COTE HOW IS THE PERFECT WEDDING VENUE
say our couples…
THE PERFECT WEDDING VENUE - OUR REVIEWS
Kind words…FROM OUR AMAZING COUPLES
Of course, opinions are very subjective, and no doubt there are many “best wedding venues” when it comes to thousands of wedding venues, so we love to share the words of our own wedding couples’ testimonials and reviews to share their Cote How Wedding experiences directly with you.
Weddings are such personal and important milestone events, and as a small family business, we can’t help but get really involved in your wedding. One of the perks of our job is that we get to know you well, make some really lovely acquaintances, and ultimately some great friends along the way.
We are also very proud to have been voted Bridebook’s “Best UK Barn Wedding Venue” in 2019 – You can read more about our Award Winning Wedding Venue here
SOMETHING THE PERFECT PLACE TO RUN AWAY AND ELOPE TO
Cote How was the perfect place for us to run away and elope to. We had the most wonderful time there!
Caroline, and the team were fantastic. Not only did they guide us through what we needed to do when planning our wedding, but they were extremely helpful when we needed help; Caroline was really helpful during the early days when we were having issues booking our registrar. No question was too small, and they were all answered with the same enthusiasm. Not once did we feel overwhelmed and stressed when planning with Cote How.
The venue itself is gorgeous! The view around Cote how is so beautiful and the building itself has such a cosy and elegant charm to it. The pictures don’t do it justice. We were lucky enough to have our ceremony outside the barn and the décor we had for our elopement made it feel like such an intimate occasion. We loved the addition of hearing our own music playlist all around the venue before and after the ceremony, it made us feel more at home. Caroline and Steve were so calm and fun all throughout the ceremony which really put a nervous Bride and Groom at ease. We had so many laughs with everyone, especially during the windy confetti shots, that the afternoon didn’t feel alien to us, but felt like we were having a celebration with some friends.
Thank you Caroline, Steve and Rachel. We cannot tell you just how perfect our wedding truly was. “
Thank you, and we wish you all the best for the future,
Sophie & Peter AUGUST 2023
WE WILL NEVER FORGET COTE HOW
We have just got back home now after a whirlwind few days! It almost feels like a dream yesterday but we were both absolutely over the moon and are both in agreement that the day was perfect from start to finish. We were made to feel so welcome by everyone involved. You all helped make our day as memorable as can be and we will never forget Cote How. The most beautiful and picturesque place I have ever been to.
Thank you very much for everything and being so helpful from the get-go with recommendations for hotels and places to eat. It really made us feel at ease in coming to a town we had never been to before.
It was an absolute dream to be married at Cote How. We made the right choice 🙂
Alec and Helen MAY 2023
SOMETHING OUT OF A FAIRYTALE
I just wanted to drop a line to say a huge thank you!
Thank you for being so supportive, welcoming and offering such a warm loving environment for our special day.
Myself and Tom are still in our little bubble and can’t seem to get our heads around how perfect the morning went at Cote How. The house and grounds are something out of a fairytale and our little girl loved every moment running round. As soon we got out of the car every thought of stress or worry left and we instantly felt calm and able to be present together whilst at Cote how.
Eloping to Cote How was the best thing we have ever done!
All our love and massive hugs, Georgia and Tom xxx
THE COTE HOW TEAM CERTAINLY DELIVERED
‘We have to say that Caroline and the team were absolutely amazing and couldn’t do enough for us and our guests. A beautiful venue and surroundings.
We would highly recommend anyone considering a Lake District wedding to use Cote How.
A fabulous day was had by all and the Cote How team certainly delivered. We cannot thank them enough for making our special day even more special.
Much appreciation from Scott and Sally xxx’
LAKE DISTRICT SMALL DAY WEDDING
Leander and Daniel
A MASSIVE THANK YOU
Hi Caroline and Steve,
A massive thank you again for yesterday, for making our day everything we hoped for and yet so much more. What you and Steve have and do at Cote How is incredibly special and our secret wedding was everything we could have hoped and wished for.
