CORNWALL, DEVON AND SOMERSET WEDDINGS: OUR PICK OF VENUES

PUBLISHED: 10:09 10 September 2014 | UPDATED: 13:15 30 August 2017

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Wedding venues and wedding reception hotels in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset in the South West of England

From the traditional to the unique there is a wedding venue to suit all tastes, FRANCESCA KENLEY finds out a bit more about what’s available for your big day in the West Country with top tips from real brides.

Boutique

Fistral Hotel & Spa, Cornwall

01637 852221

Style of venue? Stylish Beachside modern hotel with luxury spa.

Location? The popular surfing beach of Fistral in Newquay

Can it be hired exclusively? Yes - it has 72 rooms

Can a civil ceremony be held at the venue? Yes

What is your maximum capacity for wedding receptions? 180

Is the bridal suite included in the package? Yes the best rooms are used for the wedding nights and these are decorated to a very high standard and most have free standing baths.

The Fistral Suite has a Jacuzzi bath in front of the balcony doors. The wedding couple can upgrade to this at an extra cost.

Most unique feature? Spectacular views

Pennard House, Somerset

01749 860700

Style of venue? Pennard House is a beautiful, family-owned Georgian Manor House set in secluded gardens and surrounded by meadows, woodlands and cider orchards.

They offer a variety of unique options allowing couples the flexibility to tailor make their own wedding day and ensuring their entire day can be hosted in one exquisite location with no need for guests to drive from place to place. Pennard has

beautiful room in the house which is licensed for civil ceremonies and there is also a picturesque 14th century village church a short walk across the lawn.

The large south facing lawn complete with rose gardens and Victorian lake provide the perfect setting for a unique champagne drinks reception and photo opportunity.

Location? Pennard House is located in a small village setting surrounded by acres of Somerset countryside.

Can it be hired exclusively? Yes, Pennard House is exclusively hired for the day. Their aim to make the bride and groom feel like Pennard House is their home for the weekend.

Can a civil ceremony be held at the venue? Yes, they have a registered civil ceremony room in the house and next year they will have a licensed pagoda in the gardens for outdoor ceremonies.

There is also a village church within walking distance.

What is your maximum capacity for wedding receptions? They can accommodate up to 120 people for the wedding breakfast and up to 150 for the evening event.

Is the bridal suite included in the package? Accommodation in the beautiful Blue Room bridal suite is included for the bride and groom on the night of the wedding, The large bright room has views over the croquet lawn and Victorian spring-fed swimming pool.

Most unique feature? The beautifully renovated 18c Coach House is the most unique feature of the weddings at Pennard House. The Coach House is set over two floors and beautifully finished.

There is an intimate dining area upstairs and downstairs a bar, dance floor and seating booths within the former stable stalls. The Coach house has a fully fitted kitchen, toilets and inbuilt sound, heating and lighting system.

Fun

Living Coasts, Devon

0844 474 3366

Style of venue? Living Coasts - Their Room with a View is the perfect setting for your special ceremony.

Take your wedding vows against the vista of Torbay, sip champagne on your private terrace with panoramic views, then head down to the cove for your memorable wedding photographs.

Location? Coastal venue, offering panoramic views of the bay.

Contemporary/modern facilities with easy access to the attraction. Complete disabled access.

Can it be hired exclusively? Exclusive venue hire is possible, please speak to functions manager as timings will come into consideration.

Can a civil ceremony be held at the venue? Yes

What is your maximum capacity for wedding receptions? Depending on room choice they can offer a 90 person capacity.

Is the bridal suite included in the package? There is no accommodation at the venue

Most unique feature? Photographs with the penguins, panoramic views of the bay.

The Grand Pier, Somerset

01934 620238

Style of venue? The unique venue itself and the setting Location?

Being both on the seaside and next to the town you have the best of both worlds

Can it be hired exclusively? No

Can a civil ceremony be held at the venue? Yes

What is your maximum capacity for wedding receptions? 300

Is the bridal suite included in the package? Yes

Most unique feature? You will be marrying half a mile out to sea.

Traditional

Boringdon Hall, Plymouth

01752 344455

Style of venue? Boringdon Hall is a grand Elizabethan Manor House on the edge of Dartmoor National Park with imposing stone towers, secret archways and curious arrow slits that hint at the hotel’s rich history.

Location? Rural location, situated in Plympton, Plymouth within easy reach of the city centre, Dartmoor National Park and transport links.

Can it be hired exclusively? Yes, and this is very popluar as guests are able to make full use of The Great Hall which really captures the heritage of this grand and luxurious building. They offer all 40 bedrooms including The Royal Suite, four- poster bedrooms, executive suite and courtyard double bedroom to guests using the hotel exclusively as well as full use of all function suites for dining and entertainment.

Can a civil ceremony be held at the venue? Yes, in The Parker Suite for an indoor wedding and The Gazebo and courtyard gardens for an outdoor wedding.

What is your maximum capacity for wedding receptions? 120 can be seated for a Wedding Breakfast in The Elizabethan Suite and 180 guests for an evening reception with musical entertainment. If guest numbers are more they can accommodate events in a marquee on The Boringdon Lawn in front of the hotel with views across the valley of Plympton.

Is the bridal suite included in the package? The four-poster bridal suites are complementary as part of all wedding packages but brides and grooms can upgrade to enjoy the luxury of The Royal Suite, set upon three levels for a small charge which includes a secluded balcony and large Jacuzzi.

