It can be easy to think of the Lake District as a cavalcade of sweeping outdoor beauty, rather than somewhere that has beautiful indoor venues. For this reason alone, it is one of the greatest destinations in the UK for budding ramblers or anybody looking to experience something beyond the traditional cityscape and get a feel for the outdoors. But while these picturesque settings make them the perfect backdrop for the happiest day of your life, it’s just as important to find the right wedding venue in the Lake District that matches the sweeping landscapes with sheer intimacy for you, your loved one, and your closest family and friends. If you are looking for intimate wedding venues in the Lake District, there are many for you to choose from. Here are some of our favourites.
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Merewood Country House Hotel
Ambleside Road, Windermere
Netherwood country House overlooks Lake Windermere and has spectacular views from every single angle. Full of historic charm, it is a great choice for any couple looking to have a grand atmosphere for their big day. But while there are packages for the big parties, for those who are looking for an intimate wedding, the “Just Us” package offered is the perfect opportunity to make the most of this beautiful location. Rated a 4-star Country House Hotel by the AA, but also boasts two AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence, you can guarantee that your wedding day is intimate and classy at the same time at this beautiful location.
The Daffodil Hotel & Spa
Church Street, Bowness-on-Windermere
Based on Grasmere Shores, the Daffodil Hotel & Spa focuses on contemporary style, where the experience is based on the seasons, making for an experience you’ll never forget. As well as the beautiful views across the Lake, the venue boasts two different suites for those who have differing opinions of the word “intimate.” The Waterside Suite can have up to 250 guests, and the Prince of Wales Suite is perfect for 90 guests. It is stylish, contemporary, and the great thing about this venue is that it is the perfect blank canvas. Its natural light and neutral backdrop means you can make the wedding as personal as you want with your choice of colour schemes to create the perfect aesthetic. And with 78 luxurious suites and rooms for overnight guests, it is the perfect opportunity to bring everybody you love under one roof.
The Kings Head
Based in the heart of the Lake District, this former 17th-century coaching inn is perfect for those looking for the most intimate of affairs. There is only room for 40 guests in the St John’s Restaurant, meaning that you can truly spend proper time with the people you love. And for all of its intimacy, you can create your own bespoke wedding breakfast with the finest local produce. And the views of St Johns Vale makes it the perfect backdrop for your photos. With 17 bedrooms available, everybody can let their hair down and basque in the beauty of this incredibly intimate venue.
Broadoaks Boutique Country House
Bridge Lane, Windermere
A country house may not seem to be the perfect place for an intimate wedding. But while the 7 acres of private grounds comes with its own helipad, this is the ideal venue for a fairytale wedding where you and an exclusive group of people can celebrate the day in style. There are a wide variety of services to be arranged with the staff in house, and the opportunity to go on a champagne boat trip to Lake Windermere cannot be turned down. And for all this grandiosity, and the fact that this upmarket venue comes with a wedding breakfast provided by the Michelin recommended catering team, rest assured, you can make it as intimate as you want. With 16 ensuite bedrooms and four garden suites that come with jacuzzis and sunken baths, it can be the perfect venue for you and the small group of people you love to have your lay of the land.
The Lodore Falls Hotel
With its newly refurbished wedding suite, 120 guests have access to beautiful lake views. With six different suites to choose from and award-winning AA Rosette cuisine to boot, there are plenty of opportunities to customise your special day. The Lodore Falls Hotel boasts beautiful waterscape views, and with every bedroom, you can see the lake perfectly, making for the most picturesque of experiences. If you are looking to have an outdoor ceremony, the Garden Gazebo is the ideal setting to tie the knot. And the spa, with its hydrotherapy pool, hot tub, treatment rooms, and 18 deluxe spa suites, it is perfect for those who want to de-stress in the run-up to the big day.
The Wordsworth Hotel and Spa
With the option for an indoor or outdoor ceremony, this venue is perfect for all weathers! With a variety of garden rooms, lounges, and suites, luxury oozes from every pore of the Wordsworth Hotel and Spa. The stunning mountains and luscious green grounds provide the perfect backdrop for your photos, and the Coleridge Suite function room accommodates up to 120 guests, giving you the perfect opportunity to let your hair down and shake your moneymaker on the dance floor. With 38 bedrooms, everybody you love can have a luxury overnight stay. And the icing on the cake is the variety of leisure facilities, including a spa and swimming pool.
Leathes Head Hotel
Grandiosity and intimacy are two words that wouldn’t usually go together. Still, the Leathes Head Hotel is an Edwardian country house in the Borrowdale Valley that has private grounds on an exclusive use basis, but it is so removed from any sign of life. With 11 luxurious bedrooms, the tranquillity you experience is unlike anything else. You can have an indoor wedding breakfast or decide to head on a lake cruise if you want some extra adventure, you and your significant other, as well as 48 guests, can have your run of the manor. Combining modern comforts with Edwardian elegance, the Leathes Head Hotel is the perfect combination of past and present.