It was a pleasure to meet you both and share your special part of The Lake District, and we will remember it every time we are here celebrating our anniversary!
Thank you for returning the deposit promptly and we acknowledge safe receipt.
Ali & John – Nov 2022
LAKE DISTRICT SMALL DAY WEDDING
Love and thanks
Evija & Lee
I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD BE SAYING, “I HAD A STREE FREE WEDDING”
We were due to get married in November with 9 guests down in Devon, but a few months before, we realised that we were still doing that to please everyone else rather than do what WE wanted. We were due to have a little break away to the Lake District so Jack thought he would have a little look to see if he could find anywhere and the first page we came across was for Cote How, as soon as we checked your availability, we cancelled our wedding in Devon and did what was best for us and booked with you, we even lost some money due to cancelling our other wedding so late but we just knew that Cote How would be the perfect place for us without even seeing it!
The communication from the start was absolutely incredible, the personal log in portal was a great help and honestly, I never thought that I’d be saying ‘I had a stress free wedding’.
We would love to give our special thanks to everyone at Cote How, who on the day made everything so easy and relaxed but also gave us the most warm and friendly welcome. We honestly felt like we had met them a million times before. It’s a strange feeling having no guests and having two random strangers as your witnesses but they felt like our friends within 5 minutes and the strange feeling soon disappeared.
The location is absolutely beautiful, we were completely blown away with the venue and all of the small touches (the welcome sign with our names, the free decor to the barn which sooo many venues would ask you to pay extra for, the absolutely gorgeous candle we were gifted at the end)… speechless. As we walked in, Jack asked what the smell was as it was so lovely, to be told you had gifted us a candle with the same smell was something that we will never forget.
We honestly couldn’t be more grateful for you all and the most perfect wedding we could have wished for.
I’ve been recommending you EVERYWHERE possible, have done a cute tiktok which I know you’ve had a booking off of the back from and am also getting lots of messages from future brides asking about Cote How, which I am replying with HUGE in depth paragraphs about how great you all are, I really really hope you get some bookings from it as you absolutely deserve the recognition of what, in our opinion, is the best elopement wedding venue out there.
Once again, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!
So much love and best wishes from Jack and Katie (The Farmers) ❤️ xxxxx
WE FELT PRIVILEGED
a long time coming elopement
Then we read an article in our local newspaper (Westmorland Gazette) about a couple having an Elopement Wedding at Cote How. Over the following days we read it several times because it seemed absolutely perfect for us. So, we booked a Telephone call with Caroline, and we knew it was right for us. Caroline and the team advised us about what was available and also the legal procedures. Our main point of contact was Caroline, who did a superb job and was always available for any questions we may have…
Beautiful And Magical
If I had to choose two words to sum up a Wedding Day at Cote How it would be Beautiful and Magical. We loved our special day at Cote How. Apart from a beautiful house and fantastic surrounding, the day was stress free. Totally free to enjoy every minute of the day. So, if you want a fantastic and special day then consider Cote How. Cote How will always be part of our lives. Thank you to everyone involved.
Keith & Freda – AUG 2022
ANNETTE & DAVIDS SPECIAL ELOPEMENT
I want to thank you all for everything you did to make our wedding such an enjoyable, hassle free experience.
We were so pleased that everyone joined us in our celebratory drink, it was a special part of our day.
It was unexpectedly welcoming to come into music we had chosen, I had not realized what a special touch this would be. I cannot think of anything you could have done to improve our wedding with you.
Your extra touch of the card and gift was really appreciated. Using the card to show friends the venue was great.
all the best to you all
GORGEOUS ADVENTUROUS ELOPEMENT
Wow! Where do I start? Our day was just how we imagined it would be, and more, thanks to you guys. We wanted a calm, quiet, intimate wedding personalised just to suit us and that’s what we got from start to finish. We felt welcomed, at home and joyful during our stay at Cote How. Dan and Rebecca made our day seem effortless and noting was too much trouble for them. If we could do it all again, we wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you for everything.
