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On Hitched.co.uk since 2022

Last update: December 2023

Town Head Estate is a historic wedding venue in Newby Bridge, Cumbria. Set across 110 acres of private parkland, this family-owned estate is a tranquil location to say 'I do.' The richly historic venue counts John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter among its past visitors. In this idyllic spot, couples can look forward to majestic views of Lake Windermere as they gather with guests to celebrate their romance.

Facilities and Capacity

Town Head Estate is available for exclusive hire, allowing to-be-weds to enjoy all the venue's beautiful attractions. Several event spaces, including the Old Barn and the Boathouse, are available. Couples can exchange their vows in the rustic ceremony room or outside near the lake's sparkling waters. After tying the knot, they can proceed to the Old Barn for an evening reception with guests. This tastefully renovated space features exposed timber beams, rugged wooden walls, and elegant furnishings. Combining old-world charm with contemporary accents, it is ideally appointed for socializing and dining. The pretty Boathouse is also available to those seeking a more intimate setting for their reception. This cosy spot is surrounded by trees and offers access to a lakeside balcony.

Services Offered

A variety of services is available at Town Head Estate, including event coordination, in-house catering, and guest accommodation. With the help of the expert events team, couples can plan their dream wedding according to their tastes. Guests can look forward to dining on delicious buffets or seated meals prepared by the culinary staff. For convenience, the venue also offers parking and disabled facilities.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Sporting
Unusual weddings
Historic
Landmark
Marquees and tents
Woodland and festival
Barn
Outdoor license
Tipis and yurts
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

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:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Helipad
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for Town Head Estate

4.9 out of 5 rating
4.9 out of 5 rating
7 reviews
99% recommend it
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Daniel S. Sent on 18/07/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Unforgettable Lakeside Wedding

The very best wedding venue we could have hoped for. We were desperate for a wedding venue after last year's cancellation, so checked out the brochure on 4th June last year, had a video tour in the evening, visited on the 6th, booked it and deposit paid on the 9th, we were that impressed by what we saw (admittedly a building site).

Risk paid off. The venue were on the ball enough so that the legal ceremony could be outside on the shores of Windermere, so we had an unforgettable occasion - the sounds of the waves breaking, birds in the trees, made for a really natural, wild ceremony.

The barn has been done spectacularly, suitable for 60-90 I'd think, with a smart terrace outside with decking overlooking the lawn.

There was accommodation for 9 couples, in 3 separate areas, and the best man said it would have been great if it was half as good. It's the little things - there were 25 plug sockets in one room, so it's not like those annoying hotel rooms where you have to put your phone on charge 3 metres away. The communal nature of the cottages makes it great for getting together to chill the night before and getting ready in the morning (some people can't be trusted to dress themselves). It's these little things that made it such a great venue. We chilled out the evening before with a BBQ on the beach, trying out standing up paddle boarding, which due to the size of the venue was away from the thoughts of the wedding the next day.

Cheryl and Ness went above and beyond what was required from them, they coped with my mad schemes and there were no hidden costs that popped up (nonsense you get in other venues like having to pay for a dance floor etc). With the effort that has gone into it and the potential in the estate, I think it will get better in the next few years, as the garden area matures. Cheryl was very responsive with questions, and accommodating of any issues we had.

I knew of at least a dozen guests who personally mentioned what a great venue it is. No matter what theme you're looking for, you'll not go far wrong with Town Head. The very best wedding venue we could have hoped for. We were desperate for a wedding venue after last year's cancellation, so checked out the brochure on 4th June last year, had a video tour in the evening, visited on the 6th, booked it and deposit paid on the 9th, we were that impressed by what we saw (admittedly a building site).

Risk paid off. The venue were on the ball enough so that the legal ceremony could be outside on the shores of Windermere, so we had an unforgettable occasion - the sounds of the waves breaking, birds in the trees, made for a really natural, wild ceremony.

The barn has been done spectacularly, suitable for 60-90 I'd think, with a smart terrace outside with decking overlooking the lawn.

There was accommodation for 9 couples, in 3 separate areas, and the best man said it would have been great if it was half as good. It's the little things - there were 25 plug sockets in one room, so it's not like those annoying hotel rooms where you have to put your phone on charge 3 metres away. The communal nature of the cottages makes it great for getting together to chill the night before and getting ready in the morning (some people can't be trusted to dress themselves). It's these little things that made it such a great venue. We chilled out the evening before with a BBQ on the beach, trying out standing up paddle boarding, which due to the size of the venue was away from the thoughts of the wedding the next day.

Cheryl and Ness went above and beyond what was required from them, they coped with my mad schemes and there were no hidden costs that popped up (nonsense you get in other venues like having to pay for a dance floor etc). With the effort that has gone into it and the potential in the estate, I think it will get better in the next few years, as the garden area matures. Cheryl was very responsive with questions, and accommodating of any issues we had.

I knew of at least a dozen guests who personally mentioned what a great venue it is. No matter what theme you're looking for, you'll not go far wrong with Town Head.
Elisabeth
Elisabeth K. Sent on 20/10/2021
5 out of 5 rating

The most incredible wedding venue!

When we looked at Town Head Estate last year as a possible wedding venue, it was still very much a building site. But we instantly fell in love with the location and the ability for guests to sleep there, having access to lake Windermere for a swim, gorgeous land which can be used in so many different ways and a really romantic greenhouse. Cheryl showed us around and explained all of her ideas for the place - from the bridal suite to the hot tubs and a jetty by the lake. She had it completely figured out. In the end it was clear for us that Town Head was it!

We were lucky enough to get a weekend booking and our wedding took place in September '21 with the venue exactly how it had been described to us. The beautiful ceremony barn, the on-site accommodation, the boathouse, the bar and everything else was perfect.

