The ceremony of having a summer wedding is treasured by millions of people around the world. For most, it’s a once in a lifetime event that binds two people together forever (99% of the time).
So naturally, picking the the perfect country house for your summer wedding is just as much of an important decision as choosing the right dress, dressing the tables or the vows themselves.
One particular venue favoured by most is the British country house. Known for its quintessential quirks and beautiful scenery and most importantly the closest option if you plan on inviting a lot of family and friends.
We’ve put together a list of our 9 Best Country House Venues For Your Summer Wedding which all offer something truly amazing to help you make the most of the sunshine and celebrate your special day.
1. Cragwood Country House Hotel
This charming country house is situated on the banks of lake Windemere, hugging the stone cobble banks, the scenery is simply breath-taking. The hotel has 22 individually designed bedrooms that all have their own unique personality and charm (all very tasteful). With all the modern comforts you could wish for, there’s also a very special bridal suite for the day of your wedding.
The food is nothing more than exquisite and has been awarded two AA Rosettes for culinary excellence. With a fantastic selection for dinner and set menu for weddings, the best of all is their freshly cooked breakfast (best served before a glass of champagne) to get you started with the day.
Website: Cragwood Country House Hotel
2. Gosfield Hall, Essex
Set in ten acres of parkland, this once royal grand mansion provides a fantastic scenery for your wedding day. The grand hall features 23 suites with 14 double rooms and nine family rooms, perfect if you’re planning on inviting a lot of guests to stay over.
The courtyard situated at the heart of Gosfield Hall is used to host ceremonies in the summer months but can also be used for the entrance to your ceremony. What made Gosfield stand out for us is that there’s a Lady’s chamber in a quiet corner of the grounds for the bride and her bridesmaids to get ready for the big day – huge plus in our eyes.
Website: Gosfield Hall, Essex
3. Holmewood Hall, Cambridgeshire
Surrounded in some of Cambridgeshire’s most beautiful parkland, this stunning Tudor Gothic style mansion is ten acres of period elegance. Fully licensed, you have the option of hosting your special day in their Gold Room which boasts a 50-foot long aisle and an 18-carat gold ceiling. If you fancy having the wedding outdoors, then their bandstand offers the same level of beauty all while being one with nature.
Rated 5/5 on Guides for brides and Bridebook, it’s no surprise that this is one of the best places to get married in the UK.
Website: Holmewood Hall, Cambridgeshire
4. Wakehurst, Sussex
Dating back to the 16th century, this lavish country mansion has stood the test of time and has aged like a fine red wine. Boasting a capacity of 200 guests, its sheer magnificence is sure to impress you and your wedding guests. With views across the sweeping lawns and waterlily pond, you will feel like Lord and Lady of the Estate nestled in this picturesque setting.
No matter where you look, there are 5 star reviews peppered all over the internet. Need we say more?
Website: Wakehurst, Sussex
5. Tofte Manor, Bedfordshire
Renowned for its amazing gardens and external space, Tofte Manor is an exceptionally beautiful venue that boasts a 17th Century manor house, delightful grounds and a magical labyrinth, which, positioned in a secluded part of the garden, is an enchanting and unique option for a blessing.
Five acres of landscaped gardens provide a wonderful backdrop for the wedding celebration and memorable photographs.
Website: Tofte Manor
6. Rockley Manor, Marlborough
Set in the idyllic Wiltshire countryside, this 18th century grade II listed manor house offers weddings guests an exclusive and special experience. Usually a private residence, Rockley is now opening its doors to invite you to host your wedding day in their stunning grounds and house.
Their profile page on Realweddings.co.uk states: “Throughout the day you will experience every aspect of Rockley’s impressive features, wedding breakfasts are held in the impressive Baronial Hall, while the courtyard and Park make for the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos.” – what’s not to love?
Website: Rockley Manor, Marlborough
7. Askham Hall, Lake District
Another popular destination, we land in the Lake District again with Askham Hall, a captivating estate surrounded by an enchanting outdoor pavilion, Formal gardens, colourful terraces, woodlands and meadows. Basically, If Askham Hall doesn’t have it – it doesn’t exist.
It must be said, this place offers some of the best food in the Lakes with its award-winning Michelin star / 3 AA Rosettes restaurant catering for its 19 uniquely styled bedrooms.
In fact, it’s almost impossible to find a bad word about this place!
Website: Askham Hall, Lake District
8. Burton Court, Herefordshire
Featured in the book ‘England’s Thousand Best Houses’, this stunning family run house is perfect for a beautiful summer wedding. They have a fantastic Bridal Suite that’s guaranteed to make you feel like royalty – who doesn’t want that on their wedding day?
Best of all is the intimate and personalised service you receive; they have plenty of testimonials online and have nothing but fabulous reviews.
Website: Burton Court, Herefordshire
9. The Green, Cornwall
Last on this list but certainly not least, The Green. Historically known as a dairy farm, it now caters for weddings and event exclusively and oh boy, does it just! Specialising in private and personal weddings makes this the perfect venue for any bride with a vision and eye for detail.
They also have their own wedding planner to help make your vision come true. With a range of different ceremony and reception options, embrace the great outdoors by exchanging vows at the beautiful Lake Arbour and dance the night away under a veil of stars.
Website: The Green, Cornwall
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