October 31, 2012. Written by Agnes Los
One of the UK’s most beautiful regions, Cumbria, also known as the Lake District, needs to introduction. Predominantly rural, therefore calm, quiet, and full of natural beauty and resources, including spectacular views, forests, water sports, and picturesque spots, it is the perfect place for a wedding - anything from small and intimate receptions to grand celebrations by the lakeside. Traditionally, the couples can expect the famous English hospitality, amazing local cuisine, and spectacular backdrops for photographs – and that’s just the start! Here are some of the best venues in the Lake District, for every couple and every budget.
Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
The excellent Macdonald Hotel Group has two gems of wedding venues to offer in the Lake District – the first of which is the Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa located on the shores of Lake Windermere. Up to 180 guests can attend a wedding celebration, and partake in a range of outdoor activities and water sports for their enjoyment. An exclusive wedding coordinator and a toastmaster are available to each couple.
Macdonald Leeming House
The Macdonald Group’s second marvellous venue is the Macdonald Leeming House, ideally placed amongst 22 acres of private ground, with magnificent views of the Lake District from the terraced function rooms. Accommodating up to 120 guests for an evening reception, it is available for exclusive hire, and has complimentary stay for the bride and groom. For an added special touch, the newlyweds receive a souvenir engraved knife as a gift.
The Linthwaite House Hotel
Often called the Lake District’s Most Romantic Wedding Venue, the Linthwaite House Hotel has rightly earned this honour, both for its romantic landscape, spectacular views over Lake Windermere, and excellent service. Couples can enjoy their wedding day on 14 acres of private secluded gardens and summer house and stay at the Luxury Loft Suite, along with the services of an experienced wedding coordinator, food including children’s menus, and accommodations for up to 60 guests. Voted in the top 100 wedding venues in the UK and abroad by Brides Magazine for three years in a row, an accolade fully deserved.
Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel
This 17th century former stately home on the edge of Bassenthwaite Lake, the Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel is the perfect wedding venue for all seasons. Holding a civil ceremony licence, it can host both intimate or grand celebrations for up to 150 guests, with 46 bedrooms available for accommodations. There is an award-winning spa for those who prefer to relax, or country walks and bicycle rides to the nearby wildlife park for outdoor activities. Special rates for 2012 winter weddings are now available!
Sawrey Country House Hotel
This elegant Victorian country house sits picturesquely in the village of Near Sawrey, with views of lakes and forests. Available as exclusive use and fully licenced, the couples will have the luxury of spending their entire day in this extraordinary place. Specialising in bespoke weddings individual to each couple, the Sawrey Country House Hotel offers full wedding coordinator services, amazing cuisine based on finest local ingredients, and recommendations of top quality local suppliers for everything from cakes to photography.
Located just by Ullswater, Rheged has that something special for couples who like to do things differently. Named after Cumbria’s Ancient Celtic Kingdom, it is Europe’s largest grass-covered building. The impressive internal architecture has water features and lots of natural daylight for spectacular photographs, and space for up to 300 guests! Licensed for civil ceremonies, and with special accommodation rates for the guests, it also offers services of wedding coordinator and master of ceremonies.
Waterhead Boutique Hotel & Dining
A venue that’s at once modern and sophisticated, the Waterhead Boutique Hotel sits at the head of Lake Windermere, cleverly combining traditional English elegance with the comfort and luxury of a contemporary town house hotel. For couples looking for something little extra, romantic lake cruises are available. With 41 bedrooms available for the guests and the bridal party, an exclusive hire option, and tailor made or pre-set packages for individual celebrations, couples will be spoiled for choice. Of 11 hotels in Ambleside, this one ranks number 1 in TripAdvisor Popularity Index.
Storrs Hall Luxury Lakeside Hotel
A true luxury venue, the Storrs Hall is a 4-star Grade II Georgian mansion set in 17 acres of grounds on the shores of Lake Windermere. Some of the best backdrops for photographs, both indoors and outdoors, most elegant dining, and impressive service can be found here. A civil licence is available, as is exclusive hire of the entire venue for 1 or 2 nights, and as an extra special treat for the guests, there is a leisure complex with a pool, sauna, spa, solarium, beauty salons, and more.
The Wild Boar Inn Grill & Smokehouse
Surrounded by 72 acres of spectacular woodland, The Wild Boar Inn is a unique venue rich in old world ambiance with oak beams and log fires, close to the heart of the Lake District. It can accommodate up to 150 guests for a wedding reception, and has 36 bedrooms available for overnight stay, including complimentary stay for the bride and groom. In addition to the excellent cuisine and great service, the guests may enjoy outdoor activities like clay shooting, archery, and hiking!
Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel & Marina
Blessed with one of the finest locations in the Lake District, the Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel & Marina sits right on the shore of Lake Windermere. From the secluded gardens to the impressive gallery lounge, this 4-star venue also boasts 111 bedrooms and a leisure complex with special accommodation rates for the guests. The venue holds a civil ceremony licence and can host receptions for up to 280 guests in comfort and luxury.