When couples decide to tie the knot, it takes an enormous amount of planning and preparation to create an unforgettable day. But alongside the dresses, food and flowers, one of the most important decisions is picking a venue.
Combining an idyllic backdrop for those memorable photographs with a relaxed atmosphere is a delicate balance to reach, but we’re lucky to have hundreds of beautiful locations across Gloucestershire to choose between.
Aiming to help couples narrow down their search, SoGlos has rounded up nine wedding venues in Gloucestershire with glorious gardens, giving those planning their big day with the ultimate wedding inspiration.
Whatever the season, Dumbleton Hall is a stunning venue for couples saying their ‘I do’s, offering a full range of packages, from small and intimate ceremonies, to large, exclusive-use weddings.
The grand interiors, complete with a sweeping atrium staircase and panelled rooms, are what makes Dumbleton so unique, offering a wonderful and relaxing day for couples and their guests. Couples can choose to have their ceremony in the Oak Room, which has a church-like aisle, the Shire Room, which hosts more intimate weddings, or outdoors in Dumbleton’s gazebo.
For more information, visit dumbletonhall.co.uk directly.
Home to the infamous black swans, Dumbleton Hall is surrounded by stunning Cotswold views and beautiful green woodlands that display golden-topped and ruby-red trees in the autumn months.
A manor house rich with history, Dumbleton has its own lake set within extensive gardens. It’s every wedding photographer’s dream.
Newlyweds and their guests can enjoy a glass of bubbly on Dumbleton’s terrace, looking out over the rolling hills and idyllic countryside, or wander over the perfectly-kept lawns that seem to reach out to the horizon, where they can watch the sun set over the grounds.
Exchanging vows at the top of a hill looking out over five counties, couples can have an outdoor wedding like no other at Hilles House. Hosting up to 250 people, the Palace Yurt was hand-built by a local craftsman and provides a unique reception with phenomenal views.
Perfect for summer weddings, newlyweds and their guests can even go glamping in the gardens, staying in beautiful canvas tents and tepees set up with a spectacular view.
Glenfall House is set in four acres of stunning gardens that look out over rolling hills, making a lovely spot to watch evening sunsets.
From rockeries and rose gardens to a scallop-shell fountain and Cotswold stone walls, Glenfall’s grounds are ornamental and well-kept, providing a beautiful backdrop for wedding photographs.
The gardens also feature a hidden alcove – the perfect spot for getting those instagrammable shots. The alcove is framed with lilac wisteria and traditional Cotswold stone.
Couples can get married in the Grade II listed gardens at Cowley Manor, where the idyllic Cotswold countryside is quite literally at its doorstep.
With 55 acres of Italianate gardens, couples and their guests will be blessed with spectacular views from every angle. Woodland pathways, secret hideaways and unique sculptures are dotted throughout the grounds, and Cowley’s lakes are home to a wealth of wildlife.
For a wedding fit for royalty, Cowley’s tranquil gardens provide a relaxing getaway for couples tying the knot. With the option to hold a reception outside in the customisable marquee, couples and their guests can call the gardens home for the evening.
The ultimate fairy-tale wedding venue, Clearwell Castle is nestled in the heart of the Forest of Dean. The magical grounds feature a hidden lake, an elegant fountain, ornate bandstand and even a croquet lawn.
Couples and wedding guests can relax on the cocktail terrace after the ceremony, looking out over the beautiful flowers and lawns.
For perfect photographs, the facade of the castle is simply stunning, complete with stone steps, historic battlements and arched windows. With views stretching out over the 20 acres of grounds, it truly is a stunning location for a dream wedding.
The glorious 2,000-acre estate belonging to Cornwell Manor offers a stunning backdrop for idyllic countryside weddings. Couples can have a civil ceremony in the manor house or church, followed by a blessing anywhere in the gardens, which provides a unique aspect to the big day.
Couples can choose to have their blessing by the Italian water feature, by the pool, in the secret garden, or under the magnificent Beech tree – all stunning locations for the perfect romantic ceremony.
Another unique feature of Cornwell Manor is its giant tepees that can host an outdoor reception for larger parties; they’ll certainly make the wedding a day to remember.
The charming Owlpen Manor is set within the wonderful surroundings of the Gloucestershire’s countryside. Overlooking the Cotswold town of Stroud, the terraced gardens are of an ‘old-english’ style, with roses, box parterres and yew topiary that’s elegantly designed around the manor house.
Wedding parties will be spoilt for choice when it comes to photo opportunities, with the idyllic garden providing excellent views of untouched English countryside.
Couples can get married outside at this beautiful venue, with eight acres of gardens and even its own river adding to the park’s splendour.
As wedding guests drive up to the manor, they’ll be welcomed by gorgeous trees and stunning lawns.
Couples can choose to get married during the spring and summer months next to the intricately designed pergola, which can be dressed up in fairy lights for the evening.
Located in the chocolate-box village of Broadway in the heart of the Cotswolds, Foxhill Manor hosts intimate weddings which combine Cotswold charm with boutique luxury.
Surrounded by rolling hills and tall trees, the manor truly is the ultimate countryside retreat. The atmospheric setting is perfect for wedding photographs and the breath-taking views are ideal for watching the sun as it sets over the surrounding villages.
For more information, visit dumbletonhall.co.uk directly.
By Amy Wright
Tuesday 20 August 2019
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