Cote How Lake District Weddings

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Rydal Near Ambleside Lake District Cumbria LA22 9LW
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About Cote How Lake District Weddings

Rydal, Near Ambleside, Lake District
Cumbria, LA22 9LW

Naturally Lakeland - Uniquely Romantic - Timeless and Awe-Inspiring

Once a Roman look out post overlooking the Rydal Valley, Cote How is now a privately-owned prestigious wedding venue set in the very heart of Wordsworth’s romantic Lake District, surrounded by magnificent and majestic breath-taking views.

Cote How is a family business, delivering the very best in bespoke, exclusive and unique weddings, civil marriages, civil partnerships and humanist celebrations. With every wedding enjoying our full attention we guarantee discretion, privacy, flexibility and of course full exclusivity of our 16thCentury country house and barn. With four acres of gardens and seven acres of wild flower meadow leading to the lake shores of Rydal Water, this unparalleled natural beauty provides the very best picture-perfect location for all your cherished photographs. The River Rothay with its own pretty wooden footbridge leads to Rydal Church just 300m away. 

Expert wedding planning is a key part of our service. Renowned for her attention to detail, and with Caroline’s 30 years’ experience as bridalwear designer then hotelier, you could not be in better hands. Caroline will be with you every step of the way, from initial enquiry through to your wedding day and beyond.

We specialise in smaller, more intimately styled weddings from 2-50 guests:

  • Elopement weddings - Destination Weddings for “Just the TWO of you”;
  • Small & Intimate - Family styled;
  • Larger weekend celebrations - 2 days to include all-inclusive luxury accommodation for 6 members of the bridal party.

Indoor Elegance
To reflect your varying wedding styles we offer three indoor licensed rooms all light, airy, and elegantly styled with crystal chandeliers and oversized gilt mirrors:

  • The Fairfield - Double aspect with French doors onto the beautifully manicured lawns and gardens for 13- 50 guests;
  • The Wordsworth – Newly refurbished Louis XIV white linen elegance is ideal for 2-12 guests; 
  • The Woodrow – A cosy oak panelled reception room with large open fire, oak beamed ceiling and traditional huntsman’s bar for 2-24 guests.  

Enjoy charming winter weddings full of character in this stunning Lakeland home.

Rustic Barn Weddings
If you prefer the rustic outdoors, then our traditional Lakeland slate barn is the perfect place. Tie the knot under the eaves of this stunning ‘A’ framed oak beamed barn with your guests in the glorious sunshine on the barn terrace or in the Garden Gazebo looking towards Nab Scar and the lake, with the mountains as your witnesses!

Summer lawn weddings on the magnificent croquet lawn enjoy the stunning views of the spectacular Lakeland fells from all angles and make for amazing Humanist celebrations.

Our food menus are all designed and prepared from exceptional locally sourced ingredients with all special diets catered for. You choose which elements of food and drinks you prefer.  

Destination Weddings
As most of our happy couples travel to the Lakes to get married, we have ensured that we provide a first-class wedding ready venue with everything you require already in place – From the pretty fairy-lit outdoor spaces to the apple blossom adorned barn, rustic bunting and festoon lighting. We can also provide flowers, photography and entertainment should you wish, although this is optional. You also have the option of adding finishing touches to our decor to add your own personal theme.

Check our website www.cotehow.co.uk for more information or to book a visit - Also check out our seasonal offers and last-minute deals.

• Specialists in small, intimate and elopement weddings - Destination weddings for Just the TWO of you • A dedicated wedding venue with fully exclusive use guaranteed for all weddings regardless of size • Individually appointed five star super-king accommodation available for main bridal party • Naturally surrounded by stunning mountains, river and lake with direct lake access just 200m across our wild flower meadow, ideal for your wedding photos • Large outdoor spaces for humanist ceremonies, outdoor receptions and evening parties watching the sunset over the lake • Five licensed wedding spaces - The 16thC rustic Barn, garden gazebo and three sunning elegant ceremony rooms in the house

Facilities at Cote How Lake District Weddings

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Stately Home
Small Hotel
Church
Barn
Historic
Outdoor License
Landmark
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Venue Leisure Facilities :
Beautician
Hairdresser
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Pets Welcome

Cote How Lake District Weddings Reviews (27)

Such a perfect place to get married!
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By Mrs A Holme, on 08 Oct 2019Date of Wedding - 28 Sep 2019

Thank you Caroline and Steve for making our special day at Cote How on 28 September 2019 so perfect! We wanted a personal, non-corporate venue where we were able to feel at home, relax and enjoy our day with friends and family. The Cote How Team and venue provided this atmosphere and so much more, in terms of professionalism, glorious location, beautiful décor and amazing food! The sun even shone on our day! Thanks to your efficiency, organisation and knowledge our weekend was stress-free and we could relax and enjoy it. With love and grateful thanks. Mr and Mrs Holme.

