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Top 12 Lake District Wedding Venues


Gavin Jacob Power

The Favourite Cumbria + Lake District Wedding Venues from a Wedding Photographers View.

The Lake District and Cumbria is awash with glorious wedding venues. I have been a wedding photographer in the Lake District for six years, and in that time I’ve had the privilege of photographing weddings in some of the best lake district wedding venues. Chances are you are reading this after recently getting engaged – congratulations if this is the case. Wedding planning can be a stressful time. The first instance you will be wandering what do I do first? Well Booking your wedding venue is most likely priority one. So hopefully this will help.

Picking your dream wedding venue can be tricky – The Lake District is known for its outdoor beauty. Tipi weddings & Marquee weddings are often a popular choice. However barns, country houses, or large hotels too host magnificent weddings throughout the whole of the Lake District and Cumbria. The list of Cumbria & Lake District wedding venues below is varied to offer a good selection of choices. They are based on some of my personal favourites that throughout the years I have enjoying photographing weddings at. So grab a glass of Prosecco and enjoy a peruse.

1| Abbey House Hotel >> South Cumbria Wedding Venue

Abbey House Hotel & Gardens is a stunning, award winning wedding venue that will create the perfect wedding of your dreams. Abbey House is more than just a luxury Lake District hotel however, It is a wedding wonderland set in 14 acres of landscaped grounds on the doorstep of the Southern Lake District.

When you are not eating your delicious wedding breakfast in the majestic grand hall, you can be taking a stroll down to the nearby Furness Abbey or around the grounds capturing magical wedding photographs before partying the night away. Abbey House has a larger function suite for wedding with more guests, and a fabulous bothy to get ready in the morning of your wedding.

Abbey House Wedding photo at furness abbey


2| Armathwaite Hall >> Lake District Wedding Venues (Country House)

Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa is an unforgettable Lake District wedding venue, set on the shores of the breath-taking Bassenthwaite Lake. They offer four different wedding ceremony venues, including the stunning outside Woodland Gazebo. There is an option to suit every budget and style.

A wedding in the Lake District would be pointless without stunning views of the surrounding countryside. One of the greatest pulls of Armathwaite Hall is its location. Set in an elevated position on the shore, looking out over Bassenthwaite Lake and Mount Skiddaw. You can get married outside whilst you a glimpse of your amazing natural surroundings.

With the tranquility of the gardens, breath-taking countryside, mouth-watering food. Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa is a truly unique place to celebrate your wedding day. An exception environment for an elopement wedding.

Gay Wedding at Armathwaite Hall lake district elopement - the best lake district wedding venue


3| Askham Hall >> Lake District Wedding Venue

Askham Hall, Is a wedding venue of pure class. With a charming Grade II listed Bank Barn that has been sympathetically converted into a first class wedding venue. With original features, bare stone walls and an open beamed oak ceiling together with contemporary lighting, an oak dance floor and large glass doors. Perfect for the wedding ceremony and after party.

Askham Hall really is a special and unique setting for your wedding. The hall itself retains a grand allure. With Michelin Starred food, a swimming pool, and the most delightfully manicured gardens for your wedding walk. It is a place that wedding photographers dream of. A venue with a lot of character and charm.

Askham Hall Wedding Photography Of Bride and Groom lake district - a top lake district wedding venue


4| Blaithwaite House >> North West Cumbria Wedding Venue

Blaithwaite House weddings are like no other. With heavenly secluded gardens, exquisite original features and a rustic barn. This uniquely private wedding venue, full with accommodation for your guests, will create incomparable photos of your day and memories to last for a lifetime.

It’s the attention to detail which really makes a successful and memorable wedding and the team at Blaithwaite House are next to none. They cater for your every need and there is nothing too much. The highlight is a glorious autumnal wedding on the summer house and the sun glistens across the pond. If you want wedding serenity this is your place.

Blaithwaite house wedding photography with a jenny packham wedding dress - at a a top lake district wedding venue


5| Eden Barn >> South East Cumbria Wedding Venue

Eden Barn host weddings with a true charm! Set in 100 acres, their exclusive and intimate licensed Wedding Barn will immerse your guests in the endearment and character of Cumbria’s enchanting Upper Eden Valley. 

Eden Barns traditional 200 year old Westmorland stone barn has a rustic elegance that can be tailored to your theme, for a unique wedding. This beautiful building is packed with rustic charm from the giant chandeliers to the exposed stone walls, limestone flagged floor and vaulted ceiling. Outside there are expansive views, a hand-thatched gazebo – for that outdoor wedding ceremony – and lovely landscaped grounds. 

It still maintains the character of the farm, which is perfect for creating some truly memorable wedding photographs. A must view for all.

Wedding Photography of Eden Barn a top lake district wedding venue


6| Gilpin Lake House >> Lake District Wedding Venues (South)

The wedding venue that I always said I would choose. In my eyes there is not a better wedding venue in the Lake District for a small intimate or elopement wedding.

