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An exclusive, unique and romantic Lakeland venue with five star accommodation, naturally secluded by river fell and woodland.


  • Venue Type: Country House / Manor House
  • Seated Dining Capacity: 60
  • Reception Capacity: 80
  • # Bedrooms: 3
  • Sleeps # of People: 6
  • Usual Access Time: 12:00 PM
  • Usual Finish Time: 11:00 PM
  • Late Night Extension Available: No
  • Bridal Suite: Honeymoon Suite


  • Exclusive Use
  • In-house Wedding Coordinator
  • Outdoor Reception Space
  • Disabled Access
  • On-site Parking
  • bridal Changing Facilities
  • Marquee Permitted
  • Open Flame Permitted
  • Pet-Friendly
  • Landscaped Gardens
  • Water View
  • City view
  • Grade I/II Listed Building
  • Ballroom
  • Spa On-site

Ceremony and Reception

  • Licensed for Weddings and Civil Ceremonies
  • Outdoor Ceremony Licence
  • Church Within Walking Distance
  • Sound System Available
  • Dancefloor Available
  • Fireworks Permitted
  • Confetti Permitted

Food and Drink

  • In-house Catering
  • External Catering Permitted
  • Alcohol License
  • In-house Wine List
  • Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
  • No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol

Cultural Experience

  • Equal Weddings and humanist weddings


    Detailed Description

    Cote How specialises in smaller more intimate celebrations of all kinds. Exclusive use of our historical 16th century venue also includes our wedding and party barn, four acres of grounds, with an adjacent field down to the lake shore of Rydal Water, the Bluebell woods and the River Rothay. A picturesque wooden footbridge leads to Rydal church just 200m away. There are few Lakeland venues with such a picture perfect location for your wedding or special occasion.

    Cote How is a family run business with resident-owner Caroline Langham at the helm. With more than 30 years' experience in the wedding and hospitality business, you are assured of the best possible service, with attention to detail and expert planning. Your special occasion is individually designed to suit your own unique style. No two celebrations are ever the same!

    Traditional Weddings - Choose form the house Fairfield room with it's oversized gilt mirror and crystal chandeliers or in the historic and rustic barn, where you have the option of having your wedding indoors or out (weather dependant).

    Barn Weddings - As one of only two licensed barns in the Lake District, our 16th century barn is unique, romantic and approved for civil ceremonies. So, you can now get married under the eaves of the barn with your congregation inside, or outside with spectacular views of the surrounding fells.

    Humanist Weddings - If you wish to have a humanist wedding, simple blessing or renewal of vows, we have a wonderful open lawn surrounded by stunning Lakeland views where we can set up your ceremony with live entertainment, seating and flower arch etc.

    Equal Weddings - Cote How is delighted to offer marriage ceremonies to same sex couples and is one of the premier destinations for equal weddings in the Lake District. Civil partnerships are, of course, available and the choice is yours, as a same sex couple, to choose either marriage or civil partnership.


    - Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
    So hard to choose one - They all vary so much. The full hog roast wedding last September in full sunshine with the ceremony for 80 people outside the barn, then a relaxed party and hog roast in the barn into the evening!
    - What’s your #1 wedding planning tip for couples?
    Take your time, pre plan your dream wedding then try to find a venue that can offer you that. You need to trust your venue provider, and they need to listen to you and offer flexibility.
    - What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
    One couple requested that each guest provide a photo of themselves as a baby. These were distributed to all guests who then had the task of finding their owner. That guest then wrote a wedding message on the back and hung it on the photo peg line in the gazebo for all to see! It was an amazing ice breaker and great fun!
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    Personal Message from the Manager

    Name of Wedding Contact: Caroline Langham

    Every wedding couple we meet is unique and have their own ideas of how their wedding should flow. We don't sell packages, but rather design your bespoke wedding with you. Every wedding whether for 2 people or 80 people has total exclusive use of our venue. Make an appointment to come and see me, we can discuss ideas and tour around our magnificent venue together.


    • Year Business Was Established: 2012
    • # Of Weddings Hosted: More than 50
    • # Of People In Team: 4
    • Public Liability Insurance: Yes

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    Industry Awards

    Green Tourism Gold Award

    Accreditations / Associations

    5Star Visit Britain, Breakfast award, Green tourism Gold Award

    Bridebook Benefits

    • Bridebook Gift: Free Bottle of Champagne
    • Bridebook Special Offers: Free bottle of champagne for every couple who book their wedding via Bridebook

    Getting here

    • Address:
    • Rydal, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LW, England
    • Nearest Town:
    • Ambleside
    • Nearest Train Station:
    • Windermere
    • Nearest Motorway & Junction:
    • M6 Junction 36
    • Nearest Airport:
    • Manchester
    • Travel Notes:
    • Travel by public transport using the 555 or 599 Stagecoach buses throughout the lakes.