Most unique feature? There are very few buildings in the local area with such outstanding architecture which has been preserved and renovated so beautifully as Boringdon Hall.

St Audries Park, Somerset

01984 633633

Style of venue? Manor House

Location? Set in a countryside location at the foot of the Quantock Hills, within 100 acres of Deer Parkland with sea and coastal views.

Can it be hired exclusively? Yes

Can a civil ceremony be held at the venue? Yes

What is your maximum capacity for wedding receptions? 130 day guests and up to 250 for the evening party.

Is the bridal suite included in the package? 32 beautiful bedrooms and cottages available, wonderful sea views from the bridal suite.

Most unique feature? Stunning Fairytale Manor House with a Magnificent Victorian Orangery used for Civil Ceremonies.

Two or Three day Wedding packages available.

New

Woolhanger

Devon

01598 763000

Style of venue? 1890s Octagonal Music Room within the grounds of the Manor House.

Location? Countryside (Exmoor)

Can it be hired exclusively? Yes

Can a civil ceremony be held here? Yes

What is your maximum capacity for wedding receptions? Sit down 120

Is the bridal suite included in the package? Accommodation is available separately. Best features are the stunning Music Room with stained glass windows and outdoor spaces with stunning views of Exmoor.

Most unique feature? A large working organ

Almonry Barn, Somerset

01458 252846 /

Style of venue? Elegant and rustic barn

Location? Rural - the barn overlooks an abbey, orchard, fields and stream.

Can it be hired exclusively? Yes

Can a civil ceremony be held at the venue? Yes

What is your maximum capacity for wedding receptions? 100 guests

Is the bridal suite included in the package? No, they have a local accommodation list though.

Most unique feature? The barn is believed to be the oldest wedding barn in England – it’s around 900 years old and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Unique

Eden Project, Cornwall

01726 811950 /

Style of venue? Unique, world class visitor destination, considered the 8th wonder of the world.

Location? Rural - in a former china clay pit

Can it be hired exclusively? The biomes can be hired exclusively but there’s no exclusive hire of the whole site.

Can a civil ceremony be held at the venue? Yes they have five licensed venues on site for weddings – the rainforest and Mediterranean biome, the stage building – they believe they are the only licensed venue in the UK for ice rink wedding ceremonies, The Core building and The Gallery.

What is your maximum capacity for wedding receptions? They offer wedding receptions for anything from two people up to 300 people.

Is the bridal suite included in the package? There is no bridal suite, but they do offer YHA camping and have even had newly-weds spend their first night together in the Malaysian Hut in the rainforest biome.

Most unique feature? Where else in the world can you marry in a Sicilian citrus grove, relax with Pimms and canapés in South Africa or California, dine in an Italian alfresco style tavern and party the night away under a sea of stars – without having stepped on a plane or worry about the British weather.

Coastal

The Rosevine, Cornwall

01872 580206

Style of venue? The big house by the sea; an elegant and understated coastal retreat providing a small, intimate and laid back wedding venue. Surround yourself with family and friends and make it your own; fill with candlelight and the crackling of the wood burner for weddings in autumn and winter, and in spring and early summer let the party spill out onto the lawn and down to the beach.

Location? Tucked away on the idyllic Roseland Peninsula near the harbour village of Portscatho, with sweeping views across Gerrans Bay and a short stroll from the sands of Porthcurnick Beach.

Can it be hired exclusively? The Rosevine is available for an exclusive use wedding between September and June.

There are fifteen studio and apartment style suites (most with sea views) sleeping up to 34 adults and 12 children.

Guests have the use of the restaurant, private dining room, drawing room, children’s play room and indoor heated swimming pool and two acres of gardens.

Can a civil ceremony be held at the venue? Civil ceremonies tend to take place in the restaurant with exclusive use weddings but small day time weddings can be hosted at any time of the year either in the drawing room, restaurant or private dining room, followed by drinks and canapés or a lunchtime reception.

What is your maximum capacity for wedding receptions? Up to 85 guests can be hosted in the house or up to 200 guests in a marquee or tipi on the lawn looking out to sea.

Is the bridal suite included in the package? The best thing about an exclusive use wedding is you can pick your own bridal suite. However the most popular suite for wedding couples is Messack.

It just has the most stunning view across Gerrans Bay.

Most unique feature? Experience; both The Rosevine’s owner and general manager have worked all over the world and have an extensive portfolio of weddings and celebrations between them. From initial ideas, they will guide you from the very beginning, with a totally bespoke approach, resulting in a wedding as individual as the couple.

Huntstile

01278 662358

Style of venue? Beautiful 15th century farmhouse with exposed beams and dining marquee.

Location? Huntstile is set in an elevated position on a working organic farm in the foothills of the Quantocks.

Can it be hired exclusively? Yes

Can a civil ceremony be held at the venue? They have just applied for a license for weddings - currently they have a stone circle for outdoor blessings (via a tractor and trailer ride) and a village church just under one mile away

Maximum capacity for wedding receptions? Up to 55 in the Garden Room or up to 140 in the Dining Marquee.

Is the bridal suite included in the package? Yes: a beautiful Jacobean oak panelled bedroom with luxury bathroom.

Most unique feature? Huntstile is a 15th Century manor house situated in 270 acres of organic farmland in beautiful Somerset. All of the bedrooms are individually styled and very comfortable.

They also produce a lot of our food on the organic farm, keeping food miles to a minimum.

This story originally appeared in Pure Weddings South West Autumn/Winter 2014

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