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On since 2021

Last update: April 2024

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
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for The Venue At Sandy Cove

4.9 out of 5 rating
4.9 out of 5 rating
81 reviews
98% recommend it
  • Quality of the service
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Response time
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Value for money
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.8 out of 5 rating
Louisa Sent on 26/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating


Our wedding was perfect from start to finish. We had the exclusive use hotel and venue for Friday and Saturday, this worked perfectly for our guests who were travelling long distances to celebrate with us. Having breakfasts together each morning was really special too, I loved that the celebrations continued all weekend not just for one day! There is nothing I would have changed about our wedding day. The venue itself, view, staff, wedding co-ordinators and Kelly and Dawn were amazing! We couldn鈥檛 recommend them enough
Sarah M. Sent on 23/12/2023
4.6 out of 5 rating

October Wedding

We had the best wedding day at Sandy Cove. Dawn and her team are brilliant. Food delicious and service of staff fantastic
Deborah R. Sent on 08/10/2023
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.
Angela S. Sent on 30/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely fantastic venue

We had the most amazing wedding at The Sandy Cove Hotel with over 140 guests. The staff were all very professional and helpful and the day went so smoothly without a hitch.

The views were breathtaking and as you can see from the photos, we were particularly lucky with the weather!

We had so many people say it was the best wedding they had ever attended.

We would highly recommend getting married at The Sandy Cove Hotel. It was the best day of our lives and we will remember it forever! 鉂わ笍鉂わ笍
Jade M. Sent on 12/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Every member of staff I came in contact with!

I wanted to say another special to all the amazing staff who made the day so magical. The gorgeous reception staff on check in, to Micheal and those who set up our gorgeous tables, Chloe our co ordinator! For being so brilliant and nothing being too much trouble. We did end up going to meet the registrars a bit behind schedule but because my Dad came and surprised me and my sisters with a gift from my late Nan. Chloe was so amazingly respectful letting my Dad have his moment with us - as sorry as I am for it pushing us behind slightly - so thank you for that Chloe. Thank you for being so patient with my million questions! And for making me feel so at ease and so comfortable - that鈥檚 to you as well Sammy! Thank you to the bar staff that evening, we had so many people celebrating with us and they definately took up residence at the bar so thank you for working so incredibly hard. Thank you for those who helped move our belongings from room to room and helped us try square everything away at the end of the evening as quickly as possible! Thank you to Glen (please tell me I remembered his name)! the restaurant manager for accommodating our bridal breakfast and for Lisa who looked after us that morning. Thank you to Jess for being so patient with my table plans! And finally thank you to Dawn who I do refer to as my fairy godmother for making all this happen. We had a couple of hiccups in the morning with make up artists not turning up and bouquets being wrong but all I remember is the full on magic at Sandy Cove. The most amazing venue and honestly the most incredibly welcoming staff throughout. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.
Helen M. Sent on 06/06/2023
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 Sent on 19/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Couldn鈥檛 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鈥檝e had multiple compliments on the food from guests.
Thanks again!
Ellie R. Sent on 30/03/2023
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鈥檛 get as much time with everyone during your wedding day. Our wedding day was perfect, we couldn鈥檛 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鈥檛 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 Sent on 11/07/2022
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鈥檛 a moment in my day when I was worried and I can鈥檛 thank the venue staff enough.

Thank you so much. We can鈥檛 wait to stay again for our anniversary.
Peter B. Sent on 20/09/2021
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鈥檚 a hidden gem but we鈥檒l worth the money.
Katie J. Sent on 14/09/2021
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. Sent on 05/02/2022
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. Sent on 10/07/2021
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. Sent on 02/07/2021
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鈥檛 be disappointed.
Michael A. Sent on 19/07/2021
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)
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