19 Of The Best Eco-Friendly Wedding Venues
Author: Gracie Pritchard
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With all the doom and gloom in the news about the mounting problems facing our planet, more people are doing their part to help our environment heal to its former radiance, from using renewable energy to supporting family-run local produce suppliers.
We all know that weddings can be messy affairs at the best of times. And lots of couples are beginning to seek sustainable and eco-friendly wedding venues so that they can do their part on their big day. And it’s not just about saving the planet – an eco-friendly venue gives a great sense of wellbeing and freshness that can’t be achieved through any other means.
From recyclable confetti to solar panels, we have compiled a list of stunning sustainable selection of eco-friendly wedding venues that’ll make you feel at one with mother nature on your wedding day and that are well within your wedding budget!
Nancarrow Farm, West Country
This venue in the south really offers a sustainable and self-contained wedding experience like no other. Nancarrow Farm has been run by the same family since 1805 and prides itself on its main family value – bringing you a sustainable wedding that doesn’t hold back on quality for only £4800.
With produce grown directly on the farm using traditional methods and no pesticides or chemicals, this venue is wild at heart and has an unmistakable rustic environment in its cosy Oak Barn that can’t be beat!
Askham Hall, Lake District
The award-winning and exclusive Askham Hall lies in a secluded and quiet part of the world-famous Lake District, providing a gorgeous backdrop to your wedding with views over the natural beauty that brought the area its renown.
The food at Askham is delectable beyond words, but don’t just take our word for it – the exceptional cuisine has earned its own Michelin star, all included with your wedding that starts at just £1800! Better yet, the catering uses produce grown and reared at Askham and the surrounding estate, so how could you possibly resist?
Pentillie Castle, West Country
Ever fancied owning an ancient castle for a day, or even a weekend? If you choose to experience your wedding at Pentillie Castle that dream will become a reality for just as little as £7200! You can guarantee an exclusive celebration unlike any other surrounded by south-western countryside and the gorgeous River Tamar flowing right outside your window.
Pentillie has been a long time advocate of eco-friendly practices and sustainability, which is why you’ll be treated to solar and biomass energy, locally sourced food and an abundance of plants and animals in the gardens, pond and all around the house. You’ll be in good hands!
Gants Mill, Cornwall
If you’re dreaming of a garden wedding but lack the space to do so this could be the venue for you. Gants Mill offers exclusive use of its extensive gardens and outdoor spaces such as the 50 acre river valley nearby. The perfect summer and spring venue for a very reasonable £4750!
The mill itself features hydro-electric power generation equipment, nullifying the carbon footprint of 8 average homes and creating completely carbon neutral weddings for couples. Talk about a venue with a green thumb!
Kingscote Barn, Gloucestershire
The award-winning Kingscote Barn is set in the heart of its very own secret valley in the rolling Cotswold hills and offers you the opportunity to be in touch with nature on your big day for just £2000. Surrounded by evergreen meadows and looking gorgeous from every angle you’d struggle to find a better backdrop for your wedding!
Kingscote Barn prides itself on delivering bespoke and delicious food to all of its customers. The best part? It’s all organic and locally sourced from Gloucestershire’s celebrated farms and suppliers. Better yet, you can stay overnight in one of their Eco-Pods, offering a natural flair and style that’s unique amongst wedding accommodation. Bliss!
Cornish Tipi Weddings, West Country
This venue is an absolute must for couples that love the outdoors. Cornish Tipi Weddings delivers a unique wedding experience in untouched woodland and meadows that can’t be replicated at any other venue.
Fancy saying your vows under the imposing yet welcoming cover or an ancient oak tree or amongst the flowers next to a clear pristine lake? All of that is possible here, and the most important thing here is making sure that you have an enjoyable and sustainable wedding with minimal waste and disturbance to the gorgeous natural environment. A dream for any fun-loving couple with a green thumb!
Longhouse At Mill On The Brue, Somerset
You might have heard of a wedding in the woods, but what about a wedding in the treetops? The Longhouse At Mill On The Brue, while not an actual treehouse, perfectly replicated that feeling of being amongst the trees with its unique architecture being built into the side of a slope on a hill.
The Longhouse is proud to be the recipient of Green Tourism’s Gold Star status due to many different eco-friendly practices, including rainwater collection, rubber flooring and solar panels so that you can rest assured that you and your guests can experience your wedding day completely carbon neutral!
Oldwalls Gower, South Wales
Nestled in the the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK, Oldwalls provides you with an unforgettable site for a great eco wedding you and your guests will never forget. Whether it’s a luxury intimate ceremony in the Oakroom or a grand affair in the luxury marquee with views of the peninsula at your back, Oldwalls creates a celebration worth remembering!
We know how important your wedding meals are, so you’ll be glad to know that Oldwalls sources as much food as possible from local producers and guarantees that all beef, lamb and pork is 100% Welsh. The quality of these delectable local dishes cannot be put into words, so try them for yourself at Oldwalls!
Donington Park Farmhouse, Derbyshire
With all the irresistible farmhouse and barn wedding venues across the UK it can be hard to find the right one to suit your tastes, but if you’re looking for a site that’s easy on the eyes and the environment look no further than Donington Park Farmhouse. At this rustic fashionable farm you’ll be treated to the best hospitality, scenery and spaces you’ll ever see with prices starting at only £680!
