Cote How Lake District Weddings

£1350 - £16620 for a package
Up to 24
3 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
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Cote How is a unique, charming country house and wedding barn, set in the very centre of the Lake District National Park - One of the most romantic destinations in the world! Note Max capacity 24
Pricing & Costs

(total price)

Prices Start At
Maximum Price
Number of Guests Included
All weddings are bespoke and range from a simple 2 hour ceremony for just 2 - to a formal weekend wedding for up to 32 Our pricing includes venue hire, staffing, all equipment, linen, cutlery, crockery, candles, playing of your own ceremony and background music on your behalf, full planning service, all food and drinks selected. Weekend weddings include 2 nights luxury B&B accommodation for 6 adults.
What is included in this pricing:
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Wine / soft drinks allowance per guest
Canapés included
Guest accommodation included
Furniture included
Couple accommodation included
Exclusive use
Day before set up available
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Private room(s) included (non-exclusive use)
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
No. of Bedrooms
Sleeps No. of People
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Usual Access Time
01:00 PM
Usual Finish Time
11:00 PM

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Sound System Available
Wedding Licence
Dancefloor Available
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Confetti Permitted


Open Flame Permitted
Water View
Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Bridal Changing Facilities
Disabled Access
Grade I/II Listed Building
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Food and Drink

In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Alcohol Licence

Cultural Specialists

Full Description
A versatile venue with FIVE licensed ceremony spaces, set in 11 acres of stunning landscape, including Rydal Water lake shore, in the heart of the Lake District - The UK’s Most Romantic Destination Cote How is a family run all-inclusive, award-winning Lake District wedding venue with full exclusivity. Steeped in history and set in the heart of Wordsworth's Romantic English Lake District, Cote how commands an amazing location at the head of the Rydal Valley, naturally secluded by river, fell and lake. With a choice of five ceremony locations, it offers a unique, flexible and authentic Lakeland experience for smaller more intimate weddings in the historic house and rustic slate barn. Caroline and Steve are renowned for their dedication and treat every wedding as if it was their own, creatively crafting all aspects of your experience from initial contact and planning through to departure ensuring you enjoy the best possible wedding experience. Traditional Weddings - Choose from the Fairfield ceremony room with it's over-sized gilt mirrors and crystal chandeliers or an outdoor wedding in the historic and rustic barn. Elopement Weddings - Weddings for Just the TWO of you are our speciality. The newly developed Wordsworth ceremony room is perfect for weddings of up to 12. Barn Weddings - 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. Lawn Weddings - Never a more stunning location, completely surrounded by the spectacular and the most romantic landscapes here in the heart of the Lake District National Park. 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.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Caroline
Hi, Thanks for finding us and wanting to know more! I would love to help in your wedding journey... and with my 30 years of experience, we can design your relaxed and seamless Cote How wedding together. Here we specialise in smaller more intimate weddings, and every one, whether for 2 or 50 people, has fully exclusive use of our venue. We host only a select number of weddings each year, enabling us to commit our full attention to each. Please check out our social media and reviews for more!


