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On since 2021

Last update: June 2023

Located in Ilfracombe, Devon, in southwest England, The Venue at Sandy Cove offers a unique setting to host wedding events. This contemporary and secluded venue boasts dramatic and stunning sea views. Set in its own cove at the top of the cliff, it is the ultimate wedding venue. The property is surrounded by beautiful beaches such as Broadsands, Combe Martin, Watermouth Cove, and Hele. All within a five-minute drive, these provide incredible photo opportunities for newlyweds.

Facilities and Capacity

The Venue at Sandy Cove is fully licensed for wedding ceremonies, both inside and in the amazing cliff-top gazebo with a Sky Walk Platform. Here, your guests will sit facing the sea amphitheatre-style to witness you taking your vows. The Sky Walk Platform is wrapped in glass and provides an incredible place for photos after you are married. State-of-the-art lighting with a colour wheel allows couples to tailor the lighting to fit their colour scheme, and the Lutron panel controls mood lighting. The ceiling has panels with fibre optic lights giving the effect of twinkling stars. There is also a fully integrated sound system with built-in microphones for speeches in this fully air-conditioned and ventilated venue. The amazing sea views are brought inside by the bi-fold glass doors which run along the full front of the building. The spacious deck provides a tranquil space for guests to relax on, enabling them to soak up the breathtaking scenery surrounding the celebration.

Services Offered

The venue team offers award-winning food and a variety of drinks packages. These professionals strive to help turn your dreams into a beautifully bespoke reality as you start your married life together. Sandy Cove Hotel offers a range of accommodations for your wedding party and guests. This venue has many amenities, including the swimming pool, sauna, steam room, and heated relaxation lounges. Couples and their loved ones can also enjoy a pre-wedding meal the night before or drinks on the terrace. The venue is not only a magical place to tie the knot, but, with the hotel, it is also a great place for your family and friends to enjoy an extended wedding stay.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue Type:

In the Country
Coastal Weddings
Large Hotel
Outdoor License
Unique Weddings

Ceremony Options:

Civil Ceremony Licence

Dining Options:

Seated Meal Facilities
Alcohol Licence
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering

Evening Entertainment:

Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
Evening Reception Facilities
DJ Facilities
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted

Overnight Accommodation:

Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests

Venue Staff Assistance:

Wedding Coordinator

Venue Leisure Facilities:

Swimming Pool

Other Features:

Exclusive Use
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Confetti Permitted
Pet Friendly
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4.9 out of 5 rating
Hitched Wedding Awards 2023 Winner
72 reviews
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97% Recommended by couples

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72 reviews
Gemma Y. Married on 23/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The day of our dreams

We wanted a sea view in Devon for our wedding and As soon as we drove into the car park at Sandy Cove, we knew this was the venue for our day. It is quite literally breathtaking and you instantly feel as if you’re abroad. The venue itself is separate from the hotel, meaning you have exclusivity of the venue whilst other hotel guests can still enjoy the delights of the hotel and view. The rooms share the same stunning view which creates the perfect ‘destination wedding’ feel for the entire weekend.
The day before we were able to enjoy the facilities of the hotel including swimming and drinks on the terrace, as our wedding guests and family began to join us throughout the day. The restaurant provides the perfect ‘night before’ option to mingle with your guests, who cane dine whether they are staying or just visiting.
The staff of the hotel simply could not do enough for us. All of the wedding team introduced themselves to us the day before and we met to go over all plans, meaning on the day all ran smoothly without the need for planning conversations.
Breakfast was brought to the bridal suite and we were able to pick exactly what we would like from the long list of options. What we loved was that whilst breakfast was similar, each day had slightly different options which meant you didn’t just have the same breakfast every morning of your stay.

The weather was an added touch to our day which meant we had the outdoor wedding we had dreamt of, and to walk down the aisle with the iconic view was honestly a dream come true. Throughout our day, all staff ensured everything went to plan without us realising it was even happening.