For those looking for an eco wedding, fear not – Donington has award-winning Green credentials so you can rest assured you’ll be leaving a positive impact on the surrounding area when the day is done. In addition, all venison is procured from Donington’s herd of wild-living deer as well as beef and lamb from the surrounding farms. Don’t mind if we do!
Escott House, Devon
When talking about the natural beauty of the UK it’s hard not to talk about the moorlands and beaches of Devon. Escott House is a private stately home in the east of the extraordinary county and perfectly encompasses what makes the county so special with its rolling parklands, lake, treelines and much more.
Escott House is committed to the environment and takes special care of the estate woodlands with many different tree species, many of which are endangered, rare or especially hard to grow in the UK. If that wasn’t enough, the house uses a biomass boiler, essentially creating a sapling-sized carbon footprint!
Fairyhill, South Wales
An enticing blend of a Grade II listed Georgian house and stylish 21st century renovations and extensions, Fairyhill lies in 24 wooded acres of the iconic Gower peninsula. Outstanding beaches are mere minutes away and the renowned Gower coastline is right on your doorstep for wedding photos that’ll turn your guests green with envy!
Speaking of renown, Fairyhill is well-known for its excellent restaurant quality food. Better yet, this food is all locally sourced where possible so you can experience a true Welsh feast in the woods!
Skeabost Country House Hotel, Isle Of Skye
For the really adventurous couples, Skeabost Country House Hotel lies on the far Northern “Misty Isle” of Skye. This venue features a warm and rustic interior design, including wood panelling and roaring open fires. It also has the unique appeal of being situated right next to one of Scotland’s many world-famous lochs!
If you feel like staying the night in this quaint and isolated venue, 18 fully furnished rooms are at your exclusive disposal. In addition, all food is locally sourced and masterfully prepared by the head chef and their expert team. Irresistible!
Whitworth Estate And Deer Park, Durham
The North of England is home to many excellent wedding venues, but you’d struggle to find one that features its own private deer park! A romantic and fantastical Grade II listed country house awaits you here, complete with many different facilities perfect for any kind of celebration, large or small.
Food and drink like no other will be yours at Whitworth. With local produce from their kitchen garden crafted into lavish feasts you can rest assured that your wedding meals at Whitworth House will be sustainable and delicious at the same time!
The Rosendale, London
We’ve brought you farms, barns and country houses but who knew pubs could make amazing sustainable wedding venues? Although it might seem unusual, The Rosendale is just that – an urban pub with sustainable food sourcing, including free-range chicken and pork as well as ethically sourced fish and local ales. Yum!
The inside of the venue is nothing to laugh at either, all with its sophisticated private rooms, luxury dining room and bar specially for the happy couple. As far as pub venues go it doesn’t get better than this!
Hampton Court Castle, Herefordshire
In the green and rural Herefordshire countryside lies the stunning 15th century Hampton Court Castle, your very own exclusive castle for you to use as you please on your wedding day. It’s not just a castle, though, as this venue is set over 500 acres of Herefordshire countryside and includes renowned gardens as a beautiful backdrop and 24 different bedrooms for you and your guests!
The well-known taste of Herefordshire will be brought directly to you for your wedding meals through locally sourced dishes that are a real treat for the taste buds. Sounds good to us!
Heaton House Farm, Macclesfield
This sixth-generational working farm doubles up as an incredible wedding venue. Heaton House Farm features rustic, sandstone barns full to the brim with character and charm as well as views across three counties with sweeping vistas making up 165 acres of Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire Countryside.
Being a farm venue, you can obviously expect only the finest food from this venue, directly from the farm itself along with the local area. Amazing for couples that love that farm-fresh food feeling!
The Vale Resort, South Wales
Widely known as one of the most prestigious wedding venues in South Wales, The Vale Resort combines a picture-perfect setting with 4 star accommodation and bags full of luxury facilities to create a truly special wedding day. Accessible yet remote at the same time, this one is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser!
Got picky eaters? No problem. The Vale Resort locally sources as much of its food as possible and offers bespoke catering options, including a speciality in food tailored for Asian weddings. Tasty!
The Compasses at Pattiswick, Essex
In the vast and striking Holfield Estate lies the Compasses at Pattiswick, a pub wedding venue like no other. This award-winning former gastro pub has been converted and specially tailored to the needs of couples over many years, providing excellent and ethically sourced food from nearby farms and suppliers that’ll wow your taste buds.
Every wedding here is tailored to your needs and wants with inclusive packages starting at only £1750, all including critically acclaimed service and attention to detail from the wedding staff. You can guarantee that you and the planet will be well looked after here!
Knightor Winery, Cornwall
A unique venue taking the form of a winery just above St Austell Bay, Knightor Winery is certainly worthy of a mention. A wedding at this venue gives you exclusive use of all of their fantastic yet versatile facilities such as their traditional stone barn, farmhouse and vast outdoor vineyard and gardens. You’ll have plenty of space to make the eco-friendly wedding of your dreams among the grapevines.
And what’s a wedding venue without good food? The cuisine at Knightor can be adjusted however you like to suit your tastes. While a fancy seated 3-course meal is available and hard to resist, you could go more informal with a BBQ, hog roast or street food buffet. To top it all off, all these menus feature locally grown and reared food, the perfect accompaniment to any nature-lover’s wedding!