Steeped in over 1,000 years of history, Sudeley Castle makes a stunning setting for a wedding. Nestled within its own valley, surrounded by rolling hills, it’s no wonder the castle has been named the ‘most romantic place in the Cotswolds’ – and with just a limited number of weddings held here each year, couples get to plan a day that’s totally unique. From the 10 award-winning landscaped gardens, to the atmospheric Banqueting Hall, the photo opportunities at Sudeley Castle are off-the-scale gorgeous.
With its flagstone floors and welcoming open fire place, this beautiful old Cotswold stone barn, is the ultimate in informal elegance. The large terrace is the ideal spot for guests to mill around with a glass of Pimms, taking in the panoramic views of the beautiful countryside – and the gardens, with festival-vibe fire pits, are perfect for creating a relaxed vibe. Couples can marry in the barn, or make the most of the stunning setting and say their vows in the picturesque woodland glade. It’s a boho bride’s dream.
Cornwell Manor, and the surrounding privately-owned hamlet and 2,000 acre estate, couldn’t be a more picture-perfect showcase of the beauty of the Cotswolds. A proper ‘get-away-from-it-all’ country idyll, Cornwell manages to be both romantic and luxurious. The manor is available for exclusive hire, so couples can really put their own stamp on their day. Whether you opt for a laid-back marquee celebration on the croquet lawn, or a grand dinner in the spectacular ballroom, it’s a venue that is guaranteed to impress.
Set high up in the Cotswolds hills, Hilles House boasts unrivalled views across five different counties. The scenic views, along with the picturesque Arts and Crafts style architecture of the grand house, are what wedding photographers’ dreams are made of! Make the most of the exquisite interiors and marry in The Big Hall – a romantic setting for civil ceremonies, then enjoy a drinks reception on the terrace, before celebrating in a stylish marquee set up on the lawn. Here you can party the night away, taking in that unbeatable view.
Bringing a little bit of the exotic to The Cotswolds, Sezincote is a real one-off. Built 200 years ago, this dramatic house fuses Hindu and Muslim architecture to create an Indian palace in the heart of the English countryside. The gardens are equally as impressive, with temples, grottoes, waterfalls and canals reminiscent of the Taj Mahal. Sezincote is a magical summer wedding venue – a little bit of unexpected Indian paradise, hidden in the depths of The Cotswolds.
Old Swan & Minster Mill
With just the sounds of birds singing and the River Windrush gently meandering through, the hamlet of Minster Lovell is so perfectly idyllic it’s hard to imagine somewhere so beautiful exists. Here, the Old Swan & Minster Mill is a dream setting for a chic, rural wedding celebration in this Cotswold gem. Couples can marry outside in the Garden Temple, set in the romantic riverside gardens, then enjoy a delicious wedding breakfast in the atmospheric, 600-year-old Minster Room, or the restored Malthouse, with its stunning views of the wildflower meadows.