Cote How - Uniquely Lakeland

The charm of a Real Lake District Wedding is something to behold. See the delight on the faces of your guests as they experience a wedding with a difference. Our weddings offer a unique Lakeland twist; a blend of individuality, personality and true Lake District charm. From our elegant chandelier wedding ceremonies in the house to our rustic barn weddings or even outdoor weddings, we can design a wedding for you that fits with your own individual wedding style in a stunning timeless landscape that will wow both you and your guests.

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A warm and welcoming home for generations, Cote How combines its unique Lakeland farming heritage with a style and grace befitting this very unique and special venue. 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!

Cote How is an elegant 16th century house and barn providing a family-run exclusive wedding venue where personal service and attention to detail are foremost. We specialise in smaller relaxed and more intimate weddings set in secluded rustic elegance. Cote How, positioned centrally in the Lake District and on the shores of Rydal Water, is surrounded by stunning views of the lake, fells, the River Rothay and adjacent woodland. A picture-perfect paradise, Cote How is desired by many but rivaled by few.

Your kind of wedding

Cote How offers a variety of wedding styles from elopement weddings for Just the Two of you (with us as your witnesses), small and intimate family weddings set in our 16th Century Country House with landscaped gardens and terraces to easy and relaxed outdoor ceremonies with maybe a hog roast gathering followed by dancing the night away in our rustic barn. Whatever your particular style our weddings are renowned for being relaxed and friendly with a traditional Lakeland setting (a few Herdwick sheep dropping in to say hello is not unusual) surrounded by dry stone walls and stunning scenery.  

Cote How House

Cote How - The House

A stunning house built in 1535 with Georgian additions. A typically Lakeland home with spinning gallery and famous round chimneys. The house sites in 4 acres of private grounds made up of terraces, lawns, and paddocks, providing you with cushioned privacy. 

The house offers a choice of ceremony locations:

The Fairfield Ceremony Room is our main function and wedding ceremony room. It is a stunning light and airy Georgian room with oak beams crystal Chandeliers and over-sized Gilt Mirrors. It is flooded with natural light (even on dull days), and is a photographer's delight, thanks to the double aspect picture windows and has double doors opening out directly onto the gardens.

The Wordsworth Small Ceremony Room  is a newly refurbished dedicated small ceremony room, adorned with over-sized gilt mirrors, Italian Damask Wallpaper and Louis XIV styled recycled pine furniture in White Linen. It has a beautifully restored STECK piano and is a cosy, warm and welcoming room for our elopement weddings and small intimate weddings for upto 12 people.

The Woodrow Dining/Reception Room has oak an oak beamed ceiling and open fire providing a cosy reception area and dining room with its own bar area adjacent and is licenced for Civil Ceremonies for upto 24 Guests    

All of the rooms are linked and and have Sonos surround sound systems throughout linking your wedding throughout. We use the Woodrow reception room for your reception drinks and canapes should the weather be inclement and the outside space less used. The Fairfield Room also provides a useful larger space for indoor photographs should the need arise!

Outdoor Barn Weddings

Cote How - The Barn

A great space for fun and socialising... The historic barn is an authentic Lakeland Slate Barn with many historic features and surrounded by stunning views right through the Rydal Valley toward Rydal Water. The barn is traditionally built with Oak beamed A Frames. It was originally part of the farm buildings and later converted to stables and dog kennels for the local Hunt. The barn terrace is on high ground with a wide garden gazebo which faces the evening sunset! Dusk is our favourite time of the day when the whole terrace and barn come to life with dancing fairy lights and we can witness stunning sunsets over Rydal Water each evening!

Ceremony Choices for the Barn:
Our most popular option is Outside The Barn with you the happy couple under the eaves of the barn with your guests outside amid the spectacular views.

In the Garden Gazebo which is perfect for smaller intimate ceremonies for upto 12. Although an outside space with stunning views all of your guests can experience an outdoor wedding should the weather be inclement!

Cote How Gardens

The Gardens at Cote How

Re- landscaped in the early 1900's the gardens were terraced and ornamental walls added around the full sized croquet lawn. Yew trees frame the main entrance and the beautiful copper beech and blossom trees come to life with their natural confetti in April and May. The azaleas and Rhododendrons flourish too framing the house and lawns. Throughout the seasons we are treated to a stunning display of wild flowers from the snow drops in January, the infamous Wordsworth Rydal daffodils and then the stunning english bluebells which carpet the hills and woodlands all around throughout May. The foxgloces then dance throughout the late Spring and early Summer. A dazzling display of stunning colour all year round.   




Our Own Wild Flower Meadow and Direct Lake Access

Other weddings rely on their photographers to drive them here to take their wedding photographs. At Cote How you have immediate and direct access to our 4 acre flower meadow which leads along the River Bank to the Waters Edge of Rydal Water with its rocky headland and impressive open oak tree - A perfect perch for the happy couple to pose in!

Barn Terrace MeadowMeadow LakeRydal Water Oak Tree








Our Business Ethos

is to design, create and deliver all inclusive authentic Lake District Weddings in a stunning location and in a relaxed and friendly manner. Our experience in design, hospitality and customer service gives you confidence that we will take the stress out of your wedding planning and wedding day. 
As such, we deliver only a select number of weddings each year, which enables us to dedicate our entire attention to each wedding in turn.

From your initial enquiry, through the planning stage and during your wedding day you will be guided and advised by Caroline and her team to ensure that your day is everything you want it to be. While we offer frameworks for weddings that work well at Cote How, every wedding here is a bespoke wedding and totally personalised to each wedding couple.

Due to the unique flexibility we offer, our premier venue can accommodate every budget, small or large and during your enquiry with us we work with you to design your wedding to fit your budget.

Cote How Lake District Weddings

Exclusive Use Only

The prices we quote are for your exclusive use only... You will not share the venue with other weddings or guests. We don’t have hidden extras and you won’t need to separately hire seating, linen, cutlery etc., keeping your day simple to plan and stress free. Advice on the smooth flow of your special day is never further than a call or email away.