Cote How - A World Class Location

Nestled on the shores of Rydal Water, Cote How is The Perfect Wedding Location. Set in the heart of the English Lake District – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site - Cote How sits at the head of the Rydal Valley. Its traditional Lakeland features reflect the rich palette and rugged beauty of the landscape of which it is part.

A warm and welcoming home for generations, Cote How combines its unique Lakeland farming heritage with a style and grace brought by Caroline’s flair for design and attention to detail. Blue-grey slate terraces open onto croquet lawned private gardens, fronting this fine Lakeland house.  Traditional barn buildings are built into the bedrock, literally making the building a part of the mountains which surround it.

This idyllic location offers a stunning backdrop for your cherished photographs and is one of only a handful of Lakeland venues with direct access to the lakeside, riverside and woodland in this world class location!

With World Class Service


Choosing the right venue is crucial to setting the scene and tone for your whole wedding day. As far from ‘corporate’ as you can imagine, Cote How is a relaxed family home and business hosting bespoke weddings with Caroline and Steve at the helm. Caroline, a wedding dress designer for over 20 years, moved to the Lakes in 2006 to take on Cote How, gradually moulding the business to reflect her experience and love of weddings.“Hosting weddings is a wonderful and exciting job… We listen to every couple we meet and by tuning in to their ideas and enthusiasm we can help channel their plans to create their perfect wedding day. We take the strain out of planning and ensure every wedding is delivered in a relaxed, personal, and professional style.”

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A Uniquely Lakeland Choice

Cote How meaning “shelter on the hill” has been the location of choice for centuries. A Roman look out post and later Medieval watch tower, Cote How’s foundations are built into the high rocks dominating the Rydal Valley, with views North towards Hadrian’s Wall.  In 1535 the farmhouse was added, including the original Tudor spinning gallery, and the house became a haven for travellers wishing to cross the swelling River Rothay just yards away.  With its slate floors, lime wash finish and drystone walls, Cote How encapsulates a subtle relationship of built and natural environment, essential to the beauty of the Lake District, in a way few other venues can achieve. This special place oozes with energy, warmth and spirit, and is an experience in itself!

Since the turn of the last century, Cote How has been a Sunday School, a war time boarding school, the home of the Master of the local hunt with dog kennels and stables in our party barn and a riding school. Ex-American President Woodrow Wilson had his portrait painted here in 1906 by then tenant artist Fred Yates. Of course, we all know of Wordsworth’s affection for Rydal, his home, but did you know that our own boathouse features in the film “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” starring Meryl Streep!

So, Rydal Water had been the destination of the Romantics for years... You can see why!

Cote How - secluded by river, fell, lake and woodland, naturally.


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Cote How added the WOW factor to our wedding - Such an amazing time. Love it here!  John and Jo Coppock 

Thank you Caroline for hosting our wedding! You and your team pulled out all the stops to make it absolutely perfect! Such a gorgeous location with you as a brilliant wedding planner who organised pretty much everything for us! Could not have wished for a better day! We would highly recommend!! Xxx   Kerry Gibbons

Lovely, peaceful place, fantastic host in Caroline!   Claire Chapman

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