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Last update: October 2023

Hidden River Cabins is a wedding venue situated in Carlisle, in the heart of the Cumbrian countryside. Surrounded by tranquil woodland and rivers, it is the perfect peaceful getaway for your dream destination celebration. With a license to host ceremonies, your day can unfold with a graceful serenity at this venue as you celebrate saying "I do" to the person you love.

Facilities and Capacity

Hidden River Cabins consists of a variety of blissful settings where couples can host their momentous occasions. Set beside the river, the Hidden River Barn has recently been designed with special celebrations in mind. The event space incorporates a mixture of both new and old features boasting seating for up to 250 guests. With a mezzanine level overlooking the ancient woodland and the River Lyne, this would be ideal for ceremonies or intimate gatherings. What’s more, the destination venue also boasts a range of accommodations where newlyweds and their guests can stay as they celebrate.

Services Offered

When booking your wedding with Hidden River Cabins, you will work with the experienced events team to create a wonderfully personalized day. Available to assist you in any way you need, the staff would be happy to recommend various local suppliers. Whether you're in need of a talented photographer, a creative event stylist, or anything in between, they've got you covered. The venue even has its own in-house restaurant and catering team to prepare delicious, mouthwatering dishes for milestone celebrations. Their team of skilled mixologists can also be there behind the well-stocked copper-top bar for all your cocktail needs.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Pub or restaurant
Unusual weddings
Historic
Marquees and tents
Woodland and festival
Barn
Tipis and yurts
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Fire ceremony
Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

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:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Helipad
Pet-friendly
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Lauren S. Sent on 07/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Pure magic ✨

From start to finish our whole experience with the team at Hidden River was unbelievable. Nothing was too much, or too crazy. They went above and beyond for us every step of the way!

The venue is like no other, as soon as we first saw it we knew it had to be ours. Even as a blank canvas before adding any of your own personal touches it is perfect.

Our guests RAVED about the food at our wedding, we have had sooo many message saying it was the best food any of them had ever had at a wedding. And our guests with dietary requirements were blown away with how well and seriously they were catered for.

The accommodation Hidden River has to offer is second to non. Myself and my new HUSBAND have now stayed in 4 different lodges there and every single one is just magical! Our guests were also blown away by this and had the most beautiful weekend with us.

If you’re considering Hidden River as a venue for yourself, JUST DO IT! You will not regret it. Thank you to everyone at Hidden River (especially Robyn our coordinator) for helping make all our dreams come true 🤍✨
The Shea’s 🖤

P.s. if you are dog lovers like us, Hidden River welcome them everywhere!🐾
Sinead
Sinead T. Sent on 15/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Wedding!

We loved our wedding at Hidden River Barn! The venue is so gorgeous and the team were so helpful. It’s not local for us or our guests, but it was so worth the travel, it was stunning, the accommodation was perfect, and the day went so smoothly! The food was also the best wedding food we’ve had!
Amy
Amy G. Sent on 20/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Best Day of our Lives

I cannot recommend Hidden River enough, from the planning to the day they were amazing. It was slightly harder to plan as we are over 200 miles away from the venue, but every time I emailed, phoned or messaged they were so quick to respond and made me feel so relaxed about the process. On the day, everything went off without a hitch and Gillian ran the day so smoothly. Honestly, it felt so easy on the day and we really didn't have to think about a thing. I throughly enjoyed spending a few days a Hidden River and would highly recommend taking advantage of the lack of phone signal (it was so nice to have no messages constantly pinging through over the 3 days). All our guests were amazed with the place and had the best few days celebrating with us.

We will be coming back here every year for our anniversary for sure.

Thank you to the entire team, if I could give more than 5 stars I would.
Becky
Becky L. Sent on 24/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The best day of our lives!

Hidden River was absolutely incredible, we had the best day of our lives and the venue was complimented by every single one of our guests! People are still talking about the wedding 3 months later saying how good the venue and food was! Robyn and the team couldn’t have done any more to help and the whole day went perfectly. Having the venue for the full weekend was also a huge win, making it a 3 day celebration! All the guests stayed in the cottages/lodges/house and all were beautiful. The hot tubs were the perfect cherry on the cake!

