Unique Wedding Venues for 2017
Did you get a sparkly diamond ring under the tree this Christmas? Congratulations! Now the fun part begins. Picking your special venue is the first step to creating a truly unique occasion. Whether you dream of a formal ceremony followed by high tea and croquet in a sprawling stately home or a more relaxed affair swanning around Eden-like gardens in a designer boho gown, here is our pick of the best and most romantic wedding venues the UK has on offer. (Imagine the photographs!)
Prepare to be amazed by the welcoming ambience, exceptional interiors and impressive pastoral setting of The Stack; this former Cornish engine house turned exclusive wedding venue will set wedding day dreams on fire. There is space for up to 40 guests to roam between the house (all five stories of it!) and grounds which have spectacular views and plenty of secret nooks for stealing kisses with your new spouse. High-spirited toasting and revelry will be well matched with smoky barbecue feasts, Champagne toasts in the hot tub and dancing under the moonlight.
Where do we start?! This new and exclusive wedding venue near Castle Combe flew onto the luxury wedding scene last year and was almost immediately dubbed one of the best venues in the UK by Condé Nast Brides magazine. Carefully pruned topiary, trickling fountains, faultless lush green lawns and fragrant rose gardens offer a bevy of tempting choices for where to hold the perfect bespoke wedding within this sprawling estate. The Lost Orangery is a venue sure to have each and every one of your guests lost for words.
Tenderly cosseted by the arms of the Tamar Valley near the Cornwall-Devon border, the fifty acres of idyllic farmland flanked by wildflower meadows at Whimplestone provides a heart-stirring backdrop for the intimate country wedding of your dreams. Up to 10 friends and family members can join the celebrations at this private wedding venue, with oodles of space for guests to mill about with canapés and Cornish bubbles within the sprawling grounds. Why not enlist the talents of a local string quartet to serenade the party with a classical interlude to rival the birdsong-filled sky? Entertain guests with boules, table tennis and a spot of kite flying out on the lawn.
Florin is a unique wedding venue for couples looking to tie the knot in magical surroundings not far from West Wales' Heritage coast. The sun-drenched conservatory and dining room can seat 50 of your nearest and dearest for a sit down meal, whilst larger parties will be able to celebrate in a marquee within the stately grounds which have magic around every perfectly pruned bush and fountain. Set in five acres of enchanting gardens and within close proximity to the coast, the photo opportunities here are endless! Florin is what dreams of fairy tale weddings are made of. Oh and then there's the house itself, did we mention how romantic this would be for the wedding night?!
From the moment the wedding car draws up the sweeping drive, couples will be transported into the glittering world of the English aristocracy. Striking topiary creatures adorn the estate, while the Grade II listed house stands handsome and elegant. Inside, rich fabrics, bold furnishings and impressive chandeliers continue the feeling of grandeur. Up to 60 guests can be accommodated in a marquee on the lawn, so take your pick of the day's events; from informal vintage-style garden parties to grand champagne celebrations - let your imagination run wild at The Parsonage.
Boasting all the hallmarks of a quintessentially English country home, this exquisite private wedding venue in the Cotswolds has a honeyed stone façade and elegant interiors along with a tennis court and croquet lawn within its two acres of landscaped gardens. Once you have gazed into your betrothed’s eyes and said ‘I do’, invite family and friends to join you in your choice of marquee on the lawn where up to 100 guests can feast, dance and celebrate until the wee hours. Burcombe House provides a relaxed setting for a beautiful country wedding with a difference. The closest village of Woodmancote is where the Queen is said to enjoy tea with friends. If it’s good enough for Her Majesty...
This large coastal Pavilion-style home is set in a breathtaking cliff top position above a long stretch of golden sand in north Cornwall and perfect for those wanting to impress. Northcott Beach House does not currently hold a civil ceremony licence, but with plenty of sweet old Cornish churches nearby, you can take your pick! Invite up to 50 friends and family to celebrate in a marquee in the garden overlooking the beach. Hire a local band and party into the night at this wonderfully remote home-from-home.
Thank you to the following contributing photographers: Sacha Miller, Gyan Gurung, Christina Sarah Photography, Noakes & Di Cioccio, Amy B Photography.