An atmospheric setting, glistening frost on the grass, a little sprinkling of snow, and time with your closest friends and family; we love a good winter wedding here at Country House Wedding Venues and know that choosing the right venue for your seasonal day is key. So we’ve thought long and hard about our collection of wonderful venues and picked just 5 of our favourites for a magical winter wedding…
1) Wasing Park, Berkshire
What makes Wasing Park a great choice for winter weddings is the fact that everything you could need for your big day is all on site. You’ll be able to enjoy the fabulous features at Wasing Park from the moment you arrive to get ready for your big day, right through to the following morning where you’ll wake up in the gorgeous honeymoon suite as Mr & Mrs.
The stylish, contemporary country estate gives you the option of the pretty Garden Room for civil ceremonies as well as a church, just yards away for a religious ceremony. If you opt to exchange vows in the Garden Room, you’ll be able to enjoy views of crisp wintery lawns and the rustic Castle Barn.
If you thought tying the knot was a breeze, the celebrations that follow are made even easier. Wasing Park has a delightful, restored wedding barn for you to enjoy during your wedding breakfast and evening reception, and a selection of wonderful accommodation for friends, family and the honeymoon couple. Wasing Park’s honeymoon suite also gives you, the newlyweds, the opportunity to enjoy your own romantic retreat for the night – with perhaps the biggest and cosiest bed you’ll find in Berkshire. And lets be honest – what more would you want on a cold winter’s night!
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2) Bartholomew Barn, West Sussex
If you’re dreaming of a magical woodland wonderland celebration, Bartholomew Barn is no doubt the perfect setting. Set amongst acres of fields and woodland you’ll find the rustic barn, licensed for up to 100 guests for your civil ceremony.
The restored barn in which you tie the knot will also be the location for your wedding breakfast and reception. Bartholomew is the perfect venue for intimate weddings and looks great with magical fairy light detailing and rustic décor. What’s more, you’ll also find a log burner sitting at one end of the barn, making the space feel extra cosy and inspiring during the stunning winter months.
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3) Harburn House, West Lothian
There’s something about that warm, cosy atmosphere of a home that we just love during the winter months - the soft furnishings, warm interiors, gorgeous décor and seasonal gatherings with friends and family. At Harburn House, you can enjoy all this and more as you celebrate with your nearest and dearest in the wonderful privately owned stately home. You’ll be able to get married inside the house with its luxurious homely décor that’s both chic and vintage in style, or the 200-year-old Rondavel. The Rondavel is a stunning, rustic, round building situated in the gardens of Haymains Lodge and offers couples a unique venue in which to get wed.
Your celebrations can continue in either The Rondavel, or within Harburn House itself, depending on your guest numbers. Alternatively, you can brave the weather and opt for a marquee reception for up to 200 guests.
One thing we particularly love about Harburn House is that it’s available for exclusive use throughout the weekend. So why not be Lord and Lady for the weekend as you enjoy a winter weekend wedding party with 40 of your guests, who can reside in the accommodation on site. You’ll be able to prepare a pre-wedding feast the night before your big day and enjoy an array of countryside activities throughout your stay.
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4) Kirtlington Park, Oxfordshire
Don’t you just love those fab British dramas that are on our screens in the winter months and during the Christmas break? The Downton Abbey Christmas Special, The Young Victoria and classic films like Jane Eyre. At Kirtlington Park you’ll be transported back to these eras as you celebrate your wedding in the magnificent Grade 1 listed 18th century house. Set in ‘Capability’ Brown parkland and gardens, with views of the Chilterns, you’ll be in store for a truly glamorous and grand affair.
Let’s face it, during the winter months, you might not feel like venturing outdoors in your wedding gown, and at Kirtlington Park, you’ll have absolutely no need to. Your photographer will be able to capture all your wow-factor moments indoors. From your bridal entrance down the grand sweeping staircase to your winter banquet within the splendid hall, and your first dance in the grand Saloon to portraits of you and your loved one against the backdrop of the quintessentially English character and style of the country home.
When it comes to wedding day themes, Great Gatsby, Marie Antoinette, or classic elegance would work just perfectly at Kirtlington Park this winter.
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5) Bassmead Manor Barns, Cambridgeshire
If there’s one time of year when you can really feel that romance in the air around you, it’s winter. So, what better place to celebrate your nuptials than in one of our most romantic venues, Bassmead Manor Barns. You’ll be able to start your wedding day preparations in the luxurious bridal boudoir before walking down the aisle in the rustic and romantic Rickety Barn. The traditional timber barn seats up to 150 guests and has a warm ambience, perfect for those winter months. You can also add an extra touch of warmth and magic with fairy lights adorning the beams and flowers hanging from the impressive barn lighting.
Your winter romance will continue as you move into the Bridge Barn to enjoy a fine food and dancing, right into the night. You’ll have a beautiful view out onto the bridal garden, Moat Bridge and Cambridgeshire countryside further afield, and if snow falls, the scenery will look just stunning. Luxurious and homely accommodation is also available on site, in the Dove Cottage honeymoon suite and in Appletree Cottage, with its seven double en-suite bedrooms.
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