5 Unusual Wedding Venues

Top Five Unusual Wedding Venues | CHWV

From former monasteries and historical ruins to secret gardens and Mongolian yurts, we have a number of venues that offer something a little bit different when it comes to your big day.

With 150 hand-picked locations to choose from, all of which boast their own special characteristics, you’ll be spoilt for choice in creating a wedding as individual as you are.

Unusual Wedding Venues


Set the scene for a truly unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience with our inspiring list of more unusual wedding venues.

1. The Italian Villa, Dorset

Unusal Wedding Venues - The Italian Villa

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With its secluded setting in the Grade II listed gardens of Compton Acres in Poole, The Italian Villa is a sensational wedding venue and a luxurious retreat that is full of grandeur, glamour and sophistication. The villa itself is stunning, blending classical design with modern touches. It boasts an off-white render exterior, pillars and statues reflecting its Roman architecture, three stunning suites for your use, a grand arched entrance and a balcony overlooking the magnificent Italian Garden. Oversized glass doors and windows add a contemporary touch, maximising the views over the 10 acres of themed gardens.

2. Slaugham Place, West Sussex

Unusual Wedding Venues - Slaugham Place

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Offering the most magical of wedding settings, the extensive grounds of Slaugham Place are home to the Grade II listed ruins of a striking Elizabethan manor house. These enchanting ruins with their three magnificent stone arches exude drama and romance and are a wonderful location for a wedding blessing. Surrounded by 12 acres of grounds including formal gardens, a river and a beautiful wooden bridge with stone pillars, the ruins are incredible and one of the most amazing locations for memorable photo opportunities.

4. Lanwades Hall, East Anglia

Unusual Wedding Venues - Lanwades Hall

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Lanwades Hall is a country manor house surrounded by 120 acres of wonderful gardens and parkland. A superb venue for a quintessentially English countryside wedding, it boasts a magnificent period manor house, mature gardens and a delightful ‘sunken’ secret garden and terrace. Taking a few steps down onto the garden is like setting foot inside a magical fairy tale as the garden and terrace have a whimsical and romantic feel which works perfectly for weddings. Offering a superb location for celebratory champagne, canapés or even the whole wedding breakfast, the garden is laid to lawn and surrounded by borders of climbing and trailing flowers and fragrant blooms.

5. River Cottage, Devon

Unusual Wedding Venues - River Cottage

With its secluded farmland location on the Devon / Dorset border, and just a stone’s throw away from the stunning Jurassic Coast, River Cottage is boutique wedding venue. Quaint and full of charm, River Cottage and its 65 acres of organic farmland is a unique wedding venue that features an eclectic style; a famous farmhouse, the traditional vegetable garden, an amazing Mongolian yurt and delicious dishes created by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s trained chefs. Couples are invited to say ‘I do’ in the gorgeous vegetable garden. A short walk takes you through the organic vegetable patch to the picturesque hazel arch, which is woven with climbing sweet peas and is a truly pretty place to become man and wife.

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