10 OF BRITAIN’S MOST ROMANTIC WEDDING VENUES
As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle prepare to tie the knot in Windsor Castle next month, we take a look at the most romantic wedding venues fit for royalty…
If a rural setting is more to your taste, Holbrook Manor promises 20 acres of unspoiled views among Somerset’s stunning countryside, with room for up to 140 guests. The venue’s newly refurbished Garden Room offers a naturally bright and vibrant indoor space, which can be decorated to suit your preferences. Or if you’re lucky enough to have sunshine on your special day, the lawn tennis court is the perfect spot for a beautiful marquee wedding. Available on a completely exclusive basis, the venue also includes a bridal suite and 20 spacious bedrooms for your friends and family.
Say “I do” inside this 800-year-old palace and you’ll start your married life together feeling like royalty! With its medieval architecture, outdoor terrace, grand Entrance Hall and acres of gardens, guests won’t be able to resist taking photos as they arrive over the drawbridge at The Bishop’s Palace in Somerset. The garden terrace provides a great space for mingling once the ceremony is over, after which you’ll be invited to dine in the medieval Undercroft for your wedding feast. Seating is available for up to 120 guests, with room for a dance area, too.
With a 600-year history and impressive regal connections, you could say Borthwick Castle is a venue fit for royalty! This magnificent castle is situated just 12 miles from Edinburgh, and comes complete with high-vaulted ceilings, antique furnishings and stylish, comfortable bedchambers. Fancy throwing in a Celtic twist? Additional Scottish touches can be included, such as whisky toasts and tastings, falconry displays and kilted pipers to welcome the happy couple. Available for exclusive hire for a minimum of two days, the castle can accommodate up to 70 guests, of which 26 can stay overnight.
Nestled in a valley near the Dorset/Devon border, River Cottage is a 65-acre working farm with a stunning backdrop of rolling hills and spectacular sunsets. For smaller parties of 20, the beautiful 16th-century farmhouse offers a more intimate ceremony, while those with over 100 guests have the option of the traditional threshing barn – a versatile space with plenty of room for dancing! The venue also offers a luxury seasonal menu using organic ingredients, the majority of which is grown and reared on the farm.
For a smaller celebration with up to 50 guests, Maison Talbooth in Essex ticks every box. This luxury country house hotel boasts surrounding views of the Dedham Vale and the river Stour, where couples have the choice of saying “I do” in the beautiful Garden Room. Hoping for a sunny day? Take exclusive use of the hotel and tie the knot outside the fabulous Pool House, where guests can also take advantage of 12 luxury bedrooms, relax in the spa and enjoy a dip in the heated outdoor pool.
This family-home-turned-wedding-venue is an antique-lover’s paradise, featuring vast collections of ornaments, paintings and furniture. Whether you’d prefer an intimate romantic ceremony or a large, lavish celebration with lots of guests, Maunsel House offers couples a variety of function rooms, from the smaller Victorian Library to the spacious Regency Ballroom. If you’ve got your sights set on an outdoor ceremony, the secret walled garden behind the main house provides space for a more private affair, while the elegant bandstand offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Somerset countryside.
Recently named ‘Romantic Venue of the Year’, this 400-year-old Grade-I-listed castle is perfect for those brides dreaming of a beautiful fairytale-like wedding. Based in South Wales, Hensol Castle is a truly striking venue with unique gothic features, from arched windows and sweeping staircases, to large turrets and an impressive 15-acre serpentine lake. There are six function rooms in which you can tie the knot, each offering light, airy spaces with stunning period decor. A complimentary stay on the night of the wedding is also included for the bride and groom.
If a historic venue is what you want for your big day, Leeds Castle is sure to hit the spot. Wedding packages are available both inside the castle and within The Maiden’s Tower, an elegant 16th-century stone building once used for glamorous 1920s parties. Those looking for a more relaxed, outdoor celebration will love the castle’s gardens, where men options range from sizzling BBQs to festival street food platters. Or for spectacular views of the moat and countryside, the 17th-century Fairfax Barn is an ideal reception venue suitable for up to 200 guests.
Rain or shine, Woodlands Castle is a charming wedding venue suitable for both small and large parties. Couples can choose to exchange vows inside The Garden Pavilion, where seating for up to 300 guests is available. Or, for a more intimate ceremony, tie the knot inside one of the many beautiful rooms inside the main house. If an outdoor wedding is more to your preference, the Victorian Veranda provides a beautiful backdrop at all times of year, but particularly in the summer months.
If you’ve got your hopes pinned on a historic venue, Hever Castle certainly fits the bill. The Kent-based attraction, which is best known for being the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, is a wonderful setting for a classic and traditional wedding ceremony. Couples can choose from a range of locations within the castle’s grounds, including the castle itself, the Edwardian Astor Wing, the luscious Italian Gardens or under a marquee on the Winter Garden Lawn.