The 10 Best Lake District Wedding Venues 2020
If you’re planning on getting married in the Lake District then you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to incredible venues with breathtaking views. But as a wedding photographer, I’ve been to my fair share of weddings in this gorgeous corner of the world – and there’s a handful of venues I think stand out from all the rest.
So if you’re looking for the perfect place to tie the knot, here’s my pick of the very best Lake district wedding venues based on all the weddings I’ve photographed over the years.
The Gilpin Lake House
If you say “I do” at The Gilpin Lake House you’ll get exclusive use of the incredible Lake House, the four-acre lake it’s set on, and 100 acres of magnificent private grounds.
Inside the idyllic Lake House you’ll find a sweeping staircase, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lake and woodland, and roaring log fires that will keep everyone toasty if you tie the knot in winter.
During your two-night stay at the Gilpin Lake House, you and your guests will be able to pamper yourselves in the indoor and outdoor saunas, two outdoor hot tubs, and a heated indoor pool that looks out onto the four-acre lake.
What’s more, the staff are seriously amazing here – your wish is their command!
Your big day is bound to be idyllic at The Gilpin Lake House, especially as its wedding packages give you use of the incredible on-site spa facilities to ensure it’s a seriously special occasion.
Hidden River Barn
See more photos from Samantha and Damien’s wedding at the Hidden River Barn.
If you’re after a fun and relaxed wedding venue in the Lake District, look no further than Hidden River Barn.
This new wedding venue from the people behind the incredible Hidden River Cabins is nestled away in the Cumbrian countryside on its own private estate.
The barn itself has a picturesque rustic aesthetic with a modern twist. It features floor-to-ceiling windows that let in plenty of natural light, a mezzanine floor, and (most important of all!) a fully-stocked bar. It’s also fitted out with air conditioning and two roaring log fires, ensuring it will always be the perfect temperature.
The barn is surrounded by ancient woodland and miles of private riverbank that make for some incredible photos of your big day.
On a sunny day, your guests can spill out and enjoy the idyllic surroundings, making this a great venue for a summer wedding. The woods get covered in carpets of bluebells earlier in the year, making this a fantastic choice for a spring wedding too.
See more photos from Jen and Will’s wedding at Silverholme Manor
Silverholme Manor is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a unique and quirky venue for your Lake District wedding.
Set right on Windermere with unparalleled panoramas of the famous lake, it has some of the best views in the entire Lakes. Plus, it has private access to the lake, meaning you and your guests can even head for a dip if the feeling takes you.
On top of all this, you get exclusive use of the stunning five-star Georgian manor house from Friday afternoon all the way through to Monday morning, meaning there’s no need for you and your wedding party to have to drag yourselves out of bed on the Sunday morning when you’re bound to all be a bit worse for wear.
The rooms themselves are incredible as well, with a unique country vibe.
One thing guests of Silverholme Manor weddings always love as well is the fact there’s so much room on the lawns surrounding the manor for games, including wedding day archery (although you might want to put that away when the drinks really start flowing!).
Yew Tree Farm
For a completely unique Lake District wedding, you can tie the knot at Yew Tree Farm – Beatrix Potter’s old cottage and farm.
It really doesn’t get more “Lake District” than Yew Tree Farm, which combines rustic appeal with stunning surroundings.
Your ceremony will be held in the traditional 17th century barn, and then festivities will move to the historic farmhouse that was once owned by one of Britain’s most beloved children’s authors.
Get married here and it really will be a truly unforgettable day – especially for Beatrix Potter fans.
Storrs Hall is an elegant Grade II-listed Georgian Mansion that sits within 17 acres of incredible grounds right on the shoreline of Lake Windermere.
It’s one of the most picturesque wedding venues I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing – you’ll get particularly good photos on the beautiful period staircase and surrounded by the amazing artwork every room is jam-packed with.
The beautifully landscaped grounds are absolutely flawless, and there are incredible views everywhere you look (which makes for incredible photos of your big day).
The food at Storrs Hall is amazing as well, which your guests are all bound to appreciate.
Plus, you can start your honeymoon at Storrs Hall’s gorgeous boathouse, which sits in its own private grounds and has its own hot tub and fire pit.
Cragwood Country House
Cragwood Country House is another incredible exclusive-use wedding venue nestled on the shoes of Lake Windermere.
The house itself is an elegant grand Edwardian country house that’s the perfect choice if you’re looking for a more traditional setting for your big day. What’s more, it sits in 20-acres of gorgeous grounds that are sure to take your guests’ breath away.
