11 exquisite exclusive-use Cotswold wedding venues

From fairy tale castles to majestic manor houses, have the place to yourself on your big day with 11 exclusive-use wedding venues to discover in and around the Cotswolds.

Whatever you’re dreaming of for your wedding, there’s the chance to make it exclusive in the Cotswolds – with rustic barns, medieval castles and opulent stately homes all offering exclusive-use hire for your big day.

From intimate ceremonies to grand affairs, SoGlos has handpicked 11 enchanting exclusive-use venues that can create your perfect wedding day in and around the Cotswolds.


About the sponsor – Westonbirt House

Set in a magnificent 200-acre estate overlooking the famous Westonbirt Arboretum, Westonbirt House is a Grade I listed property that offers exclusive-use hire for weddings of all shapes and sizes.

From its versatile Victorian-style rooms, brimming with original features, to its landscaped gardens and rolling parkland, Westonbirt House provides an idyllic setting for a Cotswold wedding that’s sure to impress.

For more information, visit westonbirtevents.co.uk.


1. Weddings at Westonbirt House

Westonbirt House, near Tetbury, is a unique Victorian-style wedding venue available for exclusive hire, offering bespoke menu options through its in-house caterer, local wines and drinks packages, too.

Promising the most incredible wedding photos, partners can exchange vows in the opulent Grand Hall or atmospheric Library, both steeped in history, with blessings also available in the 12th century chapel. While the landscaped gardens and Cotswold scenery provides the perfect backdrop for their special day.


2. Weddings at Cowley Manor

Wedding parties can have Cowley Manor all to themselves, with exclusive use of the spectacular country house hotel near Cheltenham, its 55-acre grounds and 31 boutique bedrooms – including the premier Best Room for the happy couple, for every night of exclusivity booked.

Plus, all wedding guests can enjoy 20 per cent off treatments at Cowley’s award-winning C-Side Spa for the duration of their stay. The perfect cure for sore heads the next day!


3. Weddings at Berkeley Castle

A grand medieval fortress with royal connections and a fascinating history, Berkeley Castle, near Stroud, offers a glorious setting for wedding celebrations with a fairy tale feel – with newlyweds able to take over the majestic venue for the whole weekend.

Whether opting for an outdoor wedding, church service or civil ceremony, celebrants can say their vows within a wonderful setting, before enjoying drinks on the terrace, exploring the castle and dancing into the night. Accommodation for up to 36 guests is included from Friday to Sunday.


4. Weddings at Glenfall House

Glenfall House, near Cheltenham, is a Grade II listed Regency villa, boasting more than four acres of romantic gardens and grounds, grand interiors and creative catering options – hired out exclusively for couples on their wedding day.

It’s also home to 20 luxury bedrooms for the wedding party to retire to after dancing the night away, including pet-friendly accommodation for four-legged family members to join in the fun.


5. Weddings at Blackwell Grange

Bursting with rich history, Blackwell Grange is an elegant, exclusive-hire wedding venue, located in a rural setting near Shipston-on-Stour in Warwickshire.

Made up of characterful barns dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, which have been lovingly restored; gorgeous landscaped gardens; and luxurious on-site accommodation, 1604, the venue also offers numerous dining options and a honeymoon cottage for loved-up newlyweds.


6. Weddings at Thornbury Castle

Feel like royalty on your wedding day with exclusive use of the grand Thornbury Castle in South Gloucestershire, the only Tudor castle operating as a hotel, ruling over the whole castle, its 27 bedchambers and 15-acre grounds for the day.

With beautifully-refurbished rooms, exquisite architecture and pristine gardens, it provides an exceptional backdrop for the most luxurious marriage ceremonies and receptions just a stone’s throw from the Cotswolds.


7. Weddings at The Barn at Upcote

Home to a gorgeous set of restored Cotswold barns, make your rustic wedding dreams come true at The Barn at Upcote, near Withington. Venue hire includes exclusive use of the beautiful buildings, grounds and honeymoon suite on both the morning and night of the wedding.

Whether you want alfresco drinks in the courtyard, a relaxed barbecue, an intimate meal in the Grain Store, or a wedding breakfast in the Threshing Barn, the blank space venue offers flexibility within a secluded, countryside setting.


8. Weddings at The Painswick

An ideal setting for more intimate weddings, The Painswick is a contemporary, boutique hotel, set within the picture-perfect village of Painswick, that can become ‘all yours’ for your big day.

Accommodating up to 50 guests for the main event, and up to 80 for evening celebrations, hire of The Painswick includes exclusive access to the lounges, garden, restaurant and treatment rooms, with 17 stylish bedrooms for guests to stay over as well.


9. Weddings at The Kingscote Barn

Set in its own secret valley in the Cotswold hills, couples can take over the charming Kingscote Barn for their wedding day, making full use of its traditional barn, picturesque grounds, unique accommodation options and on-site dressing room.

Whether you’re planning an outdoor summer wedding with drinks on the lawn, or want twinkling fairy lights for a cosy winter celebration, The Kingscote Barn can create bespoke packages to celebrate your day in style.


10. Weddings at Elmore Court

A stunning stately home with lovely Cotswold views, Elmore Court remains one of Gloucestershire’s most sought-after wedding venues, with couples able to enjoy exclusive use of the grand house and handsome gardens for their special day.

Elmore’s unique celebration space, the Gillyflower, is all geared up for drinking, dining and dancing, to keep the party going after the ‘I do’s’, while exclusive-use hire also includes a honeymoon suite for the happy couple to spend the night, too.


11. Weddings at Minster Mill

Delivering romantic rural weddings in the Oxfordshire countryside, Minster Mill offers riverside gardens, wildflower meadows and beautiful Cotswold stone buildings – with access to the hotel, facilities and grounds all included when the venue is exclusively hired.

Wedding parties can stay for longer, too, with Minster Mill’s 38 luxurious guestrooms and suites also included in exclusive-use hire, while bigger parties can book additional bedrooms in its sister hotel, The Old Swan, just over the road.


For more information about weddings at Westonbirt House, visit westonbirtevents.co.uk.


By Annabel Lammas

© SoGlos
Friday 10 December 2021

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