With the summer season in full swing, we’re dreaming of outdoor wedding ceremonies and Pimms on the lawn. If you, like us, have got a soft spot for the great outdoors, take a look at these beautiful locations from Country House Wedding Venues. They might just be the perfect setting for your al fresco celebration…
Gosfield Hall, Essex
Who says you can’t combine historic charm with gorgeous garden romance? The Tudor mansion, Gosfield Hall, proves that a regal wedding venue can have it all and stands in 10 acres of exquisite parkland.
While there are options for a civil ceremony indoors, we love the beautiful outdoor Carriageway – where you can tie the knot with up to 116 guests looking on.
The grounds here are exclusively yours for the day. So you’ll be able to enjoy a drinks reception on the manicured croquet lawns and admire the stunning panoramic views of Gosfield Lake – which can also be seen from many of the bedrooms.
The bright flowers and water fountain within the picturesque inner courtyard also make the perfect spot for your newlywed shots.
Hyde Barn, Gloucestershire
If you want to tie the knot outdoors, you can’t get much better than the Cotswolds, renowned for its natural beauty.
The pretty Hyde Barn sits in glorious Cotswolds countryside and offers up peaceful and tranquil surroundings that you and your guests can enjoy all day long.
From the moment you arrive, you’ll be able to make the most of the setting as you step out onto the Juliet balcony from your charming Bridal Suite. With views of the gardens and countryside beyond, you’ll achieve a sense of calm and grounding ahead of your big day.
Hyde Barn is also licenced for outdoor ceremonies, beneath the beautiful arbour in Fosse Manor garden, and can be followed by a drinks reception out of Hyde Barn terrace.
Of course, it goes without saying that your photographs will be utterly beautiful too, capturing the romance of the day in the stunning Cotswolds setting.
Lemore Manor, Herefordshire
With its traditional country house style and 11 acres of grounds, Lemore Manor provides the ideal setting for your weekend of wedding celebrations.
Within the grounds you’ll have plenty to explore. There are the pretty gardens, filled with beautiful blooms, and mature woodland, perfect for the two of you to slip away to and enjoy a few moments alone.
There are a number of ceremony settings both inside and outside of the manor. For your outdoor ceremony, you’ll have the choice of the romantic bandstand amongst the glorious gardens, or you can tie the knot on the front steps of the manor house.
When the sun is shining, why bring your celebrations indoors when you don’t have to? At Lemore Manor, you and your guests will be able to enjoy drinks and canapés on the terrace before dining outdoors in the undercover Terrace. It’s here you’ll soak up the views of the pretty gardens and the Black Mountains beyond.
Bignor Park, West Sussex
Bignor Park is an outdoor lover’s dream, oozing rural charm and sophistication. Situated within 1,200 acres of land, at the foot of the South Downs, the awe-inspiring venue will be your very own rural escape.
You’ll exchange vows outdoors in the beautiful Greek Loggia, surrounded by greenery. Simple, natural and beautiful, the ceremony setting will ensure that all eyes are on you.
Once the formalities are over, you and your guests can enjoy the panoramic views across South Downs National Park, which also provide the most stunning backdrop for your newlywed shots. But it’s not just the nearby surroundings that are impressive; the details within Bignor Park’s grounds will capture your heart and imagination too.
There’s also the opportunity for a marquee or tipi reception out on the lawns – ensuring you enjoy the countryside setting right through to dusk.
Winkworth Farm, Wiltshire
If you’re dreaming of a rustic romance, you can’t beat a barn wedding at a farm. Full of character and outdoorsy rural charm, Winkworth Farm is ideal for a laid-back country celebration.
While there are a variety of indoor ceremony options within the barns, our favourite summer spot is the Cotswold Stone Roundhouse – an open air setting in the rose garden. Surrounded by organic meadows, this pretty setting can seat up to 200 of your nearest and dearest.
Your whole wedding celebration will take advantage of the countryside location, with local and organic produce being served wherever possible. You’ll also be able to stay the night within Courtyard Barn, countryside lover’s paradise.
Guests can spend the night in true outdoors style too by glamping in tipis and hobbit houses, situated just a short walk away.
Heaton House, Cheshire
Featuring sandstone barns, glorious gardens and far reaching views across three counties, Cheshire’s Heaton House Farm has to be one of our favourite outdoor venues.
Even though you can take advantage of the glorious views at any time during the year, the spring and summer months offer up a fantastic opportunity to get outdoors explore the space.
The Oak Pagoda provides the spot in which the two of you will say ‘I do’. Dressed with fairy lights and lovely flowerbeds, it’s a magical place for you to tie the knot. What’s more, you’ll also have wonderful views of the surrounding countryside, which you can go on to enjoy during the day.
So, whether you fancy a spot of cricket, you’d like to set up some garden games or you’d like an informal feast served outside; the gardens are yours to enjoy and do with what you please.
To discover more beautiful outdoor venues, visit the Country House Wedding Venues website.