The 19 Best Wedding Venues in the Cotswolds

Fall in love with our pick of the best and most beautiful wedding venues in the Cotswolds - from Tetbury to Chipping Camden and beyond.

WildWood Bluebell ceremony

Stretching through five counties, the Cotswolds are a beautiful pocket of England filled with honey-hued buildings, quaint market towns and rolling hills.

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With plenty of stunning stately homes and country houses, heritage towns, ancient woodlands and wildflower meadows, you’re spoilt for choice with wedding venues in the Cotswolds.

The 800 mile area predominantly covers Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire – with parts of Wiltshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire too – and incorporates vibrant towns like Cheltenham, Witney, Stroud and Cirencester.

After a wedding at one of the beautiful Cotswold venues below, your guests will be ready for a weekend exploring all the amazing food, shops and sights on offer. You’ll be in the perfect place for a mini-moon too!

Here’s our pick of the 19 best wedding venues in the Cotswolds.

The Slaughters – Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire

The Slaughters Manor House

Lower Slaughter is one of England’s prettiest villages, and sitting in the heart of it is The Slaughters Manor House. This 17th century home combines stylish contemporary interiors with luxury country house charm.

It hosts one of the Cotswolds’ most acclaimed restaurants, with Executive Chef Nik Chappell on hand to create your wedding day menu, focused on local and seasonal produce, matched with sommelier’s wine selections.

The Slaughters Manor House - the Lounge

You can have a day ceremony in the Chapel, an intimate part of the restaurant; the spacious Lounge; or an outside marquee in their lavender-lined gardens. The Oxford Room, with an elaborate stucco ceiling and views across the grounds, is ideal for your reception. Ask for the Coach House for an extra special bridal suite.

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Caswell House – Brize Norton, Oxfordshire

Caswell House barns

The lovingly-restored medieval barns at Caswell House reflect the fascinating history of this rural estate. Built in honey-coloured Cotswold stone with flagstone floors and oak beams, they embrace a true rustic feel but with luxury, modern touches like underfloor heating and mood lighting.

Caswell House

Within the 450 acres of countryside are an ancient orchard, walled gardens and historic moat so there’s plenty of places to explore as photo backdrops. You can choose to marry inside or outside, but wherever you pick, you’re guaranteed complete privacy.

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Stone Barn – Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Stone Barn

Set on a peaceful hill overlooking the Cotswold countryside, this historic barn is an idyllic setting for your wedding day. It can hold up to 120 for a ceremony or 250 for the evening reception, but we love splitting your day between the Stone Barn and the adjoining Dutch Barns. With elegantly arched ceilings, huge windows and a large terrace with roaring fire pits, you get the best of both worlds.

Stone Barn

A small claim to fame is their giant indoor BBQ, the biggest in the UK! Their in-house chefs will design you a personal menu with the focus on local meats, cooked simply and served generously. Part of the family-run Cripps & Co set of venues, you’ll get the benefit of their 30 years’ experience planning weddings too.

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Minster Mill – Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire

Minster Mill

Set in the picture-perfect Oxfordshire village of Minster Lovell is Minster Mill. This glamorous converted mill and barns is now bursting with sleek Scandi chic interiors, enchanting Cotswold stone exteriors and 65 acres of idyllic grounds.

Minster Mill Garden Temple

Perfect for every season, lush wild flower meadows come alive during the summer and roaring log fires and hearty food welcome you in winter. Marry inside in the Malthouse barn or in the Garden Temple, or you can even set up your own marquee. Romantic and luxurious – this a brilliant wedding venue choice.

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No1 Abbey Row – Malmesbury, Wiltshire

the old bell hotel

Right on the edge of the Cotswolds, in the market town of Malmesbury, is The Old Bell Hotel – and in its northern wing is private events venue No1 Abbey Row. Holding intimate weddings of up to 60 guests, you can have your whole day in their new Garden Room, complete with a private terrace and walled garden.

the old bell hotel bridal suite

Their excellent wedding packages take all the stress away from planning, and include a three-course interactive feasting-style wedding breakfast. End the night with a short walk back up the stairs to their country house hotel rooms for a cherished day with your nearest and dearest.

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Egypt Mill – Nailsworth, Gloucestershire

Egypt Mill

Egypt Mill Hotel and Restaurant is a 16th century mill, set on the riverside in the historic market town of Nailsworth. Water gardens and private lawns outside are a dream setting for drinks and canapes, while inside there’s space for up to 120 guests for dinner in their charming oak-beamed room.