We really could not have asked for a better day or wedding venue.
Deborah R. Married on 05/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Best venue we could ever ask for

This venue is beyond incredible. The team were fantastic with communication, set up, making everything run smooth. The day was made perfect due to the locations views, weather and staff. Thank you for making our day perfect.
Helen M. Married on 17/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A Stunning Friendly Wedding Venue

We are so glad that we booked our small intimate wedding at The Sandy Cove Hotel, Excellent Rooms, Service and Food, Professional and Friendly Staff that cannot do enough for you during your stay & when planning your wedding and THE VIEW of DREAMS for your wedding day.
Rachel Married on 15/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Couldn’t recommend a better wedding venue!

The location was exceptional. The staff were really friendly and helpful, making it easy for us on the day so it was stress free. We’ve had multiple compliments on the food from guests.
Thanks again!
Ellie R. Married on 18/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Exclusive Use Wedding at Sandy Cove 18.03.23

We had our wedding at Sandy Cove on 18th March. We had exclusive use of the hotel so ourselves and most of our guests stayed there the night before which was the best idea as it gives you more time to spend with your friends and family as you don’t get as much time with everyone during your wedding day. Our wedding day was perfect, we couldn’t fault it. The weather stayed dry luckily which meant we were able to get married outside which is what we were really hoping for! The staff are all very helpful and friendly. Our wedding coordinator Sammie made our day run smoothly! The rooms were comfortable and the views from the venue and some of the rooms are insane. Ourselves and our guests loved all of the food as well. We couldn’t fault our stay and our wedding day, would highly recommend. Thank you Sandy Cove for an unforgettable day, we hope to be back for our anniversary next year!
Kelli Married on 30/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The most perfect extended wedding weekend.

I cannot recommend Sandy cove hotel and venue enough.
Our wedding day was absolutely perfect from start to finish.
We had a lot of family stay for a long weekend including our little Pup, and nothing was too much trouble.
Rooms were fantastic and the views speak for themselves. Breakfast was amazing every single morning.
We also ate for lunch and dinner here during the stay and it was delicious.

Our wedding day was so perfect. The wedding coordinator Jess made sure everything was taken care of to ensure the day went smoothly. Jackie took over in the evening and was fantastic. The food was incredible. There wasn’t a moment in my day when I was worried and I can’t thank the venue staff enough.

Thank you so much. We can’t wait to stay again for our anniversary.
Peter B. Married on 17/09/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Sandy Cove Wedding

We had a wonderful day, the venue were so accommodating and it the views were spectacular. It’s a hidden gem but we’ll worth the money.
Katie J. Married on 29/08/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Sandy Cove Venue highly recommend - Sandy Cove Hotel I would not recommend staying at

The Venue was perfect!
The location is in such a gorgeous place overlooking the ocean and cliffs. We had a beautiful sunshiny day and it was just perfect. We had our ceremony outside and it was beautiful. The way everything was laid out was lovely and personalised.
The actual Venue itself was gorgeous. It was clean, spacious and well organised. The staff at the Venue were really kind and had good communication. They were organised and knew exactly what they were doing.
The food was of high-quality standard, best meal I think I've ever had.
To reiterate my title the Venue was PERFECT. However....
The staff that I communicated with to organise my special day were not as great. I had to repeat myself a lot and it took quite a while for them to get back to me about certain things. One member of staff also swore down the phone at my Mum..... I got the feeling that they didn't seem to know what they were doing....
To sum up I would highly recommend Sandy Cove Venue. Just be careful about the wedding organisers and prepare to repeat yourself!
Stephen S. Married on 03/07/2021
5 out of 5 rating

July wedding

Set on the cliff tops overlooking the stunning sea views what more could we have asked for.
Oh yes nothing everything was perfect
Denise B. Married on 22/06/2021
5 out of 5 rating

We had an absolutely amazing wedding day.

Our wedding coordinator Briair was brilliant, nothing was to much trouble. Such a lovely person. Our personal chef Carla, produced such amazing food and was so lovely.
The venue was simply stunning. Breathtaking views, relaxing atmosphere.
We had an elopement package with just the two of us and our day was perfect from start to finish.
Melissa A. Married on 19/06/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Outstanding venue with stunning views, easy access to beach for beach photos. Good and service was outstanding; highly accommodating and flexible.

