If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably spent many an hour reading Jane Austen novels or binging period dramas on Netflix, dreaming of becoming Lord or Lady of your very own manor. Well, we’re here to tell you that dreams really can come true.
From impressive Scottish manors to grand houses once occupied by royalty, the UK has a wealth of stately home wedding venues just waiting to play host to your big day. All you’ll need to do next is choose a fittingly elegant wedding dress and decide whether you’re going classic car or horse and carriage for your grand entrance up that sweeping driveway…
1. Springkell, Dumfries & Galloway
This beautiful mansion house is ideal if you’ve been searching for a stunning Scottish wedding venue. There are luxurious bedrooms onsite, including a relaxing honeymoon suite and two charming cottages – so if you must have a wedding venue with accommodation, this can tick that box. Choose from one of three wedding packages at Springkell or build on the existing one to personalise your day.
2. Manor by the Lake, Gloucestershire
Fancy hiring your own private manor house for the day for your wedding? You can do this with Manor by the Lake, Cheltenham’s only solely exclusive use wedding venue. The manor house dates back to the Victorian times and is positioned within award-winning Italian gardens and next to a private lake.
3. Chicheley Hall, Buckinghamshire
This Grade I listed Georgian country house sits amongst 80 acres of gorgeous grounds. There are 48 beautiful bedrooms onsite at Chicheley Hall for you and your guests, and it can host up to 100 of your friends and family for the ceremony and wedding breakfast, with capacity for an additional 150 for the evening party.
4. Boreham House, Essex
Boreham House is an amazing Grade I listed stately home wedding venue. The picturesque wedding venue has a dedicated events team who are experienced handling a variety of events – including Asian weddings, making them a great option if you’re looking for an experienced Asian wedding venue.
5. Keele Hall, Staffordshire
Keele Hall is a stunning stately home wedding venue in Staffordshire, nestled within hundreds of acres of lakes, woodlands and beautiful gardens. Choose from two locations within the venue to host your special day at, and enjoy the award-winning cuisine on offer.
6. Pennard House, Somerset
By booking your wedding at Somerset stately home Pennard House, you can enjoy exclusive use of the house, grounds and gardens for the day. It can host up to 120 guests seated, and more for your evening party. You can also enjoy a complimentary night’s stay in the beautiful bridal suite.
7. Homme House, Herefordshire
How picturesque is this Herefordshire wedding venue, Homme House? The red brick Georgian building is surrounded by gorgeous greenery, including parkland and meadows that span 180 acres. You can get married at the venue or at the church on the edge of the estate – ideal if you’re after a wedding venue with a chapel onsite. There’s also no corkage, which makes it more of a budget friendly option.
8. Bradbourne House, Kent
By booking your wedding at Bradbourne House in Kent, you’re guaranteed exclusive use of this Grade II listed building. The country manor, which dates back to the Tudor times, has two ceremony suites to choose from and a fruit garden for those who want an outdoor wedding ceremony. Choose from a range of menus and make use of the onsite wedding consultant and toast master to help your day run smoothly.
9. Wherstead Park, Suffolk
This elegant Georgian mansion building has a bright, contemporary feel. Wherstead Park is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, making it a wonderful setting for your wedding photos. If you want an impressive setting for your wedding, make sure you check out the full-height atrium, which is ideal for receptions.
10. The Kingston Estate, Devon
This Georgian country mansion is an amazing choice of wedding venue for fun-loving couples who want a wedding to suit their personalities. The Kingston Estate is a blank canvas – when you hire it for your wedding it’s exclusively yours and you can transform it however you see fit. It can also host up to 400 guests at your reception, making it a great choice for those looking for a large capacity wedding venue.
11. Middleton Lodge, North Yorkshire
Want a wedding in the country? Consider Middleton Lodge, a Georgian country estate in the heart of rural North Yorkshire. If the idea of having your own private mansion for your wedding, complete with staff, chefs and 17 bedrooms onsite, appeals to you, then this could be the one. You can party the night away in the Cellar Bar, complete with exposed brick walls, and watch the sun come up over the hills. Perfect.
12. Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
Want to impress your guests? Consider booking your wedding at Hatfield House, where Queen Elizabeth I spent her childhood. If it’s good enough for a queen… You can choose from the Old Palace, which was built in 1497, or the Riding School, which is better for smaller weddings. Whichever you choose, you’re guaranteed a wonderful day in stunning surroundings.
13. Weatheroak Hall, West Midlands
This impressive Grade II listed hall is located within Kings Norton Golf Club, making it a good compromise for couples looking for a sporting wedding venue with a classic feel. You can have your ceremony on site at Weatheroak Hall and the bride can get ready in the beautiful Bridal Suite, a stylish and calm haven ahead of the most exciting day of your life.
14. Ardington House, Oxfordshire
This gorgeous Georgian stately home dates back to 1720. The private estate consists of beautiful gardens, elegant lawns and a lake. You can get married in the building or outside on Temple Island before making the most of the grounds for your wedding photos. The chef comes from a Michelin-starred restaurant, so you’re guaranteed incredible food if you host your wedding at Ardington House.
15. Davenport House, Shropshire
Recently renovated, Davenport House seamlessly combines traditional Georgian architecture with contemporary styling for a feel that’s both luxurious and unique. This idyllic stately home wedding venue has been hosting weddings for over 25 years and so you can totally relax on your big day knowing that you’re in great hands. At the end of the night, up to 32 of you can also enjoy the range of sumptuous bedrooms.
16. Askham Hall, Cumbria
Situated on the edge of the breathtaking Lake District National Park, it’s difficult to find a more romantic location for your nuptials. You can say ‘I do’ in the medieval hall, in the grade II listed Bank Barn or in one of the two nearby churches before enjoying your reception at Askham Hall. Quality food is hugely important here, with locally-sourced produce freshly prepared on-site by the catering team of Askham’s sister venue, The George and Dragon.
17. The Old Hall, Cambridgeshire
The Old Hall is a family-run venue nestled in the Cambridgeshire countryside, surrounded by lakes, courtyards and manicured gardens, making it a winning backdrop for your wedding photographs. You can get hitched in the romantic outdoor pavilion or in the characterful house, before slipping into your dancing shoes and enjoying a wedding breakfast and disco in the double-glazed marquee.
18. Beamish Hall, Durham
With a 700-year history of hosting weddings and events, Beamish Hall is the perfect setting for your big day. You can hire one of the lavish individual function rooms or the entire hall on an exclusive-use basis, ensuring privacy for you and your guests. Catering for weddings of 10 to 300 people, even couples wishing for an intimate celebration can become Lord or Lady for the day!
19. Shilstone, Devon
This charming stately home wedding venue is surrounded by uninterrupted views of the rolling Devonshire countryside, making it a truly idyllic setting for your big day. Shilstone boasts the best of country house style with the rustic feel of a barn and a unique botanical atrium, giving couples plenty of options when it comes to personalising their celebration. Following the festivities, up to 36 guests can enjoy all the country feels in the barn conversion accommodation on-site.
20. Saltmarshe Hall, East Yorkshire
This imposing country house, nestled within the rugged Yorkshire countryside, is guaranteed to impress your wedding guests. Saltmarshe Hall will be exclusively yours for the day, allowing you to truly relax and make yourself at home. The team here don’t do standard packages and instead pride themselves on working with couples to create completely unique wedding celebrations.
21. Wollaton Hall and Deer Park, Nottinghamshire
If impressive is what you’re looking for in a wedding venue then look no further than Wollaton Hall and Deer Park. This sensational Elizabethan mansion house is packed full of characterful corners and luxurious features, giving guests plenty to see and your photographer plenty of wedding portrait backdrop options. Enjoy drinks and canapés in the stunning Camellia House within the grounds before treating guests to a sumptuous wedding breakfast within the manor itself.
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