Top 15 Wedding Venues in the Cotswolds
17 Sep 2015
From barns to the unique, we look at 15 of the top venues in the Cotswolds
Whether it’s a picture perfect barn, a woodland wonder or simply views of the rolling Cotswold countryside, this choice is great for brides seeking a relaxed style
Stone Barn, near Upper Windrush, Cheltenham
A beautiful and remote wedding venue in the heart of the Cotswolds between Burford and Northleach. The Stone Barn, used for the civil ceremony is elegantly simple and candle lit. It is attached to a dramatic split-level Dutch Barn dining room containing (we are pretty sure) Britain’s largest barbecue.
Designed to feel spacious and luxurious for smaller numbers, it will also accommodate higher numbers with spectacular views over the Cotswold hills, a large lawn area, terrace with firepits and even an area for camping.
Caswell House, Brize Norton, Oxfordshire
An exclusive Cotswold barn wedding venue in the heart of Oxfordshire countryside, offering a truly breathtaking setting for your special day.
With flagstone floors, honey-coloured Cotswold stone walls and oak beams, the renovated barns, Caswell House is surrounded by rural views and features an ancient orchard, walled gardens and extensive lawns stretching down to a picturesque moat and has the option of indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies, exclusive use and accommodation.
The Great Tythe Barn, Tetbury
Located in the heart of Gloucestershire, The Great Tythe Barn is a stunning Grade II listed stone barn and the focal point of the estate with other farm buildings and self catering accommodation. With gorgeous grounds and gardens providing a picturesque backdrop for wedding photos, The Great Tythe Barn has six licensed civil ceremony locations, including two outdoor spaces and can seat up to 200 guests for ceremony and wedding breakfast and up to 350 for an evening reception (not seated) and there’s even a stunning fairy light canopy included.
Merriscourt, Chipping Norton
Fully licensed for civil wedding ceremonies and partnerships, conducted in the tranquil setting of the stone barn, Merriscourt offers the perfect wedding weekend in the Cotswolds. Only hosting one wedding a weekend, Merriscourt offers two, airy, interconnected barns with adjoining gallery, centring on a flower-filled Cotswold stone courtyard, creating a wonderful sense of space and light.
COUNTRY HOUSE CHIC
Choose a venue with serious style
Lords of the Manor, Upper Slaughter
The current Country House Hotel of the Year (Good Hotel Guide), Lords of the Manor offers Gloucestershire’s only Michelin-starred dining hotel.
The country house, dating back to the 17th century is surrounded by eight acres of private lawns and gardens and is licensed for civil and partnership ceremonies in a variety of spectacular settings from the Garden Room overlooking the beautiful walled garden or the conservatory, flooded with sunlight with access to the courtyard.
Colwall Park, Worcestershire
A beautiful, independently owned country house hotel and wedding venue in the centre of a peaceful rural village on the sunny western flanks of the Malvern Hills. Built in 1904, Colwall Park is country house chic all wrapped up with a warm, friendly and romantic charm, catering for weddings for up to 150 guests, with an award-winning two rosette kitchen team offering innovative and creative wedding breakfasts. A magical retreat where you and your guests will be looked after from the moment you arrive, until the moment you have to tear yourself away.
Tortworth Court Four Pillars Hotel, Tortworth
Perfect for a romantic country house wedding, this magnificent Grade II Victorian mansion lies within 30 acres of beautiful, private landscaped grounds within the Gloucestershire countryside. Highlights include The Orangery, a unique, self-contained venue that was originally built in 1899, the ideal choice for those looking for a truly private wedding, The Atrium, one of Tortworth Court’s finest original features boasting stunning period characteristics and a 60 foot high ceiling or the Marquee, set against the alluring backdrop of the building.
Wesley House, Winchcombe
Wesley House is a 15th century Merchant’s House in the historic Anglo Saxon town of Winchcombe in Gloucestershire. Licensed for civil ceremonies the restaurant has a AA** rosette and staff offer a wedding planning service for events taking place at Wesley House or other venues from barns to castles.
Make a statement at a venue that speaks for itself with decadent décor, amazing architecture
Ellenborough Park, Cheltenham
This five star, luxury Cotswold Hotel is a fully restored 16th century manor house which offers a perfect wedding no matter how large or intimate the wedding is, from a party of 12 in The Royalist featuring oak panelling and historic fireplaces to up to 150 guests in a marquee on the lawns opposite De La Bere Court.
Surrounded by glorious countryside and set in its own well maintained gardens with the stunning backdrop of the manor house, there’s even a fully restored 19th century stone gazebo licensed for civil ceremonies available for couples choosing to hire Ellenbrough Park exclusively.
Cornwell Manor, Chipping Norton
Arguably one of the most romantic places to get married, Cornwell Manor is available for hire as a whole (minimum three days for a weekend wedding) and sleeps 24 so you can have your closest friends and family nearby.
Marry in the beautiful small church in the grounds (you’ll need a connection with the parish or to have attended services, unless you have a blessing) that seats 80 or have a civil ceremony in the ballroom (for 100). The stunning gardens, designed by Clough Wiliams-Ellis, are the perfect setting for a wedding breakfast, with a marquee on the croquet lawn accommodating up to 250 guests and there’s also a series of romantic lakes with distant rural views, perfect for photographs.
The Walton Hall Hotel, Warwickshire
Surrounded by 65 acres of beautiful countryside, The Walton Hall Hotel is a Grade II listed country house, dating back to the 1500s. This quintessential English stately home, has its own charming church within the grounds and three beautiful function rooms licensed for civil ceremonies.Both the Moncreiffe and Mordaunt are magnificent rooms with original chandeliers and fireplaces overlooking the manicured gardens and The Courtyard Suite has a private bar and views over the garden.
The Manor Country House Hotel
This 11th century manor house is located in expansive landscaped grounds of a former abbey in Weston-on-the-Green, a delightful Oxfordshire village. The hotel offers a range of wedding celebrations from an intimate family gathering to a grand event in rooms including the historic panelled Baron’s Hall, The Tudor Room or saying their vows in the Knot Garden.
Choose a venue with a hint of the unique
Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
The Ashmolean, Britain’s first public museum, was initially the home of a collection of miscellaneous manmade and natural specimens and curiosities from every corner of the world, which was presented to the University of Oxford by the wealthy antiquarian, Ellias Ashmole.
The Ashmolean galleries transform into fantastic venues for civil ceremonies and wedding receptions and offer stunning backdrops for your photographs. All events help to support the museum and its work.
Hidcote Manor Garden, Chipping Campden
A beautiful outdoor venue – Hidcote Manor Garden is a quintessential English garden surrounded by the North Cotswold countryside. Covering over 10 ½ acres, it Is a stunning combination of intimate spaces, formal borders, grand sweeping lawns and far-reaching views with a select number of licensed locations in which to hold a ceremony.
These include Lawrence Johnston’s (the garden’s creator) private chapel, a delightful Plant House or quirky and intimate Italian Shelter in the garden itself. Couple have the use of the whole garden to wander and take beautiful photos.
The Lygon Arms, Broadway~
One of England’s most iconic coaching inns, built in the 14th century and located in the picturesque village of Broadway. The inn boosts 78 bedrooms with six rooms licensed for civil ceremonies, private courtyards, extensive gardens and is able to cater for up to 100 guests with a dedicated wedding planner able to arrange bespoke packages for you and your guests.