Caroline, Owner at Cote How Lake District Weddings responded to this review on 09/10/2019 12:35:22

Thank you so much Anne. I love the non-corporate point. I think that if you are planning a smallish family and friends wedding is it really important that you find somewhere where you feel more at home. So thank you for your lovely words. We really had a great weekend with all of you too! :) Caroline x

Absolutely perfect
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By Amy Cudworth, on 10 Aug 2019Date of Wedding - 31 Jul 2019

It’s hard to describe just how beautiful Cote How is. When I found Cote How whilst looking for a scenic wedding venue for this summer, I couldn’t believe a place like this existed and fell in love. I made an appointment to go meet Caroline and see the venue in person and was absolutely blown away by the entire surroundings. From the quant entrance, the lovingly restored barn to the magnificent mountains in the backdrop. Without even including the access to the river and Rydal water where you will be able to capture the most amazing memories of your special day - it is just perfect. Caroline and Steve are incredible too, during the entire planning process - which didn’t take long because everything is so well organised - I was able to contact Caroline and receive an email back promptly. On the day, the wedding went off without a hitch, as I’ve already said everything is so well organised that as the bride to be I felt so relaxed knowing that everything was taken care of. Caroline ensured everything was perfect and I cannot thank her enough for her amazing attention to detail. Both myself and my new husband are so happy we found Cote How and we wouldn’t change one single part of our special day - it is something we will cherish forever in the most part because of the beauty of Cote How. Which has been perfectly captured in our wedding pictures. 5 hearts is not enough!

Caroline, Owner at Cote How Lake District Weddings responded to this review on 09/10/2019 12:33:18

Thank you so much Amy - You have so elegantly captured lots of of love in your review - We enjoyed your wedding day just as much! Thank you, Caroline x

Surprise wedding
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By Rachel Fletcher, on 18 Jul 2019Date of Wedding - 13 Jul 2019

It is difficult to put into words how incredible Cote How is. The beauty of the place is incomprehensible until you're stood there. The house has the most stunning charm and the gardens and barn will take your breath away... but without doubt the most beautiful part of this venue has to be Caroline and Steve. From the moment I spoke to Caroline about the idea of a surprise wedding (with just 10 weeks notice) they were both on board and went above and beyond to ensure we had the day of our dreams. Nothing was a hassle! The help and guidance we received was incredible and made the entire process stress free (something I'm a big fan of). The perfectly manicured gardens and freshly cut flowers were just examples of the attention to detail, love,care and enthusiasm  this wonderful couple put into their weddings. This definitely showed on our wedding day when they and their lovely daughter were perfect hosts to our nearest and dearest, making everyone feel warmly welcome and taken care of. My new Husband Joe and I  will forever be grateful to Caroline and Steve and can not recommend them and their venue enough.

Caroline, Owner at Cote How Lake District Weddings responded to this review on 09/10/2019 12:31:06

Ahh thank you, you have put so much into your lovely review. Thank you! Caroline x

Beautiful setting and atmosphere
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By Robyn and Gareth, on 30 May 2019Date of Wedding - 22 May 2019

We had the most wonderful intimate wedding at Cote How. The setting is just beautiful with different choices of where to hold your ceremony. We had our 11 guest wedding in the Fairfield room which was beautiful. Everything ran so smoothly and it was such a relaxed atmosphere - would highly recommend Caroline and the team at Cote How for a wedding in the Lakes.

Caroline Langham, Owner at Cote How Lake District Weddings responded to this review on 02/06/2019 06:44:33

Hi Robyn and Gareth Thank you so much for your lovely review - We are so pleased you had a lovely day and just wanted to say it was a genuine pleasure for us too! Best of luck in your married life together, Caroline and Steve x

Simply Perfect!
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By Jenny Fortune, on 04 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 11 May 2019

After being together for 30 years and making the decision to finally get married, from the moment we saw Cote How and met Caroline we just knew this was the place for us. Whilst we currently live in Hampshire, the Lake District has personal connections for both of us and Cote How full of Lakeland charm in a stunning location close to Rydal Water, was the perfect setting for us to hold a small and intimate wedding with the people we love. It was certainly worth the wait, with every detail taken care of by Caroline, Steve and and their friendly team. The food, flowers, cake and overall decor were clearly all made and presented with care and looked stunning too! The weather was kind to us so we were able to enjoy parts of the day outside on the terrace, breathing in the lovely fresh air and basking in the spring sunshine, with a glass of bubbles, what wonderful memories! Thanks to Caroline and the team, we were able to completely relax and enjoy every moment of our special day, knowing everything was taken care of. We had the most perfect day and would certainly recommend Cote How to anyone looking for a small and intimate wedding venue hosted by people who truly go the extra mile to make you feel special.