Thank you again to everybody at hidden river, we really did have the most amazing weekend!

Photos attached are by Red Sweets Photography
Beth
Beth M. Sent on 05/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect magical day

Our special day/two days at the Hidden River Barn could not have gone any better. We started off with the Greek the night before at the cafe with a suprise hippy night organised by the maid of honour and what a lovely way for all of our family and friends to get to know each other. We had 53 guests the night before and every single guest has since mentioned how amazing the Greek food the night before was.

Then the day started with Gill visiting us at the cabin which put me at great ease knowing she had everything in hand. Having attended other weddings at other venues since we realise what an asset Gill was on the day making sure everything ran smoothly with all of the incredible suppliers we were recommended. If you are considering the shuttle service of Dave & the land rover do not hesitate this is an incredibly valuable service and he is such a gentleman as you can see from the photos!

Matty the chef did everything he could for us on the day and leading up to the event when we couldn’t make our mind up what we wanted. It will be the only day we can skip a queue of 125 guests and go straight to the pizza oven to request pizzas to be brought to us at a table upstairs, we were made to feel like we were the King & Queen for the day. And then lovely Thomas what an absolute gem throughout the day/evening and at the end of the night bringing out our cold pizzas for us when we were all exhausted from hours of dancing. We chose to upgrade to the cocktail package and so pleased we did the mojitos we’re amazing and for those of us who don’t drink they were happy to make us an alcohol free alternative which tasted just as good.

Thankfully we had booked a longer stay at the Snowdrop Cabin because we really didn’t want to leave Hidden River.

I also cannot finish this review without highly recommending the services of Julie the dog sitter which the Hidden River recommend. She looked after our demanding 16 month old puppy all day collecting her from the cabin mid morning, spoiling her at her home nearby and was there to great us with our fur baby when we got back to the cabin at 12:45.

If only we had the budget to do it all over again!
Louise
Louise W. Sent on 01/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Everything we wanted and more

Honestly our wedding at hidden river was everything I’d dreamed of and more… the place is absolutely beautiful, the first time we went to view it, we fell in love and knew it was the perfect place to be married. It had everything we needed for a large wedding. The accommodation is amazing for guests and it is perfect little get away whilst attending the wedding. Hidden river take care of all the food and drink which for me was a huge weight off my shoulders, and it was beautiful, every single person enjoyed their meal couldn’t fault it. The drinks flowed all day/night long, they were well stocked up for all us Scottish party people… also got in a soft drink as requested.
The girls at hidden river are all so attentive and always there for you when you have a question, nothing is too big or too small for them and they will give you the answer you need. They made wedding planning super easy, straight forward and more enjoyable.
I wish I could do our wedding day all over again, I had the best day ever, as did all of my guests. Thank you to hidden river for making it such a special day for us.
Stevie
Stevie T. Sent on 21/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Hidden River Winter Wedding

Hidden River is a stunning location, rain or shine. We have been well looked after from start to finish. Robyn and her team made the day feel seamless so my new husband and I were simply able to let it all soak in. Spending the night before in the cabins really helped us to switch off from the world and get ready to be married! Our friends and family all said it was one of the most fun and relaxed weddings they have been too. We are over the moon.
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Daniella R. Sent on 12/04/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Very unique wedding venue

We visited hidden river cabins in April 2022 with family & friends.

We got married here too, which was a fantastic day and our wedding coordinator was amazing, we couldn't ask for anything more on our special day! The cabins, barn and beautiful views really made the perfect wedding venue and really look outstanding on our wedding photos!

We hired three cabins; kingfisher, bluebell & foxglove. We looked at so many different pictures on the run up to our visit, but they could not prepare us for what we were about to walk into- the log cabins are OUT OF THIS WORLD! They have everything you could ever need when staying away from home, and the views from each of them were spectacular! The cabins were spotless, and the beds are so so comfortable!