RUSTIC BARN WEDDING FILLED WITH LOVE
Thank you so much to Caroline, Steve, Rebecca and Dan for bringing our dream to reality at the beautiful Cote How. We chose the mid-week all-inclusive package which was a perfect intimate wedding of 18 guests in the glorious sunshine on Tuesday 9th August.
Cote How is a very special place and all the staff were very warm, friendly, professional and responsive in communication from start to finish.
All our guests were blown away at how beautiful our wedding was – the location of Cote How is spectacular and there are so many stunning spots for photographs after the ceremony such as Rydal Caves. We chose Tiree Dawson for our photography who is phenomenally talented and it was so lovely to share our special day with her!
Thank you so much for your varied menu which included many options for our gluten-free and vegan guests.
Thanks again to Caroline and the team at Cote How, we are so happy to have found you. Every little detail about Cote How made our day magical!
LUXURY FINE DINE
Caroline and her team at Cote How were wonderful. From initial meeting, to planning and keeping us moving forward towards our big day nobody could have been of more help and support. A superb location just added to the enjoyment of the day. Every need was catered for and Karen even came up with little extra treats for one of the young ones.
We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all who made our wedding perfect.
JULY ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT
We could not be happier that we chose Cote How for our elopement. Having been one of the many couples that had Covid impact original plans we still wanted the exclusivity even though we opted to swap the big wedding for an elopement. Cote How is in such a perfect location and the photo opportunities are truly stunning with the caves, water and amazing mountain backdrops everywhere. The team were amazing and made the whole experience so relaxed and fun! On the day we had the getting ready room and Rebecca was happy to assist getting me into my dress. We will be forever grateful that we came across Cote How and even have a print of Caroline’s watercolour painting to keep in our home as a beautiful reminder. Tiree Dawson was our photographer and has beautifully captured the wonderful experience of our exploration elopement.
Wish we could do it all again.
LAKELAND EXCLUSIVE DAY WEDDING
EXCLUSIVE SATURDAY WEDDING
Thank you all so much for making our wedding truly the best day of our lives. From our first visit to Cote How we knew it was the venue for us, the venue is beautiful, the setting is perfect and the people are amazing. Caroline and Rebecca were brilliant throughout, keeping in touch and sending reminders – we would have been lost without you! On the day, nothing was too much trouble, Caroline was there to take your empty champagne glass or your finished cocktail stick so you could just continue having the best day of your life! Living in the North East and therefore not local to Cote How was no problem, flowers and cake were all arranged for us, and for anything else there was an extensive list of suppliers suggested in the blogs on the website. People say organising a wedding is stressful but that just wasn’t the case for us!
I cannot thank Cote How enough for giving us such a wonderful day. We honestly wouldn’t change a thing!
JEMMA & JOHNS INTIMATE WEDDING
We are so pleased we chose to marry at Cote How. Honestly, we couldn’t have wished for a better wedding venue! You were all so lovely, and everything went seamlessly. The whole venue was decorated so beautifully, all our guests were so impressed with the food, and the drinks at the bar were superb too. Thank you for all your hard work that goes on behind the scenes, both in the run-up to the day and the day itself, it really was appreciated. You genuinely gave us the happiest day of our lives, and we have nothing but fond memories.
Wish we could do it all again.
Lauren & Richards luxury weekend
MARIE AND ROGER'S BARN ELOPEMENT
LUCY AND ALEX'S ALL INCLUSIVE WEDDING
We had the most amazing wedding day at Cote How last week. It was stress free and everything was perfect. Caroline, Steve, Rebecca and Dan were all fantastic, they made us all feel very welcome. Also my guests were so impressed and loved every minute of the day. They planned everything perfectly and were really helpful throughout. I would really recommend booking a wedding at this most beautiful location. Thanks for everything
Leanne and James saturday wedding
We had our wedding here at the weekend and it couldn’t have been any more special. The whole planning process was made super easy and stress free by the team Everyone was amazing. On the day of the wedding they couldn’t have done anything more to make sure everything ran smoothly and to plan. The venue itself is absolutely stunning, beautiful scenery at every angle. All the guests commented how gorgeous the venue was! We had the most perfect wedding day thanks to Caroline, Steve, Rebecca and Dan (and Sophie too)!
