Famed for honey-toned stone cottages, quaint villages and stunning scenery, it’s no wonder so many couples choose the Cotswolds as the place to tie the knot. We’ve picked out some of the most beautiful Cotswolds wedding venues to inspire…
Not only are the Cotswolds a swirling mass of history, culture, bucolic vistas, chocolate box villages and excellent food, they are also home to some of the UK’s most stunning hotels, manor and country houses that many couples choose to hold their nuptials.
Here are some of the most beautiful hotel wedding venues in the Cotswolds!
The Most Beautiful Cotswolds Wedding Venues
Cornwell Manor, nr Chipping Norton
Deemed as one of the most romantic wedding venues in the Cotswolds, Cornwell Manor is a classical Georgian manor house set in 2000 acres of Cotswold countryside, situated on the borders of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.
Look familiar? It was actually featured in the classic Christmas movie The Holiday with Cameron Diaz and Jude Law as the location for one of their dates!
There are a number of ways to celebrate your wedding here, including an intimate ceremony in the Ballroom, a church wedding or an outdoor ceremony in the Italian gardens, followed by a party in the field overlooking the lake.
Cornwell Manor is available for exclusive hire, meaning you and your other half can be the lord and lady of the manor for the day! Plus, the beautiful Georgian-fronted manor provides the perfect backdrop for photographs.
The Slaughters Manor House, Lower Slaughter
Located in the quaint village of Lower Slaughter, The Slaughters Manor House is a beautiful 17th-century 4-star manor house which combines contemporary interiors with country charm.
Nestled within five acres of stunning landscaped gardens, The Slaughters Manor House offers an idyllic Cotswolds wedding venue complete with luxurious bedrooms, a quintessentially English croquet lawn, tennis court, billiards room and cocktail bar.
Couples can opt for either the exclusive-use package or a day wedding celebration and will be provided with a dedicated events coordinator who will guide them through the entire process!
Sezincote House, nr Stowe-on-the-Wold
If you’re looking for a little more drama, Sezincote House could be right up your street. The only authentically Mughal Palace in northern Europe, the house was built in the Indian style in 1805 and was the inspiration for the Brighton Pavilion!
This theatrical and magical is a uniquely romantic hidden jewel with its onion dome, minarets and curved Orangery enclosing the Persian Garden of Paradise set amongst the green Gloucestershire Cotswolds hills.
The water gardens surrounding the house with their temple, pools and stepping stones under the Indian bridge provide a series of wonderful settings for wedding photographs.
Sezincote is a summer venue, hosting from mid-May to mid-September and hosts nine weddings a year.
The Manor House Hotel, Castle Combe
Nestled within the village of Castle Combe, one of the most recognisable villages in the Cotswolds, lies the 14th-century Manor House Hotel.
This historic Cotswolds wedding venue offers both indoor and outdoor spaces with picturesque views of the grounds and surrounding Wiltshire countryside.
The Manor House also offers an abundance of beautiful rooms, award-winning dining, bespoke packages and a dedicated wedding coordinator to help couples plan their special day to perfection.
The Painswick, Painswick
Easy informality pervades in this unspoiled Cotswold village in the green Slad valley. The Painswick is a welcoming, fun hotel with a glamorous cocktail bar and beautiful views from the sunny terrace.
You can say your ‘I dos’ in The Morley Horder before toasting good health on the terrace and having dinner in the restaurant. They recommend brides and grooms stay in the complete with a Romeo and Juliet balcony.
Barnsley House, Gloucestershire
Built in 1697 and having gained international acclaim for its beauty, Barnsley House is a prized location for a wedding. An intimate environment catering up to 100 people, the ornamental gardens are the prize feature of this 17th-century gabled stone manor house.
With 18 bedrooms, it’s available for exclusive hire, there’s a spa area so you can stay for a few nights and feel completely pampered.
Grittleton House, nr Chippenham
Set within 35 acres of land, Grittleton House is a grand, exclusive and privately owned country house wedding venue in the Cotswolds area close to Chippenham. The striking exterior and glorious Italian sunken gardens make for the ultimate backdrop for those all-important wedding photographs.