We visited the barn restaurant, the food was delicious! What a beautiful restaurant it was too!

We can't wait to come back!
Jill
Jill A. Sent on 13/12/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely Perfect and Personal Intimate Wedding

Our wedding day at Hidden River Cabins was absolutely everything we could have hoped for and more - the setting was breath-taking, the cabin itself was gorgeous and perfect for our small party (8 guests plus an idiot dog) and the staff were amazing. We wanted a nice low-key, relaxing day and it was 100% perfect. Our meals at the Hidden River Cafe (and breakfast the following morning) were also outstanding. Everyone who was present is now trying to find any excuse for us all to come back - roll on our 1st anniversary!
Ellis
Ellis S. Sent on 13/12/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Best day of our lives, couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Every guest has commented at how perfect our day was. The venue is perfect.
Narinder
Narinder S. Sent on 17/12/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Storm Arwen was no match for the Hidden River team. Fantastic!

As you walk around the Hidden River site, you get a real picture/sense of what your wedding could be – relaxed, at your own pace and a place where guests can unwind and leave their stresses behind for the weekend. Upon our first visit to the wedding venue, we were stunned at just how beautiful the entire site is. We helped ourselves to a coffee at the gorgeous and intimate Hidden River Café while every passing staff member greeted us with a warm welcome. We met with the owner Rob who kindly showed us around the entire wedding site. The accommodation is all built to an exceptionally high standard and warming/inviting. We quickly felt at ease and all of our questions were answered and reassurances were given, particularly as we had concerns over cancellation policies due to the pandemic.

During the planning phase, we worked with the team (Gillian, Robyn and Laura) who answered our questions professionally and promptly. The team did everything to accommodate our requests (even left field requests such as renting shuffleboards) and it was a joy to plan with them. Laura became our dedicated wedding coordinator and invited us up to the Hidden River Barn for our first face-to-face planning and food/wine tasting session. At this point we began to work together on the formal wedding planning and documentation. Laura explained everything we needed to do in the run up to the wedding, discussed the timings of the day and provided advice on what works best (in her experience coordinating many weddings) to ensure flow throughout the day. We tried the Greek banquet sharer for our tasting and loved every bit of it. The quality of food was fantastic (something all of our guests subsequently complimented the venue on). We asked for one small amendment to the menu with the chef and an extra supplement from the Moroccan menu, both of which were deemed no trouble at all (though we felt cheeky asking!) giving us plenty of comfort. We continued to converse with the Hidden River team over the coming months to get all the final details, ad hoc requests and documents completed for the big day.

Fast forward to the wedding weekend – just so happens that Storm Arwen decided to roll on through. We were greeted at the Café and decided to have lunch before setting up. The food was delicious. We were given access to the accommodation early. The fires had been lit to give the cabins warmth prior to our guests’ arrival (a lovely touch) with a personalised welcome instructional sheet for guests of our wedding who quickly began settling in. We decided on the ‘hidden river feast’ package for the weekend with burgers in the evening for guests at the Café on the Friday night. We enjoyed great food and great service throughout the evening. This is when things were starting to go wrong due to factors beyond anyone’s control! Storm Arwen was in full force. Some of our guests were unable to get to the venue due to fallen trees blocking the entrances/exits (and some motorways were being closed such as the A1). Two of our guests were unable to get back to their accommodation (which was offsite) as their taxi had not turned up. The staff at the cafe offered to drive them home. Where else would you get service like this? The staff took it upon themselves to do everything they could to help our stranded guests.