Caroline Langham, Owner at Cote How Lake District Weddings responded to this review on 05/06/2019 14:12:49

Hi Franco and Jenny Many thanks for posting such a glowing review - Can we add that we enjoyed the weekend just as much as you and your lovely family and friends - Stay in touch and come back to see us when you are in the Lakes again! Caroline & Steve

Dream wedding in 10 days!
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By Tim and Jo, on 20 Apr 2019Date of Wedding - 13 Apr 2019

Dream wedding in 10 days! Cote How is not just an idyllic, historic home, in beautiful grounds set on the edge of Rydal Water in The Lake District National Park but Caroline and Steve have made it into a perfect wedding venue. Their enthusiasm, attention to detail, organisational skills and obvious love for their career gave us an unforgettable wedding day. We live in the Lake District and had walked and cycled past Cote How on numerous occasions, early this year we visited and decided to get married in September in the Barn. However, due to my recent diagnosis, the wedding had to be brought forward and with Caroline’s help everything was organised in just ten days and we were married on 13th April, 4 days before I started chemotherapy. We had just 22 guests, an intimate ceremony in the Fairfield room, canapés on the terrace and a beautiful meal, flowers, and photographer. It was perfect. We both felt totally relaxed throughout the day able to chat to our guests and enjoy our surroundings in the sunshine. This would not have been possible without Caroline and Stevens friendship and support. They even helped us decorate our tandem to perfection. Thank you for a great day.

Caroline, Owner at Cote How Lake District Weddings responded to this review on 23/04/2019 16:20:19

Thank you Jo and Tim for your wonderful words - We enjoyed your day so much and we would like to thank too all and all of your guests for making our jobs such a pleasure. We wish you the best of luck for your treatment Jo and look forward to seeing you back up north soon - We can plant your tree together! :)

Dream Wedding in 10 days!
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By Jo and Tim, on 19 Apr 2019Date of Wedding - 13 Apr 2019

Cote How is not just an idyllic, historic home, in beautiful grounds set on the edge of Rydal Water in The Lake District National Park but Caroline and Steve have made it into a perfect wedding venue. Their enthusiasm, attention to detail, organisational skills and obvious love for their career gave us an unforgettable wedding day. We live in the Lake District and had walked and cycled past Cote How on numerous occasions, early this year we visited and decided to get married in September in the Barn. However, due to my recent diagnosis, the wedding had to be brought forward and with Caroline’s help everything was organised in just ten days and we were married on 13th April, 4 days before I started chemotherapy. We had just 22 guests, an intimate ceremony in the Fairfield room, canapés on the terrace and a beautiful meal, flowers, and photographer. It was perfect. We both felt totally relaxed throughout the day able to chat to our guests and enjoy our surroundings in the sunshine. This would not have been possible without Caroline and Stevens friendship and support. They even helped us decorate our tandem to perfection. Thank you for a great day.

Most romantic place to get marreid
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By Pamela fairhead, on 25 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 18 Nov 2018

We had seen this beautiful venue many years ago ..and had always had dreams of being lucky enough to have our wedding day there ..our dream came true .we have had a special day in the most romantic place .that I could ever of dreamed of ..The day was made more special by the lovely Caroline and Steve..who couldn't of done more for us ..they helped us every step of the way .With all the lovely touches they added ..we couldn't of wished for more ..lovely romantic barn .lovely views for the photos and the food was out of this world. That was a brilliant day .and all our quests said they'd never been to a wedding like it ..we loved it .the only down side was we can only do it once ..!!

Caroline, Owner at Cote How Lake District Weddings responded to this review on 30/11/2018 12:24:57

Hi Pam You can come back every year and do it all over again if you like!

Getting hitched!
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By TCB, on 26 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 08 Nov 2018

An idyllic situation in the Lake District creates the perfect setting for a special occasion. Cote How is a beautiful venue for a small intimate occasion with a special ambience created by Caroline and Steve. The house is beautifully decorated and feels like a home.From the very first planning meeting,they made us feel comfortable and, most importantly, we were listened to. Attention to even the smallest detail was delivered. We could not have asked for more. 5 stars are not sufficient!

Caroline, Owner at Cote How Lake District Weddings responded to this review on 30/11/2018 12:32:33

Ah that is lovely - Thank You x

The wow factor
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By MRM, on 24 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 08 Nov 2018

From planning to the day itself everything was perfection. Caroline and Steve were super nothing was too much trouble. It all made our special day even more special Highly recommend

Caroline, Owner at Cote How Lake District Weddings responded to this review on 30/11/2018 12:27:29

Thank You x

Kat & Jaedon's Wedding
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By Kat & Jaedon, on 26 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 31 Oct 2018

We couldn't have chosen a better venue. Cote how is a warm, welcoming and intimate venue; Jaedon and I felt right at home with our guests on our special day. Caroline and Steve made the day easy, seamless and stress-free. They guided us on all things, big and small. Caroline has an attention to detail and delighted us with all the final touches to the decor - we didn't have to worry about a thing!

Caroline, Owner at Cote How Lake District Weddings responded to this review on 30/11/2018 12:34:11

Hi Kat Many thanks for your review x

Always a pleasure to visit Cote How
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By Rachel, on 23 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 26 Sep 2018

As a wedding photographer I travel across the North West photographing weddings. Cote How is one of my favourite venues to work at. Not just because it's absolutely beautiful inside and out but because Caroline and Steve go above and beyond to make every couple feel welcome. If you're on the hunt for the perfect intimate wedding venue in the Lakes then Cote How has to be on your list.

Caroline, Owner at Cote How Lake District Weddings responded to this review on 30/11/2018 12:28:51

Thank you Rachel We look forward to seeing you again in December!

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