10 of the best countryside wedding venues

From beautiful hotels to glorious manor houses, here's our round-up of the best leafy countryside wedding venues

Say ‘I do’ with a picturesque backdrop at one of these countryside wedding venues…

From leafy Surrey to the rolling hills of Wales, our round-up covers all corners of the UK to present you with the very best country houses and hotels

countryside wedding venues - Notley Abbey Buckinghamshire

1. Notley Abbey, Buckinghamshire

Where better to make your vows than at a protected national treasure in Buckinghamshire? Notley Abbey is a place of deep and virtuous meaning – and was once home to monks. Due to its beauty and heritage that dates back to Medieval times, this listed building will be just as blessed on your special day. This award-winning country house venue offers a huge capacity of 172 seats, meaning that you can invite everyone on the guestlist to your exclusive ceremony.

Braxted Park

2. Braxted Park, Essex

Located in Essex, just over an hour away from Central London, Braxted Park is one of the most popular countryside wedding venues in the UK. The Georgian mansion occupies a vast 500 acres of woodland, making it the largest walled private country house estate in England. The ceremony possibilities include a serene walled garden, an impressive orangery, a pavilion and, of course, the immaculate gardens that serve as the perfect background for your wedding photos all year round.

Botleys Mansion Surrey

3. Botleys Mansion, Surrey

Whether you’re planning a big event or a more intimate get-together, Botleys Mansion offers a variety of reception rooms with ranging capacities from 50-250 guests. The Palladian country house has been steadily refurbished to create a contemporary but historic feel. Being in Surrey, the venue is so close to London that there is the possibility to continue your celebrations in a chic corner of the city.

Chilston Park Hotel Kent

4. Chilston Park Hotel, Kent

This lavish 17th Century manor house in Kent is surrounded by 22 acres of lush parkland and is all about the grandeur. From an open-air gazebo to an orangery to Grade I listed stables, Chilston Park Hotel really does have it all. With a capacity of 120 guests and 53 bedrooms there is plenty of room to stay overnight, making it that little bit more accessible for your nearest and dearest.

Cain Manor

5. Cain Manor, Surrey

Overlooking the Surrey Hills, Cain Manor serves as the perfect backdrop for your wedding snaps. This rustic country house on the Surrey/Hampshire border can host 123 guests and offers a unique selection of venues for your reception and ceremony, including a library, an outdoor patio, a garden gazebo and an oak-beamed music room. Its barn-style architecture and pristine gardens make this Elizabethan building the perfect place to say ‘I do’.

The Elms Hotel Worcestershire

6. The Elms Hotel, Worcestershire

As far as countryside wedding venues go, this one is up there with the very best. Sitting in view of the impressive Malvern Hills, The Elms Hotel in Worcestershire is ideal for those longing for an idyllic wedding in the heart of the British countryside. Dating back to 1710, this Queen Anne-style country mansion is steeped with history that fills each room with a different atmosphere. As a Grade II listed building, it is surprising to note that the hotel flaunts a luxury spa to fulfil your pampering needs.

Llangoed Hall

7. Llangoed Hall, Wales

This country house hotel in Powys, Wales is brimming full of character. Llangoed Hall dates back to 560 AD, creating a timeless experience that is opportune to start your new married life. With a selection of venues for your ceremony and 23 classically designed bedrooms for your guests to stay the night, this country house is the complete package. It’s hardly surprising that Llangoed Hall was voted Best Welsh Wedding Venue in 2018.

The Pear Tree

8. The Pear Tree, Wiltshire

On the edge of the Cotswolds in Wiltshire, The Pear Tree is a 400-year-old former vicarage turned country house. With a unique Cotswolds stone orangery and even a church spire, this dreamy wedding venue is full of romantic spots for your ceremony. The picture-perfect venue also has overnight accommodation for your guests, so that everyone invited can get a good night’s sleep.

Guyers House

9. Guyers House, Wiltshire

Guyers House is a four-star country house hotel in the Wiltshire Cotswolds. The verdant hotel gardens create a tranquil ambience for your day and with 6 acres of land, there is an outdoor marquee option for larger ceremonies. Indulge your guests with food from the award-winning AA-Rosette restaurant. The 37 elegant en-suite bedrooms await any friends and family wishing to stay the night in this classic country manor.

Woodlands Park Hotel

10. Woodlands Park Hotel, Surrey

This Grade II listed Victorian country house hotel is located just six miles from the Surrey Hills, an area of outstanding national beauty. Built in 1885, Woodlands Park Hotel has 57 bedrooms and a choice of five rooms for your ceremony, meaning there will definitely be something to take your fancy. Set in a picturesque part of the countryside, renowned for its natural charm, this venue will win you over with its amazing location.

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Words by Lavinia Jury