The 5 Best Countryside Venues in the UK

When couples look for a wedding venue in the UK, they typically look for somewhere that is spacious and pretty. Despite the glamour of city ballrooms and hotels, there is something so charming about rural weddings and countryside venues. Whether they take place in converted manors, old country houses, farms or upcycled barns, countryside weddings are rustic-chic, picturesque and stylish.

Our country isn’t short of rolling hills, quaint villages and vast rural landscapes with gorgeous wedding venues, so choosing the right one for your wedding can be a lengthy task. Well, to narrow down your search, we’ve made a list of the top 5 countryside wedding venues in the UK:

1. Hayne House

If you are looking to get married in Kent, then you’ll find everything you’ve dreamed of with Hayne House, located in the historical village of Saltwood. This traditional country house, which used to be the hunting pavilion of  Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson, has a brand new Orangery and immaculate landscaped gardens, in a tranquil, lush green setting. The venue can be decorated and adapted to suit your personal style as a couple, and it is perfect for vintage or bohemian themed weddings.

Hayne House is a versatile wedding venue all year round, with a beautiful selection of indoor or outdoor spaces. You can have your ceremony or civil partnership here too, either outside with their oak framed porch adorned by ivy and flowers, or inside their purpose-built Orangery for up to 120 guests.

2. Ashridge Great Barn

This exclusive wedding venue in Devon is a rustic blank canvas to decorate for your special day. The building is 500 years old, and has much charm and character, especially when decorated with fairy lights and candles. The location of Ashridge Great Barn is just beautiful, nestled in a valley with surrounding woodlands.

The best thing about this venue is that they will give you 3 days of access, in order to set up without haste. In the lead up to your wedding, you will want everything to go to plan without any stress, so having 3 days will be an absolute blessing. Other venues may even book two weddings in the same weekend!

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Photo: Ashridge Great Barn
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3. The Barn Upcote

This charming wedding venue in the Cotswolds has been hosting events and weddings for over 40 years. Situated on a family run farm, there is a friendly yet professional team that will help you create the wedding day of your dreams. The venue is tucked away with a lovely view over the Cotswold valley and you can choose between two well-equipped barns.

The main barn, called The Threshing Barn, was modernised for events in 2014 and has underfloor heating, lighting and sound systems. The Sheep Shed is even newer, with a fully equipped bar perfect for welcome drinks and canapés. Both barns are an effortless blend of old and new, and there is also a bridal suite and some accommodation for your guests.

4. Eden Wedding Barn

In Cumbria’s enchanting Upper Eden Valley you’ll find this delight of a wedding venue. The Westmorland stone barn is rustic, elegant and unique, and you can adapt it to your theme with style and ease. The team at Eden Barn believe in stress-free weddings, and will strive to put you in contact with only the best and most reputable suppliers around.

The original beams and authentic stone work make for the perfect backdrop to your beautiful reception and party, especially when teamed with low-hanging lighting and pretty flowers.

5. Almonry Barn

Almonry Barn, situated in Somerset, is an 800-year-old building with a striking architectural design and romantic feel. Once part of an Abbey, it is believed to be the oldest wedding barn in England, and has the same status as Stonehenge of Scheduled Historic Monument.

As the barn only holds a few weddings a year in the Spring and Summer months, it will feel completely unique and highly special for your big day. The Mother/Daughter team of Angela and Louise are very talented with interior design and events planning, so you can trust them to help you achieve the style, charm and elegance that you picture your wedding to be.

With the rising trend of rustic-chic weddings, getting married in a barn or country house is the dream of many couples, so it’s advisable to book way in advance. We hope we have inspired you with these top 5 countryside venues in the UK.

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