River Cottage HQ

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P.O.A
Up to 100
On-Site
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
shortlisted
River Cottage HQ is a fantastic wedding venue for your ceremony and celebration. Our 65 acre organic farm is tucked amongst rolling hills on the Dorset and Devon border.
Features & Capacity

Overview

Venue Type
Barn
Dining Capacity
100
Reception Capacity
120
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Usual Access Time
12:00 PM

Venue

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

Ceremony & Reception

Confetti Permitted
Dancefloor Available
Sound System Available
Wedding Licence

Food and Drink

Alcohol Licence
Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
In-house Catering
In-House Wine List
Full Description
Tucked amid rolling Devon hills, in Axminster, our farm is one of the most unique & popular wedding venues in the South West. Licensed for weddings, River Cottage HQ is a fantastic setting for your ceremony & wedding, close to the Jurassic Coastline. Our 65 acre organic farm is tucked amongst rolling hills on the Dorset & Devon border. River Cottage HQ is yours exclusively for the day. You can say ‘I do’ in front of your nearest and dearest in the famous farmhouse, amongst the sweet peas in the walled garden or in the beautifully restored Threshing barn if you intend to invite a crowd. Guests are welcome to wander the smallholding at their leisure; relax in our yurt, serve welcome drinks out in the walled garden, and dance the night away in our beautiful barn! The River Cottage kitchen team are renowned for cooking up wonderful celebratory dinners, featuring the very best local produce. No wedding menu is the same, with couples getting the opportunity to meet with one of our talented chefs to design their menu from scratch. After a sumptuous meal it will be time to dance the night away before retiring to our recently renovated farmhouse for a well earned rest overnight in our stunning master bedroom. Included in all wedding packages is bed and breakfast for up to six people across three stunning bedrooms. Our traditional threshing barn has a maximum capacity of 70 guests. During the Summer months we are able to accommodate a further 30 guests on our decking under a canvas marquee which adjoins on to the Threshing Barn. For larger parties we can hire in marquees; a supplement will apply and is priced by requirement.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Laura
Our experienced and friendly team at River Cottage will help you achieve the wedding you've always wished for! I am here every step of the way from helping with planning to making sure the day goes smoothly! Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions and we're always happy to show you around the farm.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
1999
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
10
Reviews
(12)
(12)
Katie and James
Married in April 2019
November 2019
Perfect day
“We had our wedding reception at River Cottage and it couldn’t have been a more perfect location to celebrate our marriage. The whole venue is just fab and we particularly liked that the use of the whole area (farmhouse, yurt, barn) was included (including Laura!). It was such a relaxed atmosphere and exactly how we wanted our venue to feel. The food was absolutely incredible and the attention to detail is second to none. Our guests along with us, were blown away by the flavours and presentation. We stayed in the farmhouse and had brunch with 18 friends the following day-this made the whole experience feel longer and we once again indulged in an incredible selection of food. If you love food and want a venue which offers absolutely everything with no hassle, we would highly recommend River Cottage."
Rachael and Victoria
Married in March 2019
November 2019
Wonderful day
"We can't thank the River Cottage team enough for helping to create such a wonderful day. It really couldn't have gone better. All of our guests had a fabulous time. We had so many compliments on how well organised the day was and that was really down to the whole River Cottage team."
Father of the Bride
Wedding: October 2017
December 2017
Our guests were blown away from start to finish
A BIG Thank You to you and all the staff at River Cottage HQ who made our daughter’s wedding to Jack Holden such a great event on Saturday. Your colleagues were helpful without being obtrusive, they were attentive throughout but never over the top, nothing was ever any trouble and the whole event was carried out in an efficient, no fuss and very professional manner – and they all smiled, all day. Everything we requested and asked for was delivered with care and in an extremely professional manner, yet your guys always seemed to be in the background. The food was delicious and (in our opinion) worthy of ‘M’ star status – it was presented and delivered in a way commensurate with some of the very best restaurants in which we have eaten. Our guests were blown away from start to finish with everything you gave us. It is unlikely that our Spanish guests will ever stop telling the story of how they were taken to an English wedding ceremony by tractor with a driver who never stopped smiling!!
Alice and Henry
Married in September 2017
December 2017
Nothing was too much trouble
It absolutely was everything we could have hoped for and more! The River Cottage staff were not there and there all at the same time and I think that is a sign of totally relaxing and streamlined customer experience. Nothing was too much trouble, every detail was thought of and everyone had everything they needed before they knew they needed it. Thanks so much for all the flexibility re the weather and everything else! The food was AMAZING and everyone said that they would be talking about it for years to come. We had a couple of very critical successful restaurateurs as guests, so some tough people to please!
Louise and Ben
Married in August 2017
December 2017
You made the whole experience really special!
We had a truly amazing day, it all went perfectly. Thank you so much for all of your help and to everyone involved, for making our day so fantastic. So many of our guests commented on how relaxed the whole wedding was, how beautiful the venue is and last but definitely not least how incredible the good was. From the very first time we contacted the weddings team at river cottage, we have been made to feel so welcome and at ease with everything, making for an easy, relaxed wedding.
Tom and Rachel
Married in July 2017
December 2017
It exceeded our (already very high!) expectations
We had SUCH a fantastic day on Saturday - it exceeded our (already very high!) expectations in every way. We've had quite a lot of people say it was the best wedding they've ever been to. All of our family and friends thought the venue and food were stunning. 'Best food I've ever had' has also been something we've heard a few times. We're still getting excitable texts and emails from our guests, raving about everything from the canapés to the view of the valley to how lovely the River Cottage staff were. On that last point, we need to say a massive, massive, massive thank you to you and everyone at RC. Thank you all so much for all of your excellent preparation and hard work on the day. You all went over and above what could reasonably be expected of you. It was all of your hard work and dedication that made it such a wonderful day that we'll remember forever. We're not sure how you managed to be so effortlessly relaxed and informal while also pulling out all the stops - if you could bottle your magic and send it to us so we can use it in our jobs, that'd be great.
Location & Contact Details

Address

Trinity Hill Road, Axminster, Devon, EX13 8TB, England

Nearest Town

Axminster

Nearest Train Station

Axminster - Southwest Trains

Nearest Airport

Exeter International Airport

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FAQ
(9)

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

Every wedding is unique but one of the best weddings ended in a group salsa dancing lesson in the barn!

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

You should always stay true to the vision that you have in mind for your wedding and what suits your personality the most! You can't please everyone and it's really important that you enjoy your special day as well as your guests.

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

The best man brewed a special wedding beer which was given to every guest as a wedding favour - and enjoyed in the evening!

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Rustic, unique, foodie, personal, special.

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

As you come down the farm track to the farm, there are incredible views overlooking the valley. We also have a beautiful field behind our main barn and the sun sets just behind the hill. You can't have a wedding at River Cottage without one of these two iconic photos.

What’s your favourite canapé?

Scotch eggs are a winner!

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Wood fired pizzas from our courtyard ovens- theatrical, a range of toppings and very delicious!

What is your venue's most unique feature?

There is no menu A, B or C. Wedding couples have the opportunity to meet with one of our expert chefs and design their menu from scratch using the best organic, seasonal local produce around!

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Our incredible food which comes from our passion and commitment to sustainable, organic and local produce. Our team is pretty special too!