Designed with exclusive use in mind. The Lake House is on three levels with a beautiful entrance and sweeping staircase leading to six fabulous suites; include the bridal suite with endless windows overlooking the lake and woodland. Your wedding guests can keep snug next to the log fire in a large lounge scattered with sofas, armchairs, bookcases and floor to ceiling windows. The large conservatory overlooking the lake hosts the wedding ceremonies and wedding breakfast, however an outside gazebo caters for the more adventurous of brides.

Unwind the next day with Michelin starred food, created by Hrishikesh Desai whilst enjoying the tranquility of Gilpin Lakehouse. With a spa including traditional saunas (inside and out), two outdoor hot tubs, a heated indoor pool with views towards the four-acre lake – which comes with its very own rowing boat. A wedding photography opportunity right there.

A wedding couple taking a row on the tarn at gilpin lakehouse during their elopement at a top lake district wedding venue


7| Hidden River Cabins >> North Cumbria Wedding Venue

Hidden River Cabins is a beautiful Cumbrian wedding venue on the Scottish border, just outside the Lake District! Hidden River Cabins makes the perfect wedding venue for any outdoorsy bride and groom, with woodland walks; log cabins; hot tubs and a river meandering through. The options of where to get married are vast at this wedding venue. you could get married in a tipi/marquee, inside one of the log cabins, the cafe, or to hold your wedding ceremony the newly renovated and quite simply stunning wedding barn.

Hidden River Cabins is a venue that can literally cater for any type and size of wedding and to top it off your wedding photos will be outrageously cool – especially when you book to photograph them. No hint dropped.

Golden hour wedding photo at hidden river cabins a top lake district wedding venue


8| High Barn & Edenhall Estate >> Penrith Wedding Venue

High Barn offers stunning panoramic views of the eden valley, pennine fells, and the Lake District. Who wouldn’t want to see that on their wedding day?

The barn itself is of traditional sandstone and comfortably accommodates 70 people for the wedding breakfast, with ample space for extra guests to party the evening away. From the sandstone barn head out through the arched entrance onto a large flat garden area which is perfect for a relaxed drinks wedding reception, whilst the guest toast smalls around the fire-pit. For weddings larger than 70, this site can host a tipi or marquee. The surrounding woodland are perfect for a celebrant wedding ceremony, a perfect getaway wedding venue for any couple looking for an elopment wedding.

High barn is one part of the Edenhall estate, which in itself hosts an array of exciting places to say “I will” It even comes with its own resident deer. A wedding photograph that you would never forget.

Wedding photograph at high barn edenhall


9| Longlands at Cartmel >>Lake District Wedding Venue (Barn)

Longlands at Cartmel is a wedding venue that ticks all my boxes. One of main features of Longlands that draws me has to be the garden. The walled kitchen garden is a perfect place for wedding photographs. The garden is looking stunning this year and the completion of the orangery is the tip of and wedding drinks reception. Did I mention all the greenhouses! My wedding photography forte

The hay barn on one side of the courtyard at the back of the main house has been restored to provide a unique wedding ceremony and recpetion venue for up to 120 people. Outside there are stunning views across to Hampsfel. To simply summarise, Longlands at Cartmel is a relaxed yet stunning wedding venue.

Wedding photography Bride and Groom in the walled garden at a wedding in longlands at cartmel a top lake district wedding venue


10| Skitby >> North Cumbria Wedding Venue

Once a working dairy and beef farm Skitby has since been converted to a stylish country restaurant and award-winning function venue.

The Traditional sandstone and ancient timber beams merge to create a cool, chic yet elegant contemporary feel. A unique environment for your wedding day. With outstanding service, and eye for decoration and mouth watering food, Skitby is a perfect venue for any inmate day. The caring and passionate team at Skitby will always aspire to deliver a professional and seamless service.

The building itself is glorious, and when couples alongside Skitby’s beautiful gardens, it turns into a wedding paradise. The nearby field is perfect for wedding photographs that host a backdrop of the Lake District and Carrock fells.

Skitby House Wedding Photo of confetti - Lake district wedding photography a top lake district wedding venue


11| Storrs Hall >> Lake District Wedding Venue

Storrs Hall offers one of the most idyllic wedding venues in the Lake District, with an extraordinary backdrop for a wedding celebration. The elegant Grade II listed Georgian Mansion sits within 17 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds on the picturesque shoreline of Lake Windermere. Whether you dream of a small intimate wedding, or the exclusive use of the house.

Storrs Hall offers you an unforgettable wedding day, from fine dining to wine tasting whilst looking out on the Lakeland fells beyond. A truly unique setting for your wedding in the most beautiful of locations in the Lake District

Wedding photography of a Bride and Groom at a Storrs Hall Wedding


12| Three Hills Barn >> North Cumbria Wedding Venue

Three Hills Barn is a beautiful wedding barn and more, set within the 300 acres of a family farm in Torpenhow, in the North of Cumbria. The warm and spacious 19th century threshing barn, Illuminated all year round by glistening fairy lights, seats up to 150 people and is set in the middle of 300 acre ring fenced farm with access to woodlands and views of the Caldbeck Fells.

Three Hills Barn has minimal guest accommodation but is the perfect place for a more adventurous couple, it is a wedding venue surrounded by natural beautiful and basked in sunlight.

Three Hills Barn Wedding Photography - Inside the ceremony barn at a lake district wedding venue




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