. As well as the elegant reception rooms inside the historical buildings, there’s also the option to have a whimsical marquee wedding on the lawn.
What They Say: “Hestercombe is an incredibly special place. What makes it so perfect for weddings is its beauty and diversity - the landscaped garden is full of lakes, temples and cascades, the formal garden is a unique and beautiful myriad of rills, ponds and flowers, and the historic orangery and main house provide even more inspirational settings. Every wedding here is special and unique.”
What it Offers: If you’re looking for castle wedding venues near the coast, the 17th century Walton Castle should answer your wedding prayers. With panoramic hilltop views across a whopping five counties, you and your other half will be besotted with the natural surroundings of this wedding venue in Somerset.
You and your party will have exclusive use of the castle for your wedding day so that you can enjoy having the place all to yourselves! There's also eight luxurious bedrooms so that you can sleep in style.
What They Say: “Just imagine standing on the balcony of this 16th century castle, glass of champagne in hand and surrounded by stunning countryside and coastal views, next to the man you adore who is standing just a breath away from you. If you dream of a wedding that could be straight out of ‘A Knight's Tale’, then Walton Castle is perfect for you.”
Kilver Court Secret Gardens
Where: Shepton Mallet
What it Offers: Love the thought of getting married in an enchanting garden? Well, your daydreams could become a reality if you take a look at Kilver Court Secret Gardens – one of the prettiest Somerset wedding venues we’ve ever seen.
The photogenic gardens are full of beautiful photo opportunities, especially if you booked the gardens as your summer wedding venue. If you don’t fancy taking up the outdoor wedding option here, there are plenty of elegant indoor spaces available for your ceremony and reception.
What They Say: “Hidden away in the English countryside, Kilver Court Secret Gardens provide a breath-taking backdrop to any wedding celebration. With our combination of stunning rooms and romantic gardens, complete with formal parterre, rockery, mill pond and a dramatic viaduct, Kilver Court makes for the perfect wedding setting.”
What it Offers: Gants Mill not only takes a bespoke approach to wedding planning, it also has no corkage fee which is excellent news for your wedding budget. The mill itself dates back over 1,000 years and is licensed for civil ceremonies in the Gazebo and the Conservatory. Environmentally conscious couples will also be interested to know that the equipment here runs on hydro-electric power, which means all weddings are carbon-neutral.
At Gants Mill you'll have exclusive access to the 50 acre river valley - which means stunning photos galore. Just imagine gliding gracefully through arches of roses and clematis as your ceremony guests look on in awe.
What They Say: “Our aim is to make couples feel at home - this is also why we don’t charge corkage. While we can recommend some great local caterers and other local suppliers, you are not tied to these. The most frequent words we hear from guests is that weddings here are relaxed, fun, personal and different.”
The Bath Priory
What it Offers: This historic wedding venue is a real gem that is not far away from the centre of Bath. If you and your other half are serious foodies, you’ll be delighted to hear that this country house hotel boasts a Michelin Star restaurant and delicious European cuisine.
The striking Georgian architecture of The Bath Priory will wow your guests as they approach the house and they’ll be just as captivated by the grand interiors. Luxurious en-suite accommodation is available for you and your other half, as well as for guests travelling from afar too - each unique room is named after a flower and some boast four poster beds and 'Romeo and Juliet' balconies!
What They Say: "The gardens at The Bath Priory are perfect for wedding photographs with many beautiful hidden areas to explore – the Drawing Room is also a great photo location too with its vast art collection. The food we offer at The Bath Priory makes us unique to Bath, as we hold the city’s only Michelin star. If you upgrade to our seven course tasting menu, you’ll get to sample signature dishes designed by our Executive Head Chef, Sam Moody."
What it Offers: If you’re looking for seriously glamorous wedding venues in Somerset, the Orchardleigh Estate in Frome could be your dream venue thanks to its 19th century Victorian splendour. Situated in 500 acres of breath-taking grounds, the venue feels secluded even though it is just 10 miles away from Bath. If you’ve got a large guest list (or your parents are making you invite all your distant relatives), the venue can serve up an incredible banquet for 400 and there’s plenty of accommodation for around 170 guests too.
The lakes and gardens provide beautiful outdoor photo opportunities, as does the ballroom which sets the scene for an ultra glamorous reception. Party animals will also be pleased to know that the bar here can stay open until dawn!
What They Say: "With over 16 years experience, we go above and beyond to deliver the dream wedding for each and every couple. Not only do we offer stunning venues that offer exclusive use, we also serve some of the finest cuisine, we have luxurious accommodation and we even have a fleet of bridal cars at your service. To top it off, you can go on a minimoon experience on our Super Yacht in the South of France! Orchardleigh is a truly magical country estate and an utterly romantic place to say ‘I do'."
