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Small Wedding Venues in the Lake District: Our Top Picks

Charming, romantic and perfect for an intimate celebration, take a look at the 8 best small wedding venues in the Lake District

The Lake District has long been a hot spot for romantic holidays and weekends away, so it comes as no surprise that it also provides a lovely location to get married in. Better yet, if you're planning an intimate celebration, this stunning setting is home to lots of cosy country houses that make wonderful small wedding venues.

It goes without saying that the scenery in the Lake District is unbeatable, boasting rolling hills and world-renowned lakes, but the incredible food will be enough to have you racing there too with most venues serving locally grown ingredients. 

Got your sights set on a small wedding venue in the Lake District? We don't blame you - here are 8 of the very best!

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1. Sawrey House Hotel

Small country house wedding venue

The Sawrey House Hotel is just what you'd hope for in a small wedding venue in the Lake District - it's quaint, charming and so romantic. Originally built in the 1830s as a vicarage, the family-run manor house boasts a striking Victorian style exterior, which makes a lovely backdrop for your special day.

Ideal for micro weddings, the Brassiere ballroom can host ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and evening receptions of up to 38 guests. Prior to the wedding, the Brassiere restaurant provides the perfect space for rehearsal dinners and pre-wedding gatherings with friends and family. 

Bride and groom leaving a small country house wedding venue

Set on a three-acre estate, this historic wedding venue is home to beautifully landscaped gardens and overlooks Grizedale Forest and the lakefront of Esthwaite Water so you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to scenic views.

Sawrey House Hotel also offers boutique overnight accommodation - with 11 luxury bedrooms and a delicious Cumbrian breakfast served the next day you and your guests will have no problem getting up in the morning with that greeting! 

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2. The King's Head

Country house wedding venue living area

What could be more romantic than getting hitched at a traditional inn nestled in the heart of the Lake District? The King's Head is a small countryside wedding venue that has a really cosy feel to it, without being stuffy or dated. 

Surrounded by picturesque views of Skiddaw, Blencathra and set at the foot of Helvellyn, it's a beautiful and peaceful escape that allows you to forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life and focus on your magical wedding weekend. 

Country house wedding venue bedroom

There are plenty of inviting spaces for you, up to 50 loved ones and your pets to enjoy! Yes, this pet-friendly wedding venue welcomes any pooches that are part of the family to come along too. 

The King's Head is also renowned for their gold standard cuisine so you can look forward to an evening of fine dining courtesy of the team at St John's Restaurant before hunkering down for the night in one of 17 luxury en-suite bedrooms. 

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3. Cartmel Old Grammar Country House

Country house wedding venue

There are a number of romantic villages in the Lake District but if you get married at Cartmel Old Grammar Country House, you'll be celebrating your big day in one of the top travel destinations in the world - as ranked by the New York Times. 

The country house has a capacity of up to 100 guests and you'll have exclusive use of the entire property (including 9 bedrooms, the Georgian dining hall, reception rooms, a private bar and formal gardens) from 9am on the morning of your wedding until 1pm the following day. After an evening of celebrating you'll be thankful of the late check-out, trust us!

Outdoor ceremony wedding venue

A wedding in the award-winning village of Cartmel also allows you to marry in the spectacular Priory in the heart of the village if you would rather a religious ceremony. 

Better yet, you can arrive to the venue in style upon a horse drawn carriage led by Cartmel's famous Black Fresian Shire Horses - it'll truly feel like a fairy tale day!

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4. Lindeth Howe

Bride and groom at a wedding ceremony

Once the home of Beatrix Potter, Lindeth Howe is a stylish and serene small wedding venue in the Lake District. 

Perfect for intimate celebrations of 2-80 guests, this hotel is set overlooking the Lake District Hills and Lake Windermere, and it can host both your ceremony and reception. 

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If the fact that Beatrix Potter used to reside there wasn't enough to entice you, we reckon the mouth-watering menu, gorgeous wedding suite and super cool interiors will. 

We adore the combination of traditional and contemporary features used throughout the hotel - from the hanging plants to the book adorned walls. 

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5. Merewood Country House Hotel

Wedding ceremony area

Merewood Country House Hotel is the largest wedding venue in our round-up with space to host weddings of up to 122 guests for a seated meal and 200 for your evening celebration, yet it still maintains a lovely homely charm making it ideal for smaller celebrations. 

Set atop a gentle slop, the property overlooks Lake Windermere meaning you and your partner can take some seriously stunning outdoor photographs in front of this natural wonder. 

Bride and groom standing in front of a lake

Once you head indoors you'll be able to explore the intimate ceremony spaces, including the Library and the Drawing Room. They both benefit from a wonderfully warm and inviting ambience, with a really romantic atmosphere.

If you have a few more guests, the Arboreal boasts high ceilings and is ideal for ceremonies of up to 55, or why not make use of the Conservatory Bar for your drinks reception and soak in the surrounding countryside and lake views. 

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6. Cragwood Country House Hotel

Country house wedding venue

Truly make the most of the Lake District as your wedding setting by getting wed at Cragwood Country House Hotel. It's nestled on the shores of Lake Windermere and boasts magnificent views over the Langdale Pikes. 

Not only does the lakeside location make way for a breathtaking backdrop, you and your guests can take to the water after the ceremony with a champagne cruise from their private jetty!

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This small wedding venue can cater for weddings of up to 80 guests but we love the idea of you and your partner heading to this romantic property to elope. 

The 'Just For Us' package is perfect for an intimate wedding for two - it includes two night's accommodation in a lake view room, a four-course dinner on both evenings and a ceremony in the Library or Garden Gazebo. 

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7. Leathes Head Hotel

Small wedding venue in the Lake District

The Leathes Head is a luxury 11 bedroom Edwardian country house set within 3 acres of private grounds in the Borrowdale Valley, Cumbria. 

With unbeatable views, romantic ceremony and reception rooms and delicious food from the 2 AA Rosette awarded restaurant, a wedding at this small venue is guaranteed to be an elegant and unforgettable day. 

Hallway in a country house wedding venue

The house boasts stylish Edwardian interiors throughout, including trendy tiled flooring, warm wooden features and cosy roaring fireplaces, but if you fancy heading out, the surrounding area has a whole host of fun activities you and your guests can take part in.

How about going to the lake for a cruise, taking part in water sports or cycling down the mountain bike trails nearby?

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8. The Wordsworth Hotel and Spa

Country hotel wedding venue

For those who love the idea of an outdoor wedding ceremony (and we can confirm the Lake District is an idyllic for this), head to The Wordsworth Hotel and Spa in Grasmere. 

The gorgeous grounds and stunning mountain backdrop provides endless options of settings to say 'I do' - as for wedding photo opportunities? See for yourself below!

Bride and groom standing next to a lake

Should you wish to celebrate indoors, this small wedding venue can cater to this too. The Coleridge Suite is perfect for an evening celebration of up to 120 guests and comes complete with its own private bar and dancefloor.

After a night of partying with your nearest and dearest, there are 38 bedrooms for an overnight stay and a range of facilities such as a swimming pool and spa that can be used the next day. 

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