say our couples…



Of course, opinions are very subjective, and no doubt there are many “best wedding venues”, so we love to use 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 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

Bride and Groom with their two children arriving at Cote How in the Lake District to marry, holding an umbrella

A stress free experience

Eloping to Cote How was the best decision we made. 

The lake district has always held a sentimental place in our hearts where we have explored over the years and it is where we got engaged.  After a long engagement, we discovered Cote How and instantly fell in love with the idea of eloping in a relaxing environment with picturesque views of the water with our boys by our side.   

After the first call with Caroline, it was so clear that this was going to be a stress-free experience.  Caroline had recommendations and ideas for all the questions from where to stay, what to do with our dog, how to manage the boys on the day, and hair & makeup stylist to transport on the day.  Although we ended up driving this added to the fun.   

On the day we arrived to were greeted by Rachel who was absolutely amazing with the boys.  The team was so kind and accommodating and made us feel relaxed enabling us to enjoy the whole experience. 

Steve was our photographer –  he had the patience of a saint!  Making sure he got various shots with our boys and our dog Ted.  We can’t wait to see the rest of the photos and share the memories of our special day with our family and friends who we surprised with the news of our elopement.   

If you want a special, intimate day in a stunning setting Cote How is the perfect location.  You will be looked after by the lovely team and will not regret it.

Samantha and Joe – March 2024

Last Minute


A last-minute decision made before Christmas we somehow managed to turn around our dream wedding in 4 months and this was no challenge to Caroline & Rachel who accommodated us every step of the way. 

Any query or niggle I could confidently email Rachel and she would get back to us almost instantly.  

The setting of Cote How really is something special and so intimate it was the best part of our day and memories we will definitely cherish. 

Kelly and Ryan March 2024 

Wedding Couple wedding portrait in fron of Rydal Water Lake holding a peach and pink flower bouquet
real wedding review of Cote How in the Lake District Wedding Venue - March 2024

Completely Faultless

I have just asked Jake and we both agree the whole thing was completely faultless and there is nothing we would change. No constructive comments. Youve honestly got something very special there.  

From our first initial chat to the day itself, you were all so helpful and amazing.  

Thank you so much!  

Georgina & Jake – March 2024

absolutely incredible


We didn’t know we were looking for Cote Howe until we found it! We had long talked about eloping one day but didn’t feel the registry office or traditional hotel options were very ‘us’. Then we found Cote How on Instagram. An idyllic, private venue. Surrounded by nature, with the beautiful Ambleside hills and Rydal water on its doorstep. Not to mention a small, incredibly friendly team of experts to help you plan the perfect day. The amount of thought and consideration that Caroline, Rachel and Steve have put into supporting their wedding clients is absolutely incredible. From an initial introductory meeting with zero pressure to book and lots of opportunity to ask questions; to all the information and articles Caroline has created to help with planning. This included an amazing list of local suppliers, like hotels, restaurants, photographers, hair & make-up stylists- even pet sitters! The team truly made the process of arranging our elopement so smooth and simple. On the day we were relaxed and able to enjoy the time together without any anxiety or stress. Meeting Caroline and Rachel also felt like meeting two friends and there were no uncomfortable moments or awkward silences despite it being only the two of us there. Thank you, Cote Howe team, for making us feel so special and understood. 

Abigail & Robert March 2024 

Bride and Groom at their elopement wedding in the Lake District at Cote How

The hosts were flawless

Absolutely wonderful from start to finish, the venue was exactly what we were looking for and the hosts were flawless. So friendly and inviting.

Caroline and Rachel made our day perfect and even managed to find me some wedding flowers with less than 24 hours’ notice. They are so kind and accommodating, which made our day even more special.

Steve was our photographer and very professional, giving us some amazing pictures with memories to treasure. The views and scenic sights make the venue a natural haven, which made our pictures breathtakingly beautiful. We are so excited to see the final prints.

We wish we could do it all over again. Please book here if you want to experience a stress-free wedding with picturesque views and the most beautiful venue.

We could not be more delighted. 

Becky & Chris – February 2024

Forever Grateful

Caroline, Rachel & the rest of the team at Cote How exceeded our hopes & expectations by miles.
The venue is absolutely stunning, filled with history & will provide the most beautiful back drop for any occasion.

