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Cote How Lake District Weddings

£1395 - £20000 for a package
Up to 50
Exclusive Use
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Exclusive, unique and romantic Lake District Weddings, naturally secluded by river fell and woodland, set amongst the most stunning scenery in the UK. Note Maximum capacity is 50.
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 50 Our pricing incl...
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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


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

Ceremony & Reception

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

Food and Drink

Alcohol Licence
In-house Catering
In-House Wine List

Cultural Specialists

Elopement Weddings for TWO
Full Description
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 oversized 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. Gay 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
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 50 people has totally 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
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
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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 thi...
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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 ...
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Jenny & Franco
Married in May 2019
June 2019
Simply Perfect!
Simply Perfect! After being together for 30 years and making the decision to finally get married, from the moment we saw Cote How and met Caroline we just knew this wa...
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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 ...
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Tim and Jo
Married in April 2019
April 2019
Dream wedding in 10 days
Cote How is not just an idyllic, historic home, in beautiful grounds set on the edge of Rydal Water in The Lake District National Park but Caroline and Steve have made it...
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Roxy & Andy
Married in May 2018
December 2018
Beautiful venue and very helpful owners!
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)

Country File, Hitched, For Better For Worse, GWedding Directory

Accreditations / Associations (2)

5 Star Visit Britain
Breakfast Award

Industry Awards (2)

Green Tourism Gold Award
Bridebook UK Barn Venue of the Year 2019
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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 GiftFree Bottle of Champagne
Bridebook Special OfferFree bottle of champagne for every couple who book their wedding via Bridebook