Sunday 19 May 2019

9 exquisite exclusive-use Cotswold wedding venues

From fairy tale castles to majestic manor houses, discover an exquisite exclusive-use wedding venue in and around the Cotswolds.

Become king and queen of the castle, play lord and lady of the manor or create an idyllic country haven for just you and your loved ones – whatever your dream wedding, there’s a chance to make it exclusive in the Cotswolds.


1. Cowley Manor

A spectacular manor house hotel near Cheltenham, Cowley Manor and its 30 bedrooms can be hired on an exclusive basis, along with the Main House, the gardens, the Stable Block, and use of the facilities at the luxury C-Side Spa, complete with heated indoor and outdoor pool.

Allowing the happy couple to play lord and lady of the manor, the exclusive option also offers full use of the venue, prosecco and canapés on arrival, a delicious wedding breakfast, and more.


2. 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 couples able to have the majestic venue exclusively to themselves.

Whether opting for a church service or civil ceremony, brides and grooms can say their vows within a wonderful setting, before enjoying drinks on the terrace, a wander through the lawns, or relax in front of a roaring fire during colder months.


3. 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.

Allowing the bride and groom hire of the house, gardens, and unique celebration space The Gillyflower for the day and night, before heading to a beautiful bridal suite, couples can make Elmore Court theirs for the big day.


4. Cornwell Manor

From its period features and gorgeous gardens to its idyllic lakes, couples tying the knot at Cornwell Manor, near Chipping Norton, can have exclusive use of the venue for their wedding, creating a day which is completely unique to them.

What’s more, for the ultimate celebration, couples can extend their stay by hiring the house for the whole weekend, holding a rehearsal dinner in the ballroom, or a post-wedding garden party.


5. Glenfall House


A grade II-listed Regency villa located just outside of Cheltenham, Glenfall House boasts grand interiors, more than four acres of gardens and grounds, and an alfresco terrace for drinks receptions.

Whether you’re planning an outdoor summer wedding or a cosy winter celebration, Glenfall House is hired out exclusively for couples for the day. The venue is also home to 25 luxury bedrooms for the wedding party to retire to, after dancing the night away.


6. The Barn at Upcote

Providing a rural setting in the Cotswolds, near Withington, The Barn at Upcote is home to refurbished barns nestled in the heart of the countryside, with hire encompassing exclusive use of the beautiful buildings and bridal suite.

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 setting.


7. The Painswick

An ideal setting for intimate weddings, The Painswick is a contemporary, boutique hotel within a picture-perfect Cotswold location in the village of Painswick, with the hotel becoming ‘all yours’ for parties of more than 20.

The Painswick can hold up to 60 people and hire includes exclusive access to the lounges, garden, restaurant and treatment rooms, with 16 beautiful bedrooms providing your very own Cotswold escape.


8. Merriscourt


Providing the perfect rustic backdrop for your wedding, Merriscourt in Chipping Norton is home to two lovely barns, a flower-filled courtyard and an idyllic, rural setting, with weekend bookings offering exclusive use of the venue.

With freedom for guests to explore 500 acres of Cotswold countryside and the option for either glamping or use of the luxury accommodation in the grounds, Merriscourt provides the perfect excuse for extending your special day.


9. Thornbury Castle

Boasting magnificent architecture, opulent interiors and a rich history, Thornbury Castle provides a breath-taking backdrop for wedding celebrations just a stone’s throw from the Cotswolds, with couples able to have the castle completely to themselves thanks to its Exclusively Yours package.

What’s more, there’s also the option to hire the castle’s entire North Wing, which incorporates the Tudor Hall, Boyling House and Great Oven room, as well as seven bedchambers.


By Kathryn Godfrey

© SoGlos
Thursday 21 February 2019

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