The West Country is a special part of the world. So where better to hold your special occasion?
The South West is a place memories are made. Clifftop views, moorland wilderness, underground caverns? Take complete control of your day by staying in a holiday cottage, and there are plenty around for the rest of your friends and family to be nearby.
Get as far away from ‘up country’ as you can. The drive is worth it. With a unique geography, Cornwall offers every landscape you could want as a backdrop for your big day – windswept clifftops with panoramic sea views, lush green valleys with trickling streams, wide open beaches to tiny secluded coves.
If you’re coming as far as Cornwall, you may as well go that little bit further down to the Far West. It’s the place to go to discover hidden coves and untouched sandy shores. However be warned, time ticks to a different tune down here and you may find it running away with you. By all means take the time to stop and admire the many views but make it to the church on time! For a spectacular backdrop head out towards the Minack Theatre and have your photographs taken around Porthcurno.
For a quirky location that will surely be remembered, head out on the Lizard peninsula towards England’s most southerly point where you can get married amongst the Cornish Camels! It has three licensed venues, The Corn Chamber, The Cob Barn and the Camel Centre, set on a 250 acre organic farm.
To experience Cornwall, without travelling quite so far west, travel underground! There aren’t many people who can say they got married in a cave, but the opportunity is there at Carnglaze Caverns in Liskeard. For an ethereal, or even surreal, atmosphere you can wed by candlelight by the subterranean lake.
From below ground to above ground surreality- you can actually get married in one of the biomes at The Eden Project. Have a Mediterranean wedding, or a jungle one! After dark is particularly stunning, or during the winter make use of the ice rink.
Wherever you choose to set your wedding, you and your guests will need somewhere to stay. Whether it is a large manor house for the close family, or an intimate rural retreat for the wedding night, find your perfect holiday cottage in Cornwall.
The vast expanses of landscape that makes up the county of Devon can make you feel like you’re the only ones there. With possibly some of the biggest beaches in the country as well as wild open moors, you can have the outdoor wedding of your dreams, catered for by the county’s famous food. Fresh seafood, moorland cattle beef, unctuous clotted cream…
Wash it all down with some cider at Coombe Farm and Cider Barn. They do eco-weddings. Get married in the renovated 17th Century thatched Threshing Barn and enjoy your day deep in the Devon countryside.
A day to remember can be had at Bicton Park Botanical Gardens in south Devon. Wed in the 19th Century Palm glasshouse, then take a train ride around the parkland and admire the grounds.
Make sure where you stay is comparable to your big day location with a holiday cottage in Devon to suit.
Whether your first thought is for the Somerset Levels, or the Quantock Hills, think of this county and you think of green open countryside. It’s a pretty big county, so once you’re done with roaming Exmoor, there are plenty of cultural towns to travel to when you’ve had enough of the great outdoors – if that’s possible! Whilst Cornwall has its beaches, and Devon excels in cosy pubs, Somerset is the land of country house hotels and elegant manor houses.
And what could be a grander setting than a seaside pavilion? The Winter Gardens in Weston-Super-Mare is a show-stopping space in which to hold an awards ceremony style celebration. Combine classic 1920’s grandeur with modern facilities, a ballroom and a sea view.
Kilver Court in Shepton Mallet is a ‘top 100’ wedding venue, with gardens, a Director’s Suite, a Ballroom, Viaduct and Dovecote – everything you need for a romantic backdrop. And once you’ve finished getting married, there is a designer emporium, farm shop and café, wellness centre and plant nursery to explore.
From grand manor houses with views of rolling hills and flat expanses of greenery, to quaint townhouses looking out to sea, find holiday cottages in Somerset as a base for you and your guests to enjoy any occasion.
Dorset is a varied county from gentle rolling hills and sleepy villages, to harbour port hives of activity. Open countryside, lovely beaches and good food – Dorset offers it all. The unrivalled walks and breathtaking scenery along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site provide gentle rambling and perhaps a fossil or two and the infamous literary connections, most notably Thomas Hardy. Make your own memories worthy of a romantic novel, where charming cottages sit under cosy thatch.
There could be no grander setting than Lulworth Castle. Views across the Purbeck countryside towards the Jurassic Coast and near to Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, there are 12,000 acres of grounds to accommodate as many guests as you could want.
A wedding in a waterside garden will involve photos of your big day against Monet style lily ponds or in a tropical conservatory at Bennetts Water Gardens. And if gardens are your thing, there is also Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, with its oak pavilion and 30 acres of grounds.
For a quirky affair, there is always Monkey World! Yes, get married amongst the monkeys.
If you’ve come here to escape grey concrete and bland modern high streets, you’ve picked the right place. With thatched cottages and beamed pubs, and watermills to fisherman’s abodes, find the perfect holiday cottages in Dorset to stay near your chosen occasion location.