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Jessica & Daniel
Married in August 2020
September 2020
Simply Stunning
The first time we pulled into the driveway at Cote How, the inviting smell of a burning log fire, swiftly followed by warm and welcome introductions by Caroline and Steve, we knew this was the place we wanted to get married. Our wedding was only ever planned to be an intimate day with our closest family and friends and we knew this would be the perfect location to host the weekend. The planning process was seamless with the easy to use portal covering off everything that needed thinking about! We took the option for Caroline to organise our cake and flowers and they were exactly as we would have wanted if we’d done it ourselves. Despite a few curveballs thrown from Boris requiring last minute changes to our reception (12.30pm the day before!), the day ran seamlessly and all of our guests were amazed with the stunning setting, breath taking views and perfectly manicured gardens that Cote How has to offer. This was all topped off by the fantastic teams led by Caroline, Steve and Karen – we can’t thank you enough for making our day one we will never forget!
Mrs A Holme
Married in September 2019
October 2019
Such a special day!
Thank you Caroline and Steve for making our special day at Cote How on 28 September 2019 so perfect! We wanted a personal, non-corporate venue where we were able to feel at home, relax and enjoy our day with friends and family. The Cote How Team and venue provided this atmosphere and so much more, in terms of professionalism, glorious location, beautiful décor and amazing food! The sun even shone on our day! Thanks to your efficiency, organisation and knowledge our weekend was stress-free and we could relax and enjoy it. With love and grateful thanks. Mr and Mrs Holme.
Simone and Abbie Silivistris
Married in August 2019
November 2019
Unsurpassable Magic
We happened to stumble across Cote How during a walk with friends from Ambleside to Grasmere (our spiritual homes). Peeking over the gate to get a better view, Abbie and I were struck by the beauty of Cote How’s lush green lawns, perfectly maintained flower beds and crisp white facade. Its secluded location could’ve easily been walked past which contributed to the serendipity of happening upon this rural paradise. From the moment we contacted Caroline to arrange a viewing we felt at ease. Her genial and welcoming nature was one of the fundamental factors in choosing Cote How as the venue for our wedding. Throughout our planning and correspondence Caroline’s ‘nothing is too much trouble’ attitude aided in the seamless organisation of our special day. This ultimate professionalism continued right through to and during the day of our wedding. Having been to weddings since and being able to compare our own experience, what’s most noticeable, and we believe important, were the several opportunities to speak with our guests post-ceremony. For example, immediately after saying “I do” Caroline took us to stand in the shade of a tree outside the entrance of Cote How where our guests were able to offer their congratulations before we were whisked away for photographs. We were also able to welcome our guests into the barn before the wedding breakfast. Opportunities like these, where we were able to speak to all our guests, were much valued, cherished and some of the most important of the day. Our day ran so smoothly and effortlessly - a testament to the experience and enthusiasm of all at Cote How. We’d previously read Caroline being described as a “wedding angel”; we believe wedding goddess is much more fitting. Steve was also paramount in the success of our day, working humbly behind the scenes to ensure the little details were taken care of. It’s impossible to put into words the magic of Cote How’s wedding experience, and equally our thanks to both Caroline and Steve for making it perfect.
Amy & Stephen
Married in July 2019
August 2019
Absolutely perfect
It’s hard to describe just how beautiful Cote How is. When I found Cote How whilst looking for a scenic wedding venue for this summer, I couldn’t believe a place like this existed and fell in love. I made an appointment to go meet Caroline and see the venue in person and was absolutely blown away by the entire surroundings. From the quant entrance, the lovingly restored barn to the magnificent mountains in the backdrop. Without even including the access to the river and Rydal water where you will be able to capture the most amazing memories of your special day - it is just perfect. Caroline and Steve are incredible too, during the entire planning process - which didn’t take long because everything is so well organised - I was able to contact Caroline and receive an email back promptly. On the day, the wedding went off without a hitch, as I’ve already said everything is so well organised that as the bride to be I felt so relaxed knowing that everything was taken care of. Caroline ensured everything was perfect and I cannot thank her enough for her amazing attention to detail. Both myself and my new husband are so happy we found Cote How and we wouldn’t change one single part of our special day - it is something we will cherish forever in the most part because of the beauty of Cote How. Which has been perfectly captured in our wedding pictures. 5 stars is not enough!
Rachel and Joe
Married in July 2019
July 2019
Surprise wedding of my dreams!
It is difficult to put into words how incredible Cote How is. The beauty of the place is incomprehensible until you're stood there. The house has the most stunning charm and the gardens and barn will take your breath away... but without doubt the most beautiful part of this venue has to be Caroline and Steve. From the moment I spoke to Caroline about the idea of a surprise wedding (with just 10 weeks notice) they were both on board and went above and beyond to ensure we had the day of our dreams. Nothing was a hassle! The help and guidance we received was incredible and made the entire process stress free (something I'm a big fan of). The perfectly manicured gardens and freshly cut flowers were just examples of the attention to detail, love,care and enthusiasm  this wonderful couple put into their weddings. This definitely showed on our wedding day when they and their lovely daughter were perfect hosts to our nearest and dearest, making everyone feel warmly welcome and taken care of. My new Husband Joe and I  will forever be grateful to Caroline and Steve and can not recommend them and their venue enough.
Robyn & Gareth
Married in May 2019
May 2019
Beautiful setting and atmosphere
We had the most wonderful intimate wedding at Cote How. The setting is just beautiful with different choices of where to hold your ceremony. We had our 11 guest wedding in the Fairfield room which was beautiful. Everything ran so smoothly and it was such a relaxed atmosphere - would highly recommend Caroline and the team at Cote How for a wedding in the Lakes.
Location & Contact Details


Rydal, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LW, England

Travel Notes

Travel by public transport using the 555 or 599 Stagecoach buses throughout the lakes.

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction

M6 Junction 36

Nearest Train Station


Nearest Airport


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Press & Awards

Press & Awards (1)

Accreditations / Associations (2)

5 Star Visit Britain
Breakfast Award

Industry Awards (4)

Bridebook UK Barn Venue of the Year 2019
Green Tourism Gold Award
Cumbria Tourism 2019 Finalist Wedding Venue of the Year
Cumbria Tourism Sustainable Tourism Award 2008

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

So hard to choose one - They all vary so much. The small and intiamte family wedding for Lynne and Graham last Summer. Brilliant sunshine all day with an intimate house ceremony for 24 people in the stunning Fairfield ceremony room, clad with gilt mirrors and crystal chandeliers followed by drinks and canapes on the terrace. Photos by the lake shore followed by an intimate 3 course dinner in the rustic 16th century barn. The barn doors open and decked with pretty apple blossom and fairy lights. The evening sun set as the bride and groom smooched at dusk to backing songs played via Sonos thoughout the venue.

What is your No. 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!

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Unique, intimate, exclusive, stunning, flexible

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

In the flower meadow looking towards the lake or back to the house - Stunning skies and lake district fells all around. Wordsworths county!

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

A few secret ones!

What’s your favourite canapé?

Beef and horseradish on mini Yorkshire puddings

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Cheese and homemade biscuits

What is your venue's most unique feature?

The C16th Barn and spinning gallery on the house

What part of your business are you most proud of?

The wedding services we provide

Bridebook Benefits

Bridebook Discount5%
Bridebook GiftFree Bottle of Champagne
Bridebook Special OfferFree bottle of champagne for every couple who book their wedding via Bridebook