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The Very Best Cotswold Venues to say “I Do”
There is nowhere quite like the Cotswolds. It has a unique scenic beauty, quaint English charm and lies only 2-hours outside the capital city of London.
The friendly draw of the Cotswolds has attracted very famous married couples; Prince Harry and his wife Megan and fashion Royals, the Beckham’s have homes in the Cotswolds.
Whilst the ancient landscape and honey-coloured villages remain preserved, the Cotswolds’ hospitality industry is as vibrant as any large city.
You’ll find such a unique range of distinctive wedding venues, from a stylish barn or rustic garden wedding to civil ceremonies in classic manor houses and receptions in glamourous halls.
Here are our pick of 3 of the very prettiest.
Mr & Mrs Lord of the Manor House
For your special occasion, you and your spouse-to-be are centre of attention for the day. And if you want your wedding to be a day of theatre and making a grand impression, then Lords Of The Manor, a luxury country house set in the beautiful Upper Slaughter countryside, is the wedding venue for you.
Of course, being Lord and Lady for the day comes at a price, so this wedding venue is at the upper end of this selection.
But for your money, you’ll get to invite your wedding party to a manor house once owned by King Henry VIII. And the wow factor doesn’t stop there. Today, visitors flock from far and wide to this impressive country hotel for Micheline star dining, which the fine-dining restaurant has held for 8 consecutive years.
Although the manor house, still privately owned, has received a luxury renovation, it oozes the opulence and elegance of a very English country home of a bygone era.
For your special day, The Garden Room, which is licensed for hold Civil Wedding services, Dining Room, Conservatory and Drawing Rooms, look truly magnificent dressed in great wreaths of roses, crisp white table linen and polished silverware. This is one of the most impressive wedding venues in the Cotswolds.
Impress guests with your bridezilla organisational skills too, with accommodation lists. These are especially helpful for those unfamiliar to are a where you chose to tie the knot. Self-catering is increasingly becoming popular for wedding guests who enjoy the flexibility to come and go as they please. Character Cottages selection of short break cottages in the Cotswolds offer flexible holiday breaks, including long weekends and short mid-week breaks.
Guests invited to a barn wedding would be forgiven for expecting rustic charm or boho chic. Not with this venue. Cripps Stone Barn, set in the pastoral bliss outside Cirencester, is a stylish concept wedding venue for couples wanting a unique wedding that will surprise guests as they share their vows, for better, for worse.
This is an ancient barn that has been stylishly restored and the wedding food is just as memorable as the intimate décor. Forget a delicately served four-course meal, at Cripps Stone Barn guests enjoy a dramatic feast experience served from the UKs largest indoor BBQ. Magical moments of drama continue into the night, with fire pits, dancing under a ceiling of twinkling fairy lights and strolls in the sun-dappled fields.
Guests arrive at Stone Barn down a track to a collection of farm buildings. Step inside, and the purpose-designed wedding and party venue is an unforgettable venue of intimate drama. There’s huge candelabras hanging from high, corrugated ceilings; a flagstone floor and swathes of glazing, making this the most stylish and unique wedding venue in the Cotswolds.
This is a wedding setting that will be talked about long after the married couple have jetted off on their honeymoon. Staycations in the UK have become a popular choice amongst the stylish honeymoon set. You can be walking hand-in-hand through the tranquil countryside from your romantic cottage in a rural Cotswolds setting within hours of walking down the isle and no jet lag! Have a look at this Grade II listed accommodation, The Old Chapel, in Northleach just up the road from this wedding barn venue.
If your wedding date is set for the summer and you love flowers and gardens, then love is sure to blossom when you consider Hidcote Manor Garden, near Chipping Campden in the North Cotswolds, as a possible wedding venue, located in the northern Cotswolds.
Tie the knot in one of the most famous Arts and Crafts gardens in Britain and enjoy a relaxed and informal wedding filled love and laughter.
The stunning formal garden ‘outdoor rooms’ that melt into dreamy countryside is preserved and beautifully maintained by the National Trust. As your ceremony is watched over by cheery blooms and the serenity of a garden pond, the happy couple can say I Do in the Plant House followed by sparkles and canapés on the lawn.
This is a great venue choice for families with children, where guests can enjoy the beautiful outdoor space and a laidback wedding style. For couples who enjoy getting crafty, this is the ideal venue to create your very own, unique wedding from handpicked flower button holes to music on the lawn from friends.
3-day receptions are also becoming de rigueur, where the wedding party can really make a special occasion of the big event. Join the likes of Kate Moss and invite guests back to your sprawling Cotswold pad for a celebrity-style reception.
The Best Wedding Venue Award
It’s not difficult to see why the Cotswolds have hosted some of the most famous weddings in the UK, including Mick Jaggers son and recently Tom Hanks attended the Cotswold wedding of Rogue One’s Felicity Jones. The Cotswolds is regularly given the best wedding venue award from those used to red-carpet treatment.
If you need more convincing to choose the Cotswolds as you wedding venue choice, take a look at these 27 photos – “Is the Cotswolds the Prettiest Place in the UK?“