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Cote How Lakeland Venue

£850 - £15000 for a package
Up to 60
3 Bedrooms
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 60.
Pricing & Costs

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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 60. Our pricing inc...
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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
12:00 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

Gay Weddings and humanist weddings
Full Description
The Lake District - The UK’s Most Romantic Destination 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.

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 60 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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Ela Aksoy
Wedding: August 2015
February 2017
Absolutely gorgeous wedding venue
Absolutely gorgeous wedding venue and perfect for intimate weddings. Caroline and her team were fantastic, so helpful and organised and everything ran very smoothly. The ...
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Mark and Holly
Wedding: May 2016
February 2017
Beautiful. We were at the wedding of Holly and Mark Jephcote yesterday. Your attention to detail for my daughters Gluten Free diet was the best we've had. Thank you.
Jen and Mat
Wedding: December 2014
February 2017
What a wonderful venue
We have just spent a fantastic weekend at Cote How for my daughters wedding which was held there. What a wonderful venue and Caroline, the owner could not have been more ...
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Nigel and Julie
Married in June 2015
February 2017
The most beautiful locations in the whole Lakes
Julie and I were married at Rydal Church in June 2015. We chose Cote How for our wedding breakfast and evening celebrations not just for it's proximity to the church but ...
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Steph and Richard
Married in July 2016
February 2017
Caroline you are amazing!!
I cant recommend Cote How enough, such a beautiful place. Caroline you are amazing!! thank you for giving us the wedding we dreamed of xx
Harriet and Tom
Married in September 2015
February 2017
Fairytale venue
If you are looking for a fairytale venue look no further! We got married at Cote How on 5 September 2015 and it was absolutely amazing!! The venue is quaint, rustic, char...
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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

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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 (1)

Green Tourism Gold Award
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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