Lucy and Mark's SPRING ELOPEMENT
“Well what can I say…….. somehow thank you isn’t enough! This time two weeks ago myself and Mark had the most perfect day it was everything and more that we had dreamt of. I can’t begin to describe how perfect it was from the amazing weather, the wonderful staff, Rebecca & Dan just made us feel so relaxed and special. The registrars were lovely and again we felt so relaxed, the ceremony was beautiful. Cote How was simply stunning in the April sunshine. My bouquet and Marks buttonhole were gorgeous and there still looking beautiful at home, I smile every time I walk past them.
Deciding to elope to Cote How was the best decision we both made, it was intermit, romantic a day we will both treasure in our hearts forever.
Cote How now has a piece of our hearts we will always walk past with the love in our hearts and remember our simply perfect day.
Massive thanks to you all, you really are dream makers. The attention to detail and perfection throughout is second to none, from the initial enquiry to our wedding day the whole procedure has been effortless as you take care of everything.
Keeping it secret from everyone, even our families has been a challenge, however their reactions have been worth it when we announced it with these stunning images.
In a world of uncertainty, all you need is love”
Judith and Stephens intimate elopement
“A big thank you for hosting our elopement wedding. We were very glad to have found Cote How as it was just the right venue for us.
Cote How was the perfect scenic and private setting for our elopement after forty years together. Our sincere thanks to Sophie and Dan who were warm, friendly and made sure everything ran smoothly. We will return to the shores of Rydal Water for years to come and always have special memories of our intimate wedding there. We felt an official photographer would have detracted from the very personal and intimate atmosphere. So thanks again to Sophie and Dan, and our selfie stick, we have photographic keepsakes which we can now share with family and friends”
Freddie and Jo's Intimate Winter Elopement
“Caroline, Steve and Sophie are beyond fantastic. From the planning to the execution of our intimate wedding they were professional, caring and knew how to deliver exactly what we wanted. The house is stunning and the location in general is breathtaking. Caroline totally understood exactly what we wanted and made the whole process so easy. There was absolutely no stress, they seriously know what they are doing and they genuinely care about your wedding day so much. The attention to detail, the breathtaking flowers, the candle lit rooms. Everything was perfect. They helped us with every step of planning our little wedding and they made it the most memorable day we could have possibly asked for. We could not recommend Cote How enough. We feel truly blessed to have found them and we will never ever forget how special they made us feel. Thank you”
Beverley and Brians 6 hour wedding
“Wow! What a truly amazing place. It really is just a perfect wedding venue.
We chose this place primarily for location but then having met Caroline, Steve and Sophie all competitors were left at the starting line.
Caroline is a special lady who you know you can just trust to ensure you have a perfect wedding. With her, you are in the safest hands for all the planning. She remains calm but also listens and naturally has the ability to individualise your special day.
The setting is idyllic. Both the house and the barn area are presented so tastefully. The gardens, lake and scenery are out of this world.
We could have so easily followed the corporate hotel route for our wedding but are so delighted we chose Cote How. For anybody having doubts, just stop, take a breath and follow your heart. This place is just so perfect. We will love it and cherish it forever.”
Fiona and Louise
“Thank you so much, Caroline, Steve, Sophie and the team for making our perfect wedding day. It truly was the most amazing day of our lives.
From the moment we met you, Caroline, on zoom and we saw the stunning Cote How- we knew it was where we wanted to say ‘I do’.
When we saw it for ‘real’ back in May, we were completely wowed and very emotional. It truly is a stunning venue with views that take your breath!
