Planning 101 18th January 2017

Our Top 10 West Country Venues

Rolling hills, glorious old architecture, fresh country air, open fires and sumptuous interiors - there's nothing quite as charming and captivating as a countryside wedding. The West Country has it down when it comes to stunning countryside venues and has them in an absolute abundance. Here are our hand-picked top 10 in the West Country at the moment, guaranteed to make a breathtaking backdrop for your special day.

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1. Shilstone Country House

Shilstone Country House is a stunningly romantic wedding venue, situated in the heart of the South Hams, Devon with unreal views all around. Beautifully restored, the historic venue mixes old with new and offers you as a couple a real blank canvas to work with. This venue gives you complete exclusivity to celebrate both inside and out. They also offer lots of sheltered spots outside in case the British weather isn't quite on your side that day! Both the civil ceremony and reception can be held here and there is also on site accomodation available for you and your bridal party, so you can enjoy your whole wedding day all in one place. The best bit about it is that it's actually pretty reasonable at just £75-95 per head. Find out more about the venue here.

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 2. Ever After: A Dartmoor Wedding

If you're after a wedding with a modern take on the countryside vibe, there couldn't be a better spot that 'Ever After Dartmoor' in Devon. Set in 46 acres of private estate, this stunning venue features a glass roofed outdoor terrace decked out with sumptuous seating, under-cover garden and cosy indoor fire. Enjoy your ceremony in the rustic open-sided barn which can be decorated as you wish with spectacular views out across the countryside. When the night sadly has to come to an end, there is a free minibus service for your guests available and on site accomodation for the newlyweds in the lovingly restored 18th century honeymoon cottage. Prices for this venue start from £7,000, you can find out more and enquire here.

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 3. Dartington Hall 

This breathtaking venue in Devon is Medieval grandeur at it's best. With it's ancient hall and idyllic grounds, it makes for a truly romantic and picture perfect day. The Upper Gatehouse on site is perfect for your ceremony with room for up to 110 guests and for the reception you can enjoy the Great Hall or opt for one of the many private dining rooms for a more intimate feel. Prices start from £85 per head, find out more here.

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Rockbeare Manor, Wedding Venues, West Country Wedding Venues

4. Rockbeare Manor 

An exquisite Grade 1 listed country house set in the gorgeous Devonshire countryside but close the to centre of Exeter, making this a fabulous rural location that is also extremely accessible. The house and grounds are exclusively yours for the day with the opportunity for copious amounts of unique and memorable photograph spots. The interiors of the Manor have been sensitively restored, allowing you to truly put your stamp on the day. Prices start from £2650, take a further look here.

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5. Berwick Lodge

Hailed as 'Bristol's Best Kept Secret', this wondeful venue is nestled in the British countryside with views that stretch all the way to Wales. With the ability to hold weddings both big and small, this venue is so adaptable to your needs with rooms suitable to varying wedding party sizes. You can host every element of your wedding on site, with up to 14 bedrooms available for your guests to stay in. Prices start at £4000, find out more here.

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6. St Audries Park

This breathtaking fairytale venue can be found hidden away in 100 acres of tranquil deer park and can be exclusively yours on your speical day. The venue also has an impressive 38 luxury bedrooms so all your guests can stay on site.  There is also a  pretty hidden cottage for you and your Bridesmaids to get cosy in the night before and Peregrine House for the Groom and his Groomsmen to stay in too. The Victorian Orangery makes for the perfect spot for your ceremony and the Banqueting Hall is ideal for the reception. You will have exclusivity of the entire house so the more the merrier for your wedding reception and party. Sounds like there should be some sort of catch right? Nope! Prices are a reasonable £90 per head which we feel is well worth it considering all that's included. Head over this way to find out more.

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7. The Hare and Hounds Hotel 

 Tucked away in the glorious Cotswolds, this charming venue is wonderfully adaptable to your wedding needs. With the opportunity to host all elements of your wedding in one venue with the whole day being assisted by their on site team, this makes for the perfect minimal stress wedding venue. Equipped with 42 lovingly designed rooms, there is no need for carriages at midnight so it's the perfect opportunity to make a real weekend of it. The bride and groom are treated to the wonderful Game Keeper's Suite with everything you need including the biggest necessity of all, a private hot tub! Prices start from £2800, enquire with the venue to find out more.

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8. The Holburne Museum

If you're after a unique and different location, The Holburne Museum in Bath is perfect. You can hold your ceremony and reception against the stunning gallery backdrops of reknowned British portraiture for a truly spellbinding feel to your wedding. You have the use of the immaculate Sydney Gardens, making it an ideal place for post ceremony drinks and nibbles along with a wondeful backdrop to your wedding photographs. Prices start from £1200, take a look here for more details and images. 

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9. The Assembly Rooms

Featuring in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey and Persuasion along with some of Charles Dickens' work, this is the ultimate venue for any bookworm. With gorgeous high ceilings, crystal chandeliers and impressive architecture, the Assembly Rooms makes for the ideal setting for a chic city wedding with the opportunity to really customise it as you wish. The multitude of rooms in varying sizes offers a great space for between 50 to 300 guests. The world famous in house caterers Searcy's also offer a wonderful wedding menu to really wow your guests. Prices start at £1020, enquire with the venue here to find out more. 

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10. The Green

Billing themselves as a 'ready-made wedding village', The Green in Cornwall is a wonderfully rural and completely private venue to get married in that is very flexible to your needs. Formerly a Dairy Farm, they have locations both indoors and outdoors to cover all weather eventualities and plenty of space to house all your guests. They cater for larger weddings of up to 120 guests all the way down to super intimate weddings for just 2-6 guests. This venue makes for the perfect country escape and gives you endless opportunities to spend time close to your nearest and dearest. Prices starts at £895, get in contact to find out more details.