Egypt Mill reception room

You’ll get special rates for guests on their 32 en-suite bedrooms and Nailsworth is an excellent base to explore the whole of the Cotswolds from. With easy transport links from Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham and Gloucester – plus free parking for guests – it’s a handy spot if you’ve got guests travelling in.

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Merriscourt – Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

Merriscourt

Set on the border of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire is Merriscourt: three interlinking Cotswold wedding barns in 500 acres of countryside for you to explore. The Gallery Barn & Lawn is ideal for the drinks reception before you move to the rustic Stone Barn, which is fully-licensed for civil ceremonies and partnerships.

Merriscourt - The Courtyard

Go for drinks in the courtyard before settling in the light and airy White Barn for your wedding breakfast. You’ll finish in The Stone Barn for dancing after dinner. There’s luxury accommodation on-site and the option of arriving in their sumptuous silver Bentley.

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Blenheim Palace – Woodstock, Oxfordshire

blenheim palace wedding

The birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill certainly still lives up to its illustrious history. If you’re after a grand and impressive wedding venue for an unforgettable day, Blenheim Palace is it.

The spectacular Baroque stately home and 2,000 acres of parkland house six unique venue spaces, plus there’s space for a marquee should your guest list rival that of the royal family.

blenheim palace wedding reception

The Great Hall, Saloon and Long Library will take your breath away and can host weddings of up to 300. The Orangery and Marlborough room are among the equally magnificent but more intimate spaces. Their dedicated events team will make the planning process as smooth as can be.

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Cogges Manor Farm – Witney, Oxfordshire

Cogges Manor Farm

This working farm in the idyllic rural Oxfordshire countryside is a stunning setting for a rustic wedding. Cogges Manor Farm features two beautiful 17th century barns and a manor house, all of which you can marry in and host your reception. You can even include the farm animals in your special day here!

cogges manor farm exterior

The Wheat Barn can accommodate 200 guests, while the intimate Barley Barn is ideal for up to 60 guests for dinner or as a separate dance or ceremony area. With large outdoor spaces, a walled garden, orchard and manor house lawn, you’re spoiled for choice for drinks spaces and photo backdrops.

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Hyde House – Stow On The Wold, Gloucestershire

Hyde House Grange Barn

Choose from the elegant Manor House, The Grange or The Barn for your big day at Hyde House.

Each has their own charm – from the enchanting oak-beamed barn overlooking the Cotswold countryside, to the modern and intimate Grange with a stunning courtyard. Even their beautiful arbour in the gardens is licensed for civil ceremonies. You’ll have exclusive use of the entire site and grounds for the duration of your wedding.

Hyde House

Hyde House itself has 20 bedrooms for your guests and a newly-renovated bridal suite coming in early 2020. With a spacious bar to continue the celebrations late into the night to a catered breakfast the next morning, everything you could want is covered here.

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The Kingscote Barn – Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Kingscote Barn

The terrace at Kingscote Barn was made for drinks receptions – nestled in the Cotswold Hills and set against the backdrop of gorgeous rolling countryside. After sweeping down the private drive, you’ll be met by the rustic 17th century stone barn which will be exclusively yours for the day.

Kingscote Barn grounds - Tanli Joy Photography

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The barn is a photographer’s dream, with lambs running around the lush fields in spring, the romantic rose garden in bloom in summer, fantastic autumn colours, and twinkling fairy lights and cosy candles in winter. Add in no corkage charge, a blank canvas for your decor, and room for 34 guests on-site and we’re sold!

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Cripps Barn – Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Cripps Barn

Barn venues don’t come much more special than Cripps Barn, an 18th century Cotswold stone barn that can host up to 200 guests. Mixing rustic with luxury, there’s everything from traditional flagstone floors, beams, a medieval chandelier and roaring open fires, to a stylish terrace, fire pits and a spectacular dance floor.

Cripps Barn reception

The main event here is their theatrical feasts, with chefs flame-cooking food on giant rotisseries and BBQs. Run by the experienced Cripps & Co team, you’re guaranteed exceptional service and a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

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Royal Agricultural University – Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Royal Agricultural University

The elegant Royal Agricultural University is one of the most iconic buildings in Gloucestershire –  a beautiful Tudor-style building in Cotswold stone in vibrant Cirencester. With 25 acres of manicured grounds and its own private Victorian chapel, you’ll find the perfect space to say ‘I do’, take your photos and host your wedding reception.

Royal Agricultural University - reception flowers

The 16th century Bathurst Wing is full of atmosphere and history and is ideal to throw your wedding breakfast and evening party. With B&B accommodation also available on site, you’ll be able to continue the party at breakfast the next morning as you take in the beautiful surroundings.