Everything on the day was sorted for us during our 6-hour all-inclusive wedding, which took all the expected stress of planning a wedding, away from us. Caroline is just amazing.
There really are no words to express our gratitude to you all. Thank you so very much. Now, can we do it all again, please!!
Lots of love,
Fiona and Lou xxx”
Mia and Harry's 6 perfect wedding
“From the moment we booked Cote How as our wedding venue, Caroline and Sophie were so helpful and friendly and were always on hand to answer my endless questions! We had a 6 hour midweek all-inclusive wedding, meaning the flowers, venue decorations, cake etc., were all organised for us based on what we liked. On the day, everything went so smoothly due to their clear experience and professionalism, and me and my husband felt so relaxed the whole time. Our guests have all told us what a wonderful day they had at Cote How amongst the amazing setting and beautifully decorated house and barn. We were set on this venue the moment we came across it, and I wouldn’t have got married anywhere else. Thank you so much to Caroline, Steve and Sophie for giving us the most perfect wedding day!”
Grace and Andy
“If you are looking for a small intimate wedding venue, look no further than Cote How wedding venue at Rydal in the Lake District. Everything is taken care of by Caroline, Steve and Sophie. They are so professional and care about every aspect of your wedding from the booking to walking down the aisle they were with us all the way. We cannot thank them enough you made our wedding very special. All of our guests loved the venue, and we are getting so many compliments from people seeing our pictures asking where it is. I would recommend anybody wanting a small wedding or elopement to go check out Cote how.”
Shannen and Ben's Outdoor ceremony for 15
“We had an incredible intimate 2-hour wedding at Cote How. We stumbled across the venue online and managed to book our wedding at short notice – just 8 weeks before the big day! Caroline, Sophie and Steve were fantastic throughout, helping us to plan our ideal wedding in such little time. They were responsive and helped us all of the way.
On the day the venue took our breath away. It is stunning. So much more beautiful than we anticipated. Caroline and Steve greeted us, helping us and our guests to feel welcome.
We had a wonderful service in the outdoor barn, followed by confetti, photos, drinks and a wander round to Rydal Lake.
Our whole time at Cote How was perfect and exceeded our expectations in every way. Thank you for such a beautiful, memorable day. Shannen & Ben xx”
Ryan and Emma
“As soon as we met Caroline and Steve we knew we were in good hands! Not only is Cote How a truly beautiful and unique location, but you can feel the love and attention to detail they put into the venue. They made our intimate family wedding a magical occasion, understanding exactly how we wanted our wedding to feel and making our dream a reality. Everything was taken care of – flowers, cake and food, even during these Covid times. Communication and planning was so smooth, easy and completely stress free with nothing too much to ask or too silly to check. We are so pleased with our wonderful day and so sad it couldn’t go on forever!! Thank you, Caroline, Steve and Sophie, for giving us the best day of our lives!”
Debra and Gary's Afternoon wedding for 9
“We had a wonderful wedding at Cote How on Tuesday!
Cote How is a beautiful venue – it has a stunning mountain backdrop and is only a short stroll away from the lovely Rydal Water.
Caroline, Steve and Sophie were so helpful, and nothing was too much trouble. We can’t thank them enough for everything they did to help us plan and reschedule our wedding in the midst of the pandemic.
The day was just perfect- everything went so smoothly and exceeded our expectations! We had 9 guests, and it was such a great setting for the intimate family gathering we had always wanted.
Thank you so much, Caroline, Steve, Sophie & all of the team at Cote How! “
Claire and Andy's Weekend wedding
“How do you sum up such an incredible experience? It wouldn’t be going too far to say it was perfect. Caroline and steve have carefully curated the best suppliers. We had the best food, best cake, best flowers. All the hard work and worry in selecting the right suppliers had been taken away. They made sure the day ran so smoothly. All we had to do was enjoy it. Every need of our guests was catered for. The numerous personal touches didn’t go unnoticed. The venue is, of course, stunning, and our guests were wowed. What a breathtakingly wonderful day. Thank you, Caroline, Steve and Sophie xx.”
rosie and jemma's Weekend wedding
“We had the most amazing wedding day at Cote How. The setting is just beautiful with the hills of the Lake District visible whichever way you turned. Caroline and Steve are incredibly friendly, helpful and brilliant hosts! Thank you!”
