Could there be a more magical setting for a wedding than a spectacular country house in summertime? We’ve put together a list of our top 11 country house wedding venues (10 was just too hard!) which all offer something truly amazing to help you make the most of the summer and celebrate your special day.
1. Gosfield Hall
This once royal, grand mansion is set in ten acres of parkland and provides a fantastic backdrop for your special day. The inner courtyard at Gosfield Hall is used to host sun-soaked ceremonies in the summer months and can also be the location for your grand entrance the ancient archway in your wedding car.
Wakehurst in West Sussex provides the ultimate English country garden wedding. The venue is set in 400 acres of parkland, woodland and botanical gardens, which create an idyllic backdrop for your indoor ceremonies, or a picturesque setting for a marquee wedding on the croquet lawn. With so many incredible spots to choose from, your wedding photographs will be second to none.
3. Langrish House
Set in 14 acres of glorious grounds and close to unspoilt beaches on the South coast. For something a little different, The Wedding Bothy at Langrish House is the perfect place to exchange vows during summer. Rustic and charming, the oak structure with natural stone wall and floral displays forms a boutique backdrop for couples. Guests can watch on from the lush green lawn while admiring the breathtaking lakeside location.
4. Bignor Park
Bignor Park is tucked away at the foot of the unspoilt South Downs, an impressive half-mile long sweeping driveway leads to the elegant 19th Century stately home. The venue is full of wonderful outdoor locations with the cobbled courtyard, walled Quadrangle and stunning Greek Loggia providing some beautiful opportunities for you and your guests to enjoy the sun.
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5. Warwick House
Set in the heart of Shakespeare country, Warwick House is a grand venue with a delightful landscaped terrace and attractive gardens. The gazebo is a perfect setting for photographs and outdoor ceremonies when the sun is shining and is surrounded by beautiful outdoor areas that offer stunning photo opportunities at every turn.
6. Chippenham Park
Chippenham Park is an outstanding Cambridgeshire-based country house venue offering award-winning grounds in which to enjoy your special day. Including manicured lawns, a charming terrace, extensive parkland, tree-lined pathways and lakes and canals, there are plenty of picture-perfect backdrops for romantic wedding photography. The Octagon also offers an exceptional outdoor setting to hold your ceremony and make the most of the truly spectacular grounds that surround you.
7. The Green
The Green nestles in an achingly pretty and wonderfully secluded spot within a densely wooded valley in Cornwall. With a range of different ceremony and reception options, embrace the great outdoors by exchanging vows at the beautiful Lake Arbour and dance the night away under a veil of stars.
8. Burton Court
Overlooking the picturesque Herefordshire countryside, Burton Court is renowned for its landscaped gardens and spectacular views. Great care and attention has gone into the gardens to recreate an elegant Victorian and Edwardian look which combines soft whites, pinks, reds, lilacs and purples and is stunningly attractive when in full bloom, making the gardens the perfect setting for drinks, mingling and photography.
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9. Tofte Manor
Renowned for its amazing gardens and external space, Tofte Manor is an exceptionally beautiful venue that boasts a 17th Century manor house, delightful grounds and a magical labyrinth, which, positioned in a secluded part of the garden, is an enchanting and unique option for a blessing. Five acres of landscaped gardens provide a wonderful backdrop for the wedding celebration and memorable photographs.
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10. Rockley Manor
Rockley Manor is a real hidden gem nestled in the Marlborough Downs, in Wiltshire. For outdoor weddings, the Georgian Portico is perfect, offering the most picturesque setting surrounded by mature trees, manicured hedges, floral displays and pretty pathways. Alternatively, the secret garden at Rockley Manor is a magical place to exchange vows with garden folly, fountain and secret vistas over the parkland. The choice is yours!
11. Askham Hall
Set in captivating grounds and surrounded by the undulating scenery of the Lake District, Askham Hall is perfect for a summer wedding. The enchanting outdoor pavilion allows for outdoor weddings with views of the estate's formal gardens, colourful terraces, herbaceous borders, woodland, meadows and ponds. It's an idyllic setting to exchange vows on a lovely summer's day and a perfect spot for photos.
So there you have it, our 11 favourite country house wedding venues that are perfect for making the most of the British summertime!
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