say our 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 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


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.


Cote How wedding couple getting married in our Wordsworth ceremony room with exclusive use
Photo by Caroline
Perfect wedding venue couple doing their first look outside our wedding barn
Photo by Tiree Dawson

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. 

JULY 2022

We just wanted to say a huge thank you to all including the wonderful chef for making our wedding day such a Fantastic day. 
You all really surpassed & exceeded any expectations we may have had, it really couldn’t have gone any better, thank you all so very much from the bottom of our hearts. And we were so blessed with the weather. Also for all the help, you gave us along the way in making it a perfect day for all of our loved ones.
Thank you all so very much from the bottom of our hearts for 
making our wedding day above & beyond perfect. 
You all work so so hard, we really have no idea just how hard, but
you all deserve the success that Cote How brings you.

Wish we could do it all again. 

JULY 2022

Cote How wedding couple getting married in an exculsive lake district wedding venue
Photo by Steve Hillman
Cote How wedding couple entering our rustic wedding barn with exculsive use
Photo by Rachel Joyce

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!

JUNE 2022


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. 

JUNE 2022

Cote How wedding couple enjoying a walk down to Rydal Water at a perfect wedding venue
Photo by Simon Hughes
Cote How wedding couple enjoying an exclusive wedding at a perfect wedding venue
Photo by Delicious Photography
Lauren & Richards luxury weekend
We had a weekend wedding at Cote How in May, after spotting the venue in full swing back in August 2020 at the end of our family walk around Loughrigg Fell. The greenery and flowers, strings of lights, and quiet music all set in the quaint venue grounds deep within the valley was just the most beautiful sight. We said then when the time came to marry, this would be the perfect place. On contacting and booking our wedding with Caroline, we were filled with excitement and confidence our day would be nothing but perfect. And that it was, Caroline and her team were incredibly attentive, and we couldn’t have asked for a more organised, calm and relaxed weekend wedding. With memories, we will treasure forever, and we will definitely be keeping in touch with Cote How on our annual holidays to the Lakes.

MAY 2022

We’d like to let you know we had a wonderful, special day with you all at Cote How yesterday. Everything was perfect for us. Thank you for having us! It’s our day, and we have beautiful memories that we will cherish always.
Special thanks to Rebecca and Dan, you have two brilliant people there. 
We look forward to seeing the progress of our tree and hope it likes it in your beautiful garden. Every time we pass by we will look over the gate and have the same wish of living there! 😂

MAY 2022

Elopement couple enjoying a picnic at Cote How a perfect elopement venue
Photo by Simon Hughes
Couple enjoying the woodland at Cote How a perfect rural wedding venue
Photo by Jenna Carpenter

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 🥂❤️

MAY 2022

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)!

APRIL 2022

Best wedding venue Leanne and James saturday wedding at Cote How
Photo by Petal and Blush Artistry
Best wedding venue review Lucy and Mark elopement at Cote How
Photo by Tom McNally

“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”

APRIL 2022

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”

APRIL 2022

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”


Best wedding Venue Review by Jo and Freddie at Cote How
Photo by Tiree Dawson
Best wedding venue review by Beverly and Brian who had a midweek wedding at Cote How
Photo by Caroline
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.”


Best wedding venue Lake District views as back drop for the new Mrs and Mrs
Photo by Laura Beasley
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!”


Best wedding venue couple beneath the trees
Photo by Paula Mottram
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.”

JULY 2021

Best wedding venue Happy Couple signing during ceremony at Cote How
Photo by Caroline
Best wedding venue New Mr and Mrs after outdoor wedding ceremony at Cote How
Photo by Shauna Jones Paton
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”

JUNE 2021

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!”

JUNE 2021

Wedding couple enjoying day at best wedding venue Cote How
Photo by Jo Bradbury
Wedding couple walking back from Rydal Water to best wedding venue Cote How
Photo by Caroline
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! “

MAY 2021


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.”

MAY 2021

Best wedding venue Claire and Andy at Cote How
Photo by Lucy Napier
Best wedding venue Roise and Jemma confetti shot at Cote How
Photo by Simon Hughes
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”

JULY 2020

Best wedding venue Clare and Inidies wedding at Cote How
Photo by Simon Hughes
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.


Two Brides in Rydal Woods
Photo by Tom McNally
Perfect wedding venue Simone and Abbies wedding at Cote How
Perfect wedding venue amy and stephens outdoor wedding at Cote How
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!

JULY 2019

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