I think it’s everyone’s dream to find a fairy-tale wedding venue with views over the water…but now you don’t have to dream! At Bridebook.co.uk, we’ve made it a reality and so we’ve made it easier to find the most amazing venues with nearby seas or lakes.
Here’s just a few of our favourites, however don’t hesitate to start your own Venue Search over at Bridebook.co.uk and selecting the ‘water views’ filter. You’ll be swooning over quite a few, we’re sure of it!
Now, let’s start at the seaside…
Finnebrogue Woods boasts a magical woodland setting right by the lake, ideal for a DIY wedding and a boho tipi set up. This unusual backdrop will do all the work for you, so you can focus on exploring the secluded winding paths and enjoying the most dramatic views.
2. Ocean Kave, Devon
Surrounded by 60 acres of unspoiled natural beauty, Ocean Kave is an incredibly intimate venue with a cosy cave setting. This enchanting and unique backdrop is complemented by the gorgeous Devon coast and is considered a luxurious coastal gem. We’ve fallen in love!
3. Polhawn Fort, Cornwall
This historic Napoleonic Fort is a private setting overlooking beautiful blue seas on the Cornish coast. Enter Polhawn Fort via the grand drawbridge and you’ll find rustic features, lovely grounds and of course luscious panoramic views ideal for your memorable wedding photos.
Scottish oasis Venachar Lochside allows you to get hitched right next to the water with 360-degree views across the Loch. Imagine your showstopper walk down the aisle against this postcard-picture background, before the party starts inside the light-filled lochside lodge.
The English country garden setting of Minstrel Court boasts a gorgeous lakeside pavilion for the most romantic of ceremonies. Cross the Chinese Bridge for some amazing wedding photos, and open up the roof on the Lake Pavilion to experience a totally alfresco wedding with the best surroundings.
Just off the coast of the Scottish Highlands sits the Isle of Lewis, which is home to the incredible Lews Castle. Dating back to the 1800’s this gothic style building offers luxurious wedding retreats with plenty of grandeur – not to mention breath-taking water views!
Another of Scotland’s beautiful islands houses Talla na Mara, where you can tie the knot on one of the serene beaches or close by with spectacular views out to sea. Make your wedding totally personal and unforgettable at this one-of-a-kind venue.
Backing on to the Atlantic Ocean, Legacy Hotel Victoria is ideal for a sea view ceremony! Turn the outdoor space into a magnificent garden party or have an informal picnic with your loved ones while you enjoy the dramatic landscapes around you.
Oozing 15th Century charm, Ackergill Tower can be found between a sweeping driveway and the stunning ocean. The castle setting has it’s own private beach, plenty of grounds to wander and admire the views, as well as a large treehouse bridal suite – now who wouldn’t want a piece of this venue?!
10. Tunnels Beaches, Devon
Private beach venue Tunnels Beaches is definitely the place for you if you want your own stretch of golden sand for the day! With a thatched gazebo and a glorious outdoor area just a few paces from the sea, you can make the most of your setting and gorgeous water views.
Set in the centre of idyllic countryside and its own lake, Waterton Park Hotel & Spa is the ultimate wedding getaway for lovely surroundings. Along with its grand bridge entrance and boutique interiors, this venue offers picturesque views across the serene waters.
12. Hotel Tresanton, Cornwall
A bespoke wedding experience on the Cornish coast comes in the form of Hotel Tresanton, where all of the 30 bedrooms boast sea views. Not only that, but the venue overlooks St Antony’s lighthouse and the hotel’s own Italian boat (that you can arrive on in style!)
13. Rookery Meadow, Suffolk
Put your own spin on an outdoor wedding at Rookery Meadow, where tipi tents and straw bales fit right in! Set right next to a private lake and with endless meadow landscapes to admire, you can do everything your way – and that may even include a photo in a row boat!
14. Bantham Bash, Devon
With a focus on displaying the panoramic Devon coastline, Bantham Bash really is one in a million. Perhaps start your celebrations on Bantham Beach, followed by a feast at the hilltop marquee site, where you can get the best views over the county.
If you want to have a low-key elopement, here’s the place! With Wee Weddings, you can opt for an intimate ceremony on the Scottish sands followed by a cosy cottage stay for the newlyweds! All with incredible backdrops, these settings are the ultimate stress-free alternative!
16. Whitsand Bay Fort, Cornwall
At Whitsand Bay Fort, not only do you get to experience an English heritage monument (the Fort), but you also get some spine-tingling views of the coast too! Surrounded by sandy beaches and plenty of coastal walks, you can make the most of the landscape from this incredible viewing point.
17. The Rosevine, Cornwall
Situated on Cornwall’s Roseland Peninsula, this next venue has a beach at the end of its lane. The Rosevine is a wonderful Georgian manor house with a nearby waterside church and boasting incredible water views from every angle. What else could you need for a romantic day?
18. Moorlands Inn, West Yorkshire
The luxurious Moorlands Inn is proud to display rolling countryside, lake views and blossoming moors on its doorstep. Whether you choose to celebrate in an exclusive marquee or in the intimate Loft, you’ll have one of the best backdrops in West Yorkshire.
Standing tall against the Dorset coastline, this Victorian seaside villa is one to remember! Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum is home to an incredible collection of paintings and sculptures from around the world, so it’s a must-see venue if you’re after a little fantasy with some spectacular sea views.
20. Drimsynie Estate Ltd, Argyll & Bute
Situated in the centre of Loch Lomond, a National Park and snowy mountains, Drimsynie Estate is a Scottish wedding paradise. On the banks of the Loch sits the local church, a romantic ceremony setting surrounded by grounds where you and your guests get the best views in the house.
It’s not the most common location for a waterside venue, but The Boat House at Aston Marina is a serene haven in idyllic countryside. This purpose-built building offers super stylish interiors – and why not hop on a long boat for a jaw-dropping bridal entrance?!
22. Queen’s Eyot, Berkshire
This River Thames island boasts four acres gorgeous gardens – plus it can only be accessed by via ferry! Arrive in style to your very own exclusive island that is just along the river from Windsor, so you can enjoy a spectacular waterside wedding at Queen’s Eyot.
23. Hafton Castle, Argyll & Bute
Situated in Hunter’s Quay and overlooking Holy Loch, this fairy-tale venue is unforgettable. Hafton Castle has a variety of grand rooms to wow your guests…but as well as the loch views, there is also the indoor heated swimming pool if you’re after a warmer wedding retreat.
24. Casa Hotel Brighouse, West Yorkshire
Expect timeless interiors, sunny terraces and plenty of stunning views from the balcony at Casa Hotel Brighouse! As Yorkshire’s best lakeside venue, this setting will help you recognise the finer things in life – gorgeous serene lake views being one!
25. Airds Hotel & Restaurant, Argyll & Bute
Last, but by no means least, we have the stunning converted ferry inn of Airds Hotel & Restaurant. It’s not hard to see why many flock to this location for picturesque backdrops, and it could all be yours for your wedding day. Wander these gorgeous grounds with your new husband or wife and start married life the best way – looking out to incredible water views!
Wow! We’re still in la la land with a few of those venues – but for you it can actually be the backdrop to your wedding day! If you’d like to take a look at some more options, head over to Bridebook.co.uk’s Venue Search and use the ‘water views’ filter.
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