Claire & Indie's Luxe Micro Wedding for 15
“We were married at Cote How in July 2020 and despite changes we were forced to make due to current Covid restrictions, love conquered all and we had the most amazing day!
When we thought about getting married, we were agreed on a quiet, quaint venue, but one that would need to be elegant and charming all the same; from the moment we pulled up to the driveway on our first visit to meet Caroline nearly two years ago, we realised Cote How ticked every single box and then some!
Caroline made every step of the planning easy and stress-free; it’s hard to believe it’s all over!
All our guests commented on how delightfully elegant Cote How is; they were blown away by the whole setting.. Truly magical!
Cote How will always hold a special place in our hearts; as will Caroline and Steve – we cannot thank you both enough.
Even when times were uncertain, your hope and positivity never faltered!
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!
Lots of love always, Mr & Mrs Bopari”
Simone and abbies luxury wedding
Caroline described as a “Wedding Angel”; we believe “Wedding Goddess” more fitting!
We happened to stumble across Cote How during a walk with friends from Ambleside to Grasmere (our spiritual homes). Peeking over the gate to get a better view, Abbie and I were struck by the beauty of Cote How’s lush green lawns, perfectly maintained flower beds and crisp white facade. Its secluded location could’ve easily been walked past which contributed to the serendipity of happening upon this rural paradise.
From the moment we contacted Caroline to arrange a viewing we felt at ease. Her genial and welcoming nature was one of the fundamental factors in choosing Cote How as the venue for our wedding. Throughout our planning and correspondence Caroline’s ‘nothing is too much trouble’ attitude aided in the seamless organisation of our special day. This ultimate professionalism continued right through to and during the day of our wedding. Having been to weddings since and being able to compare our own experience, what’s most noticeable, and we believe important, were the several opportunities to speak with our guests post-ceremony. For example, immediately after saying “I do” Caroline took us to stand in the shade of a tree outside the entrance of Cote How where our guests were able to offer their congratulations before we were whisked away for photographs. We were also able to welcome our guests into the barn before the wedding breakfast. Opportunities like these, where we were able to speak to all our guests, were much valued, cherished and some of the most important of the day.
Our day ran so smoothly and effortlessly – a testament to the experience and enthusiasm of all at Cote How. We’d previously read Caroline being described as a “wedding angel”; we believe wedding goddess is much more fitting. Steve was also paramount in the success of our day, working humbly behind the scenes to ensure the little details were taken care of.
It’s impossible to put into words the magic of Cote How’s wedding experience, and equally our thanks to both Caroline and Steve for making it perfect.
Amy and Stephen outdoor wedding
It’s hard to describe just how beautiful Cote How is. When I found Cote How whilst looking for a scenic wedding venue for this summer, I couldn’t believe a place like this existed and fell in love. I made an appointment to go meet Caroline and see the venue in person and was absolutely blown away by the entire surroundings. From the quaint entrance, the lovingly restored barn to the magnificent mountains in the backdrop. Without even including the access to the river and Rydal water where you will be able to capture the most amazing memories of your special day – it is just a perfect wedding venue. Caroline and Steve are incredible too, during the entire planning process – which didn’t take long because everything is so well organised – I was able to contact Caroline and receive an email back promptly. On the day, the wedding went off without a hitch. As I’ve already said, everything is so well organised, that as the bride to be I felt so relaxed knowing that everything was taken care of. Caroline ensured everything was perfect and I cannot thank her enough for her amazing attention to detail. Both myself and my new husband are so happy we found Cote How and we wouldn’t change one single part of our special day – it is something we will cherish forever in the most part because of the beauty of Cote How. Which has been perfectly captured in our wedding pictures. 5 stars is not enough!