Bursting with style, charm and character, allow us to introduce our edit of the best country house wedding venues in the UK. If your heart is set on period features, arty details and fountain-filled parkland, a grand and glam celebration is guaranteed at a luxurious country house wedding venue. Or, if something a little more creative is on the cards and you’re already visualising your own mini Glastonbury, opt for a venue with large outdoor spaces or even its own farmland. Whatever your big day style, these country house wedding venues will get your W-day planning sparks flying!
1. Hamswell House
A picture-perfect country house wedding venue in the depths of Somerset, Hamswell House is blessed with some of the most breathtaking views in the South West. The 18th century Orangery is our top pick for your reception.
2. Thrumpton Hall
It’s not often you find a venue where the gardens and grounds live up to the interiors, but Northamptonshire’s Thrumpton Hall is one of a kind. Take your vows in their Baronial Hall before heading out to the Lakeside Pavilion – perfect for a balmy summer evening.
3. Kingston Bagpuize House
Stately homes don’t get much more, well, stately than Kingston Bagpuize House. The house stands on a site dating back 1000 years, but was re-worked in the 1720s in inimitable Georgian style – their luxurious details remind us of period blockbuster The Duchess.
4. Pylewell Park
Looking out across the Solent to the Isle of Wight, Pylewell Park dates back to the 1600s, but was name checked in the Domesday Book. Sneak away to the rhododendron walks with your photographer before heading to the marquee for a quintessentially English reception.
5. Dovecliff Hall Hotel
Elegant yet intimate, Dovecliff Hall Hotel feels like a real home-from-home. Its seven-acre landscaped gardens, which backs onto further fields, are the ideal size for a relaxed family party.
6. Brynafon Hotel
A quirky Victorian house on the edge of Elan Valley in Wales, things at Brynafon Hotel are taken at a slightly more relaxed pace: perfect if you want to escape from the bustle of the city on your big day. We love the bespoke planning option – and did we mention there are 18 on site bedrooms, perfect for your guests.
7. The Rectory Hotel
How about that for a vision of Christmas bliss? The Rectory Hotel in Wiltshire is grand enough to feel occasion-worthy, yet intimate enough to feel like a real home. Perfect for a pint-sized party, the conservatory can seat 30 guests for dinner.
8. Kentwell Hall
After a mammoth 40-year restoration project, Kentwell Hall
in Suffolk has finally been returned to its former glory. Celebrate inside the house for a traditional English affair, while the Overcroft can host a more boho-esque occasion. And, if that gorgeous entrance didn’t make your eyes widen, we don’t know what will…
9. Heythrop Park Resort
With a sweeping approach that’s straight out of a period drama, Heythrop Park is a bit of an English Rose. As well as that stunning building, the luxury spa will pamper you and your maids to perfection.
10. Parkanaur Manor House
If you’re planning on getting hitched in Northern Ireland, Parkanaur Manor House should be right at the top of your must-visit list. A Tudor Revival house in County Tyrone, it’s as dramatic inside as it is outside. The dark and moody Long Gallery is our pick for an Elizabethan-inspired ceremony.
11. Laughern Hill Estate
A country haunt of rockstars and celebrities, the Laughern Hill Estate is Wiltshire’s best-kept secret – until now. From the magical wishing well to the converted Music Room nightclub, you’re in for one big party.
12. Mount Stuart
Across the water on the Isle of Bute, Mount Stuart is half Arthurian legend and half opulent Greek palace. The dazzling white marble Chapel will knock your guests’ socks off – as will the metallic Marble Hall.
The country house for quirky brides, Aynhoe Park is packed with eclectic surprises – so, it comes as no surprise it has made an appearance in a You and Your Wedding fashion shoot. Behind its canary yellow facade, you’ll find funky furnishings and even a giant giraffe mounted on the wall.
14. Bovey Castle
The only five-star wedding venue in Devon, Bovey Castle is ideally located right in the heart of Dartmoor National Park. Make it official in the tapestry-lined Cathedral Room, and then dine in the Art Deco-style Edwardian Restaurant.
15. Dewsall Court
The destination for a boho-inspired wedding in the country, Dewsall Court promises an utterly fabulous celebration. The Wainhouse is their barn-style space – add yurts and tents for a festival-style party. At the end of the night, head upstairs to the light and airy Granary Room.
16. Groombridge Place
Used as a filming location for Pride and Prejudice, Groombridge Place certainly has all the necessary country house credentials. A moated manor house in the Garden of England, Groombridge’s gardens are a riot of luscious green – you might even be lucky enough to spot theresident peacocks.
17. Hammet House
A wedding wonderland in West Wales, Hammet House is a Pembrokeshire manor house with a taste for the finer things in life. The food and service are Michelin-listed, and there’s even a helipad for a James Bond-worthy exit.
18. Calthwite Hall
Located deep in the Lake District’s Eden Valley, Calthwite Hall is one country house with a serious eye for style. The spiralling wooden staircase makes a photogenic backdrop for your pictures.
19. Stowe House
Undoubtedly one of the most iconic country houses in the UK, Stowe House needs no introduction. The Italian-inspired Marble Saloon is guaranteed to wow your ceremony guests – as are the acres of parkland and spectacular octagon lake.
20. Castle Howard
Breathtaking to say the very least, Castle Howard is bursting at the seams with sculptures, painted ceilings and historic works of art. The outdoor ‘Temple of the Four Winds’ Pavilion can host a dramatic ‘I do’.
21. Trafalgar Park
With an unbeatable atmosphere and interiors to make you weak at the knees, Trafalgar Park in Wiltshire is fit for a princess. The 18th century Baroque Hall has to be seen to be believed: you’ll feel like you’re on the set of a Hollywood film!
22. Luton Hoo
A classic English country house – but with an unexpected Russian Twist – Luton Hoo‘s interiors are as dramatic as its history. And, having been used as a rural escape by a newly married Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in the early days of their marriage; it’s certainly got the royal seal of approval.
23. Syon Park
A country house wedding venue in London – surely not? Oh yes – and what a venue it is. Syon Park is the last remaining private estate in the area – make the most of it with a twilight ceremony in the iconic glass Great Conservatory.
24. Lodge Park
Dating all the way back to the 17th century, Gloucestershire’s Lodge Park was the National Trust’s first restoration project back in 1998, and was brought back to its former glory thanks to archaeological evidence. Head to Lodge Park in the spring when the bluebell meadows are a riot of vibrant colour.
25. Bibury Court
Grade I listed Bibury Court in Gloucestershire might be a country house on the grandest of scales, but it can all be exclusively yours on the big day. For us, the highlight of this incredible house has to the King James I bedroom suite – themed in cream and white, it’s the ultimate end to the ultimate wedding day.
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