The food and service was outstanding. The staff made it s feel welcome and nothing was too much. They were organised and flexible. The setting is breath taking, all our guest were blown away with the place. Cannot rate this place highly enough, you won’t be disappointed.
Michael A. Married on 06/06/2021
4.4 out of 5 rating

Amazing wedding day and stunning venue

Me and my now wife had a fantastic wedding at Sandy Cove on the 12th of July. We had an outdoor ceremony, despite torrential rain the day before and some rather black clouds on the morning of our wedding. Luckily, the venue do not have to make a decision on where to hold the ceremony (in or out) until about an hour before. Thankfully for us, the clouds cleared and the sun came belting down!

Dawn, Kelly & the rest of her team made every effort to make our day as wonderful as possible and were instrumental in getting us the day we wanted despite Covid throwing restrictions at us left, right and centre. They were responsive throughout, more so in the weeks leading up to the big day, the reception team kept smiles on their faces, despite being moaned at and criticised for no good reason, by some rather idiotic customers (not from our wedding party I might add) and our coordinator (Lisa) and the night manager (Chris) kept the day running like clockwork!

The award-winning food was delicious, and a number of "foodie" guests commented on how it was the best wedding food they have ever eaten, a statement echoed by al other guests. We did want the BBQ but were told we could not have this, as it was buffet style and Covid/Boris would not allow it. We were gutted about this, but it wasn't the venues' fault and to be honest, probably worked out for the best, for the reasons stated above!

If you are looking for a venue with a wow factor, by wow I mean stunning views, amazing staff, award winning food, close by nature walks, beaches on your doorstep, large capacity, fantastic indoor & outdoor ceremony options, good decor (where the colour scheme can be chosen by you) and so on, then you really do not need to look any further... Sandy Cove have you covered!

Holly & Mike (Happily married 12.07.2021)
Rebecca C. Married on 29/05/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Venue, Amazing team

We had the best day at The Venue at Sandy Cove Hotel. It's such a gorgeous location and the staff were so lovely throughout. When we booked the venue Covid wasn't a thing, we had 100 guests and were planning a big wedding, by the time we got married in May '21 we were down to 30 guests. The Venue did everything they could to accommodate all our requests and make our day as special as possible. The food was excellent and they catered for our Coeliac guests too. The bridal suite was such a perfect room to get ready in. All in all an amazing experience. Highly recommend this venue if you can get in! Just wish we could do it all over again!!
Tim M. Married on 23/05/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Sandy cove Hotel excellent

Our wedding at sandy cove was amazing, it was our dream wedding everything we wanted. The staff was amazing the food was amazing and the views were to die for. The hospitality of all the staff and the service was excellent. We have even booked in for our anniversary next year.
Steve P. Married on 18/12/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Outstanding care and professionalism

Review Sandy Cove Hotel at Coombe Martin, North Devon
We arranged our daughter’s wedding at this venue for November 2020. It was postponed due to the second national lock down and took place in December instead.
We cannot praise and thank the hotel enough. Everyone from the hotel owners to bar, cleaning and kitchen staff were friendly, professional and accommodating. Nothing was too much trouble and every care was taken to ensure that our wedding guests were looked after and protected during these difficult covid times. All the staff followed strict covid safety protocols and the management team were incredibly helpful when we had to postpone at very short notice. All our special rooming requests for various guests were taken care of with the minimum of fuss. They took time to listen to our thinking about the wedding and reception and made sure it happened as we wanted. When they made suggestions, they were perfect, showing the team’s clear understanding of what kind of wedding and reception we were all trying to achieve.
The hotel and wedding venue itself were clean, covid safe and well maintained. Food was excellent and waiting staff were always discreetly on hand.
The separate Wedding Venue is stunning with extraordinary views. The staff team overseeing our reception were friendly, professional, extremely efficient and very hard working. Without a doubt they helped make the day so special, relaxed and stress free. Hotel staff were always on hand to ferry guests between the venue and the hotel in the golf buggy and we were allowed into the venue in the morning to set up the decorations we wanted. The wedding reception team discussed how we wanted tables set up and achieved all our expectations.
We hope that you will have gathered from our review that we cannot fault the hotel in any way. Our daughter’s wedding day was special and surpassed everything we had hoped for in such difficult times. This success was in no small way also down to the hotel and its staff. We recommend the Sandy Cove Hotel and its separate wedding venue without reservation. Whether you are just wanting to stay at this hotel or actually hold a wedding and reception there we know you won’t be disappointed.
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