Cote How Frequently Asked Questions
50 for an informal buffet or 24 for a formal wedding breakfast (3 tables of 8 people) 24 for an Afternoon Tea (3 tables of 8 people)
Up to 16 for fine dining in the main reception room
70 seated in the barn for a hog roast
70 for an informal buffet
50 for a seated formal wedding breakfast
A booking is not confirmed until a full £1,000 deposit has been paid and your wedding contract signed and returned to us.
Tel:0300 303 2472 (select South Lakes area)
We can arrange private or group viewings with our wedding planner Caroline, once you have completed some preliminary questionnaires.
As you will no doubt understand, time is limited, as we have many couples wishing to make appointments each year. Mid-week is less time constrained and we can usually arrange private viewings then. Weekends are very busy and so a group show around might be the best available option. Where possible, these visits also need to be limited to one hour, in order to try and accommodate everybody!
To arrange a viewing, please make an enquiry by completing this Simple Wedding Enquiry Form.
We move our own cars in order to accommodate this too as we genuinely try to make the venue look stunning on your day. We therefore need you to believe in this and be happily on board with this policy. People driving to the venue late for the ceremony expecting to park onsite is what we wish to avoid. We do explain all of this in our Guest information Pack which is available from our client area once booked. Taxis and pre-booked transport is an essential part of accommodating our car free policy and does make your wedding day far less stressful.
For overnight residents we can accommodate 3 cars, though these are removed to the lane or car park down the lane for the wedding itself, then retrieved after the weddings has moved into the barn and all garden photos are completed. There is limited parking on the lane outside and plenty in the public pay and display car park just 50m down the lane, though they get filled very early at busy times and during good weather as walkers will arrive early for a day in the fells. Again we emphasise that your guests are best transported via pre-booked minibuses. These will do pickups in Ambleside or Grasmere and will ensure that your guests arrive and depart in a timely manner. We have plenty of minibus numbers and taxi companies in our suppliers section of the client area of the website.
Menu options are available here
Can we put an amount behind the bar instead of specifying a particular round of drinks, as some people would prefer beers, rather than Prosecco or Mulled Wine?
We allow 6 glasses per bottle, so bottle equivalents are allocated to each wedding. Any further drinks required can be purchased from the bar or, if authorised, added to the wedding tab.
Reds: Merlot, Rioja, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec/Tempranillo. Whites: Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc
The balance payment is due 6 months prior to the wedding date. If you book your wedding within 6 months of your wedding date, then full payment will be required on booking plus your £1,000 holding fee.
You can make payments towards your wedding at any time or on a monthly payment plan or in quarterly intervals, provided that the full amount is paid in advance of your balance due date as quoted on your wedding contract.
If you cancel your wedding and have paid more than the £1,000 deposit, the monies can be refunded on a sliding scale – Please refer to our website for our full terms and conditions for details.
You must ensure that your dog is taken out of the grounds for toilet breaks!
Children aged over 12 are classed as adults for catering purposes.
If you have booked a midweek one day wedding, then there is no accommodation included and we will expect you to arrive ready to go!
If you have booked a weekend wedding then you will have the opportunity to arrive the night before, enjoy breakfast then get ready in your own room.
If you are travelling a distance, then we advise that you book the venue for a 2 night wedding. This allows access from 16:00 the day before the wedding, and also allows for any venue styling that you may wish to attend to ahead of the wedding. The barn is available from 17:00 – 19:00 the night before the wedding, provided that you have booked the venue for that evening too.
If you booked a midweek wedding then we can allow the use of one bedroom for final touches and dressing. This is limited to the bride and one helper only. You will only get access from 12noon, therefore if dressing here is required we suggest that your wedding ceremony time is no earlier than 3:00pm.
Yes. Any remaining extras, accommodation, and bar tabs can be paid in full before check out.
We have 10 rectangle tables which measure 1.9m x 0.7m.
We have 50 gold chairs with green velvet seat pads used in the house Fairfield ceremony room. The style is called Cheltenham. We also have 70 white chairs for use outside or in the barn. These are slightly larger than the indoor chairs and do not take a chair cover. Sashes are sometimes used on these as added decoration, but not essential.
Any additional styling such as chair covers and sashes are at an additional charge.
Access to the barn and whole venue depends on the package you have booked. To access the barn the night before, you will need to book the venue for the night before the wedding, in addition to the wedding night. Weekend packages include a check in from 4pm on the Friday night. the barn is then available from 4-7pm for decorating.
Barn Measurements for bunting (remember to add plenty extra to these measurements to allow spare and for the drape of the bunting):
The main beams or 'A' frames in the ceiling form a corner to corner for criss cross - From corner to corner measures 8m taught. You will need two lengths.
Bar measures 3m and has 3 cup hooks - 1 each side and 1 in the centre.
Window Ledge measures 2.7m x 45cm deep. There is a cup hook on each side.
Can we pre-book transport to shuttle guests to and from the venue to Ambleside and Grasmere accommodation?
All taxis must be pre-booked to collect between 11:00pm and 11:15pm. The barn will close at 11:30pm prompt.
Please note that we cannot ring taxis for guests. All pre-booked taxis will wait on the terrace in front of the house and will not go down to the barn. Make sure you are waiting on the front terrace if you have booked a taxi. Cote How cannot be held responsible for any taxi bookings.
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