Country wedding venues: 7 of the finest for history and grand style

Country wedding venues: 7 of the finest for history and grand style
Combining history and elegance, Botleys is a picture-perfect Palladian mansion close to London

These seven country wedding venues combine history, grandeur and superb settings – the perfect combination for a classic wedding in the British countryside

Britain is rich in glorious country wedding venues, and these seven properties offer that winning combination of superb location, glorious grounds and internal spaces steeped in history. In short, the perfect combination for a timeless wedding celebration in the grand style. And in these settings, you’re guaranteed to feel like king and queen for the day.

1. Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is world famous, and its choice locations for a wedding include the Baroque Little Banqueting House

Steeped in Royal history and blending Tudor and Baroque architecture, Hampton Court Palace is an iconic setting for a wedding – and the grounds are simply spectacular. Palace ceremonial rooms for evening banquets and receptions include the stunning hammer-beamed Great Hall. Alternatively, choose one of the elegant wedding spaces in the grounds. The Garden Room has its own private walled garden and plenty of space for dancing, while our own particular favourite is the wildly romantic Little Banqueting House. This is an intimate venue for up to 80 people and you bask in its glamorous gilded rooms overlooking the Thames surrounded by glorious Antonio Verrio murals.

2. Hedsor House

A wonderful Georgian villa in Buckinghamshire, Hedsor House is exclusive hire for parties and wedding celebrations

This elegant Georgian estate is located just 45 minutes from London in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Available for exclusive-use weddings, and with lovely accommodation including a bridal suite, Hedsor House is the perfect setting for a unique party. Ceremonies and blessings can be held in the 12th-century church, just 300 metres from the mansion. The ballroom and Centre Hall are fabulous and very easy to dress, while the Grade II-listed gardens – including sunken garden – are wonderful for relaxed drinks receptions or grand finale fireworks.

3. Hever Castle

Hever Castle is a fairytale castle in Kent, with a fantastic choice of period venues – from Italian to Mediaeval in style

This romantic castle in Kent hosts weddings large and intimate and offers a variety of spaces, including the Inner Hall and Castle Dining Room. But what sets it apart from many venues is the sheer choice of periods and styles. The Astor Wing is a 1900s recreation of the Tudor style created by William Waldorf Astor, and has three interconnecting rooms, private lawn and views of the castle and moat. The beautiful lakeside Italian Garden is atmospheric, with ceremonies taking place under the arched columns of the Loggia and reception space for up to 220 in the nearby Guthrie Pavilion. For very large weddings, you can choose a marquee on the Winter Garden lawn, with views to the Mediaeval splendour of the castle.

4. Hatfield House

Glorious Hatfield House is a wonderful location for a grand feast – and it was a childhood home of Elizabeth I

The Old Palace at Hatfield House comes with a long and romantic history, with royal associations (most notably, it was a childhood home of Elizabeth I). It also features stunning mediaeval architecture and beautiful grounds. There are midweek and weekend wedding packages. An alternative to the Old Palace is the refurbished Riding School, which features a smart glass roof and useful mezzanine level.

5. Coworth Park

Coworth Park is all Georgian grandeur from the outside, but inside its spaces feel cool and contemporary

Coworth Park close to Ascot is a glamorous 18th-century country house hotel and spa in the Berkshire countryside. This, of course, is where Prince Harry spent his last night as a bachelor so it comes with a royal seal of approval. While the exterior is traditional, its interiors feel comfortable, and with all luxe comforts. The grounds are delightful. There are a variety of settings for an atmospheric ceremony, including the Lime Grove and Sunken Garden. Inside the mansion, event spaces range from the Tower House overlooking the lake to the light-filled Oval Room and contemporary Oak Room.

6. Leez Priory

Leez Priory is a former Augustinian priory with lovely spaces for an exclusive-us wedding party

Leez Priory is a Grade I-listed property close to Chelmsford and convenient for Stansted Airport. Once an Augustinian priory and later a stately home, it has period interiors and lavish grounds – and a stunning Great Hall for feasts. It’s exclusive hire and there are a variety of settings where you can host a marriage ceremony, including the Great Tower adjoining the property, which also hosts alfresco ceremonies. A newly converted Coach House gives additional dining options for a crowd. There are 15 bedrooms in the main house, including a bridal suite with four-poster, plus an idyllic cottage in the grounds.

7. Botleys Mansion

Botleys Mansion has been painstakingly restored to create a fabulous period setting with luxurious spaces and details

Country wedding venues don’t get much smarter than Botleys, one of the select properties managed by Bijou, Located in Chertsey, Surrey, just a half-hour from London, this elegant and luxurious Palladian mansion is set in 56-acres of parkland and offered as exclusive hire on a 24-hour basis, so there are endless opportunities to create a unique event. With a capacity of up to 250 for ceremony and wedding banquet, and double that for evening party, it also offers plenty of space to spread out. There are 12 bedrooms – including a lovely bridal suite – and the in-house wedding planning team are on hand to assist with all arrangements.


A fairytale summer celebration at Hever Castle

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