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7 of the Best Country House Wedding Venues
With Summer almost in full swing, we’re dreaming of picturesque days under the sun and quintessential English countryside wedding celebrations. There’s nothing quite like a delightfully rustic barn or country manor with panoramic views to suit your relaxed garden party vibe. Keep reading for our favourite countryside venues in and around the UK!
Manor By The Lake
Manor by the Lake is a dedicated wedding venue in the idyllic countryside of the Cotswolds, nestled just outside the Regency spa town of Cheltenham. This 19th century Victorian Manor house is surrounded by seven acres of award-winning gardens, natural woodland, rolling lawns and a glistening lake. With a choice of eight stylish areas licensed for the conduct of civil wedding ceremonies, couples are spoilt for choice. Whether you wish to say ‘I do’ in the natural splendor of the gardens, under the pavilion or amongst the roses in the Italian Gazebo, this romantic location is ideal for a summer wedding fairytale. Alternatively, weddings can also be held indoors in one of many quarters amidst the mansion's elegant stained-glass windows, ornate ceilings, and intricately-carved oak panels. With 12 luxurious bedrooms, guests are also welcome to prolong the festivities both the night before and after the wedding!
Set in the Suffolk countryside, just a short distance from Woodbridge and the Heritage Coast, Woodhall Manor features all the luxuries of a unique wedding venue with the preserved architecture and charm of a sixteenth-century manor. This exclusive-use Elizabethan Manor house dates back to 1566 and overlooks nine acres of immaculate manicured gardens. With 14 luxury en-suite bedrooms and a stunning Honeymoon Suite, Woodhall Manor offers all you need to host the wedding of your dreams.
Situated on the shores of a large mere in Cheshire, Combermere Abbey sits within acres of rolling parkland, ancient woods, and walled gardens, providing a secluded and special place for you to celebrate your big day. This enchanting venue boasts a beautiful walled garden complete with an arbour and flourishing florals in the warmer months - a romantic setting perfect for a summer celebration. Come rain or shine; couples can have the best of both worlds with an option to wed in the stunning Glasshouse - flooded with natural light and surrounded by a charming fruit tree maze, you can seat up to 120 guests and still enjoy the beautiful garden views. For religious ceremonies, there is also an abundance of local village churches within easy reach of Combermere Abbey. The venue also offers exquisite accommodation for up to 49 guests in the converted stable cottages, where crackling fires and plush furnishings make the rooms truly inviting. Spend your first night as a married couple in the North Wing of the Abbey itself. With private entrance, butler service and views over the mere...you might never want to leave!
As a family home for generations, Blackwell Grange is steeped in history and character and lies amidst acres of beautiful Cotswold countryside. Blending the old with the new this restored exclusive-use barn offers a blank slate for you to create your own unique style. Couples can conduct Civil ceremonies in the oak-beamed 16th century Thatch Barn. Featuring its original cart doors and an imposing fireplace, the Thatch Barn is a truly magical place to say ‘I do.’ For couples looking for a religious ceremony, Blackwell Grange is surrounded by eight picturesque churches in the neighboring villages.
Guests can then enjoy their wedding reception, welcome drinks, and canapés on the Apple Tree lawn or in the new addition Orchard Barn. Constructed in 2016, this space holds a stylish copper and timber clad bar with a unique white volcanic rock bar top. Another fabulous feature is the striking staircase that leads up to the Snug, a mezzanine level overlooking the dining area - an ideal ‘chill out’ area for guests to relax as the party continues into the night.
Sandhole Oak Barn
The charming Cheshire wedding venue, Sandhole Oak Barn, is hidden away in secluded rural bliss. The traditionally-styled barn overlooks a tranquil six- acre long lake and is surrounded by gorgeous greenery. The beautiful barn is divided into two parts; the ceremony room with scenic lake views and the dining room with a versatile space to cater both intimate and large celebrations for up to 140 guests. During summer, couples also have the option to exchange vows outside under the Oak Clock Tower, just a few feet from the lake. For post-wedding ceremony festivities, guests can mix and mingle on the verandah, overlooking unforgettable views and soaking up the tranquility of this magical countryside retreat.
Last but not least, Gaynes Park is a stylish and contemporary wedding venue in Essex, set in the grounds of a historic country estate which has been in the Chisenhale-Marsh family for generations. Just 2 miles from Epping, the picturesque venue is surrounded by British countryside made up of farmland and woodland, with the London skyline as a scenic backdrop in the distance. There are three separate spaces that couples can choose to host their wedding ceremony: The Orangery, Gather Barn or Mill Barn. The Orangery is located in the walled garden on the site of an old Victorian conservatory with grand double doors that provide the bride with a dramatic entrance. The Mill Barn is incredibly unique in that the building is supported by four tree trunks that are hundreds of years old. The high vaulted ceilings and a mezzanine gallery with Raj-style furniture and table lanterns make this space perfect for a relaxed boho-chic style wedding. Last of all is the Gather Barn, ideal for an outdoor ceremony. This open-sided building is surrounded by elegant planters and foliage and lights up with twinkling fairy lights for a magical ambiance at dusk. After your celebrations have drawn to a close, the luxurious Coach House offers ten individually-styled rooms for you and your loved ones to enjoy.
For further information on booking any one of these fabulous wedding venues, get in touch by email at Sue@forbetterforworse.uk. Alternatively, head over to Forbetterforworse.co.uk to browse more of our fantastic venues and special offers.
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