Brympton D’Evercy House
What it Offers: If you envision your dream wedding in the setting of a grand country house, then take a look at the stunning Brympton D’Evercy House in Yeovil. The house dates back to medieval times and stands out amongst 33 acres of beautiful parkland. Whether you dine in the ballroom for a wedding breakfast of 200 or opt for an intimate dinner in the State Dining Room, one thing’s for sure, you’ll be celebrating in style at Brympton.
What They Say: "Brympton is a beautiful house in the Somerset countryside with different spaces for every part of your day. Say your vows in the stunning Medieval Manor House, sip champagne on the elegant terrace and dine in Elizabethan grandeur. At Brympton House, you can rest assured that your wedding will be unique and unforgettable."
Where: Nether Stowey
What it Offers: With picture perfect lake views and newly converted barns, this family-run wedding venue is a unique place to stay and one of Somerset’s best kept secrets. If you’re looking for a rustic wedding venue, the barns at Quantock Lakes have bags of charm with something to suit every couple’s taste. The newly built Quantock Barn boasts an impressive walk-in inglenook fireplace, hand carved bar and rustic handcrafted décor. The seriously stylish Georgian marquee would be perfect for summer weddings – it even has chandeliers, a starlit ceiling and a dance floor.
What They Say: "Many couples who book their dream day with us instantly fall in love with the magical and unique atmosphere that’s on offer at Quantock Lakes. You cannot bottle the feeling that the venue creates and many couples comment that this is where the wedding magic really begins! I am thrilled and honoured to help couples bring their ideas to life for what will be the most important and memorable day of their lives."
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What it Offers: If you’re partial to a bottle or two of cider (the Somerset drink of choice FYI) – Yarlington Barn could be the ideal choice for your wedding as it set on an actual cider farm! This picturesque barn sits right next to a stunning lake, which means plenty of photo opportunities. Yarlington Barn is ideal for weddings all year round, as the rural surroundings change with the seasons for a permanently stunning natural setting.
What They Say: “What makes Yarlington Barn different is that it’s positioned next to a stunning lake on a cider farm – a drink which Somerset is famous for! The barn provides a setting for wonderful wedding photos all year round. The 300 year old cider apple press, the exposed beams and the wrought iron chandeliers all create an atmosphere of old world charm at Yarlington Barn.”
Where: Shepton Mallet
What it Offers: Previously featured in our pick of elegant stately home wedding venues, this beautiful Georgian Manor House definitely has the wow factor. Pennard House is all yours for your wedding day, so you can enjoy not just the house but the surrounding gardens, cider orchards and meadows as well. Civil ceremonies are licensed in the house and the garden pavilion, but there’s also a 14th century church across the lawn if you want a religious ceremony.
What They Say: “A stunning location that’s been featured by Vogue, Marie Claire and The English Home magazine, Pennard House is a beautiful, family-owned country estate that is just waiting to host your perfect wedding. This Grade II listed Manor House has grand reception rooms, luxury bedrooms and a converted Coach House. All yours exclusively for your stay, we have the makings for the perfect celebration in a truly English setting.”
What it Offers: Looking for wedding venues in the Cotswolds? The historic Hamswell House is situated in an enviable location there but is still close to Bath and Bristol, making it easily accessible for your guests. Mingle with guests and sip drinks on the terrace by the Orangery before making your way into the marquee for an unforgettable reception. If you have time, you simply must explore the walled gardens and the terraced herb garden.
What They Say: “The romantic Orangery and gardens of Hamswell House make it the ultimate setting for a marquee wedding reception. Not only do we offer the beautiful backdrop of a historic manor house with stunning rural views, we also provide exclusive use, a convenient location for Bristol and free corkage.”
Batch Country House
What it Offers: If you can’t decide whether to have an indoor or outdoor wedding ceremony (or just don’t trust the weather forecast!), why not choose a venue that offers both options? Batch Country House offers a tranquil setting in the pretty village of Lympsham. Choose to tie the knot here and you can enjoy award winning gardens, stylish suites with French windows and five star accommodation.
What They Say: "The location of Batch Country House is peaceful and picturesque, and yet only ten minutes from the centre of Weston-Super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea and the M5. We believe a wedding should be a personal affair, which is why yours will be the only one held on your date so that we can give you our undivided attention. The Ivory Suite is a definite highlight as it has the wow factor that all brides desire with its magnificent drapes, starlit ceiling and all-weather dining experience."
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