The wedding day arrived. We woke up to no electricity at 6am due to the storm damage. We were given an emergency number to call for the venue, which was a direct line to Rob (the owner). We outlined the situation and the fallen trees that were blocking the path (after the father of the bride went investigating the damage). By 9am, Rob had rallied a team (with local farmers) to cut through the trees and move them off the road and sourced a backup generator, all so that our day could go ahead. Contingency planning at its finest. The venue and Laura worked directly with our suppliers and the registrar, explaining the best path (recently cleared) to enter the venue site (as satnav would have taken them to fallen trees). In such a unique set of circumstances, I have never seen such dedication, tenacity, teamwork and compassion as I did that day. From the top window of the Hidden River House, we saw Laura (our coordinator) literally climbing over large trees to be with us and tell us what was happening and the plan that was already in motion. The electricity came back on at 10am and our ceremony was only delayed by 45 minutes and the rest of the day went as scheduled. For the effort that we witnessed that day, my wife and I will forever be grateful to the entire Hidden River team.

Our guests stayed on site for the full weekend and we were even gifted with a thick blanket of snow on the day after our wedding. Relaxing in the hot tub, surrounded by beautiful snowy scenery, was the perfect way to spend our Sunday. We also had a delicious 3-course roast dinner as a part of the weekend feast package.

Hidden River is a stunning, unique venue and will forever have a special place in our hearts. We loved it from the moment we stepped foot on site, our journey from then on was seamless and our ending was the most perfect wedding day we could have hoped for.

Many couples (us included) will look at multiple venues when planning their wedding and if you have any doubts about Hidden River… all we can say is don’t. How many people can say their wedding venue helped stranded guests get home, chopped down and even climbed over trees, sourced backup generators and supported all of your suppliers to save your wedding…. And did it all with a reassuring smile on their face? Hidden River is a truly a remarkable place.
Zoe
Zoe B. Sent on 30/11/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Our Wedding

Hidden River Cabins are more than I can put into words! INCREDIBLE! The cabins are more than I could even imagine. I have looked at every picture there was but when I walked in I honestly couldn’t believe how amazing they are. The fire was lit, the cabin was warm, it was homely with excellent beds, hot tub was hot and we all had such huge smiles on our faces.

The Hidden River Team were incredible also. So friendly & helpful. They made our wedding more than we could have imagined.

The food in the cafe was amazing! Every single person around the table commented on how good it was and even said some of the best food I’ve ever tasted.

I honestly couldn’t recommend them more!! I’ve come away feeling like I need to go back & see everyone, need to be back in the cabin and need some more of the delicious food.
Victoria
Victoria S. Sent on 06/12/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Very special and unique wedding venue

We had our wedding at Hidden River over a weekend in November. It’s started on the Friday with drinks and tapas in the cafe, the wedding on the Saturday and then a roast back in the barn on the Sunday. At first I thought organising a three day event would be stressful, but the wedding coordinator and staff at Hidden River made it all very easy and so all we had to think about was enjoying time with our family and friends!! The food was incredible and the venue was beautiful!! I would highly recommend Hidden River if you are after a unique and very special wedding!
Jenny
Jenny C. Sent on 02/12/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Our dream wedding

Everything about our wedding was just amazing from start to finish, everything ran smoothly and stress free enabling us to enjoy our special day with family and friends.
The venue is stunning as it is and truly magical in all seasons, for us we wanted a autumn wedding which was perfect.
All the staff were amazing, helpful and saw to everyone’s needs.
Wouldn’t change anything about our day it really was our dream day which we will never forget.
(Photos by James Hicks Photography)
Alisdair
Alisdair M. Sent on 21/12/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Dream wedding venue

Myself and my partner actually booked this venue before viewing in person which sounds like a gamble, however, everything about the venue exceeded expectations from the stunning scenery, the venue itself and the attentiveness of the staff. Right from the initial booking the staff and organisers kept in touch and couldn't have been more helpful going out of their way to make sure our day was perfect. The wedding itself was a dream come true, everything ran seamlessly and a big part of this was down to the hard work and efforts of the staff, particularly Gillian who went above and beyond, even managing to provide a sewing kit for the brides dress. The guests were also well looked after and have also commented on how beautiful the venue was. We also booked the farmhouse and 2 of the cabins which were immaculate and absolutely breathtaking. We cannot thank everyone involved enough for making our day so special, one we will never forget. We would recommend this venue to anyone looking to have the perfect wedding day.
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