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Last update: November 2023

Colehayes Park is a Grade II listed, granite-built, Georgian Manor located within Dartmoor National Park. The estate enjoys beautiful views over rolling hills of Devonshire countryside. The DIY Wedding Venue stands in twenty acres of sheltered woodland and picturesque gardens. The expansive grounds boast one of only five Cork Oak trees in England and a quiet stream that cascades through a series of ponds into a large private lake. This is a truly idyllic backdrop for your memorable wedding day.

Facilities and Capacity

Colehayes Park is the perfect location for couples looking for somewhere relaxed to extend their wedding celebrations over a long weekend or entire week (rather than a single day). Not only is the house a fully-licensed wedding venue but we can also sleep over 80 guests on-site. This offers a unique opportunity for guests to enjoy the company of friends and family for a longer period of time and in a more intimate setting than most wedding venues. Colehayes has played host to many different sized weddings over the years from small and intimate to 150+.

As a relaxed, friendly wedding venue, our philosophy is one of freedom and flexibility. We are very accommodating and want you to feel truly at home. We have no hidden fees, no corkage charges and we are not fans of rules and restrictions! Our experienced team is available 7 days a week to provide as much or as little guidance as you like for your big day. Let us take you in hand or simply hand over the keys – the choice is yours.

This venue is registered for civil ceremonies, so couples can spend the entire day here without worrying about the cost and coordination of transport. With two reception rooms and a dining room to choose from, Colehayes can host from 30 to 200 guests.

Services Offered

We are committed to ensuring that every person who visits us experiences a warm, friendly and laid-back atmosphere. As a DIY wedding venue, you are in complete control of what you want to do, how you want to do it and most importantly, how much you want to spend. You have full access to the house and are free to choose your own catering, flowers, décor, entertainment and photographers to suit your style and budget. You have the freedom to celebrate with your loved ones in a way that suits you, making your wedding an occasion to remember for a lifetime. We will support you in whatever way you wish to make your dream wedding come to life, we have over 20 years experience in planning weddings!

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Stately home
Historic
Marquees and tents
Woodland and festival
Large hotel
Outdoor license
Tipis and yurts

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Private catering allowed
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
Pet-friendly
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100% Recommended by couples
Hannah
Hannah B. Sent on 31/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful venue

Colehayes is a beautiful DIY venue, where you can do as much or little as you wish. The grounds are stunning - a lake, firepit, pagoda, beautiful manor house and gardens. Within the house, there is a bar (which we stocked ourselves - no corkage!), gorgeous panelled hall, lounge, dining room and various kitchens. There are 75 beds which were very clean and well presented - including a great four poster master bedroom with a jacuzzi bath. In the basement, there is a pool table, table football, table tennis and a party room. We had the most amazing time - we were a midweek wedding so had 4 nights in the venue which made everything so enjoyable and gave plenty of time for fun and setting up with our favourite people. If you want support on the day, the "helping hands" team were amazing and kept our wedding running smoothly and offered great advice. An unforgettable experience - thank you Rebecca and team.
Natalie
Natalie M. Sent on 20/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wow! Such an amazing wedding venue!

We hosted our wedding weekend at Colehayes and had THE best weekened of our lives. Such kind and frindly staff, an amazing manor that was all ours and the best thing was we could use whichever suppliers we wanted, stock our own bar and set our own rules! You wil not regret booking Colehayes and it will forever be part of us. Nat & Dan
Kerry
Kerry C. Sent on 09/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Own personal slice of Devon for the weekend

The most incredible venue for our wedding. Briony, Rebecca, and Elice were amazing throughout the planning process allowing my parents to visit many times. Would completely recommend as your own personal slice of Devon with pagoda and the most incredible cork tree, bonfire area, swimming lake complete with (yes of course) llamas(!?), and the rave cave a total winner so there's no curfew - we partied til 3am! Amazing that everyone could stay on-site too and enjoy the whole weekend, including a nice cottage in the gardens and airbnb on-site for family.
Geoff
Geoff P. Sent on 24/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful, unique venue!

I don't think any review I write for Colehayes Park will do it justice as a venue. It is PERFECT!! We were made to feel so welcome from our first conversations with the guys there. Rebecca, Ellice, Briony and Sam are all so passionate about what they do. All they cared about was ensuring we had the best wedding ever. And we did! It's such a laid back vibe at Colehayes, they encourage you to do whatever you want that's going to make your day as brilliant as it possibly can be. The fact that it's a dry hire venue meant we saved a fortune on alcohol, as Colehayes don't charge any corkage fees! It was also wonderful to be able to have so many of our friends and family stay on site. If it's available, I would highly recommend hiring Corktree Cottage as well - we used it as a groomsmen base to ensure myself and my wife didn't bump into each other on the morning of our wedding. What's more, it is such a beautiful venue. We can't wait to get our photos back because there are so many wonderful locations on site, from the lake to the cork tree, to the bridge over the waterfall, and that's not even mentioning the stunning manor house! Book Colehayes for whatever event you have planned - you won't regret it!
Jane
Jane C. Sent on 26/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Dream wedding suppliers! Thank you to the incredible team!