Throughout the planning process, Cheryl has been extremely patient, friendly and helpful, making sure we felt comfortable with everything she did. I think we may have won the price for asking the most questions in the lead up :D - but to every question, Cheryl had an answer or a solution (i.e. plans for rain, sign for ceremony music to start, where to best serve cocktails, the list goes on). She also put us in touch with other suppliers and was genuinely a great sound board for the plans we had in mind. This really put us at ease and we felt relaxed and excited when the weekend finally came.

The day ran smoothly with the help of Cheryl and the team who were there to make sure everything was going well, which was hugely appreciated.

All in all, we 100% recommend this venue which, due to the lovely owners, amazing location and perfectly renovated barns/accommodation - the ideal place to get married!
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Thomas B. Sent on 08/08/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Better than perfect

We got married I mid-July at town head estate and had the most perfect wedding imaginable. The venue itself is amazing and the grounds the venue is on are stunning. We had really good weather for our day and changed our ceremony last minute to take place outside. The staff are tremendous and are so helpful and attentive. They helped the day run so smoothly and took a lot of pressure away from us. I also felt we got amazing value for money.

We've had so many compliments from our guests saying it's the most perfect and beautiful wedding they've ever been to.

Everything went so perfectly and I couldn't recommend this venue and the team enough
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Kirsty S. Sent on 25/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The most wonderful winter wedding

We truly couldn't have chosen a better venue & Tanya is an absolute superstar.

Experience -

Our experience at town head was fantastic from start to finish and the arrival of an unprecedented snow storm made us truly appreciate how wonderful Tanya and the team are. Without them much of our wedding would have not been possible. Just after our guests arrived roads were shut, cars were abandoned and people were stranded - including our registrar! But town head to the rescue, rescued her by tractor!

If this wasn't enough they later ferried all our guests in a truck back to their homes and hotels as it was near impossible for them to get home. Without them, we would have had over 70 stranded guests sleeping in the wedding barn!

What made their efforts more admirable is the wedding party really had no clue how snowed in we really were as they calmly ensured all celebrations continued without a hitch!

We don't think we could ever thank them enough and will always thank them for going above and beyond to make our day so special.

Tanya made us feel relaxed from the moment we arrived and nothing was too much trouble.

The venue -

Absolutely stunning. Set on the edge of the lake with the entire estate to ourselves and guests. Many location options for the ceremony/cocktail hour/ reception/ photos come rain or shine! We opted for the wedding barn as it was December, it was just perfect.

The accomodation -

The 3 cottages and bridal cottage (all beautiful) meant family and the bridal party could all stay on site the evening before, and night of, the wedding. The hot tubs were the icing on the cake, never felt more relaxed - perfect pre-wedding pamper.

The bridal suite -

Such a lovely large room adjoining the bridal cottage for the bridal (or grooms) party to get ready in!

Dog friendly -

We couldn't get married without our pooch Sulley, so this was a great option for including him in our day!

Again thank you Tanya and the team, I couldn't recommend them more.





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Melissa R. Sent on 14/10/2021
4.6 out of 5 rating

The most perfect day

Wow, there are no words! We booked the TH for our wedding whilst it was a building site, why you say? Because we had every faith in Cheryl’s vision of the final product! We 100% made the right decision! We had originally booked to have our ceremony in the boat house on lake Windermere but on the morning of the wedding it was raining and I mean RAINING! Cheryl asked me due to this and the walk down to the boathouse would we like our ceremony in the barn. We are truly thankful of this offer as it ended up being perfect! Even thinking about it now makes me emotional at how amazing it was. The stone walls of the building and adjoining to our reception area along with the gorgeous ambience of the lighting made it truly romantic! Even though the rain was non stop all day we feel it added to the vibe of our boho relaxed wedding and the photos are truly stunning. Tanya was our planner for the day and nothing was too big nor small of an ask! She did a wonderful job running around making sure everything was just perfect! If we could marry here again we would in a heartbeat and I truly hope one day we can renew our wedding at this gorgeous estate! Before the wedding when locals asked where we was getting married they stated it as the ‘new and exclusive’ place to get married and they were so right! Also if we had known how gorgeous the bridal cottage would end up being we would of booked to stay here too as it’s stunning, the attention to detail has the true wow factor and the bridal suite for getting ready was divine! Thank you all at TH for giving us the intimate wedding we had dreamt of! Mel & Craig xx
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Olivia Sent on 01/08/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect venue

What a perfect venue! Cheryl and David have done an absolutely amazing job renovating the estate into the amazing venue it is now. When we first viewed the venue in September 2020, it was a building site, with no floors and was basically a shell. It was a bit of a gamble, but it really paid off! The finish of the barn and all the accommodation is very high end. We loved the flexibility of the venue, with a number of options of how a wedding could be run from using the barn/hiring a marquee/ using the boathouse and getting married outside. The grounds were a big selling point for us with Town Head having large grounds and even its own private beach overlooking Lake Windermere. This allowed us to have a wedding morning swim in the lake with our guests and get married outside overlooking the shores of Lake Windermere. We also managed to have an activity day with our guests the day after the wedding, with yoga in the boathouse and watersports (we hired ourselves) on the lake.

It was brilliant to be able to have all our close family staying on site allowing us to spend more time with them before, during and after the wedding and an accessible room for my grandparents. Cheryl and her second in command Nessa could not have been more helpful before, on and after the big day! Thank you everyone at Town Head Estate for making our wedding day so special and memorable.
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Debra L. Sent on 19/07/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Daughters wedding

We had the most perfect weekend at Townhead. The most beautiful venue, renovated to a very high spec and the host could not have been more approachable, nothing was too much trouble x
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