In Britain, we are lucky enough to have some of the most stunning countryside in the world on our doorsteps. From the rolling hills of counties like Devon and Yorkshire to the dramatic moors and endless miles of rugged seaside scenery, the landscape is as diverse as it is beautiful. For brides and grooms-to-be, this means that there are plenty of choices when planning a rural wedding. The countryside has plenty to offer in terms of venues, whether you want a luxurious castle or a simple barn.
Here is our pick of some of the best:
The Punchbowl, Warwickshire
Want a wedding in a traditional pub? This beautiful inn boasts country charm with a modern twist, combining beamed ceilings, flagstone floors and a cosy atmosphere with touches of modern décor and an amazing gourmet menu that’s sure to delight your guests.
Augill Castle, Cumbria
A romantic fairytale castle tucked away in the gorgeous Cumbrian countryside, Augill Castle is a dream come true for many brides and grooms. Available for everything from afternoon ceremonies to two-day wedding house parties, it’s one of the country’s most magical places to tie the knot.
Hunstile Organic Farm, Somerset
For a really laid-back rural wedding, why not tie the knot on a working Somerset farm? Boasting beautiful views, great food and marquee space for up to 175 guests, the farm even offers camping pitches and a stone circle for handfasting ceremonies.
Alnwick Treehouse, Northumberland
Want a rural wedding with a difference? This stunning timber treehouse in the gardens of Alnwick Castle can cater for up to 85 guests high in the canopies of ancient trees.
Star Castle, Isles of Scilly
With their subtropical climate and remote location, the Isles of Scilly are a really special place to get married. The luxurious Star Castle on the island of St Mary’s has a choice of rooms suitable for weddings of all sizes.
Woodland Weddings, Yorkshire
One of the best things about the British countryside is its sprawling woodland, so why not get married in your very own magical glade? Boasting ‘glamping’ facilities for guests and a choice of vintage-style tents, Woodland Weddings offer a sylvan hideaway just a few miles from York.
Ever After, Dartmoor
The dramatic expanse of Dartmoor has inspired writers and poets for generations – make it the backdrop for your wedding with a ceremony at Ever After, a rural venue offering a choice of settings.
Glenborrodale Castle, Scotland
An Edwardian Castle set within the historic Ardnamuchan Estate, Glenborrodale Castle offers brides and grooms the chance to get married against a stunning backdrop of some of Scotland’s most stunning lochs and hills.
Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire
Want a rural wedding venue that’s still within easy reach of London? At Hedsor House you can be lord of the manor at a stunning country estate just 26 miles from London. The Grand Ballroom can cater for up to 140 guests, while the lawns boast plenty of marquee space.
Glen-Yr-Afon House Hotel, South Wales
This sprawling Victorian Manor is the heart of the Monmouthshire countryside, Glen-Yr-Afon is one of Wales’ top wedding venues. Couples can get married in one of the plush function rooms or tie the knot outside to make the most of the stunning views.