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The Venue At Sandy Cove

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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 away. These stunning strands 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 in 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. Offering state-of-the-art lighting with a colour wheel allows couples to tailor the lighting to fit with 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 a fully integrated sound system with built-in microphones for speeches and the building is fully air-conditioned and ventilated. The amazing sea views are brought inside by the bi-fold glass doors which run along the full front of the building. The large deck provides a tranquil space for guests to relax on and soak up the breathtaking scenery.

Services Offered

With award-winning food and a variety of drinks packages, the dedicated and professional team strives 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 provides a great base to enjoy a pre-wedding meal the night before, drinks on the terrace or just to relax and use the beautiful on-site facilities such as the swimming pool, sauna, steam room or heated relaxation loungers. 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 have an amazing time while you prepare for your big day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Venue Type:

Exclusive Use
In the Country
Coastal Weddings
Civil Ceremony Licence
Large Hotel
Outdoor License
Unique Weddings

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:

Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Confetti Permitted
Pets Welcome

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    Peter B. Married on 17/09/2021
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    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.
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    Katie J. Married on 29/08/2021
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    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!
  • Denise
    Denise B. Married on 22/06/2021
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    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.
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    Melissa A. Married on 19/06/2021
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    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.
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    Michael A. Married on 06/06/2021
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    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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    Rebecca C. Married on 29/05/2021
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    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!!
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    Tim M. Married on 23/05/2021
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    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.
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    Steve P. Married on 18/12/2020
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    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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    Claire Married on 26/09/2020
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    Stunning location, perfect day.

    Such a stunning location and backdrop for photos. Our wedding photos looked like they were taken at a far away resort, despite being at the end of September on the brink of a storm.
    The owner was so accommodating and friendly, allowing our dog to attend our entire wedding and stay at the hotel.

    Unfortunately room 43 wasn’t available on the day of our wedding but I would highly recommend securing it for your special day as it makes such a difference getting ready in there as the room is spacious enough for your bridal party and only a short walk to the venue.

    The staff were so friendly and helpful on the day. Helping take the pressure off us by decorating the venue and helping with the logistics of getting vulnerable guests down to the venue. the service was excellent throughout.
    I Would definitely recommend this venue and would love to return next year.
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    Louise L. Married on 19/05/2011
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    Amazing wedding Day

    We got married here recently after having to cancel our abroad wedding twice.

    The venue is absolutely stunning and the views are out of this world, we had the most perfect day and the staff are all so professional but friendly with it.
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    Sindy A. Married on 13/11/2021
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    Fantastic venue for our wedding - a perfect setting, exceptional team who looked after us and the food was amazing. Our guests loved the whole day and

    The team who looked after us from the planning through to the fantastic team who looked after us on the day were all so friendly, put us at ease and looked after us like we were the only wedding they had this year.
    They made our day and we haven’t been smiling ever since.
    Thank yiou
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    Jamie M. Married on 27/08/2021
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    Wedding 27/08/2021

    My partner found this absolute hidden gem of a venue and hotel online and so visited and we booked with them instantly. They were so accommodating and helpful I cannot express enough. The wedding day went perfectly and the staff explained everything early on which was really helpful. 10 out of 10!!! Thank you to the wedding team @ Sandy Cove.
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    Chloe Married on 04/07/2021
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    Best weekend ever!!

    I wish I could get married again just to be back at Sandy cove and experience our wedding day all over again! I cannot fault the hotel and there team! From our viewing, to booking, to postponing & re booking and to our wedding day we had the best experience. The hotel & views are just stunning, even on a rainy day the veiw takes your breath away. We had rain on the morning of our wedding so we had to have our Ceremony inside, but it really didn’t make me difference, it was still so lovely! The wedding team are so helpful, even with all the stress of Covid they still manage to meet your every need! The staff worked so so hard to make sure everyone was happy and enjoying there time! Our food was amazing and our room in the hotel was beautiful too! All of our guests had the best stay at Sandy cove! Thankyou thanlyou thankyou for making our wedding day run so smoothly, and be so perfect. We really can’t reccomend the venue enough.
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    Lld Married on 30/06/2021
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    Perfect Day

    We just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your help in organising our wedding. We had the best day and all the staff were so helpful and friendly. Chris was great along with all the team that served us.
    Our guests all commented on how stunning the venue was.
    As you know we were originally due to marry abroad, with the beautiful weather and views we had on the day we could have easily been in another country.
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    Kelly Married on 27/06/2021
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    Amazing location tarnished by poor customer service

    If you are planning on having your wedding at the venue at Sandy Cove, because the location is incredible, just make sure you get everything in writing before you pay a deposit. Be specific with what you want up front and have it in writing so you can fall back on it at a later date as we didn’t feel the owners honoured the verbal discussions we had at the start. It felt they had you over a barrel once you had paid and they could then be as awkward as they wanted around decision making.