Grittleton House is a stately home that was built for entertaining, boasting a large ballroom, cosy library and elegant social spaces as well as an impressive orangery.
Kings Head Hotel, Cirencester
This transformed medieval inn is now a state-of-the-art boutique hotel featuring exquisite interior design and a wonderfully warm welcome. It’s something a little different for a wedding location, situated on Cirencester’s market square and housing original features such as its Victorian facade and a Roman mosaic in the reception area.
They have six different spaces in which you can get married, whether you’re planning to have 18 or 300 guests, all with different vibes from the Library, which is like an old-fashioned gentleman’s club Corn Hall, the Wine Cellar with its glass-walled wine display or the Vaulted Cellar with its jazz club vibes.
Lords of the Manor, Upper Slaughter
A honey-stone former rectory, Lords of the Manor is a luxurious hotel with a sense of tradition to it. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, it is just as beautiful in winter as it is in summer, and is particularly highly praised for its Michelin-starred dinners.
You can choose to say your vows in the Garden Room, which overlooks the beautiful walled garden, or The Conservatory, a room flooded with sunlight. Then have that exclusive Michelin Star wedding breakfast, and stay in one of 26 rooms.
While you don’t have to hire the whole venue for your wedding, exclusive use does give the occasion that extra wow factor.
The Bay Tree, Burford
Full of historic charm and contemporary style, The Bay Tree is set in the quintessentially English town of Burford and dates back to 1565. It still has numerous original features, including flagstone floors, roaring log fires and a galleried staircase with original tapestries, and for weddings has 21 stylish bedrooms for your guests to stay the night.
The secret walled garden with its elegant summer house is a particular favourite for alfresco ceremonies, catering for up to 90 people, however, there are other equally charming spaces available as well, particularly if you’re looking for a winter wedding!
The Swan, Bibury
Surrounded by meadows dotted with grazing cows and sheep, this 17th-century former coaching inn, in a village which was hailed by William Morris as the most beautiful in England, is the sort of place where you would expect a Jane Austen novel to unfold.
An enchanting building with beautiful gardens, The Swan has 22 rooms and a garden cottage to stay in. On the banks of the River Coln, it is perfect for an intimate and traditional occasion, with garden ceremonies in the pretty summer house and receptions for up to 110 people.
Beautiful Wedding Venues Near the Cotswolds
The Feathers, Woodstock
In the heart of this market town in Oxfordshire, The Feathers is a characterful townhouse hotel made up of a row of diverse buildings and decorated with modern colours, bold wallpapers and classic furniture. It is particularly well known for its collection of more than 400 gins from around the world and it is an intimate, personal experience to stay there.
Weddings here combine a sense of country chic with city elegance whether you’re planning an intimate dinner party or a large family occasion. It’s just a few minute’s walk from the gates of Blenheim Palace, which adds to its charm and has a reputation for outstanding food.
Old Bank Hotel, Oxford
It’s really impossible to fault Old Bank Hotel in Oxford, where standards remain eternally high and the location just steps from the Bodleian Library provides you with the best of this historic city. For a city wedding in glorious style, you really couldn’t ask for more.
While it is their sister hotel nearby, the Old Parsonage, that has the license for civil ceremonies, followed by a private reception in one of two rooms at Old Bank Hotel, either the Gallery, a stylish, modern dining room accommodating up to 70 people, and the Red Room with its vibrant red walls and collection of contemporary British art, catering for up to 30 guests.
Old Parsonage, Oxford
As mentioned, the Old Parsonage is the sister hotel to Old Bank Hotel and has its universally high standards and excellent food in common. It’s a more intimate environment, with a seductive atmosphere and gorgeous details including a beautiful library.
For weddings, you can get married in the Pike Room which has space for up to 20 guests, followed by canapés in the bar, before returning to the Pike Room, which will have been turned around for your wedding breakfast, for which it can take up to 16 people sitting down, so it’s perfect for a really intimate occasion.
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