The team are so kind, friendly, accommodating and provide so much communication to ensure you are happy with every tiny detail of your special day.

For anyone looking for a venue that is intimate, stunning and takes as much stress out of the planning process as possible, I cannot recommend Caroline & the team at Cote How enough.

Thank you all, for making our day the most special and perfect day that we couldn’t have planned for without your help. You made our elopement dreams come true, and for that we will be forever grateful.

Danielle & Chris
DEC 2023

Danielle and Christophers elopement wedding review at Cote How

The location is second to none

Our elopement wedding at Cote Howe was perfect, we chose the fireside romance package, which was everything we hoped for, it was so relaxing, absolutely no stress at all, we had a glass of mulled wine on arrival whilst sitting by the fire listening to our playlist. The flowers provided by the in house florist were perfect. They lasted a full two weeks, absolutely perfect for our colour theme. We wanted a day to remember without any stress and that’s what we got, Caroline and Rachael were brilliant, and very warm and welcoming, Steve was our photographer and he captured the wedding beautifully.
The location is second to none, the rain held off so that we could don our walking boots and walk to river and Rydal Water for some great pictures which certainly captured the happiness and joy of the day.
We really can’t recommend Cote Howe enough.
Thank you so much for helping make our wedding day so wonderful.
Jayne and Gary x
Jan 2024

every last detail was perfect

Dear Caroline, Rachel and Steve,  

We just wanted to start by thanking you from the bottom of our hearts for the most magical and perfect day of our lives! From the moment we arrived at Cote How, we were both made to feel welcome, at ease and prepared for our big day!  

It really is true when people say that the day goes by in the blink of an eye, but we’ve had a few days to sit and reflect and soak up all of the wonderful memories and we couldn’t be more grateful for your hospitality.  

You have such a wonderful place, and we felt so lucky and privileged to be able to get married at Cote How; a place that we found purely by accident on a hike up to Rydal Caves. It felt so magical to be able to take a trip, with our WONDERFUL photographer, Jenna, back to the caves to have some of our beautiful wedding photographs taken.  

From Prosecco in the getting ready room with my mum, to hearing my groom arrive in your beautiful grounds, to the very emotional first-look with my dad and to the stunning ceremony – every last detail was perfect. We especially loved our card and scented candle! We plan to burn it on our first wedding anniversary.  

 Thank you once again for an unforgettable day. We are still on cloud nine!  

Lauren and Ben – Oct 2023

real wedding review for Cote How Lake District Weddings october 2023

Cote How Amazing 🤍 

Where do I begin? We had the most perfect, intimate romantic elopement wedding at Cote How in October.  

From the very beginning of booking this beautiful venue and our calls with Caroline and Rachel everything just ran smoothly. Caroline and Rachel are just so helpful, kind, positive and nothing ever seemed too much of a issue. They made the whole booking and arranging of this very last minute wedding a doddle.  

The house is just so so beautiful, I couldn’t imagine ever getting married anywhere else. The beautiful scenery made such lovely photos I will forever cherish 🤍 

On the day I couldn’t thank Rachel and Karen enough for all their help. From helping me get into my dress to helping keep my little boys entertained and also of course having that glass of wine handy when it was needed 🥂 

Cote How will forever hold a special place in my heart 🤍  

If anyone is considering booking this venue, absolutely DO IT!! you will not be disappointed!  

 Thank you again ladies 🤍🤍 

Natalie and Jonathan  October 2023

could not have been more perfect

Well where do we start. 

Our elopement at Cote How could not have been more perfect. We feel as if we are now part of a very special family and we honestly would encourage any couple thinking about an elopement/ small wedding to consider cote how. 

The house, barn and surrounding ground are just breathtaking and allow your photographer to capture some really beautiful photographs. 

Kayleigh and Curtis – August 2023

A newly married couple sign the register with their young daughter

Stress Free and Relaxed

Thank you so much for everything today! 

It was better than we could have imagined! 

We really appreciate everything you done for us, you really made the whole process very stress free and relaxed! A special thanks to Rachel for being so lovely and caring with Lenny!!  

Thank you for our beautiful candle and card.  

