By ULTIMATE WEDDING MAGAZINE
Venues in the countryside are perfect for both summer outdoor weddings and intimate winter weddings. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites which are ideal even when it’s frosty outside.
Pictured above: Wasing Park
Knowsley Hall, Merseyside
Knowsley Hall is a stunning private walled estate which lends itself perfectly for a country wedding. As you drive up through the main gates, you’ll be mesmerised by the size and beauty of the grounds, manicured garden and lake.
Stucco Ballroom is the perfect location to host your ceremony and exchange your vows. This majestic room exudes romance with its gold-encrusted leaf craftsmanship and original fireplace. Enjoy reception drinks and canapés on the terrace overlooking the stunning grounds. The vast outdoor space allows you to capture many different and dramatic backdrops for your wedding photographs.
Once you are ready to sit down for your wedding breakfast, you will be welcomed into the magnificent State Dining Room through the huge solid oak doors. Your guests will dine on a sumptuous menu – all of which has been taste tested and approved by The Earl and Countess of Derby themselves – planned by you in collaboration with a team of expert chefs and created with ingredients sourced fresh where possible from the Knowsley Estate.
Pengenna Manor, Cornwall
For a memorable countryside wedding, Pengenna Manor is for you! Located in a secluded valley just three miles inland from the North Cornish coast lies this 800-year-old manor. Set in over 300 acres of beautiful Cornish countryside, this venue is exclusive use and available throughout the year.
Choose to tie the knot in one of three gorgeous locations indoors or outside, then celebrate with your guests on the beautiful grounds. For your wedding breakfast and evening party, the purpose-designed marquee garden is perfect. This allows you to hire any kind of marquee you like to suit your style.
The manor features a beautiful Art Deco style honeymoon suite with a luxurious en-suite shower room to spend your first night as newlyweds together. Three more beautifully restored bedrooms are available for guests. For the rest of your guests, there are many accommodation options nearby, or they could camp on the grounds themselves.
Tylney Hall, Hampshire
Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens in Hampshire provides the perfect combination of countryside charm and historic splendour. Sitting within over 65 acres of beautifully manicured and lovingly restored gardens, the 19th-century mansion house hotel oozes pure sophistication and elegance.
The secluded countryside hotel boasts four venues licensed for civil ceremonies for 20 to 120 guests, including the stunning stone gazebos in the Italian Gardens, the beautiful Baronial Tylney Suite and the two-floor Hampshire Suite, complete with its own private gardens.
Tylney Hall also offers wedding parties luxurious accommodation in the mansion house and countryside and garden bedrooms. For the ultimate indulgence, you can book the opulent Duke or Duchess honeymoon suites to end your big day in the perfect surroundings.
Wasing Park, Berkshire
A spectacular barn wedding venue set in picturesque Berkshire countryside, the Grade II-listed Wasing Park offers a collection of historical buildings in an idyllic setting.
Ceremonies take place in the elegant Garden Room or outside in the Victorian Summerhouse. For a religious ceremony, the picturesque 15th-century parish Church of St Nicolas sits within the grounds of the Wasing Estate.
The magnificent Castle Barn with its grand arches and crenellated stone walls sets the scene for your wedding reception. Traditional features such as exposed brick walls and impressive oak beams blend with modern Italian mood lighting, offering a blank canvas for couples to add their own style.
Talented chefs use the finest locally-sourced ingredients to create fine dining menus and street food feasts alike, there is even venison from Wasing itself.
Alongside the venue is Wasing Estate’s boutique guest accommodation, boasting 26 bedrooms including the fabulous Honeymoon Suite, named in the top 10 honeymoon suites from around the world.
Ardanaiseig is a nineteenth-century Country Manor House Hotel in the Western Highlands. Built on the unspoilt shores of Loch Awe and surrounded by the wildly romantic scenery of Ben Cruachan and untouched woodland.
This manor is ideal for weddings in any season, which sits on 120 acres of landscaped and wooded gardens which offer a delightful backdrop. There’s space for a marquee which makes this venue ideal for larger receptions. Exchange vows in the stately Drawing Room or in the Kilchrenan Parish Church, only 4 miles away.
You and your guests will be treated to a mouth-watering gourmet wedding breakfast in the loch-side restaurant.
The hotel boasts 17 individually-designed bedrooms which are ideal for wedding guests, keeping the celebrations going late into the evening. For your first night together as newlyweds, spend a night in The Boatshed. This is a chic glass-fronted suite on the edge of Loch Awe with a mezzanine-level bedroom looking right across the waters. The view is simply stunning!