There’s nothing quite so romantic as a wedding in the British countryside and Yorkshire wedding venues offer spectacular scenery and grand rural style. Here’s an insider’s pick of the county’s finest spots to tie the knot.
Words by Elysia Agnew
Rockliffe Hall is the North of England’s only AA-rated five red star resort, thanks to its luxury surroundings, secluded grounds, award-winning dining and an outstanding range of facilities on hand. Set within 375 acres, this is the ideal backdrop for your special day; taking you every step of the way, from the ceremony to your wedding breakfast and into the evening celebrations. Why not book into the world-class spa and the brand new tranquil spa garden for a pre-wedding pamper. No weddings are held on the same day at Rockliffe Hall, meaning your country wedding is truly yours.
A romantic North Yorkshire escape in a truly picture-postcard setting. This grade II listed manor house set in ten acres features a fabulous bridal suite that opens onto the heart of the North Yorks Moors – perfect for that Wuthering Heights moment. You will feel like royalty at Rudby Hall: a property built for the daughter of King William IV and is still a fine private residence. It is offered with exclusive use for wedding celebrations and also has a civil ceremony license.
The Crab & Lobster
Nestled in the heart of the North Yorkshire countryside, Crab Manor Hotel and the Crab & Lobster Restaurant offer a truly unique, tailor made experience for weddings and special events alike. It is the ideal destination for those who appreciate the finer things in life. Offering opulent accommodation, serving up the most exquisite cuisine and decorated with a treasure trove of antiques, this is the perfect venue for something a little different.
The Cleveland Tontine
This truly elegant and award-winning boutique hotel opens its historic doors to brides-to-be. The Cleveland Tontine, near Northallerton dates back to 1804 and has been a popular venue for low key wedding receptions thanks to its unique elegance and charm. With its roaring open fires, eclectic mix of decor and its delectable dinner servings, the Tontine is the place to eat, drink, sleep and celebrate in this beautiful part of the country. www.theclevelandtontine.co.uk
Set within 15 acres of luscious greenery, Crathorne Hall boasts captivating views over the Leven Valley on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors. The grand, warm and welcoming residence built in 1906 has played host to courted royalty and politicians over the years. The Crathorne team will look at every bit of detail, welcoming couples with open arms as they create the perfect day at this exclusive venue. The hall comes complete with luxury suites for newlyweds and guests, wedding reception, wedding breakfast and an evening buffet. A rural retreat where you can truly unwind, relax and relish your wedding day all the way from the planning to the party.
In the serene surroundings of Middleton Lodge in Richmond, you’ll have a wedding like no other. Host friends and family in your own private mansion, with personal staff, private chefs and the freedom to tailor your day. For a whimsical winter wedding, guests can enjoy the roaring fires, mulled wine and an enclosed walkway connecting the heated marquee to the Drawing Room. And the extensive grounds make for the perfect summer garden wedding. A year round exclusive wedding venue.
One of England’s most beautifully preserved Victorian houses, Carlton Towers also offers spectacular photo opportunites. This historic 17th Century venue offers wedding couples exclusive use of the three grand state rooms, sixteen bedrooms, the Minstrels’ Gallery and the stunning gardens surrounding this unique estate.
Castle Howard’s exquisite interiors, outstanding service and attention to detail make the perfect backdrop to your dream wedding. With its grand spaces, elegant decor and sweeping parkland, Castle Howard’s very own Wedding Coordinator will help brides-to-be every step of the way. Whether it’s a lavish celebration or a intimate gathering, this venue offers everything you need to capture a truly magnificent and magical castle wedding.
For the romantics out there, Yorebridge House has been voted the most romantic hotel in the UK and prides itself on tailoring the perfect and most exclusive wedding day for its guests. With two beautiful fully licensed rooms, a breathtaking orangery for a more intimate gathering and exclusive use of the stunning grounds, this idyllic location offers a glorious rural retreat in the heart of the Dales.
The Star Inn at Harome
In a picturesque village on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors near Helmsley, sits The Star Inn. This Michelin-starred Inn has origins believed to date back to the 14th Century and is the perfect venue for a real Yorkshire country feel. You’ll get the chance to strip things back to basics and create your perfect wedding day with the use of a marquee set up on the beautiful lawns. For a more intimate celebration, guests can gather in the Cross House Lodge, a cosy, chic and characterful venue celebrating everything we love about this romantic and unspoilt countryside.