Emily and Dean July 2023


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 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 throughout the ceremony which 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

Wedding Venue Review from Peter and Sophie
Review fro Cote How from Alec and helen


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



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

JULY 2023

Real Wedidng Review - Bride and Groom with their registrar eloping at Cote how Lake District weddings
Small Wedding group walking on the lawn at Cote How


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’

JULY 2023


‘Where to begin.. our wedding day was the most relaxed, comfortable and beautiful day and the team at Cote How, Caroline and Steve raised the bar for expectations. It was the first and only place we visited when we started our wedding planning. As soon as we stepped foot on the grounds, it was a very easy yes from us. The landscape and short walk to Rydal water made it feel familiar as we’ve visited so many times and in December, it’s fantasy like. Getting married in the heart of the Lake District, yes please! Whilst Cote How accommodates many types of weddings all year round, we wanted something in winter as we enjoy the colder months and wanted the Hygge feeling with a roaring fire and fun festivities and to say they delivered, is an understatement. It honestly was a case of showing up on the day and everything was done for us to an immaculate and beautiful standard. You can see how much Caroline and Steve thrive in what they do, the passion and love that goes into their work is something never seen before and we are eternally grateful to them for curating and delivering our special day. One that we will truly never forget. The practicality of the portal via the website used to collect information is a genius idea because you can stop and start and edit as you go along. It helps with the prompting of things to consider so you don’t need to buy a wedding planner and with regular check-ins from the team, with the final sign-off coming a few weeks before with meal choices, etc. it’s straightforward and comforting to know it’s all in good hands. All the music can be sent through the portal, all flower choices and intricate details of what you might want. The whole process is relaxed, user-friendly, and flexible. They brought our vision to life, they are a very easy team to trust because they are the golden stars of the industry. I could break each section down but it would be pointless because all elements of atmosphere, the property and grounds, the food, the drinks (Caroline’s cocktails especially), the smell, the joyous energy, the magic they create, the dedicated duo that are Caroline and Steve, everything gets five stars from us. Weddings are overwhelming but the pace and relaxed manner of Cote How just puts you right at ease. Somehow they make it feel like home away from home with a sparkle of magic and a whole lot of love. A core memory we will cherish forever. Thank you.’
Leander and Daniel

December 2022

First Dance in Style at Cote How portrait
Bride and Groom kissing before dinner


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.

Best wishes

Ali & John – Nov 2022


What a fantastic wedding venue! Caroline and her team are absolutely first-class. We fell in love with the place from the moment with saw it and our families did too. Everything was just perfect and couldn’t ask for anything better. Big thanks to everyone at Cote How for making us feel so welcome and taking care of every little detail. Cote How will always have a special place in our hearts
Love and thanks
Evija & Lee

SEPT 2022

Wedding Review Cote How - Wedidng Couple walking hand in hand
Lake District Elopement Wedding Ceremony in the open air


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 canceling 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 login 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.
So much love and best wishes from Jack and Katie (The Farmers) ❤️ xxxxx

Perfect Wedding Venue - Wedding Couple Bride andGroom walking through woodland


Both of us have struggled to find the words to describe exactly just how fantastic our wedding was, perfect just doesn’t do the day justice and we feel so incredibly privileged to have spent our special day at Cote How. Thank you so much for everything; from making us all feel so comfortable and at ease, the attention to every detail, the care you showed to us both and our guests, the absolutely stunning venue in the most fantastic of surroundings, the food, the drinks, the flowers……….. I could go on and on, and never quite adequately convey just how amazing our day was. 
All of our friends and family have described it as the most chilled wedding ever which is exactly what we had hoped for, we loved every minute and couldn’t have wished for more. 
Cote How oozes class and quality, it is a place that feels filled with so much love and it will always have a very special place in our hearts. Thank you for sharing it with us. 
Thank you also for your card and candle, both a lovely reminder of a very special place. I may just frame the card!


a long time coming elopement
When we started planning our wedding, basically we were at square one. We couldn’t decide on location and type of Wedding.

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

Cote How wedding couple getting married in a perfect Lake District wedding venue
Photo by Tiree Dawson
wholesome couple getting married at a perfect wedding venue
Photo by Jenna Carpenter

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


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. If we could do it all again, we wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you for everything.


perfect elopement wedding at a perfect lake district wedding venue
Photo by Jenna Carpenter
Wedding couple at a perfect lake district wedding venue
Photos by Tiree Dawson

Thank you so much 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!



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! 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 was 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.
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 and Steve were 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…

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 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 a romantic a day we will both treasure in our hearts…

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

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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