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Lords of the Manor – Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire

Lords of the Manor

This magnificent 17th century Cotswold manor is bursting with charm. Its stunning function spaces and 26 en-suite bedrooms are set among rolling fields, manicured lawns and even a private lake on the grounds for that ultimate wedding day backdrop.

Lords of the Manor reception room

There’s a choice of place to exchange vows at Lords of the Manor – the Garden Room overlooking the Walled Garden and light-flooded Conservatory are two of our favourites, while a little parish church is a few moments’ walk from the hotel.

This venue is a fantastic choice year-round, with summer drinks on the lawn in the sunshine and warming fireside receptions in winter. Don’t miss the amazing food either!

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Matara – Kingscote, Gloucestershire

Matara courtayrd

Choose Matara if you’re looking for something completely different in the Cotswolds. From the Asian-inspired Cloistered Courtyard to the glass-domed banquet hall, you’ve got six distinctive indoor and outdoor locations to host your truly unique day.

Matara Hilarium

Set in 28 tranquil acres, Matara is a beautiful setting for creative couples. You can make the entire space your own with your theme and colour scheme, while a bespoke wedding breakfast menu can cater to the wildest of imaginations.

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WildWood Bluebell – Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire

WildWood Bluebell ceremony

In the heart of the Cotswolds is Munday’s Meadow, a beautiful wildflower meadow you can turn into your own private wedding venue.

There’s plenty of space and tranquility in the meadow, bluebell wood and traditional barn – all of which can host your big day  – and there’s a glamping area (with hot tubs!) so you can make a weekend of it.

WildWood Bluebell

The utterly romantic woodland setting of WildWood Bluebell is ideal for rustic, bohemian outdoor weddings. Set up tipis for a festival feel or play with lots of different themes. You can party under the stars or move to their decked-out yurt with fire pits, a banqueting feast and chill-out areas in a Hobbit hut and tipi.

With no bar license you can bring your own drinks which makes it a really affordable wedding venue.

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Hilles House – Stroud, Gloucestershire

Hilles House Yurt

A romantic Grade-II Arts and Crafts home on the edge of the Cotswolds, Hilles House and the Shropshire Hills are the ultimate backdrop to your wedding day.

In the summer, choose to celebrate in opulent style in one of the largest Palace Yurt’s in Europe, which seats up to 250. You can marry inside in the Big Hall, which is decorated with antiques, historic paintings, fire places and coats of arms for a magnificent setting.

Hilles House exterior

You’ll have full use of the grounds, terrace and secret nooks throughout the estate – but Hilles House is as perfect for intimate weddings as huge celebrations. They only host a limited number of weddings each year so your wedding is bespoke and truly memorable.

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Painswick Rococo Garden – Stroud, Gloucestershire

Painswick Rococo Gardens

Painswick Rococo Garden is the country’s sole surviving complete rococo garden. Designed as a pleasure garden in the 1740s, this hidden valley offers spectacular views across the countryside and lots of intriguing garden buildings to suit your day.

Painswick Rococo Gardens views

The magnificent Red House can accommodate up to 100 guests and features a fabulous carved stone doorway for the ultimate entrance. Eagle House fits 40 and the intimate, rustic Bothy is made for just 20.

This is a truly unique and romantic location, designed for a party, and unmatched in the country. Whether you want to go inside or outside for your ceremony, there’s a beautiful option here.

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Owlpen Manor – Tetbury Gloucestershire

Owlpen Manor holiday cottage

Hire Owlpen Manor for your wedding and you’ll have exclusive use of an entire Cotswold valley for your whole wedding weekend! There’s a medieval Cyder Barn dating back to 1446 which is perfect for ceremonies, or you can head to the nearby Church of the Holy Cross or the romantic Great Hall in the Tudor Manor House.

Owlpen Manor marquee

The Old English formal gardens are a fantastic location for a marquee if you’d prefer something a little more outdoors –  and why wouldn’t you with such an amazing view?

The estate boasts nine holiday cottages, fitting up to 40 guests, and plenty of extra space for glamping so you really can turn it into a weekend to remember.

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The Bay Tree Hotel – Burford, Oxforshire

The Bay Tree Hotel

You’ll find The Bay Tree Hotel in the quaint Cotswold market town of Burford. The whole hotel can be yours for the wedding so once the final guest is in, they’ll close the doors and allow you to celebrate just in the company of your family and friends. The hotel has 21 individually-decorated rooms and suites so there’s no need to worry about taxis home either.

Bay Tree Hotel

Otherwise they have three licensed rooms to choose from, holding from 12 up to 90 guests. If you want intimate, this really is the dream choice. They’re completely dog-friendly too so your furry guests can enjoy the day with you too.

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