Monday 21 January 2019

16 of the most beautiful Cotswold wedding venues

From majestic manor houses to rustic barns, SoGlosWeddings selects 16 picture-perfect Cotswold wedding venues.

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds boasts plenty of wonderful wedding venues, whether you’re searching for a magnificent manor, a quaint country barn, or a characterful hotel.

Couples searching for their dream Cotswold wedding venue can be inspired by SoGlosWeddings’ pick of 16 picture-perfect settings, which promise truly memorable celebrations.

1. Cowley Manor

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A manor house hotel nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, Cowley Manor encapsulates country charm, surrounded by 55 acres of greenery and boasting glorious views.

Catering for intimate ceremonies and lavish celebrations, couples can choose to tie the knot at the serene St Mary’s Church set within Cowley’s grounds, or within one of Cowley’s stylish rooms, with exclusive-use options for those who wish to have the venue all to themselves.

2. Cornwell Manor

Situated on a 2,000-acre estate near Chipping Norton, Cornwell Manor remains one of the Cotswolds’ most romantic wedding venues, with a picture-perfect rural location, idyllic gardens, and lovely lake views.

Licensed for civil ceremonies, the Jacobean manor house offers plenty of choice for loved up locals, whether you’re hoping to say your vows in the spectacular ballroom, set up a marquee, or visit the nearby parish church.

3. The Barn at Upcote

A family-run farm tucked away in the Cotswold hills, The Barn at Upcote offers the ideal setting for rustic weddings, with unrivalled views across the rolling countryside and valleys, and a truly rural atmosphere.

With a number of beautifully restored barns, the blank-canvas venue allows for flexibility when planning the perfect celebration, with ample space for drinks in the courtyard, followed by dancing into the night.

4. Charingworth Manor

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An idyllic Cotswold hotel situated on the outskirts of Chipping Campden, the beautiful Charingworth Manor is surrounded by 40 acres of glorious grounds and boasts spectacular views across the county’s countryside.

Catering for small parties and grand affairs alike, the 700-year-old manor house provides a charming backdrop for celebrations and memorable wedding photographs, with a choice of characterful function suites, including its stylish Orangery.

5. Merriscourt

With panoramic views, remarkable grounds, and beautiful barns, Merriscourt near Chipping Norton bursts with rustic charm, providing a romantic setting for Cotswold weddings.

Allowing couples to be as formal or relaxed as they desire, Merriscourt is a versatile venue with a choice of elegantly restored barns, access to a flower-filled courtyard area, and space for alfresco drinks receptions on its Gallery Lawn, or inside its stylish Gallery Barn.

6. Bittenham Springs

Nestled in the quaint Cotswold village of Ewen and boasting stunning scenery, private lake views, and tranquil setting, Bittenham Springs near Cirencester remains one of the area’s most unique wedding venues, with its gorgeous gardens perfect for outside ceremonies.

Whether you’re hoping for a festival-themed tepee reception or a spacious marquee, the venue promises an unforgettable celebration, with its grounds able to fit up to 350 guests.

7. Cripps Barn

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A characterful Cotswold stone barn near Bibury, Cripps Barn remains a sought-after wedding venue, with its location in the heart of the countryside epitomising rustic charm, from its woodland glade to rolling views.

With its relaxed and rural setting, party barn which is available until 1am, camping facilities, and quality catering, the family-run venue is ideal for country celebrations.

8. Wyck Hill House

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A luxurious Cotswold wedding venue near Stow-on-the-Wold, Wyck Hill House provides a spacious setting for celebrations, set within 50 acres of glorious grounds and offering breathtaking views.

Offering classic but contemporary charm, the impressive country house hotel can cater for intimate parties and extravagant celebrations, with a range of rooms to choose from, and the choice to hire the venue exclusively.

9. Lords of the Manor

A secluded country house in the chocolate-box village of Lower Slaughter, Lords of the Manor remains one of the Cotswolds’ most exclusive wedding venues, with its private gardens and manicured lawns providing a beautiful backdrop.

Boasting Michelin dining, the award-winning hotel can be hired exclusively for the ultimate experience, and is able to accommodate small parties and lavish celebrations.

10. Matara

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With its Japanese-style gardens and unique décor, Matara promises magical wedding celebrations near Tetbury, blending Cotswold charm with a slice of unique style.

With endless photo opportunities within its formal gardens, couples can celebrate their special day within the Regency home or underneath the cloisters in the courtyard, with a tree being planted and dedicated to all newlyweds.

11. Stone Barn

A converted Cotswold stone barn hidden in the heart of the countryside, Stone Barn near Upper Windrush allows for a quintessential rustic wedding, pleasantly isolated in the surrounding countryside.

Aside from its breathtaking views and simple yet characterful setting, the sister venue to Cripps Barn offers camping facilities in the neighbouring field, a space for partying the night away, and quality catering.

12. Hyde House

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An exclusive Cotswold wedding venue with an enviable rural location near Stow-on-the-Wold, Hyde House blends traditional architecture with contemporary décor, nestled within the tranquil countryside.

With the choice for outdoor ceremonies underneath a pretty arbour, or inside the beautiful building, couples can benefit from the venue’s excellent catering facilities, accommodation, and assistance from its dedicated wedding team.

13. Swan Hotel

Set on the banks of the River Coln and opposite the famous Arlington Row, the Swan Hotel offers Cotswold charm in abundance, with perfect photo opportunities within the enchanting setting of Bibury – hailed by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in England’.

With romantic gardens, scenic gardens, and lovely rooms, couples are spoilt for choice for where to tie the knot, while the venue also offers tailored menus and comfortable accommodation for wedding guests.

14. The Great Tythe Barn

A 16th century stone barn boasting an enviable rural location, The Great Tythe Barn is a hidden gem near Tetbury, with its rural location, original rustic features, and beautiful walled garden creating a picturesque Cotswold setting.

The grade II-listed building provides a beautiful backdrop for civil ceremonies, wedding breakfasts, and receptions, with space for large parties inside the charming building.

15. Kingscote Barn

A restored 17th century stone barn set in a secluded valley in Tetbury, the award-winning Kingscote Barn remains a popular wedding venue thanks to its panoramic views, rustic décor, and idyllic setting.

With couples offered flexibility for decking out the barn in their preferred style, there is also a choice of premium wedding caterers, with the versatile venue also boasting a games paddock, walled courtyard, and spacious dance floor.

16. The Slaughters Manor House

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A contemporary country house hotel, The Slaughters Manor House boasts an enviable location in the stunning Lower Slaughter, with plenty of photo opportunities in the venue’s beautiful gardens, or by the village’s pretty river.

With the choice of day weddings or exclusive use, the luxury hotel is ideal for intimate parties, with its opulent Long Room providing a beautiful setting for the wedding breakfast, while couples opting for exclusive use will benefit from its glorious grounds and gardens, main house, and coach house.

By Kathryn Godfrey

© SoGlos
Wednesday 14 September 2016

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