    We got married at Sandy Cove Hotel on the 27th June 2021 and the day itself was a amazing! The sun came out on que and we were able to get married outside. The venue was beautiful and the food we did have was lovely.
    That being said the lead up to and planning was a nightmare and not just because of COVID. It started almost as soon as we paid the deposit and continued until the morning of the wedding. Initially we weren’t allowed the food options we had first been told we could have. Something as simple as having a fish and chip cones as canapés rather than an evening snack wasn’t allowed, even though when we were shown around we were told it was possible. This continued with various food options and then it moved to table favours. ‘You can’t have edible table favours!’ The reason, we weren’t allowed to bring in any other food to the venue other than the cake for health and safety reasons. We asked what options they had and there weren’t any. Eventually with a lot of back and forth we were allowed to have personalised M&M’s but this was only after much persuasion and discussion.
    Then COVID hit and I understand this wasn’t fun for anyone and no one in this situation was to blame for that but it didn’t help things. Then when we were told we could have the wedding the food options again became an issue supposedly due to restrictions. We could have a hog roast for the evening snacks but not for the main meal. We were told its logistically impossible’. We later found out this meant they didn’t have the staff but failed to tell us this and led us to believe it was COVIDs fault. This may have been a contributing factor but if that was the case why weren’t we given the option to rearrange as we had done before as we weren’t able to have the wedding we had booked and planned for? Eventually we settled on a food option and luckily it turned out okay, but was nowhere near what we had hoped for. We did ask about rearranging but were told that as they could cater for the numbers coming to our wedding within COVID rules they weren’t moving any weddings so that wasn’t an option.
    When we eventually got to the venue the weather wasn’t looking good for the day so we were told we would be getting married in the ‘new wedding hut’. This wasn’t what we had been sold as we were expecting to get married in the venue as it was beautiful and view was amazing. We asked to see the hut but were told we weren’t allowed as there was a wedding in the venue. The hut and the venue are 2 separate buildings and on 2 different levels of the venue so I did go down and have a look. I can only describe the hut as an unfinished shed. It had electricity cables hanging from the ceiling, an unfinished concrete floor, chairs without seat covers and the seat covers they did have were dirty and a fake flower wall that just reminded me of a funeral parlour. It was dirty and dingy and really depressing. Not the feeling you want the evening before your wedding. We did complain about this at the time and they did agree to let us have the service in the venue if it was raining but the feeling of dread was horrible.
    Next, on the day of the wedding we were setting up the table decorations and they weren’t allowed either. I had small decorative fake plastic crystals to be on the tables and apparently they would damage their floor so we weren’t allowed them. Not sure why they couldn’t sweep the floor before using the polisher but a last minute change happened and we did something else.
    Then on to the evening food, it was bacon and sausage baps and they were served cold. The attitude of the staff serving was extremely negative and at times rude. As the bride and groom we don’t drink wine but when we declined that drink we were not offered anything else. We had to go to the bar and ask for it ourselves.
    Finally, the cake. We had a round cake and clearly the staff had no idea how to cut a round cake in to sections. The round cake came out in square pieces and they destroyed what wasn’t eaten. We were given a lump of cake and separate lump of icing and marzipan, not in any suitable presentation to give to friends and family who weren’t able to attend. It was wrapped up in 3 layers of foil !

    Moving on to the hotel, we had one of the honeymoon suites, room 47. For a wedding room there was no full length mirror so no way for me to see what I looked like in my dress before going outside and having photos taken. What I thought would be an obvious requirement was already lacking. We paid premium prices and the draws and units looked and felt like they came from Ikea! Everything felt very basic.
    We also stayed on for 4 days after the wedding and not once was the room cleaned or toilet roll topped up. They came in everyday to remake the bed but didn’t even straighten the rug, wash the bath out or run the hoover around. It got so bad we had to ask for our own toilet roll as they didn’t top it up. This was even a mission as there was no information in the room for who to call or what number so we had to use our own phones and the outside number to get anyone’s attention.

    All in all it was fairly disappointing! The wedding day was amazing but was not the day we had initially hoped for. If you are planning on having your wedding at the venue at Sandy Cove, because the location is incredible just make sure you get everything in writing before you pay a deposit. Be specific with what you want up front and have it in writing so you can fall back on it at a later date as we didn’t feel the staff honoured the verbal discussions we had at the start.

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