I can't get over how good this team is. I knew I wanted to book Colehayes from the moment I talked to Rebecca about the viewing. They made wedding planning easy and were always so kind and responsive. This is the most incredible venue with the most incredible team behind it! BOOK IT!!
Sabrina
Sabrina O. Sent on 01/02/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect laid back venue

We had our wedding in the middle of the pandemic and Colehayes were so incredible, supportive and responsive the whole time. The venue is so beautiful and is such an incredible place you can put your stamp on. For us we loved doing as much ourselves as possible and we tried to make the most of our mini-wedding with an intimate ceremony in the hall and a long chilled weekend with our friends. From our first visit we knew it was for us and we loved every second of our time at Colehayes. Love that you can book it for other events so an anniversary party a few years down the line is a great idea! 10/10 recommend going and visiting - the house has such a great vibe and Rebecca and the team are all so lovely!
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Calum T. Sent on 31/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect DIY Wedding venue

Perfect venue for your DIY Wedding. The location is stunning and well cared for. The staff have been extremely helpful throughout the whole process and we would recommend Colehayes in heartbeat. They helped make our wedding the amazing day that it was.
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Will M. Sent on 10/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Couldn't recommend highly enough

We had our wedding here in September 2023 and we couldn't have asked for a better experience. The staff are just fantastic, with great communication the whole way through the process, always striving to help and solve problems. The venue itself is stunningly beautiful but also practical enough that you can feel comfortable to do whatever you want without fear. We found it great value and offering more flexibility and freedom than other similar venues. We couldn't recommend it enough. If you're after a DIY venue this ticks all the boxes.
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Rosie A. Sent on 07/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Magical wedding

Where to begin! From the first time we spoke to Rebecca and her team over two and a half years ago, to the day we left Colehayes after our dream wedding had come to a close, we have nothing but pure love for Colehayes.

The venue its self is beyond perfect, the private lake, beautiful gardens, amazing kitchen and bar, stunning rooms and of course the rave cave, all allowed us to create a wedding that we and our guests will never forget. This is then paralleled by the freedom Colehayes give you to make the wedding as personal as you like. This is something you cannot get at any other wedding venue and the amount of our guests who commented on how relaxed they felt and how much of an amazing venue it was, is a testament to Colehayes.

Then you have the Colehayes staff. Rebecca, Briony, Ellice, Sam and Kathy are some of the most kind hearted, patient, supportive and all round amazing people you will ever meet. They helped us at every turn, answered all our questions, guided us when we needed it and in short helped facilitate our wedding to become the majestic weekend it was. In addition, there was a small army of equally unbelievably incredible people that helped us all weekend and allowed our wedding to flow effortlessly and deliver the most amazing memories.

So, if you are looking for a wedding venue to give you everything you need to create your own bespoke wedding down to the very last detail, in a location that will give you goose bumps as you drive down the driveway and glimpse it for the very first time, with the people to help and support you, the only place for you, is Colehayes.
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Emily G. Sent on 14/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Best venue ever

It's got everything you could want in one place, for the most reasonable price around! It's amazing.
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Mark H. Sent on 14/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect venue for a DIY wedding weekend

If you want to make a weekend of it then Colehayes is the place for you! We loved the whole set up, the freedom of doing the wedding DIY - it was easy to find local businesses and suppliers with experience of working with/at the venue - and we didn't struggle to find things or work stuff out when we were there, partly because the venue were great at giving us all the info we needed in advance.

We couldn't recommend Colehayes highly enough, it was just perfect for what we wanted, and we have so many great memories from across the site (swimming in the lake with the llamas watching on; ceremony and disco in the hall; pizza in the sun out the front; a picnic on the front lawn; drinks reception and BBQ on the top lawn; speeches at the pagoda... you really can make great use of the whole site). Our guests came away saying it felt like a holiday and a wedding rolled into one!
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Claire Sent on 21/09/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Wow, wow, wow

Wow, wow, wow. What a truly magical and amazing venue. Totally private for you and your guests, however many you have! Drive through the gates and be transported to the wonderful world which can only be Colehayes. I have been to several weddings and this venue was by far the most show stopping. Beautiful gardens, stunning house, more than enough space, fabulous accommodation, great staff etc etc. Whatever you are looking for in a venue, you will definitely find it here. I can not recommend it enough. My only regret is that I didn’t know about Colehayes before our big day! I would have stopped looking at other venues the moment I viewed it!
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Hannah Sent on 21/09/2018
5 out of 5 rating

BEST wedding

We had the BEST wedding we could have imagined at Colehayes. The venue is fantastic - we had brilliant weather so made use of the outside grounds, beautiful walled garden for our ceremony and spent so much time swimming in the lake! But it would have still worked well with bad weather, which makes the place so ideal for weddings. It was also great to be able to have so many people stay at the house (it sleeps 70) and some camping and in the additional cottage. The Colehayes team are so accommodating and can offer as much or as little support in planning/organising as you decide. For us, it was great to treat the house like a 'blank canvas' - quite hard to find a wedding venue that you can do so much yourself. Cannot recommend enough - check it out!
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Chris Sent on 21/09/2018
5 out of 5 rating

5 stars no question!

If you want a hassle free DIY venue for your wedding in the most beautiful setting imaginable look no further! In all honesty Rebecca and Ellice surpassed our expectations in every respect and their laid back attitude made our weekend so much easier. 5*'s no question!
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Elaine Sent on 21/09/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Could not recommend Colehayes more

We used Colehayes for our wedding venue. It was so fantastic to be able to have our friends and family stay for the whole weekend, camping and in the house.
The flexibility allowed us to create our dream day, the staff are incredible and the venue is lovely. It also was much cheaper than other alternatives we looked at.
Could not recommend Colehayes more
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