Whenever I’ve shot weddings at Cragwood, guests always love the champagne cruise around Lake Windermere – you and your wedding party are picked up at a private jetty and then take in the breath-taking scenery while enjoying chilled champagne.
You don’t just have to take my word that this is an incredible venue, either: Cragwood Country House was voted Wedding Venue of the Year 2019 by Cumbria Tourism and was a regional finalist at The Wedding Industry Awards in 2020, 2019 and 2018.
So, there you have it: my pick of the top wedding venues in the Lake District. If you’re thinking of tying the knot in this beautiful corner of the world, you’re bound to have an incredible day if you go with any of these venues.
And if you’re looking for a photographer to capture all the special moments from your big day in a natural and relaxed way, take a look at my Lake District wedding photography packages and get in touch with any questions and enquiries.
Set in 100 acres of land within the enchanting Upper Eden Valley, the 200-year-old Eden Barn is sure to charm your guests and provide you with the perfect wedding day.
Eden Barn was lovingly restored by its owners for a family wedding in 2015, so you can imagine how much care and attention went into making it the perfect place for an intimate wedding. It’s therefore no surprise that today it’s one of the most idyllic exclusive-use wedding venues in the country.
The views in every direction are incredible at Eden Barn, as are its vast grounds – which your party are sure to enjoy exploring throughout the day.
And if you’re lucky with the weather, you and your partner can exchange vows under a handcrafted rustic pavilion in front of an absolutely breathtaking backdrop.
Langdale Chase is a gorgeous hotel that’s steeped in history, making it the perfect venue for anyone looking for a traditional venue for their big day.
It’s hard to pick the highlight of Langdale Chase: the sweeping staircase, the spellbinding views onto Lake Windermere, or the spectacular grounds.
One thing is for sure: the food is some of the most incredible in the entire Lake District. You and your guests are sure to have an incredible dining experience if you get married here, meaning the foodies in your party are bound to be happy.
As one of the Lakes’ premier hotels, it’s no surprise that the guest bedrooms are another big highlight at Langdale Chase. The Boathouse Bedroom that newlyweds share is a particularly incredible room with breathtaking views.
The Samling is a great place to get hitched if you’re looking for an intimate setting to say your vows in front of your nearest and dearest.
Get married here and you’ll get exclusive use of the entire hotel, overnight use of all its rooms, and the undivided attention of the excellent team.
Nestled in its own secluded corner along the Windermere shoreline, The Samling is one of the Lakes’ hidden gems. Its glass-walled restaurant provides incredible views to go with the fantastic food, and the award-winning wine list is sure to please any aspiring sommeliers in your party.
The hotel’s gardens are stunning as well – particularly the Ornamental Garden, where you’re bound to get some incredible photographs of your big day.
And to top it all of, The Samling has an outdoor hot tub that looks out over Windermere for one of the most unforgettable views you’ll ever see.
Looking for an intimate setting for your wedding or elopement? Cote How is a gorgeous venue that specialises in small weddings.
This beautiful historic country house, which was built during the reign of Henry VIII, is set in four acres of gorgeous grounds in the heart of the Lake District.
And despite specialising in intimate ceremonies, there are actually five different places you can get married at Cote How, from the house itself to outside on the manicured lawns that were landscaped in the 1800s.
The River Rothay runs through the estate and there’s breathtaking views in every direction, meaning you’re sure to end up with spectacular photographs to remember your day by.
Caroline and Steve, Cote How’s owners, really go the extra mile to make sure your wedding day is completely seamless as well – no matter how many hiccups there are along the way.
Ok so there is another place I feel worthy of adding to this list, its one I think is very deserving and it is amazing when you see it: Lingholm Estate in Derwent Water.
If you are looking for an eclectic and beautiful country hall in the Lake District then Lingholm Estate might be just for you!
Lingholm Manor is a grand Victorian mansion which has been in Lake District life since the 1800’s. It has incredibly beautiful grounds and stunning vistas across Derwentwater.
The grounds is host to some very special guests too in the form of beautiful Alpacas which you can meet personally as part of your wedding day at Lingholm Manor, what a wonderful assiteion to any wedding day for both the couple and guests.
The owners and staff are always on hand to help and give guidance to any places that might be great for photographs on your wedding day.
So, there you have it: my pick of the top wedding venues in the Lake District. If you’re thinking of tying the knot in this beautiful corner of the world, you’re bound to have an incredible day if you go with any of these venues. And if you’re looking for a photographer to capture all the special moments from your big day in a natural and relaxed way, take a look at my Lake District wedding photography packages and get in touch with any questions and enquiries.